timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 Bottle special ordered from Oregon. DTM poured this one normally to show itís huge, billowy head. It tasted like coffee whipped cream as I sucked it down. I canít imagine a better brew than this, but Iím keeping 0.2 just in case (like the olympic judges). Flavor was the fullest Iíve tasted with parts of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and dark fruit. Some of the alcohol became apparent as it warmed, but very slightly. You could get messed up on this beer in a hurry. Overall, itís the best Iíve tasted.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 750 ml bottle shared with sammy and hyde. a huge thanks to sammy for cracking this gem. pour pitch black with a perfect tan head. huge imperial stout aromas. god this is a nice stout. flavour are as equally impressive as the aromas. the coffee is there in bunches but it doesnt overtake you like some other coffee stouts. really well balanced and drinkable. im very glad sammy popped this one today. thanks again sammy!
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Delicious for a stout. We drank this at the wrong time of year at the wrong place...a hot day on the beach in Mexico. Would be perfect for a cold winter night. Not really my cup of tea, Iím more into the IPAís but for what itís worth this beer was HUGE. It poured thick and black and tasted of coffee and chocolate. Maybe next time Iíll get a bottle for a cold camping trip.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep, deep brown almost black with a 1/8 caramel tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Smells a lot like Dark Lord. First sip: is rich, creamy, and complex with a great balance with all that is going on. Coffee dominates as the lead, with everything else performing great in a supportive role. Not as thick or syrupy as a Dark Lord, but the body is strong thanks to a great malt backbone. It finishes with a wonderful bitterness that is much appreciated. This is no doubt a World Class RIS!
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#600!!! Pours like 10W30, thick and oily with just a hint of carbonation and almost no head. A delicious aroma of vanilla and coffee, very enticing. Such a nice taste, thick dark chocolate with hints of hoppy bitterness, coffee dryness, and vanilla. Very nice blend of sweetness and bitterness, so roasty and smooth. So complex that it keeps you looking for more flavors in every smell and sip. This was a delightful beer and I am glad that I hogged the whole 750ml bottle to myself.
Oscbert (1242) - 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 wouldnít 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 (5247) - 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 Iíve had thatís brewed with coffee. Canít wait to try the BA version.
hapjydeuce (998) - 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
Iíve 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 Iíve 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!