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RATINGS: 818   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.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
750ml bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting

It’s been awhile since I had a beer this stunning. I’ve had the opportunity to have the regular Speedway and it’s always a pleasure to consume, but this is a showcase of what barrel aging can do to an already fantastic beer.

The beer pours out a basically perfect pour. At least a perfect pour to me. Completely black, dense light brown head, long lasting. An aroma just bursting at the seams with depth and complexity. Notes of bourbob, wood, anise, toffee, brown sugar, roastd malts, Tootsie Rolls, malt balls, milk chocolate, molasses...incredible.

The flavor profile echoes the aroma, but the intensity of the flavor is unmatched. Alcohol is much more present in the flavor (as expected) than the aroma, but even then it mixes well with the other flavors. Everything is so damned well balaced it’s amazing. Mouthfeel is oily, creamy, dense. The beer just coats and clings to the glass and mouth like no other beer I’ve had before.

Simply put, this beer has everything that I want and look for in an imperial stout. It’s created amazingly well, and the time it spent in the bourbon barrel worked incredibly well. I cannot recommend this beer, if you can find it, enough.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (1854) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Draught Aroma-caramel, bourbon Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam, Taste-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, lpng finish Overall-perfect

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sokuzs1 (557) - - AUG 20, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, vanilla, biscuit, coffee, oak, cherry, marshmallows Taste: medium sweet, vanilla, tannin, chocolate, cherry, alcohol, roasty, biscuit

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Valószínűleg ez lesz a sörözés magasfoka, gondoltam magamban az ital pohárba töltését követően, majd kissé hátrébb ültem, hogy az aromafelhők arcul csapása elől menedékre leljek. Ilyen illatokról eddig ugyanis még nem hallottam, erre nem is lehet felkészülni, már ha sörre számít az ember. Némely bourbon talán képes ilyesmit produkálni, de én már abban sem bízom. Whiskyben ázott fahordó szeletei, vaníliás, kókuszos, kávés fergeteg, mennyei aromák táncra perdülése. Ilyesmi a mesében sincs... Könnyed vonalakkal felvértezett, elegáns szerkezete mérnöki csoda módjára tartja meg a behemótul gazdag szerkezetet, amelyben összepréselődik minden, amit az illatai előjeleznek. Olvasztott csokoládé-vanília-kókusz fagylalt kikönnyített, alkohollá varázsolt verziója, mazsolával megszórt, whiskyvel locsolt kávéfolyam, mennyei malátalikőr. Nem a hétköznapok itala, de hozzá illő alkalom nem sok van egy átlagember életében. A jellemzés megírása itt már kevésnek bizonyul, ezt egyszerűen érezni kell.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (247) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Really nice, black colour. Roasted aroma with chocolate. Taste of coffee, alcolhol and roasted chocolate. nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (623) - Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Draft at the source on 6/30/2016. Almost black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark malts, and oak. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and coffee. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (2755) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2016
Flaska. Svart öl med gulbeigt skum. Dofter av hasselnöt, choklad, kaffe och alkohol. Smakinslag av kaffe, trä, vanilj, rostad malt och choklad. Alkoholen är konstant närvarande. Fyllig kropp, torr avslutning.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (416) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Pours black with a small frothy brown head that fizzes away leaving an oily spotty cap, small ring and minimal lacing. AROMA: loads of bourbon, dark rich malt, coffee, chocolate, roasty, spices, herbal hops, molasses, brown sugar, dark dry fruit, slight raisin, vanilla, smoke, herbs, earthy, boozy and black peppercorn. TASTE: boozy, Oak barrel char, dark rich malt, coffee, chocolate, roasty, spices, hop spice, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce, dark dry fruit, slight raisin, vanilla, smoke, herbs, earthy and black peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: rich roasty malt, bourbon notes, chocolate, coffee, spices and hop resin with a medium-thick rich boozy sweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (17431) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Lukas and Mads. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and heavy bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with a warming alcohol. Oily, soft and smooth. 270616

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (6332) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2016
750ml bottle @Himmeriget. Vintage 2012. Poured black in color with a thin brown head. Bourbon, wood, licorice and roasted malt in aroma. Had turned quite dry. Ashy, woody, some bourbon notes. Medicine notes, vanilla in finish. Heavy stuff.


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