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Speedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! This is a limited-edition Formula and it'll definitely get you racing! It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles. Appearance: Jet Black, with a toast-brown head. Flavor: Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying. Aroma: COFFEE! And some other stuff. And coffee. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. Still, you won't fool your taste buds -- this beer is HUGE!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2006
Why not a perfect score? Because I have to leave room for AleSmith to improve; it keeps them on their toes. Thereís a reason AleSmith has been the number one brewery in the WORLD two years running. This beer personifies that reason. I canít wait to get home and try a larger portion from the bottle I bought at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
750 ml bottle. Saved this one for an occasion - Opening Day! Oh my, this is good. Not an overpowering, bold greeting, but a subtle, complex introduction. Pours a light black with a huge brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and caramelly roasted malts. Flavor is wonderful and complex. Chocolate and coffee dominate, but thereís so much else in there - sweet caramel maltiness, some bitter hoppiness, and a nice alcohol presence. Palate is thick, but not cloying or syrupy. A delightful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2006
Aroma: very imperial... sweet, effervescent, almost champagne-like aroma. Flavor has chocolate, roastiness, and tuchus-loads of coffee. Perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. You can hardly taste the alcohol, but certainly feel it. A tremendous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - APR 1, 2006
Another cherished bottle opened. Aroma of strong espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and slightly smokey. Very roasty indeed. Full, rich mouthfeel. Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, and peppery alcohol. I think the high alcohol content works against this brew and makes for a harsh finish. This is a potent brew, certainly not for the faint at heart. I like this one but itís a bit rough. Oddly, not one of my favorites from this brewer. Still Ale Smith owns.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
75 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Black colour with a nice small head. Amazing aroma of complex coffee and roastedness with hints of hops and chocolate. Really great flavour of roastedness, coffee, chocolate mix in a fantastic way. Ends up warming from the high alcohol. JUST GREAT !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 On Tap @ Liars Club. Wonderful, dark, robust color. Itís everything you would think a sturdy stout would be, and more. Flavors of coffee, spice & hop are present throughout. This beer is not for the weak. It packs an alcohol punch and there is a slight burn on the way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. The elusive bugger I was finally able to track down in Scottsdale, AZ. And then, as if it was taunting me, I saw it 2 weeks later in Chicago, at Archer Liquors near Midway Airport. Of course a week later I called to see if they still had it and it was gone. Oh well, at least I had my one bottle. Rich, milk chocolate aroma with some sweetness evident. Huge, brown head. Not often you come across a truly brown head, but this was one of them. Rootbeer float-like head; fully opaque body. Initial mouthfeel is strong alcohol, but shorthly thereafter the alcohol mellows. A sweet hoppy initial mouthfeel that is to die for. This is one brew that was well worth the wait. I liken it to Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout. I would like to do a side-by-side. I am thinking that the BR is almost as good, for a fraction of the cost and easier to find. We shall see.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2006
As advertised, absolutely great. If you like imperial stouts this is not to be missed. Probably the best beer I have ever tasted. I havenít had the Three Floydís yet, but I donít really see much room for improvement. It would be nice if it came in a sixer, but I would buy it by the keg if that was the only option.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Jet black, motor oil pour. Thick, dense, creamy, light brown head. Just a couple yeast flounders resting at the bottom. Aroma of roasty coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and licorice, rich malt, dark fruits, and subtle alcohol. Same flavor with some smokey ash, added depth from the yeast, nice hops in a finish that is roasty, bitter, and a bit alcoholic. Full body, creamy yet balanced. All the flavors linger on for an impressive aftertaste. A nearly perfect imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lowe1983 (1346) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours a very dark black color with thin dark brown head. Aroma is very complex with strong chocolate malts, with coffee, fruit, and roasted malts with alcohol. Flavor was the same with a strong alcohol warming in the finish. A very delicious imperial stout, one of the best that Iíve had.

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