Bo & Luke (Peanut Butter) | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Bo & Luke (Peanut Butter)Bo & Luke (Peanut Butter)

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopsMatt on 10-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 39
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The softer and friendlier version of Bo & Luke layers on the senses with an aura of playful peanut butter. Helping to buffer its smoky underpinnings and giving extra rise to the bourbon and malt, the children's lunch spread makes its way into adulthood in a very big way.

Just as dark and deviant as the original outlaw ale, its peanut butter character hardly shows in the beer's appearance, except in the way that it desegregates the longevity of its creamy espresso-like froth and any of its residual lacing. Yet, black like tar, its murky matte quickly turns to looks as much of dark coffee as of stout.

The common foundation of burnt toffee, dark-roast coffee, cocoa, toasted walnut and its familiar waft of campfire are all stalwarts on the nose. However, its new ribbons of peanut butter tether right through and do so in a seamless manner. The savory nuttiness tempers the smoke and seems to bury its vinous fruit character while heightening a note of tobacco and oaken caramel.

The beer's charred sweetness seems of burnt marshmallow as its deeply embedded sweetness is brought to life with the peanut butter, smoldering embers and its cocoa and coffee-like robust bitterness. Layered within is the light tartness of vinous currant, berry and plumb that turns woody, caramelly and vanilla-laden. This all makes way for the bourbony finish with lingering char and wood.

Full-bodied and lush, the peanut butter gives the initial taste a creamy and silky feel but turns powdery and with a touch of grit late. As the carbonation seems to evade the ale early, the brunt of the beer's weight lays heavily on the taste buds and saturates them full- making the beer port-like as a sipper. Its feather finish is assisted with wood spice and tannin capabilities.

With a plethora of complexity already, the additions of peanut butter carries a medium-intense and well balanced complement to the rich base beer. But the addition lessens the beer's appearance and body by its oils and has a hard time dissolving completely.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice medium sized head with a brown tint. The color was deep black with an obvious thickness.

The nose is chocolatey with toffee and caramel but the peanut butter is light.

The flavor is milk chocolatey, obvious peanut butter, Graham cracker malt and even a raw roasted peanut.

This so smooth and thick and to read it's 13 percent ABV is a true shock.

I really like Bo and Luke and was apprehensive on whether peanut butter could possibly work with it but oh hell yeah it does.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into HF fest glass. Fourth bottle of Donfrap's birthday tasting, final bottle of the set. Thanks Don for the share!

A- Pours similar to other B&Ls- dark brown, almost opaque in glass with slight translucency around the edges, slight mocha head that recedes to flat top, maybe slight less head then regular.

S- Peanut butter takes over the smoke aroma, still a nice smoke aroma balanced with the peanut butter though, slight sweet bourbon with a little bit of wood. Peanut butter balances nicely with the base.

T- Slight smoke, balanced bourbon, subtle peanut butter that comes out a little bit more on the finish with some chocolate malts. An interesting variant, peanut butter balances nicely, I prefer the regular slightly more though.

M- Same as regular, a bit thin, very smooth, nice carbonation level for style.

O- Peanut butter added a nice presence to the base beer however it took away a lot of the smokiness and overall I think I preferred the regular a little bit more. Overall of the variants I preferred the habanero the most and then this. This was definitely better then the tea though and looking at the ratings it seems almost as people may have gotten this confused with the tea. After having tried all the variants I think they are interesting to try but don't improve on the base beer and based on how limited they are probably aren't worth going after.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, shy of inky. Not a big head, but a medium light khaki collar.

Smell - Bourbon, but almost smells like rye. Not a rich bourbon. Smoke. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Bourbon is better blended. Still not rich. Sweet. Dark chocolate. Smoke is nice. Peanut butter comes out faintly in the back.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, thick, and mildly boozy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The adjunct isn't very strong. This is a phenomenal beer despite the faint peanut butter.

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Photo of anhigdon
1.93/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I really wanted to love this beer. I split the entire 4 pack special editions with 4 others. All of us agreed the peanut butter version of Bo & Luke was a complete miss. The common theme among our tasters was that it tasted like burnt rubber tires.

Again, I hate giving this a bad rating. I love the original Bo and Luke, the Serrano pepper was tasty, and so was the Chinese tea one. But this was a miss and was nearly a drain pour for me. Truthfully. Don't bother with this one.

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Bo & Luke (Peanut Butter) from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.17 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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