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Blue Wax - Batch 012 bottled 5/9/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8120) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle from batch #29 shared by a friend. Brownish-black pour with a medium thin tan head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, malt and a bit of spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, raisins and subtle chili peppers. The finish is malty with a mild peppery aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MsBedelia (10) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
I found this beer to be unique, exciting, and exactly what I was in the mood for at the time. You can taste the cacao and the chile peppers- but it also still tastes like beer (I.e. itís not flavored to the point that its not recognizable as beer, a criticism many lob at flavored beers like pumpkin ales, etc). It receives a very high score from me mostly due to its uniqueness and its agreement with my personal taste. But such a bold and brave beer deserves to be rewarded. A friend desrcibed it was a party in oneís mouth, and sheís rit even though thatís a litrle clichť and juvenile. If you donít like Mexican hot chocolate, you likely wonít like this beer; if you donít like beer, you likely wonít like this beer (or be on this website). If flavored beers arenít your thing, you may only give this a medium score. But it was a privilege to taste this beer and will remain a personal favorite for me. Definitely requires long sips, or youíll miss a lot. Enough to make me a lifelong fan of Pipeworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a totally black color with a small brown head. A nose of roast, cocoa, some ash. A big flavor with chocolate, chillies are throughout but not massive, more of a mole mix, some cinnamon, vanilla. Very good. Mellow at times. Green chillies. The more I think about the mole the more it makes sense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bomber from batch 12, bottled 8 months ago. Pours an opaque black with tiny disappearing mocha head and no lacing. Aroma has milk chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, molasses, cinammon and chili peppers (in the order I noticed them). Taste is initially sweet but the spices soon kick in and dominate the long finish. Body is medium to full with less carbonation than I first thought it had. Mouthfeel is sticky. The alcohol heat would be even more noticeable if it werenít for the distraction of the spices. A very good, somewhat bizzarre offering Iím glad to have tried after the predicted end of the world. Itís musical equivalent is Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Research Arkestraís "Itís after the end of the world - donít you know that yet?" from Germany c. 1970. - Strong, black, sometimes brutal, pushing the envelope on an old tradition and definitely not for everyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Black in color with a khaki head. Interesting aroma to this as there is a very strong spice character. Notes of cinnamon, chili powder, and nutmeg, roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Mild sweetness of vanilla, molasses, and toffee. Roasted malt flavor, chocolate, cinnamon, chili powder, and coffee. Slight vanilla note, molasses, and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Another Xmas gift 22oz. Had the original batch awhile back but definitely an upgrade here. Aroma of cinnamon and a touch of chiles. Palate is perfect for a milk stout, flavor is chocolate cinnamon, and a lasting manageable heat. Another great offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fuertecorn (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours a dense black with brown edges. The nose has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon and some chili. This beer is like a mullet, all the partyís in the back. Up front it is a pretty straight forward milk stout with hints of chocolate and roasted malt but the finish has a great hit of chili, cinnamon and other spices that really balance out the sweetness. It has a full mouthfeel with a slightly sticky/chewy mouth feel. Iím glad the world didnít end so I can keep drinking this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brian2d (43) - SPAIN - DEC 23, 2012
Iím a sucker for spicy beers and this one is an excellent example of this catagory. Very picante and with chocolate, coffee, chipotle. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bakebisbife (13) - - DEC 17, 2012
Batch 62. Head dissipated quickly. Chocolate, pepper, and cinnamon, on the nose. Quite aromatic. Medium bodied. Robust chocolate up front and ancho chili all the way down. Some coffee. Lasting finish. Wow. First sip lingered for several minutes. Ancho chili snuck up on me! Great spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle (Batch #62). Pours an opaque dark brownish-black with a thin mocha head that dissipated very quickly (although it might be my glass). Nose is spicy, roasted malt and some cocoa. Mouth is mildly sweet, with the anchos definitely up front (mild chile heat), and then some coffee and malt (didnít detect any vanilla, but I did get a little chocolate in there). Overall very similar mouth to the Pastrami on Rye (which came out a few weeks ago) only not as varied on the spices, so I didnít feel like I was drinking a stout mixed with corned beef water. This one has gotten a lot of good press and I finally got around to trying it (chiles in my beer have always been somewhat off-putting for me). I rated this one as a sum of itís parts, but overall this one wasnít really my favorite P-Dub offering.

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