RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #53 of 233, 2006. Oak, vanilla, coffee and spices explode out of the glass. Coffee and chocolate liqueur flavor with cola and some new oak on the finish. Not as dense as you’d expect, but superb all the same. So smooth. This is spectacular.
dmac (5208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 221/233 from 2006 written in silver marker on the side of my gold foiled 750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly solid black body with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is great with notes of vanilla, bourbon, slight chocolate, very mild roasty notes, hint of coconut and butter, very slight alcohol. Medium bodied with strong carbonation for a bottle that has been sitting in a barrel and three years of age on top of that, finishes slightly thin and warm from the 12% ABV. Flavor of bourbon, syrupy chocolate notes remain rather strong despite the age, vanilla extract, and some wet wood. Really nice and a huge thanks to Jon for sending me this one, thanks bro.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 GNBO. Bottle, Vintage 2006, #51/233. Sampled 6/14/08. Pours a rich dark chocolate hue. Nose is full of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, and coffee. Wow, full of flavor! Dark roast coffee, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Amazing, can’t wait to get into my 2003! Hmm when to get into that?!
Well how about the night of my wedding?! (9/26/2009) The 2003 BA Speedway was phenomenal. Wonderful coffee, bourbon, sweet oak tones, vanilla. The mouth is so smooth with a tingle for the barrel on the edges of the tongue. What a treat!!
Got to re-sample the ’03 at the OTM 1st Anniversary AleSmith tasting (4/27/11). The beer is still beautiful. The flavors and aromas are on the down slope but still has a lot of great things. A lot of dark chocolate, cigar tobacco, a bit drier. Very oxidized at this point but the enjoyable oxidized flavors. The bourbon is very oak forward at this point. If you got this one drink it.
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 (5465) - 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!