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Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke

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RATINGS: 196   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. 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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3561) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Draft at City Beer. Black in color with a small tan head. Very sharp roasty bitter chocolate aroma. Flavor is dark chocolate malt with molasses and booze. Full body with soft carbonation. Solid beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (655) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 11, 2014
Tap at IMBC. Black, syrupy look to it, little tan head. Great bourbon nose - lots of sweet oak - dark chocolate in there and some roasted tones. Huge flavour - massive. Chocolate, vanilla, big bourbon sweetness, lots of roasty depth. Booze kicks in, you can tell it's a big fella. Full, viscous body. Coffee bitterness to finish, with lingering bourbon and alcohol. Impressive, a definite sipper

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3564) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Keith! Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and charred barrel. Chocolate comes out as it warms. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhp40219 (309) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 19, 2014
22oz bomber cellared for 7 months and poured into a snifter glass. I was thinking of saving this for a special occation, but it’s Louisville Craft Beer Week this week, so why not now? Pours black with a khaki brown head that fades into a ring of bubbles. Some spotty lacing that mostly slides back down into the beer. Aroma of black licorice, tobacco, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, rye, bourbon and oak. Taste is huge! Smokey, toasted oak, bourbon, rye, dark fruit, black licorice, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate. Alcohol is actually rather subdued for a 13%er. You can definetly taste it, but it’s a bit more subdued and not overpowering. The alcohol burn is not nearly as strong as expected. The rye adds a spicy little kick that adds a bit more depth to this that helps it stand out from the rest of the bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts I’ve had. Delicious, long drawn out finish of chocolate, vanilla and oak with a hint of bourbon. Full bodied, oily texture, average carbonation. This is a sipper beer, but I’m having a hard time sipping it! It’s so damn good that sips have become drinks. AtG really hit it out of the ballpark on this one, (yes that is a pun, seeing as how the brewery is in a baseball park). If you can find it, get it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma holds dry coffee/liquorice/asphalt roast, light smoke, vanilla, woodshop, spicy wood, re, toffee and resinous hops. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with notes of wood, hard roast and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is numbing and quite "slim" for and imp with a medium carbonation. Roast, bitter hops, wood and alcohol on the finish. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours dark reddish brown with a small fizzy mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, smoke, charred wood, roasted coconut and hints of soil and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, corn bread, vanilla fudge, charred wood, bourbon, oatmeal, hay, soil, sweetened coffee, chocolate and hints of alcohol and coconut milk. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny sparkling, tiny dry, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, coconut milk, chocolate, sweetened coffee, bourbon and soil. Tasty but would have loved it if it was heavier. Feels a bit light on the mouthfeel and a bit heavy on the carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1032) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (646) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (823) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (786) - 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.


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