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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

456 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 260
Gots: 141 | FT: 20
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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DavidRose

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -53.3%

01-28-2013 23:52:49 | More by DavidRose
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Rons35

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -47.4%

03-21-2014 23:29:01 | More by Rons35
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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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krl2112

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

01-19-2014 00:33:13 | More by krl2112
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

03-23-2014 13:41:44 | More by Dave_Treat
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

11-17-2013 23:53:01 | More by Flabbyjandro
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Danielr26

Michigan

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-22-2014 02:59:45 | More by Danielr26
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LinzBrit

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-23-2014 14:13:10 | More by LinzBrit
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cornpone

New York

3/5  rDev -29.9%

09-22-2013 19:19:29 | More by cornpone
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TheBronze

Washington

3/5  rDev -29.9%

12-30-2013 07:00:05 | More by TheBronze
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ctrevino

Indiana

3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-21-2012 00:13:59 | More by ctrevino
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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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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

03-09-2014 15:24:54 | More by ShanePB
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beagle75

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

12-16-2012 16:58:06 | More by beagle75
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inkdemention

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

02-12-2014 16:12:44 | More by inkdemention
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

11-20-2013 00:08:27 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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dunlap926

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

03-22-2014 15:57:35 | More by dunlap926
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -20.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 05:47:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-06-2014 05:18:25 | More by largadeer
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surlytwinsfan

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

07-17-2014 18:56:24 | More by surlytwinsfan
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

09-16-2013 20:50:18 | More by Anonymous1
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

03-30-2014 18:08:49 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-02-2014 18:06:23 | More by kell50
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

11-04-2013 21:13:07 | More by chippo33
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james582

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-27-2014 15:42:48 | More by james582
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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.