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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 305
Gots: 206 | FT: 32
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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.00% 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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased by stillmatic2232 from Oliver's in Albany, NY, shared and poured into two tulips. Thanks man!

I stare into the abyss as I look at the glass. So dark and black, like obsidian. A mocha-colored head rises up out of the abyss and sticks around for a while.

Aromas include coffee and roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and slight alcohol.

The taste is much the same, with additional hop bitterness, smooth bourbon sweetness, light char, campfire smoke, oak, caramel, coconut, and vanilla. Awesome!

Full and delicious mouthfeel here. Low but nice carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Awesome collaboration here, and one I hope to drink again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Just got this bottle from the local beer store this week though, so I'm confident that it's fresh. My second beer from Against The Grain Brewery. My bottle lists a 13.00% abv, instead of 14.00% abv. The orange wax was extremely tough to conquer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy brown; opaque black in the glass with three big fingers of beautiful dark tan mocha head. Excellent head retention for the high abv. Some very nice thick scattered lace. Looks excellent.

S - Initial blast of musty yeastiness, but then dark silky chocolate and dark roast takes over. Tart & earthy from the cherry wood. Subtle notes of smoke / char / leather. Chocolate. Vanilla. Fudge. Cookie dough. Caramel. Some booze fumes. Some orange citrus? A very complex and intricate aroma.

T - Silky chocolate, fudge, smooth vanilla, some bourbon booze heat, smoked malt / char, fruity orange / cherry tartness. And then more sticky fudgey vanilla goodness. Very complex, layered, and enjoyable. Mild alcohol astringency.

M - Mouthfeel is very good, if maybe a touch too thin. Perfect level of sweetness, booziness, and bitterness. Lingering dark roast on the palate. Medium full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a delicious barrel aged stout from Against The Grain Brewery. Very delicious and complex; there is a lot to ponder about with this one. Very drinkable for the high abv, but a nice warmer of an imperial sotut. A deliciously layered beer. Highly recommended.

Against The Grain Brewery Bo & Luke ---4.5/5

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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.

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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