Jerre (2684) - 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.
hezron (610) - 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 Iíve 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.
ryan (3186) - 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
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.
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.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque, deep and chocolatey black in color with grey dust in a swirl winding around at the surface to form a reserved head. Aroma imparts wafts of decadent chocolate truffles infused with a caramel bourbon tract, providing a baseline sweetening, but not over-the-top and independent - decadent, rather. Glazed caramel chews with hints of frangelico, sweetened with brown sugar and melting chocolate shells. Itís a thinker aroma, surrounded by a huge caramel avec bourbon compliment. Balance is the aromatic key here. Refined is another way to put it.
The notion of control is also well fed in the flavor. Delicate, boisterous chocolates melt like truffles over hot springs. The roasty espresso bean complexity is muted, capped and trapped under an engulfing dark chocolate coating. Warming vocal box voices joyous sentiments before the mind comprehends its speech patterns. Mocha grinds are pressed upon bakers chocolate bricks but the coffee elements are very subdued, hiding the boisterous elements of the regular Speedway with rounded corners, like melting milk chocolate Godiva squares infused with creme de cacao and smooth Magellan. Oily, full-fledged, big-bodied beer and an overall palate treat. Smooth, melting, delicatessen chocolate finish is free from bitter coffee arraignments, instead imparting mild tannic lingerings, and succumbing to the smooth chocolate force.
ENORMOUS THANKS to Blake (1FastSTi) for sharing Bottle No. 13!
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Ups to Blake for opening bottle #13: Opaque with a a sticky oily film on my Ratebeer tulip. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, plum, prune, smoke, coffee, and some mocha. The taste has a pop of coffee bitterness, burnt smoky malt and alcohol that attacks the palate before a richer and softer chocolate and vanilla character smooths you over. The back end is earthy and lingers some ripened fruit before the long espresso finish. The mouth feel is oily, sticky and lush. While this is very very good, some may be in shock but I would rather have a regular nicely-aged Speedway over this. The BA version seemed to be TOO BALANCED with the coffee too muted, I am not joking.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I acquired this bottle in San Diego via Peter BEFORE it was released. Bottle #13/240. We decided to compare this side-by-side with a regular Speedway that MAY be from the same batch of beer. I thought the aroma of the BA version was much bigger and better. Whiskey and coffee. A ton of coffee. A ton of chocolate. Whiskey. Perfect coffee and whiskey, dark chocolate, and other sub-components in the flavor. MUCH more balanced than the regular. Creamy and perfect mouthfeel. This is great. Iíd say that this, PP Le Woody, and artusoryís brett-pale were easily the best beers of the night.
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastStiís house
The capstone of the night, this was the whole reason we were doing a tasting.
Blakeís bottle was #13 of 240. Iíll have to open my bottle of regular
Speedway to compare, but this was definitely a well crafted well though out
beer that belongs in the Top 10. If you ever get the chance to try it savor
every last drop.
Aroma / Appearance - Oak, vanilla, coffee, black cherry, graham
crackers and toasted marshmellows dominate a complex and rich nose. With a
larger sample I might have picked up even more. The bourbon notes are evident
but they do not take over. The body remains midnight black; no light escapes
this black hole of a liquid.
Flavor / Palate - There is a creamy mouthfeel that permeates through
the entire beer. It starts off as a combination of bourbon, cherry, vanilla
and alcohol. Next it forms coffee, raisins, plums and blueberries. As if
that was not enough there is a textured velvet before it finally decides to
reveal the coffee flavors one last time. This is a very dense beer though
well balanced. Each of the tastes feels like it belongs; nothing here feels
out of place or strange. The finish has a lingering caramel and raspberry
texture. I had to sit for a few minutes when the glass was done admiring it
because it sticks around for a long time.
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Thanks to Blake for opening his today. 04Batch Bottle #13
Jet black pour, thin tan head w/ thick lacing. Big malt aroma lots of butter, light bourbon, very mellow well blended aroma. Palate is rich & creamy w/ a well coated feel & a warm swallow. Flavor is big malty lighly buttered extremly mellow bourbon and a very dry finish. This is an extremly balanced beer w/ no ove the top component.. itís delicious.
Sampled next to an 04 non BA speedway. The regular has much mnore coffee and a sharp hit w/ less butter and no bourbon. They are both different but I liked the BA a little better.
04batch bottle #11
black pour w/ a nice small tan head and a good lace. mmm.. w/ a nother year under the cap it actualy is more mellow the bourbon is quieter very well blended now. worth +1 on overall... num num