Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALESMITH for sending this out for RBWG and much props to Dak and smokepot23 for coordinating it! Pours pitch black with a one finger light brown head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is burnt malt, baker’s chocolate, rich luscious dark roast java, ashy cocoa and some bitter hops in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Man, my favorite Imperial Stout on steroids. Fantastic beer.
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, from and with Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: dark brown, opaque, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, light lacing; nose: coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, light acidity, vanilla, light alcohol; mouth: coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, light acidity, vanilla, light alcohol, light acridness, alcoholic finale with presence of coffee liqueur, full body, below-average carbonation, alcoholic texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille olive, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, de et avec Stephen Morris (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : brun foncé, opaque, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : liqueur de café, liqueur de chocolat, légère acidité, vanille, léger alcool; bouche : liqueur de café, liqueur de chocolat, légère acidité, vanille, léger alcool, légère âcreté, finale alcoolique avec présence de liqueur de café, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture alcoolique; en résumé : très bon
BMMillsy (1147) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. No bottle date. Big thanks to Richard for this one. Pours pitch black like Speedway should, with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of chocolate and earthy espresso, no super acidic coffee smell, roast. Flavor is some earthy coffee, a bit of metallic flavors, roast, light chocolate. What I do like about this variant is the nutty coffee aftertaste left on the palate. Seems slightly thinner than other Speedway variants, medium carbonation. I am very much not impressed with this. Lacking in flavor and body, a little metallic. Disappointing. Glad to have tried it, of course.
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee also dominating. Taste is a mix between some deep dry roasted malt notes with bitter and dry coffee notes which almost veers into astringency territory. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but almost too extreme on the coffee side which diminish the drinkability.
burg326 (3240) - 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.
bhensonb (10346) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at California 10k shared by dodgrblu. Aroma is coffee, but seems a rather high class coffee. Med body or better. Flavor is extremely tasty coffee and a little chocolate. Finishes light/slightly treacle/malty. Delicious.
oRos (1004) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at California 10k shared by dodgrblu. Pours black with brown head. Taste is roasted malts with a big bitter coffee
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by dodgrblu at Capitol Beer bottle share. Pours dark brown with a short tan head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a carbonated treacle flavor with lots of coffee. Delicious and, as a bonus, it sticks to the palate.
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle at Cap Taproom’s 10k celebration, aroma is roasted coffee, very bitter.
Ataraxia (302) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost black, opaque, thin cappuccino head. Sweet milk chocolate, creamy caramel, smooth roasted coffee, sticky toffee, and hints of vanilla. Initial mild bitterness grows through to the residual black coffee finish. Very smooth and creamy, a little sticky, and gentle alcohol warmth.
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell of coffee and chocolate. Poured a dark brown with espresso colored head. Mouthfeel is creamy. Flavor of chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee.