77ships (3683) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Vintage. 75 cl. bottle. Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson. Thanks. Poured into a shaker. Pours black with a small but gorgeously lacing coffee coloured head, I mean that few beers lace as beautifully ast this one. Looks lovely. Smells of very thick molasses, nicely boozy bourbon, thick mocha, chocolate cake, sweet cinnamon, lots of vanilla oak, touch sweet liquorish, nicely full and rich with bourbon, thick syrupy quality with chocolate sauce. Tastes of coffee, lot of vanilla, molasses, very warming, alcohol burn, almost a bit like someone poured a shot of bourbon in here, bitter coffee roast, roast is more presence here than in most beers of this style, alcohol lingers, some bitter herbs, syrup, chicory, lingering bitterness. Quite nice and decadent Bourbon BA RIS, almost too aggressive for its own good, this almost feels like a far better Black Tuesday to me. Nicely aggressive beer to nurse slowly at home. I haven’t been too exited about AleSmith so far but this is right up my alley. One could debate till the end of times about this beer being deservingly or undeservingly #6 on RB (well that is if you are a beer geek, you could debate forever), I do not care about the top 50. I have had enough of the top 50 for this to be genuine dislike and not just jealously of those that do have the whales :) And yeah drinking the whole bottle will get you quite buzzed.
queenholly (2890) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee aroma. Black with a small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, woody bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol flavor. Full sticky body, soft carbonation.
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black, with a small "bubbly" tan head. - Be looking real juicy and stuff!!
Aroma is packed with coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, bourbon, wood character - plenty of delicious woody notes indeed - hot damn this tastes good..
Tastes pretty sweet, but has a nice amount of bitterness, combined to a super well balanced and complex brew. I’m telling you, layers of flavors boy!!
Semi-full bodied, with a semi flat carb.Thanks a big bunch to Mr. Doodler for sending this out my way.!!
Luk_ (99) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to boutip, 2009 vintage. Appearance is a nice full black with decent brown mocha head. Aroma is quite straightforward with bourbon, vanilla, the usual Alesmith divine caramel and molasses. You can definitly feel the high alcohol content which brings the ripe fruits upfront along with bourbon and caramel notes. Flavors are hard to describe as they aren’t amazingly complex but so well integrated and intense. Bourbon and age seem to have completly taken over coffee from the regular version. As much as I like the regular version, BA speedway lifts this one to a new level without being over the top. Exactly what I expect from a bourbon barrel version.
Side-by-side with Black Note with BA speedway being a close winner. Although I prefered Black Note’s palate and aroma, BA speedway’s flavors were out of this world. My favorite stout aside from BCS Rare.
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours black opaque with a brown head, aroma of bourbon, caramel, coffee, congac, brandy, coconut and wood, flavor of coconut, cognac, scotch, wood, dark chocolate, coffee, thick, full bodied. Nice.
PriorL (1760) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample thx to Mathieu87!
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: bourbon, vanilla, mocha, alcohol, coffee.
TASTE: bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, sweet.
DSG (5730) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! Bottled 26/3/13. Black with a small brown head. Great aroma full of coffee, bourbon, some vanilla, a coconut note and a bit of dark chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, roasty, coffee-ish, with dark chocolate, bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied with a mild warming boozy finish. Great stuff.
devman171 (949) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours black with big head, aroma is rich sweet chocolate and sweet booze and roast finish. Taste is similar with a nice chocolate finish. Great beer. no overpowering alcohol, really nice
markextrae (939) - NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
shared bottle, poured a pitch black colour with a nice beige head. roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, thick and smooth mouthfeel. really awesome stuff!! but the vietnamese speedway is a bit better!
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a cappuccino head. Aroma is strong on the bourbon, tons of vanilla and oak, also leather and chocolate notes. Taste is also strong with the bourbon barrel notes, oak and vanilla, pretty boozy, raisins and coffee. Really good, but i think i prefer regular speedway.