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RATINGS: 780   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33   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.

We’ve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beer’s already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle 187/283 thanks to fordest. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, wood, chocolate, prune, and alcohol. Taste is huge in dark chocolate and bourbon with coffee, wood, roasted malt and vanilla.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2479) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle number 187/233 thanks to fordest. Pours a blackout color with a light tan head that sticks to the walls of the glass and seeps down slowly. Nose is bitter toll house dark chocolate chips, chocolate liquor, booze, and roasted coffee. Taste is liquid dark chocolate truffles, mounds bars, toasted coconut paste / extract, almond, bitter coffee, vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick like motor oil but goes down crazy smooth and fills the mouth with heat and its syrupy texture. "I feel like this beer is raping my mouth," was an accurate statement.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 Huge thanks to fordest for this one. 2006 Silk Screen bottle #187/233. Pours with a huge, dark brown head over a very black body with some lace. Aroma of nutty fudge, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light coffee, liquid amazingness, florals and soil. I literally smelled this beer for 15 minutes without tasting a single sip. Taste is chocolate, coffee, oaky, brandy, bourbon and a bit nutty. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel.

2006 Bottle 195/235 consumed 5/14/11. Still holding up decently well, but seems to have peaked.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2006 #187/233 thanks to fordest. Black pour with a thin khaki head that dissipates fast. Nose of smooth vanilla and roasted coffee. Very very smooth with roasted malts and great vanilla and bourbon notes.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Thanks to hapjydeuce via trade. Pours black as night into my snifter. Head is thin dark brown that stay around for a while. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is amazing. Huge bourbon ,burnt caramel, tobacco, dark fruits, and coffee. I think this may have the most complex aroma I have ever had the pleasure of smelling.Medium to Full bodied with a somewhat oily texture. Heavy sweetness to moderate bitterness. I think I am going to move to San Diego and its not for the weather. Amazing stout. Thank you Alesmith.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10322) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2006 bottle shared with half owner Eric. Pours an almost black color with a fairly big bubled brown head. God this shit is good. Aroma has tons of chocolate and bourbon followed by molasses, roasted malt and some coffee and oak notes. Flavor is full, rich and goddamn good. Bourbon integrates so well in this beer it is ridiculous. Coffee notes in the nose aren’t really evident on the tongue...but the wood, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and slight hop bite is noticeable in every sip. The progression from cold to warm is quite amazing in this beer...a real gem. Hell yeah.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
great brew the barrel aging really mellows this one out. Not much coffee coming through but really smooth,vanilla oak notes.Worth the effort and a great BDay treat. Chocolaty expresso greatness. Recommend if you’re ever lucky enough.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3530) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Rich, dark chocolate body and mind-blowing aromas of oak and ethyl character, bordering on cleaning fluid. Rich chocolate, malt, and alcohol veins assault the palate. Again, the infiltration of ethyl/cleaning fluid finish detracts. INTENSE.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
after4ever (6749) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
750, capped and foiled. ’06. #102/230. Thanks, BitBucket! Jet black. Loose, swirly burnt tan head. Huge sweet vanilla chocolate bourbon coffee nose. Creamy medium body. Thick swirling pruny, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon mid-palate. Long sweet chocolatey finish. Really a beautfiully complex and elegantly integrated beer. Tastes absolutely wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Bottle number 71/447. Poured pitch black with not much head if any. Aroma was very nice with dark fruits, chocolate and coffee with a touch of bourbon. Taste was oak, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, sweet chocolate, but coffee was weak compared to regular Speedway. This was very smooth and and easy to drink considering the 12% alcohol but Personally I agree with Gabe. I would rather have a regular Speedway Stout over the BA. Big Up’s to Tim for sending this my way.


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