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RATINGS: 854   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.

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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4.3
Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle (Thanks Sune - Vintage 2006 #64/235) at home shared with Sune & Mette - while watching "Black Cat White Cat". Black - broen bubbles. Sweetness, high oakey, high barrel, lots of wood, roasted, vineous, smooth body, light sharp alcoholic, tobacco, light smokey notes, light coffee, nice sweetness - to balance the oak/barrel. Fantastic.

4.1
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Got the chance to try this one at long last, thanks to the generous nimbleprop - thanks Mac!!! 2006 bottle and I was a bit suspicious that the beer might have thinned out, oxidized, etc. Not at all. Lovely viscosity of the base beer is immediately evident in the handsomely sludgy pour. Coffee has certainly abated in the nose somewhat but there’s a rich chocolate core that holds together the fairly subtle barrel flavors and the more harsh qualities of the roasted malts, etc. One of the best American imperials actually benefits from barrel-aging, very, very nice.

4.5
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Finally had this beer on tap. The regular Speedway is great but this is better. Pours with a black color and a faint brown head. Aroma is all bourbon with some coffee, almost Kahlua like. The flavors are wonderfully balanced between coffee, cocoa and bourbon, where the bourbon is not at all overpowering. The bourbon flavor lasts in the finish and the mouthfeel is velvety. very nice.

4.2
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2010
2007 bottle, thanks a TON Justin. POurs pitch black. Nose is HUGE raisin, prune, fig, dark fruits, hints of barrel, roast and slight smoke. Not nearly as much Barrel as i thought it would have, but nicely balanced none the less. Flavor is raising, fig, dark roast, hints of coffee and smoke with subtly barrel notes. Very nice.

4.5
BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Truly a treat! Milk chocolatey sweet with rich coffee notes. Slight nuttiness and big roastiness! Very strong alcohol bite.

4
MeadMe (1683) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Big thanks to jdubfl for cracking open his bottle, lets me save mine for a later date. 2007 Vintage A: Pours a deep dark black hue with a small tan head. No retention or lace. S: aromas of bold dark fruit, mild notes of chocolate with a touch of oak. T: Raisin, Raisin, and more raisin. This one is dripping with dark fruit flavors. It is supported by a bit of chocolate and coffee as well. The barrel is very very mild. Very light oak, no vanilla or booze to speak of.

4.3
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
On tap at Encinitas Ale House. Dark black brown with a small tan top. Aromas of chocolate and malt. Full rich body and creamy super smooth on your palate. Complexity of flavors with molasses, coffee, vanilla, and mild oakiness from the barrel. Long smooth finish. Excellent beer and prefer this over the non barrel aged for sure !

4.2
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours a viscous oily black with no head. Nose show vanilla and bourbon, alcohol, oak, chocolate, very rich and roasty. Flavor is rich and warm, oaky tannins, spicy wood character, vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast. Palate is thick and viscous.

4.2
brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A: The pour is thick and black with a thin tan colored foam on top. S: Such a lovely nose on this one. Milk chocolate dominates the nose with lots of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and a slight bit of bourbon. T: Much like the nose, the chocolate and vanilla are really the stars of the show. The coffee flavor is not as noticeable as in the regular Speedway, but I don’t necessarily think the beer is hurt by this. A nice touch of bourbon and roasted malt as well. M: The beer is full bodied, creamy, and very smooth with light carbonation. D: A dangerously drinkable beer. This is easily one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve tried. Very smooth and not too heavy on the barrel character, but not "too light" either.

4.5
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
on tap at hamilton’s tavern in SD. Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is coffee with hints of bourbon, vanilla, choco and oak. Flavor is toffee, caramel malt sweetness- under a big roasted barley and added coffee blast.


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