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Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 (thatís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. Pours a viscous black with a thin tan head. Huge nose full of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and light smoke. Full bodied on the tongue. Everything from the nose and more. Leather, charcoal, and light stone fruit notes. Lasting finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1095) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2014
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is massive up front with lots of bourbon, coconut, smoke, dark sweet fruits, sweet liquorice and almost ripe plums behind. Kinda sweet smelling but the smoke is balancing it out. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, sweet liquorice, smoke, almost a subtle BBQ feel, weak caramel and dark sweet fruits. Excellent smokey beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
2014-08-15. Black body with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, sweet bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is rich, sweet dark malt malt, bourbon character is less pronounced than in the aroma. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, soft carbonation. Richly tasty but not super complex. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (749) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 18, 2014
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours rich charred brown with small head. Nose is roasty earthy bitter chocolate, smoky booze, dark fruits. Taste is rich roasty cocoa, bitter earthy chocolate, bourbon fruit, layered smoke. Finish is fruity smoky burnt wood and nice bitter chocolatey dark fruit. Smoke is nicely balanced and works well, hard to do and they pulled it off well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle thanks to Jstax ! Pours a rich burnt umber color with a finger plus of gaseous khaki foam. The nose is a nice blend of sweet whiskey influence layered with notes of dark cocoa and smoked malts. Palate follows the nose nicely and the real highlight of this beer is the interplay of bourbon and smoke. Beautifully balanced they both play leading roll with a nice carbonated roasted cocoa playing the supporting roll. Vanilla, peat, warm bourbon... delicious !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (1915) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2014
750ml bottle. 30-07-2014.
Courtesy of fombe89.Thanks mate!!
In short: very nice beer.
Pours black with nice tan head. Short head retention, some lacing. Smoky, sweet bourbon, liquorice. burnt caramel aromas. Medium to full body, soft carbonation ,viscous texture. Taste is roasty, caramel, liquorice, subtle smoky, smooth. Very well balanced. Alcohol extremely well integrated. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6208) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
750 ml bottle. Tick #6000. Having a picnic and drinking this. And itís +28 degree celsius outside. Anyways, pours a pitch black colour with a thick, beige and small head. Aroma of smoked wood, licorice, earthiness and some cigar. Rich flavour of roasted malts, elegant bourbon notes, syrupy sweetness, vanilla, some milk chocolate, tart wood and tar. The cherry notes are rather subtle at first, but the cherry tartness with sticky syrupy sweetness get stronger towards the end. Finishes with smoked meat, tar and bourbon. Dry. Full bodied and very soft carbonation. 13 % ABV is extremely well hidden. Itís like milk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6144) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
75 cl bottle. Thanks lusikka!
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Bourbon and mild cherry notes on the nose, smoky malts, caramel, chocolate and distant vanilla. Very smooth malty palate, chocolate, cocoa, bourbon and faint cherries. Not overwhelmingly aggressive, quite soft actually. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5666) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Thanks to errl for sharing this Batch 2 bottle. Dark brown to black pour with a brown head. The aroma ha some heavy smoke and chocolate notes. The flavor is similar. I get some big smoke notes with some chocolate, whiskey, oak and roasted malt. The barrel notes really add to what seems like a very nice smoked imperial stout. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to jstax...Pour is black with a tan head..Nose smoke, bourbon, oak, dry, quality bourbon, roast..Tatse is dry, oak, fudge, chocolate, roast, spice, smooth..badass

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