teamrassas (26) - USA - MAY 22, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
brillant malted coffee aroma, pours jet black with nie head. Tastes of soured coffee on the front which is actually quite nice then finishes with complex roasted malt flavors, definately DO NOT drink it cold, a huge an impressive beer
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2009 Pours a liquidy dark brown with a medium brown head that rises, then falls in short order. Aroma is boldly of sweet coffee at first, then premium dark chocolate and roasted malts, and roasted chestnuts. Flavor initially has metallic overtones. Chocolate and coffee again come smoothly in the flavor, with a cherry liqueur finish. There is some chemical taste near the end a la witch hazel. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but I was really hoping for thicker viscosity. I mean, it came off a lot thinner than I’d expected for a purported world-class impy. The 12% isn’t that noticeable until it hits your esophagus, so it’s pretty smooth in that regard. I was hoping for something more epic for the #5 beer in the world (as of the time I write this), but hey, damn good nevertheless, and very affordable and accessible for that matter. Overall, very good to excellent.
********RERATE, 11/22/09*****: Okay, my original rating is affirmed. A very good tasting stout, but again, a disappointingly thin body, and the flavor profile isn’t as complex as one would hope for from a Top 50 beer. Tasty dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt malt in the flavor, but nothing really stands out to make this a world class impy as purported. Again very good, even delicious, just not Top 50 material by any means....
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Max brought this one I believe. Pours a deep dark black with a medium tan head. One of the best looking beers of the day. Plum, coffee, molasses, vanilla, and even a touch of bourbon on the nose. Medium thick body, with a light roast and big coffee note. Finishes with more roast. Very nice.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick as molasses and black as could be with a rich, tan head that stuck around for quite awhile. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. One of the best pre-tasting impressions I have encountered. Flavor is coffee and caramel with just enough alcohol at the finish to remind you that it’s 12%. Needs to be available in Washington yesterday.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my first stouts that turned me on to russian imperial stouts. This stout is dark as night and has everything you expect in a stout.
raisins plums, coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, and some booze on there as well. One of my favorites in this style
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I dont care if Speedway Stout was only served out of the anus of a dirty frenchman, I would still crave it nightly.
It poured as black as night, with a medium brown head.
Smells of charred coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and booze. sweet sweet booze.
Its heavy, it will take a darn good time to drink the whole thing.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a dark tan head, nice lacing. Nice milk chocolate/coffee burnt malt aroma. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. awesome taste of dark chocolates, expresso, roasted malts with a nicely bitter alcohol tang to finish. My favorite stout for sure
blipp (8162) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, rating 1300. Pours near black with a chocolate brown head. Roasted malt aroma, with molasses, loads of coffee and a bit of dark chocolate sweetness. The first sip is intense, coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Mellows as it warms and your palate gets acclimated, and notes of molasses, dark chocolate and caramel peek through. A nice roasty and lightly hoppy bitterness lingers. Certainly an outstanding beer, and although it isn’t one of my top imp. stouts, I can see why it’s rated so high.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml silver wrapping into a large snifter. Pours thick black with a medium to thick mocha head with incredible sudsy lacing. You have to let this one breathe and warm to fully appreciate the aroma. With patience I got milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, port wine, and a good portion of hops.. very complex. Flavor is a roasty milk chocolate with almost a belgian sour quailty with hops and burnt espresso bitterness in the finish, very unique. Nice creamy palate, slightly thin but very drinkable.
NagaMorich (13) - PAKISTAN - MAY 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Nose of black coffee , molasses and bitter chocolate. Sweet flavour with coffee, raisins, prunes and roasted malt. Full bodied. Long malty finish with an alcohol bite. Just excellent.