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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
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world-class

983 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.65%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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PretzelCity

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hamilton's. Deep dark black ale with a creamy two inch tan head that slowly recedes to lacing. Good looking stout. Smells of toasty malty bourbon with hints of coffee. Taste is sweeter than expected, malty, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Smooth and rich with some alcohol burn in the finish, especially as it warms up. Delicious, complex, well rounded beer. Easy to drink with a nice full bodied mouthfeel. I only wish this one was more readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 23:55:34 | More by PretzelCity
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steadydose

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared the 2007 vintage with some friends at a new years party.

Wow, this beer is delicious. The bourbon was present in the smell and taste. As good as regular Speedway Stout is, the addition of the barrel aging makes this a real treat. Not as sweet as the regular version. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too heavy. Overall it tasted wonderful, and is great paired with leche flan, a creme brulee type desert. Outstanding!!!

*Update 4/10/10

I was able to grab a growler and drank over the course of two nights, and wow, I would leave all my original scores the same, but I would actually bump up the mouthfeel score to 4.5

There was loads of chocolate in the nose on the growler version. It also had a fuller and thicker body with a slightly sweeter taste. I really liked how the barrel aging aspect was not overwhelming and would actually play the background on some sips. Just a world class brew, and I can't wait till they do growlers of this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 18:03:16 | More by steadydose
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Grant for providing this at a tasting last year, and thanks Thorpe429 for this 2007 bottle we sampled at a tasting recently.
A: Pitch black with quickly receding tan head that provides good lacing.

S: Heavy on the bourbon and oak with dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry cola, and strong espresso. Very decadent and can't wait to dig in.

T: Surprisingly, the dark fruit is the most dominant flavor, with lots of cherry and plum. The coffee is still present, and bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate is there in full force too. The coffee has provided a nice bitterness that balances out the sweet caramel and toffee flavors.

M: Definitely on the thin side for a barrel aged stout, with very little carbonation and an oaky dry finish.

D: Although definitely a sipping beer, it is so decadent and complex and goes down so smooth.

Overall this is a fantastic bourbon barrel stout and the coffee, chocolate, and cherry flavors make it one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:19:38 | More by bmanning
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JoeySchlitz

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have been waiting to try this for quite some time now and thanks to the generosity of waltonc, I was finally able to partake in this rarity. Bottle #67/235 of the 2006 batch.

Pours midnight black with some wispy lacing and bubbles around the edges. Very little carbonation if any at all. The aroma is enticing, with dark chocolate coffee cake with a lactic sour barrel funkiness. Unfortunately the smell was much better than taste and mouthfeel.

I have to say it was not bad but pretty underwhelming and actually seemed a lesser beer than a regular speedway stout. A bit stronger coffee taste with bitter bakers chocolate with a ripe sour cherry finish. Not much barrel (makes me wonder what type of barrel they use in the aging) with moderate heat. It is not nearly as viscous as I would have liked and for this beer, it is borderline watery. Any carbonation would have helped this out significantly. Fairly easy to drink but again without carbonation and the sour funkiness to it, made it a bit difficult to finish my glass.

Overall it was an ok beer but was a pretty big letdown. I look forward to trying another BA Speedway to compare this with, but not sure I'll go out of my way for one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 19:54:35 | More by JoeySchlitz
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- Bottled March 2013
- 750mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 13-Oct-13

Huge bourbon notes, followed by sweet chocolate cake with a bit of coffee roast notes and hints of dark fruit, raw oak, vanilla, a touch of roasted malt. This is decadent, complex, and luscious. The most prominent aromas as bourbon and rich chocolate, and they intermingle perfectly. It's got a perfect level of carbo that decreases to a nice smooth, silky satin as the beer warms.

Really, the only thing that might improve the beer is a bolder coffee presence, but that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 03:54:34 | More by Rollzroyce21
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pepsican

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is strong coffee and oak. Flavor again is more strong coffee, oak, bourbon, cream, toffee, booze, and just a hint of paper. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Some hint of the abv. I really liked this one, but after everything was said and done I almost prefer the non BA speedway. I did here from a few folks I shared this with it wasn't up to par with other bottles tasted. Still though, I'm so glad I finally got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:16:17 | More by pepsican
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FARGO619

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark with mocha head on it. Lingers for a while and went down slow. Just as fast as I drank it, and I took my time.

