hopwine (431) - Bend, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good god this is amazing. Pitch black, no light seeping through even when put up to a lamp. Nose is vanilla, chocolate liqueur, wood. Flavor is flourless chocolate cake, moderate bourbon presence, prune, raisin, coffee is present but very much subdued relative to the normal speedway. Mouthfeel steers away from being too syrupy. Warming and pretty strong tannins encourage slow enjoyment.
bhensonb (11683) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Eric at Capitol Beer from his 2013 beer run. Pours dark brown/black with a slight dark tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, arguably chocolate. Wonderful aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, very smooth dark malt. Super delicious.
kkleu357 (388) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark thick black body. Smells like chocolate fudge. Very thick mouthfeel. Probably the thickest beet I’ve ever had. Super sweet. Lots of whiskey taste. If you try to find coffee, you can find it over the chocolate and whisky. Really yummy.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Uber-Kurt (10,000) Celebration on 12/13/2014 (2013, 2009 and 2007 (#167/447) bottles). Review is for the most recent, as it was past prime by the 2007 bottle. The beer pours inky black with a medium thick foamy khaki head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, chocolate malt , vanilla and coffee. The finish is oaky vanilla and chocolate liqueur. Excellent beer all around.
_angst_ (3158) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you bytemesis! Pours black with a rather small mocha head that doesn’t trace much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, hay, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, roasted coconut, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, moist soil, soy sauce and bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, soft, viscous, creamy, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood , dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, moist soil and bourbon alcohol. Really good!
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage. this was incredibly disappointing. how can a superior non-ba stout like speedway actually deteriorate upon contact with a bourbon barrel? what kind of wal-mart brand of bourbon was sitting in those barrels?
aroma: bourbon, some oak. non-descript bourbon and oak. appearance: dark black w/ creamy brown head. taste is just bourbon and oak. not much chocolate. no coffee. little vanilla.
mR_fr0g (4186) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Huges thanks to Bruce for this one. Aroma is big chocolate, rich dark chocolate, layered in oak and bourbon booze. Viscous oily, opaque black with a lasting medium tan head. Flavour is toasted coconut, vanilla bean and oak, rich dark choclate and smooth deept raost. Nicely integrated Barrel character really adds to the base beer. Palate is Thick and velvety, smooth carbonation and hint of sweetness.
ansalon (1674) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Very nice pitch black that’s kinda matte black. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, muscovado sugar, slight alcohol fumes and some slight berry tartness. Taste is incredible! Complex, yet amazingly well integrated: chocolate, coffee, bourbon, slight vanilla, muscovado sugar, some hints of berry tartness. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with almost no carbonation. Just bloody amazing!
Ktwse (2265) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, muscovado, chocolate, dried dates and prunes, raisins, very sweet, very good! Taste is an odyssey of sweet bourbon barrel coffee, vanilla and chocolate imperial stout. Boozy and sweet lingering finish. Rich creamy body with soft carbonation.
Marheb (2528) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un liquoreux festin caféine aux assauts décadents de bourbon et de chocolat noir et gras. L’amertume est longue mais ne bouscule pas. Dessert incontournable.