peteinSD (1180) - 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.
Damico (2213) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick dark black in color with a creamy beige head. Aroma brings some creamy vanilla bourbon and coffee. Flavor is delicious creamy milky coffee notes with some vanilla on a perfectly balanced creamy body. This held up pretty well for a while.
gunnfryd (9346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at TSODRBSG 13. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt , chocolate. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, wood. Full body. Worl class beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle sampled @ Dak’s Black Friday tasting! Huge thanks to nbutler for bringing this! Squid ink pour with mocha edges and a tightly packed latte crown. Webbing inside the glass reminiscent of a chocolate shake. Ghirardelli, Godiva, and Hershey accompanied by Starbucks, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brownie batter, and fudge. Rich, decadent, and creamy as hell. The Kopi definitely adds a unique depth and the barrel seems to be married to the base beer better than the traditional BA version. Loved it!
rxeight (798) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from jhogan. This stuff is amazing. Lots of coffee, an amazing amount of coffee. Very smooth, not too much bourbon. Touch of bourbon speedway stout, incredibly well balanced. Best of the WhAlesmith tasting.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers to Paulo(?). The pour’s brown with a small head. The nose is toast, crčme brulee sweetness. Brown sugar. Vietnamese coffee, coffee creamer. The taste is quite sweet. Hershey’s syrup. Vanilla. Nice roasty body. Ashy malts, charred coffee bean. Somewhat boozy on the woody finish. Rich, supple, easy to drink despite the punchy ABV. Much better than the BA version.
Vestergaard (149) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to MotherBrother for this! Pours pretty much like the regular speedway stout: Black with a semi-nut-brown head. But the smell man! Lots and lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits and some burned notes. Brown sugar and cinnamon too. This beer is so powerful in the american way. Extremely delicious coffee, and dry, dark chocolate. This is soo delicate.. Like drinking candy!
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Second time I had this one it already tasted a little old. Bumping my scores down a touch until I can try another.
------ served right after the regular version and again later at Ffej of July XI
A - Pours pitch black with a decent one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of fresh brewed coffee, rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and dark roasted malt. This one smells incredible. While the base was too one dimensional, the bourbon barrel has really brought it all together.
T - Starts off much like the base with the strong espresso coffee kick but now it has combined with the warming bourbon and the combo never really fades away. Hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel and some dark roasted malt round things out. Finish is really roasted with a bit of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Feel is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness and some light booze. While the base wore on me, this one goes down way too easy.
O - I really liked the base beer but this one takes it to a whole other level. The addition of bourbon to the already killer mix makes this one nearly perfect. I would love to have this on a regular basis, it is that good.
Rando7 (671) - Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obtained in trade. Bottle pours thick black with firm generous tan head. Aroma coca with roast and slight oak. taste improves as it warms. Didn’t get much coffee but nice malts, roast, chocolate with bourbon and oak. Finish oak and bourbon. Thick palate with marked alcohol burn. Moderate to high carbonation.
Kind of an uneven beer. At times it was almost perfect, other times too highly oaked, other times.much more of a jolt than I expected. I love Speedway, like the Kopi Luwak and like bourbon barrel aging, but for some reason at times they didn’t come together very well.
burg326 (2762) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cleg with the hook up, poured a dark black color with aromas of coffee, earth, and booze. Flavors are huge coffee, almost cold pressed espresso followed by some light earth and then when you think it was over there’s the bourbon. A solid version of a barrel aged beer, thanks Cory for the share.
RasmusOtt (916) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Motherbrother for bringing this SOB! Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma has sweet smooth chocolate notes, nice vanilla, coconut from the barrel, earthy coffee, dark sweet fruits, chocolate cake, cocoa, ripe sweet cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon and ’sweet’ wood. Taste has sweet chocolate, dark sweet fruits, brown sugar, roasted malts, stimulating fruity coffee, vanilla, a bit coconut, soy and nice bourbon alcoholic feel in the end. This is like black candy!