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RATINGS: 811   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2006 750 ml bottle (#37/235) I picked up at the brewery a year or so ago - I have a friend who has ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) and I thought it was time to start breaking out the good stuff and share it with him. Chances are he won’t make it to the end of the year, so I’ll be drinking several of my prized beers over the next several weeks. Anyways....This beer doesn’t have much of a head or lacing. The aroma is fantastic. The flavor has your typical strong barrel aging presence like the other Alesmith BA beers. I’m not going to go into details about the beer since I really wasn’t taking notes. It’s a very good beer, but I think I like the regular version a little better. Cheers Steve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2009
courtesy of zuluflyboy. The last of the AleSmith for our epic tasting. bottle # 59/235 year 2006. Pours black with no head. Aroma has notes of malts, roasted coffee with light notes of barrel. Taste, compared to the 3 other AS barrel we tried that night this one had the lightest of barrel that I could pick up. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, loaded with chocolate. Top notch beer, drinkable and boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle # 221/233 from 2006 written in silver marker on the side of my gold foiled 750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly solid black body with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is great with notes of vanilla, bourbon, slight chocolate, very mild roasty notes, hint of coconut and butter, very slight alcohol. Medium bodied with strong carbonation for a bottle that has been sitting in a barrel and three years of age on top of that, finishes slightly thin and warm from the 12% ABV. Flavor of bourbon, syrupy chocolate notes remain rather strong despite the age, vanilla extract, and some wet wood. Really nice and a huge thanks to Jon for sending me this one, thanks bro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
750, capped and foiled. ’06. #102/230. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet oaky chocolate, vanilla, smoke. Medium body. Sweet coffee, coconut, prune and bourbon taste. Well worth lingering over this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Original: Bottle 191 of 447 from Hophead22 beer tasting. Not very aromatic. Had a very sour after taste. Something happened to this bottle unfortunately. Maybe it sat in a hot car or garage for too long. I was very disappointed. Looking forward to trying the new batch and will re-rate this. Update: On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 2009. Dark black pour with toasty brown head that spilled all over my rating book (oops). Aroma was hints of coffee, whiskey, dark fruits, and cocoa. Taste was just bourbon and chocolate. Pallet was medium and nice. Overall very good stuff but the barrel over powers the roastiness and the coffee that makes speedway what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Poured ink black with a thin tan head. Nose was big on bourbon with dry cocoa and oak. Taste is big and bold, coffee has faded a little, bourbon is still big and slightly hot, lots of raisin and chocolate. Much more than just a bourbon speedway, very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle shared by Clarkvv. Pours a dark black opaque color with a foamy dark tan head. Nose is light bourbon and wood with lots of the chocolate and dark malts still in tact and playing a role. Palate is very smooth and filmy with a big kick in the swallow. Flavors of light bourbon and wood with chocolate and dark roasted malt notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 2007 Vintage. Bottle 358/447. Shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and heatherh at a recent tasting. Big thanks to nflmvp for this one! A: Pours a very dark brown with a powerful mocha head. Very nice lacing as it makes its way down. Great appearance on such a strong brew. S: Massive bourbon nose in the initial whiff, followed by sweetened dark fruits, roasted malt, and a hint of wood. T: Big bourbon again. A bit of roasted malt, and a beautiful yet quaint dark, tart cherry flavor. A bit of sweetened dark fruits. Hints of oak and a very nice espresso bitterness. Very complex all around. I love regular Speedway, and this one blows it away. M: Nice and creamy with an alcohol bite that is wonderfully in proportion to the rest of the flavors in the beer. D: Supreme. One of the best stouts I’ve had in a long, long time. Again, big thanks to Steve for sending this one out my way. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-10-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Wow, lucky to have tried this. It is the latest batch brought over by Dan. Good to have a good friend, Bacl as the ace of spades, with flavors that remind of roasty notes that are alot like dark 80% cacao chocolate, has that same roasted bitterness to it you find there. The coffee is approachable and integrated in a way that anyone could get into this. barrel notes are softer probally from the time. Excellent, great stuff. Bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
2009 bottle from fleetwood. Dark viscous brown, almost black, brown beautiful crea,y head. Smooth bourbon, mild coffee, huge roasted malts and barley, great lacing all the way down the glass. Full bodied, creamy, coats the palate, mild but growing bitterness with some sweetness and booze. Bourbon is overwhelming though (may have benefited from another year on the shelf) but it does fade and leave a great complex finish - some bourbon, chocolate and coffee with a great malt profile. A very good beer.

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