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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%


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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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 15:16:34 | More by Jeffo
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RockAZ

Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OMG! I thought I had just tasted bacon grease pressed through an espresso coffee machine! On the first sip... I warmed to it. The beer demands food that can fight back, which I did not have available. Still - Highly recommend you try this beer if you ever get the chance, it is so unique and others have described it better, you owe it to yourself to take it on.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 04:55:23 | More by RockAZ
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Au Cheval.

A PVW barrel-aged smoked imperial stout. Okay! This stuff pours a bleak onyx topped by a half-finger at best of tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate syrup, oak, vanilla bean, and a kiss of char. The taste focuses mostly on the bourbon barrel, with the roast and molasses coming in a distant second, and a tiny bit of smoke clinging to the edges. This would usually be fine, but the bourbon seems to drown out any other flavors for most of the drinking experience. The body is a light hefty, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, chewy feel. Overall, an intense bit of beer, one that, considering how much it focuses on the bourbon aspect, hides its alcohol dangerously well...

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 15:03:45 | More by TMoney2591
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BeerMeFitz

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on Tap at The Local Option Nov1st
In a snifter , room temp

Pours a jet black , little or no head but the little was a oak colored froth

Smells like a candied bourbon barrel with a hint of smoke

Taste is bourbon meets stout but very thin yet I'm Digging It

Over All a Nice job by this coollaabb of two great breweries ...Cheers !

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 03:59:31 | More by BeerMeFitz
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:26:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Big thanks goes out! After 10 minutes of battling the thick orange wax on this I finally got to pour it in my tulip glass. Pours dense black with a creamy one finger mocha head that sits and sits there and won’t go away. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, vanilla, bacon, oak, roast, and a tad of bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is big and smokey with plenty of bourbon and a hint of vanilla, then mid palate sees a good bit of molasses, dark fruit, raisins, bitter chocolate, and finally a finish with more smoke and oaky bourbon tones. Much more fruit character than I expected. Rich silky mouthfeel, heavy bodied, with low to medium carbonation. A nice beer and excellent smoke-bourbon integration. I was hoping for a bit more rich chocolate or vanilla but overall a very nice and rich treat for the last day of my winter holiday break.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:12:48 | More by BMMillsy
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 00:19:44 | More by EgadBananas
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A looks like a double. Huge legs on this one, tho all these big stouts basically look the same

S vanilla, bourbon & some dark fruits. The nose could be bigger but as it is its very nice

T really nice barrel flavors on this one. Some imperial stout bitterness but the barrel is huge. Its very complex and changed quite drastically as it warmed. Not a big fan of smokey beers but this is done really well. The lingering aftertaste is mostly imperial stout.

M its a bit thin but I think it helps to make the beer more drinkable.

O this is quite a unique beer. Its part imperial stout part old ale part quad. The barrel character is huge. Not my favorite BA stout but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:36:05 | More by DrewskiWhit
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barczar

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque jet black color with a hint of a toffee head that quickly dissipates, leaving only a ring of foam around the circumference.

Sweet, boozy bourbon hits early in the aroma, accented later by woody, oak notes. Underlying those notes are chocolate, roast malt, and a touch of coffee. Deeper into the profile, hot tar and tobacco add complexity. Dark fruit scents of plums and bruised curries surface as it warms.

Initial flavor impression is almost overwhelming in complexity. Sweet, dark fruit carries throughout the profile, with cherries at the forefront. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak surface on another plane, fading to a roast malt, coffee finish. Intertwined throughout are comparatively subtle flavors of chocolate, malted milk balls, and soy sauce. Tobacco makes an appearance at the slightly bitter finish. Umami notes of soy sauce surface as it warms. There's some phenolic character present. Tar and tobacco join the party late.

Body is on the fairly viscous. Carbonation is minimal. There's a bit of alcohol warmth, but it's not indicative of the strength of the brew. It finishes slick and extremely smooth.

Overall, a very complex offering. I've never had Pappy bourbon, so I'm not sure where various flavors were derived. It's a lot fruitier than anticipated, with a good amount of bourbon character, as well. Lacks the anticipated strong roast/coffee flavors often associated with the style. It's a sipper, but not terribly obvious in the flavor. I think the malt character could've been a little stronger to provide a backbone for the other flavors. The fruitiness was somewhat overpowering. Still, a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2012 01:35:21 | More by barczar
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 18:40:38 | More by MasterSki
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into HF fest class. First beer of Donfrap's birthday tasting, also first beer of the 4 bottle set.

A- Pours a translucent brown but appears opaque black in the glass with some translucency around the edges. Slight mocha head that recedes fairly fast leaving some light lacing that slides back into the glass. Appears a bit thinner then I was expecting being a 14% stout.

