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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Orange Wax (or Reddish orange). 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Deep brown, nearly black, thick and still with a quick fading tan head. Aroma is rustic woody smoke, meaty and peaty, liquid smoke, mild oak, smooth bourbon, some sweet underlying malt, mild caramel. Taste is a nice concoction of warm but smooth bourbon, some sweet, liquid smoke, mild campfire woodiness, light cocoa sweetness and some burnt and roasty malts. Smokey, woody, only lightly sweet cocoa finish. Warmth is there but only hits back end. Medium body, almost sticky mouth feel. Very unique and tasty beer.

Update: Another bottle, this time from the second(?) release? Thanks to Tom. Still a lovely beer, though the aroma didn’t blow my mind as much as it did the first time. A little less smoked meat & booze... Just a little more timid all around. Enjoyed it supremely, nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2016
2016 and 2014 batches on tap at the brewery. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan. Big sticky roast and chocolate pudding with a bourbon toffee ripple. Long bourbon, slow and warm. Roast, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llkc (1579) - århus, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Duft riste malt røg chokolade dyb i tens tobak , smag tobak chokolade røg kakao dub ristet malt kaffe

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (4138) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2016
Bottled. Pours Deep Brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel smoke, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with some alcohol. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An exellent Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2016
2015 orange wax bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin, quickly disappearing tan head. Aromas of soy sauce, smoke, bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. The taste follows the nose closely. Smoke wasn’t over-bearing, which is good, same with the bourbon. It was all kind of mellow, smooth, and easy drinking. Full body with a creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1920) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2016
2012 bottle from drfabulous-thanks a lot! Dark brown black. Medium high body. Nose is chocolate malt, vanilla, light bourbon vanilla, light smoke. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation, creamy, with flavors following nose. Amazing balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1093) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Aroma - beechwood, dark roast, some caramelized sugar, oak and Bourbon. Appearance - body is a very dark bistre brown. The head is tan and well over 2+" and settles very slowly. Alcohol cloying that draps head and alcohol. Taste - there is a mix of beechwood smoke, rich roast, dark caramelized sugars, oak, Bourbon, caramel, orange peel, some biting hops, a little bit of vanilla and spice. Extremely well balanced. Palate - full body, slick texture, on the verge of being lively in carbonation, and a slight hop bitterness and alcohol astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3768) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, savoured on November 21 2015; eye: black, opaque, beige head, no lacing; nose: smoke, roasted barley, grain, alcohol; mouth: smoke, roasted barley, grain, alcohol, alcohol warmth, smoky finale with presence of alcohol, full body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, durant le Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers, savourée le 21 novembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : fumé, orge torréfiée, grain, alcool; bouche : fumé, orge torréfiée, grain, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, finale en fumé avec présence d’alcool, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5895) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma has rich roast, soy, figs, bourbon, vanilla, oak and lots of smoke. It has a full body with soft carbonation. The taste has heavy smooth roast, soy, dark chocolate, smoke, mild char and vanilla. The finish has has some light woody hops added.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2016
KRS 130216. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt , vanilla, alcohol, berries, cocoa, oak, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - APR 14, 2016
Bottle 75cl / Botella 75cl. @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, España. A: Black / Negro. T/S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, sweet, licorice, bourbon / Malta tostada, chocolate, cafe, dulce, regaliz, bourbon.

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