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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 315
Gots: 212 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 687 | Reviews: 67
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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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown-black pour, with a small, short-lived head. Smoke and roast in the aroma, some oaky/bourbon/vanilla sweetness in the background. Taste was acrid and chalky. I'm usually a fan of cherrywood smoking, but in this beer it came off ashy and unpleasant. There was some malty and vanilla sweetness going on, but also a medicinal element that just wouldn't go away. Bourbon was present, but only as an afterthought. Medium body, thin, and messy mouthfeel. Seems like a waste of a rare barrel on a so-so beer.

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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.

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.