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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special Markings: Gold foil neck and white numbering above rear label. Some bottles have paper labels, some do not.

Weíve 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 beerís 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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ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Thanks to Nimbleprop for sharing! Vintage 2006. Jet black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and light bourbon. Barrel character is slightly faded. Chocolate, roast, coffee, light oaky tannins and bourbon. Now id like to try one fresh!

4.4
rmhancock (21) - USA - FEB 11, 2010
Taster from Blind Lady. Jet Black like motor oil, with a toast-brown head. Starts with a strong coffee,dark chocolate, boozy sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Velvety smooth texture full-bodied. This beer is similar to their regular speedway stout but with a little more sweet/boubon on the front end

4.1
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2010
2004 and 2006 bottles at Cleveland summer tasting 2008. I actually liked the 2004 bottle quite a bit better- not as sharp or harsh overall. Both were quite similar though. Pour is obviously a pitch deep black - oily with a nice fluffy head- fades a bit- slight lace. Aroma is still tons of coffee on the 2004, lots of boozy bourbon- vanilla, oak and caramelized oak- some char, slight ashy, big chocolate and roasted malts, light burnt toast, licorice, tar, and sharp dark cigar tobacco leaf. Flavor is earthy, toffee, caramel sweetness- under a big roasted barley and added coffee blast. Lots of roast, chocolate malt, some leather and earth as the coffee starts to fade, some mineral, char, and sharp crystal malt sweetness with lots of oak and bourbon heat in the end. Pretty damn good.

4.3
nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2010
2006 bottle sampled at Sexual Chocolate Day 2010. Everyone was waiting to try this. Bottle number 204/233. Aroma is really nice. We tried the barrel aged version side by side with the regular Speedway. The Barrel Aged version smelled like regular Speedway with the coffee and toast but inject a big shot of vanilla, bourbon, oak, light wood. Flavor is vanilla, brown sugar, wood, bourbon. Finish is world class, super smooth, sweet, buttery. Really nice.

4.6
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2006 750mL thanks to nimbleprop at the Sexual Chocolate release. Thanks man! This was spectacular. I wasnít a huge fan of the base beer, but the barrel and the age on it smoothed out all the imperfections. The aroma was of deep malts, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The taste was subtle, smooth and delicious. It came through and coated the palate with bourbon, vanilla, malts and hid the alcohol like it wasnít even there. This was super smooth and tasty. I loved it.

4.7
marcus (10150) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
On tap at City Beer Alesmith event. Pours jet black with a thin tan head and an excellent smoked malt aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes chocolate, vanilla and coffee, with a subtle bourbon finish. It is often the case that barrell aging undermines the taste of an already great beer. Not so with this one. It is clear from the first sip that this barrel aged version is superior to the standard version, which is also a world-class beer.

3.8
beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to unknown, did not catch year. Pour is black with a thin brown head. Looks like most of the carbonation is gone. Aroma is chocolate malt, cocoa, coffee, oxidation, and dark fruit. Mouth is still velvet. Flavor is chocolate malt, oxidation, coffee, vanilla, basement, and a light ashy finish. Likely past its prime but not all bad. The oxidation gets a little less noticeable as it sits, but itís hard to deny.

3.5
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
03 bottle thanks to? #52 A really treat to open up the original but too bad it didnít fair so well. Pours black with no head. Aroma is deeply oxidized with some light remaining bourbon. Flavor is thin, dull, lots of dark chocolate, a touch seemingly yeasty, well balanced bourbon. Flat, no carb, sugary and dull. Was great to open this but too bad coffee stouts donít age that well and this should have been served its justice many years ago.

4.8
nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Had this from a growler of unknown origin. Been looking forward to this for a long, long time. Speedway Stout is so awesome on its own that I couldnít even imagine what would happen when they aged it in the -bals. The answer is that it became a ridiculously good beer, even among ridiculously good beers. Pours a clear light golden color...no, scratch that, actually itís pitch black. This is where photons go to die. Not much in the way of head, but then again it did come out of a growler. This is the beerís only minor flaw, if it even is one. Absolutely heavenly. High-quality chocolate and coffee (Iím talking weasel crap quality), roastiness, oak, and just a touch of bourbon. Amazingly balanced, yet very intense awesomeness liquified. Lots of chocolate and vanilla, a little bourbon, sweet caramel malt, roasted malt, and oak. Coffee is definitely less dominant than in regular Speedway, as I hear aging will do to coffee flavor. This is a good thing, even though I like a strong coffee presence in a stout. When I drank this, I think a light might have shone down from the heavens and angels might have sang, but Iím not 100% sure. Incredibly smooth, full, and creamy on the palate. Very soft carbonation. I know this is a barrel aged imperial stout, but I could drink it ALL NIGHT LONG! I couldnít imagine this beer really being any better unless they put weasel sh*t in it.

4.1
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Much appreciation to hopdog for sharing this 2004 bottle 134/228. Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of tobacco, chocolate, oak, roasted malt and light alcohol Flavor of chocolate, tobacco, oak, light coffee notes still lingering. I have not had this beer fresh, or ever before but based on the earlier tasting notes and what I experienced with this beer I think the 2004 bottles may have reach their peek prior to now. Still a great beer, just thinking if you have a 2004 bottle open it now.


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