Additional notes 07/31/22
A can, yes a can! Pictured. What has the world come to? All the romance of the paper-wrapped, and waxed original bottle is lost. Not sure what vintage this is, and even if the colored vintages still exist.
Out of the can this is a thoroughly stunning looking beer, with some of the most amazing color of any beer, ever. However it remains staggeringly sweet to the point of distraction. Not an easy beer, and more than about 12 oz per year is going to be hard no matter how one looks at it.
Original notes 01/14/11
2009 Blue Wax – thanks go out to PittBeerGirl for the chance to try this.
750 mL, paper-wrapped affair. A hazy, orange copper color body with better head and lace that I was expecting for a beer of its size.
Aroma and initial tastes are excruciatingly sweet, and it’s a sweetness that lacks the charm of an English Barleywine and comes charging at you with clumsiness.
The beer is a convoluted and confusing array of alcohol, sugar, malt and tastes that seem to be esters in their profile but are difficult to pin down. I like sweet beers but for me, this is a unwieldy, aggressive, awkward and stumbling beer that lacks refinement.