kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Speedway, The Shit
Date: March 12, 2011
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, touch of sherry sweetness, light mellow coffee
Flavor: rich roasted and coffee flavor, caramel sweetness brings out the richness in the roast, touch of dark chocolate, mellow coffee character, hint of fruityness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
hamilton23 (590) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alesmith. Drank 4 variations of Speedway today. This was my favorite of the 4. Aroma is lots of roasted coffee, similar to espresso. Taste follows. Similar to regular speedway, but just dialed up a notch.
peteinSD (1227) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Alesmith. Black pour with an expresso tan head. Aroma is ultra rich fresh coffee, roast, and chocolate. Just pure ripped coffee. Taste is ridiculous fresh coffee with a heavy roast character, bitter chocolate, and a bit of malt sweetness on the very end that comes across as subtle raisin/dark fruit. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Side-by-side with the regular and as hard as it is to believe this is better with more coffee, more roast, and more chocolate.
GT2 (7689) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle thanks to ygtbsm94. Pours a flat lighter amber that looks decently black in the glass with zero head. Nose is heavy aromatic coffee, lemon acidity, dark chocolate fudge, brown sugar, toasted malt. Flavor is sweet, creamed coffee, mocha and espresso with creamy Kahlua heat. Medium bodied albeit thin for style. Nice roasted coffee finish. Consider this rating a place holder until I get to try it on nitro fresh in southern California. And oh will that day be a reckoning.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
keg at rbwg 3/5/11.
pours like speedway...dark and oily.
this version has a weird vegetal quality and sourness on the finish i dont get from the regular speedway.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a thick brooding black with very little head. Smell is sweet oaky and coffee. Taste is a sweet coffee blend up front like a caramel mockiato followed by a huge woody oaky middle followed by a dry bitter but robust smokey finish. Good stuff.
drowland (5888) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a small brown head that fades. Big roasted coffee aromatics with coffee, chocolate, and a bit of alcoholic sourness that reminds of a barrel treatment. Rich coffee flavor with chocolate, creamy vanilla, char, and a bit of woodiness. Very silky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very nice and glad to have tried it.
decaturstevo (4608) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/black puor with tan head and lace. Aroma of burnt coffee, abv, and roasted malt. Espresso, roasted malt, nice warmth, and a coffee like bitter. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation. Nicerbwg
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed on draft @ RBWG 2011 with a big thanks to Dak, Smokepot23, AleSmith and anyone else involved in bringing this goodness to Arizona. Pours dark brown/black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has a hefty dose of quality dark roasted coffee, chocolate, char with some dark fruits mingling around. The flavor has big espresso, chocolate and roasted malt. Full bodied and smooth. This was worth the wait and definitely lived up to expectations.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve had this twice. The first time was *the* first time, the unveiling of "The Shit" at Speedway’s own brewery during RBSG 2008 in SoCal. The second was pitcher pours from last year’s Woodshop in February. Each time it was phenomenal, but I still remember the awe it inspired at RBSG. Blew our fucking minds. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever tasted, but it surely competed for best Imperial Stout I’d ever tasted. My tasting notes from RBSG focus on the creaminess and purity of the coffee, both on the nose and in the mouth. It was smoothness, like the roastiness and other coffee flavors had been reduced to their essence and then enshrined in a beer that perfectly supported them. The overall impression was that it wasn’t as hoppy or as bitter overall as normal Speedway, but with an added warmth that wasn’t quite caramel and the full, delicious roast of the coffee shining through in a way that even non-coffee drinkers would love. The only criticism I might have (I feel dirty even using that word, criticism, with this beer) is that it’s pretty straightforward; there aren’t layers and layers of flavor. Just the perfectly developed, perfectly present deep, creamy, roasty deliciousness. Dope.