artmcd8 (1496) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I can’t remember who I traded with for this one but thank you very much! I can’t honestly say this is much different than the regular BA Speedway. I wish I was able to do all 4 at once but I would have been a bit smashed at that point. I thought I was able to detect some additional sweetness in the standard Kopi Speedway. Here the bourbon adds a ton of sweetness so I just can tell. This beer is still amazing and I’d love to do a side by side with BA Speedway sometime.
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours deep brown with a thin mocha head. aroma has nice toasted coconut, plenty of oak and roast...mild bourbon and coffee. flavor follows suit...sweetness up front...toasted coconut is great...coffee and a bit of dark chocolate...oak and bourbon wihtout booze creeping in for great balance...lots of oak. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is toasty coffee/coconut bourbon and warms softly.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml, black foiled bottle, via trade. poured to celebrate the completion of my residency training, this one sits a dense, inky black in the glass capped by a creamy, cocoa head that leaves rich, oily sheets of glass. aroma is spectacular, just so simple and clean, with notes of baker’s chocolate, graham cracker crust, butter pecan icing, vanilla, and toasted oak complemented by roasted malts, fresh ground coffee, figs, cinnamon, and bourbon. flavor is nothing short of perfect, exactly what a barrel aged imperial stout should be, with deep, dense roasted malts, bittersweet coffee beans with a touch of tart fruit, dark chocolate, toffee, and sweet vanilla backed by hints of french toast, ash, toasted coconut, and smooth, oak barrel with a hint of spice. palate is full bodied with a cream mouthfeel and just a marvelous balance that keeps it from being too sweet or too boozy. i still think the regular barrel aged speedway on tap (haven’t opened a bottle yet) is one of the best beers i’ve ever tasted but this is right up there. the guys at Alesmith really know a thing or two about barrel aging. well done.
GT2 (8168) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL thanks to cquiroga! Pours ink with yellowish mild foam. Ruby highlights. Nose is cinnamon, salted caramel, milk chocolate truffle. Taste is coconut, vanilla, amaretto, dark chocolate bar. Palate is silky, mild warming alcohol that is not overwhelming. Wife loved it as expected. Really glad I got to try this!
DedicatedToFun (2124) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy cow amazing stout thanks to friends of GT2. Pitch black, brown head, too good to be true yo
PhillyCraft (3074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, graciously cracked by Hayden along with some other Alesmith goods. Drank with Bill, Mike and Hayden, Pours pitch black with off-white head. Aromas of minerals, chocolate, bourbon, coffee and wood. Taste is coconut, cocoa, vanilla extract, bourbon, fluff, rich malt and vtg wood. Where is the 12 percent because it isn’t present in this shit brew? Tasty meh, tasty.....try dis.
SlackerMads (1418) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sour & Bitter #2. Black with a small good lacing beige head. Aroma is pretty close to the regular barrel aged version; the coffee is very discreet but adds some light earthy burnt/roasted notes that makes the bourbon less dominating. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body, light fat creamy texture, soft carbonation.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Bman113vr) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, caramel, and bourbon. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, caramel, bourbon, toffee, and vanilla. Excellent.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours big and black with a thin n brown head. Nose is chocolate, big earthy coffee, vanilla, licorice, toffee and wood. The taste is high sweet, low bitter with a great bittersweet finish. The texture is silky smooth. Heavy body and a long finish.
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jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the coffee version so much that is almost a let down. The desire to barrel age everything sometimes take away from an already outstanding beer. On its own its fine, but I’d rather take the original.