estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 This is a really good beer! The aroma is chocolates, coffee, and roastiness. My biggest gripe with this beer is that the aroma doesnt transfer over to the flavor as well as I expected it to. The coffee flavors were very subdued in the flavor as compared to the aroma that you get from this beer. Even with that being said, this is still an excellent beer, and I have never been disappointed by an AleSmith brew...now if I could only get my hands on the impossible BA Speedway. Im sure that would be a real treat!!
I was able to try some 2003 bottles of this with 3 years of age on them, and DAMN were they good! I really dont think the overall score will go up much, but I had to give the flavor a bump up from an 8 to a 9. The roasted coffee flavors really shined in the vintage bottle of this that I had. Unbelievably good stuff. Top notch effort by the guys at Alesmith.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My highlight of this one was the aroma...wonderful coffee, very nice. The taste was a little too bitter/metallic from the coffee though. It had slight hints of an off taste from a bad batch of espresso porter homebrew that I made...I think that really threw me off...
Iíll look forward to re-trying another bottle in a while....
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 750mL bottle, sample #21 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a fizzy, highly carbonated dark brown color; minimal head formation. Nougat and chocolate in the aroma; slightly light. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: stronger than the aroma suggests; plenty of leather, chocolate and caramel; strong citrus bitterness coming through mid-palate; roasted and nougaty. Medium, burnt malts and cola and charred malts; oily. 22.214.171.124.14=3.4
RBSG 06. Medium head, with nice retention. Coffee notes dominate the nose. Sampled shortly after the BA version, with a greater show of alcohol present here and a straight chocolate, bourbon-less finish. Showcases the ideals of an imperial stout - a dessert in itself, with enough stuffing to hold its own against a full-bodied maduro cigar. 126.96.36.199.18=4.4
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Very, very impressive. Iím glad it lived up to the hype. The Speedway Stout comes in a massive champagne bottle. I was suprised to see green glass after I poured out the black oil from the interior. As soon as the cap was popped, the aromas of coffee and milk chocolate came waving through the air. The look of this monster was dark and ominous. The caramel colored head lasted a nice amount of time. When this buttery liquid cascaded into my mouth, I was born again! The milk chocolate flavors mixed perfectly with the roasted malts. The coffee flavor didnít dominate as I had expected--everything in balance. Before I knew it, my glass was half empty. There is no way a 12% monster like this should go down like a glass of chocolate milk, but it does. This actually reminded me most of Old Rasputin (underrated), which has a very similar taste and mouthfeel. Canít wait to get into my next bottle.