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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 265
Gots: 149 | 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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adamdarcy

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-20-2014 05:11:13 | More by adamdarcy
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LakerLeith

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-11-2014 12:53:34 | More by LakerLeith
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-11-2014 02:34:56 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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thedudeabides77

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-05-2014 03:01:02 | More by thedudeabides77
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fleurdelou

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-11-2013 00:55:01 | More by fleurdelou
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carlitos92

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-26-2013 04:52:01 | More by carlitos92
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thereal_adam

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-31-2014 18:27:19 | More by thereal_adam
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polopaul20

Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-04-2014 15:49:19 | More by polopaul20
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Braden

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-07-2014 01:02:00 | More by Braden
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Jasonchair

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.8%

07-02-2014 00:03:05 | More by Jasonchair
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Jamison85

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-02-2014 04:41:54 | More by Jamison85
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BirdsongBlaire


5/5  rDev +16.8%

07-11-2014 18:32:16 | More by BirdsongBlaire
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tmneyer

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.8%

10-29-2013 21:11:36 | More by tmneyer
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gpawned

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-24-2012 04:40:30 | More by gpawned
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SlightlyStoopidG

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-25-2014 12:44:33 | More by SlightlyStoopidG
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-02-2014 03:43:08 | More by captainbearcat
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Tanktizzo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

08-20-2014 02:31:57 | More by Tanktizzo
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jgagne

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-17-2013 15:22:12 | More by jgagne
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +14.3%

On draft at Local Option in Chicago.

Jet black with a deep purple head that is maybe 1/4 inch. Lots of scents on the nose including coffee, dark chocolate, some bourbon, and fruitiness. The taste is sinful. So deep and smooth with sweetness that is apparent but not cloying. You get the vanilla from the bourbon and it enhances the sweetness. Only light coffee and limited dark chocolate on the finish. The front end has more of a dark/dried fruitiness. This is the 2nd beer I've had aged in Pappy barrels, and they've both been home runs. I had this beer after Baudonia, and this was just as good if not better. If you have the chance, make it a priority to taste this beer.

05-20-2013 14:17:22 | More by PHBoiler
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pjkelley82

New York

4.88/5  rDev +14%

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...

10-22-2013 01:09:26 | More by pjkelley82
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

03-02-2014 17:02:00 | More by JohnnyHopps
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

12-03-2012 17:51:20 | More by jmarsh123
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ltjska04

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Filled from the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY into a pint-sized mason jar. This is an imperial smoked stout aged in Pappy van Winkel 23 year and named after some good ol' boys, so why not drink it straight from the mason jar?

This beer is dark black with little to no head or lacing. The smell is chocolate and oak up front with smoke with a bourbon tinge in the follow through. The taste has the smoke taking the lead followed by dark chocolate and roasted malt. A complex and delicious stout that is even more well-rounded thanks to the barrel aging. The bourbon is apparent but not overpowering and lends a nice complexity. After a few sips the smoke fades to the background and provides an interesting layer to an outstanding stout. The mouthfeel could be a little bit fuller and the carbonation could be a touch higher but overall this is an outstanding imperial stout.

12-09-2012 02:35:35 | More by ltjska04
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.76/5  rDev +11.2%

Growler from the brewery shipped to me courtesy of Harold. Thank you!
poured 12-14oz into a snifter.

A - Obsidian with a 1.5 finger tan head. A thin ring remains after the head fades. Small spots of lacing trail behind as the liquid slides down the glass. Nice looking for a BB beer.

S - Tons of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, marshmallow, and just a hint of light smoke. Smell is not bourbon dominated, but rich and decadent.

T - Huge sweetness from this beer, in a complementary way to the bourbon and smoke. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and marshmallow lead the way. Faint wood and smoke linger around at the end. How is this 14%? The alcohol is so hidden, I best be careful.

M - Silky smooth, rich and creamy. Nice carbonation for the BB style.

O - I should be sipping this much slower than I am. It is a really nice BB stout that more people need to experience. I fell very lucky to have had the pleasure of drinking it.

12-23-2013 00:49:19 | More by Ri0
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Shagator

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-06-2013 04:15:03 | More by Shagator
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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.