S: Coffee, oaky, bitter, chocolate, mocha, liqour, cigar, charcoal

T: Smooth with hints of dark chocolate and woody

M: smooth, a bit milky, silky and something to savor as it went down.

NOTES: This was a huge treat. So glad I had to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 06:26:47 | More by FARGO619
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dbc5

Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Great looking pour! For a beer of this size that spent awhile in barrels, I can't believe the head retention on the beer. Pour is pitch black with the nice, lasting, mocha colored head. Exactly how a stout should look.

S: Huge aroma. Espresso beans, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, bourbon, and dark chocolate. A very appetizing and complex aroma. There are some aromatic qualities that remind me of a big English Barleywine.

T: Taste hits dark chocolate upfront and is quickly followed by vanilla and coconut. You then pick up on the clear bourbon presence, but this is smoothed out by roasted coffee beans on the finish.

M: Velvety smooth. One of my favorite aspects of the non barrel aged Speedway is the mouthfeel, and this one is only enhanced by the barrel treatment.

O: Great beer. I'm incredibly grateful that I got to try this one. One of the better examples of a barrel aged stout you will find. KBS is one of my favorite beers and this gives it a huge run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:17:21 | More by dbc5
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phisigben

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Indiana Microbrewers festival, a huge thanks to Sprinkle and the Crown Liquor guys

Appearance - Pure black with a half inch dark mocha head.

Smell - A nice chocolate smell, then some bourbon and vanilla. All of these were very muted compared to other barrel aged stouts the smell was a let down compared to the hype.

Taste - The taste really picked uped compared to smell. It was a very very nice balanced stout there was chocolate, bourbon, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and caramel. But none of the flavors were overpowered they were very nicely balanced between each other.

Mouthfeel - The mouth-feel was nice, but a little thin. The carbonation was medium, and just a little alcohol heat.

Overall - I would love to try this again but not for what it has been trading for in the ISO/FT forum.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:44:07 | More by phisigben
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miketd

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found myself talking a lot about this beer lately so might as well enter the rating. I've have 03, 04 and 06 vintage. This is for the 06. Pour is pitch black and still...hardly any head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. Velvety smooth taste, creamy. Sweet, but has nice malt balance and some bitterness. Very full body. Very nicely uses bourbon aging without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:00:39 | More by miketd
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dboon

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle via pantanap. Four years old and fan-freakin-tastic!!!! Glorious coffee and chocolate aromas leaching out of the black brew. The flavors are so well proportioned with mellow bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla swirling around in a delicious masterpiece...

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 21:44:25 | More by dboon
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mistakebythelake

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Brad at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. 2006 bottle into a snifter.

Pour revealed a fudge like dark brown color. No head whatsoever with some bubbles on one half of the glass. The best part of this beer I felt was the nose. I enjoy coffee stouts and coffee in general, so naturally I picked up a lot of coffee flavors off the bat. Followed by some vanilla, oak and slight bourbon characteristics. I got vanilla and a slight tart coffee and bourbon taste that was blended well. Also tasted some chocolate in there. A very creamy stout that was very easy to drink sip after sip. Enjoyed this one and was a standout at the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 16:22:08 | More by mistakebythelake
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biggied

California

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy.

D- 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.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2011 05:53:30 | More by biggied
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bobjonesSD

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into wine glasses - split four ways over the course of the evening. The aroma was terrific - lightly bourbon-y with some coffee and toasted chocolate as well - very different from regular speedway. Taste is great as well - not overdone on the barrel-aging as some recent stouts have seemd to me. Love the mouthfeel - very thick and oily. Nice and easy to drink as well.

Went nicely with the brownie cakes made from the leftover regular speedway growler and drizzled with speedway caramel sauce.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2010 20:09:12 | More by bobjonesSD
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thedindaniel

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hamilton's, served in a tulip.

Pours black, black, black. Nice light brown head that is about one finger thick.

