Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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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
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
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
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.
08-01-2013 00:07:15 | More by woosterbill
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.