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Speedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! This is a limited-edition Formula and it'll definitely get you racing! It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles. Appearance: Jet Black, with a toast-brown head. Flavor: Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying. Aroma: COFFEE! And some other stuff. And coffee. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. Still, you won't fool your taste buds -- this beer is HUGE!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Picked up a 22-oz bottle at Johnís Market Place in Portland, OR and bootlegged it back to RBSG í07. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a decent, creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, sweet cream, licorice, and borwn sugar. Taste is smooth, creamy with roasted malt and chocolate flavor to the tongue. Finish is smooth, sweet with a smokey chocolate aftertaste. Too bad I did not bring back at least three bottles of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Dark reddish black in color. Sweet chocolately malt aroma. Extremely thick and smooth roasted coffee flavor with a chocolate malt after taste. Very impressive beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 RBSG07. From 22 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with little brown rim. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and liqourice. Flavour is liqourice and chocolate. Hints of coffee as well. Raisin sweet notes too. Finish is liqourice spiced and sweet.8-5-8-4-16 4.1

Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 5. Pours dark black with finer thick creamy brown head. Liqourice and chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Thick roasted malt, chocolate and liqourice flavour, quite alcohol heavy. Chocolate finish, slight coffee. Very nice, but lacks a bit of refinement. 7-4-8-4-15 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
A delicious after-dinner beer. Extremely thick. Roasty. Some fruitiness. Principal notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. A beer for rare occasions. Not complex like Westy 12--just a big bomb in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours black with fluffy brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Huge coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Exceptionally smoothe. Iím glad I have another bottle. Not a bad way to celebrate buying a house!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark brown pour with faint head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose with similar taste. Almost an oatmeal stout mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bought July 2006, so around 1 year old. One of THE benchmark American beers, so how does it do? Pours thick espresso-brown. Black hole body topped by a thick, dense, incredible chocolate mousse head. Two and a half hours later and itís still there, god dammit. Superb aroma, the richest chocolates swirling around and enveloping your olfactory senses, Iím not kidding; very big, yet cool and refined. Thick, rich, creamy, palate-filling body. The flavor brings excellent bitter dark chocolate, premium espresso, malted milk, and a lot of sturdy alcoholic warmth on the back of the throat. Superb. I didnít particularly get a whole lot of coffee while drinking this (and I drink a lot of coffee) but 3 hours later after itís gone the bitter/sweet flavor of coffee and coffee grounds comes through.

After some of AleSmithís other solid but not perfectly satisfying offerings, Iím very glad to say that Speedway Stout meets expectations (though canít drink this everyday). Is this the most that can be done within the style? Maybe not, but still a very strong offering. It would be easy to say this is a little overrated as top 10 on ratebeer, but without question this is a very impressive and very special treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigDaddyBlues (45) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2007
A bomber purhased at From the Vine. This is the standard for greatness as far as Iím concerned when it comes to Imperial Stouts. Huge bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma and flavor. A real mouthful. Lingering bitterness. I kept looking at the bomber hoping there was more left than what there was.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1357) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
This pours an opaque black, with a consistency of thick oil. Thereís a thin dark tan head that quickly fades. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate. This has a great flavor of bitter coffee balanced with bittersweet chocolate with just a hint of alcohol (which is pretty good considering the ABV of this beast). Long bitter finish, and very thick mouthfeel. The only two downsides I see are price (at $13 a bomber) and availability... but I still want to cellar some of these.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Figured I better drink this one since 1.itís my birthday, and 2.Jason will kill me if I donít. Thanks again, bro.

Pours a jet black body with a huge, creamy, mocha colored head. Sheets of creamy lacing cling to the sides of the glass once the head finally decides to retreat. A beautifully colored ring of foam stays around for the entire glass. My god this is what beer looks like in my dreams. On the nose we have a huge blast of coffee grounds, espresso beans, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice. Flavors of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits, and dark malts fill the mouth with every sip. Full bodied, heavenly mouthfeel. Palate is thick and creamy, perfectly done. Finish is long and complex: bitter, roasty, sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering, very warming and rewarding. Truly a world class Imp Stout.

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