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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   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.


4.2
   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

4.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2428) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11726) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. [thanks bluebetty]
[vintage 2009]
Tasted next to a 2010 regular Speedway. Pours opaque black with a small, creamy brown head. Aroma has vanilla, roasted malts, fat chocolate, apples, quite vinious. Low carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, vinious notes and plums. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2550) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 Thanks mike! New Bohemia bottle share, going strong! 2009 bottle. Mike hired a bunch of homeless guys, paid them $10 an hour to sit in line, and ended up with a bunch of bottles - crazy! Big black pour with a tan head. Bourbon nose that finishes with some nice coffee. Smooth, thinner than expected. Really nice. A fun sipper for sure! Edit: had a more recent vintage on draft at the brewery two weeks ago and it really stood out.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 23, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Silky, black body with only some dark brown at the extremities. The tan cap is a shade darker than the original Speedway’s and it dissolves a little quicker as well. Powerful aroma with huge barrel qualities; soft oak, vanilla, bourbon - slightly grainy and raw - dark fudge, and a mild hint of coffee. Coffee is quite muzzled here, compare to regular Speedway. Creamy, sexy smooth body with flavors of bourbon and vanilla up front, followed by light coconut, dense fudge, and some dark fruit and anise-like sweetness. The coffee is very understated on the palate as the bourbon character shines through, a bit unrefined. Very good beer, but it may just be a tad over the top. Though this beer is still delicious, it is not an improvement over the base, in my opinion.

Bottle: Re-rate thanks to Chris. Much more maple syrup on the nose than I remember, huge barrel presence but not as overwhelming this time around. Beautifully smooth, actually. Vanilla, wood, bourbon, maple, chocolate, molasses, just a little bit of coffee towards the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 10/12/2013. Pours thick black, bubbly tan head dies to a smooth cream on the surface, sheets of lacing left behind. Aroma is fluffy chocolate caramel brownie, light cocoa syrup notes, roast coffee, vanilla coconut, rich caramel bourbon. Taste is creamy chocolate, dark coffee notes, vanilla coconut, roast bitterness melding with bourbon. Thick, creamy body with a bit of heat, yet overall smooth and decadent. Quite nice, did not fail to impress.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (6320) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Shared 750ml bottle. Poured a rich, dark black color, like oil, nice small brown head. Aroma was creamy dark chocolates, bourboun. Flavor was smooth chocolate bourbon, brandy notes. Pretty solid brew. Alcohol is nicely hidden in this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (3523) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 vintage bottle shared at RBWG grand tasting! Pours a thick black with light head and lacing. Aroma is wow, barrel aged awesome, dark and full with a nice sweet balance. Taste follows, smooth and incredibly easy for the alcohol. Alesmith really knows how to make beers that age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1538) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2004 bottle (10 y/o at time!) generously shared by Jay (SpringsLicker) at the RBWG. Thank you! Shiny, oily black pour. So luscious with loads of milk and dark chocolate liqueur and notes of sweet marshmallow, and merengue cookies. This bad boy has held up great! Given the age on this thing, I think I can also attest that Jay’s cellar is excellently prepared.


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