arjoseph (642) - 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.
juiceisloose (1312) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Cracked open on New Years Eve. Pours an oily, jet black color and topped by a small, frothy, tan colored head of foam that slowly settles into a thin film. Nice streaks of lace coat the glass. The aroma is really nice showing dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, vanilla, and dark roasted malts to make up the base. The coffee doesn’t overpower, but is perfectly integrated with the dark chocolate and malts while adding a nice fruity and nutty undertone. The flavor follows and is a perfect marriage between the dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted coffee, and malts while a touch of vanilla and toasted nuts helps smooth things out. The coffee roast comes across dry and adds ample balancing bitterness. Full bodied, smooth, and almost chewy on the mouthfeel with balanced carbonation that leads to a smooth roasted coffee finish with no alcohol presence detected. Delicious stuff. This is perfectly balanced, full flavored, and world class imperial stout. Alesmith never seems to disappoint.
hackobock (3483) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
February 13, 2016. Bottle.
Black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is very coffee forward, smooth roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, light earthy and hints of green peppers. Taste is light to medium sweet, soft roasted bitterness. Finish is sweet caramel, roasted coffee, hints of bitter dark chocolate, licorice, slight earthy. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Very good, the green pepper notes drags it down a bit though. More coffee forward than the BA one.
Jokestereo (305) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a nougat colored head. Aroma;; Roasted coffee, malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, nuts, and cocoa. Flavours; Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, nuts, some dark fruits and cocoa.
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pitch black, huge nougat head that disappears fast. N: Coffee (tart), dark berries, almond, marzipan T: Coffee (bitter), milk chocolate, macadamia nuts O: Very nice balanced! Loads of great coffee flavours.
allmyvinyl (9421) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigs. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, light booze, vanilla, leather. Taste is more of the same. Spicy finish.
Stuu666 (10592) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, toffee, soapy, taste is chewy toffee, chocolate, coffee, roasted.
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark opaque brown, light brown ring. Soft spicy roast if a nose. Initial taste is lean choc, spicy and light smoke. Carbonation is a soft enough buzz and oily, gritty mouthfeel. Finishes rich decadent roast, uncomplex linger and warm spicy jitter.
Bottle, Speedway Tasting
GlasgowTAD (1352) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, leather, cocoa and coffee. Taste is coffee bitter, cocoa bitter, cocoa sweet, vanilla, leather, oak and slight tartt red berry. Full body.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Taste is rich, coffee, chocolate, roasty. Slightly sweet. Full bodied and clean. Nice
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black and opaque with a 2.5 finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention for the style and ABV. Large chunks of of soapy lacing coat the glass on the way down. Looks incredible.
Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a perfectly roasted coffee bean presence integrated into the other dark malt notes. Really nutty with hints of hazelnut roast, burnt toast, powdery dark chocolate and espresso bean. There’s also some subtle lactic cream that adds another dimension to the nose. Great roasted coffee presence but it doesn’t completely dominate or overpower the other elements. Very inviting.
Chewy full body with a prominent roasted gourmet coffee beam flavor that lingers troughout. Really coffee forward/dominant with lots of dry, bitter roast but it never becomes overly bitter or acrid. The silky chocolate malt notes come in along with lactic cream and roasted nuts in the back end to round things out. Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate flavor that tastes like a 75%+ cacoa chocolate bar with burnt toast and fresh gourmet coffee bean followed by caramel sweetness, toffee, lighter, silky chocolate notes and lactic cream. Really roasty but nicely balanced considering how strong the coffee flavor is. The high ABV is excellently masked with surprisingly no heat at all. The prominent coffee flavor makes a little strong on the roast but this is a really flavorful, well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.