S- Smoked meat is pretty apparent with smoked ham and smoked wood, faint chocolate malts in the background and faint sweet bourbon. Fairly aromatic with a nice balance.

T- Sweet nicely integrated bourbon balanced with smoked meat, a bit of wood, smooth dark chocolate that comes out a bit more on the finish.

M- Nice carbonation, very smooth, a tiny bit thinner then I was expecting but body fits nicely.

O- This beer was a little bit smoker and thinner then I was expecting but overall this beer was fantastic. The booze was very well hidden and the flavors came out nicely. Definitely worth trying and looking forward to trying the variants next.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 20:03:08 | More by jaasen64
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Vegasbeer

Nevada

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, September 14, 2013. Served in a snifter. Creamy colored 1" head, excellent lacing. Appearance was dark and oily. Smell was bourbon, caramel. Taste was slightly sweet, subtle smoke, light bourbon, vanilla. Alcohol was not overbearing, despite being 13-14%. Has a smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Was fortunate enough to try a couple of variants on this trip, including port barrel aged and the peanut butter from the Bo and Luke 4 pack. This beer lives up the hype. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 04:16:12 | More by Vegasbeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 08:01:26 | More by BEERchitect
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:30:06 | More by tectactoe
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours damn near black with a finger of rich chocolate head. OK retention, decent lacing.

S - Tons of smoked bacon, definitely dominates. SK.e sweet vanilla booze and chocolate as well

T - Super smokey, some mild vanilla and chocolate. More Smokey dark fruits at finish/aftertaste

M - medium/full bodied minimal carb. Pretty ideal

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 01:47:20 | More by MacQ32
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taster of this at the Great Taste of the Midwest & couldn't wait to try it again, one of the highlights of the day. Funniest part was running into a few of my young friends (hell, they're all young punks) & asking if he understood the "Bo & Luke" reference. Uh, no, they didn't. 750ML bottle, orange wax, interesting dead-inspired artwork. Oh, & thanks to incubuscience for this one!

First off, there's a special place in hell for breweries that wax bottles like this. It took eight minutes & a single Abrams round to knock off the six inches of accumulated wax. Finally, the damn beer. It's black. Moderately life. Nose brings moderate smokiness, peat, & vanilla. Not as aggressive as I recall, but hey, it's just a smell.

Bo & Luke used moonshine in the General Lee & thank goodness they didn't have this around for fuel. A smouldering peat bog hits the senses first & for a moment I think "uh oh all smoke no fire" but then we're sliding past, into a deep barrel character that delivers both whiskey & vanilla. Mid-palate lovely chocolate, light char, drying oak, & as a bonus, the vanilla comes along to finish up & lend a wicked smoothness that gives a big fat lie to the ABV number. My chest says 13%, my mouth says 4%. I suppose my head will feel it, eventually.

Not as transcendental as on tap, but a damn excellent beer, especially since my tastes don't run strongly to smoked malts. Was kind of hoping my wife wouldn't like her glass, but alas...I did, however, leave some in the bottom of the bottle to sneak...

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:54:22 | More by maximum12
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours inky black with a small mocha ring around the edges.

The smell is cocoa nibs and whiskey. A touch of oak with some sweet fudge like aromas as well. Maybe some smoke as well but it is very subtle.

Big bourbon characteristics on the palate. Oak, vanilla, and booze with a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Some fudge and dark fruit such as cherries come through too. A touch of smoke. Pretty excellent.

Medium bodies and sticky. Really kind of thin for a stout of this quality.

Overall, a great beer. Very surprised something of this caliber came out of my home town. Granted, its not Rare or PVW Dark Lord, but its still a very solid bourbon stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 15:23:49 | More by auroracrisis
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date but this was released in the last month or so.

A: First off, this is the worst waxed cap I have ever seen. It doesn't feel like wax, it's like 1/4" thick plastic. It took a few minutes to chip off enough wax to get the bottle opener on this. Beer (finally) pours a pitch black with a tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades somewhat slowly, leaving almost no lacing at all. Quite good retention, however.

S: This is a heavy one for sure. Mellow caramel from the bourbon with a decent sweet chocolate. Smoky for sure but blends nicely, not overpowering. Nice vanilla on top of everything.

T: Notable bourbon but not too much. Very mellow but thick caramel coating. Loads of vanilla. Smoked malt doesn't stand out, it's crushed under the sweetness of the vanilla and caramel and even some chocolate. It's still a nice addition and adds complexity at the same time. Decent mixture of chocolate and a little coffee overtones with that smoked malt into the finish. Smokiness is most prominent in the finish and aftertaste where it lingers with some charred oak and more vanilla.

