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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2012 release of bourbon barrel-aged speedway stout. Aroma is thick with bourbon notes followed by a dark coffee and chocolate richness. The appearance is as dark as beers come with a thick mocha head that retreated much more slowly than expected for a 12% stout. The taste is very complex. Vanilla is a strong flavor but far and away the bourbon and coffee flavors are the centerpiece of the beer. Overall I love this beer. Bring friends to share a bottle with if you manage to get your hands on a bottle. It is a rich, thick beer that is best enjoyed slowly as it warms.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (225) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2012 vintage bottle, poured into snifter glass. Appearance is jet black, minimal tan head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving some swirls of lacing. Nice legs on this beer as well. Aromas are dominated by bourbon. Light hints of roast, coffee and chocolate linger...but, the sting of bourbon keeps coming forward. The taste is more subdued than I expected in terms of the barrel inflection. Nice balance between a creamy chocolate and bitter coffee backbone. Nice roasted notes blend with the bourbon barrel character and harmonizes nicely with some oak, vanilla and slight alcohol notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (2630) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Cask at the brewery. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, oak and leather with chocolate notes. The taste was of bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, booze, raisins and coffee. Just awesome.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdiBeer (1372) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: intense bourbon, vanilla, heavy bread and grain malts, prunes. Appearance: black, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: massive bourbon sweets continue, alcohol, same flavours as in palate, prunes, intense vanilla with caramel. Overall: incredibly nice Imperial Stout, the bourbon cask makes a massive difference. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beergeek23322 (2345) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
10/16/2014. On tap at the brewery. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, booze, chocolate, coffee. Complex, balanced and thick. One of the best imperial stouts out there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardaxe (183) - - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from 750ml into snifter. Overwhelming bourbon aroma. Thin bodied. Lots of bourbon and not much else. Harsh carbonation. Way too hot for 12%. The base beer seems lost in all this. Not sure if this was a bad bottle or improperly stored (1.5 years old bottle procured in a trade), but it was not awesome. I was so hyped for this and was massively let down.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jflopsu (588) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Pours a dark black with brown head. Has a strong bourbon, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Starts a little sweet with cocoa but turns to really strong bourbon and dark liquors, some coffee and malts. A strong coffee, liquorish, and dark liquor aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4582) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2012 bottle shared by Brad. Oily beige head. Black brown opaque body. Rich caramel booze tones. Excellent cocoa, vanilla, barrel tones. Rich, a slow sipper. Almost approaches birch tones every so often.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (1211) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from 2012. Thanks to Matt for hooking me and ma bros up! Man have I been looking forward to this?? Oh yes! Pours Pitch black with a brown lasting head. WOW the aroma. Oh boy! The aroma just have everything you want from a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Lots of fresh coconut, vanilla, oak, fresh speedway stout coffee, nice and smooth milky chocolate, fudge, some oak as well which contributes to such a nice and decadent note. Also some weak buttery notes and some sweet dark fruits as well. Taste has lots and lots of sweet bourbon notes. I get tons of coconut, dry oak, vanilla, weak buttery notes, smooth and creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, dark dried fruits and some fudge as well. This is one delicate decadent imperial stout. Smooth gentle and balanced. I really really like this beer :) !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vestergaard (403) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle, 2012! Pours da pitch wiv big, brown, bubbly, long lasting head. Aroma has .. here we go: Vanilla, chocolate, fresh coconut, dry oak, molasses, gasoline, semi roast, speedway coffee, toffee, caramel, dark, sweet, dried fruits. Taste has milk chocolate, sweet, sugary fruityness, again lots of coconut, some roast, coffee, sweet toffee, caramel, lots of bourbon, vanilla and so on. Actually no extraordinary flavors, but just a lot of coconut, and an excelent balance. Only thing to mention is a slightly sugary ending. Extremely smooth body and low carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Klimaet (227) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2014
Batch ’12. Bottle shared with vestergaard and rasmusott. Pours pitch black with a dark brown mocha head. Aromas of smooth bourbon. Results in a vanilla sweetness, coconut, fudge, dark sweet fruits, dark roasted coffee beans, milk chocolate. Taste is pretty strong roasted coffee up front, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, milk chocolate sweet dark fruits. Oaky dry roasted finish.


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