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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Blue Wax - Batch 012 bottled 5/9/12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle @ Crooked Stave Zwanze Day 2012, shared by arminjewell. Thanks Armin! Pours a deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, light coffee, fairly roasty, dark fruity, just a touch spicy aroma. The chilis mostly kick in near the end after you get all of the roasty chocolate, plum/raisin goodness. I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pour from bottle at Zwanze Day 2012 at the Barrel Cellar. Pour courtesy of Armin, thanks Man!! Appearance is pitch black with a small brown head and decent lacing. Chocolate milk, lacto, a touch of spice, dark fruits, cinnamon, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is dark fruits, raisins, and prunes but much more roasty than the aroma with notes of black licorice, spice, and peppers ending lightly spicy. Sticky mouthfeel with medium-to-high carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a large dense mocha head. Roast on the nose, chocolate, cocoa. On the thin side of medium, body a little lacking what I would have expected given the pour and the 8% ABV, but still solid enough. Spicy chile comes through right away, gorgeous. The heat is noticeable but never invasive or distracting, remarkably well balanced. Cocoa, a good amount of roast. The combination of chocolate and chili is great. A little lingering heat and chocolate on the finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Not a fan of the spices in this beer sadly. Has some nice chocolate scents with faded spices. Taste is a bit of chocolate and the spices crawl up the back of your throat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b79turner (221) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2012
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Aroma is spicy, soy sauce, leather, a little chocolate. Taste is spicy! It really takes over this beer, too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bomber. Black color. Dusty aroma of roasted malt. Medium body, dark chocolate flavor, caramel, residual sweetness, liquorice, a bit salty and with a kick of spices, lightly creamy. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
22 oz bottle shared by Bunker. Pours dark brown/black with a small disappearing beige head. The aroma has roasted malt, chocolate, spices, peppers and dark fruits. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate dark fruits, vanilla, and a slow hitting pepper spice. Perhaps a touch thin, but nice flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (597) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Spicy, creamy, chocolatey, and spiced. Very effervescent with a spicy pepper finish. Very interesting mix between a milk stout, spicy peppers, and cocoa nibs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from a trade with Pawola22. Batch #29. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and lactose. Similar flavors with a big dose of heat from the chilis. Wow, wasn’t expecting the heat; hadn’t read any review prior to trying this. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Thanks Brian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Batch #29. Pours a black body with a thin, frothy and fizzy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is solid with bigger chocolates and cocoa nibs as well as some lactose sweetness and a bunch of raisin dark fruits. Fairly roasty with some cinnamon, a light vanilla, toffee, a hint of coffee, and a light earthy pepper note with a light heat. Flavor is just as nice. Cocoa nibs, roast, cinnamon, and some earthiness from the peppers up front before the chocolate gets pretty rich with a light toffee note, a touch of coffee, and a good amount of raisins. Vanilla comes on towards the end as the earthiness from the peppers grows slightly before they add a big, but nice heat in the finish. Some lactose keeps this sweet with a bunch of vanilla and cocoa nibs that is balanced nicely by the roasts, cinnamon, and bigger pepper heat. Lengthy aftertaste following a fairly full body and a lighter carbonation. Overall, a pretty awesome tasting and smelling beer with a big pepper kick and plenty of cocoa nibs, chocolate, roasts, vanilla, and cinnamon to balance. Not a whole lot of lacing (probably from the vanilla beans or cocoa nibs) and the carbonation was a tad low, but really enjoyable all-around. A few tweaks and this could be sensational.

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