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RATINGS: 803   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.

Weíve 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 beerís 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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
í04 Vintage shared by OhioDad at the last Columbuis tasting--another generous offering from the best Dad ever! Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is nice--lots of chocolate and roasted flavors. The bourbon is there--but not as strong as expected. Palate is perfect--creamy, rich and full. Taste is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. There is some heat--but not as much as expected in a beer of this type. This is the most well balanced barrel aged beer Iíve ever had by a longshot! The aging only compliments the flavor of an already great stout--without dominating it. The best part is the cool bottle I get to stare at every day...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2008 2004 bottle generously shared by Ohiodad and brought to Ohio by zug4abby, thank you both! Pours black with a dark tan head that doesnít stay long. Nice aroma of bourbon, coffee, oak, vanilla, and some chocolate. The flavor was full off bourbon without overpowering the chocolate and the coffee...there was also some vinous notes in there as well. Very smooth over the palate with a nice richness and a soft carbonation that makes you wish they put out more of this stuff. The best part was after the bottle mysteriously disappeared, two Maudite snifters took its place...it was absolutely magical.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
750ml bottle 2004 edition #73 of 228 via trade with the ever so generous zug4abby! - Thank you so much!!! - We drank this along side a 2003 Speedway for comparison - Pours black as night with a short mocha head that stays briefly but laces some. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some dark chocolate. Flavor is Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla, and a bit of Dark Chocolate. The barrel seems to add so much flavor to this beer but doesnít weaken the original flavor that is so wonderful in this beer... The palate is simply the smoothest richest mouthfeel Iíve ever tasted.. Amazingly creamy not much carbonation... I made the comment that when I get to hell I hope this is on tap.. This is indeed a perfect beer to me!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
2004 Bottle shared by the ever generous OhioDad: Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma, bourbon, chocolate, some coffee, oak and vanilla. Flavor, Oaky, chocolate, some dark fruits, bourbon and coffee. This stuff was amazing, smooth doesnít begin to describe it, just a silky rich palate, very thick. My only complaint is that I didnít get to keep the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
2003. #12/225. Thanks to Hopscotch for this gem. It has been cellaring for a while. Aroma is chocolate, licorice, tart berries, alcohol, smoke, and coffee. Taste is vanilla, coffee, alcohol, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. The carbonation is nearly non-existent. Thick mouthfeel. Possibly served to warm, the alcohol made it a bit hot. Very good, but the lack of carbonation kept it from being even better. This bottle was obtained early directly from the brewery and Peter sat on this vintage forever waiting for it to carbonate, it seems like it never really did. I havenít noticed hardly any ratings for the í03, am I just not looking hard enough?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 2003 12 of 225. Csbosox finally breaks this thing out, and it was well worth the wait. Pitch black with not too much head. A good swirl got nothing. The aroma is full of coffe, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and so much more I just couldnít wrap my head around. Same with the flavor. Everything mentioned in the nose was present in the flavor. All very well blended. There was some concern at the table that the coffee would not make its way through. It was there and stood tall. The palate was a touch on the thin side, yet very fullfilling. Big thanks to Chris for sharing such a wonderfull beer. I hope my nagging didnít ware on you too bad. This stuff is great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 2003, bottle 12 of 225. Wow. This poured very dark black with no head. It smells like slipping into warm blankets on a cold night -- lots of oak, vanilla, malt. I canít smell any coffee in this beer, despite how much I tried. The flavor is nice and sweet, with a heavy mouthfeel, The flavor is where to find the coffee -- thereís a lot of it, and it follows through to the aftertaste. Thereís very little carbonation here, which makes the beer smooth and almost milky. I couldnít taste the alcohol at all, except long after Iíd set the glass down, I could taste it lingering. The beer has a drier finish, but pulls through with an overall sweet character. Iím more than grateful to csbosox for sharing this taste of heaven.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle (96/228): Courtesy of Styles. Outstanding aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, mild roasted coffee, a hint of black licorice, subtle bourbon, and light wood. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that leaves great lacing behind. Starts with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Very mild and subtle bourbon flavors really mesh well with the base beer. Finishes with mild roasted coffee that lingers on the palate. This is a very well done BA beer. This beer forced me to adjust a few ratings of some of my higher ranked beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7030) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
2004 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee (stale?), nut shells, dark chocolate), with notes of cardboard, wood, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. As expected, much less enjoyable than the regular Speedway. Dulled, oxidized, not particularly enjoyable in comparison.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle 195/228. Beer looks like it means business. Opaque black with a small, light brown, mostly diminishing head.<P> Huge nose. The aroma is malty with heavy notes of roasted grain; bright, acidic, equatorial coffee beans, moderate molasses, chocolate, brulee sugar. Hoppy with moderate resin/pine, moderate herb (tarragonish), light lemon zest. Yeasty with a light note of basement. Light miscellaneous notes of raisin, date; moderate smokey oak; light vanillan, burbon, garden soil.<P>The flavor is heavily bittersweet, light acidic with a long, warm-to-hot, moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately sweet finish.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety-syrupy and the carbonation is average.

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