Jerre (2365) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2006
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not my taste. Opaque black/brown color with a small tan head. Wish the head was a bit larger. Sweet, chocolatey, roasty start. This morphs into some booziness with a dry woodsy flavor. The barrel-aging is not very noticeable and does not add or take away from this beer IMO.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 BA vintage. Dark brown; thin brown soapy head.
Medium-dry-sweet coffee. Complex stouty coffee, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste is great. Great coffee sweet stout with a subtle blended hint of bourbon vanilla, miniscule fruit hints. I defintely prefer the way the barrel has toned down the huge rush of coffee.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 RBSG 06: Pitch black with small tan head. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oaky sweetness, milk chocolate and raisins. The flavor is coffee, rum, plums, burnt and chocolates. Medium/full body with soft and smooth texture. 9/4/9/4/16 4.2
Pre GTMW Tasting Thanks to 1FastSTi for opening this. This bottle wast a bit rougher than the bottle opened at RBSG. It was fairly raw. 8/4/8/3/14 3.7
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. 2004 vintage. pours the color of road tar on a hot summer day. Scent is sweet caramel and chocolate. Tastes like coffee grounds and chocolate covered cherries. This is real good. I wish I had a bathtub full.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thank you to odeed for this beer which was very fun to taste with the whole party gang. 54/228. vanilla, coffee, can taste the alcohol, very thick with no head.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG DC 2006: Sampled side-by-side with a 2006 regular speedway. Dark brown body with a small, almost non-existent tan head. The aroma is starbucks mocha, chocolate, roast, light prunes, with no barrel showing through. Taste is bitter coffee, prunes, chocolate, vinous, roasted barley, very dark & rich, seems to be more dry than the regular speedway.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 (2004 BOTTLE 54/228 OPENED SIDE BY SIDE WITH A REGULAR SPEEDWAY)after years of waiting,i finally get to try this brew.i opened it with a few other rate beer friends.(and im glad i did.i hope they enjoyed it as much as i did)i poured it into my stone imperial glass and noticed the appearance was a bit (but not much) lighter than the orginal speedway.although the b.a. version had no head what so ever.(this may be due to the barrel aging).i picked up the glass and put it to my nose and recieved a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,coffee,roasted malts,and chocolate.as far as the aroma goes,id say i prefer the ba version to the original.now for the flavor/taste.the first thing i was hit with was a bit of a bitter flavor that i was not familiar with from the regular speedway.but after that,it was oak,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,and an alcohol finish.although as the beer warmed the bitter taste vanished and i just picked up the flavors.now as far as mouthfeel the b.a. version wins hands down.it was smooth as silk.all the flavors mold together really well,except for the alcohol.it was a little more upfront in the b.a. version compared to the original.its really hard to say which version i really like better at the moment cuz i have hadmultiple versions/years of the original speedway,but only one of the b.a. speedway.i know one thing,i gotta dock the ba version on appearance becuase it didnt have any head.(no pun intended)but as far as mouthfeel and overall smoothness.this beer tops any other that i have ever had.(RE-RATE:JUNE 6TH 2007 FOR MY ANNIVERSARY WITH MY GIRLFRIEND.)brown body with light brown and red highlights.this time i received a nice dark brown head.as i gave the glass a swirl i picked up some webbing and legs on the side of the glass.(this will up my rating in appearance.)the aroma was awsome once again.everything has melted together even more.the flavor is once again outstanding.and alot of the sharp bitterness i got last year has faded away.although the alcohol is still pretty upfront,which is something i thought might calm down as well.some oxidation has set in,but not enough to give it an off flavor.honestly i cant see it getting any better than this right now.(2006 BATCH 2.NUMBER 52/333)nice dark brown head on this once that leaves some webbing on the glass.the aroma is bourbon,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,molasses,roasted malts,and some alcohol.the flavor is much of the same with some smoke,and the alcohol shines a bit more in the flavor.i think a year would do this some justice,although its head and shoulders above the first 2006 batch they put out a few months ago.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
54/228 Tons of chocolate, but lactic, some oak, and vanilla bean. Opaque with no head. taste is heavy coffee and vanilla, a bit of ok, semisweet chocolate. Body is a bit thin.
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating 450; 2004 BOTTLE 54/228 OPENED SIDE BY SIDE WITH A REGULAR SPEEDWAY; Thanks to Odeed for the sample at his beer tasting 8/27/06; Nose of bittersweet coffee and chocolate with vanilla; opaque brown with no head; Flavor was complex of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a little alcohol; palate a little thinner than regular Speedway.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge props to 1FastSTi for opening bottle 13. Sampled this side-by-side a bottle of regular Speedway I’ve been saving from 2004.
Aroma is loaded with major bourbon and wood. The wood really stands out. Chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The coffee aroma takes a while to kick in, once it had been in my glass for 10 minutes it was more noticeable. There is also a strong whiff of alcohol in the vanilla-like wood. Flavors smack the lips with wood and buttery bourbon then it changes to an over-roasted coffee flavor mid palate and then to a chocolate, vanilla in the fairly astringant wood and bourbon finish. Slightly harsher than a well aged Speedway. Color is dark black with a nice brown head. Medium-full body with a fairly dry mouthfeel.