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RATINGS: 852   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.

Weve 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 beers 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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (1304) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2016 Bottle poured into a snifter showing pitch black with latte colored lacing. The nose shows bourbon with notes of caramel without any alcoholic heat or intensity. This is very surprising given the ABV. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Bourbon forward with flavors of charred wood and a complementing moderate alcoholic heat. Finish is roasted coffee as with the normal Speedway. Flavors are all well balanced and harmonious. Its a very good beer but I have trouble calling it great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4582) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2016
Bottled. Pours black with a small, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, wood, bourbon, alcohol and caramel. Medium to full bodied, flat carbonation and creamy to oily texture. A great Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roast malt and dark chocolate. Full body, flavour as the aroma with some bourbon hints from the barrel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sudz4Dayz (134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
750ml bottle shared with Sam and Julien. Pours jet black, dark cappuccino foamy head. Smells of sweet bourbon and roasty coffee with dark chocolate notes as well. Tastes really delicious. Roasty coffee and a lot of bourbon sweetness and heat. Small vanilla and great dark chocolate flavors. Exactly what I look for in a top stout. Great complexity in the 3-4 flavors you get and straight to the point. Full mouthfeel leaving a lasting flavor all over. Amazing. Really deserving of any hype.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AdolfoCC (256) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - NOV 28, 2016
Vintage 2015, servida en un Tulip Spiegelau a 55F. APARIENCIA: de color totalmente negro, apenas algunos destellos marrones en la parte superior; corona de espuma color marrn de poca retencin, de burbujas compactas y abiertas, algunos alcohol legs en la copa. AROMA: dulce y licoroso, predomina el carcter de la barrica con notas a bourbon dulce, madera y vainilla, adems chocolate semiamargo, fudgie como brownie, caramelo, el alcohol se percibe intenso. SABOR: nuevamente dulce y licorosa seguida de una explosin de sabores, de inicio las caractersticas de la barrica bien presente, notas a bourbon, vainilla y madera carbonizada, seguido de predominio intenso del sabor a vainilla y caramelo, atrs de ello notas a chocolate semiamargo, fudgie como brownie, caramelo y en ocasiones se alcanza a percibir algo tostado del caf pero muy ligeramente. En el retrogusto queda un amargor ligero/medio bajo, con una larga persistencia de notas a bourbon dulce, vainilla, madera y caramelo. Sensacin: cuerpo completo, sensacin sedosa en boca, baja carbonatacin. El alcohol se percibe en boca pero no llega a ser agresivo, en garganta queda una sensacin caliente al pasar el lqiuido. RESUMEN: cerveza de clase mundial.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2704) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Black pour, tan head, good lace/retention. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and roast, moderate alcohol. The coffee comes off as more muted relative to regular Speedway. Full bodied, creamy, vanilla with chocolate, light coffee flavors. I wouldnt label this as the 4th (at the time) best rated imperial stout, but its still really good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeymike (75) - Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2017 Three way vertical of 14, 15, and 16 at the brewery last July. Aroma is bourbon and roasted malt. Very warming on the palate. The bourbon flavor is more prevalent in the younger vintages. Finish is boozy and long with lots of malt and bourbon. Overall - exceptional beer worth the chase - with the 15 my favorite of the three.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Korcz (3134) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogfish120love (1312) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Dark brown with a khaki lacing. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. The body is syrupy and the flavor is sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OminouSC2 (612) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle thanks to Xebbe. Black color, minimal brown head. Chocolate aromas, bourbon wood, raisins, vanilla. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, candy sugar and soy. Complex and awesome.


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