Scopey (4579) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade, shared at Jack’s farewell tasting. It pours black with a medium tan head. The nose is earth, rich-roast, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet lactose, creamy and rocky road. The taste is roasty, earth, plenty of coffee, cocoa, fudge, light toast, charred wood, tablet, caramel, chocolate powder and dark fruit. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Damn tasty and dangerously drinkable. A well-crafted brew indeed.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours black with a huge foamy tan head. Nose is boozy, sweet and a bit hot. Lots of vanilla and butterscotch, but it’s kind of dry and sharp with not a lot of coffee. Real smooth taste, with tons of vanilla and dark roasty malt. Not super pungent coffee, but real bold roastiness. Lots of warmth on the finish, with a caramel and butterscotch sweet finish. Glass-coating thick with smooth carbonation. Tasty, but not the mind-bending experience I was hoping for.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Massive thanks to Paul for hunting the WhaleSmith. Pours deep brown-black with a thick, creamy beige head. The aroma holds heavy dark malts, chocolate cake, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of sugary dark chocolate, fairly mellow coffee, plenty of dark fruits. Full bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Warming finish with strong but balanced out dark malt character, rich chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some espresso, rich bread. Great stuff.
Minderbinder (1284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with very low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of coffee, caramel, sugar, roasted malt, bourbon. Taste is of roasted malt, bourbon, vegetal stuff, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky, oily. Overall: A bit boozy and cloying. Good, but not the best around. Lots of alcohol in there.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a deep black with minimal brown head. Aroma is nicely balance between the dessert bourbon and malt notes (chocolate, vanilla, coconut) and the kopi roastiness and vegetal aspects. Nice complexity. Taste is bourbon, chocolate but also very vegetal, roasty and somewhat spicy from the Kopi. Full bodied with med-low carbonation. The barrel treatment attenuate the Kopi effect, it remains a little harsh. Inferior to the regular coffee Speedways, but still a good imperial stout.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Tommy, thanks a lot! Pour is pitch black with small beige head and little lacing. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate, green(kind of vegetal and grassy mix). Taste is bourbon, coffee, sweet, booze. Full body and soft carbonation. A LOT better than regular koppi (wich a i struggled to finish my glass).
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Bottle for vissai, thanks! Pitch black with a small quickly dissipating, but somewhat easy to revive, brown head and little lacing. Aroma is complex with bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oad, spices light green notes and fruits notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, light vanilla, spices, hints of fruits and green notes. Light warming. Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not nearly as much as the regular Speedway. A tad oily too. So much better than the regular Kopi Speedway and a really good use of bourbon barrel. This is not my favorite Speedway treatment (I prefer the regular, the BA Speedway and the Vietnamese), but it’s only because the other are so amazing. Really complex. Well balanced. Delicious!
radagast83 (3742) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750ml bottle. Poured a rich and stark black color, like silky oil, nice small brown head. Aroma was rich, creamy chocolates, light sweet coffee, bourboun. Flavor was smooth chocolate bourbon, brandy notes. Quite a solid brew. Alcohol is completely hidden in this one.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I stopped rating beers out of order to rate something special for a milestone rating a while ago, but #4000 is a pretty big deal, right? Bottle shared by my very good and very generous friend Kurt during his birthday celebration. Pitch black in color with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, brandy and coffee. Flavor starts with bourbon, then moves to chocolate, vanilla and oak before a smooth, bitter coffee finish. Truly amazing.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a nearly flawless beer. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, light soy, bakers chocolate, brownie batter. Taste is rich and smooth without being too sweet. Tons of rich chocolate and toasted coconut and cinnamon with the perfect barrel character. This may be the most well executed barrel aging Ive ever had. The barrel notes are present without being the centerpiece or without being overpowering. Perfect compliment to the beer. This is by far better then the regular BA Speedway.