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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 267
Gots: 150 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012)
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wpqx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-30-2013 03:39:01 | More by wpqx
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

09-26-2013 00:30:06 | More by tectactoe
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SanFranJake

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

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

04-14-2014 13:40:51 | More by SanFranJake
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joel66

New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-04-2013 04:06:07 | More by joel66
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-06-2013 04:15:03 | More by Shagator
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-23-2013 17:02:49 | More by bishopdc0
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CocktailJunky

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-06-2014 11:13:48 | More by CocktailJunky
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mikejonze

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-29-2014 05:23:58 | More by mikejonze
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menkros

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-01-2012 19:01:47 | More by menkros
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-05-2013 09:30:31 | More by jaminjohnson
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-11-2013 19:34:20 | More by bpfrush
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sourdog

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-20-2014 02:47:35 | More by sourdog
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-10-2013 16:11:00 | More by Cynic-ale
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-01-2014 01:19:30 | More by jtladner
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +4%

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

01-14-2014 22:22:24 | More by jeonseh
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mtpHokie

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-11-2014 19:13:38 | More by mtpHokie
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CLCardinal84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

10-08-2012 19:15:41 | More by CLCardinal84
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-27-2014 13:31:37 | More by DerekQXQX
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weonfire

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-06-2012 04:35:48 | More by weonfire
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

03-01-2014 22:03:54 | More by joeseppy
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-06-2014 20:29:59 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-10-2013 17:23:17 | More by Stigs
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-15-2013 05:50:22 | More by schmidtmattsays
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leschkie

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

10-09-2013 09:49:25 | More by leschkie
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-22-2014 19:58:36 | More by Ciocanelu
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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.