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RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (288) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Awesome beer. This is how I like them. Very heavy and thick. Rich, sweet, coffee. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2013 bottle thanks to dogday. Shared with John. Pours oily black like all Speedways, a nice small foamy head that collects to a ring and sits there. Aroma is fresh roasted coffee, rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate syrup, raisins, and licorice. Tastes like a perfect mix bourbon, chocolate syrup, and fresh coffee. Moderate brown sugar-like sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Nice smooth booziness in the finish. Medium to full body with a great oily slick mouthfeel. This is right up there with my favorite barrel aged stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abijen (1432) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good brown head. Smells chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Tastes vanilla, chocolate, bit bourbon. Very nice. Low carbo, medium body and a sticky oily texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bosbouw (1191) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt vol, koffie, chocolade, gebrand, vanille. Smaakt vol, koffie en vanille, hout. Goede bittere nasmaak. Iets alcohol nasmaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3692) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
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 havent 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
Yep...! 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. Im 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.!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luk_ (104) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
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 arent 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 Notes palate and aroma, BA speedways flavors were out of this world. My favorite stout aside from BCS Rare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PriorL (1759) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
Sample thx to Mathieu87! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: bourbon, vanilla, mocha, alcohol, coffee. TASTE: bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, sweet.

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