badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at brewery. Black with a thick creamy light brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, and coffee aroma. Thick creamy palate. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, sugar, and roasted grain up front followed by perfumey vanilla and milk chocolate on the back end with a dry citrus finish.
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at OBriens speedway night. Dark black pour, with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, notes of vanilla extract, dry cocoa, coffee grounds, and some bitterness. Decent, but not one of the better speedway treatments. The vanilla only speedway had more flavor.
Earlier Rating: 5/4/2012 Total Score: 4.1
Draft at night of a million zillion speedways 2011. Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, and dark malt sweetness. Flavors are smooth and creamy, like a thick milk shake. Good. Rating # 3000.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at O’Briens Night of Million Zillion Speedways. Rating the Ghanaian and Ecuadorian Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Bean version that should be aliased with this one.
Pours inky black. Weak head. Nose is rich vanilla, bourbon, some odd dill and apple. Taste is cucumber, licorice, dark chocolate. We had an initial mix up with our pours, but once we figured out what was what and reorganized and retasted, this one had some oddities and was not the cucumber version or licorice version. The cucumber and licorice versions were more straightforward and easily identifiable. Palate like all Speedways is lactic, rich, oily, nicely hoppy.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice little added bitter chocolate shows through with lots of vanilla. I have to say, it would have gotten a higher rating if the vanilla didn’t taste a little artificial to me. Still a great beer.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at O’Brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 2011. Looks like this entry is sticking so I’ll put up my notes. The appearance is the usual Speedway deep black hue with a medium roasty brown head. The aromas are a delightful chocolate and vanilla duet. Some decent coffee additions as well. The flavors have a creamy vanilla, that are not as intense as the vanilla/coconut variety but still well done. The chocolate is a molten milk chocolate the flows well with the vanilla along all of the malt goodness. Creamy full mouth. Something just go wonderful in great stouts, this has 2 of them. Tasty.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 11/12/11 at O’Briens Pub in SD. I believe the addition of the Vanilla bean in the name and the actual beer make it a new entry.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan ring and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Vanilla extract. Coffee. Chocolate. Tootsie roll.
Taste: Dark roast. Vanilla bean. Dark chocolate.
Mouth. Full creamy sticky.
Overall: Super tasty.