kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006, bottle 186/233. Poured to celebrate the World Series victory by the Philadelphia Phillies! Pours pitch black, capped with a small brown head. Very appealing aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and some alcohol. Flavor is huge chocolate malt, fresh roasted coffee, bourbon, dark fruit,vanilla, licorice, salt, and moderate hops. Chocolate and bourbon cling to the palate for a lengthy finish. Great beer, but I think the barrel treatment takes away from the base beer.
doublea (27) - , California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black like the night. Totally opaque. Head is tan, well carbonated, not overly so.
The aroma screams bourbon. It overpowers the coffee, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is very heavy bourbon, surprising, and amazing how much flavor the beer draws from its barrels. Definitly some coffee, and some hints of chocolate and vanilla. More aftertaste of coffee and initial hit of bourbon and warming alchohol.
All in all, fantastic. Like no beer I’ve ever had. The bourbon character really sticks out, to the point where every sip continues to surprise me. I split the bottle with a few friends who proclaimed it the best beer they ever had.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample from a bottle of 2006. Many thanks to Moejuck for providing the bottle and Rogueone for saving half of her sample for me (you are the Queen!). This is one of very few beers I would kill to try and I was starting to worry that it might come to that. Pours dark brown with a minimal head. Aroma is heavy bourbon with some chocolate. Alcohol hits you at first taste, but quickly smoothes out to a megaton of chocolate with a creamy vanilla finish. The only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect score is the fact that it has way less of a coffee presence than regular Speedway. Aside from that, amazing beer. Lived up to the hype.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#400, Thanks Moejuck! This beer suuuuucks. Just kidding; it’s thankfully what I expected. Heavy vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. Oily black pour. Flavor is burnt coffee and bourbon, alcohol is definitely present, fig, and dark chocolate. The best part of the beer, imo, is the finish. Nice texture, roasted chocolate malts, coffee, rush of chocolate, and an oaky dryness that really compliments the bourbon. YUM!!
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a spare brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, light vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, oak, some burnt, bourbon, and coffee with a bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (12049) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2008, Dr. Bill’s tasting. Pours opaque with a small, rocky, dark brown head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, prunes, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2003 750 ml bottle. Pours absolutely black and smooth with no head. Unmistakable aroma of Alesmith barrel aging with a heavy touch of speedway. Perfectly smooth mouthfeel that makes it a little too drinkable. Chocolate and bitter coffee blend beautifully with the bourbon tones and sweet touches in the aftertaste. My favorite stout to date...
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Stefanje at Fordest house, thanks Stefen. Pours an oily black with almost no carbonation. Aroma of bourbon, wood, coffee. Flavor was coffee, bourbon, and molasses and were remarkablly mellow and smooth. Alcohol was well hidden.
StefanSD (2355) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle shared at fordest’s tasting. Poured a viscous black with a tan head that had good retention. The aroma was of molasses, coffee, oak and whiskey. The flavor was similar to the nose with some smooth vanilla tossed in. This beer is remarkable due to the mellowness of the flavors; regular speedway is a ferocious tiger, but this is more of a laid back fat cat. As such, the first sip was a bit anti-climatic, but as I sipped it grew in complexity and character. Molasses, dates, mocha and bourbon. The mouthfeel was similar to he Westy 12. The finish was long with mellow whiskey. Overall: A great brew.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Craig, Stella, Fin, Loz and Traci, at the "What’s This Label Supposed To Be Anyway?" tasting. Huge thanks to Craig for sharing this, and for holding on to this very special bottle until this tasting. (And a thanks to WeeHeavySD for parting with it.) Is was a privilege to be able to taste this, and even cooler to be able to try it side-by-side with the regular Speedway!
Deep black with just little shiny brown edges, modest layer of burnt tan fine bubbles. Bright fumey vanilla aroma, brown sugar, a fresh green oakiness. A little briney touch. Dark intense chocolate flavor with a nice pinch of salt. Rich mineral flavor on the back of the tongue, like oyster liqueur sans fishy flavor. Coconut sweetness. Very soft, the edges all seeming smoothed and polished by the cask time. A complete, unified experience of Imperial Stout. Compared to the regular Speedway: this has a nicer nose, but I miss the dramatic roasty bite.