Smells of bourbon and coffee. The taste starts bitter like a very dark chocolate and espresso beans. Leaves behind an aftertaste of vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style as it is thick without being syrupuy or sticky and it is generously carbonated. The beer is very easy to drink, especially for a 12%, not hot like some other RIS's out there.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 05:14:23 | More by thedindaniel
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Fully opaque. A little swirling the snifter kicks up a few bubbles, then goes back to still blackness. Aroma is sweet, and quite fruity; Dark fruits, that is. Just a little coffee on the nose, with cherry and plum/prune. Just a little wood and bourbon aroma. The flavor is pretty huge on this one, way bigger and more complex than the regular Speedway. Very tarry, lots of cigar smoke, leather, booze is alive and present. Huge espresso is present, with dark chocolate. Sweet, but not an all-out sugar assault. Again, there is dark, smoky tar throughout. Extremely chewy. Only faintly bitter. If you swish it around in your mouth, you get some more carbonation, as you can almost feel the cavities developing in your teeth. I'm glad I got to try this. Definitely not a session beer (Of course if you're reading this, you likely already knew that. I mean, like anybody other than the CEO of Alesmith would have the means to session this anyway.), but very soulful for just a glass now and then. Overall, excellent

Serving type: growler

09-16-2010 04:41:11 | More by funkyaudio
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ajsdad06

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours black in color with a very small tan head.

The aroma has all the good stuff working well together: chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, woody, well integrated bourbon and vanilla. Very nice!

The flavor is full and rich and includes everything I would want in a big decadent imperial stout. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, molasses and the well integrated bourbon. There is no "I" in team, and these flavors are definitely working together.

Full bodied and smooth drinking for such a big beer.

This was one of my favorites of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 14:07:22 | More by ajsdad06
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unitmonster

California

3.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at release party(?) and from a bottle at Bruery Clusterfork #6

A - Dark, but not completely black like a Parabola or other heavy stout. Decent legs, very little to no head.

S - Bitter coffee, some notes of chocolate. Honestly, nothing really too special in the smell.

T - More of that bitter coffee flavor and some sub-grade cocoa/chocolate. I'm really not impressed with this beer at all.

M - Light carbonation, and not viscous. This is pretty my favorite attribute of the beer.

O - Decent, but not great. I don't understand the hype behind this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 01:03:44 | More by unitmonster
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leschkie

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 2011 release at Alesmith. Written notes from 4 tasters of the 2009 BA version.

Appearance: Reminded me of what I would expect if I dropped an 88% cocoa piece of dark chocolate into my taster cup and let it melt while I waited the 3.5 hours in line to get my ticket. Poured a hybrid between dark mocha and jet black, depending on your angle, with a tan head whose thickness was about the size of 3 US quarters stacked on top of each other. After ~10 seconds following the pour, the head quickly dissipated to form a lingering ring around the edges of the taster cup.

Smell: Holy crap, what a distinction between the BA and regular version. The barreling process completely metamorphosized this one. Aromas of wood and spicy bourbon upfront with dark chocolate and coffee following suit. Could have sworn I detected subtle hints of vanilla and burnt malt, but it also could have been the delirium starting to set in as a result of standing in line for hours on end in the sun wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt, a cashmere sweater, and jeans in the middle of June in San Diego. (Insert "idiot"-related synonyms here)

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Easily explains why I decided to leave 1 line only to wait in another on 4 separate occasions. Taste closely follows the nose. Very nice balance between the barrel, coffee, and dark chocolate with an added treat at the finish: absolutely no bitterness from the coffee (unlike the regular version of Speedway). Slight heat from the alcohol, but not enough to add to my slowly-rising body temperature as a result of being bombarded by sunrays while standing around.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied. Felt like smooth velvet swirling in my mouth. Carbination was spot-on.

Overall: Nice work Alesmith. They worked the barreling process to near perfection with this one. Danger is its middle name. Deceivingly drinkable for a 12% ABV. Probably explains my lack of self-control and my desire to have 4 helpings of this one (in adddition to the Decadence and Speedway Vanilla & Coconut tasters I had as well). While Alesmith does a superb job with not letting the barrel completely overwhelm all other aspects of the beer, my only criticism is that I wish the bourbon was just a tad more pronounced in the flavor profile. Regardless, I enjoyed this one very much. I wish everyone gets the chance to sample this eventually. In my opinion, the BA version of Speedway completely blows the regular version right out of the water.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 16:14:13 | More by leschkie
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nasty31

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 Bottle poured into snifter

S- Sweet chocolaty scent that is very pronounce. Bourbon and dark malts are also very present.

