RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (16053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of mista (thanks Geoff), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, slightly sour notes, oak and slight chocolate. Flavour brings out lots of oak and vanilla, a sort of sour quality without really being sour, and cocoa. Thereís a touch of dark fruit in there, like slight sour cherries. Definitely overhyped and overrated, as thereís really nothing special about this. Nicely constructed and well-balanced, finishing on oak and cocoa. Good stuff but way overrated due to rarity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Thanks to dak for the share. It pours deep and dark with a tan head of foam. The aroma is full and offers toffee notes, molasses sweetened dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and firm thick nose searing booze. The taste has a rich deep mix of dark roasted malts, molasses and toffee. Behind those notes are plenty of residual sugars and mild earthy coffee that go very well with the malt roastiness. The booze into the finish lets you know itís there but it just reinforces the fact that this is a sipper, a very nice sipper.

Enjoyed at gabf 2014, holy shit I finally get to try this again and here it is at gabf hidden away in the Midwest section of booths, HELL YEAH! The blue waxed bottle pours (and I took several pours) with nice and inky dark body that has a decent looking toffee colored head. The aroma offers up an intoxicating combination of vanilla, smooth bourbon and chocolate goodness. Another pull brings up toffee candy mixed with dark roasted malts around the edged of the aroma. The taste is smooth and rich and involved with silky smooth vanilla and chocolate riding over a smooth carpet of soft bourbon booze. Just as you adjust to the degree of richness attacking your senses another level is quickly revealed with sweet toffee and dark roasted malt notes that have a faint malt burnt sensation and even more chocolate. Wow. Just an amazing sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2013. Dark, nearly burnt malts; heavy molasses -- a first for the CFH series. Strong oak presence on the palate. Roasty with bourbon and booze at the end. Far less bourbon than 2012; also lacks the refinement of last year's batch. A very good BA RIS, but quite inferior to the 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
2013 vintage shared with a bunch of SD beer geeks by one of Ivanís childhood friends, who gave him the bottle for his 40th. Not bad. Pours dark brown/black with small mocha head. Nose is bourbon, cognac/booze, vanilla. Taste is booze forward with chocolate and dark fruit. Full bodied. Awesome to get to try this one. Will probably be better after 2-3 years of cellaring.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bomber, 2011 vintage. Poured deeper brown with a quick-forming, 1" dark yellowy beige head. The aroma picked up a lovely blend of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar, and bourbon sugars with accents of tangy oak, more vanilla, and a kiss of rye.. just what I was looking for. The flavor found tangy oak and lightly metallic barrel on the tip of the tongue, with warm mocha, vanilla, and lesser nutty sugars at the core.. bourbon related barrel notes were laced throughout.. finished with bourbon and peppery warmth. Heavier-bodied with a bit more barrel than I wanted.. overall a decent, but not great feel and flow.. very solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3650) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
Shared by Richard. Huge want of mine. Thank you so much. The beer is dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of oak, roast, brandy, bourbon, booze. Beautiful balance. Alcohol is present but unobtrusive. A delightful sipper. Wonderful, complex, intriguing. A touch of mild heat in the finish. Overall, this was outstanding and definitely lived up to my lofty expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (46673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

Dark brown black colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, alcohol - borubon, coffee. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration, bourbon, buzzy, cacao, chocolate, very rich flavor. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120818]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Sample from bottle courtesy of brew3crew. Pours an oily dark brown to black with a small fine khaki head. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, fresh boozy bourbon and a light touch of dark berries. The flavor has a wonderful blend of creamy milk and bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, some roasted malts, molasses, vanilla with a hint of dark fruits at the finish. There is no question that this is a big beer, but it is smooth with great mouth feel. I would like another shot at this someday. Consumed on 6/25/12 4.1

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
In short: A viscous boozy bourbonny black ale with undesired fruity sourness. Infected or just gross?
How: Bottle with thick golden wax, shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Black body topped by a small beige head.
In long: Nose is has plenty of bourbon barrels with hot alcohol, asphalt and ripe dark fruits. Body feels thick, sticky and annoyingly viscous despite being well carbonated. Taste is sticky molasses, baked fruits, vanilla, sour dark fruits, a bit of cocoa, booze. I really didnít like this highly-rated beer and even poured myself a second sample just to make sure. Nope, still thought it was gross. Apparently the sour fruity taste is to be expected from this beer, sorry but to me this tasted like an infected beer, a boozy infected beer. Gross. If this bottle was representative of Churchillís finest hour Iíd be writing this rating in german.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (22962) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of boozy licorice. Taste is bitter dark coffee and booze.

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