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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 300
Gots: 202 | FT: 30
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass with a two finger brown head that tried to leave some lacing.

S-Roasted, burnt, smoked malt. But the smoke is not overpowering at all. Mild chocolate sneaks in as well.

T-Like the nose the smoke/roast/burnt malt is the in the forefront, but it doesn't dominate is is well balanced with the chocolate and very slight coffee.

M-Heavy to medium in body, alcohol is hidden.

O-A really good beer, an interesting take on the style, very glad I was able to try it. Thanks!

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, spring 2013
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours deep brown color. Reddish hues. Light tan head. Some lacing bits. Some alcohol feet.

S: Campfire. Bourbon booze heat. Roasted malts. Some light vanilla, but its almost completely overpowered by the booze.

T: Definitely campfire smoked malt forward. Some chocolate meshing with the vanilla from the barrel. But for the most part this beer is all about the smoke and barrel. Definitely some booze heat on the back of the throat.

M: Full bodied.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
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.


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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was released 4/19/14. Bottle to tulip.

I've had this serval times but never reviewed. The wax is very light and it's very easy to open.

A. Very, very dark brown. Especially around the edges. Not complete black. Minor head quickly retreats to an amber fine bubble rim. Highly viscous and slightly oily.

S. Dominated by dark roasted malts. Moderate notes of bourbon, coco, and smoke. The smoke is noticeable but very low key. Very minor notes of vanilla and toffee.

T. The smoke is more dominate in the taste but not overwhelming and not at all similar to smoked pig. The smoke is more roast/char that you will also find in coffee ba stouts. The bourbon is noticeable and equals the malts. This is fairly bitter with a
Coffee/hops finish. Booze is totally hidden.

M. Moderate carbonation. Full body. Smooth for the style.

O. Bad to the bone. I'll say the smoke does build up after it warms. This ale transforms highly as it warm, but all phases are excellent. Highly recommended.

Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.