WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
4th Beer of the Beer Spot Tasting Sunday March 30th, 2008. Bottle provided by Westsidethreat, thanks Skye. 04 Vintage Bottle. #50/228. Pours black with a light brown ring. Nose is sick, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate with rich deep malts. Taste is sweet, bourbon with a big sweet chocolate feeling. Really nice and oh so awesome. This beer has been a long long long time coming for me and it was worth the wait.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 2003 bottle from Alesmith release. Yummy. Black with no head. Potent alcohol (this has to be way above 12%), bourbon, vanilla, and oak aroma. Sweet thick chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and caramel taste with an amazing chocolate finish. Excellent. Overall: 5.0
2006 bottle from the BA (Bare Ass? No, Barrel Aged) release. Black with a brown creamy head. Cofffee roasty dark chocolate and vanilla aroma. Rich buttery palate. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla taste with some alcoholic warmth and an oaky finish. 4.9 total score
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
06 bottle....thanks warren!
Well I might try my last bottle after 2 years and see if it is worth all the hype....
but smells kinda musty and it took barrel aged characteristics that I am really not too fond of......which sucks...cause I really must say I really really like the regular version much better at this time....hoping it will age into something much better
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’04 vintage, 49/228, BIG thanks to Drewbeerme for this one. Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3. Dark brown to opaque black with beautiful motor oil brown small head. Aroma is bourbo vanilla, dough, dark malt, a little fruit, ver dark, rich. Roasted malt with bournon alc backbone, chocolate/milk chocolate, very well balanced, oh so good. Creamy full body. Well balanced chocolate and bourbon, alc.
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Bottle #35/228 shared by captatincougar the footsex gathering. BA mothafuckin’ speedway. Wow. And Tom let me keep the bottle. Thanks a bunch, dude! Pour is black with hardly any head. Aroma has some mild bourbon, with deep chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, and vanilla. Flavor is equally rich with more chocolate, a good helping of coffee, more bourbon, and vanilla. This beer is incredibly smooth for such a big beer. yum.
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle (49 of 228)....holy crap i can’t believe i’m getting the opportunity of sampling this beer. a huge thanks to andrew for busting this bad boy out at an Evening w/ Pantanap #3....pours almost black with roasty brown edges (this would get a 3/5 from andrew!). a thin tan head that eventually turns into some wispy swirls.... nice barrel aged qualities make up the nose. some bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. a little soy too. this one really showed some nice age to it....the one thing about this ba impy is that it totally maintained the qualities of the original speedway which is one of my faves. roasty chocolate, big coffee notes stay true to form and interplays well with lighter bourbon and vanilla notes......so good.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. it has a very black color with a large head. the aroma is of roasty dark fruits. the taste is of spicyness and roasty dark fruits. very creamy and nice.
Dorwart (2359) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to eyedrinkale for bringing this and sharing this at richlikebeers 2005 YEHA! Unfortunately, Mike was sleeping when his possession was cracked open and shared with the masses. Thin dense head that recedes quickly to a thin dark brown foam. Rich and complex aroma with bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted grains and alcohol. Essentially black in color. Big whisky flavor which subdues the strong coffee notes that are normally there. Dark chocolate and a decent bitterness are present also. Thick and chewy and coats the glass. Velvety smooth. Warms as it goes down. Creamy and slightly bitter finish. Heavy sweet and awesome. Thanks for sharing Mike!
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I usually get a chance to get my hands on about 5 ounces of this per year. So 5 years in, I have consumed about a bomber of it. Thanks to the few of you who have shared. The last bottle (from a sharing BAer at Maproom) had crazy writing all over the bottle, signitures or something. I just don’t find this as satisfying as the normal Speedway Stout. Again, I thought that too much bourbon was left behind in the barrel, thinning out the stout and pushing too harsh a bourbon flavor upfront. The Speedway’s complexity fights it’s way through, wonderful coffee roastiness and touches of anice in the finish. It just doesn’t seem to work as well as bourbon barrels work for Numbskull and Bells Stouts.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Re-rate 2004 bottle.When I think about how much better this was than a Dark Lord it makes me shutter.