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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

Weíve matured our Russian Imperial Stout in premium bourbon barrels for up to one year to create the perfect blend of flavors. Notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon add another level of complexity to this beerís already massive flavor profile of chocolate, Ryan Bros. Coffee, and roasted barley. Designed to be enjoyed now or aged in the bottle for years to come, this special release is truly a unique beer that is smooth as it is rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3861) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Rich, dark chocolate body and mind-blowing aromas of oak and ethyl character, bordering on cleaning fluid. Rich chocolate, malt, and alcohol veins assault the palate. Again, the infiltration of ethyl/cleaning fluid finish detracts. INTENSE.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
750, capped and foiled. í06. #102/230. Thanks, BitBucket! Jet black. Loose, swirly burnt tan head. Huge sweet vanilla chocolate bourbon coffee nose. Creamy medium body. Thick swirling pruny, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon mid-palate. Long sweet chocolatey finish. Really a beautfiully complex and elegantly integrated beer. Tastes absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Bottle number 71/447. Poured pitch black with not much head if any. Aroma was very nice with dark fruits, chocolate and coffee with a touch of bourbon. Taste was oak, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, sweet chocolate, but coffee was weak compared to regular Speedway. This was very smooth and and easy to drink considering the 12% alcohol but Personally I agree with Gabe. I would rather have a regular Speedway Stout over the BA. Big Upís to Tim for sending this my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle shared by wolf. Thanks brother... Bottle 71/447. Poured into a snifter. Black as it gets. I could see my own reflection in it. Not much head. Nice aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Taste was much sweeter then the regular speedway. I couldnt pick up on any barrel aged characteristic.... It doesnt have the coffee backbone that makes speedway so great. Lots of dark fruits in the taste. Good texture. Overall...this was the first beer from alesmith that has dissapointed me. It was good just not great. Thanks again wolf for sharing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
750ml bottle, #70/447 2007 version. Another dark black impy. Virtually no head to speak of. Subtle bourbon and vanilla notes, very nice. Oakey, with vanila and bourbon as well, very smooth with a little alcohol in the finish. This gave me a happy ending. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2009
Bottle shared by ajm at the 09er as the clear centerpiece. 2007 vintage, 86/447. Pours charcoal with a sugary brown head. Smells like BCS. Tastes almost like The Dark Knight Returns. The combination is as mellow as a qualude. Its like the barrel served as a cacoon and the beer went in as coffee and came out like bourbon spiked date juice. Truly amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 Clutch beer. So hard to see how it relates to the regular Speedway because the coffee is eliminated by the barrel. I personally like it, and the highly oaky and vanilla-laden nose gives way to a full, fig-laden palatte. No real sugar happens in the taste which made it seem to me like a quad. Thanks to everyone at AleSmith!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2009
<b>Bottle 75cl. @ home.</b>
<i>[ Trade by Dunk ].</i> [Batch #211/235 ]. Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, milk chocolate, bourbon - whisky, cask wood notes, alcohol. english licorice notes. Flavor is moderate heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Bitterness is both hop and malt bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft - flat. Very nice beer to celebrate that Nicky did win his third world championchip in speedway. [20081020]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2009
2006 Bottle (04/01/08 release) #142/235 provided by my cousin, I finally got a chance to share this with some beer loving friends. This looks identical to the regular speedway so Iíll spare the details. The smell was dope, like regular speedway but better, my friend siad it was like candy. The flavors were also very close to the regular speedway, dark coffee bitterness. There was a little bit of a booze but it was quite subtle. This was a very solid stout but honestly I canít say it is an improvement over the regular speedway.Damn you Alesmith! The four people who drank this agreed that it was not something you would want a whole bottle of. My verdict is that this is good but donít trade your cellar away for one. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-13-2008 04:16:14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2003 bottle 44/196 from Joey, shared with MaxxDaddy. The cap popped with almost no sound, and the pour was similar, with almost no carbonation. It works with this beer, however. Deep aroma, lots of vanilla, bourbon, oak, coffee, cocoa, cauliflower. Rich and thick, wonderful mouthfeel, like a chocolate shake going down. There is tons of cocoa powder in the flavor, with a sweet, oaky and corn syrup finish. Delicious. My favorite of the BA Alesmiths by far, this is one hell of a beer.

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