Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
4.8/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured into a snifter at Zwanze Day at Holy Graile
Pours pitch black with a small beige ring of lacing on the edges.
Smells sublime. Lots of chocolate fudge with a small dose of bourbon. A bit of vanilla, coffee and oak as well.
Similar flavor. Lots of rich fudge flavor throughout. A good balance of coffee malts balance out the sweetness. Rounds out a bit oaky with a good kiss of bourbon. Extremely well integrated and not hot, but a bit warming. Smoke is where it should be. Subtle and no more. Great flavor profile.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Carb level is lowish, but present and in line with the style.
I really hope this one ends up being made again. One of the best stouts I've had in a while and glad I got the chance to try it after not sampling it during FOBAB. Very complex layered flavors, but what makes it stand above the rest is the incredibly perfect integration of the bourbon.
Serving type: on-tap
12-03-2012 17:51:20 | More by jmarsh123
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4.69/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From the bottle to an oversized wine glass, Monk's Cafe Philladelphia
A- pours pitch black with a big frothy light-tan colored head that retains nicely, leaving thick lacing around the glass as it settles.
S- lots of bitter-sweet dark chocolate aromas with a big smoked cherrywood presence, spicy rye adds a subtle peppery notes, oaky bourbon juice kicks in just before closing with more chocolate and cherrywood
T- big chocolate notes up front mesh with just enough smoky malt, complimented by a prominent cherrywood flavor. Spicy rye kicks in, followed by a subtle-yet-smooth bourbon flavor with some toasted oak notes, adding a hint of vanilla. The bourbon is more of a compliment, rather than a focus, which works nearly perfectly. More chocolate kicks in on the finish with a long linger of dark cherry
M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with an absolute smooth finish. I can't believe that this beer is nearly 14% ABV, as it drinks more like 8%.
O- so impressed with this one, the smokiness of the malt mesh so well with the chocolate flavors, the rye adds a nice spiciness and the bourbon is perfectly integrated. This is the best beer I've had in a while
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 13:16:29 | More by Treyliff
4.85/5 rDev +12.5%
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 -0.5%
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
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.