Bo & Luke | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BA SCORE
95
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919 Ratings
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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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
919
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.53%
 
 
Wants:
380
Gots:
253
For Trade:
35
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 919 |  Reviews: 92
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

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of npachl
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pletser
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of skaboom420
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body, looks thick. Tan head, creamy looking but fades to a thin ring. Smell is like a bonfire, great smoke aroma without harshness, some nuance like barbecue or spice. Beneath that is warm, like caramel, and warm, like booze, bourbon notes, followed by dark chocolate. Taste also puts the smoke first, then whiskey, then dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt, a hint of vanilla, and a flash of raisin. Body is thick but not *sludgy*, and a bit too carbonated. But still very rich.
Love it! They have it all: authentic smoke, real whiskey, and a great beer behind it, too. Put more meat on the body and this would be nearing perfection.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/25/16 bottle

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Photo of sabitu
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CraigP83
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No head, black with redding hue around the edges. Smokey, boardering on cigarette ash, I wasn't a huge fan

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Richter525
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.3 out of 5 based on 919 ratings.
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