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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1436) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 bottle (10 y/o at time!) generously shared by Jay (SpringsLicker) at the RBWG. Thank you! Shiny, oily black pour. So luscious with loads of milk and dark chocolate liqueur and notes of sweet marshmallow, and merengue cookies. This bad boy has held up great! Given the age on this thing, I think I can also attest that Jays cellar is excellently prepared.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (1998) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 vintage bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick black with light head and lacing. Aroma is wow, barrel aged awesome, dark and full with a nice sweet balance. Taste follows, smooth and incredibly easy for the alcohol. Alesmith really knows how to make beers that age.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pour is ink black with a well retained brown head. Aroma is marshmallow, roast, vanilla, and oak. The taste is creamy marshmallow, coconut, nuts, roast, and some barrel. This beer is oh so smooth and really tasty. Im very glad that I was able to try this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (898) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2004vintage. Bottle pour opaque black. Nose bourbon,sweet malt,hint of ash. Taste smooth mix of bourbon, chocolate,and mild roast. I believe has mellowed with age.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2014
750ml bottle pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Big bourbon vanilla and chocolate chip taste. Bourbon and chocolate aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Shared with Mike and Mike! Thanks Mike? Black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt, with hints of licorice and vanilla. Sweet dark flavour of coffee, licorice, roasted malt and caramel, with a touch of alcohol. Hints of oak before a slightly ash finish. Milder than I thought it would be.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChinoSkillzian (135) - The Hills, California, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Sampled 4 times at various tastings. Pours a night black color with small tan head. After some time in glass, nice big aromas of silky chocolate, slight barrel, vanilla, hints of toasty coffee. Silky smooth palate rich with layers of chocolate with warm milk, a bit of toasted nuts, some oaky spice/bourbon spirit. Alcohol is well integrated and an outstanding beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (451) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Aroma is very boozy with some chocolate and coffee. Dark pour with a thick brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is more whiskey than bourbon. Luscious. Big thanks Justin!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobusrum (22) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 2013 bottle. Pours a nice velvety black with a mocha tan head that lingers for a while. Smells of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and a nice roasty finish. Tastes are delicate all around, coffee is not overwhelming. Love how it feels going down. One of the best

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blklab2007 (1883) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle poured a black color with a coating of thick mocha head that fell back to a ring that it did hang onto for a while. Aroma has big roasted malt, mild bourbon barrels, chocolate, mellow coffee, and sweet touches. Mouth feel is big and chewy with hefty coating and steady low side carbonation. Flavor has plenty of roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon barrels, mild black coffee, and a lingering rich finish. The beer has all the qualities of the regular speedway and barrel treatment levels are not so over the top it takes over the beer. This has been a long time wanted beer that I remember from my early days here was incredibly difficult to get and I am quite happy to finally have the chance to have one!


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