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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 268
Gots: 150 | FT: 22
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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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Jet black. Inky and viscous. Small mocha head.

Smell - Smoke and chocolate in perfect balance. Whiskey aroma, but it's not strong. Vanilla.

Taste - The smoke is very strong. Stronger than the aroma. Sweet chocolate, kinda fudgy. Whiskey is present, but never a centerpiece. A little bitter form the smoked malts.

Mouthfeel - Sweet as hell. Heavy. The smoke gets dulled by the sugars.

Overall - The barrel is muted and the beer is too sweet, but otherwise the flavors work very well together.

09-16-2013 02:26:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

09-16-2013 00:12:49 | More by beernads
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visualmartyr

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-15-2013 15:18:26 | More by visualmartyr
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eyeenjoybeer

Seychelles

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-15-2013 15:05:05 | More by eyeenjoybeer
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cfaulman

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

09-15-2013 03:27:52 | More by cfaulman
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-12-2013 18:18:36 | More by BuckTuckian
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soldat329x

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-10-2013 13:49:42 | More by soldat329x
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

09-08-2013 16:49:31 | More by Duff27
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Mikecap

Rhode Island

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%

End of the keg, about a 6-7 ounce pour, for free!

Appearance: Jet black with a thin dark brown head, solid retention with chunky lacing.

Smell: Oak, chocolate and a ton of smoke. Such a great aroma, with hints of the bourbon coming through as well, lots of sweetness to counteract that.

Taste: Silky smooth, chocolate, molasses and caramel, with notes of charred oak, bourbon, and more alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but surprisingly smooth. Very easy drinking with little heat for its size. This was a small pour but quite easy to drink.

Overall: Fantastic beer that I'm glad I got to try. Worth seeking out this rare brew.

09-08-2013 02:16:10 | More by Mikecap
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ryanpj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-02-2013 02:24:30 | More by ryanpj
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-11-2013 19:34:20 | More by bpfrush
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powz87

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-11-2013 18:28:50 | More by powz87
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egrace84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-11-2013 13:09:53 | More by egrace84
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-11-2013 01:50:14 | More by Stevedore
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-10-2013 20:04:42 | More by lunarbrew
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

On-tap at The Beer Temple, in Amsterdam.

Bo & Luke is black as the char inside the bourbon barrel in which it was aged. Dark as deep space, with a coffee-coloured head, the contents of the glass look thicker than concrete. It's obvious off the bat: this is not the beer to order if you're in the mood for something "normal".

Smelling the beer is akin to licking the inside of a charred oak barrel that still contains portions of its former alcoholic contents. The use of cherry wood smoked and rye malts really serve to accentuate the singe and spice of the bourbon (Pappy Van Winkle, by the way). Notwithstanding, there's far more to this Russian Imperial Stout than simply whiskey...

Bo & Luke drinks with exalted flavours of dark chocolate, vanilla cake, and cinnamon spice. These three flavours play out in order, again and again like clockwork with each mouthful before giving way to a very dry and smoky finish that subjugates a chunk (though by no means all) of the alcohol. It tastes a little like what the inside of a cigar box smells.

It's my experience that few beers can age more than a short period of time; this one could probably outlive you. At a not-so-hard-to-believe 14% alcohol, I savored my six ounce pour patiently. There's no other way to do it; each sip is formidable and rewarding in its grandeur.

Bourbon-barrel aged stouts can be monotonous, but Bo & Luke was truly special. Pappy Van Winkle is an expensive (several hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars/bottle) that is very rare and regarded as arguably the best bourbon in the world. I've never had the privilege of trying it but if its effects on this stout are any indication, its praise is warranted.

08-01-2013 13:24:54 | More by biegaman
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

On-tap at Tørst.

A: Black body, brown highlights, 1 inch of fine, creamy light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing, particularly for the strength. Gorgeous.

S: Enormous bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate-covered raisins. The oak in particular is incredible.

T: Nutty vanilla oak up front, with delicious bourbon and chocolate midway through. Marshmallow, coffee, and more bourbon on the finish. Warming booze on the aftertaste, but alongside lingering coconut and vanilla. Wow.

M: Smooth, full bodied, and creamily carbonated. Lovely.

O: I hadn't heard of this beer before a friend ordered one, but the second I smelled his I ordered my own. This is one of the best Bourbon-barrel Stouts I've had in a while. Really intense, really great. Wish I could have it again.

Cheers!

08-01-2013 00:07:15 | More by woosterbill
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MCain04

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-30-2013 03:33:25 | More by MCain04
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-21-2013 18:50:30 | More by thewimperoo
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-21-2013 11:32:16 | More by Kirk
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-20-2013 18:36:47 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-16-2013 23:51:04 | More by Texasfan549
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11%

07-16-2013 02:35:07 | More by DonFrap
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-08-2013 13:47:03 | More by mendvicdog
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.