AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage, shared bottle out of Adam Jacksonís cellar. Canít thank you enough!!
The nose has a strange Earthiness that I can only connect to fresh cut blades of grass. NOT hops but the grass after you cut it and it sat on the ground awhile. The flavor is dark fruits, roast and a finely brewed, subtle coffee bean. Earthy flavors. Unlike any coffee bean I have ever experienced before. The uniqueness of this brew overwhelms me. This is unlike any other coffee stout I have ever had. I do NOT gives ratings like this often. This is worthy.
JulienHuxley (3547) - 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 youíd 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 couldnít tackle a 750 by myself, thatís for sure.
PhillyCraft (3519) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared generously by Hayden with Bill, Mike and Hayden, poured deep black with medium, tiny bubbled off white head, good lace. Notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, roasty malt, the coffee really shines through on this regular version. I would be surpised if this wasnít the best speedway I have tried. On to the B.A. Version.
Enjoyit (3509) - 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.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Top 50 finally finished. Black no carb, aroma is a bit vegetal, light coffee,maybe old. Taste is ok, light coffee, tastes oxidized a little chocolate, ok
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheEpeeist (3415) - Media, 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3400) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer here, this beer I had @ the Grand Tasting... Compliments of RobertDale, a fine fellow who has impeccable taste in beer & canines.
The beer pours perfectly black with a small head.
The aroma is rich & roasty with some dark chocolate, but more just a ton of coffee character. Itís got some rich vanilla and some booziness.
The flavor is just huge, itís got a bunch of coffee and rich maltiness. Itís ashy, somewhat sweet, but itís go t a nice warming boozy character and.. didi I mention? fabulously balanced roastiness.
This is one of those beers where itís hard to put a finger on why itís so great, except to say that it is just immensely enjoyable.
pantanap (3366) - 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 doesnít 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
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I want to enter my original rating and I will when I can, this is an epic beer, I am luckily one of the very few people to try both the original batch of this beer which had a reduced amount of kopi luwak, and the newer batch that had more kopi luwak. Both batches have been exceptional and are both quite amazing. The second batch at Oíbrienís I was able to try side by side with the current batch of Speedway and was very happy to see that the distinctions are quite clear. The complexity of this coffee only enhances a beer that by all measure is exceptional in and of itself. Oiriginal Rating:
Happy to add this to the site, be first rater, one of the benefits of being local I guess. Anyhoo, Peter and the gang at Alesmith Rock amazingly and brewed this extra special one time batch of Speedway for the 2008 ratebeer summer gathering. This is incredible bar none. Pours black with a light brown head, a very stable head. Nose is full of incredible coffee flavor, burnt coffee and wonderful roastiness. The taste is purely decadent with notes of Coffee, burnt sweet coffee, roastiness, chocolate and a touch of smoke. There is a wonderful lingering coffee taste, I was happy to have 2 glasses of this one time only beer. Incredible brew, my 3rd 5 rating, my 2nd Alesmith 5. Everyone At Alesmith deserves our 100% support and praise for undertaking such a wondrous task for Rate beer and the beer community.
JStax (3315) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mashmaster. Thanks! Poured a really dark black, not much head. Aroma is nice, rounded, smooth, smoky coffee. Very rich. Very earthy and semi-sweet in the taste. Nice beer for certain.