Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by Matt -- Thanks! Start with Speedway, modified as follows: Coffee in aroma is the Kopi Luwak variety (c.f. Beer Geek Brunch Weasel); also some metallic notes, bakers chocolate, chalk. Full body, slick texture, the usual. Taste brings in some ash. Bitterness on the finish is far less than expected for how much coffee there is in this, but I guess that’s the hallmark of this variety of ethically questionable coffee.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Loads of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. Very awesome. Been wanting to try this for a while.
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with mocha head. Nose is rich coffee beans, vanilla beans, good creamy roast. Flavor is lots of rich fresh coffee, creamy vanilla, roasted malts., dry dark chocolate. Little bitterness and a short, creamy finish, pleasantly strong kick.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Pitch black center with deep brown edges, light-tan head on top that perches nicely and shows good retention. Aroma is surprisingly quiet at first; bit-time, strange coffee aromas. Not strange in a bad way, just very different... must be the Kopi Luwak beans. Heavy coffee, light acrid notes akin to grape or apple skins, underlying cocoa malt sweetness. Taste starts with a bitter roast, almost harsh - like burnt, used coffee grounds. Roasty, ashy, and induced with that unique Kopi flavor. The sweetness comes in softly with that strange sweetness from before; light apples and deep, dark licorice. Sweetness balances well in mid-palate, but the finish consists of mostly roast. Another very good Speedway beer, although this may be my least favorite variant to date.
charule (1621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at voodoo barrelroom release. Poured black with tan head. Aromas of choc and coffee vanilla. Light carb med body. Quite dry bitter taste.
Theydon_Bois (12885) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, from an IP trade with Andy from CA, 25/09/13.
Borefts warm up rating on my own.
Pours mid black with a billowing tan head that stays for a chat then reduces to a covering of frothed up bubbleness.
Nose is dark roast malt, earthy tones, light cocoa powder, treacle toffee, roast coffee, milk chocoloate ice crea,.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, cocoa powder, rich coffee notes, peppery, molasses,
Full bodied, fine carbonation
Top draw impy stout
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle for rating #5400:   Black pour, large frothy brownish head, clingy lacing.   Sweet and ashy roasted malts, sweetened coffee, a touch of bakers chocolate.   Smooth coffee infused roasted malts.   Cocoa and bakers chocolate too.   Can’te tell if this is regular Columbian coffee or coffee beans pooped out a cats anoooose.   Still, tastes great, and is very smooth.   Warming, slight alcohol.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lots of coffee and bakers chocolate on the exit.   Not real complex, not as chewy as I would like, but its an extremely solid, clean, and tasty coffee oriented Imperial Stout.
drfabulous (4919) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Kevin’s. Huge nose of alcohol and coffee. Sticky and slight bitterness. Boozy. Slight berry taste.
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to the Alum for sharing this. You rock Adam. Pours black with a tan beige head. Lots of creamy roast aromas: chocolate, hints of coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Coffee sweet flavors. Lots of chocolate that’s bitter sweet. Roasty and sweet without too much of any one thing. Alesmith has always done well in balancing coffee with the roast and chocolate, this version is no exception. Complex really good stuff. 9/4/9/4/16
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via daknole. Thanks, Dakine! Shared at Davinci’s wedding. Congrats, Beejay! Pours a thicker blackish hue, opaque and thicker, well hazed. Darker with legs on the swirl. Cakey brownish head sits atop and sticks around, laces well and remains a cakey layer. Aromas are bigger coffee, gentle spice. Toasty roast, dark chocolate, bakers cocoa. Cocoa, biscuits and caramel. Nice dryness, roast present. Initial is fuller bodied, but still quite dry. Not thick and brooding. Some good big dark chocolate, bakers cocoa, mellow roast and coffee. Middle is a bit roasty, firmer coffee element. Touch of mocha, espresso. Firm roasty biscuits, cocoa covered. Some vanilla, coolness with roast, toast, carmelization. Some dryness, roast as we hit the backend. Finish is dry, roasty, carmelized. Lingering medium coffee. Firm cocoa/bakers chocolate throughout. Richer silky body, mellow roast and dryness linger on. Quite tasty. Reminds you how good Speedway is, guys. Tasty.