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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 301
Gots: 193 | FT: 28
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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Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

dar482, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Jim13
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jim13, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Yeti1979, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Nolen12
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Nolen12, Jan 20, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

adamdarcy, Jan 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

krl2112, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bauermj, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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

jeonseh, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dbc5, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of arusso13
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed on-tap at The Owl Farm in Brooklyn.

A: One finger, quick fading khaki head. Pitch black in color.

S: Bourbon immediately hits you, giving way to coffee and chocolate. Faint smell of smoke.

T: Sweetness up front (think milk chocolate, caramel, toasted marshmallow), followed by slight bourbon notes (but very little burn). Smokiness plus added sweetness on the back end. Very drinkable despite it's high ABV.

M: Not as full-bodied as I would expect, little carbonation.

O: A very complex, well done BA stout. Worth seeking out if given the opportunity.

arusso13, Jan 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

leftstagebrew, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

lonewolfcry, Jan 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

dataylor21, Jan 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Braden, Jan 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

CocktailJunky, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

largadeer, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

BMMillsy, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dtomes, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

IndyDad, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Abbbp, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

nharres, Dec 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

TheBronze, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

clemson14, Dec 29, 2013
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.