Bo & Luke | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BA SCORE
95
world-class
908 Ratings
Bo & LukeBo & Luke
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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
908
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.53%
 
 
Wants:
380
Gots:
256
For Trade:
35
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Ratings: 908 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattflippin
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark brown/black beer with a moderate tan head which has good retention. The smokiness of this beer is immediately apparent- it dominates the aroma, in a good way, with some whiskey and other spices reminiscent of a BBQ. The taste is immediately a familiar Russian Imp Stout, roasty with a nice smoked woodiness, with a nice whiskey, cacao, vanilla, and caramel flavor. This beer is medium-bodied, and warming on the finish. Overall, maybe the best 'smoked' beer that I've ever had- pretty great for the RIS style, but while there is certainly barrel characteristics and wood present, I didn't get a whole lot of whiskey on the taste or smell. A great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nice looking beer. A cola brown color on the pour, producing a near opaque chestnut brown color with a frothy and resilient tan head. The smoked cherrywood shines through on the aroma, accompanied by whiskey, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste brought a beautiful mix of smoked wood, chocolate, whiskey, and vanilla. Medium-to-full bodied with prominent whiskey on the finish. Wow.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joberlander
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer overall just wish there was more barrel. It says on the bottle its only aged for 3 months.

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Photo of BEER88
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at Fountainhead Chicago. I guess what I wasn't prepared for here was the smokiness. This is the smokiest beer I have ever had. Wow! I feel like I am working a half barrel BBQ grill in Nashville whilst bluegrass bands play in the opposite room.

Not your ordinary BA stout. Chocolate, cherry and a hint of vanilla do come through but that smokiness carries everything along and fills up your nose and palate in an overwhelming manner.

Fantastic, just a really surprising, somewhat jarring and ultimately delicious brew.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonny41
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwbetts
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As a regular imperial stout, this is pretty solid. It's flavorful, well-balanced, and the smoke presence is very nice. However, as a barrel aged stout- especially one in this price range- this falls very short. Simply put, there is almost no barrel presence in this beer whatsoever, and there are tons of outstanding BA stouts with tons of barrel presence- Parabola, Bourbon County, Crux Tough Love, Rye Whiskey Abyss, Oakshire Hellshire VI, Heathen BA Epitaph to name a few- that can be found for the same price or less than this. If this weren't marketed as a bourbon barrel aged stout, and if it weren't $25 a bottle, I could recommend a beer like this. As it stands, though, I'd say that your money would be better spent on something else. I could care less if Against the Grain uses Pappy barrels- a BA beer either has barrel presence or it doesn't, and this beer doesn't have it at all. The base beer is very good, but I think if you're going to make a barrel aged stout, you ought to put some effort into making it taste barrel aged. Against the Grain doesn't seem to agree with me.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.3 out of 5 based on 908 ratings.
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