mezr (136) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017 GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting
It’s been awhile since I had a beer this stunning. I’ve had the opportunity to have the regular Speedway and it’s always a pleasure to consume, but this is a showcase of what barrel aging can do to an already fantastic beer.
The beer pours out a basically perfect pour. At least a perfect pour to me. Completely black, dense light brown head, long lasting. An aroma just bursting at the seams with depth and complexity. Notes of bourbob, wood, anise, toffee, brown sugar, roastd malts, Tootsie Rolls, malt balls, milk chocolate, molasses...incredible.
The flavor profile echoes the aroma, but the intensity of the flavor is unmatched. Alcohol is much more present in the flavor (as expected) than the aroma, but even then it mixes well with the other flavors. Everything is so damned well balaced it’s amazing. Mouthfeel is oily, creamy, dense. The beer just coats and clings to the glass and mouth like no other beer I’ve had before.
Simply put, this beer has everything that I want and look for in an imperial stout. It’s created amazingly well, and the time it spent in the bourbon barrel worked incredibly well. I cannot recommend this beer, if you can find it, enough.
From the cask into a snifter. Black with a light brown head. Very complex aroma of roasted coffee and malts, dark fruit. Full body, smooth, warmth of oaky bourbon in the background. Very nice long bitter finish. Did I say complex?! This is a masterpiece. Tide (3900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, licorice and a bit of dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, licorice, bourbon, oak and chocolate. Exquisite imperial stout. Borresteijn (7111) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
75cl Bottle sample at Potjepalooza. Black colour, dense beige-brown head. Aroma of hard-roasted malts, bourbon, soft coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla/oak, sounds generic but this one stands out with a touch more roast than others. Flavour is sweet with roast, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol, hint of dark fruits, bittersweet finish with more roast. Full bodied, smooth. Superb stuff, love the fact it’s not coffee-forward. ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza. Thanks @PotjeBier for the hospitality and the great beers, this was the last beer of the evening as i had to catch the train back home.
I had a great day with all you guys!.
And as a surprise i found out on the way back, this was my #4000. PotjeBier (3348) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
pours black with a light kaki head.
aroma of roasted and toastes malts, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate.
lots of full dark chocolate, roasted and toasted, pretty sticky sweetness, strong alcoholic,
love these thick and sweet bourbon stouts. !
Bottle, shared @ Potjepalooza, from an IP trade with richiesd. Black color. Light brown head, not too much. Aroma’s: bourbon, alcohol, roasty. Retronasal it’s alcohol, chocolate, fruity, sweet. Flavor is moderate sweet, roasty, alcoholic. Above medium bodied. Roasty, light bitter finish.
sjogro (4160) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Shared from bottle at Potjepalooza. Black with tan head. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, bourbon, vanilla. Big sweet sugar rush, moderate roasted bitterness. Over medium body and active soft carbonation. Big sweet stout. Maakun (5577) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle shared at Potjepalooza. Black with beige head. Lots of coffee and roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, some booze, cinnamon, light spices, marzipan. Quite sweet and medium bitter. Full bodied with alcoholic finish. Very nice but still a bit hot. BarrelAged1991 (12) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2017
Big stout butt not as big as i thougt it would be. Nice bourbon notes in the tast and great smooth finish ciocanelu (2534) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Black color with dark brown head. Aroma has slightly acidic coffee, even a bit green with some bourbon in the background. Taste is sweet at first, fudgy, continues with sweetened coffee and bourbon, a hint of green coffee bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really nice variation of the base beer, adds a nice flavor complexity. mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 Bottle shared at a tasting. Very dark brown pour with a tan head. Easily identifiable as a speedway stout, with notes of brewed coffee, molasses, light licorice, chocolate, toffee and a ton of bourbon notes and vanilla on top of a light cherry bitterness. Well balanced flavours, a bit too boozy, though.