Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared opened by Leopoldstotch at DLD. Deep black with a thin tan head that fades to an oily topcoat. Awesome aroma of rich vanilla and oak. I could smell this stuff for hours. Complex flavor, coffee, chocolate, licorice, stone fruits. A velvety smooth mouthfeel that absolutely coats everything. A dark chocolaty finish. This beer was outstanding and thank you Leopold for popping this one open!
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 2/1/08. 750 ml bottle from 2004. #49/228. Sampled on "An Evening with Pantanap #3" Huge thanks to andrew for bringing out this one. It lived up to the hype and up to my small sampled previous rating. Pours black with a brown head that laces down. Bourbon nose. Rich toffee, chocolate. There is a sense of Speedway underneath. Flavor of roasted malts. Milk and bitter chocolate, bourbon. The lasting chocolate taste is balanced with the bourbon so well. Creamy thick delicious. Wow what a tasty brew. 9/4/9/4/18 = 4.4
750 ml bottle shared by Leopoldstotch on DLD. Pours a dark black with a tan head. Complex nose of chocolate, dark fruit, oak, and brown sugar. Very rich. Balanced and mellow flavors bitter chocolate, fruit, toffee, and carmel. Smooth and delicious ... but when i would try the BA Darklord in minutes and compare, this did not have those bursting complexities of DL. But still an excellent beer I never thought I would try. Thanks so much! 9/5/9/4/18 = 4.5
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Like drew just said this was smashed between still nacht 2000 and ba darklord. Simply amazing. Had a very solid aroma of bourbon and coffee. Incredible flavor of roasty chocolate and coffee. Simply smooth and incredible.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 sample at DLD, ’04 vintage. huge thanks to leopoldstoch for sharing. i had this sandwiched inbetween Stille Nacht Reserva 00 and Oak Aged DL! I guess that could only mean at DLD. poured beautiful black with tan head. nose had loads of wonderful cocunut, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, charred wood, and bourbon. an amazing nose. flavor notes of raisins, plums, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and bourbon. alcohol was warming but hidden well. too bad the nose was just better than the flavor. it all didn’t seem to come together that well and the Oak Aged DL i followed this with was more impressive. thanks again for sharing! 4.3.
2/1/08. ’04 vintage. sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3". Big thanks to alafito for this amazing bottle. pours dark brown with thin beige head. nose is tight with coffee, roast, chocolate, slight bourbon, and aged malts. flavor is coffee, chocolate, roast, nuts, nutmeg, bourbon, oaky charness. body is silky smooth and full. low carbonation. alcohol warmth but well hidden. this is extremely good and easily the best AleSmith BA beer and worthy of a 4 in appearance. 8/4/9/5/17=4.3.
11/3/09, ’03 vintage. pours black with no head. nose of licorice, ashy. flavor is ashy, chocolate, licorice. wow this is not what BA speedway is supposed to taste like, this barrel has dried this out and it is so ashy. 3.1.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Abby for the chance to have a go at this beer!! Shared at DLD. I really wanted this one to blow my socks off and while it was excellent and a great imperial stout it was not everything I would have imagined. The aroma was great with vanilla, bourbon,chocolate, coffee, caramelized burnt wood and all sorts of other stuff as well. The palate was incredibly smooth with the only notion of alcohol coming from the bourbon barrel not the actual beer. And even then it melded really well and worked perfectly. Alesmith really knows how to make the most completely balanced beers, and even when they experiment with barrel aging they still manage to make one the most balanced BA stouts, that is really tasty! I guess I just had too high of hopes for this one that I was bound to be let down, but none the less it was still highly enjoyable and a real treat that I am so happy I was able to try. Thanks Abby!! Oh yeah I think it was bottle 89/228 from the 2004 batch
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark brown, not quite black coloured beer with a surprisingly decent well retained tan head. Aroma has lots of malts in it, a bit of coffee, and wisps of whiskey. The flavour had a lot of alcohol in it but it’s controlled by the tons of other flavours; fruity, coffee, oaky, some roasted malts in there as well. Somewhat of a drying finish, but it’s still luxurious and full of flavour.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Bottle #127 2004 vintage, from CQuiroga, shared with SuIIy on 4/10/07. Also had it at BCTC ’06, courtesy of Egajdzis
DaSilky1 traded me the first bottle of this I had, but it was opened at the PP 12 hour fest, so Chris gave me this in replacement, what a guy!
Perfect appearance, as you’ve come to expect from AleSmith. Bottle conditioned carbonation produces a large tan head that is very well-retained and laces quite well. Dark, dark brown-black body has a medium clarity.
STRONG stuff, just like Speedway, of course, with coffee and vanilla beans in the nose, plentiful vinousness (very important) and dry roastiness on the finish. No tacky caramel and chocolate sweetness and nicely attenuated, as is the regular beer. Bourbon is very, very reserved in the nose, and only moderate wood dryness reaches the nose, on the finish, adding continued dryness. Alcohol is lightly perceptible after warming, and adds more intimidating strength.
Spanish coffee and dry chocolate open up the flavor, with soft vanilla and light, dry toffee notes through the middle. Lots of wood, but it’s not overly harsh and is offset by a very unfiltered, well-malted texture. Coffee is dry and extremely tastefully added, lending a beany-like hardness that combines with some vinousness to provide that wonderful complexity in the base beer. Very low bourbon character, one of the few Imperial Stouts to actually remain balanced in the bourbon department. Dry wood, cocoa and some light fusels on the finish. Love the attenuation level on this stuff. Tightly carbonated as well, giving a very strong, nearly creamy texture.
I love regular Speedway, and the bourbon being correctly done is just the icing on the cake. Not quite as good as the best bottles of Speedway I’ve had, but right up there.
Thanks Chris and Todd.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again very distillate forward nose with just a touch of bourbon laced bakers chocolate. Very oaked forward palate with a lot of mid palate alcohol heat. Notes of both bourbon and dark rum with a very soft cocoa and molasses finish.
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle 84/228) Knoxville tasting courtesy of Springslicker, thanks Jay. A double deep dark brown pour without much of a head. An aroma of chocolate cake with bourbon frosting. The aroma makes your mouth water like a fresh baked cake as well. A very warm beer with a flavor of oaked bourbon and espresso with chocolate syrup with a light hint of butter. Good carbonation good full palate a palate that I wish all beers could match. The summary in my notes was "wtf else can I say". It was great. thanks again Jay
BREWMUSKCLES (2288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sorry i am not a stout guy. i gave this a good try and it was worth it. for a hop head.