Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 368
Gots: 213 | FT: 34
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012

Originally an Against the Grain Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen collaboration beer. For the first incarnation, De Molen head brewer Menno Oliver hopped in a muscle car and drove straight through from the Netherlands to Louisville, KY (that's USA folks) to brew this bourbon inspired ale, and we liked it so much, we decided to do it again. We took the ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) and then smoked them with cherry wood and brewed a huge imperial stout with them. Then to top it off we aged it in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice.
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Reviews by macher0:
Photo of macher0
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was released 4/19/14. Bottle to tulip.

I've had this serval times but never reviewed. The wax is very light and it's very easy to open.

A. Very, very dark brown. Especially around the edges. Not complete black. Minor head quickly retreats to an amber fine bubble rim. Highly viscous and slightly oily.

S. Dominated by dark roasted malts. Moderate notes of bourbon, coco, and smoke. The smoke is noticeable but very low key. Very minor notes of vanilla and toffee.

T. The smoke is more dominate in the taste but not overwhelming and not at all similar to smoked pig. The smoke is more roast/char that you will also find in coffee ba stouts. The bourbon is noticeable and equals the malts. This is fairly bitter with a
Coffee/hops finish. Booze is totally hidden.

M. Moderate carbonation. Full body. Smooth for the style.

O. Bad to the bone. I'll say the smoke does build up after it warms. This ale transforms highly as it warm, but all phases are excellent. Highly recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of joe1510
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$14.99
Binny's - Willowbrook

Wax enough to make a sane man crazy and a crazy man crazier. Bo & Luke looks like a big bad stout should. It's midnight black and swallows light. The foam is instantly creamy and mocha brown with steady streams of carbonation crawling up the glass to bolster the head. The head leaves behind ropey lacing. Purty!

The nose is packed full of goodies. Cherrywood is the first thing that comes to mind, a few tendrils of smoke. After that I'm overtaken with stoutiness. Cocoa and fudge in heavy doses are followed by vanilla and underripe berries, blue and black mostly. There's an undercurrent of blackstrap molasses as well. Huge roasted barley. This beer is even handed and well done.

The nose set a high standard and the flavor stepped up. The sweet smokiness of cherrywood has it's fingerprints all over the delicious roastiness of this stout. It's rich in roast with a big note of blackstrap molasses running along the back. The dark chocolate again is heavy and bordering bitter. Underripe berries and soft peppery booziness wrap it up. Again, great depth with some surprises here and there.

The body is rich with a good density but it never even comes close to cloying. The carbonation is active enough to cut the lush body before the swallow. The finish actually dries up eventually with some peppery booze and roast bitterness left behind. It's pretty easy to put away all things considered.

To be perfectly honest, I'm not a big fan of the majority of Against the Grain but they, and de Molen, nailed this beer. It's reminiscent of the BBQ I cook (lots of fruit wood), roasty as all get out, complex as hell, and simply delicious. It seems like a lot went into this beer. It's all even handed and expertly done. Nice job!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

De Nolen is the master at ultimate roast taste in beer. Yet Against the Grain explores the anti-expected hit that's certain to arise in their beers. The blend is certain to be be an imperial stout, but with a twist...

It's abyss-black pour is given on site with a dark beer that is as deep as any other. It's just like staring into nothing. Yet there's something in there; and it rises to form a frothy mocha head, full of both loosely-knit, and tightly woven bubbles- all complementing the beer's durable retention and broken lace.

If the style prescription is to pile on as many aromas as possible, then Bo and Luke has delivered! Robust roasted grains push the scent of campfire, burnt embers, cocoa, bold roast coffee, and charred fruit- currants, grapes and berries all fold into the beer's roasty and savory matrix.

And yet the flavors deliver all that, but in different balances. What starts out with burnt malt sugars of black-strap molasses, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate quickly turns to a semi-strong taste of smoky meats, mesquite, charcoal, and burnt fruit. Grilled berries, currants, plumbs, figs, and grapes suggest both peaty scotch and vinous red wines. It's a complex taste that finishes with a woody bitterness that extends with bourbon-like alcohol sweetness, mild vanilla, caramel, and baked coconut.

