waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. thanks bri/tim? black pour with thin lasting head. nice aroma of old oak and bourbon. buttery body. bourbon and oak. light metallic flavor.
jgb9348 (5430) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 Bottle #5 of 228!
Pitch black coloured body with a very nie brown head that lasts for such a while. Aroma of vanillla, oak, coffee, sugar and perfectly roasted malt. Heavy-bodied; Super strong sweet flavour with plentiful amounts of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Aftertaste very sweet and potent - an amazing finish! So great to try, such an unexpected tread for the day! I sampled this 75 cL bottle at O’Brien’s in San Diego, California on 23-September-2006 with ’haddon90’!
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
07 was a bad year. I just had the last batch released in 08, which was amazing. Imagine a speedway on steroids. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, thick sticky mouth feel, with a smooth bourbon finish. Top 5 best beers I have ever had.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to jonathanL for breaking this out tonight. I feel really privileage since I was wanting to try this for a very long time and I know the effort that went in to securing this bottle.
Its a 2006 BA speedway.
A - Pours a nice deeply black with little light penetrating the thickness of it.
S- It has some bourbon on the front end with big dark fruit prunes especially.
T - Once the bourbon clears you get coffee then chocolate with a very smooth silky finish.
Drinkability is very easy on this. The other guys were saying they may still prefer the regular speedway over the BA version. I like both versions and would but this everyday if it were available to me.
Serving type: bottle
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very black, bourbon, wood, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little coffee.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 After a 15 floor walk up to jhenry04’s place, he shared this ’06 bottle that poured deep and thick dark brown with a few bubbles in place of a head. Nose is bourbon and surprisingly just a hint of coffee with some roasted malt added in. The flavor is a bit more rich with some complexity in the form of vanilla and a dry oak influence. Quite nice, and I am grateful to Jason for sharing this hard to come by bottle.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 300. 2007 bottle with huge thanks to ajm. Shared with TheRealBastard. I sereved this one in a 26oz. frosted mug. Pour is an oily pitch black with a 2 finger milkshake looking head. Powerful aromas of burbon, huge roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, wood, and nice caramel in the back. Flavor is very intesense throughout. Right up front with roasty goodness, going right into a hit of burbon, and finishing with coffee and vanilla. Holy hell, this is one of the most amazing and complex impys that I have ever encountered. All I can say is Wow!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of zuluflboy. 2006 bottle # 59/235. Pours a silky, murky dark brown to black with one finger tan-yellow head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, hints of brown sugar, coffee, toffee, bourbon. Flavor is sweet and malty with stronger notes of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, some hints of roasted coffee and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malty, bourbon finish. Nice stout for sure.
markwise (5081) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 700. Thanks zuluflyboy for the share. Pours dark brown with small, off-white head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, some spicy character, and earth. Flavor is exquisite: chocolate, bourbon, spice, vanilla, earth, alcohol, and coffee. Very balanced barrel-aged beer with so many subtle characteristics, that this is truly one to mourn when it is gone. Amazing beer.
jrob21 (3303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Happy Easter! Paired with the regular speedway and I am really glad I did that. The oak is very apparent in the aroma with a distinct wood flavor that trumps all of the vanilla in the original. Still getting some roasted coffee though. The flavor is still creamy and full of chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. It is enhanced a bit by the aging with a tinge of nutty woody flavor. Then on the finish there is more of a bourbon and peat sort of flavor as opposed to the cocoa and milk chocolate from the original. A truly subdued, muted, and complementary oak aging used to enhance the original version of a very fine beer.