jakentbc (15) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark beer with tan head...wonderful aroma...smooth and well balanced taste...the 12% alcohol is hidden well.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris_O’s HogTownHarry minifest.
Huge thanks to Harry. You really are a legend. Jet black and totally opaque with an excellent thick tan head and lace. Huge heavy black coffee aroma with superb chocolate malt and really really nice smoky and roasty notes. Flavour is so so very good. Coffee and sweet sweet malt. No way is it 12% there is just a lick of alcohol and a slight burn at the edges. For big o.t.t. US beers like this I usually find them just all mouth and no trousers but this is fanbloodytastic. Stunning balance thanks to some amazing grassy hops. Tangy and just so fucking good. Velvety smooth and so soft for what it is. Ridiculously long bitter dark chocolate finish. Wonderful stuff. Such a huge debt to Harry for giving me the chance to try this side by side with a Bells Expedition. This won the day easily for me. Want more.
duffmanyeah (16) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man oh man has Alesmith done it again. The coffee is outstanding. The full flavored taste of which I am used to in an Imperial Stout is more than I can want in a nice bottle of Speedway. Great beer! Thanks for the 5 gal keg I have on kegerator, I am very lucky.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Chris O’s, provided by the Canadian beer god that is Hog Town Harry. Wow, this is a full on beer, you must be at least this tall to ride, lol...Pours deep, dark brown with an off white head. Coffee, chocolate, malt and some dark fruits in the nose. Roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, liquorice and yeast with blackcurrant notes. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Not sure of the next time I’ll have a Speedway Stout and a Bell’s Expedition side by side again. Harry, you rock!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750 ml bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors, cellared for 18 mos. after purchase) Big and roasty...Pours very, very dark brown, virtually opaque with less than 1 finger of tan head that recedes to a very thin covering. Aroma of heavy coffee and chocolate, as well as light port, raisins and black molasses. Mouthfeel full and smooth, lightly oily. Thin fine rings of lacing. Flavor is big coffee and bittersweet chocolate with raisins, molasses and light port. More molasses as it warms. A fair amount of alcohol burn, esp. in finish. Finishes with a hit of bitter and a medium bitter coffee aftertaste. A nice beast, still not quite as complex as DFH or Stone Imp Stouts, and the hot quality detracts some in comparison.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - huge roasted coffee nose. A touch of alcohol burn in the end of the nose. Body is black as night with a medium brown head. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Huge roasted malt flavor with coffee to match. Nicely balanced, actually. An excellent beer, but I’m not sure that it lived up to the hype to my palate.
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [#5 Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] Average creamy light brown head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, nutty, average to heavy alcoholic notes in the sniff, some underlying berries like feel. Full bodied with an alcoholic texture and flat carbonation. Light sweet malty flavor with moderated bitter notes, maybe from the alcohol. Heavy alcoholic bitter finish. Thought the alcohol was a bit too much. 07-09-2007
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(august ´07 at Řlbaren, Jannik og Bagers bon voyage party) Sorry to rate this one so pourly, but it was had in the middle of a nice conversation and it´s still is mind before matter for me. Sure it was a gem, but the notes are kind o´ripled....07version I think.
LeviathanIPA (30) - chula vista, California, USA - SEP 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
coffee, chocolate, and malt aroma; a deep tan head with dark ebony body; taste of coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol and a bit of a burn but not overwhelming; smooth creme texture, coffee alcohol lingering taste i liked this stout very much
AndyMagnum (8) - USA - SEP 4, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Thanks oslo2116] Very dark witha hint of red and absolutely no head. Aroma sweet, buttery, caramely, no roast, bit of vanilla, soy sauce and raisin. Bit of a burn, but that is to be expected since it is 12%. Medium thickness with a long finish. Reminded me of an ice bock.