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RATINGS: 2561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bottle conditioned.
Speedway Stoutís 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 beerís dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stoutís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2007
From a silver foil wrapped capped 750 ml. green bottle with blurb and serving instructions on the back of bottle, no bottling date I could find, stored at cellar temperature, but allowed to warm a bit before sampling in a tulip glass. Poured a opaque blackish brown with a frothy, foamy, bubbly tan head, good retention, small amount of sticking. Aromas of rich roasted coffee and dark chocolate, luxurious, soft dark fruity esters, caramel and molasses that meshes with the alcohol. Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry, slick, velvety smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Tastes of roasted dark, earthy coffee, syrupy milk chocolate, toasted caramel, nutty, burnt grains, dark molasses, a subtle dark fruitiness, the alcohol meshes quite well with the malts, providing a lingering warmth in the palate, towards the end, raw leafy, citric hops, and a dry roasted coffee, fruity, sweet cocoa finish. Well, now I have to get ahold of some Ryan Bros. coffee beans, an excellent imperial coffee stout, tasty and balanced, I need more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2954) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
I gotta admit...I expected more. The pour was a flat black with no head. Mouthfeel was very thick. Looked and acted like motor oil in the glass. Aroma of coffee and alcohol. Taste was a barely carbonated thick mix of coffee and malt...not much chocolate. No alcohol burn either which was amazing considering it is a 12% beer. Iíd take an Expedition of Yeti over this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2007
This is an amasing Imperial stout! Pours deep black with tan head. Great roasted coffee aroma. Excellent balance of roasted, coffee and chocolate flavors. In fact the coffee is just right, all there but not overwhelming. The silky palate is smoothing everything up and is making this heavy beverage pretty easy to drink. It is just too bad I only had one bottle. Thank you fordest for this wonderfull beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2414) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2010 This is indeed jet black with a tan creamy looking but minimal head. Rich aromas of coffee, plums and chocolate. Note no alcohol aroma. Palate is wonderful, very very sweet yet with a kick of warming alcohol and a tiny kick of hops, a burnt flavor at the end. I bought this one in Columbus 9 months ago and saved it for rating 500. Not as complex as some.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2007
Tap at Hamiltonís, San Diego. Pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Incredible aroma with loads of cocoa, chocolate and dry coffee character. Intensely sweet on the palate with the dark sweet malts balanced by roasty notes from both the coffee and the roasted barley. Very coffee dominated in the flavour with a bit of salty soy/leathery notes in back. Despite all of the coffee flavour, itís whatís not here that makes the beer work so well, nothing vegetal and no one component dominating the others. Silky smooth on the palate leaving alternating waves of sweet coffee, chewy malts, dark chocolate, and roasty bitterness all over my palate. An impy thatís worthy of its reputation. I canít write too much that others havenít already said, so Iíll stop here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 One of my favorite beers ...Iíd say it has to be right up there with the best stouts in the world . . . big, heavy, silky, smooth, coffee, chocolate, .hell, if you get your hands on one with a few years of age, it wonít disappoint.

Re-rate = I had this again a couple days ago on draft, by far the best batch Iíve ever had - was it b/c this bar actually keeps their lines clean or this batch was THE divine batch? Nonetheless, itís in definite need of a lofty re-rate, it was seriously insane. Every sip was a perfect sip! Much respect alesmith...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 2006 bottle all to myself. Pours a dark brown with a nutty light brown big foamy head. Dark roasted coffee with chocholate and carmel flavors all came through for me. A silky smooth like texture on the toungue and hops wth cream finish. Great beer. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2006 bottle. Split this bottle with a few friends apres-ski on sunday. Poured deep black with a thick brown head. Aroma of coffee, along with sweet malt. Flavor was a beautiful balance between the bitter roasted coffee and the strong malt backbone. Full bodied, with a nice hoppy finish. Delicious and worthy of the reputation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dpopkin (5) - USA - MAR 16, 2007 does not count
Excellent via cask at the linkery. Far and away the best stout I have ever had. The only component that was not flawless was the aroma which didnít suck me in. Much better via cask. come to san diego and try it the way it was supposed to be!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
750 ml bottle, 2006 probably. Real excited for this one. Pours inky black, slight tan head, but lacing nicely. Huge whiff off coffee on the nose, and intense roasted coffee flavor. Nice smooth palate, with great balancing hoppiness afterward. The only negative thing for me was that it seemed to leave sort of an "oily" finish on my tongue. No beer iíve tried has ever done that before. Maybe itís just me.

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