M: Mouthfeel on this one is amazing. Heavy, thick, super smooth and creamy. Sweet without being cloying. Viscous. Just wonderful. Might be the best of all time or at least in recent memory.

O: I am not a fan of smoked anything but this beers pull it off better than most. The heavy body and intense complexity really causes it to meld nicely instead of standing out like an ashtray dropped into your beer. The body on this one is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe really. It's just got the right level of heaviness, viscosity and creaminess that makes it a dream as soon as you take a sip. Wonderful. Makes for an especially drinkable 13% barrel aged smoked stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 05:06:48 | More by Dope
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 23:24:33 | More by KYGunner
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SanFranJake

California

4.33/5  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

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 13:40:51 | More by SanFranJake
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dar482

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a thick dark black color.

The aroma has big smoked malt, bacon, bourbon, chocolate.

The flavor follows with those notse. Sweetness of chocolate, coffee, fudge, vanilla. Then a baconey smokiness picks up and then the bourbon attacks and melds with it. Mouthfeel is medium full.

A great attempt at a bourbon barrel smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:51:43 | More by dar482
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magictacosinus

California

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I heard they were tapping this at Trappist Provisions the other night, I knew I HAD to check this out. My ultimate goal is to add a bottle of 20yr Pappy Van Winkel to my aspiring collection of spirits, so this would be the closest that I'd get so far to trying something that had some of its flavor. (Although, how long this spent in such barrels, I've no clue. My guess is a year, give or take.) Poured in a 6oz tumbler.

Contains, as expected, an opaque, blackened color with an off-khaki head that makes the beer resemble a glass of thick espresso over being an actual beer. Ridiculously monstrous alcohol legs on this thing, with such strength that nothing sticks to the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a while, which is rather surprising. Perhaps the tap provides forced carbonation? I would have gladly had this served in a tulip glass instead, but it still looks rather intimidating even in the small tumbler.

The aroma is definitely everything I was expecting, and more - lots of candied notes resembling toffee, butterscotch, dark chocolate, and soaked woody vanilla flavors. Dark fruits, especially cherries, come out as this warms up. The barrels definitely did their job in enhancing the beer's complexity, perhaps to the point of overriding so many of the stout's flavors, such as the roasted malts and grains. I barely get any zest to speak of, but there is an undeniable stinging feeling on the nostrils, no doubt imparted by the large ABV. This definitely opens up as it warms, but as first it's definitely a dark chocolate coated bourbon aged drink to the max.

The flavor is a little bit more intense, in which the dark cocoa and woody soaked alcohol dryness really comes to full fruition. Lots of a vanilla in the finish, which is very much expected from the bourbon. The alcohol is pretty well concealed overall, and flavor eventually turns from woody to candied, to slightly bitter and roasted at the finish. Definitely the amount of high quality bourbon in this thing makes a lot of the beer's aspects slightly muted, but it's still pretty delicious. Lots of heat comes up at the finish from the alcohol, and I definitely had to have a glass of water alongside this in order to dispel the bone-dryness.

Very intense and intriguing take on the imperial stout style for once, although this is definitely on its road to being a hybrid. It isn't difficult to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it did take me some time. Not sure how easy it is to come by, but I recommend this as a must try to bourbon and stout fans from all over. A good way to end a long day, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2013 06:49:52 | More by magictacosinus
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration beer with De Molen aged in PVW barrels. As a BIG fan of ATG, I had heard of this beer and practically peed in my pants when I saw this on the growler station at Party Town in Florence, KY. Poured from a growler into a Unibroue Maudite snifter. The pour is extremely dark with no light getting through and some brown tint along the edges. Very, very little head and almost immediate dissipation (common for barrel-aged beers). Lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon on the nose.

Very full body and nice firm mouthfeel. The taste doesn't quite follow the nose in that the bourbon smells very hot, but the flavor doesn't show it. It's actualy quite smooth and drinkable for this style. There are nice sweet malty notes up front and bitter roasted flavors at mid-palate. The bourbon isn't nearly as hot on the palate as it is on the nose. For me, the flavors are very well-married as the roasted notes are balanced by malt and vanilla sweetness. Other flavors include oak, maple syrup, figs, and a hint of smokiness. Is this stuff really 14% ABV? I find that difficult to believe. There is naught but a whiff of booze on the finish and a lingering oaky warmth.

Overall, I was really impressed by this beer. The folks at ATG have once again done themselves proud. One of these days, I'm sure they will start bottling their wonderful beers so that us Kentuckians can share them with BAs across the country. This beer is not about combining flavors of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. It is all about the bourbon. It's kind of like BCBS only much, much smoother. I freaking loved it.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2012 17:32:31 | More by deadonhisfeet
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

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