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RATINGS: 757   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33   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.

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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jflopsu (750) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopwine (491) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Good god this is amazing. Pitch black, no light seeping through even when put up to a lamp. Nose is vanilla, chocolate liqueur, wood. Flavor is flourless chocolate cake, moderate bourbon presence, prune, raisin, coffee is present but very much subdued relative to the normal speedway. Mouthfeel steers away from being too syrupy. Warming and pretty strong tannins encourage slow enjoyment.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle share. Black with small tan head. Wonderful aromas and tastes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, booze. Smooth palate. Just an outstanding beer in my favorite style. Ties with aged BCBS Coffee for my favorite beer of all time.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OmegaX (1326) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2012
Thanks to Deathcharms for this gem. This was on the top of my wants list after I first tried the original speedway stout. Here it goes. The nose was incredible with tons of bourbon and vanilla backed up with some chocolate, coconut, a touch of roast and more sweet vanilla notes. Wow. Such an inviting mix of aromas all balanced out to be equally noticeable. Pour is as expected. Black with a tan head. Viscous looking too. Taste wise there are lots of flavors I got from this. Obviously, there was a ton of bourbon and vanilla with chocolate, roast, raisin, molasses, and plum. No detection of alcohol at all. Such a good beer to just sit back and enjoy. Too good. Hopefully I’ll get to try another vintage of this beer some day.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4156) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 75 cl, tnx to Greg. Pours thick pitch black with a great thick creamy briwn head keaving nice lacing. Aroma is fullbodied sweet slightly boozy vanilla dill dark fruits fidges acidy roasted malty; so good indeed. Flavor then, first sip is sweet acidy and fruity in front with a touch of alcohol. Middle section just keeps the first impression alive adding velvety sweetness vanilla dark fruits and some bitterness. Towards the end nice tingling feeling on tounge with all other flavors sustained and then suddenly peppery pungent feeling iver the back side of the tounge with coffee chocolate and licorice. Finishes bitter vanilla dill and roasted dry chocolate. Fantastic beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Äntligen läge att öppna denna raritet som stått i källaren ett tag nu och lurat. Årgång 2012. (Trade with Heyta. Thanks man!). Lite darrig på handen vid öppnandet, som väntat. Wow! tung doft av bourbon i doften. Dominerar i princip hela doftbilden. Underbart krämig. Även i smakbilden är bourbon oerhört tydlig. Och parallellt med en vanlig Speedway kan man knappast tro att det är samma öl i grunden. Oerhört balanserad. Värmde upp smaklökarna med 2-3 stouts före denna, vilket nog var bra. Kan nog upplevas som lite väl tung att dra direkt. Rerate: 2012a Choklad och bourbon. Elegant och delikat. Tung men utan spritighet. Fantastik. Snacka om världsklass.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (1552) - Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2014
#1000. Bottle. 2013 vintage. Black. Small creamy, soapy brown head, forming a lasting ring with a wispy topping. Aroma is bourbon, dark chocolate, and coffee, full and rich but not overpowering. Some vanilla, and light woody spiciness. Big full luscious body. Velvety. Wow. First sip. Amazing. Perfect alcohol warming. No heat. Flavor also finds the smooth bourbon, chocolate, bittersweet coffee, vanilla, and wood. So rounded and well integrated. Such balance. Never cloying. Not too sweet or bitter or roasty or boozy - Juuuuust right. A beer where each element isn’t trying to yell over the other. Nor is it weighed down by a dozen different things fighting for your attention. World class.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SlovakSniper (3647) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Belle bouteille qui me tombe dans les mains à Portland. Gracieuseté de tom10101. Merci à toi généreux camarade. Je t’en dois une maudite bonne. Superbe bière à la robe foncée dégustée avec rodenbach99. Très content d’avoir bu tant de sublimes bières avec toi au cours des dernières années mon ami! Phoque, on est vraiment chanceux! La tête brune est sublime et elle se colle en petites pointes de diamant sur la paroi de mon verre. Lorsque je le tourne vers la lumière, je me rends compte de la viscosité de cette potion rare et cela me plaît énormément. Je m’empresse donc d’y plonger mon grand pif et le choc est brutal. C’est tout simplement sublime. C’est profondément riche. Un enchevêtrement de café, de chocolat, de bourbon caramélisé, de vanille, de noix de coco grillée et de sirop d’érable foncé comme un tout moléculaire qui me rappelle le parfum aphrodisiaque du sexe féminin. Siboire, ça sent les licornes et le sourire de Karen O, la voix de Mila Kunis, les jambes de Gisele, le cul de Bar Refaeli et la parfaite imperfection de Scarlett. Je sécrète subitement de la phényléthylamine. C’est peu dire. C’est comme une passion subite. Je pourrais passer des heures au-dessus de mon verre sans bouger, sans pouvoir arrêter de rêver, de parler et d’écrire. Mais bon, il faut y aller. Je trempe mes lèvres. Une véritable sensation de bien être et d’apaisement. Les jambes d’Emily Haines qui se lovent autour de ma langue. Jane Birkin qui a encore 26 ans. Debbie Harry qui rote son dernier bourbon. Iman qui défile à la cabane à sucre. Binoche qui postillonne du chocolat et moi qui ne s’étonne pas de cette concoction et de ses saveurs salaces qui s’évaporent de ma bouche lorsque je tape cette phrase sur le clavier de mon téléphone : «Chaque bière est un sexe. Y avez-vous pensé quand vous respirez dans mon verre?»

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cool_Bond (1896) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2015
Heavy smell of cocoa and dark coffee. The taste is dry, cocoa, coffee, sweetness, oak barrels and soy. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste that fills the mouth forever. As I have longed to taste this beer. High expectations I had too. And I was not disappointed. Celestial good beer. A beer you can sit for hours and enjoy. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tstamba (405) - Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bomber to a snifter. On the occasion of my mothers 80th birthday. Thick black pour with thin tan head. Sweet toffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso on the nose. A full, rich, complex, layered flavor profile. Balanced with a a boozy finish. My top rated beer to date!!! Fantastic.


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