Bo & Luke | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

BA SCORE
95
world-class
907 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:
907
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.53%
 
 
Wants:
380
Gots:
255
For Trade:
35
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 907 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

High B / GOOD

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

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Majestic
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ohiovania
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JKitchen23
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopBomb515
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black, big tan head, lots of lacing that eventually fades. Notes of smoke, wood fired grill, cherries charred, vanilla and smoke. Medium body, coating and semi dry. Overall a good beer. Interesting mix of flavors that are not a stray from the norm.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexSenft
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of cardsfan
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was really underwhelmed by this. Heard lots of good things but was immediately concerned after the look. Extremely thin. Smell was great but taste didn't back it up. Feel was just what I was expecting after the look. Not a bad beer but very overhyped.

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Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of WoostaBia
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stout but the smoked malt are too overbearing after a while, more like a rauchbier than a stout.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is not quite jet black. Very very dark brown, very subtle red hue in the light. Seems to be a slight thin body, with khaki colored head that sticks around for a while. Decent lacing.

Pretty noticable bourbon in the nose. The smoke is very present as well. The smoke doesn't initially hit you, but it smells like a cigar lounge room. Wood, oak, vanilla, caramel. Burnt campfire logs comes through the nose as it warms up. Has an outdoorsy smoke smell.

Taste is more sweet than expected. Getting some roasted marshmallow, caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and dark chocolate in the beginning. The finish is when the bitter flavors come through. This is when the bourbon kicks in, hickory smoke, dark fruit and burnt toast.

Mouthfeel isn't thick at all, but still full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Very robust beer, full bodied. Gets the job done. Nothing outside the box but smoked stout aged in bourbon barrels (as name implies) is exactly what it tastes like.

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Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Ron!

A: Dark brown with a one finger tan head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Yep, I smell the smoke along with bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Nice intertwining.

T: Comes on like a muscle car. Smoke invades with a shot of bourbon. Then vanilla icing, chocolate and cocoa nibs bring this thick, sweet devil down hard for a 13% kick.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: A fantastic smoked stout. Just a notch or two below a Sue. And that's damn good. Varoom!

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

Photo of Nichols33
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfish2942
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bo & Luke from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
4.3 out of 5 based on 907 ratings.
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