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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 274
Gots: 153 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cnbrown313, Oct 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Irishace9, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

wpqx, Sep 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ddedhed, Sep 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Dirtinabottle, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

DrTravisW, Sep 27, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured viscous and smooth with virtually no carbonation in the body this stout had an opal like hue. The head was thick and brown and rose slowly from the top until it muffined above the rim.

The aromas were chocolatey with some strong malt character. Vinous fruit and bourbon provide almost a texture to the scent.

The flavor is incredibly diverse with constantly changing complexity at every sip. The chocolate is certainly the backbone with caramel, praline and molasses. I also caught glimpses of chocolate covered cherries, honeycomb, pecan, maple, woodsy oak, vanilla and ever so slight dry coconut. The dried fruitiness was evident but I was unable to identify just which ones. With all that I still tasted some strong malt and a hint of bourbon.

The feel was a tad astringent with a piney metallic aftertaste and feel. The overall feel was not nearly as thick and viscous as the appearance would suggest.

This is a fantastic beer with all the subtleties and nuances beer lovers look for and proof that ATG is the real deal.

KYGunner, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Mike for splitting this gem! A smoked beer aged in Pappy barrels... what could go wrong? Pours a deep brown, teetering on the edge of black, but certainly not there just yet. The beer sits, thick and still with a quickly receding head that's a few hues lighter than tan. No lacing left on the glass; just the slightest bit of alcohol legging upon swirling.

Bo & Luke hits your nostrils like a sack of potatoes; nothing to hide, here. Rustic, woody smoke, both meaty and peaty, mild liquid sweet smoke, oak, smooth and warming bourbon, a bit of underlying, sweet roasted malt, and even a little bit of caramel and/or brown sugar. A very old times-y feeling brew with lots to offer. The oak, the smoke, the meat, the bourbon... a unique combination of aromas - I'm digging it so far.

Pleasantly warm bourbon greets my taste buds with the first sip; none other than Pappy Van Winkle. No, I wouldn't have been able to guess "Pappy" just from the taste, but knowing this fact afterwards helps to justify the smoothness. Sweet, liquid smoke, a subtle campfire woodiness, light cocoa malt mixed with burnt, roasty malt... The taste, much like the aroma, has so much to offer that it would be easy to overlook something if you don't pay attention!

Very smoky, woody (oaky) and lightly sweet in the finish with a touch of cocoa, while the mild bourbon warmth is left, lingering in the back of your through. Yeah, the warmth is there, but it's surprisingly drinkable for 14% ABV. Medium bodied... I would expect heavier or thicker for the style, but it works well here; borderline sticky, with a lasting mouth coating that'll keep you tasting smoke and bourbon for a while.

When Mike first pulled this out and told us what it was... I didn't really know what to expect. But damn, this beer was pretty tasty. Like sitting around a warm campfire, smoking some delicious meats and taking a few shots of bourbon. Smooth, warm, oaky bourbon. I don't think I've had anything quite like this before, so it definitely gets brownie points for uniqueness. Tasty and drinkable considering the style - thanks again, Mike!

tectactoe, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jklecko2, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

cornpone, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

sneaks2210, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Gonzoillini, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cysiam, Sep 19, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%

On tap at the brewery, September 14, 2013. Served in a snifter. Creamy colored 1" head, excellent lacing. Appearance was dark and oily. Smell was bourbon, caramel. Taste was slightly sweet, subtle smoke, light bourbon, vanilla. Alcohol was not overbearing, despite being 13-14%. Has a smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Was fortunate enough to try a couple of variants on this trip, including port barrel aged and the peanut butter from the Bo and Luke 4 pack. This beer lives up the hype. Delicious.

Vegasbeer, Sep 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

landhoney, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Anonymous1, Sep 16, 2013
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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.

Alieniloquium, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

beernads, Sep 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

visualmartyr, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

eyeenjoybeer, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cfaulman, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BuckTuckian, Sep 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

soldat329x, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Duff27, Sep 08, 2013
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.