JulienHuxley (5522) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a deep black with minimal brown head. Aroma is nicely balance between the dessert bourbon and malt notes (chocolate, vanilla, coconut) and the kopi roastiness and vegetal aspects. Nice complexity. Taste is bourbon, chocolate but also very vegetal, roasty and somewhat spicy from the Kopi. Full bodied with med-low carbonation. The barrel treatment attenuate the Kopi effect, it remains a little harsh. Inferior to the regular coffee Speedways, but still a good imperial stout.
Dpaquet (417) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Tommy, thanks a lot! Pour is pitch black with small beige head and little lacing. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate, green(kind of vegetal and grassy mix). Taste is bourbon, coffee, sweet, booze. Full body and soft carbonation. A LOT better than regular koppi (wich a i struggled to finish my glass).
tom10101 (5053) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Bottle (750 ml). Bottle for vissai, thanks! Pitch black with a small quickly dissipating, but somewhat easy to revive, brown head and little lacing. Aroma is complex with bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, spices light green notes and fruits notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, light vanilla, spices, hints of fruits and green notes. Light warming. Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not nearly as much as the regular Speedway. A tad oily too. So much better than the regular Kopi Speedway and a really good use of bourbon barrel. This is not my favorite Speedway treatment (I prefer the regular, the BA Speedway and the Vietnamese), but itís only because the other are so amazing. Really complex. Well balanced. Delicious!
EDIT: Tasted again one year later and the beer hasnít changed at all.
radagast83 (7079) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750ml bottle. Poured a rich and stark black color, like silky oil, nice small brown head. Aroma was rich, creamy chocolates, light sweet coffee, bourboun. Flavor was smooth chocolate bourbon, brandy notes. Quite a solid brew. Alcohol is completely hidden in this one.
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I stopped rating beers out of order to rate something special for a milestone rating a while ago, but #4000 is a pretty big deal, right? Bottle shared by my very good and very generous friend Kurt during his birthday celebration. Pitch black in color with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, brandy and coffee. Flavor starts with bourbon, then moves to chocolate, vanilla and oak before a smooth, bitter coffee finish. Truly amazing.
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nearly flawless beer. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, light soy, bakers chocolate, brownie batter. Taste is rich and smooth without being too sweet. Tons of rich chocolate and toasted coconut and cinnamon with the perfect barrel character. This may be the most well executed barrel aging Ive ever had. The barrel notes are present without being the centerpiece or without being overpowering. Perfect compliment to the beer. This is by far better then the regular BA Speedway.
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes I did it, 4.7 this is magical, perfect barrel aging and such smooth coffee flavors, Christ this is amazing
Art (3034) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I canít remember who I traded with for this one but thank you very much! I canít 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 Iíd love to do a side by side with BA Speedway sometime.
reggiedunlop (3636) - 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 bakerís 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 (havenít opened a bottle yet) is one of the best beers iíve ever tasted but this is right up there. the guys at Alesmith really know a thing or two about barrel aging. well done.