A- Very thick and oily with a 3 finger caramel redish fluffy head that has great retention and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.

T- Nice bourbon flavor but like the smell very chocolaty with a slight better flavor at the end.Then bourbon and chocolate in this blend probably the best out of any ba stout ive ever had.

M- great mouthfeel nice and creamy and thick.

O- One of the best if not the best ba stout ive had. I love kbs but this beer is slightly better then that one. i just truly love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 00:59:37 | More by nasty31
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PlinyBeMiney

California

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right out of the fridge this beer tastes a tad too hot. Described as "premium bourbon barrels," I assume the heat to be more linked to the type of bourbon versus the actual heat from the alcohol. As it warms the nuances begin to attract versus detract. Sadly, I can barely taste the coffee. This being a strong point in the base beer makes this the most disappointing part of this beer. I can't complain too much because the rest of the beer is great. Mouthfeel and smell are close to being spot on. I'm just wishing there was a bit more coffee.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:40:00 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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kayalla

California

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with a friend next to the regular version last night. This is from the 2009 batch released earlier this year.

This poured black into a snifter with not much of a head. Aroma is a really nice bourbon, oak, spice, dark chocolate, and some rich coffee beans. More vanilla than in the regular. Awesome aroma. Flavor is not as boozy as I thought it would be. Really smooth medley of bourbon, oak, vanilla, spice, and dark chocolate. Really great flavor on this, it has deeper flavors and more complex than the regular Speedway. Thick and rich body. I enjoyed this a lot more than Parabola, KBS. Not the best barrel aged imperial stout I have had recently but still worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:58:59 | More by kayalla
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mrkun

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: The color is very dark brown with a nice tan head.

S: The nose is dominated by bourbon, oak, and roasty malts.

T: The taste is very similar. Hits first with oak, followed by lightly roasted malt and coffee and finally bourbon as the beer begins to go down.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, and a bite from the bourbon.

O: An extremely well done barrel aged imperial stout that would be hard to match. The bourbon is more well-balanced than Parabola.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:09:09 | More by mrkun
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Boolshot

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #32/228
Started off with the regular Speedway, it had been a long while since I had it, wanted to compare the 2. Regular Speedway was better than I remembered, my palate has grown to favor Imperial Stouts. Now on to the BA Speedway

Pours pretty much the same as regular, but smell is not the same. Has dark ripe fruits in the smell, as well as the expected coffee and chocolate, mild alchohol. Very nice smell, couldn't wait to get the first taste.

Holy crap! This is the smoothest beer I have ever had! Goes down like silk, very little alchohol flavor, but the warming effect is there. I am not one to give great details on flavors, I am still learning to pick out the different ones, so I can't do this beer justice in my description. Very mild bourbon flavor, coffee, chocolate, but very different from the regular Speedway. 100% smoother, and the regular Speedway is pretty damn smooth. I have not rated a ton of beers, but I have had over 600 different beers, and I think this is #1!

This gets a "5" from me. I don't see how to improve on this. I can't wait to age my other bottle and try again in a couple of years. To all who have this beer, ENJOY! To all searching for it, GOOD LUCK

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 06:55:42 | More by Boolshot
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Ahappyhiker2

New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, very excited to finally try a fresh bottle of this.

A- Black, nice light-colored head.

S- Bourbon. Honestly the aroma is pretty much all bourbon, but there is a hint of coffee in there and vanilla from the barrel notes.

T- Amazing. So smooth, everything is incredibly balanced. Main flavors are vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. I also tasted coffee and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. I love how much the barrel-aging process has changed the base beer.

M- Very smooth, could be a little bit thicker but it drinks extremely well.

O- Just an unbelievable beer. Barrel-aged stouts are my favorite style and I can't honestly say I've had any that are better than this. It doesn't exhibit any new flavors than others that I've had, but it's so well balanced. This definitely lives up to the hype. Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 16:34:39 | More by Ahappyhiker2
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