peteinSD (1439) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour with a large, expresso dark tan head. Very nice aroma is semi-hot bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, smooth and rich chocolate, and a nice and even, lightly roasted coffee presence although it falls behind both the bourbon and the chocolate. The front of the taste has the bourbon toned down and presents with very dry, almost bitter chocolate and roasted coffee and the back end gives way to the hotter aspects of the bourbon with vanilla and spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the light side but very clean and almost dry. Very good beer although I don’t believe it improves on the original kopi, which has a much heavier coffee influence in both the aroma and flavor, the base speedway (an overall more complex beer as the darker fruit notes contrast with the chocolate and coffee), or even barrel aged speedway which, based on my recollection, presents as smoother and more balanced. Certainly worth a try just the same.
MarcoDL (3387) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of PotjeBier. Aroma of bourbon vanilla and nice smooth coffee. Rich flavor of thick vanilla, coffee, mild cherry, licorice, choco and a long lingering finish. I really like the combination of kopi and bourbon. Thanks for this awesome bottle!
PotjeBier (2277) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl (from an IP trade with richiesd) @ home, shared with borresteijn, MarcodL & caesar. Black color. Beige head, just a little. Aroma’s: alcohol, a bit paint thinner/aceton at first, a bit weird smell (erm...), that you get with Kopi Luwak beers. Later there’s more sweetness, bourbon, vanilla and the pain thinner disappears (fortunately). Flavor is sweet. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full bodied. Long lingering finish.
caesar (6170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Potjebier, medium sample. Dark color, medium brown frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel and vanilla sweetness, bourbon, cookie, biscuit, slight booze. Not a lot of coffee, hardly noticeable. Medium sweetness in taste, cookie and biscuit from bourbon, vanilla, slight boozy. Again, not much coffee, which can be expected as kopi lowak is quite delicate and therefore nonsense to brew with in such a heavy flavored beer. Its basically similar to a regular bourbon speedway, which is by itself absolutely fantastic. No need to add delicate coffee, so therefore it scores a couple of tenths less for me than just the bourbon speedway. Still highly enjoyable ofcourse and wonderfully balanced.
Borresteijn (5853) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl Bottle shared, thanks for tonight’s beers Potje! Black colour, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet soft coffee, treacle, toasted coconut, vanilla, quite sweet, roasted malts, liqueur bon-bons. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts, bourbon, light soft sweet coffee, vanilla, bon-bons, bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth. Good.
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Goes back to comments I made regarding Speedway Stout BA variants, most of them turn out to be pretty good with this one no exception. Smells and looks like the perfect stout. Taste unique with the richness of the Kopi coffee added to the boil. Overall one of the better variants and one I have an extra bottle of I won during an event. Look forward to having again in the near future.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger dark beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Great retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behing.
Aroma is outrageous with tons of gourmet coffe roast holding up underneath the strong barrel presence. Dry toasted oak with amazing spicy bourbon character, coconut and vanilla bean. Still plenty of robust coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by dessert-like sweet malts, chocolate cake, baker’s chocolate and fudge. Perfect barrel integration with lots of coffee still coming through.
Full bodied and viscous with a strong, spicy bourbon barrel presence that’s countered by robust, deeply roasted coffee flavor and dark and silky sweet malt notes. Barrel character is strong up front with dry oak complimeted by spicy sweet bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted coconut. Decent alcohol flavor but not hot or boozy at all. The coffee realy comes through with robust roast and gourmet espresso followed by burnt malt and sugars, oatmeal and dark chocolate. Slightly grainy with flour less chocolate cake, baker’s chocolate, toffee and caramel sweetness. Very smooth and well balanced with a delicate, nicely integrated barrel character and excellent Kopi coffee flavor. Incredibly complex and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV with lots of oak, bourbon, robust coffee, burnt malt and silky chocolate sweetness. Excellent!
revtork (11) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Speedway is one of the marvels of the stout world. It's darkness threatens a more bitter, breakfast stout-like taste, but it delivers a smooth, full-bodies taste with just the right amounts of everything, especially the coffee. At the end of the palette lies just a hint of vanilla, it's signature. There's only one Speedway Stout and it's always a good choice.
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750' mL bottle shared with ebone1988 for his 500th rating, because I'm pretty badass. The pour is a viscous oily black with a medium brown ring of head and no lace. The aroma is great. There is a beautiful malt, coffee, chocolate, and barrel. The bourbon really comes through, to a point of being boozy. There is also a resounding vanilla that carries out the back end. A definite green wood is apparent from the barrel. The flavor is really nice. The coffee really comes through, without being overpowering. The chocolate is really heavy, but not dominating. Again there is a distinct green oak input, but the vanilla and roast are great. It's just really well balanced and nice. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, maybe a little chewy, with a soft, velvety carbonation and a lingeringly roasty coffee vanilla finish. It's so smooth and delicious
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#500. Bottle shared with koleminer20, because he’s fucking awesome. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, barrel, coffee, roasted malt. Appearance is black, light brown head, thick. Taste is incredible, bourbon barrel, vanilla, heat, then sweet malt, licorice, and coffee. Mouthfeel is velvet, wonderfully thick, rich, perfect carbonation, wow. Overall, this is a wonderful choice for #500.
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a soapy dark beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of green coffee beans a hint of green paprica and subtle vanilla bourbon. Medium body, alcohol burn but nice bitterness towards the end... with a solif sugary film. Taste is dark vanila chocolate, burnt malts, caramel and thick mocca coffee. Nice beer, but a tad overrated in my honest opinion.