MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2006 bottle shared thanks to thickerfreakness. This pours black with a tan head. Nose was chocolate with oak and some alcohol. Slight sour smell. Taste was decadent with chocolate, bourbon and wood. Mouthfeel was medium with some alcohol. Incredible brew.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 sampled with the phoenix crew. supplied by sparky27 who very nonchalantly pulled this rare gem out. ( i think he’s missing a kidney at this point!). 2006 bottle # 193/233. pours just next to blacker than my soul with a creamy tan head and plenty of spotty lacing. aromas of fruit, light bourbon, milder coffee than regular version ( :-( = sad ), wood, warm and delicioso! if you ate a hershey kiss right after a swig of whiskey it would taste like this!... chocolate candy, nutty, coffee, wood, soft bourbon, really robustly roasted grain, mmm. big time aftertaste of of coffee and chocolate hangs onto the tongue. luscious mouth feel... slick and smooth. really hearty and warming... it makes me want to curl up and sleep ( after i’m done drinking it of course!)...
growler version 2009 batch.
much different than the prior bottle version... it is smoother, buttery and slightly tart.... odd barrel quality. 9/5/8/5/18/4.5
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to thickfreakness for this 2006 bottle! Shared with MaltOMeal and thickfreakness. Pours a rich dark black color with a thick frothy deep mocha head. Nose was chocolate, coconut husk and toasted oak...wonderful. Flavor was a welcoming mix of rich chocolate, sublt oak notes and well integrated coconut flavors...and the mouthfeel is fantastic...thick and full coverage. This is truly fantastic, and the long lingering finish just makes this beer unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this Charles!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Bocky Bash on 7-5-08. Good bourbon and chcolate aroms somewhat mellow. Black body with tan head and good lacing. Good mix of bourbon, chocolate and coffee flavors without the alcohol presence I experienced with my first reg Speedway. That was good news for me. Thanks Eric.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Bockyhorsey’s Bocky Bash on 7-5-08. Thank you for sharing this one Eric! Pours a deep black with a small creamy tan head that fades, but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by by coffee and bourbon, with hints of dark chocolate and roasty malt. Lots of big coffee and bourbon flavor, along with roasted nutty malt, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Wonderful brew!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle #193 graciously provided by fiver29 to share at the 7/5/08 Bock Bash locals tasting. Pours a pitch black with tan head. Nose is bourbon, coffee, chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste is bourbon, roasted coffee beans, dry cocoa, dark fruits and some hops in the finish. Full, creamy mouth feel. Great brew – wouldn’t say it’s head and shoulders above the regular speedway (one of my favorites of all time), but very good in its own right. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity John!
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009
03 Vintage: Poured a deep brown/black color with a very thin tan head that rapidly disappears. Aroma of oak and vanilla, spicy bourbon, and some moderate chocolate. Smooth, lightly spicy entry with some vanilla moderate chocolate with some moderate bitterness on the finish with hints of dark and some light chalkiness. Smooth, thick and oily with a nice oak finish.
06 Vintage: Poured a thick deep brown/black color with a moderate tan head that faded to a ring. Aroma of faint roast and chocolate with moderate chalkiness and a light bourbon oak character. Sweet, chocolaty entry with some light roasted coffee and some spicy bourbon. Pretty thick, a moderate chalkiness.
Capa (2366) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 First, a HUGE thanks goes out to Wetherel for bringing this bottle to Japan and sharing it with us. 2006 vintage, #113. Roasted, oaky aroma with nice bourbon and creamy malts. The body isn’t as thick as I was expecting, but still quite full. The roasted malts are strong, but not overly so. Oak, bourbon, coffee, some cream, and sweet molasses. Hands down the most well blended barrel aged beer I’ve ever had. Nothing is overwhelming in this brew, just a beautifully complex, expertly blended stout. Sharing this at Ushitora was a nice way to experience this one (so was chugging the last of it from the bottle). Thanks again, Wetherel!
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by mreusch. Pours an oily jet black with a small mocha head, thin iodine colored legs and spotty lace. The nose is of sweet, roasted malt, milk chocolate, molasses, oaked bourbon and straight alcohol. Full-bodied and creamy with a dry, bitter, warm finish. Dark bitter roasted malt, molasses, ashy charred oak and light bourbon. This is a tasty beer. But, other than a fuller mouthfeel, I can’t really say that I found this to be an improvement over the regular version of Speedway. I can, however, honestly say that I never thought I would get the chance to try this beer. So, again, thanks a ton for sharing this rare treat with me, Matt!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, 2006 vintage, #34/235, with a HUGE THANK YOU to sfoley333 from over @ BeerAdvocate for the trade! Pours a syrupy black with a late forming creamy tan head, minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, molasses and espresso in a near perfect harmony - deep, rich and enticing! Flavor is a bit more over-charred oak than I’d hope, with a nice espresso bitterness also in the front, but the milk chocolate, molasses and even bourbon gets pushed to the background, making the flavor profile more one dimensional than I’d hope. I wouldn’t call this a "let down" per se, but agree with others that it doesn’t top the regular Speedway Stout. Thanks again Sean!