JohnnyJ (4043) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A special cask at O’Briens tasting. Non-soaked heavy toast oak chips. Black pour, thin but creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla, smoke, light coffee flavors, and a bit roasty. Very nice smooth impy stout, the coffee is much milder than the regular version, and the smoke for the chips is quite nice.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
1st rating cask at obriens for an alesmith tasting. Talked to Bill about this and its different than the other american oak, its like the scotch speedway without the scotch. Pours black with a small tan head. Nose is sweet, light oaky, nice chocolate. Taste is sweet, with big oaky notes that provides some nice smokey notes, superbly balanced and quite nice. Smokiness is great not overwhelming and all in all nice changes when compard side by side with draft speedway.
rmhancock (21) - USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite all time beer. I had this cask conditioned at SD TapRoom during beer week in SD. I felt lucky just getting a taste! Jet Black like motor oil, with a toast-brown head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Velvety smooth texture full-bodied. This beer is similar to their regular speedway stout but the American Oak just really balanced it out making it extra smooth. Amazing
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oak is present right from the start. Like a coffee milkshake. Slight coconut, milky vanilla, cream, and coffee. Dark rich color with a creamy head. Cask conditioning just piles on the creamy texture and mouthfeel. Coffee is more mellow than regular speedway. Oak adds more texture and body. Great rare treat. Somewhat similar to barrel aged speedway, just cask conditioning for texture and no bourbon boozyness. Exceptional to say the least.