Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wowie. Bottle shared by Dave. Aroma is espresso, french vanilla, chocolate cookies, and roast coffee. Pours black brown with a small to medium creamy tan head. Taste is deliciously smooth with espresso, hazelnut, chocolate, and vanilla beans. Really creamy with the coffee roast taste blending perfectly with the booze (which does NOT taste like 12% at all). Just an expertly crafted coffee stout. Thanks, Dave!!!!
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at Food Bank bottle share. great great score. black pour, fuller bodied. big roast, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla notes. delicious
bytemesis (2420) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Last one... Pours opaque black, medium supper creamy brown head, great lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, ashtray, molasses, chocolate. Flavor is much the same, light plus sweet and medium bitter, some coffee acidity. Rich creamy full mouthfeel, lingering bitter finish. Tasty
Theydon_Bois (6459) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BIG FRIDAY, massive thanks to our host Bruce for this mega want, 03/01/14.
Pitch black with a tan head that dissipates to a pond and edgework.
Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, brown sugars, sweet notes, toffee fudge.
Taste comprises faint booze, chocolate crusted raisens, light lactic tang, faint coffee notes, dark fruits.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, sweet closure.
Solid impy but a few notches short of what I’d hoped for, didn’t get much of a coffee hit.
Ataraxia (283) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black, opaque, moderate beige head. Sweet aroma of roasted coffee beans, brown sugar, hints of vanilla, caramel malt, and milk chocolate. Slick, slightly oily sweetness, full-bodied but not too heavy, and creamy smooth. A little bit of dryness in the finish; alcohol is very well masked.
madmitch76 (13037) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Another treat from our host, cheers Bruce. Almost opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is softish and a little dry. Floral toned dark chocolate. Light and dry earthy coffee, lesser fruity coffee. Buried underneath - tangy fruit. Light dry finish with.a touch of spice.
tectactoe (1046) - Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2014 Bottle: Essentially a fully black pour with only the very edges showing signs of deep, deep brown. Fluffy, thick, chunky mocha head sits on top & slowly recedes leaving some nice webbing in its path. Aroma is magnificent & carries that signature Speedway smell. Lots of different coffee aromas in this one, though. Roasty, creamy, sweet, smooth, & robust, all at once. Notes of cream & sugar (from the lactose, I assume), roasted coffee beans, faint charred espresso, & even a light fruitiness as it warms up - perhaps black cherry-esque? Hints of cocoa in the back with lighter reminders of brown sugar & even caramelized sugar. The taste is roasted up front, with a light undertaking of creamy sweetness that crescendos into the finale. Faint vanilla, brown sugar, some bittersweet & dark chocolate with an aftertaste that’s both roasted & sweet for balance. Lightly acrid at times, but never overbearing. Gets a little sweeter with warmth, also a little boozier, but nothing too bad for 12% ABV. Another great addition to the Speedway series... Not my favorite, but damn good nonetheless.
Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce, at the tasting on 2 pages. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich-roasted coffee, earth, creaminess, toast, dark and milk chocolate. The taste is rich-roast, coffee, light peppery spice, cocoa, good deal of bitterness, earth, toast, light lactose, some acidity and alcohol warmth. Full body, moderate carbonation and slightly stick mouth-feel. Smooth and tasty. Better than the Kopi version IMO. Very nice.
maneliquor (2728) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The host strikes again. Cheers Bruce! Pours near dark with a clear hint at the edges and a small tan head. Nose is rich and bitter espresso, fresh pressed coffee beans, milk chocolate, vanilla essence, and a fair amount of sweetness behind the roast. Taste is vanilla and coffee all wrapped up in one. Good quality coffee with restrained bitterness giving off a much smoother effect than I anticipated. Very nice
Leighton (9626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Brokeback Revisited tasting in London. Big thanks to Bruce. Pours somewhat clear, black-brown with a thick, creamy beige head. The nose has milk chocolate in the nose, sturdy roast, creamy coffee. Medium sweet flavor with bittersweet chocolate, bitter earth, burnt wood, restrained coffee. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Mild warmth in the finish, bitter earth, baking cocoa, restrained and lightly acidic coffee. Nice beer.