RATINGS: 857   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.

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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pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
bottle (49 of 228)....holy crap i can’t believe i’m getting the opportunity of sampling this beer. a huge thanks to andrew for busting this bad boy out at an Evening w/ Pantanap #3....pours almost black with roasty brown edges (this would get a 3/5 from andrew!). a thin tan head that eventually turns into some wispy swirls.... nice barrel aged qualities make up the nose. some bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. a little soy too. this one really showed some nice age to it....the one thing about this ba impy is that it totally maintained the qualities of the original speedway which is one of my faves. roasty chocolate, big coffee notes stay true to form and interplays well with lighter bourbon and vanilla notes......so good.

elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
bottle. it has a very black color with a large head. the aroma is of roasty dark fruits. the taste is of spicyness and roasty dark fruits. very creamy and nice.

Dorwart (2583) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Thanks to eyedrinkale for bringing this and sharing this at richlikebeers 2005 YEHA! Unfortunately, Mike was sleeping when his possession was cracked open and shared with the masses. Thin dense head that recedes quickly to a thin dark brown foam. Rich and complex aroma with bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted grains and alcohol. Essentially black in color. Big whisky flavor which subdues the strong coffee notes that are normally there. Dark chocolate and a decent bitterness are present also. Thick and chewy and coats the glass. Velvety smooth. Warms as it goes down. Creamy and slightly bitter finish. Heavy sweet and awesome. Thanks for sharing Mike!

JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
I usually get a chance to get my hands on about 5 ounces of this per year. So 5 years in, I have consumed about a bomber of it. Thanks to the few of you who have shared. The last bottle (from a sharing BAer at Maproom) had crazy writing all over the bottle, signitures or something. I just don’t find this as satisfying as the normal Speedway Stout. Again, I thought that too much bourbon was left behind in the barrel, thinning out the stout and pushing too harsh a bourbon flavor upfront. The Speedway’s complexity fights it’s way through, wonderful coffee roastiness and touches of anice in the finish. It just doesn’t seem to work as well as bourbon barrels work for Numbskull and Bells Stouts.

footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Re-rate 2004 bottle.When I think about how much better this was than a Dark Lord it makes me shutter.

bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottled. Black as pitch with a small fast disappearing brown head. Smooth and very full mouthfeel. Roasted and malty with notes of toffee, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and hops.

Grovlam (4211) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. [#6 Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] Small light brown fizzy head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, almost port wine like. Very complex aroma and none of the alcoholic notes that I thought was apparent in the AleSmith Speedway Stout. Very full bodied with an almost oily thick texture and a flat carbonation. Moderated sweet malty flavor with light bitterness. Sweet thick warming bourbon like finish. 07-09-2007

yespr (44698) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 6. Pours deep brown to black with a lacing brown head. Thick chocolate and liqourice aroma. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Liqourice and chocolate flavour. Clear alcohol presence. Warming with with slight bitter note and chocolate note.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010
Date: August 02, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, whispy tan head, nice lace, lots of chocolate, roasted, and coffee aroma with a hint of bourbon
Body: very creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, great coffee character, the bourbon adds a nice extra element of complexity without being overbearing, nice light bitterness in the finish to bring nice balance, aged character to mellow it out a bit

Date: February 01, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Score: 4.2 to 4.3
Appearance: black, scant head, wispy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, low bitterness
Overall: aging very well

Date: March 13, 2010
Mode: growler
Vintage: 2008
Words: rbwg 10
Appearance: black, scant head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla sweetness, touch of roasted coffee
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, vanilla sweetness brings out a touch of chocolate, light bourbon, plenty of coffee

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a dark black color with a mocha colored head. Head diminishes to only a ring around the glass. Smell of coffee and soft bourbon, maybe some hints of chocolate and oak. The bourbon is nicely balanced in their, it’s not overpowering as so many other barrel aged stouts have been. Taste is simply exceptional. Roastiness adds a nice touch to the dark chocolate and bourbon. Hints of vanilla and oak, but I am once again impressed on how well the bourbon is integrated. It’s like a soft, smooth, high quality bourbon barrel was used; it’s not harsh at all. A little less than full bodied, with a soft amount of carbonation. A pure joy to drink, I am forever greatful for being given the opportunity to try this.

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