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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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4.6
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
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.

4.4
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

4.3
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
Poured very black, bourbon, wood, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, little coffee.

4.1
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2009 After a 15 floor walk up to jhenry04’s place, he shared this ’06 bottle that poured deep and thick dark brown with a few bubbles in place of a head. Nose is bourbon and surprisingly just a hint of coffee with some roasted malt added in. The flavor is a bit more rich with some complexity in the form of vanilla and a dry oak influence. Quite nice, and I am grateful to Jason for sharing this hard to come by bottle.

4.9
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
Rating # 300. 2007 bottle with huge thanks to ajm. Shared with TheRealBastard. I sereved this one in a 26oz. frosted mug. Pour is an oily pitch black with a 2 finger milkshake looking head. Powerful aromas of burbon, huge roasted malt, fresh brewed coffee, wood, and nice caramel in the back. Flavor is very intesense throughout. Right up front with roasty goodness, going right into a hit of burbon, and finishing with coffee and vanilla. Holy hell, this is one of the most amazing and complex impys that I have ever encountered. All I can say is Wow!

4.4
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of zuluflboy. 2006 bottle # 59/235. Pours a silky, murky dark brown to black with one finger tan-yellow head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, molasses, hints of brown sugar, coffee, toffee, bourbon. Flavor is sweet and malty with stronger notes of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, ripe dark fruit, some hints of roasted coffee and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malty, bourbon finish. Nice stout for sure.

4.5
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
Rating # 700. Thanks zuluflyboy for the share. Pours dark brown with small, off-white head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, some spicy character, and earth. Flavor is exquisite: chocolate, bourbon, spice, vanilla, earth, alcohol, and coffee. Very balanced barrel-aged beer with so many subtle characteristics, that this is truly one to mourn when it is gone. Amazing beer.

4.4
jrob21 (3760) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2009
Happy Easter! Paired with the regular speedway and I am really glad I did that. The oak is very apparent in the aroma with a distinct wood flavor that trumps all of the vanilla in the original. Still getting some roasted coffee though. The flavor is still creamy and full of chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. It is enhanced a bit by the aging with a tinge of nutty woody flavor. Then on the finish there is more of a bourbon and peat sort of flavor as opposed to the cocoa and milk chocolate from the original. A truly subdued, muted, and complementary oak aging used to enhance the original version of a very fine beer.

4.6
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2009
2006 bottle shared with the family for my 1000th. Poured a deep black with a one finger brown head that hung around for a while. The aroma was mainly oak and vanilla, with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The coffee has pretty much faded away. The flavor was mainly chocolate, with roasted malt, vanilla and oak present. The body was full, the carbonation was very soft and the mouthfeel was thick and creamy. This was a great beer and I was glad to try it. They didn’t go overboard with the aging here.

4.3
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2009
(2006 bottle, shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, a lot of chocolate that begins to smell a lot like baked brownies as it warms, light raisin, roasted malt, alcohol, and really no suggestion of coffee on the nose. The taste is loaded with chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oak, a bit of mocha, with a lingering roasted malt, alcohol, and wood finish that is fairly dry and a hint of smoke. The palate is full and fairly thick. This was very good, and the barrel aging was well done.


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