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RATINGS: 859   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
HUGE thanks to Kevin for sharing this growler with us! A-Body is big, thick and opaque black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass. S- Exceptional. A delicate balance between bourbon BA characteristics and IRS characteristics. Very complex and slightly sweet-of moderate strength. Vanilla, oak, a slight hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Just wonderful. T-Flavor is just as good as the nose but adds a slight roasted malt component to it. Upfront is a lot of IRS characteristics-dark fruit, anise, licorice, dark chocolate-and offers a bit of vanilla and bourbon sweetness and the slightest hint of oak in the background. A hint of roasted malt comes through for the finish to create an equal balance to the slightly sweet initial flavor. Some remnants of the initial flavor linger as well as a slight roasted malt bitterness. P- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy. O- This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The BA components compliment the stout characteristics very well and this is worlds better than regular speedway-seem like 2 completely different beers. The flavors are really big here but it is not nearly as aggressive as regular speedway. Great to try the 2 side by side! Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 04-29-2010 15:37:45


4.7
mezr (136) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2017
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.

4.3
Tide (3880) - 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.

4.5
Borresteijn (7016) - 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.

4.6
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.
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. !

3.9
PotjeBier (3335) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2017
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.

4.3
sjogro (4128) - 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.

4.3
Maakun (5548) - 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.

4.2
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

4.4
ciocanelu (2523) - 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.

4.2
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.


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