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RATINGS: 190   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 (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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft @ Country Boy & Beer Engine. Dark brown almost black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is big time bourbon and oak with chocolate, vanilla, coffee, black malt and some burnt sugar. Flavor is hot alcohol, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with some light roasty bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a slightly thin mouth feel. This one is a hot, bourbon bomb but I like that, great bourbon character blends great with the base beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (963) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle to goblet Coffee, caramel, toffee, light coffee, and rye. Thick silky black with a thin creamy tan head. Bourbon, coffee, caramel, toasted malt, rye, and awesomesauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. From Alexisdad06 thanks man! Thick black pour with a nice finger of tan head. Aroma is smoke, roasted malts, oak, and vanilla. Taste is rich smoke, vanilla, oak, rich sweetness, with a bitter finish. Very nice, rely well rounded not sure what batch this is but there is a ton of bourbon character here, delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (796) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - SEP 4, 2014
Amazing beer. Pitch black color, nice stout aromas (coffee and chocolate). Super mouthful flavor. Oak, vanilla...with a smokey rich aftertaste. One of the best Imperial Stout ever

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (734) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Batch 1, 2013 vintage. Aroma is slightly sweet and roasty with quite a large smoked malt character. Some moderate rye notes and light chocolate and hints of dark fruit esters. Pours a dark brown but not quite black with a thick, light mocha head that recedes to the edges. Flavor is sweet with a lot of roast and chocolate. Tons of smoked malt character with hints of bourbon and oak. Medium light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol alcohol warmth. Overall, a really nice smoked stout but the bourbon barely comes through and the pappy barrels are a bit of a waste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (356) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours black with a small, short lasting, brown head. Aroma has plums, banana, vanilla, bourbon, smoke, salt, bacon, soy, caramel.. and more bourbon. Taste is more smoked with lots of sweetness to carry it. Lots of fruits, bourbon, coco and banana. Slight meat and BBQ, licorice, dark, dried fruits, caramel, chocolate. Very exciting and complex beer, though some of the tastes are a little bit odd. Gets saved by the great balance though. Medium carb and full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3153) - 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 (1107) - 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 (7812) - 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 (774) - 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 (2181) - 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 !

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