bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Bman1113vr) Pours an opaque black body with a small creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla. Excellent!
TheEpeeist (3049) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is chocolate, prune, molasses and coffee. Thick with a tang and some heat. Taste is dark chocolate, dark roast and burnt sugar. Develops more depth with espresso, fudge brownie and toasted coconut. A little bit too much coffee now.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating number 1100!!! Bottle from JohnnyJ, thanks Jonathan! Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, rich roasted coffee, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits and a hint of citrus hops. Fantastic aroma, best coffee imp stout aroma I’ve had. Black hue with a large mostly diminishing dark tan head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a long very bitter finish. Overall an amazing beer that lives up to it’s reputation. Fantastic aroma and appearance, the best I’ve seen in a coffee imp stout. The taste is very good and the palate is almost perfect but the bitterness is a bit over the top. All in all a fantastic brew.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ a recent tasting... Poured pitch black with a mild forming, light brown head. Some retention. Crazy amount of coffee on this beast. More so than regular Speedway. Intense, concentrated coffee with mild coffee roast, bitterness, and acid. Dark grains, charred tones, toasted sweetness added more complexity to this awesome beer. Dark cocoa, mocha, and some alcohol booze in there. One to sip and savor.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bman1113vr (who really needs to visit Texas more often and bring beer like this). Black pour with a huge tan head. Nose is HUGE coffee, earth, not fusel at all (considering), incredible! The coffee notes on this beer are just off the chain. Very deep and complex nose. Flavor: coffee, coffeee, with some coffee notes and undertones of coffee, with earth and roast as well. Silky mouthfeel.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is jet black, thick creamy dark caramel brown head. Nose is dominated by roasted coffee, not burnt, very clean. Lightly cooked caramel and some rich chocolate malt underneath. Taste follows suit with a bitter of the toasty bitter finish but it doesn’t linger. Very well balanced coffee centered flavor, bright flavors, a touch of citrus in the finish. Body is creamy and thick, assertive carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Well done coffee beer.
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour with thick tan foam, very pretty. Aroma is a bit destabilizing. I was expecting a nice roasty coffee aroma, instead I get a really weird vegetal bomb like wet grass. After a couple of sniffs, things start to settle down and I perceive some chocolate/fudge and light, unroasted coffee notes. Still, the whole thing is a bit disturbing. Taste is more inline with what you’d expect from a coffee stout except this one was super bitter, lots of roasted coffee bitterness, acrid and somewhat unpleasant. Drinkable, but very difficult - I couldn’t tackle a 750 by myself, that’s for sure.
Minderbinder (1291) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low brown head. Aroma is of vegetal stuff, coffee, roasted malt. Too much vegetal, I don’t really dig it. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, lots of alcohol. Very bitter. Palate: Good balance. Medium-full body. Overall: Alcohol not very well hidden. Some unpleasant vegetality. Not easily drinkable. Still pretty decent.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 750ml courtesy of TF again. Appreciate the generosity... Pours similar to the original with a deep silky black with auburn edges and topped with a creamy light beige head... Aroma is smoother than the previous with more of an earthy roast as opposed to bitter but doesn’t necessarily extremely assertive. A tough of yeast seems to come into play as well and becomes more prominent after warming almost develops into a green apple note which seems odd.. Semi-sweet earthy roasted coffee. Smoothness throughout with coinciding chocolate fudge notes. Thinner bodied overall and more so than expected with a soft prickly carbonation. Better than the original but pales to say something like final push. That yeast profile throws thing off for a loop
DrSilverworm (4016) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, big thanks to b3shine for sharing! Pitch black color. Good thin brown head, leaves good lace. Sharp, exotic coffee in the nose, but also some nice dark chocolate, and toasted malts. Great big bitter taste, minimal sweet. No hint of the alcohol. Bigger body. Super smooth, light carbonation. Nice velvety smooth kind of chewy texture. Long super-awesome bitter coffee aftertaste. Love that kopi luwak - the already high-quality speedway stout base makes for a great balanced showcase of the coffee varietal, without being a coffee bomb - it’s a great amount of coffee, not overdone. Sublime brew. Great one to savor - good to the last dropping, indeed.