Incredibly, the beer rests upon its robust malt body that facilitates early sweetness with creamy and semi-arid textures. But as the beer extends into middle palate it dries and turns powdery while remaining semi-sweet. Alas, the finish closes the session with a firm roasty, (some would say ashy, texture that's anchored with chalky roast, broad alcohol warmth, and semi-dry spice.

Bo & Luke absolutely captures the essence of both De Molen's best and Against the Grain's best attempts at beer. Its and experimental ale, an absurdly robust ale, and a cellar contender for years to come. Whimsy and power align for a complete strong taste!

Photo of Jeffo
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, smoked malt, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, smoke, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance of smoke and bourbon barrel aged qualities.

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Green Lady. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Medium, creamy, tan foam that lingers, leaving behind specks of lace. Very dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Big vanilla, bourbon, dark breads, light smoke, hefty doses of milled grains, caramel, and dark fruits.

T - The taste is similarly sweet and and heavy on vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and dark chocolate. The bourbon character is very Pappy-esque in the high level of sweet oxidation and sherry-esque character to it. There's some smoke, but it's quite restrained.

M - Big, chewy, sticky, and viscous. Some mild tannins, but definitely more on the sticky side. Lower carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol for 14%; I would have guessed closer to 10%. Quite nice for the style.

D - A good beer in small portions, but it'd take me a while to work through a snifter. The smoke is quite nuanced, which I appreciate, and there's good balance between malt, bourbon, and barrel. Not quite as good as 70k, but well worth trying.

Photo of tectactoe
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Mike for splitting this gem! A smoked beer aged in Pappy barrels... what could go wrong? Pours a deep brown, teetering on the edge of black, but certainly not there just yet. The beer sits, thick and still with a quickly receding head that's a few hues lighter than tan. No lacing left on the glass; just the slightest bit of alcohol legging upon swirling.

Bo & Luke hits your nostrils like a sack of potatoes; nothing to hide, here. Rustic, woody smoke, both meaty and peaty, mild liquid sweet smoke, oak, smooth and warming bourbon, a bit of underlying, sweet roasted malt, and even a little bit of caramel and/or brown sugar. A very old times-y feeling brew with lots to offer. The oak, the smoke, the meat, the bourbon... a unique combination of aromas - I'm digging it so far.

Pleasantly warm bourbon greets my taste buds with the first sip; none other than Pappy Van Winkle. No, I wouldn't have been able to guess "Pappy" just from the taste, but knowing this fact afterwards helps to justify the smoothness. Sweet, liquid smoke, a subtle campfire woodiness, light cocoa malt mixed with burnt, roasty malt... The taste, much like the aroma, has so much to offer that it would be easy to overlook something if you don't pay attention!

Very smoky, woody (oaky) and lightly sweet in the finish with a touch of cocoa, while the mild bourbon warmth is left, lingering in the back of your through. Yeah, the warmth is there, but it's surprisingly drinkable for 14% ABV. Medium bodied... I would expect heavier or thicker for the style, but it works well here; borderline sticky, with a lasting mouth coating that'll keep you tasting smoke and bourbon for a while.

When Mike first pulled this out and told us what it was... I didn't really know what to expect. But damn, this beer was pretty tasty. Like sitting around a warm campfire, smoking some delicious meats and taking a few shots of bourbon. Smooth, warm, oaky bourbon. I don't think I've had anything quite like this before, so it definitely gets brownie points for uniqueness. Tasty and drinkable considering the style - thanks again, Mike!

Photo of SanFranJake
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed after about a 14 mile and 2000+' climb on my road bike with @commanderofawesome. 'Twas a somewhat cold and foggy day on Mt Tamalpias and we nededed to warm up a tad. Good thing we had this waiting.
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As you can tell, poured into unbreakable Dixie cups, so no clue as to color or lacing but suffice it to say it was black and the lacing, much like the enjoyment of this delicious RIS, stuck around a while...once I got the plastic cap off. I came prepared with my fire fighter issue Swiss Army knife which has a 4" saw blade as no civilian knife can get tho off.
The aroma and nose on this beer is amazing. Rye, some smoke an some barrel and a whole lot of goodness. As we warmed (us and the beer) this got even better...more of the rye, smoke and barrel.
Much like the ride, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Lots of build up and worth the effort.
Even at $28, I'd grab it again.
Just like the show of old: open, sit back and enjoy for 23 minutes. You'll love it

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

Originated from a collaboration of AtG and Brouwerij De Molen. Nothing short of epic; so well put together that this beer must happen again and again ... please. This beer simply just laughs at other, overhyped Imperial Stouts. A sipper, and one to take care with, as it becomes more desirable after each taste. Cheers to AtG for this re-creation.

