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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee and no Lactose

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (4071) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2015
On tap at Schouskjelleren, Oslo. Pitch black with a beige head. Roasty aroma with lots of dark, bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, some dark fruits, hints of wood and vanilla. Medium sweet with quite intense roasty flavours, very chocolaty with a fairly dry finish. Seems balanced somehow and the high alcohol is not too obvious. Tasty and dessert imperial stout - quite delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Draft at Burgundian. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that lasts for quite a while. Big nose, quite sweet, lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate and roasty malt sugars, but by far predominated by a large wallop of sweet coffee and condensed milk type notes. Really smells like a good haymaker of a vietnamese coffee. Creamy thick body, almost sticky, soft carb. Sweet chocolates, roasty notes, and dark coffee on the mid palate, also holding sweet condensed milk. Long sweetish finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention considering the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Absolutely ridiculous nose on this beer. Tons of perfectly roasted gourmet coffee along with lactose cream, condensed milk and sweet fudge-y chocolate malt. Deeply roasted with tons of coffee character but never approaches smelling burnt or acrid. Holy shit this beer smells good! Medium bodied with slight viscosity and really nice roasted black coffee/espresso bean flavor countered by sweet lactose creaminess and dessert like chocolate malt. Burnt toast and robust gourmet coffee flavor with oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. That lactose presence is really, really nice and is very reminiscent of the condensed milk on the bottom of a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Well balanced but still roasty as hell. Delicious beer that perfectly captures the elements of Vietnamese coffee without taking away the stout characteristics of the base beer. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeratarian (192) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
On tap at Rozis. Pours like black 10,000 mile oil. Thin brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted coffee and dried fruit. Flavor is smooth silk and vanilla with some light coffee. Soo drinkable and smooth but rich and full. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2015
11/2/15. On tap on a Monday at The Hulmville Inn with Barry. Got the email and was drinking it within 2 hours. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50 (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Espresso colored, two finger head on top of a jet black pour. Aroma of roasted coffee. Lots of sweetness. Super creamy mouth. Long bitter roasted coffee finish. Sweet coffee notes up front. Long bitter roast on the finish. Chocolate as well. Lace present. Very easy drinking for the ABV. My only fault is that I expected more coffee, but still really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Pours tar black with aroma of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor? Wow! Vanilla with subtle coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Incredible beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2702) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2015
On Draft at HVI. OMG I had movement below. Beautiful full notes of fresh coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, toffee, licorice and Earth. The finish was roast, but not as bold as I expected, also bitter and sweet chocolaty goodness. Like velvet as it warmed. BOING!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2682) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Black pour with a thin rim of off white head .... Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, semi sweet chocolate, vanilla and sugary .... Taste is of coffee, roasted malts, dark cocoa, semi sweet chocolate, licorice, vanilla almost lactose like and dry .... Finish is bitter sweet and dry with a lingering sweet chocolate and roasted coffee .... Interesting take on the original

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (4852) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Draught at Publick House, 10/26/15.
Seemingly opaque ebony. Light tan head atop is small but quite well-retained.
Vanilla, creamy-sweet sugars and plentiful coffee in the nose definitely makes a pretty true impression of a Vietnamese coffee. Sweet, but not too much so, with dry vanilla, lightly roasted coffee and some alcohol dryness as well. I guess you could say, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sheer strength. Down to the last drop it’s enjoyably sniffable, though the alcohol really gets quite assertive as it warms and breathes, unsurprisingly.
The flavor is a much different beast. Where I was expecting a creamy-sweet, rich vanilla and chocolate flavored coffee character, based on the nose, it’s quite a bit dissimilar to that. Dry, very liquorous, and just outrageously boozy. The alcohol cuts at the palate to the point of astringency, highlighting the bitter roast, dry vanilla and such. Sweetness, quite fleeting, comes in the form of light caramel and sweet chocolate, but even with warming, it never achieves a balance. I love a dry beer, but with this level of alcohol, it just needs more malt sweetness to balance. I don’t remember Speedway being this damned boozy and I even just had a 2013 BA Speedway about six months ago, which was out of this world and far less boozy than this. The texture is competent, with tight carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel with some oiliness/slickness from the roasted malts and coffee. Even taking about 20 minutes to finish a 10 ounce glass, it still took a lot of effort to drink.

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