tiong (3682) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from a trade, thanks CheapBeerBuzz! @ PBF IX
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, roastiness, some hoppiness, espresso, minor fruitness and hoppiness. Taste is roasty and chocolatey with loads of coffee, espresso, some hints of dark ripe fruitness and cherry. Finish is roasty, bitter and very dry with some espresso and dark chocolate notes. Quite a coffee overload, not as perfectly balanced as the regular version.
Ernesto987 (3590) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells amazing, very roasty and coffee bitter. Great beer, amazing aroma, alesmith again crushes it
burg326 (3575) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark black with aromas of coffee, earth, coffee, chocolate, and more coffee. Flavors were the same heavy on the coffee, tasted like fresh coffee with some light chocolate and earth nice thickness as well. Thanks Hunter for sharing the fresh growler with me.
jrallen34 (3478) - 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
Enjoyit (3448) - 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.
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 O’brien’s 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.
pantanap (3351) - 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
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at SRBG 2014. Pours black with a decent brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. Very, very tasty.
TheEpeeist (3286) - 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.
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.