Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A collaboration beer with De Molen aged in PVW barrels. As a BIG fan of ATG, I had heard of this beer and practically peed in my pants when I saw this on the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY. Poured from a growler into a Unibroue Maudite snifter. The pour is extremely dark with no light getting through and some brown tint along the edges. Very, very little head and almost immediate dissipation (common for barrel-aged beers). Lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon on the nose.
Very full body and nice firm mouthfeel. The taste doesn't quite follow the nose in that the bourbon smells very hot, but the flavor doesn't show it. It's actualy quite smooth and drinkable for this style. There are nice sweet malty notes up front and bitter roasted flavors at mid-palate. The bourbon isn't nearly as hot on the palate as it is on the nose. For me, the flavors are very well-married as the roasted notes are balanced by malt and vanilla sweetness. Other flavors include oak, maple syrup, figs, and a hint of smokiness. Is this stuff really 14% ABV? I find that difficult to believe. There is naught but a whiff of booze on the finish and a lingering oaky warmth.
Overall, I was really impressed by this beer. The folks at ATG have once again done themselves proud. One of these days, I'm sure they will start bottling their wonderful beers so that us Kentuckians can share them with BAs across the country. This beer is not about combining flavors of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. It is all about the bourbon. It's kind of like BCBS only much, much smoother. I freaking loved it.
Serving type: growler
10-14-2012 17:32:31 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance - Black like well used motor oil. A slight mocha head lined the sides of the glass.
Smell - The bourbon aroma comes to the front, but the acidity of the smoke is also very present.
Taste - There is a lot going on here. Smoke, bourbon, burnt sugar, sweet malt, raisin, and sweet syrup. What is absolutely remarkable about this one is how well balanced the smoke and bourbon go together, like they were made for each other. The sweet malt backbone makes both stand out all the better. In the aftertaste, the bourbon warms nicely amid the mild bite of bourbon.
Mouthfeel - This is a thick and sticky stout that clings nicely to the roof and sides of the mouth. Remarkably smooth, there is nothing harsh about this one.
Overall - I do not say this lightly. Seek this beer. It is one of the most remarkable beers I have had in quite some time.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 17:02:00 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.29/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours extremely dark brown to pitch black. Generous mocha head and moderate lacing.
Aroma initially chocolate icing. Smokehouse meat, sweet malt, trace bourbon, cherry syrup and vanilla.
My initial taste is reminiscent of smoked bacon. Once I get past that, uh hmm, smooth bourbon heat ensues. I definitely pick up on cherry, corn syrup, vanilla and charred oak. Can charred oak be appealing? I dunno. The bourbon is one of the finest/smoothest blended with a stout, can't say enough.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Carbonation is ample. Sticky residue on the lips.
Without the smokiness this would be an absolute near perfect. If you love smoke this is for you to try. I knew this was smoky before I picked this up but I love trying things I may not find appealing. All in all this is spectacular in its own right. Not necessarily turning me into Rauchbier territory but glad I tried.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 22:03:54 | More by joeseppy
3.13/5 rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Got this as a surprise bottle from claaark13 a while back. Cheers dude! Was always a huge Duke Boys fan when I was a kid.
From a 750 into a snifter
Impossible orange wax on this one.
APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and yields a two finger, looser looking, light tan head with very good retention. Clear bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a full wisp. A foamy ring remains until the end leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass. Too light in color and an average-at-best-head.
SMELL: Roasted and smoked malts with bourbon, coconut, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate on the nose. Light soy notes and smoked meat with touches of caramel and molasses as well. Very bold and nicely complex as well. Good stuff.
TASTE: Very different and relatively disappointing compared to the nose. Lots of caramel, licorice and soy sauce up front with bourbon and alcohol into the swallow. A big and lingering finish of bourbon, alcohol, smoked malts, coconut, vanilla and a hint of bitter dark chocolate as well. Licorice, smoked and roasted grain with bourbon and oak linger. Flavorful, but the licorice and soy flavors made it less pleasant than the nose. Doesn't quite match the complexity I'd expected.
PALATE: Slightly thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Not really creamy, a touch prickly perhaps, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. Sub par, unfortunately.
OVERALL: This was okay, but nothing special. Certainly glad I didn't bug people for the entire set of these. The nose was certainly nice, but the flavor didn't match the complexity I'd expected and the feel was too thin and carbonated for the style. Not a bad beer per se, just not something worth writing home about. Thanks again for the box claaark13. Always good times.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 15:16:34 | More by Jeffo
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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