STYLE: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Smoked Stout
ABV: 13.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Pitch-black, tan lacing

SMELL: Even smokiness, roasted grain, black currants, dark-roast coffee, burnt raisins, mild bourbon, wood, cocoa powder, fleeting vanilla

TASTE: Stodgy, creamy, sweet, smoky, molasses, candied dark fruit, espresso, chocolate pudding, charred wood, modest carbonation, mild wood tannin, big mellow warmth

Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a small milk chocolate head on tap

S - Bacon, chocolate, light smoke, salt, butterscotch pappy

T - Butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate before a salty bacon comes thru. Finish is dark, astrigent chocolate

M - Rich chocolate creaminess with a slight astringent finish and as well as dark chocolate thickness that lingers on in the finish

O - One of the better smoke beers I've had as the smoke blends well with the rest of the beer. It tastes like chocolate covered bacon with a light butterscotch pappy presence

Photo of joeseppy
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Pours black with a small caramel creamy head that reduces quickly.
S - Smells of dark coffee with a bit of smoke
T - There's a lot going on here. Smoky, coffee, dark chocolate and something sweet, this is a tough one to figure out but a delicious one to drink. 14% abv but the booze does not take over at all - I did not even notice it.
M - Medium mouth feel.
O - I was very excited to get my hands on this beer and boy did it deliver! This is just flat out delicious. Hard to find, so if you see it on the shelf, grab it. Keep reading, there are better, more detailed reviews below.

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, black pour...thick. The head is one part yellow, one part orange and five parts white. A finger thick, but very frothy like root beer head. Moderate retention, but it never fully dissipates. Full messy lace.

The smoke is very aggressive, but never fully overpowers everything else. Spices, bourbon, malt and vanilla are all present, but mostly subtle.

Whatever you notice in the smell is present in the taste, but far more aggressively. You can taste the smoke, along with the spices and bourbon. The alcohol is very strong, but is somewhat tempered by everything else. Complex taste. Not sure if a hop was ever used in this beer because it's totally an afterthought. Notes of chocolate in the finish.

Very manly beer. Full bodied with lots going on. Sweet, but smokey. Spicy. Faintly bitter. Warm, bordering on hot due to stupid high ABV, hints of bourbon and spices. A great winter beer.

This is my kind of beer. Dark, aggressive, highly alcoholic. I typically don't care for the bourbon barrels because I'm not a spirit drinker, but with everything else this beer has going on, it's a perfect match.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Jet black. Inky and viscous. Small mocha head.

Smell - Smoke and chocolate in perfect balance. Whiskey aroma, but it's not strong. Vanilla.

Taste - The smoke is very strong. Stronger than the aroma. Sweet chocolate, kinda fudgy. Whiskey is present, but never a centerpiece. A little bitter form the smoked malts.

Mouthfeel - Sweet as hell. Heavy. The smoke gets dulled by the sugars.

Overall - The barrel is muted and the beer is too sweet, but otherwise the flavors work very well together.

Photo of robgage
3.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if it was a bad bottle...but it smelled and tasted like smokey band-aids.

Photo of Mdwstbrlvr
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown. Slightly transparent if you catch it at the right angle with a light background. With an aggressive pour a thin brown head will form a couple seconds after the pour, doesn't stick around for long.

S: Awesome. Whisky, smoke, cherrywood, and chocolate.

T: Smoke flavor is there but has a really nice, subdued cherrywood flavor that sticks to it. Chocolate comes through in the middle. Whisky throughout but subdued, to me it serves more to blend the smoke/cherry/malt flavors than a stand alone flavor. Works well.

