BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark brown pour with faint head. Coffee and chocolate in the nose with similar taste. Almost an oatmeal stout mouthfeel.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought July 2006, so around 1 year old. One of THE benchmark American beers, so how does it do? Pours thick espresso-brown. Black hole body topped by a thick, dense, incredible chocolate mousse head. Two and a half hours later and itís still there, god dammit. Superb aroma, the richest chocolates swirling around and enveloping your olfactory senses, Iím not kidding; very big, yet cool and refined. Thick, rich, creamy, palate-filling body. The flavor brings excellent bitter dark chocolate, premium espresso, malted milk, and a lot of sturdy alcoholic warmth on the back of the throat. Superb. I didnít particularly get a whole lot of coffee while drinking this (and I drink a lot of coffee) but 3 hours later after itís gone the bitter/sweet flavor of coffee and coffee grounds comes through.
After some of AleSmithís other solid but not perfectly satisfying offerings, Iím very glad to say that Speedway Stout meets expectations (though canít drink this everyday). Is this the most that can be done within the style? Maybe not, but still a very strong offering. It would be easy to say this is a little overrated as top 10 on ratebeer, but without question this is a very impressive and very special treat.
BigDaddyBlues (46) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bomber purhased at From the Vine. This is the standard for greatness as far as Iím concerned when it comes to Imperial Stouts. Huge bitter chocolate and coffee in the aroma and flavor. A real mouthful. Lingering bitterness. I kept looking at the bomber hoping there was more left than what there was.
Nephilium (1472) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours an opaque black, with a consistency of thick oil. Thereís a thin dark tan head that quickly fades. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate. This has a great flavor of bitter coffee balanced with bittersweet chocolate with just a hint of alcohol (which is pretty good considering the ABV of this beast). Long bitter finish, and very thick mouthfeel. The only two downsides I see are price (at $13 a bomber) and availability... but I still want to cellar some of these.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Figured I better drink this one since 1.itís my birthday, and 2.Jason will kill me if I donít. Thanks again, bro.
Pours a jet black body with a huge, creamy, mocha colored head. Sheets of creamy lacing cling to the sides of the glass once the head finally decides to retreat. A beautifully colored ring of foam stays around for the entire glass. My god this is what beer looks like in my dreams. On the nose we have a huge blast of coffee grounds, espresso beans, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice. Flavors of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruits, and dark malts fill the mouth with every sip. Full bodied, heavenly mouthfeel. Palate is thick and creamy, perfectly done. Finish is long and complex: bitter, roasty, sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering, very warming and rewarding. Truly a world class Imp Stout.
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great looking stout to say the least. Monster mocha head
retains itself incredibly. Upon fading a chunky thick lace
engulfs the sides of the glass.
One of those beers that you just donít want to take your nose
away from. My buddy commented from accross the room "man that
beer smells great". Powerful dark chocolate, and freshly
ground coffee. Thick with dark fruity esters. Just an enormous
complex smelling stout. Bits of flowery esters float around as
well. Nice & roasty.
Big thick full mouth leaves a long lingering finish that tried
to outdo our friend the energizer bunny. A thick bitter
chocolatey fudge devours the from and mid palate transgressin
into resemblances of a Boston Stoker machiato. Huge amounts of
coffee is what Iím getting at. Stand out dark fruitiness of
plum and black currant as well as others. Alcohol is well
hidden but is there.
Not a beer for the faint of hear. Would be difficult for me to
drink more than a bomber.
lamas (1433) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. An opaque black pour with the slightest mocha/chestnut head. Not much coffee in the aroma at all. Whatís the deal with that? Instead, it features lots of vanilla beans and extract, anise and dark chocolate. The coffee does become a little more pronounced as it warms, but I still expected more. Goes down full-bodied and terrifically silky-smooth. Lots of dark chocolate, creamy caramel and some roasty coffee flavors upfront. Fades to some toastiness at the end. Finishes kinda dry with a good deal of bitterness. Not THAT much alcohol warmth at the end, especially considering the ABV. Iím fairly disappointed. I just expected more from this one.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Bottle, courtesy peabody. Pitch black pour, massive head, thick lacing. Nose is coffee and chocolate and big roast. Flavor is more of the same, but very intense. The alcohol is hidden completely. Awesome beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Completely black with a thick tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, light hops, hints of fruit. Massively potent, hits hard initially with a burnt flavor; completely full body; initially the finish is delectable, rich coffee and chocolate notes. The body improves as it warms, though the finish becomes more harsh and sticky. Ignoring the hype here, itís a huge beer, great but not top of its class.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2008 Bottle share with cmr1517. Pours a dark, creamy black with a big, rocky tan head. Strong coffee, malt, dark cherries, and chocolate throughout in the aroma. The initial taste on this didnít blow me away like I was expecting. A very dry dominant coffee flavor was overpowering initially. After a few more drinks though, this thing really opened up. It still was a little too dry, but I got a huge blast of chocolate, malt and a nice alcohol burn that wasnít too strong to drown out the rest of the flavors. Nice stout, but wasnít as wowed as I was expecting.
Re-rate: Much better than last time I had this...everything seems to be much more balanced and thicker in the mouth. The flavors are all still present, but the coffee notes have really come around to the forefront. Ridiculously good this time and I canít wait to get another bottle. Scores reflect the re-rate.