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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bo & Luke (Against the Grain & De Molen)

Mr. K ordered this smoked bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout when he picked up my Old Rasputin XV. He set it on the table and tried to pass it off as mine! It was a nice RIS though, but not the XV.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This black brew had a thin head that settled into a thin ring. It smelled smoked and boozy.

Taste: It was very smoked and roasted. Great combo. It had a coffee roast. It was bitter with a bitter spike. A little too bitter/sharp compared to the XV.  The vanilla flavors smoothed it out. It had a coffee aftertaste. It was a nice change from the standard RIS.

From the menu:
A special collaboration brew between ATG & De Molen. A smoked Imperial Stout aged in Pappy Van Winkel Bourbon barrels. Yes, it's as good, nay, BETTER than it sounds.

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