IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #600. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing and sharing this at the Yeha, even if you weren’t especially conscious at the time. 2002 vintage, bottle #15/115. Poured black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and heavy whiskey. Flavor is predominantly whiskey, with coffee hanging around backstage, reemerging with greater intensity towards the finish. Slick oily body. I think the whiskey may overpower the coffee flavors a bit too much for my taste. Good, but I prefer regular Speedway.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow what great stuff. Had this at the first ever tapping at O’Brien’s Pub. Felt lucky to get my share of the 2.5 gal keg. Dark dark, with a brown head. Strong aromas of barrel. The flavor of the barrel was evident too, but more in the aroma. Flavors of chocolate, whisky, alcohol, and roastiness. Wonderful.
IndianaRed (2163) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BottleShared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" shared by DrunkAsaSkunk
Poures a very dark brown/black with a light tan head and heavy lacing. Aroma of coffee, but not as much as much as the non BA version as I recall. Heavy smooth feel with some dark roasted slight sour hints. Strong lingering smokey aftertaste. Very deserving of it’s reputation.
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, whisky, wood. Taste is coffee, alcohol, whisky, malt, caramel, vanilla. Just an extremely good beer.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 04’- Huge thanks to Blake for sharing this one at the Pre-GTM gathering. Having had the earlier version (and at the time much more aged) I was not such a fan of this one, though I’m guessing with time It will be just as awesome.
02’Thanks to Gordo for this one! Pours a pitch black, small medium brown head. Aroma of whiskey, fresh roasted coffee, almost overpowering. Flavor is full of whiskey/barrel, coffee, with the alcohol and coffee taking a backseat compared to the regular version. Damn fine brew.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 101/155: Pours a viscous black, dark brown edges, brownish head, spotty lacing. Hot coffee and bourbon on the nose. The coffee aspect is strong, but doesn’t appear to be as strong as the regular version. Quite coffeeish on the tongue, but again its much less than the standard. The barrel aging adds a wonderful touch to this beer, adding even more complexity over the original. White hot, its not alcoholic. I spoze I should say its very warming. Big body and mouthfeel, viscous as well. This is truely a dessert beer that I am very fortunate to have tried thanks to Seattles new resident, Sean (DrunkAsASkunk). It just occured to me, the beer I had is the same one pictured (on the right) in the photograph. Wow, never had I thought I would get a chance at this beer. Pitonka is a very happy man. Thanks again Sean!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 101/115 graciously provided by DrunkAsaSkunk. Tasted at Larry Pitonka’s September Tasting in Seattle
Dark brown color, black edges. Tan lacing with light head. The nose is lightly coffeeish with some astringent roast and woody antique guitar notes (no pun) with a bit of cobbwebb. Very rich and creamy, lots of caramel and a touch of soy sauce. Nice, very nice. I think this aged nicely and it really is quite a different animal than the original.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh how I love living in San Diego and having breweries like Alesmith a 10 minute drive away!
Very dark chocolate color with an aroma to match. Strong coffee and chocolate tastes/flavors and very warming going down. Fairly strong alcohol taste, but it works so well with this beer. Absolutely delicious!
zathrus13 (1685) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2009 Bottle #4/115, thanks to herbjones for trading me this. Dark brown/black in color, with a very small, brown head. Aromas are coffee, chocolate, alcohol, whiskey, and wood. Flavor is coffee, whiskey, wood, smoke, and vanilla. Body is on the medium to full, with the alcohol right there, not hidden at all. Palate would be better with more carbonation. A nice treat for my 40th birthday. (Note: As this beer warms, it gets better. The coffee seems to mellow somewhat and more sweetness reveals itself).
12/31/2009 - I’m going to up my rating from 4.4 to 4.5, after having some of the 2006 (painted label version). Just fantastic stuff.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: brown sugar, cream, red wine tannins, alcohol, coco, vanilla
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: brown sugar, coco, alcohol, espresso beans, red grapes, smoke, moss/earthiness, bitter hops
Palate: some burning, espresso beans aftertaste, smooth--fills mouth, hop aftertaste