WeeHeavySD (3360) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3321) - 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.
PhillyCraft (3308) - 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.
bytemesis (3303) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks Stawn! Pous opaque black with a small brown head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is surprisingly not strong, notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is about the same, obviously coffee infused, but not strong or really noticeable as special. Lots of roasty chocolatey notes as well. Light sweet, light bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice enough, but not really even up to the level of a regular speedway IMO.
AirForceHops (3295) - 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 (3256) - 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.
Terminus (3250) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RBWG-thanks to Alesmith for just giving this to us during our massive tasting session! Even though i didnt really like this beer, im glad to have been able to try it. pours black with a soapy kacki colored head. read tinge around the rim of the glass. initially very sweet chocloate on the flavors followed by a huge kick of anise, char, dark chocolate and alcohol. I really liked the chipolte version much better. cool and novel but not great if you ask me.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber 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.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Woodshop 5.0. Many thanks to Chris and those involved for making this beer appear. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium brown head with fine-bubbled lacing. Absolutely gorgeous coffee aroma: well-roasted, fresh, non-astringent, with hints of creamy milk chocolate; great nose. Medium-to-full body: very creamy texture, lively acidity, average levels of carbonation, but a lovely appearance in the mouth; loads of well-roasted coffee, chocolate, and a delicately roasted malt presence throughout; very soft, very lovely. Long, long finish of coffee, chocolate, and soft roast.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Woodshop. Huge, massive, coffee nose, far exceeding the regular Speedway by a mile. Itís very nice and fresh, the coffee has a good roast to it, but itís more the quantity that is impressive rather than the quality of the coffee. Beyond the coffee, itís typical Speedway, which is always very solid. Itís a real shame that so many of the ratings are from handbottles now (which Iíve had and I probably would have rated the bottle in the 3.5 range rather than the 4.3 on tap). Itís a joke, but I guess the tick is the most important part for some people.