arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve had this twice. The first time was *the* first time, the unveiling of "The Shit" at Speedway’s own brewery during RBSG 2008 in SoCal. The second was pitcher pours from last year’s Woodshop in February. Each time it was phenomenal, but I still remember the awe it inspired at RBSG. Blew our fucking minds. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever tasted, but it surely competed for best Imperial Stout I’d ever tasted. My tasting notes from RBSG focus on the creaminess and purity of the coffee, both on the nose and in the mouth. It was smoothness, like the roastiness and other coffee flavors had been reduced to their essence and then enshrined in a beer that perfectly supported them. The overall impression was that it wasn’t as hoppy or as bitter overall as normal Speedway, but with an added warmth that wasn’t quite caramel and the full, delicious roast of the coffee shining through in a way that even non-coffee drinkers would love. The only criticism I might have (I feel dirty even using that word, criticism, with this beer) is that it’s pretty straightforward; there aren’t layers and layers of flavor. Just the perfectly developed, perfectly present deep, creamy, roasty deliciousness. Dope.
Boutip (4442) - 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 (3086) - 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 (10206) - 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 (971) - 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 (5888) - 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 (550) - 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 (285) - 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 (547) - 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.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma: Coffee bomb! chocolate, coffee, and roasted qualities. Taste is coffee, chocolate with creamy finish. Clean, smooth and full bodied. Vietnamese is better in my opinion, but this is nothing short of greatness!
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Thanks Ryan for sharing! Poured a black color with an off white head. Coffee, roast, chocolate and some vanilla. Can not go wrong with any Speedway variation!