jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle@Home. Thanks Edo! Great and unbelievable beer. So complex, yet perfectly balance. I really donít know what else to write down. Amazed.
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Opened on November 8, 2008.
Vintage 2007, Bottle 276/447.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting session at jbrus. Bottled. Opaque black, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cherries, vanilla. Strong and lasting complex flavour, chocolate, coffee, lactic notes. So complex and yet so balanced. Way better than regular version, although i havenít compared them side by side. An extraordinary brew, very, very good.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2010 I definitely drank this one too young. I am sure it does better with age. I thick strong bourbon bomb. Dark chocolate and bitter heavy dark roasted coffee and more bourbon. Almost like beer flavored bourbon. Really too bad because I wanted to love it. (Will Re-Rate with an older vintage, donít hate the numbers.)
Re-rate 2004 Vintage sampled May 2010. Time definitely did this justice. Now seems to be worthy of top 50 way more than my fresh bottle. Very mellow bourbon, smooth vanilla and cream. Nice mouthfeel and no burning sensation. Some dark chocolate and smooth coffee still shine through.
Rating from 3.2 to 4
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to fordest. Pours a deep, dark Brown/Black with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, bakers chocolate, some alcohol. Flavor of nice ark roast, sweet, some dark roast, very faint wood, faint bourbon. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very good stuff!!!!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. #40/233. Dark chocolate truffle, just a bit of coffee, not a lot of barrel on the nose. Plenty of dark, roasty, chewy and thick malt. Dark, dried fruit skin (raisin and prune). Barrel and malt are fairly in balance. Some pepper. Pours the requisite oily black with a think, dark khaki head. Nice... but standard pour for a BA Impy. Flavor is initially loaded with the dark chocolate that I found to be quite nice on the nose. Vanilla, dark fruits, coffee... Plenty of barrel presence. Some toasted nuttiness. Better than your average BA Impy... but the alcohol is rather distracting on the tongue throughout. Silky on the tongue with a shorter, boozy finish. I like the intense chocolate flavors initially on the tongue, but the barrel, coffee and alcohol tend to distract later. Nevertheless... an admirable effort. Thanks Jonathan!
Stine (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rustic, reddish black. Honeycrisp apples, raspberries, and bitter chocolate aroma. Dark chocolate caramels. Cherry-cognac chocolates. Really sweet. Firmly alcoholic.
A thick, prickly, spirited flavor. Lots of bitterness and peppery alcohol, skimming the deep chocolate and creamy sweet flavors with rough strokes. Sharply warm and borderline hot for me, in amaretto and even kahlua flavors. The combination of the acrid, oxygenated coffee flavors with the spirit flavors is pretty unpleasant to me, but thankfully it sits deeply enough underneath the ocean of chocolate and molasses and extraneous sweetness that it doesnít ruin the beer.
Palate is full and oily; certainly hot in the finish, with a peppery singe. And a little bit of chocolate covered coffee beans lingers long after the finish. Thereís a lot of positive qualities here but I canít appreciate the expired coffee flavors or the heavy heat.