RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2006 bottle #219/ 235. Pours black with a perfect tan ring. Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa dust and a hint of booze and light oxidation on the nose. Flavor starts off with heeps of bourbon, sweet oak, creamy vanilla and a slight boozy finish. I cant believe it took me so long to open this, freakin amazing!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
2003, bottle something out of 196, i think there were 2 releases thus 196 is the production from the more recent release. The nose on this was amazing, fresh brownies, burnt sugar, molassas, touch of dry coffee. Cold to very warm the profile changed which just added to the experience. This could last another 5 years. Looks like almost no carbonation, but when it hits the palate is sparkles. Super smooth and subtle. Booze hits you but later on... Finish is good, malty, but not super long. Amazing bottle of 6 yaer old beer. Amazing it was only $22

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (25809) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle #79/235 from the 2006 batch. Rating #4000. Thanks to MaltOMeal for this one! Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffe and chocolate aroma with some hints of bourbon and vanilla and some oak hints. Strong roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Raosted malty dark chocolate and molasses finish with some woody vanilla hints in the aftertaste and also some bitterness in the aftertaste. Lovely!! Thanks agian Bill for this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
2006 Bottle @ Anders37. Black with a dark brown head. Smooth, oily, lot of vanilla and toffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Bottle #191 of 477 form the 2007 batch..Shared by hophead22 thanks to Badlizard.. Ive been waiting a long time to try this beer and finally when I get that chance Ill be damned if the bottle isnt soured..Pours balck with a mocha head. The beer looks kinda thin in appearance.. Smell is a little bourbon, some alcohol and a slight sourness. Flavor is tangy and sour, you probably wouldnt know it was speedway if you werent told..Very thin.... F**K!!!!! Re rate... On tap..Aroma and look remain the same.. Flavor is amazing with lots of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak...stuff is amazing!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2009
2006 edition. Bottle 120/235. I finally decided to bust one of these out tonight after patiently aging since last spring. I figure celebrating my last weekend before starting residency is a big enough occasion. Pours a thick and black with no head. It doesnt coat the glass like some IS. Aroma is strong bourbon at first with coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and dark fruit. It smells like some kind of rich dessert. Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee with a nice compliment of bourbon and oak that is a big player but not overpowering. Sweet dark fruits as well. It finishes with a little alcohol warmth, which is actually pleasant and doesnt reflect the 12%. The mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I expected and very smooth. So glad I was in the right place at the right time to be able to get ahold of this. Amazing beer. I heart Alesmith.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2006 Vintage. Pours an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Fully opaque. A little swirling the snifter kicks up a few bubbles, then goes back to still blackness. Aroma is sweet, and quite fruity; Dark fruits, that is. Just a little coffee on the nose, with cherry and plum/prune. Just a little wood and bourbon aroma. The flavor is pretty huge on this one, way bigger and more complex than the regular Speedway. Very tarry, lots of cigar smoke, leather, booze is alive and present. Huge espresso is present, with dark chocolate. Sweet, but not an all-out sugar assault. Again, there is dark, smoky tar throughout. Extremely chewy. Only faintly bitter. If you swish it around in your mouth, you get some more carbonation, as you can almost feel the cavities developing in your teeth. Im glad I got to try this. Definitely not a session beer (Of course if youre reading this, you likely already knew that. I mean, like anybody other than the CEO of Alesmith would have the means to session this anyway.), but very soulful for just a glass now and then. Overall, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Original: Bottle 191 of 447 from Hophead22 beer tasting. Not very aromatic. Had a very sour after taste. Something happened to this bottle unfortunately. Maybe it sat in a hot car or garage for too long. I was very disappointed. Looking forward to trying the new batch and will re-rate this. Update: On draft at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 2009. Dark black pour with toasty brown head that spilled all over my rating book (oops). Aroma was hints of coffee, whiskey, dark fruits, and cocoa. Taste was just bourbon and chocolate. Pallet was medium and nice. Overall very good stuff but the barrel over powers the roastiness and the coffee that makes speedway what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Im really thinking that Alesmiths barrell aging program just isnt for me. Anyway, the aroma here was pretty subtle with nuts, pecans, wood and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee (not too much), wood, and is more acidic or astringent than I anticipated. Finishes all wood and astringency. Full bodied to be sure, but plenty easy to drink. Regular Speedway is the better beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2009
In short: An bourbon aged coffee stout that spent too much time in the bourbon barrel. Excellent but I prefer the regular Speedway.
How: Bottle 750ml. Sent to me by many people (doubleO, hophead84, kegbear, more). This rating for a 2007 vintage (from kegbear I think).
The look: Black body topped by a short lived small tan head
In long: Drank a full bottle next to on of the regular Speedway that WeeHeavySD brought to me over a year ago. So both beer are about the same age. No need to describe the BA beer, better to describe the difference between the regular Speedway that we all know and love. The nose of the BA has moderate bourbon, some vanilla and very little coffee. Overall the nose is a lot less roasted and less coffee than the regular Speedway. The taste is overloaded with vanilla (that the regular Speedway doesnt have), light roasted level (less than regular Speedway), quite a bit of black liquorice (a lot more than in the regular Speedway), some bourbon (less than I expected), some port-wine (something the regular speedway didnt have). The carbonation is softer than in the regular Speedway. The alcohol is a little apparent (more apparent than in the regular Speedway). Overall the bourbon barrel aging is so over-done that the beer barely feels like a coffee stout. Barely any coffee notes. Ive had chocolate stouts that had more coffee flavours than this one. This really is a very good brew, going through a 750ml by myself was a pleasure, something I cannot say about most of 12%+ beers. However I cannot believe that some people can genuinely find the BA better than the regular Speedway. Hey, I just had this great idea, why not use Bourbon Barrels to make scotch!!!

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