Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 From FlacoAlto, Thanks! Finally someone stepped up and sent this to me, guess now I can die and go to heaven.... Anyway, 06 bottle which pours black with burgundy hue and small tan head that leaves rather quickly. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, wood, dark fruit, and light bourbon. Very light coffee flavor compared to the regular version which was surprising. The taste was medium sweet with wood, dark fruit and some dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation and smooth on the palate. Medium bodied. So this was BA Speedway...good beer but not as good as I would have thought, and really not on the level of the regular version IMO. Glad someone didnít hold it hostage like others do and make you beg and plead for the shit.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2006, bottle 70/235; Sampled June 2008
A fairly vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is simply black as it sits in my glass and no amount of putting up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma has a tartness to it that is strongly influenced by Bourbon-like notes and likely coffee. Roast coffee notes actually play a big role and mix with some fruity, burnt prune notes and lots of deeply toasted malt notes. There is also a nice aroma of richly toasted coconut that still has a touch of sweetness of coconut meat. It also seems to get just a touch musty at times, which mixes in with a lightly spicy oak character and a touch of estery alcohol aromas.
Thick and rich feeling as it firsts hits my tongue, creamy dark malt notes hint at lots of residual sugars, but donít really contribute much sweetness to this beer. A very light carbonation also contributes to the creamy feeling of this brew. Towards the finish the beer thins out considerably while picking up acrid roast notes and sharp, burnt acid quality and a huge bitterness that seems just as much from burnt malt and roast coffee influenced as from the hops. The dual roast influences of coffee and malt actually contribute a tartness that is noticeable throughout the flavor profile, not just the finish, but it is tempered a bit up front by the unctuous body.
As the beer warms up a bit it begins to lose a touch of the acrid character, but seems to pick up a bit more alcoholic heat. This last seems to accent a note reminiscent of burnt prunes. While rich and malty this is surprisingly dry tasting; the thick residual sugars seems to be so well balanced by the roast and barrel flavors that they are not really noticeable. At most there is a noticeable chocolate / cocoa note here, but even this is pretty devoid of sweetness. There is also a touch of almost salty, sort of peat like smokiness that is likely a combination of roast malt and barrel influences. By my second pour the salty, peat-smoke like qualities of this brew are accented even a bit more. This last, in combination with the rich, dark malt flavors really save this beer for me; though it still has an overwhelming bitter and acrid finish at times.
I do like that the barrel influence does not absolutely overwhelm this beer. I am not sure if this is still too young or what, but the roasted grain notes really get overly acrid and bitter in the finish. The barrel influence also contributes to an overall impression of this being unbalanced. This is not nearly as unbalanced or undrinkable as the BA Old Numbskull though, and is even enjoyable in its own right. I think that the complexity of the aged, base beer and the lightish influence of the barrel make this at the very least worth procuring for me.
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
06 BA Speedway-750ml bottle @Noogfest4.0-thanks JohnCĖpours brown bubbles for a head and black color. Aroma is tar/anise, dark malt, sharpness, dark fruit. Taste is tar/ash/anise, oak, dark malt, sharpness, dark fruit.
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JohnC, for bringing this 2006 version to Noogfest í08. The body was perfectly black with a khaki head. The aroma was malty with whiskey and vanilla notes. There was also some rich pancakes. The was strong vanilla with some oak and blueberries. There was also some almonds and coffee. Well done.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks to John C and poured at Noog4. 2006 bottle. Black oily pour with no head. The aroma has chocolate and tons of wood mixed with bourbon and coffee. The bourbon and wood definitely overpower the other scents. The taste is actually much hotter than I expected. Boozy with bourbon combined with plenty of wood. The coffee has been made somewhat sharp by the barrel ageing and the chocolate is much less noticeable. Thinner body than I expected. Overall I seem to like straight speedway better. However, as I noted with the Old Numbskull, I think if you let this age another 2 years it would be spectacular. I guess these brews need a lot more time to develop after they come out of the bourbon barrel.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle. Dark brown pour, some lighter highlights, decent lacing and a nice head. Roasted notes are bright and full of life. Slight alcohol burn, with smoke and peat, oh and caramel. Flavor-wise thereís lots of roasted coffee, boasting brass horns of chocolate and distant caramel. Vanilla, molasses, and some peat, too. Full-bodied and balanced well. Finishes extremely fantasticfullyinggoodinglyfull. Yeah. Some folks said the bottle was infected? Going to go ahead and disagree on that one.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2008 Shared by miketd. Thanks dude!!
Pours black with a light tan head. Smell is roasty, chocolate and bourbon, but not too strong. Taste is almost milder than I remember the regular speedway stout being, at least in terms of alcohol, somehow. Still very mild coffee, and is hardly noticeable, with roasty chocolate and light bourbon. Good stuff.
2003 bottle. Very similar but with tons of coconut flavor that I don’t remember noticing from the other bottle. Like a mounds bar. This one had very low carbonation however and was nearly flat. Still very tasty!
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Sampled at Sean and Ryanís tasting party, 2004 vintage. Poured a deep black with tan lacing. Huge smooth aroma of toasted malt, dark chocolate, fruit, and sweet oak. Taste of brandy and malt that shifts to chocolate. Lingering sweet toasted flavor. Both very intense and smoothly mellow. Amazing imperial stout.
Had the 2003 vintage more recently. It had a much greater coffee taste, with the toasted malt mellowed. Lingering taste of bourbon and oak. Possibly even better than the 2004.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 2004 Bottle #108/228. Tasted at Sean and Ryanís party. Thanks Ryan. Oh yeah! I canít wait to try it. Sweet malty molasses aroma. Pitch black. Thick body. Little carbonation, almost flat. Mellow characteristics of roasty grains, lots of chocolate, some vanilla. Little or no oxidation, but a hint of sour. I donít think this particular bottle has aged as well as it could have. Possible small lacto or brett infection or something may have given the small amount of sourness and dryness. Still pretty good. Canít wait to try a 2006, to compare:9,3,8,3,18:4.1
Rerate: Opened at Ushi-Tora with TimE and Cappa and friends: Nice malty buttery aroma. Much better than the 2004, probably because of better timing: 9,4,9,4,18:4.4 (4.4-4.5)
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very appreciative thanks to Kyle for the bottle!! 96/228 Had to maneuver a few pages to make this 1600, oh well. Black with beige head, fades to film. aroma full of nice sweet buttery bourbon and chocolate. Flavor on par, huge chocolate, buttery/vanilla bourbon, residuel sugars, and no coffee whatsoever!! Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very nice BB brew. Thanks again Kyle!!