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Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke

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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Orange Wax. 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 VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels. The resulting beer is rich, smokey and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice. Bottle has orange reddish orange) wax top. Only the first version was aged in Pappy barrels. For further information see - http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/bo-luke-initial-release-vs-later-bottles_256787.htm

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (346) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch plack with big brown lasting head. Aroma hits you with smoky vanilla! Sweet caramel malts ads the bacon notes. Savoury and salty. Really complex, yet balanced. Some wood and bourbon’like tobacco. Taste is sweet bourbon, toasty malts, caramel, roasty malts, smoke, vanilla, wood, some sweet port grapes, loooong slight dry finish with some honey bourbon. Leaves the smoke. Full body, low carbonation. Slight heat as it warms. One of my favorit beers! So complex, yet so balanced!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3461) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
EBF 2015. Une robe foncée presque noire. Un nez tourbé d’iode et de vanille. Du chocolat, de la vanille s’ajoute au cocktail d’arômes. Une bouche ronde et savoureuse de vrai stout impérial avec du chocolat, de la fumée et de la vanille boisée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5279) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 3, 2015
032715;nice smoked aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, light burnt soft finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7250) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
Dark brown coloured, almost black. Has a light-brown head, medium duration. Sweet, roasted aroma, notes of coffee. Creamy texture and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12691) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Almost black with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, smoked and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 270315

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (6996) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Johns. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, oak, bourbon, light vanilla, light tar, light smoke. Flavor is light sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light boozy. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 270315

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11978) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Very dark brown small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oak, little smoke, caramel, hop and a little bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14434) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich bourbon, vanilla, fruits, chocolate, roast malt and hops. Nice and smooth. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3634) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
C’est une fumée de tourbe légèrement iodée et salée qui se dégage de ce gâteau chocolat/caramel/vanille. En bouche, la fumée écossaise est encore une fois bien placée dans ce qui m’apparaît être un liquide porteur de notes de mélasse, de malts riches et bien noirs. Au palais, belle présence d’un corps soyeux. En finale, l’amertume est chocolatée et teintée par la fumée. Très bonne bière qui intègre à merveille l’habituelle force de ce type de fût. Content de cette prise. Bon prix pour cette dégustation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2096) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
Thanks b3shine for this gem. Pours a thick black with mocha head. Big campfire, bourbon, and cherry aromas. Flavours are cherry cough medicine, burnt malts, bourbon, nice fruity sweetness a great mild burn going down. A great sipper or dessert beer. Wonderful!

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