Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle. Thanks Kegbear. What a way to start my St. Patrickís day drinking. I have been waiting to try this beer for years. Literally. I am very excited by its heavenly aroma. SO good. The first taste is definite chocolate. Like walking into Willa Wonkas living room. Fantastic. The chocolate fades into some fruit. Almost wine but sweet. The aftertaste is some alcohol that you feel in your throat for awhile. Incredible
Scipio (685) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 version. Thank you to Brad for this very generous gift. Pours an oily pitch black in color with a thinner, reddish brown head. The aroma hits you with a potent bourbon and heavy chocolate. These elements are rounded out with vanilla, coffee, some light toffee, roasted malts, and slight mint. The main impression from the taste is that its extremely sweet, probably to sweet. Its big on bourbon and vanilla, with caramel and chocolate found and becoming more pronounced at the end. Aftertaste of bourbon, more chocolate, and less vanilla sticks with you for a long time. Full in body and milder in carbonation. The texture is very oily, like syrup actually. Without a doubt this is excellent. Its unique, strong, and intense. Its great for the experience of actually getting the chance to try this. However, as much as I enjoyed it, I would have been even happier if it wasnít so sweet.
daje (2132) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 25th 2014. Black body, nice tanned head. Aroma of licorice, fresh roasted coffee, ash, dried fruit, dark chocolate notes. Taste of sweet chocolate, strong coffee, raisins, plum, oranges, bittersweet finish with a long complex aftertaste of coffee and dark fruit. Nice complexity throughout, and a beer Iím ecstatic for finally getting to try.
ElManana (207) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oily black. Nose is pretty impressive with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, maybe some nuts.
Taste is less impressive, pretty one-dimensional with lots of (read: TONS OF) sweet chocolate, which totally overpowers the coffee notes that are hidden somewhere. Good balance on the alcohol, 15% but not disturbing.
Very good beer, but I expected more.
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Waaaaaaaaay to sweet! Sugar was very over powering which limited the beginning and finish! Had a 2014 and was very disappointed!
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musinj6 (390) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013: Pours thick, viscous black with little/no head. Smell of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, hint of bourbon. Taste is very sweet with chocolate covered cherries, black coffee. Hint of booze. Thick, velvety texture. Long smooth finish. Amazing for a 15%
2014: Blue wax - Pours again thick viscous black with little no head. Same dark chocolate, more prominent espresso this year. Slightly more boozy. Taste has more prominent coffee. Mildly sweet. Hint of spices. Very thick, velvety. Long smooth finish. Better than 2013 I think.
WouterVG (13) - BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Orange wax 2013 version. Completely overrated. Hard to drink, itís like an alcoholic version of dark caramel topping syrup. The taste is strong, but itís gone in no time. Very sticky stuff.
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 orange wax bottle. was very eager to try this beer, had an immediate smell of molasses and dark fruit. when tasteing i picked up caramel, plums, raisens and cherries. quite frankly this was a truely unique stout ( almost like a blend between a stout and a quad) but when compared to others on the market it doesnt quite measure up to me. i have a 2014 and am going to let it sit 4 years to see if it balances out a bit. but although it didnt reach the hype it was still a fantastic beer and worth trying
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. 2014 bottle. Nose is a ton of fruit. Like crazy amounts of fruit, some tart cherry. Light chocolate and roast. Taste is like a thick cherry liquer. Iím not sure if this is all a factor of being fresh or if something in the recipe has changed. Iíve had 3 older bottles, three or four years or older and found the beer to be way less fruity and more well balanced. This one is fruity dominant and lacks almost all coffee components. weird.
Gskelton (13) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark, smells amazing. Incredibly smooth for the alcohol content. Great after taste.
Pfeezor (11) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet, coffee, cola. Pours a thick dark syrup-y carbonated goodness. Drank at Ravinia with good friends and other craft beer assholes.
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