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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 314
Gots: 208 | FT: 35
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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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A- Pours black as night with a small, tan head. Retention is ok, but lacing is pretty good. Not too much to say here, as it looks like most impy stouts do.

S- Lots of smoke, burnt malts, and just a touch of barrel there. Really a complex and unique nose here. There is some evidence of Belgian yeast I think.

T- Starts off smokey and burnt in the flavor department. The barrel flavor shows off a little bit of oak and more burnt flavor, with very little vanilla to speak of. Barrel is really subdued compared to the smokiness. Lingering barrel spiciness on the palate.

M- Smooth and think on the palate. Alcohol is the big hitter here, but it is hidden very well.

Overall, my favorite smoked beer to date. Really smooth, complex, and not too much barrel to overtake the flavors of the base beer. Next step. find the variants.

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A- pours pitch black with a big frothy light-tan colored head that retains nicely, leaving thick lacing around the glass as it settles.

S- lots of bitter-sweet dark chocolate aromas with a big smoked cherrywood presence, spicy rye adds a subtle peppery notes, oaky bourbon juice kicks in just before closing with more chocolate and cherrywood

T- big chocolate notes up front mesh with just enough smoky malt, complimented by a prominent cherrywood flavor. Spicy rye kicks in, followed by a subtle-yet-smooth bourbon flavor with some toasted oak notes, adding a hint of vanilla. The bourbon is more of a compliment, rather than a focus, which works nearly perfectly. More chocolate kicks in on the finish with a long linger of dark cherry

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel with an absolute smooth finish. I can't believe that this beer is nearly 14% ABV, as it drinks more like 8%.

O- so impressed with this one, the smokiness of the malt mesh so well with the chocolate flavors, the rye adds a nice spiciness and the bourbon is perfectly integrated. This is the best beer I've had in a while

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.