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Bo & Luke - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 282
Gots: 159 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sparky44, May 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

RichH55, May 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sweemzander, May 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rogorama, May 21, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Local Option in Chicago.

Jet black with a deep purple head that is maybe 1/4 inch. Lots of scents on the nose including coffee, dark chocolate, some bourbon, and fruitiness. The taste is sinful. So deep and smooth with sweetness that is apparent but not cloying. You get the vanilla from the bourbon and it enhances the sweetness. Only light coffee and limited dark chocolate on the finish. The front end has more of a dark/dried fruitiness. This is the 2nd beer I've had aged in Pappy barrels, and they've both been home runs. I had this beer after Baudonia, and this was just as good if not better. If you have the chance, make it a priority to taste this beer.

PHBoiler, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Drucifer, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

anhigdon, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

KevinmusPrime, May 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

HopsMatt, Apr 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

lilnicky068, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

craftbrew502, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

ADTaber, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Quackus, Apr 01, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OMG! I thought I had just tasted bacon grease pressed through an espresso coffee machine! On the first sip... I warmed to it. The beer demands food that can fight back, which I did not have available. Still - Highly recommend you try this beer if you ever get the chance, it is so unique and others have described it better, you owe it to yourself to take it on.

RockAZ, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

AngusOg, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

jmgrub, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I heard they were tapping this at Trappist Provisions the other night, I knew I HAD to check this out. My ultimate goal is to add a bottle of 20yr Pappy Van Winkel to my aspiring collection of spirits, so this would be the closest that I'd get so far to trying something that had some of its flavor. (Although, how long this spent in such barrels, I've no clue. My guess is a year, give or take.) Poured in a 6oz tumbler.

Contains, as expected, an opaque, blackened color with an off-khaki head that makes the beer resemble a glass of thick espresso over being an actual beer. Ridiculously monstrous alcohol legs on this thing, with such strength that nothing sticks to the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a while, which is rather surprising. Perhaps the tap provides forced carbonation? I would have gladly had this served in a tulip glass instead, but it still looks rather intimidating even in the small tumbler.

The aroma is definitely everything I was expecting, and more - lots of candied notes resembling toffee, butterscotch, dark chocolate, and soaked woody vanilla flavors. Dark fruits, especially cherries, come out as this warms up. The barrels definitely did their job in enhancing the beer's complexity, perhaps to the point of overriding so many of the stout's flavors, such as the roasted malts and grains. I barely get any zest to speak of, but there is an undeniable stinging feeling on the nostrils, no doubt imparted by the large ABV. This definitely opens up as it warms, but as first it's definitely a dark chocolate coated bourbon aged drink to the max.

The flavor is a little bit more intense, in which the dark cocoa and woody soaked alcohol dryness really comes to full fruition. Lots of a vanilla in the finish, which is very much expected from the bourbon. The alcohol is pretty well concealed overall, and flavor eventually turns from woody to candied, to slightly bitter and roasted at the finish. Definitely the amount of high quality bourbon in this thing makes a lot of the beer's aspects slightly muted, but it's still pretty delicious. Lots of heat comes up at the finish from the alcohol, and I definitely had to have a glass of water alongside this in order to dispel the bone-dryness.

Very intense and intriguing take on the imperial stout style for once, although this is definitely on its road to being a hybrid. It isn't difficult to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it did take me some time. Not sure how easy it is to come by, but I recommend this as a must try to bourbon and stout fans from all over. A good way to end a long day, for sure.

magictacosinus, Mar 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

MSandahl23, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

duceswild, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

oriolesfan4, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rado, Feb 26, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imperial smoked stout aged in Pappy barrels? Yes please.

Appearance: midnight black, minimal dark brown head.

Aroma: light smoke and charred barrel, bourbon, vanilla, booze, chocolate, coffee hints.

Taste: vanilla and chocolate, burnt toast, smoke, ash, alcohol, bourbon, molasses.

***Thick and chewy, full bodied, and it isn't too busy for the ABV. Never heard of this brewery before, but I'm not disappointed to see em.

EgadBananas, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

injuredreserve, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

griffiam03, Feb 22, 2013
Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
95 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.