DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle 53/233 from 2006. Pours an elegent thick dark brown/black with a wisp of brown head. Aroma is dried red fruit, sweet cafe mocha, and a hint of spicy hops. The flavour is very refined with vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, café au lait, dried cherries, and a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is clearly present - like the pleasant warmth from a fine aged rum. A very fresh, lively stout that I am glad I had the chance to sample. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
750, capped and foiled. ’06. #102/230. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet oaky chocolate, vanilla, smoke. Medium body. Sweet coffee, coconut, prune and bourbon taste. Well worth lingering over this one. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle #53 of 233, 2006. Oak, vanilla, coffee and spices explode out of the glass. Coffee and chocolate liqueur flavor with cola and some new oak on the finish. Not as dense as you’d expect, but superb all the same. So smooth. This is spectacular. dmac (6314) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle # 221/233 from 2006 written in silver marker on the side of my gold foiled 750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly solid black body with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is great with notes of vanilla, bourbon, slight chocolate, very mild roasty notes, hint of coconut and butter, very slight alcohol. Medium bodied with strong carbonation for a bottle that has been sitting in a barrel and three years of age on top of that, finishes slightly thin and warm from the 12% ABV. Flavor of bourbon, syrupy chocolate notes remain rather strong despite the age, vanilla extract, and some wet wood. Really nice and a huge thanks to Jon for sending me this one, thanks bro. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2011 GNBO. Bottle, Vintage 2006, #51/233. Sampled 6/14/08. Pours a rich dark chocolate hue. Nose is full of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, and coffee. Wow, full of flavor! Dark roast coffee, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Amazing, can’t wait to get into my 2003! Hmm when to get into that?!
Well how about the night of my wedding?! (9/26/2009) The 2003 BA Speedway was phenomenal. Wonderful coffee, bourbon, sweet oak tones, vanilla. The mouth is so smooth with a tingle for the barrel on the edges of the tongue. What a treat!!
Got to re-sample the ’03 at the OTM 1st Anniversary AleSmith tasting (4/27/11). The beer is still beautiful. The flavors and aromas are on the down slope but still has a lot of great things. A lot of dark chocolate, cigar tobacco, a bit drier. Very oxidized at this point but the enjoyable oxidized flavors. The bourbon is very oak forward at this point. If you got this one drink it.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2009
2006 bottle. thanks bri/tim? black pour with thin lasting head. nice aroma of old oak and bourbon. buttery body. bourbon and oak. light metallic flavor. jgb9348 (6316) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
2004 Bottle #5 of 228!petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pitch black coloured body with a very nie brown head that lasts for such a while. Aroma of vanillla, oak, coffee, sugar and perfectly roasted malt. Heavy-bodied; Super strong sweet flavour with plentiful amounts of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Aftertaste very sweet and potent - an amazing finish! So great to try, such an unexpected tread for the day! I sampled this 75 cL bottle at O’Brien’s in San Diego, California on 23-September-2006 with ’haddon90’!
07 was a bad year. I just had the last batch released in 08, which was amazing. Imagine a speedway on steroids. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, thick sticky mouth feel, with a smooth bourbon finish. Top 5 best beers I have ever had. BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to jonathanL for breaking this out tonight. I feel really privileage since I was wanting to try this for a very long time and I know the effort that went in to securing this bottle.
Its a 2006 BA speedway.
A - Pours a nice deeply black with little light penetrating the thickness of it.
S- It has some bourbon on the front end with big dark fruit prunes especially.
T - Once the bourbon clears you get coffee then chocolate with a very smooth silky finish.
Drinkability is very easy on this. The other guys were saying they may still prefer the regular speedway over the BA version. I like both versions and would but this everyday if it were available to me.
Serving type: bottle
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Poured very black, bourbon, wood, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little coffee.