after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. Picked it up thanks to Uber; gotta love the new bar in town. What a completely amazing beer. Pours deep black with a burnt brown head. Smoke, chocolate, coffee, char, toast, roast, caramel, and molasses on the nose and throughout the palate. Thick, creamy body. Piles of carb, slow-moving though it is. No syrupy problems, no excessive bitterness, no imbalance of any kind. Whatís not to love? Phemonenally delicious.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Split a 750ml bottle from the cellar of after4ever. Absolutely everything you would expect from the aroma/mouthfeel/taste/finish of an imperial stout, and itís amzingly smooth along the way. Now if I could just buy this in my area...
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty ridiculous, awesome beer. Pours jet black, nice dark brown head. Aroma is very complex malts, coffee, dark fruits. Flavor is as complex, hides alcohol well. Nice full body, almost no flaws. None of my friends wanted an imperial stout, so I drank the entire bottle myself . . . ohhhhh boyyyyy.
POD (198) - USA - AUG 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a large 750ML champagne bottle. Wow! Aroma was roast coffee. Appearance was dark roast coffee. The Flavor was rich mountain grown coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Get the idea? This incredible flavor brewed up to a 12% ABV that knocked my socks off! The absolutely perfect slight bitter, roasted malt coffee, aftertaste was my favorite to date for any imperial stout that Iíve ever tasted. This is my highest ranked beer to date. I just wish it was a little less expensive. $13 a bottle is a little steep. However, I enjoyed every drop and would buy it again in a heartbeat.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 One of my all-time favs. Would be my favorite, if it werenít for the Dark Lord! In the glass, the beer appears dark and loaded with coffee. Nice frothy lite brown head. The smell gets even better. Everything is brought together very well. The taste is beyond expectations. Everything in this stout, the coffee especially goes well together. Amazingly smooth and pleasant given the amount of coffee and alcohol. The 12% ABV on this one is hidden very well. If youíve never tried, this is one of the best. AleSmith does it right.
(Was drank in a snifter at cellar temp.)
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Matt at Riversbend for allowing me into this beer, despite it not being on the list of beers on the tasting today. What an awesome beer. Strong chocolate and coffee flavor. Pours much as expected, pure black with a dark brown head. As I drank, this beer warmed me up, not like I needed it during this heat weíve had here. Amazing to drink. I canít wait to dig into my own bottle.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have to be in the mood for this one, poured jet black, Coffee, chocolate,Some sweetness to it, alcohol is very well hidden, it can creep up on you! Great brew, not something Iíd drink everyday, but on occasion.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark tan billowing head. Cold coffee, roasted chocolaty aromas dominate. Coffee and chocolate with a little bitter flavor but one that smooths out in the finish. I donít believe itís 12%, itís so well hidden. I know Iím wrong from the warm feeling Iím getting after half a pint.
shigadeyo (3078) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009
7/30/2006: This beer is a perfect blend of everything that a truly great beer should be. It pours black with a creamy brown head. Moderately carbonated - not too much, but too litte. The beer is not too heavy, but not to light on the palate - again a wonderful balance. A perfect blend of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roastiness in both the aroma and taste. The alcohol is nicely disguised. Beer becomes a little more bitter as it warms, but more and more flavors also come out. This beer truly lives up to expectations.
2003 Vintage on 7/28/2007: Rich and roasty with chocolate in the flavor and coffee in the finish. It is moderately dry, but the carbonation level is beginning to creep upwards over the years.
2004 Vintage on 7/28/2007: A bit less carbonated than the 2003 and not as dry. The flavor is mostly semi-sweet chocolate.
2005 Vintage on 7/28/2007: Has a creamy brown head. It is stronger with more alcohol and bitterness in the aroma and flavor than the previous vintages. There is not much coffee flavor in this vintage, but there is quite a bit of roasted malt flavors.
2006 Vintage on 7/28/2007: AleSmith Speedway Stout 2006 has a creamy dark brown head. The flavor includes chocolate and rich caramelized malts. Almost no coffee is noticeable. This beer has a creamy full body.
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.