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RATINGS: 237   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


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK. Found that although the aroma was a rather equal balance of smoke and bourbon, smoke overpowered the boubon taste in the end. Nonetheless, a fantastic, complex offering.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (577) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Aromas of spice, tobacco, smoke, molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, vanilla. Taste is dark chocolatey, tobacco, alcohol heat, spice, dark fruits, smoke, salmiak, vanilla, caramel, fudge, licorice. Very nice! I usually dont like smoke but this was darn good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3224) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, vanilla, raisin, plum, cherry, bourbon, oak, light pepper, light smoke, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, coconut, bourbon, oak, raisin, plum, cherry, wood smoke, light pepper, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light roast/oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, butterscotch, cream, bourbon, oak, wood smoke, light dark fruit, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged smoked imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast.smoked malt, bourbon barrel, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (458) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3494) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5356) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7351) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (12922) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7372) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (12204) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14457) - 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.


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