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Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke

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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle - Nice rich Woody and bourbon notes. Jet brown black with a rich beige head. Booze, rich dark malts and nice sweet bourbon notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2278) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black color, brown rim head, flares of lace. The beer is the consistency of Karo Syrup. The taste is heavy bourbon malt that is sweet, sweet, and more sweet. Edge and carbonation are very light, leaving one with dessert in a bottle. But like a rich dessert, 6 oz. is plenty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rhsiung (830) - USA - DEC 5, 2014
on tap @ northdownchicago. sweet, creamy, boozy, smoke in finish. santa came early this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bubblehouse (503) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2014
As good as it gets for me and for sure the best out of Kentucky. Black Friday Blackout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3523) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2014
On draft at FoBAB2014. Pours a dark brownish-- near black-- with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, vanilla, some licorice. Nice smoke. Medium barrel and spirit notes. Some apparent sweetness. Full bodied with luscious mouthfeel, above average carbonation. Finishes smokey with bourbon notes. Pretty interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
Bottled. 10cl sample. Thanks for the share, Menno. The aroma has velvetty vanilla chocolate bourbon tar present. Black coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is light-medium sweet, has chocolate, tar, vanilla, wood, little hint of dried fruit. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
750 mL bomber. The pour is a dark brown work some good dark khaki head and a minimal lace. The aroma is very licorice based. There is a strong woodiness and a great vanilla. The smokiness is really profound here. Good roasty malt. The flavor is delicious. There is a wonderful bourbon character. The vanilla and licorice pop through the duration of the flavor. The love the dark fruits. The mouth feel is thick and viscous with a great carbonation and a lovely mouth feel. I love this beer. The aftertaste is smokey and bitter. Just great light vanilla and lovely bitter roasty tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3558) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Menno, thanks! Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and coffee. Really soft and silky creamy texture and subtle roasty bitterness in the flavor. Lovely balance. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with shimmers of ruby and a small, fleeting, white head. The aroma offers De Molen’s standard fudge characteristic, apple wood-like smoke and only rumor of bourbon. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor shares deeply roasted mocha – espresso and dark chocolate – and a small ration of bourbon. Thanks to dmschefke for shipping this world class beer my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (916) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. At a dark bar so the pour looked dark with a big tan head. Raisin, fig, oak, berries, spice. Full body. Awesome balance of acidity, sweetness, tart. Really nice

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