Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 To me, this beer tasted like many of the other Imp stouts in the current US trend of "bigger is better" and barrel aging. No matter who started it, there are a lot of them out there now. And I do not have the stomach for these concoctions, I don’t mean that they make me ill or anything, but I hardly find them very enjoyable anymore. They are simply too rich, and too much. As far as this one, I honestly do not see all that much of a difference between it and many of the others. It certainly is not a bad beer, but it is in no way the best beer in the world. I absolutely would not want to drink this often, if at all. And I do not like coffee! Some may question the "2" for palate, since it is so thick; but I do not see thickness as a good beer characteristic - perhaps several years ago when it would have been a novelty, but after having several thick beers, I have come to the conclusion that syrup is best left for pancakes.
I did try to be fair in my rating - balancing my personal likes and dislikes with the technical craftworthiness of the beer.
gyllenbock (5914) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Black with a tan head. Nicely balanced with bourbon, coffee, malt, light vanilla and some dried fruit. Quite sweet and with a big body. A very nice beer to sip.
SirLimpsalot (2778) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Basunen 15-8-29: Stor trevlig bourbonton. Mycket mjuk och lek smak med tydlig choklad. Underbar eftersmak.
Martinus (3893) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black, tan head. Aroma of Bourbon, malts, strong coffee and vanilla. Sweet and bitter flavour, coffee, caramel, light wood, loads of coffee. Full body. Finish coffee, vanilla, chocolate and liquorice. Nice!
(from 75cL bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)
oRos (1387) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Bruce. Pours black with brown head. Big bourbon aroma. Taste is lots of coffee and chocolate. Great beer
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The regular speedway stout is great on its own but this is just another step above that. If you are a fan of regular speedway stout you should definitely seek this out
Tvangsgut (5) - Figgjo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good stout.…………............ Nice Color and smell! A. Good choise for a stout!!!!
ctipping (298) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed on 7/18/2012. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage. Pours with a nice head. Black and viscous. Good retention. Boozy smell. Subdued coffee, especially compared to regular Speedway. Decent barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla.
Awesome flavor. Coffee comes through much more. Good chocolate and a great barrel flavor. Tingly bourbon is especially evident in the finish. Hot from the barrel, not necessarily the beer.
Thick and boozy, even if from the barrel, it’s a little harsh. Decent carbonation.
Nice. Really nice. Maybe not any better than regular Speedway, but the barrel adds a nice dimension.
MOLA_DK (375) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Pitch black with a pale brown head. Burnt, vanilla, caramel aroma. Full body, medium bitterness, loads of "stout" flavours.
MrHangover (3309) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, thnx to bytemesis. Really looking forward to this one. Pours an inky black beer with a big, beige brownish head on top. Aroma is massive licorice, bourbon, licorice and sweet caramel vanilla fudge to a whole new level. Incredible. Flavor is incredible strong, balanced, full of bourbon notes, base beer is certainly there. Very long, strong bitter sweet bourbon finish, well carbonated and overall a great beer! Awesome!
beermajstro (12) - nykvarn, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Har väntat på denna länge. Så mycket man hört o läst om denna. Har inget annat att säga än att denna balans i en öl har jag aldrig varit med om. Den som kommer närmast är hand & seal från Brooklyn brewing. 100/ 100 ??