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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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2010 Vintage: Gold Wax
2011 Vintage: Silver Wax
2012 Vintage: Copper Wax
2013 Vintage: Dark Brown Wax
2014 Vintage: Blue Wax


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2291) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle: Blue wax, 2014 vintage. Dense black center with more transparent brown at the edges than I would expect. Not much head at all, only a thin, tan collar. Aroma is pretty decadent with big notes of baker’s chocolate, molasses, brown sugar cane, & a strong river of booze soaked & spicy oak flowing through it all. Touch of roastiness but mostly sweet on the nose. Flavor is the same; that is, more sweet (& boozy) than roasty. Lots & lots of burnt caramel, brown sugar, chocolate coated toffee cake, & a strong punch of molasses. The back-end brings out the robustness with a bourbon presence that’ll knock you back if you’re not ready. Hint of vanillin from the barrel with lingering booze, wood, & semisweet chocolate in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking.Pitch black pour with a medium foamy beige head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing. Aroma of chocolate malt, coffee and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky vanilla, bourbon, coffee and chocolate. The finish is boozy with an oaky and chocolatey aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Pour from bottle generously shared at Zwanze Day 2014. Pour is deep brown/black with a frothy brown head and sticky lacing. Huge toffee, raisins, coffee, some figs, espresso, nice roast, wood, and caramelly aroma. Taste is super rich - deep chocolate notes, vanilla, coffee, some toast, oak, and brown sugar. Creamy/velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Rich and decadent stout that doesn’t disappoint and one I could drink all the time. Worth the hype.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4676) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
2014 vintage shared by hoppypocket, thanks bro! pours murky very dark brown with a small light beige head offering some retention and lacing. intense bourbony wood and its vanilla component, coffee and cream perhaps, salty raisins, burnt nuts and burnt caramel, peppery booze, strong ashy presence. light carbonation, medium body - oily, assertive if not slightly harsh hot-ashy-resinous finish. should perhaps consider blending in non-ba churchill’s.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2004) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle 22oz. [2014] Pours black with low dark beige head. No serious lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Taste is of bourbon, sugar, alcohol, coffee, chocolate. Tannic-like features. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Pretty thick. Overall: Pretty good, but quite heavy. Intense bourbon action.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luk_ (204) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle 2014 vintage. Pours a deep black with a brown ring. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. It also slightly smoky and spicy. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, molasses and grapes. It feels boozy and rather hard to drink. A sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (884) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle via Chris, 2011 vintage. Pours very dark aroma slightly smoky, boozy, oak and booze. Lovely nose. Body rich, chocolate and oak notes, some boozy burn. Really nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (983) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Opaque hue with brown head. Aroma is great with plum, raisins, leather, figs, cocoa. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice bitter following and sweet finish. Overall this beer is great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle thanks to Luke. Pours a jet black color with a medium white head. A super sweet boozy nose. Charred wood, boozy, chocolate, heat, dark fruit. Solid. Hot.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3423) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle thanks to FX. Black pour with thick brown head. Aroma is boozy, really roasty, winey notes, nutty aroma, not as powerful as many imperial stouts, but also seems more complex. Taste is sweet nutty flavors, chocolaty, roasty, light coffee notes, winey. Palate is full bodied with good carbonation. Nice is.


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