Ernesto987 (3923) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells amazing, very roasty and coffee bitter. Great beer, amazing aroma, alesmith again crushes it
Huhzubendah (2650) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Long time want. I’m a big fan of Alesmith Speedway Stout and I thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of quality coffee. I’m in a happy place right now.
The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma brings a grandiose coffee presence. Roast and dark chocolate with fresh coffee beans. The flavor is just beautiful. Hype = justified. Beautiful coffee presence, which I expected. However, it doesn’t stop there. Many big coffee imperial stouts possess the prominent coffee scents, but lack balance and qualities typical of an imperial stout. Not so here. Lovely malt body and roast character with coffee fitting itself elegantly into an already delicious beer. Lovely.
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a dark cola brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was lots of dark deep roasted coffee, dark chocolate and lightly burnt malts with a decent scent of booze. Flavor was the same but a little mmore intense. The liquid rounded this one off better than the normal speedway and the booze is hidden pretty well. Have’nt had many better non BA stouts.
JaBier (4995) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a huge tan to light brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, roast, coffee and cooked meat. Smooth and velvety coffee flavor with some malt and milk chocolate character before a roasty coffee finish.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Alex! Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, with lesser amounts of dark fruit and smoke. Flavor is coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, and chocolate. Creamy body is on the heavy side, Slightly bitter finish.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Just as beautiful as the regular speedway. Pitch black with a foamy, pillowy, creamy espresso head. Thick lacing and substantial retention throughout.
S: Very different than the regular speedway. Earth, slight acidity, properly burnt. The kopi brings out and emphasizes different aspects - more bitter dark chocolate than smooth milk chocolate, heavier roasted malts. Very rich and incising, but mellower. Really fantastic, if anything, vivaciously mellow(?)
T: Incredibly smooth and rich, less sweet than the regular speedway. The kopi balances very well and is less aggressive than the coffee in the regular speedway. Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder covered mousse, big roasted malts. Very earth and mellow. Outstanding.
P: Big, velvety smooth. Wonderful.
O: Very appreciative I was able to get a bottle. Substantially different than the regular speedway, which surprised me a bit. It’s not a matter of better or worse, just different options. Would be great if this could be on the shelf next to the regular all the time to continue exploring the differences. Really outstanding beer, speedway’s are the king of coffee beers.
MOLA_DK (285) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at John Bull. Pours black with a Nice creamy head. Quite boozy aroma and a lot of coffee. Medium full body, coffee bomb, some roasted bitterness. I like the original better!
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Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a small beige head. An aroma of alcohol, liqurice, prunes, sweets and weak coffee. A flavor of coffee, liqurice, sweets, bitter and roasted, weak burnt, malt.
MotherBrother (763) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great thanks to the Peter and Jakob for this unexpected treat.
Pour jet black, with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is sooo packed with coffee, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, licorice, slight vanilla, slight boose n’ wood, slight leather. Really a treat indeed. The taste is a little sweet up front, with a heavy dose of bitterness. Semi-full bodied, with a slightly flat carbonation. A little dry as well.
To me, this shit is waaayy better than the "original" speedway. My kind of beverage
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
This was another beer I did expect to see without lots of leg work. When a chance came to try it alongside gems like Cascade Kriek I jumped on the opportunity. This ranks as one of the best beers I have ever tried. How long before we see Kopi Luwak Dark Lord?
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black pour is thick like melted chocolate. A dense mocha head suffocates all access to the base beneath. Just looking at it tones down the light around it. Smoke, vanilla, and a strong aroma of coffee remind me of the normal variant. It’s hard to tell a difference between this and regular Speedway without trying them side by side. However it just begs for more reflection.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, ash, vanilla, and caramel all complement each other in a heady blend that coats the palate with the texture of a huge bold imperial stout. Anise in the creamy finish is like drinking the inside of a decadent truffle. From start to finish it does not disappoint. The only flaw is that after just a few ounces it is gone for good.