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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle 13/240 ala Matt. Opaque brown color with a few tan bubbles forming a lid. Irish whiskey and coffee aromas, that have a mild sweetness of maple syrup. Vanilla and rye flavors mingle with rooty licorice and dark chocolate. Strong and tarry flavors. Sorry I’m not a strong and licorice kind of guy. Not my style. But I keep trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2006
Taste this beer yesterday, at Jerre’s home Thanx.. Opaque black-brown color with a small tan head. Sweet, chocolatey, roasty start.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
2004 BOTTLE 54/228 opened with a regular Speedway. We went through so much to get this, had to drive to San Diego, get a hotel, wake up relatively early to wait outside the brewery with some awesome people. We waited 2 months to open the first bottle, and here it was... thick like a milkshake, but with no head. Kind of bitter and you can smell as well as taste the alcohol. It wasn’t very carbonated. The aroma was really nice, smelled like dark chocolate. As it sits and increases in temperature, it gets smoother. Great, but I prefer the regular Speedway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Sampled side-by-side with a 2006 regular speedway. Dark brown body with a small, almost non-existent tan head. The aroma is starbucks mocha, chocolate, roast, light prunes, with no barrel showing through. Taste is bitter coffee, prunes, chocolate, vinous, roasted barley, very dark & rich, seems to be more dry than the regular speedway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
thank you to odeed for this beer which was very fun to taste with the whole party gang. 54/228. vanilla, coffee, can taste the alcohol, very thick with no head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
54/228 Tons of chocolate, but lactic, some oak, and vanilla bean. Opaque with no head. taste is heavy coffee and vanilla, a bit of ok, semisweet chocolate. Body is a bit thin.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IrishBoy (4000) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Rating 450; 2004 BOTTLE 54/228 OPENED SIDE BY SIDE WITH A REGULAR SPEEDWAY; Thanks to Odeed for the sample at his beer tasting 8/27/06; Nose of bittersweet coffee and chocolate with vanilla; opaque brown with no head; Flavor was complex of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a little alcohol; palate a little thinner than regular Speedway.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 (2004 BOTTLE 54/228 OPENED SIDE BY SIDE WITH A REGULAR SPEEDWAY)after years of waiting,i finally get to try this brew.i opened it with a few other rate beer friends.(and im glad i did.i hope they enjoyed it as much as i did)i poured it into my stone imperial glass and noticed the appearance was a bit (but not much) lighter than the orginal speedway.although the b.a. version had no head what so ever.(this may be due to the barrel aging).i picked up the glass and put it to my nose and recieved a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,coffee,roasted malts,and chocolate.as far as the aroma goes,id say i prefer the ba version to the original.now for the flavor/taste.the first thing i was hit with was a bit of a bitter flavor that i was not familiar with from the regular speedway.but after that,it was oak,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,and an alcohol finish.although as the beer warmed the bitter taste vanished and i just picked up the flavors.now as far as mouthfeel the b.a. version wins hands down.it was smooth as silk.all the flavors mold together really well,except for the alcohol.it was a little more upfront in the b.a. version compared to the original.its really hard to say which version i really like better at the moment cuz i have hadmultiple versions/years of the original speedway,but only one of the b.a. speedway.i know one thing,i gotta dock the ba version on appearance becuase it didnt have any head.(no pun intended)but as far as mouthfeel and overall smoothness.this beer tops any other that i have ever had.(RE-RATE:JUNE 6TH 2007 FOR MY ANNIVERSARY WITH MY GIRLFRIEND.)brown body with light brown and red highlights.this time i received a nice dark brown head.as i gave the glass a swirl i picked up some webbing and legs on the side of the glass.(this will up my rating in appearance.)the aroma was awsome once again.everything has melted together even more.the flavor is once again outstanding.and alot of the sharp bitterness i got last year has faded away.although the alcohol is still pretty upfront,which is something i thought might calm down as well.some oxidation has set in,but not enough to give it an off flavor.honestly i cant see it getting any better than this right now.(2006 BATCH 2.NUMBER 52/333)nice dark brown head on this once that leaves some webbing on the glass.the aroma is bourbon,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,molasses,roasted malts,and some alcohol.the flavor is much of the same with some smoke,and the alcohol shines a bit more in the flavor.i think a year would do this some justice,although its head and shoulders above the first 2006 batch they put out a few months ago.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Huge props to 1FastSTi for opening bottle 13. Sampled this side-by-side a bottle of regular Speedway I’ve 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.

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