Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminds me a little of chocolate covered cherries with a hint of coffee in there as well.
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Alesmith. Not going to go too much into the appearance because of the small pour, but it was pretty dark and looks like it would have probably had a pretty good head. Aroma has light cherry grenadine with a bit of sourness. There is some milk chocolate in there as well. Sweet grenadine taste and some bitterness to balance. Tastes a bit like those chocolate covered cherries. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Alesmith tasting room. Pours nearly black with tan head with just a slight reddish hue. Aroma is pretty similar to regular Speedway with just a hint of tart cherry smell. Taste is what you would expect, Speedway with some slight tart cherry. I had high hopes, but it was just OK.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at the brewery. So glad this lasted a 2nd day. The appearance is a deep rich coffee brown-black. A micro brown head. A great nose with dark cherries, cherry lozenges, and a healthy dose of coffee with some hits of oaky whiskey. The flavors have a rich cherry muddled with espresso and a bit of molten chocolate. The cherry is a very fresh, non-sour cherry. The cherry really pulls the cherry tones out of the rye whiskey with a really nice lighter bodied oak. The whiskey seems to create a bit of a void in the mouth. Something the regular Speedway doesn’t have. The carbonation is pretty low on this as well. Overall a really tasty variation that I hope to have again.
peteinSD (1374) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Alesmith. Black pour with an expresso head. Aroma is thick, sweet cherry and soft chocolate (think holiday cherries stewing in sugar and encased in chocolate). I did not get any rye or barrel influence on the aroma - if it’s there it’s buried under the sweet cherry. Taste is dominated by the sweet cherry and chocolate with a light alcohol prick on the finish. Some light barrel influence in the taste but it’s very subtle under the heavy sweetness of the cherry. Really a completely different beer than the regular speedway. Clean and silky mouthfeel. Exceptional cherry imperial stout.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Phone rate. Tap at Alesmith. Looks like Speedway. A little less doughy than the others I’ve had today. Less oxidation than I get in reg BA Speedway as well. Light tart cherries and barrel in the nose. Flavor is fairly sweet with the cheeries, not a ton of spicy booze noted, but def there. Bitterness peaked at a 4, but tempered by the sweetness. Not as creamy as the others, but pretty close. Probably #4 out of the four Speedway treatments I’ve had today. I can’t put a finger on it, but something’s keeping me from loving this.