Oscbert (1227) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
~Pours black with rich creamy brown head.
~Chocolate malty aroma with coffee. Light raisin and other dark fruit. Raisin and fruit scent gets stronger as beer warms
~Rich roasted coffee flavor with chocolate . Very nice.
~Thick feel, tongue prickles and very bitter finish some warming alcohol lingers.
~This really is a good beer. I wish I wouldn’t have been so stingy and waited to share it with someone. Seems like I can get different flavors depending on how I drink it. Very complex flavoring. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. I a bit bitter though.
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with tan smallish head, nice lacing; strong aroma of roast coffee, chocolate, dark malts and mocha. Flavor to match. Tastes like expresso with ten packets of sugar. Nice creamy finish. Hiides alcohol well.
mar (5180) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of bhops. black pour with an espresso head. roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and an underlying tone of toffee. very smooth on the palate with a big coffee flavor that finished with chocolate that coats the mouth.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at PP Real Ale Festival. Pours black with a thin, crisp, brown head. Smells dark and roasty and then of sweet coffee. Tastes dark and roasty and then dark, semi-sweet coffee. Tastes very good, the coffee is not overpowering. Full bodied, good carbonation.
Earlier Rating: 12/26/2007 Total Score: 4.3
Not as much coffee on the nose as I remember. A bit of coffee and a good amount of dark, toasty malts. A hint of alcohol. Pours almost completely black with just some dark brwon highlights around the edges. Tastes like coffee, toasty malts and booze. Much more booze than I remember. This brew is pretty thick. Leaves a little slick on the sides of the glass. Nice, somewhat subdued carbonation. Coats the mouth. Great beer. The best brew I’ve had that’s brewed with coffee. Can’t wait to try the BA version.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 For Alesmith Double Coffee Speedway Stout: Multiple samplers at the Real Ale Festival VIP Session at Pizza Port Carlsbad on 6/13. Another big standout of the tasting! Pitch black, crude oil appearance with minimal carbonation and no head. Serving this one from the cask beer engine just made it that much tastier. Robust coffee grounds and espresso aroma, but still maintains the well-balanced roasted malt and vanilla profile of Speedway. Serious amounts of rich black chocolate and amazing earthy coffee notes with burnt wood and some tobacco. Bitterness is more pronounced and prolonged with twice the coffee. Surprisingly drinkable with a thick, cheek-biting body. While I would still prefer regular Speedway, this is great!
Earlier Rating: 3/19/2007 Total Score: 4.7
I’ve tried this fantastic beverage many more times than I can count, and I can say that every batch on tap is noticeably different. I could not find many things that would depreciate the rating of this beer when I had 2 goblets of this stuff at Liars Club (Mission Beach) one time. A massive brown head, and incredibly smooth. The only way to really appreciate this beer is on tap, or in a true vintage bottle. One of the best ratings I’ve done yet. I must say that the vintage bottle (04) I shared with jarspag is what really kept my ratings high on this one. There is a huge variability between aged bottles and taps at different locations. Based on the vintage tasting, I think this is one stellar brew that mellows with age incredibly well. Thick and smooth, with a well-balanced hop profile and loads of coffee, molasses, figs and licorice. Extremely chewy malt character with dark chocolate notes and coffee bean lingering forever. One of my all-time favorite beers from the Smithy...from any brewery for that matter. Always available here in my stomping grounds of SD. This epitomizes the character of a near-perfect imperial stout for me. Great!
ccoalier (13) - USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am from SD and live close to the brewer. I love this beer but find a nuanced defect in the finish. I may imagine this but I taste a bit of grittiness perhaps due to the coffee grounds.
What else is there to say: A big high ABV rich smokey stout with a great head. Viva Alesmith!
I drink this regularily both from bottle and on tap. It never disappoints.
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An awesome brew from Alesmith. Tried on cask at the PP Real Ale Festival. Very smooth. Very flavorful. Not too dry or too sweet. Low carbonation. Very easy to drink. Very easy. Chocolae aroma and taste. No over the top coffee bitterness that I was expecting. Excellent.
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2007 Total Score: 4.3
Deep, deep, rich flavor, possibly too deep, and needs serious aging to mellow out the coffee and roasting. Tried at Alesmith brewery. Bought a bottle of the 2004, which i rerate later.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Ibrew2or3. Pours black with a large tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, coffee, ash, and smoke. Taste is the same as aroma with tons of caramel and coffee in the finish. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and very smooth alcohol. Very goo.
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
03 Speedway-750ml bottle @Hoboken#1-thanks Jimmack–pours a tan ring for a head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/molasses, dark fruit. Taste is dark malt-licorice/molasses, dark fruit, some acidic. Smooth.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle -- Pure black body with a prefectly porportioned dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, hazel nuts, and some roasted malt background, utterly perfect. Taste is outstanding, light initial chocolate flavor that blends into a coffee with light spice accent. Slightly hot ending, probably could have still waited another year or two.. damn. Great stout. Get it if you can.