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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
caesar (7026) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2009
Bottle @ jbrus. Dark color, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, madeira, some coffee, fruity. Strong taste of liquor, coffee, bit whisky. Another splendid alesmith brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skortila (5721) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2009
Bottled @ Jbrus. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, roast, oak, cherry and so much more. Black coloured beer with a brown head and an oily texture. The taste is sweet and has confit fruitiness, different sorts of liquors, prunes, whisky, oak/wood, chocolate, coffee, roast. There is also a touch of lactic sourness/milk chocolate. Full bodied with a lingering palate. Complex and well balanced. This is truely a wonderfull brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
[email protected] Thanks Edo! Great and unbelievable beer. So complex, yet perfectly balance. I really dont know what else to write down. Amazed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (13129) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
2006 bottle from Mashmaster, shared @jbruss place. Dark chocolate in the aroma, with hints of oak and ash. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, fruit confit and oak in the flavor. Cacao. Whisky in the finish. Very complex and brilliant beer. Thanks Mashmaster, for giving me and the Dutch RBans the chance to taste this world class beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle number 187/233 from 2006 thanks to fordest. this beer had a sex party in my mouth that gave me sheer pleasure. poured black with a tan head and great lacing. bman111vr and myself enjoyed the greatness of this aroma before even taking a sip. the aroma was dark roasts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, and vanilla. flavor was even better than the nose with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and alcohol. slick mouth feel with no carbonation. a huge thanks to fordest for bringing this gem to texas and sharing with the crew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2009
Deep black in colour with a thin tan head, light lacing. The aroma is very sweet with vanilla, oak, wood, bourbon, brandy,some coffee bitterness and noticeable alcohol. The flavour is again very sweet, fairly hot, lots of vanilla, some bourbon, very light roast, vinous. Fairly hot mouthfeel, medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes quite sweet with lots of alcohol heat.

The roastiness is gone and the coffee flavour is almost non-exsistant. An alcoholic jumble that lacks a sense of direction. I much prefer the regular Speedway. Ill revisit this one in the future.

750ml bottle.
Opened on November 8, 2008.
Vintage 2007, Bottle 276/447.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2006 750 ml bottle (#37/235) I picked up at the brewery a year or so ago - I have a friend who has ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) and I thought it was time to start breaking out the good stuff and share it with him. Chances are he wont make it to the end of the year, so Ill be drinking several of my prized beers over the next several weeks. Anyways....This beer doesnt have much of a head or lacing. The aroma is fantastic. The flavor has your typical strong barrel aging presence like the other Alesmith BA beers. Im not going to go into details about the beer since I really wasnt taking notes. Its a very good beer, but I think I like the regular version a little better. Cheers Steve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2260) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Tasting session at jbrus. Bottled. Opaque black, thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cherries, vanilla. Strong and lasting complex flavour, chocolate, coffee, lactic notes. So complex and yet so balanced. An extraordinary brew, very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2010 I definitely drank this one too young. I am sure it does better with age. I thick strong bourbon bomb. Dark chocolate and bitter heavy dark roasted coffee and more bourbon. Almost like beer flavored bourbon. Really too bad because I wanted to love it. (Will Re-Rate with an older vintage, dont hate the numbers.) Re-rate 2004 Vintage sampled May 2010. Time definitely did this justice. Now seems to be worthy of top 50 way more than my fresh bottle. Very mellow bourbon, smooth vanilla and cream. Nice mouthfeel and no burning sensation. Some dark chocolate and smooth coffee still shine through. Rating from 3.2 to 4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to fordest. Pours a deep, dark Brown/Black with tan head. Aroma of dark roast, bakers chocolate, some alcohol. Flavor of nice ark roast, sweet, some dark roast, very faint wood, faint bourbon. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very good stuff!!!!

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