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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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.

Weíve 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 beerís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
2007 Vintage, Bottle #295. Good call on this one, UncleJedi. You have chosen... wisely. Appearance: Pours a turbid, dark brown, near black body with a thin, short-lived, tan head. Smell: A very full, all-encompassing bourbon barrel presence on the nose -- large notes of oak wood and full-on bourbon with lighter notes of vanilla and coconut shavings. Pair this up with a malt aroma replete with plenty of chocolate and roast and you have something worth smelling. Taste: Cup of Sumatra Dark Roast íBlack Satiní Coffee stirred up with aged oak and light touches of vanilla and coconut and garnished with a few chocolate-covered coffee beans. Fleeting plum fruitiness. Some fire-roasted marshmallows. A pinch of Black Cavendish Tobacco. Medium roast bitterness. Plenty of alcohol to be found, but, thankfully, itís not glaring. Warming, roasty finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Yes! This is going to be a pleasure to finish off, I can tell. Itís so darned yummy, I just had to tell the world!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2009
[2006 Bottle] shared by Tyler and rating #500! Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, slightly eggy like batter, but with a touch of sulfur that goes away after it warms a little, and tons of chocolate like fresh baked brownies. Flavor is chocolate cake batter, coffee, major dark chocolate like cocoa dusted truffles, oak barrel, a touch of saltiness, and alcohol on the finish with a touch of astringency.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2009
courtesy of zuluflyboy. The last of the AleSmith for our epic tasting. bottle # 59/235 year 2006. Pours black with no head. Aroma has notes of malts, roasted coffee with light notes of barrel. Taste, compared to the 3 other AS barrel we tried that night this one had the lightest of barrel that I could pick up. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, loaded with chocolate. Top notch beer, drinkable and boozy.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (6486) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2009
Bottle @ jbrus. Dark color, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, madeira, some coffee, fruity. Strong taste of liquor, coffee, bit whisky. Another splendid alesmith brew!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2009
Bottled @ Jbrusí. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, roast, oak, cherry and so much more. Black coloured beer with a brown head and an oily texture. The taste is sweet and has confit fruitiness, different sorts of liquors, prunes, whisky, oak/wood, chocolate, coffee, roast. There is also a touch of lactic sourness/milk chocolate. Full bodied with a lingering palate. Complex and well balanced. This is truely a wonderfull brew.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle@Home. Thanks Edo! Great and unbelievable beer. So complex, yet perfectly balance. I really donít know what else to write down. Amazed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (12193) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
2006 bottle from Mashmaster, shared @jbrusís place. Dark chocolate in the aroma, with hints of oak and ash. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, fruit confit and oak in the flavor. Cacao. Whisky in the finish. Very complex and brilliant beer. Thanks Mashmaster, for giving me and the Dutch RBíŪans the chance to taste this world class beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle number 187/233 from 2006 thanks to fordest. this beer had a sex party in my mouth that gave me sheer pleasure. poured black with a tan head and great lacing. bman111vr and myself enjoyed the greatness of this aroma before even taking a sip. the aroma was dark roasts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, and vanilla. flavor was even better than the nose with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and alcohol. slick mouth feel with no carbonation. a huge thanks to fordest for bringing this gem to texas and sharing with the crew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Deep black in colour with a thin tan head, light lacing. The aroma is very sweet with vanilla, oak, wood, bourbon, brandy,some coffee bitterness and noticeable alcohol. The flavour is again very sweet, fairly hot, lots of vanilla, some bourbon, very light roast, vinous. Fairly hot mouthfeel, medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes quite sweet with lots of alcohol heat.

The roastiness is gone and the coffee flavour is almost non-exsistant. An alcoholic jumble that lacks a sense of direction. I much prefer the regular Speedway. Iíll revisit this one in the future.

750ml bottle.
Opened on November 8, 2008.
Vintage 2007, Bottle 276/447.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2006 750 ml bottle (#37/235) I picked up at the brewery a year or so ago - I have a friend who has ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) and I thought it was time to start breaking out the good stuff and share it with him. Chances are he wonít make it to the end of the year, so Iíll be drinking several of my prized beers over the next several weeks. Anyways....This beer doesnít have much of a head or lacing. The aroma is fantastic. The flavor has your typical strong barrel aging presence like the other Alesmith BA beers. Iím not going to go into details about the beer since I really wasnít taking notes. Itís a very good beer, but I think I like the regular version a little better. Cheers Steve.


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