Lagunitasfan (1322) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Black pour with almost no head. Strong roast malt in the mouth overpowers the vanilla. Vanilla tones down the nose quite a bit compared to other versions. Smoother in mouth than others too.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice vanilla notes are added to the chocolate and coffee notes typically found in Speedway. Unfortunately, I can’t get past the artificial vanilla flavor that I seem to pick up in all of the variants with vanilla in them.
daleharshman (1010) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at O’Brien’s (Night of a Million Zillion Speedways) during the second annual San Diego Beer Week in November 2010. Pours the normal pitch black and this one has a nice brown head. Aroma is rich creamy vanilla extra and it still has some good chocolate and coffee underneath the vanilla. Flavor kind of like the vanilla extract in a vanilla Coke, rich and creamy, but nicely balanced with coffee and chocolate tones. It’s interesting that the addition of peppers, organic coffee, cocoa nibs, or vanilla each make for a very different Speedway experience. (6, 571)
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ O’brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways. Looks identical to the stock Speedway. Aroma is the same with lots of vanilla extract to boot. The flavor is again very similar to the standard Speedway with a big vanilla kick. Another great version of Speedway, it just seemed like they added some extract and the flavors didn’t really meld, like the vanilla was just sitting on top of the regular beer.
JohnnyJ (5200) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at O’Briens. Black, tan head. When you buy vanilla ice cream, there is that cheap crap, and then there is that, creamy, complex, delicious vanilla. This vanilla is the later, smooth creamy distinctive vanilla, blend in the sweet milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet malts... this is a great beer. Very glad to have tried it, hope to try it again in the future.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 On tap@O’Brien"s: Dark as coal with a small light brown head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate. Flavor has light vanilla, rich dark chocolate an strong coffee. This was full bodied and velvety smooth with soft carbonation.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at O’brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways. Was only able to get one samples of this one. The appearance is the usual Speedway deep black hue with a medium roasty brown head. The aromas ooze with rich vanilla, nice coffee, and roasted malts. Really inviting. The flavors are just as great. Really nice vanilla that is really creamy. Good chocolate flavors and roasted malts, nice coffee additions too. Very much reminds me of a chocolate root beer float. Delicious! Again like the coconut they must of used a tone of vanilla beans here. A great combination and integration of flavors. Very creamy and smooth mouth, and very easy to go down. Another fantastic Speedway and of course again I hope they continue to make this treat.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1st rating of this brew, and first tick in a long time for me. Tried this today at Obrien’s amidst a sea of people and an unseasonably hot November evening. Damn this was good, it was interesting getting vanilla without the usual bourbon accompaniment. Nice vanilla nose and a taste enhanced and changed by the introduction of vanilla.