ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle 750mL - Beautiful black pour with a healthy tan head. On the first sip, lots more malt than I remembered, but a well rounded overall finish of bitter chocolate, coffee and sweet brown sugar. Had to share it or risk sleeping on a friends couch, but as fine of an Imperial Stout as you are going to find. I canít wait to see how this one turns out after a few years on the rack.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick dark black brown liquid with a deep medium brown thick head. Nose is chocolately and hints of a deep roasted malt. Flavor is a warming mix of roast coffe and dark chocolate. Bearutiful finish. Thick satiny body. A stunning beer. Let this one sit for 2 years before I popped it. Was well worth it!!!
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank it with Juancho at the Ginger Man in NYC. As an imperial stout and coffee lover this is heaven. Tasted like the finest Illy expresso brewed in the streets of Rome or Florence. Masterful.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Gingerman in NYC and then at Hop Devil.... Wow. Looks like an espresso with a wonderful thin/brown tinged head. Sark Chocolate, bitter coffee, sweet malty caramel flavors, smooth, smooth, smooth.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: 800th ratingDark black with a lovely brown head that lasts for quite a while. Choco tang with a little alcohol combined with coffee flavors galore. It has a malty finish. The feel is smooth with some lively carbonation. Overall, robust and powerful! Thanks for sharing BuckeyeBoy for sharing!
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hop Devil. Black as night with moderate brown after ana aggressive pour. Big coffee aroma with some chocolate, molasses and slight hops. Taste is balanced between roasted malt, bittersweet chocoalte, and coffee. Hint of dark fruit. Nice bitter finish. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Ughsmash. Tulip glass. Pours a pitch dark brown with a slight tan head. Didnít pour to fast, as directions indicated. Aroma is mostly coffee. Huge tastes of semi-sweet cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted chocolate malt, little fruit appeal. Carbonation is about perfect. Finished with a clean roasted flavor on the tongue. Great brew.
highibus (783) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma has notes of toffee and light oak. Flavor comes through with bitter coffee and some vanilla, slight oak as well. Med to full body but not overbearing. Very nice balance of sweet and dry on the finish. Excellent brew.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Recieved this from Taynor a couple months back, thanks Dana! Speedway Stout is black as night when poured into my snifter letting no light pass through whatsoever. A short but dense one finger beige head formed on the pour, quickly falling to a skimming with a thick ring around the glass. Leaves respectable lacing after each tip of the glass.
The aroma hits hard with big doses of roasty malt and anise. I didnít expect so much anise in a coffee stout. Thereís more creaminess than coffee in this particular bottle and a some dark berriness wafts through the more pronounced aromas. All this makes for an inviting stout but I was hoping to get a little more coffee. A mild boozy spiciness brings up the backend creating a bit more depth in the aroma.
Now this is a tasty stout! Roasty malts are quickly followed by mild bittersweet coffee, anise, and a pleasant spicy alcohol that brings some of that peppery berriness. Thereís still not a great deal of coffee involved but this is a top shelf stout without it. The finish is a perfect comcination of bitter coffee, dark berries, and roasty malts creating a bit more bitterness. I love my stouts with a bitter finish and this one brings it.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the spectrum. This is just my picky side but it could use a touch more creaminess. Leaves some residue, without being sticky, that helps the flavor linger.
As big as this stout is the drinkability is up toward the top of the ladder. The lack of creaminess actually helps the the drinkability.
This is, without a doubt, an excellent stout! I just donít think itís a World beater! I would like to get my paws on another bottle for more extensive testing but as it stands I feel thereís better examples out there.
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Shared by eaglefan538. 750ml bottle, poured jet black. Smelled like chocolate and coffee. Taste was chocolate, roasted caramel/malt, after taste was coffee and some hidden hops. This stout was "velvety" smooth as the description says. Really easy to drink and the alcohol was hidden very well. Texture was a good thickness. Over all this beer is worth the hype! Thanks again brian for being so generous with a great beer.*********UPDATE********* Cracked open a bottle for a tasting last night...pretty much think the same as my original rating. In my opinion this is the best stout on the market. So smooth....