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RATINGS: 2606   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Bottle conditioned.
Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sthlm (1255) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2007
[Bottle, 100th rating for me, thought to be an ’04 Vintage, silver foil with a paper label, courtesy of trade via Footbalm, thanks!] Pours black with no head--even with agitation. Aroma is raisins, alcohol--quite sweet, no roasted malt really. Very complex. Taste is sweet up front, followed by alcohol, dark fruits, and a long roasted malt and coffee finish. Really a lot going on here. Good mouthfeel. Definitely one to sip. I will have to try a more recent version to compare some time, but this was a very high quality beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2007
(bottle, 2004, thanks Olso2116!) Pours a very dark almost opaque black with no head to speak of. The aroma is the main feature of this beer, with everything from raisin, teriyaki and soy sauce, vanilla (almost oaky, but it’s not barrel aged) licorice, coffee and some alcohol to top it off. Flavor also contains some raisin, licorice, slight vanilla, salt, which gives way to a incredibly long roasty finish, just spectacular.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Thanks to kujo9 for this bottle! Fresh chocolate aroma with a burnt toffee within. Taste is a smooth milky complexion with a dark chocolate finish. Bitterness overall. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle thanks to hellbilly! All I can say is wow! Pours pitch black with creamy tan head. nice lacing! wonderful coffee aroma. alcohol is well masked as it finish’s dry and warm. up front its roasted (almost smokey) coffee, and chocolate. very nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 This review refers to a draft pour at Boneyard Bistro in Studio City, CA on 08/11/07. The glass must have had a black hole in it, as no light escaped from this jet black beer. The minimal tan head was appropriate for a CO2 pour (not on nitro, as I would have preferred). Coffee and a very subtle sour cherry aroma greet the nose. The beer crosses the threshold into the mouth with a luxurious velvety smooth texture. Coffee! Sour cherries lurk furtively in the huge, agreeable coffee bitterness. MIld astringency and a predictably bitter finish last well into the next day. Even though the flavors are huge, they are in balance and agreeable. One of the best examples of imperial stout I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
it’s been a while since i sampled this but what i remember is...fantastic pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Strong ashy/smoky coffee flavor. Very dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Well, my anticipation has been building to a crescendo since this was shipped to me. The nectar pours deep and dark, with the aroma revealing a strong roasted coffee presence, enhanced a bit with the roasted grain aromas. Chocoalte, and even a slight plum like aroma. The flavor is as full as I had hoped, HUGE!!! Coffee, roasted, bitter, DAMN, I was a bit tentative to drink the entire bottle alone, but I think if I had tried to share, we might have had issues.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2007
#400 Finally reviewing this after having it numerous times. Pours a deep thick black with a dark tan head. Very nice dark roast coffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolate, ripe dark fruits, and caramel. Flavor echoes the nose with the coffee and chocolate marrying together in an almost trancelike perfection. I love this beer and anticipate the glorious day I don’t have to trade for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwwise499 (6) - Avon, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2007 does not count
WOW! Excellent stout. Very easy to drink. The aroma isn’t strong coffee, but is unmistakeably roasted coffee. The commercial description is right on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2007
poured into tulip. very excited for this beer, definitly approaching with expectations. pours a loose black with medium caramel head. mild sour malty coffee aroma. initial full milky mouthfull leeading to the realization of the smooth and complex slight coffee presence with a bitter finish. smooth, very smooth for its complexity, has a front of mild coffee to a hoppy bitter finish that is a balance and a positive, great trip from beginning to end leaving an aftertaste on you dry tongue with its hoppy dry finish begging for more. it is a hot beer with its alchohol finish, but very smooth for its strength which hides itself well. like a "chocolate dipped bannana with peanuts" (julie), each drink offers a new experience with its complexity that brings you around... wow, it is good.

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