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RATINGS: 849   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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4.4
SinH4 (5483) - Garching b. M�nchen, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 2016 bottle, many thank Max! Black color with small beige head. Aroma is green apples, phenolic, ethanol, oak sugar, chocolate. Taste is again green apples and phenols, oak sugar, light tartness. Higher carbonation than the other Speedways today. Not as good as expected, it?s a bit too phenolic. A slight disappointment for Alesmith standards. Maybe this year was not as great as previous ones? Or maybe I?m becoming a BA grump now as well.

Opens up after a half hour of decanting. Still, not on par with what it should be. 8-5-8-4-16

2012 bottle, thanks Koelschtrinker.

Black color with tan head. Aroma is bourbon sugar, molasses, coffee. Taste is caramel, vanilla, coffee, wood sugar, molasses again. Oily mouthfeel. Viscous body, very delicious.

4.5
hansvf (907) - - DEC 27, 2016
Mooi, perfect zwart. Ruikt perfect. Smaakt eigenlijk ook perfext: lekker dik, vol, je proeft de barrel, alcoholisch (maar dat verwacht je ook bij 12%). Topper!

4.6
DialSquare (5102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Note from a share at Proof in Tally, November ’16 (sorry, didn’t get down who brought it, but thanks!): inky black pour, brown head. aroma of vanilla, coffee, sugar, bourbon. tastes are weak in the knees amazing - dark chocolatey, light whiskey, sweet-boozy mix, vanilla, coffee, oak. Wish I had better notes. I’ve had the base and several coffee variations and like them just fine, but the bbl is insane and maybe my favorite imp stout. Perfectly balanced. Will actively seek out.

4.2
jc1762 (1544) - 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. It’s a very good beer but I have trouble calling it great.

4.3
Habanero (4767) - 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
Scotty001 (573) - 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
Sudz4Dayz (152) - 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
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 marrón de poca retención, de burbujas compactas y abiertas, algunos “alcohol legs” en la copa. AROMA: dulce y licoroso, predomina el carácter de la barrica con notas a bourbon dulce, madera y vainilla, además chocolate semiamargo, “fudgie” como brownie, caramelo, el alcohol se percibe intenso. SABOR: nuevamente dulce y licorosa seguida de una explosión de sabores, de inicio las características de la barrica bien presente, notas a bourbon, vainilla y madera carbonizada, seguido de predominio intenso del sabor a vainilla y caramelo, atrás de ello notas a chocolate semiamargo, fudgie como brownie, caramelo y en ocasiones se alcanza a percibir algo tostado del café 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. Sensación: cuerpo completo, sensación sedosa en boca, baja carbonatación. El alcohol se percibe en boca pero no llega a ser agresivo, en garganta queda una sensación caliente al pasar el líqiuido. RESUMEN: cerveza de clase mundial.

4
ABUSEDGOAT (2784) - 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 wouldn’t label this as the 4th (at the time) best rated imperial stout, but it’s still really good.

4.4
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.


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