JaBier (4332) - 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 (1879) - 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 (3027) - Connecticut, 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
artmcd8 (1086) - 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.
ReggieDunlap (2778) - 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.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, 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 (1540) - SoCal, 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 (2583) - 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 isnít present in this shit brew? Tasty meh, tasty.....try dis.
SlackerMads (855) - DENMARK - 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.