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Bo & Luke | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

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 Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,584
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
966
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
2017

This beer pours black and is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

I notice the smoke right away. I smell some chocolate. Searching I can smell a little caramel and vanilla.

The smoke is up front. Flavors of chocolate and fig cut the smoke. There is some bitterness.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

I have had a beer boner for this beer for quite awhile. Hell, it's already smoked, so I don't even need a cigarette after I finish. Great beer. Great change of pace from all these desserty stouts out there. I just wish I had some brisket to enjoy with it.

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3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice midnight black with a thin coffee colored head that doesn't hang around long but does leave a slight lacing.
The smell carries a fair bit of a barrel, some char/coffee notes, something between bacon and fresh baked bread, and a molasses sweetness. Very interesting smell, not very common in my experience. It might be rated better by some, worse by others, I'm still sort of on the fence honestly.
Taste is molasses up front, with some raisin and chocolate. The barrel seems totally absent to my tongue and the flavor seeps slowly toward a figgy sweetness. Really wonderful taste, very classically within the style as opposed to the unusual aroma.
Mouthfeel is also excellent, obviously quite syrupy and thick, but it has a lightness to it makes it dangerously drinkable
Overall this is a wonderful big beast of a stout. The barrel is perfectly fit in and this puppy is ready for the drinkin

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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**
03/23/18

Bottle to snifter. Share at Borgata with MCD and DS.

Look: thick black, healthy off white head.
Aroma: lots of smoke and tobacco.
Taste: more smoke and tobacco. A little too harsh. Like a cigar. Very tasty, but it drags on you.
Feel: a tad thin. Medium carbonation.

Good beer. Awesome bottle.
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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 966 ratings