HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, GregClow and jerc - garthicus’ bottle via MASSIVE trade with Irishboy. Bottle #57/235 - 2006 Vintage. Hoo boy, I’m shaking - been wanting this for years. Aroma - soooo smooth; light bourbon, dry wood, mild softened herbal hops, a bit like a low-acid iced coffee - simple, sophisticated, amazing. A little more bourbon/vanilla sweetness in the flavour, but deeply roasted, muted alcohol, muted herbal bitterness, even a hint of mint. Silky body, nice acidity, long somewhat alcoholic vanilla/roast finish. Stunning - friggin loved it.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500th rating - 2006, bottle #92/235. Sampled side by side with a regular 06 speedway. I’m happy to make this my 500th rating. I got to drink this beer, the BA version of the beer that got me into craft beer, with the guys that originally got me into craft beer. Pretty awesome. Sersdf didn’t like it, but I did. Very similar to regular speedway with a savory, soy saucy component. Really much more complex smelling than the non BA version. Chocolate and coffee are hidden somewhat by the oak. Really world class.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 thanks andrew. pitch black. shit, this smells terrible. it’s somewhere between soy sauce and unami. however you spell that. tastes just fine, a bit pretty hot. a little salty actually. pretty milky. doesn’t seem all that barrelled. i really hate this.... a few days later i tried it again. the horrible umami smell remains, but the flavor isn’t nearly as intolerable. so i’ll up it a little.
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Vac (I think) for busting this out at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. ’04 vintage. Pours pitch black with a modest cocoa head. Bourbon aromas enhance the chocolate-roast dynamic. Also some red fruitiness in the nose. Boozy chocolate flavor with a coffee roast finish. Nice warming bourbon with the swallow. Same impeccable balance I’m used to out of AleSmith.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, was surprised to find this on a menu at The Linkery while having dinner at RBSG. Fucking aweosme! Pours pitch black, with a medium light brown head. The smell is of some nice bourbon, dark malt, and rich creamy chocolate. Rich and roasty, with an oily consistency. Big chocolate malt, roasty nuts, and bourbon all mesh together nicely to create the identty of this brew. The bourbon isnt overpowering which was nice, but had some good balance to it. Really tasty!
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Kyle for this one. Tried side-by-side with the regular Speedway. In this one, the bourbon is definitely the defining flavor, especially in the aroma, which is nearly all whiskey. That being said, they do a much better job of blending that with the other examples of bourbon-aged stouts that I’ve had. I enjoyed the regular version more, but this one was still damned tasty.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 bottle shared thanks to thickerfreakness. This pours black with a tan head. Nose was chocolate with oak and some alcohol. Slight sour smell. Taste was decadent with chocolate, bourbon and wood. Mouthfeel was medium with some alcohol. Incredible brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 sampled with the phoenix crew. supplied by sparky27 who very nonchalantly pulled this rare gem out. ( i think he’s missing a kidney at this point!). 2006 bottle # 193/233. pours just next to blacker than my soul with a creamy tan head and plenty of spotty lacing. aromas of fruit, light bourbon, milder coffee than regular version ( :-( = sad ), wood, warm and delicioso! if you ate a hershey kiss right after a swig of whiskey it would taste like this!... chocolate candy, nutty, coffee, wood, soft bourbon, really robustly roasted grain, mmm. big time aftertaste of of coffee and chocolate hangs onto the tongue. luscious mouth feel... slick and smooth. really hearty and warming... it makes me want to curl up and sleep ( after i’m done drinking it of course!)...
growler version 2009 batch.
much different than the prior bottle version... it is smoother, buttery and slightly tart.... odd barrel quality. 9/5/8/5/18/4.5
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to thickfreakness for this 2006 bottle! Shared with MaltOMeal and thickfreakness. Pours a rich dark black color with a thick frothy deep mocha head. Nose was chocolate, coconut husk and toasted oak...wonderful. Flavor was a welcoming mix of rich chocolate, sublt oak notes and well integrated coconut flavors...and the mouthfeel is fantastic...thick and full coverage. This is truly fantastic, and the long lingering finish just makes this beer unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this Charles!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Bocky Bash on 7-5-08. Good bourbon and chcolate aroms somewhat mellow. Black body with tan head and good lacing. Good mix of bourbon, chocolate and coffee flavors without the alcohol presence I experienced with my first reg Speedway. That was good news for me. Thanks Eric.