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RATINGS: 768   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Jet black, not a lot of head, but this beer just coats the glass with a dark brown glaze. Smell was dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, soy and worcestershire. Smooth and vinous - mouthfeel was almost like a plum wine - especially combined with the prune juice flavors down the center of my tongue. Burnt wood edges, dark chocolate and espresso, alcohol at the back that was like whiskey. Finished oaky and dry, lingering bitterness and warmth all the way down my throat. Very good, but not earth shattering - the alcohol that kept creeping in kept this from being better. (Thanks for sharing this, Rockinout John!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this at Brewtopia ’04! Very few "wants lists" remain intact when Mike comes around! Bottle #19. This pours black with a weak attempt at forming a head as expected. A complex aroma rises from the surface carrying notes of chocolate, whiskey alcohol, and roast malt. The flavor is very intense and complex as well, playing back and forth between the sweetness and the bitterness from the roast malt. There is a slight whiskey bitterness/sharpness present. The alcohol content is well hidden and the alcohol flavor is pleasant coming from the barrel, not the malt in the beer. Overall, a very nicely done Imperial Stout but somewhat over hyped. Just the same, I’d have another one if it were available. Bottle 84 Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007. As good as before or better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Black pour. sweet alcohol and caramel and chocolate aroma. woody taste that is strong burnt chocolate and caramel. very sweet. the alcohol is apparent in this but not overwhelming, and there is enough hops to prevent this from cloying. finish is hops chocolate and alcohol that leaves my mouth happy. Thanks to Peter Zien for an opportunity to taste this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2002 batch, bottle #2 at the GABF. Bourbon, wood, tannic notes, roasted caramel, and rich chocolate malt. A fine impy indeed. There really isn’t anything that I can say that hasn’t already been said here. If you have the means, I highly suggest you try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
Very dark brown; a little bit of whisky, coffee, toast, roasted malt in the aroma. Palate is sweet, with whisky, lots of lasting maltiness, toffee, vanilla. Complex, interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
BottleShared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" shared by DrunkAsaSkunk Poures a very dark brown/black with a light tan head and heavy lacing. Aroma of coffee, but not as much as much as the non BA version as I recall. Heavy smooth feel with some dark roasted slight sour hints. Strong lingering smokey aftertaste. Very deserving of it’s reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Rating #600. Thanks to Eyedrinkale for bringing and sharing this at the Yeha, even if you weren’t especially conscious at the time. 2002 vintage, bottle #15/115. Poured black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and heavy whiskey. Flavor is predominantly whiskey, with coffee hanging around backstage, reemerging with greater intensity towards the finish. Slick oily body. I think the whiskey may overpower the coffee flavors a bit too much for my taste. Good, but I prefer regular Speedway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3234) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
One of the more balanced BA offerings. The vanilla melds into the coffee melds into the chocolate melds into the ash melds into the alcohol. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Huge props to 1FastSTi for opening bottle 13. Sampled this side-by-side a bottle of regular Speedway I’ve been saving from 2004. Aroma is loaded with major bourbon and wood. The wood really stands out. Chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The coffee aroma takes a while to kick in, once it had been in my glass for 10 minutes it was more noticeable. There is also a strong whiff of alcohol in the vanilla-like wood. Flavors smack the lips with wood and buttery bourbon then it changes to an over-roasted coffee flavor mid palate and then to a chocolate, vanilla in the fairly astringant wood and bourbon finish. Slightly harsher than a well aged Speedway. Color is dark black with a nice brown head. Medium-full body with a fairly dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Sample at Sleepy Bear tasting 09/30/06 - #76 big ups Sprinkle - Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts, espresso, molasses and bourbon. Pours black with a small head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma and is very smooth for 12% strong ass brew that Speedway is. Palate is sticky. A great brew no doubt, but I perfer a well aged bottle of the regular.

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