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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33   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.

We’ve 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 beer’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAY 18, 2007
I saved this rating till #900. OH MY GOD. 2004 batch bottle #5 out of 228. Split this with kmfdm91 at O’Briens in San Diego back in September. What a beer. Thick aroma. Maple sugar, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. Strong taste. The alcohol is certainly not masked. Very rich. Coated mouthfeel. Roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Great balance. Definitely the best stout I have ever had, and I was so blessed that O’Briens had it. What a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAY 18, 2007
I would rate this a perfect 5, but that can’t really be. What can be said about this beer other than wow. Had it on tap and it was amazing. Best beer hands down I’ve ever tried, just great stuff....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle. #182 of 2004 vintage. Pours a black body with a medium, rocky, mocha head. The aroma consists of heavy maple sugars, bourbon, smoke, and earthy oak barrel. Very smooth, delicate, barrel-imparted flavours. Toasted caramel, chocolate, and raw coffee beans. Very drinkable considering how full and rich this stuff is. Some hints of alcohol nearing the finish. Awesome stuff!
Sampled at the Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party on March 24, 2007. Sorry about your bottle, Clark!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
My 500th!!!! Shared with a big thanks to LeopoldStoch. Pours a deep black color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, woody, vanilla, some coffee and raisins. Flavor is a nice woody vanilla, roasted malts, and coffee. Great beer just glad I got to try some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4673) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Sampled at DLD. Pours dark brown with a creamy brown head. The aroma has lots of bourbon and milk chocolate, cream and vanilla - quite lactic. Full bodied with soft carbonation. There are lush rich flavors that are well integrated - bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, cream vanilla, oak and other aspects - quite complex. The finish was smooth and vineous with lots of roasted malt and seemed a bit milky. Excellent impy stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Had at DLD.BA Speedway it was great,chocolate and coffee with a tan head.,rich and roasty.CHEERS

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2007
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
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.

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