RATINGS: 851   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
750ml bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting

Its been awhile since I had a beer this stunning. Ive had the opportunity to have the regular Speedway and its 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 its amazing. Mouthfeel is oily, creamy, dense. The beer just coats and clings to the glass and mouth like no other beer Ive had before.

Simply put, this beer has everything that I want and look for in an imperial stout. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (2055) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (2205) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1769) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Tap from the source (cask) - Aroma was nice, raisin heavy, rye, wood, bourbon, tobacco chaw. Pours black with a rich, deep tan head. Somewhat flat, too mellow on the tongue. Creamy as all get out but too soft. Cherry, chocolate, fudge and bourbon.....just came across as imbalanced and disconnected to me. Maybe this isnt as good on cask...not sure, but I was not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
d_julien (11) - Laval, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
Achet au Vermont, partag avec mon grand ami Simon. Bire bien balanc, rend honneur son niveau dalcool. Rputation lgrement surfaite mon avis ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oktobrfestgirl (17) - GERMANY - FEB 9, 2017
Really great mild bourbon flavor. Does exactly what it should do- excellent execution. The bottle is from 2012, tried it in February 2017. Really nice. Really drinkable. Solid!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ritzn (1173) - GERMANY - FEB 9, 2017
Black with little brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, slight candle wax, phenols, rum like aromas, slight smoke. Taste is sweet dark chocolate with little smokey touch and bitter finish. Only a very very little spicy in the finish. It is so incredibly smooth and drinkable, like hot chocolate or something with a little carbonation. This is it! New top 1 for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (19276) - PCastle, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2017
75cl bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of strong dark malt, alcohol, red fruits, wood, some vanilla. Taste of strong sweet dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, really nice, enjoy it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
750ml bottle @ Alexs. Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head. Nose is sweet bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Flavour is vanilla, some licorice, chocolate and bourbon. Overall this is very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1501) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Jonatahan G.!) at Alexs. Vintage 2015. Pours a dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is sweet with bourbon, coffee and leather notes. Taste is the same, still boozy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
Sergeys hunt; winter 2015
Black color. Loads of phenol in the aroma, then roasted malts, burning alcohol. Medium body strength; nice chocolate flavor, hints of liquorice and coffee, tobacco and bourbon, but also very burning alcohol. The roasted liquorice in the final doesnt really fit for me.

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