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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 86   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
kaserov (742) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 7, 2017
Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (compacta y de buena retención). Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa (no tan cremosa como esperaba pero le va bien el cuerpo que tiene). Increíble aroma: muy ahumado, ligeramente torrefacto, cacao, vainilla, bourbon (sutil de inicio, más presente a la larga). También a la larga he creído captar plátano no muy maduro. En boca es dulce de inicio, menos ahumado, con mucho cacao, vainilla. Final donde tiene mayor presencia el ahumado y ligeramente alcohólico (sorprendentemente manejable, quema lo mínimo en los primeros tragos y la boca se hace a ello rápidamente). Se nota el bourbon según va atemperando (le van mejor los 10º que indica la botella que 12 o 14, diría). De todas formas el bourbon no llega a molestarme lo más mínimo por mucho que la tome a temperatura ambiente. Compleja, rica y muy fácil de beber.

4
baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Dark clear black in color... Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, lactose... Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, smoke, some ash and bitter chocolate on the finish... solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
BOTnakke (27) - - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, 75 cl. Pours a black with a thin light brown head. Aroma is thick with notes of coffee with milk, vanilla. Taste is heavy with coffee, vanilla from the bourbon barrels and rather sweet. The high alcohol is dominant.

3.6
Estebanik (1133) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Bottle sharing w Multi Qlti. Piana ładnie zdobi szkło. W aromacie dominuje wędzonka, i to taka faktycznie owocowa. A może to czerwone owoce z utlenienia? Pewnie i to i to. W smaku mało słodkie, dalej mocno wędzone, dosłownie tylko nutka bourbonu. Alkohol dobrze ukryty. Zaskakująco grzeczne. Jest spoko, pewnie zostało trochę pokrzywdzone przez kolejność degustacji.

3.9
JavitxuSoto (20) - SPAIN - MAR 4, 2017
Caña en Cimmeria. Marron muy oscura con espuma beige clara de poca retencion. En nariz destacan la madera y la vainilla, en boca para mi gusto demasiado caramelo, licorosa, carbonatacion baja.

4
weihenweizen (3825) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Refrigerated 75 cl bottle poured into a glass. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is smoke, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is smoke, chocolate, and bourbon.

3.8
thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
EBF 2017. There’s a lot of flavor going on here. It’s loaded with chocolate, sweet malts, and booze, making it a really viscous, flavor-rich imperial stout. However, the smoked malts were really apparent, too, giving it a bacon aroma that brought out a lot of "umami" in the final beer (I kinda hate myself for including that word in a beer review, but it’s honestly the only thing I could think). Really good, but meaty.

4
Andrus86 (650) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2017
TAP. Black pour with solid coffee head.. Dark malt, warm boozyness mixed with sherry?.. Thick dark malt body, creamy texture, dark berries & boozy woody warmth.. Sourced against the grain.

4.7
willisread (3342) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2017 2017 re-reate: 2016 version on tap at CYO for the AtG event. Pours a deep brown to black with a bit of creamy foam. Bacon, roasted cacao nib and light vanilla on the nose. Alcohol completely hidden. Light maple and cherry notes with more roasted cacao nib and smoke with light bourbon undertones. Smooth and rich with a silky finish. This is a stellar beer. 2014 bottle shared (2 years aged). Pours a oily black with very little carbonation. Thin bodied. Bakers chocolate, dark fruit light maple bacon. Vinous texture. Big smoked maple bacon and light prune. Smoke and roast cacao nib. The smoked is really well integrated with a classic De Molen feel that pairs well with the bourbon notes and cacao. Awesome stuff.

4.2
ajnepple (6606) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2016
On tap at Hops & Pie. Brown/black appearance with a tan head. Aroma of smoked malt, roasted grain, chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Similar flavor, rich and complex with hints of caramel/toffee rounding things out. Medium to full body. Nicely done overall.


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