GT2 (7898) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Alesmith for Speedway Grand Prix. Not the vanilla coconut from last year. Multiple samples: inky pour with thick, red foam. Excellent retention. Huge lacing. No oil or flakes of coconut. Nose has flashes of green apple/acetaldehyde then moving in and out of intense coconut meat. Would be a 9 for aroma without the apple character. Taste is spicy, warming at 12%, thicker coconut meat. Nicely integrated coconut chocolate bar without any grittiness or sweetness. Thick palate with flashes of tannic apple. Palate goes in and out of something superlative and something overly tannic. Perhaps the keg oxidized a bit or something. On track to be something ridiculous but has a few flaws. Still, I had three pours of this. Still awesome, but not as good as some other variants today.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2012 Total Score: 4.7
Tap at O’Briens for Night of Million Zillion Speedways. The best of the 16 on tap by a mile, and one of my favorite RIS experiences since BCS Rare. Rating #4700 on this site! The pour is inky with a small, menacing head when I was fortunate enough to get a 10oz pour later in the evening :0 Nose is nearly perfect- fresh coconut meat, cocoa butter, pistachio, Nutella, bourbon. It exudes a better, more integrated nose than the actual Pistachio and Nutella Speedways, and creates a faux bourbon barrel character like Pappy Van Winkle by simply HAVING toasted and fresh coconut and vanilla mimicking the much more expensive and time consuming hints of wood vanillin and coconut from high end American bourbon. The higher 12% alcohol sweetness blends perfectly to make this essentially the "Poor Man’s BCS Rare". Taste is perfect- insane amounts of chewy coconut, bourbon, pistachio, Nutella. By far the best Speedway I’ve ever had and better than the actual BA version. Better than BCS Rare. Drank a total of 25oz of this stuff FTW.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at brewery. Black with a thick creamy tan head. Huge and amazingly beautiful floral coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee aroma and taste with a nutty chocolate and toasted coconut finish. Outstanding.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big chocolate and coconut nose, just a little bit green. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter, lots of chocolate and roast, plenty of buttery coconut. Tasty.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small pour thanks to GT. Pours a thick creamy dark brown pour with the slightest dark tan head. Aroma is creamy and meaty. Notes of chocolate and cookie dough. Coconut and vanilla is present but subtle. Flavor is dry and chocolate. Very creamy, almost like chocolate milk. Coconut is light at first but strengthens and lingers in the back of the mouth. Bitter finish with some coffee notes. Thick and full bodied.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Black color, scant brown head. Aroma of intense coconut, chocolate, vanilla, like a fancy Mounds bar. Taste is smooth dark milk chicolste and coconut. Tasty.
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
As with all Speedway: the beer is black and has a tan head. Wow, what a nose. Lots of raw coconut and vanilla which play very nicely with the intense roast, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas of Speedway. The flavor is almost like chewing on fresh shredded coconut. Tons of vanilla to it as well. A nice sweetness of chocolate and toffee, plenty of roasted malt and coffee, too. Just a fantastic beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vanilla and coconut notes abound with the usual chocolate and coffee notes underlying. Again, I unfortunately feel like the vanilla tastes a little artificial.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap are O’Brien’s for million zillion night
A dark black body and no head. Same with all of them
S-redonkulous. Great vanilla and coconut. Like a Carmel delight
T-follows the nose. Just absolutely incredible. Wow
M-medium body and smooth. So smooth
O-known to me as #4. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this beer. If only it looked better...
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Listed as Alesmith Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Bean Speedway at A Night of A Million Zillion Speedways 11/12/11 at O’Briens Pub in SD
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a mere tan ring.
Aroma: Easter chocolate covered coconut egg. Confection sugar and chocolate big time.
Taste: Toasted coconut. Milk chocolate. Roast. Vanilla bean.
Mouth. Full bodied, creamy.
Overall: Mind-blowingly amazing. Up there with Hunahpu’s. The best variant of Speedway imo.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at ba speedway release pour jet black smelled like a fresh coat of tar and vanilla ice cream kaki head it was almost as good as the ba speedway it’s self Boom.
Earlier Rating: 6/20/2011 Total Score: 4.9
had 9 or 10 of them at ba speedway release it was a super sexy jet black pour slight hint of coconut nose with some vanilla notes supe great to have this treat at 9am