PhillyCraft (3391) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3383) - 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.
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.
JulienHuxley (3344) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3328) - 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.
Terminus (3272) - 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.