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Against the Grain / De Molen Bo & Luke

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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (688) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
750 mL bomber. The pour is a dark brown work some good dark khaki head and a minimal lace. The aroma is very licorice based. There is a strong woodiness and a great vanilla. The smokiness is really profound here. Good roasty malt. The flavor is delicious. There is a wonderful bourbon character. The vanilla and licorice pop through the duration of the flavor. The love the dark fruits. The mouth feel is thick and viscous with a great carbonation and a lovely mouth feel. I love this beer. The aftertaste is smokey and bitter. Just great light vanilla and lovely bitter roasty tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3523) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared by Menno, thanks! Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and coffee. Really soft and silky creamy texture and subtle roasty bitterness in the flavor. Lovely balance. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9365) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with shimmers of ruby and a small, fleeting, white head. The aroma offers De Molen’s standard fudge characteristic, apple wood-like smoke and only rumor of bourbon. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor shares deeply roasted mocha – espresso and dark chocolate – and a small ration of bourbon. Thanks to dmschefke for shipping this world class beer my way!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (898) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle. At a dark bar so the pour looked dark with a big tan head. Raisin, fig, oak, berries, spice. Full body. Awesome balance of acidity, sweetness, tart. Really nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1111) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 8, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour wiht beige head. Bourbon, roasted and chocolate aroma. Sweet, chocolate, roasted and bourbon taste. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, rich, smoke, vanilla, hot. Taste is a little chlorine, coffee, medium to full bodied, low to medium bodied. Overall, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (949) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark hue with fizzy brown brown head. Aroma is smoke, caramel, toffee, cola, umami. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an umami following and smoky finish. Overall this is a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Share by Dave. Aroma is cigar ash, dark coffee, and slight firewood. Pours black with a bubbly brown head. Taste is ashen, roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt oak, and slight caramel/cherry from the barrel. Overall a little too smokey to really appreciate any barrel tastes going on. Still a great rauch. Cool bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2313) - Crestview, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Black pour. Small tan head. Little bit of lacing. Smoky chocolate aroma. Big balcony smoke flavor. Oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3562) - 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.

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