M: A little lighter than I would like for a beer with smokey profile, but good enough.

O: Excellent blend of very strong flavors. Nice departure from the typical bourbon barrel stouts our there. Will definitely get again. Wish I would have grabbed more when I had the chance.

Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Photo of KYGunner
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured viscous and smooth with virtually no carbonation in the body this stout had an opal like hue. The head was thick and brown and rose slowly from the top until it muffined above the rim.

The aromas were chocolatey with some strong malt character. Vinous fruit and bourbon provide almost a texture to the scent.

The flavor is incredibly diverse with constantly changing complexity at every sip. The chocolate is certainly the backbone with caramel, praline and molasses. I also caught glimpses of chocolate covered cherries, honeycomb, pecan, maple, woodsy oak, vanilla and ever so slight dry coconut. The dried fruitiness was evident but I was unable to identify just which ones. With all that I still tasted some strong malt and a hint of bourbon.

The feel was a tad astringent with a piney metallic aftertaste and feel. The overall feel was not nearly as thick and viscous as the appearance would suggest.

This is a fantastic beer with all the subtleties and nuances beer lovers look for and proof that ATG is the real deal.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bottle share on 10/21/13... thanks Joe For Bringing this bottle and getting to try it without opening mine...lol..

Right before we tried this beer there were 3 comments made(from non smoke beer lovers) about how smoked beers are overly smokey.. just had smoke from the oak mind you... this beer settled all their worries....

Listen.... screw A, S, T, M, O.... this is "the" Imperial Stouts of smoked beers... whatever that pappy van winkle is...keep it.. it does wonders for this beer... its a supremely goos stout base with subtle smoke flavors... everything is so smooth and so well put together... I can't say enough about this brew and is definitely a must try...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml wax capped bottle purchased at the brewpub a few weeks ago, label says 13% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head that sticked around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like smoked malt, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, dark fruit, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like smoked malt, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit (mostly cherry), coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and some rye spiciness. All the flavors mesh well together in this brew, and none of the flavors overpower the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. The 13% ABV is well hidden, it's very easy to drink for a brew this strong. I think this is a pretty good stout, definitely worth a try if you come across some! $15.50 a bottle.

Photo of Rutager
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a finger of thick, light tan head. On the nose, woody bourbon and dark chocolate, a little briney, a little smokey. Tastes good, decent sweetness, dark malts and chocolate, light smoke and oakey bourbon. Fairly full body, medium-low carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imperial smoked stout aged in Pappy barrels? Yes please.

Appearance: midnight black, minimal dark brown head.

Aroma: light smoke and charred barrel, bourbon, vanilla, booze, chocolate, coffee hints.

Taste: vanilla and chocolate, burnt toast, smoke, ash, alcohol, bourbon, molasses.

***Thick and chewy, full bodied, and it isn't too busy for the ABV. Never heard of this brewery before, but I'm not disappointed to see em.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this one over the weekend... Pours the standard black with a short lived dark tan head... no retention and no lacing... only okay looking.

Nose shows just a ton of ashy acrid smoke that really overpowers most all of the expected BA RIS notes... not pleasant at all. Dark chocolate and vanilla notes are present but are bulldozed by the sorta burning tire elements.

Flavor is only marginally better... weirdly phenolic and very ashy.. smoke is weird with sweet and road-tar not meeting in the middle... A bit more chocolate helps move the drinkability up for me, and the barrel comes out a little more than the aroma.

Nice body... carbonation is small bubble/everpresent.. pretty nice.

Overall, I don't have any idea about this one. I thought it was a trainwreck.

3.25/3.25/3.5/3.75/3.25

Photo of jmarsh123
4.77/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased by stillmatic2232 from Oliver's in Albany, NY, shared and poured into two tulips. Thanks man!

I stare into the abyss as I look at the glass. So dark and black, like obsidian. A mocha-colored head rises up out of the abyss and sticks around for a while.

Aromas include coffee and roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and slight alcohol.

The taste is much the same, with additional hop bitterness, smooth bourbon sweetness, light char, campfire smoke, oak, caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Awesome!

Full and delicious mouthfeel here. Low but nice carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Awesome collaboration here, and one I hope to drink again.

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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