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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Thanks to Matt at Riversbend for allowing me into this beer, despite it not being on the list of beers on the tasting today. What an awesome beer. Strong chocolate and coffee flavor. Pours much as expected, pure black with a dark brown head. As I drank, this beer warmed me up, not like I needed it during this heat weíve had here. Amazing to drink. I canít wait to dig into my own bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2006
Have to be in the mood for this one, poured jet black, Coffee, chocolate,Some sweetness to it, alcohol is very well hidden, it can creep up on you! Great brew, not something Iíd drink everyday, but on occasion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Dark tan billowing head. Cold coffee, roasted chocolaty aromas dominate. Coffee and chocolate with a little bitter flavor but one that smooths out in the finish. I donít believe itís 12%, itís so well hidden. I know Iím wrong from the warm feeling Iím getting after half a pint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009
7/30/2006: This beer is a perfect blend of everything that a truly great beer should be. It pours black with a creamy brown head. Moderately carbonated - not too much, but too litte. The beer is not too heavy, but not to light on the palate - again a wonderful balance. A perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roastiness in both the aroma and taste. The alcohol is nicely disguised. Beer becomes a little more bitter as it warms, but more and more flavors also come out. This beer truly lives up to expectations.

2003 Vintage on 7/28/2007: Rich and roasty with chocolate in the flavor and coffee in the finish. It is moderately dry, but the carbonation level is beginning to creep upwards over the years.

2004 Vintage on 7/28/2007: A bit less carbonated than the 2003 and not as dry. The flavor is mostly semi-sweet chocolate.

2005 Vintage on 7/28/2007: Has a creamy brown head. It is stronger with more alcohol and bitterness in the aroma and flavor than the previous vintages. There is not much coffee flavor in this vintage, but there is quite a bit of roasted malt flavors.

2006 Vintage on 7/28/2007: AleSmith Speedway Stout 2006 has a creamy dark brown head. The flavor includes chocolate and rich caramelized malts. Almost no coffee is noticeable. This beer has a creamy full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Poured a black chocolate thick mysterious color with a coffee ground colored head. The head gave way to thick, intricate and full lacings. Big malt aroma with some floral and hoppy suggestions. Thick, and foamy consistency...this is a big beer! Sweet malt base flavor mixes with a complex grouping of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate molasses and hops. The sweetness and warmth suggest the presence of the high alcohol percentage but the alcohol taste is lost amidst the other flavors. I found the sweetness to linger slightly too much in the aftertaste, but aside from that the flavors are excellent. Iím looking forward to aging a few of these before I review again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 750ml bottle. Jet black with small tan head. Smells of coffee chocolate,vanilla,and mollasses. Thick body. One of the creamiest stout you will ever taste. The taste is of coffee and chocolate, almost like chocolate milk. The finish is silky sweet with a slight coffe bitterness. As it warms it takes on a whole different character. The coffee flavor becomes more harsh. At the end a strong perfume smell and flavor dominates along with a bitter metalic coffee taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours black in colour with a large brown head. Aroma of bitter brownies. Now this is very good. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight coffe, nice carbonation - hint of vanilla and caramel. Feels very good and round. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a wonderful looking black with dark red within. Nice brown head that leaves beautiful lacing on my AleSmith glass.Aroma is nice and sweet malty. Smelling chocolate notes, coffee notes. Tasting right now...THIS IS BRILLIANT! Excellent taste, very smooth and very coffee like but not overboard at all. Tasting chocolate and espresso, roasted malts, and caramel. I canít get over how well this tastes. This is an excellent brew in which I am very happy I can obtain it easily. An excellent beer, I hope to try the BA version sometime in the near future!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Truely a world class beer. Aroma is a rich coffee chocolate roastyiness, standard for the style, but where this really shines is in the mouth. Flavor is a perfect blend of IS roastiness and top-notch coffee, buttery and thick. Very creamy, very delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Pours motor oil black with a thick luscious milk chocolate head that quickly fades into a golden mocha foam. Beautiful looking beer. Aroma is of strong coffee and slighty sweet malts. The taste is very strong, typical of an imperial stout. Tastes as if they added alot of coffee as they imply. Hmmm, still a really food stout, not my favorite though. If you like Imperials though, or stouts in general this beer is for you.

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