Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic beer! Poured a dark black opaque body. Monstrous coffee nose with some malty, boozy notes as well. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Lives up to the hype. Wonderful beer!
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: rasins and figs and dark fruits. sweet dark malts. no smoke no bitter. app: black Flavor: sour metalic stale garbage. to many hops. hot booze, out of balance. not for me. IS IT THE GREEN BOTTLE?? 2 years of age in a bottle made for swill?? come on. sweet almost avery sugar spiked fake booze. NO! Palate: thin. OA: what a let down.
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark heavy black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor of coffee and chocolate. Some alcohol noted as it is a 12% abv brew. Very rich tasting and smooth overall. May be the best stout I have tasted. Highly recommended if you have not had this one before. Good job Alesmith.
rsamayoa (24) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Esta la voy a recordar como la que me intrujo a este vicio de andar probando birrias.. Buenisima
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#100. 25.4 oz bottle. Pours a thick black that is impossible to see through with a 2 cm tan foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is totally dominated by coffee with hints of malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is coffee heavy with a hint of chocolate that changes to a balance of previous flavors plus malts and a slight hop bite at the end. Ends moderately bitter, lasts, can feel the alcohol here. Tons of lacing, medium body, very light carbonation, and obvious alcohol hanging around. Drinkable, yes, best stout around, maybe, best I have tasted yet, absolutely.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Bottle. Poured opaque with a quickly dissipating coke colored head. A viscous lacing. Aroma is strong dark roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate hints. A very rich dry roast penetrating flavor with no hint of burn or char. Very dry finish. Great imperial stout.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Pours a deep black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is lots of dark roasted coffee and some dark chocolates. Flavor is mostly coffee up front, but then roasted malts, grains and chocolate sweetness come through. Creamy and smooth. A great brew.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 750ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Gorgeous cocoa foamy head. Huge aromas of coffee, mocha and chocolate. Intense coffee flavour with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel and palate. Nice complexity on this with several layers of flavours being evident. Coffee bitterness paired perfectly with the hop presence helped to lend a wonderful balance to the malt backbone. Hardly a hint of alcohol noticed considering the high level inside my glass. This is outstanding and probably my top imperial stout. Tasting this next to a Darklord, I can say that the DL has more viscosity and is more aggressive. assertive and in-your-face. Speedway is more complex and refined. You can actually taste the various layers of complexity. Coffee, specialty grains, creamy palate and mouthfeel. Just outstanding and so well done.
ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks RSamayoa. Bottle: Sampled at a RateBeerians session in San Salvador. Starts with a delicate creamy Hershey’s Chocolate note, moves into coffee with a great smokey & malty undertone. Delicious.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 750 mL bottle - thanks Jason! This one absolutely lives up to the hype. The pour is black with a dark tan head. The aroma is mostly coffee with undertones of roastiness and a little chocolate. The flavor is amazing. If it’s possible, I think that the addition of the coffee actually mellows the flavors that you get out of an impy stout of this strength. There’s a very pronounced coffee tone with a little less astringency than I’d expect. This one is big, but damn is it ever smooth... The mouthfeel is very creamy with a little bit more alcohol as it warms. This one just didn’t disappoint. Great beer. The best I’ve had in this style.