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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
2010 Vintage: Gold Wax
2011 Vintage: Silver Wax
2012 Vintage: Copper Wax
2013 Vintage: Dark Brown Wax
2014 Vintage: Blue Wax

Vac's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing. Sweet and malty with ash, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, sour and roasty notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2013. Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. The head on this beer is as dark as that of Dark Lord which I havenít seen on any other beer. Good retention for the ABV and style, slowly settling into a thin ring. Spotty lace left behind. Boozy bourbon barrel aroma thatís nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Lots of sweet, spicy bourbon along with toasted oak, silky vanilla bean and toasted coconut. The barrel presence really stands out but doesnít overpower everything else. Oak character is perfect with subtle toothpick along with great vanilla, coconut, marshmallow and bourbon notes but still has noticeable silky and roasted dark malt notes. Hints of fudge-y cake, bakerís chocolate, lactose, coffee bean, toffee and caramel. Very complex, inviting aroma. I spent several minutes just smelling this beer. Full bodied and slightly viscous wih a blast of boozy bourbon barrel thatís countered by sweet and roasted malt flavor. Dry burnt wood with spicy bourbon sweetness, vanilla bean and coconut along with burnt sugar, toast, oatmeal, gourmet coffee bean, toffee, caramel sweetness, flourless chocolate cake, bakerís chocolate and spicy booze. Really complex yet easy to drink. Dangerously so considering the high ABV. Subtle heat but the alcohol is very well masked with some warmth in the chest. I was a little skeptical going in but this is an excellent beer that lives up to, and possibly exceeds the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2462) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Everyone went a little crazy when they saw this... Flavor was smoky tobacco, dark malts, some vinous and oaky notes... Some chocolate... Was very good, but wasn't anything particularly noteworthy either ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5395) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 650ml bottle @ Churchillís Pub & Grille, San Marcos, CA

2015 vintage, red wax. 5000th rating! - Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Complex aroma of roasty malts, vinous notes, oak, wood, berries, toffee, syrup, vanilla, coffee, brandy and red wine. Taste is heavy, complex and very vinous with some oak, toffee, syrup, berries, vanilla, red berries, coffee and dark chocolate. Finish is sweetish, heavy and complex with loads of flavors. Very complex slow sipper with loads of different layers. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7621) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
650 ml bottle (2015 vintage) @ Churchillís Pub & Grille, San Marcos, CA. Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of dark berries, some cherry tartness, bourbon, wood and chocolate. Flavour of heavy rich dark roastiness, wood, bourbon, red wine, sweet syrupy maltiness, sherry, bread and chocolate. Full bodied. Oily and very thick. Alcohol warms. Aging would improve this I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle vintage 2015 (red vax, 14%) @ Churchill?s Pub & Grille, San Marcos. Aroma has sweet liquor tones, licorice, brandy and some bourbon. Flavour has licorice, porto, red wine, some bourbon and vanilla. Slightly fizzy palate. Porto takes over the flavour bouquet after some sips. Too sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (8198) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
65 cl bottle (2015 version, red wax) @ Churchill?s Pub & Grille, San Marcos.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Chocolate and dark roasted malts on the nose, some dark berry notes on the background, faint vanilla and coffee too. Smooth creamy palate, mild red wine, faint bourbon comes out as vanilla, chocolaty flavor, somewhat spicy, distant honey notes, dark roasted malts and mild hints of sweet Madeira. Some woody tanginess on the back of the throat. Alcohol is well hidden, subtle warmth at the end. Heavy, complex and quite tasty. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CountPrattula (53) - - AUG 15, 2015
2014 vintage. Overpowering tobacco up front, which yields to boozy chocolate. Really nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2015
Shared 2014 batch bottle with a friend. Poured a pitch Black colour with a slight non lasting caramel coloured head on top. Nose is a lot of bourbon forward. Darkest roasted chocolate, fudge, and vanilla Cream on top. Brownies, but just a ton of sticky sweet bourbon. Taste follows the nose, lots of bourbon forward. And because of that itís still a little bit hot in the finish. The mouthfeel is not as thick as i would have expected. Just a delicious sticky bourbon stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3432) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with a hint of malt bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. A great Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (4732) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
650 ml bottle at Hasse, thanks! Black with mocca head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vinous barrel notes, raisins, plums and light cinnamon. Taste is sweet but lot cloying, dark chocolate, dried fruits, plums, vinous notes, booze and light vanilla

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