Pdubyah (190) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big mouthful of flavour to match the big chocolate/coffee nose. Deep black with a decent foamy head. Might have been a little too sweet for me at the end of the all of it, but a cracking good beer. This might be regarded as one of the best beers in the world, and it sets a really high bar, and woe betide the pretenders
kapusil (442) - HUNGARY - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.75l bottle. Pitch black body, light brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, figs and brandy. Taste of ripe plums, coffee, chocolate and sour cherry. Thick body, creamy texture. Awesome beer.
camborne (590) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of coffee on nose. Was surprised by how balanced this was. Mellow coffee and chocolate notes with a pleasant smooth finish. Alcohol was hidden really well. So good
llcooldave (994) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black in the glass with some weak carbonation. Aroma is straight up coffee with some alcohol notes as well. Sweet coffee flavors followed by a nutty peanut butter aftertaste. Overall, this is awesome! Thanks to BarZigKin for his generosity.
Evildead0702 (5) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
En af de bedste stouter jeg har smagt. Massere af kaffe smag,en smule alkohol, ristede noter, chokolade ..
Swaroga (969) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my 900th rating. I hoped to choose a great brew for this occasion and I had the chance to get this bottle. Speedway stout has itís reputation and I think there are just few beers like that.
75cl bottle. Black with medium to big head. head is tanned and thick.
NOSE : The beer has a huge coffee aromas, strong lactic notes, nuts and black chocolate. Hop aromas are well present with dominating orange zest. Strong toffee.
SIP : thick body with oily texture. The carbonation is moderate. Mouth feel is amazing. The beer starts with sweet flavors of toffee and black chocolate. It develops more roasted malt aromas that mingle with warming booze. The booze aroma is reminding a good whisky since it reveals some wood notes. Wow. What a complex start. Lactic and toffee notes play well in the background. Further on the hop aromas are making the surface. The beer is getting more bitter but mostly reminding a coffee and black chocolate. Usually I would expect sour or dry notes but not in this beer ; it mixes well burned, sweet, booze and bitter together. No wonder itís considered one of the best stouts in the world.
OVERALL : Wow. I knew itís gonna be a good stout but I was still surprised how much. The beer is perfectly well balanced with warming booze and black chocolate finish. I will surely come back to this brew.
MoorBeerPlz (10) - Corona, California, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from the 22oz. bottle into a globe glass...
Pours a opaque black with purplish brown edges, with a head that will build quick if poured too aggressive. Tan foam that drops off to sticky foam on the sides of the glass, a foam layer and a nice ring around the glass. So far, so good.
Smells of dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee and a little alcohol. As with some other beers Iíve tried, Iím surprised by the lack of aromatics sometimes but I know that doesnít always mean something bad.
The first sip is dark chocolate, roasted grains, mocha, maybe some vanilla, a little hop presence and the alcohol at the end.
Smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body that I loved just moving around as I tasted. Not much carbonation, which is fine. Finish is a little on the dry side, with the chocolate, roasted grains, mocha and the alcohol burn at the end.
Overall, this is one damn fine stout and I will definitely pony up the $$$ for more. While I still have a lot to learn about this style, this stout in particular is currently in my top spot and Alesmithís reputation is safe on my account.
Aarond (113) - Westlake, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted barley. Appearance is completely black with a thin off white head. Taste is chocolate, coffee, toast, vanilla, caramel. Good carbonation for a stout. Full bodied. Just a great beer.
kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Top notch. Great coffee aroma with some chocolate. Very black with a full brown head. Smooth and full palate but not too heavy. The primary taste is coffee followed by chocolate and roasted malts. Not much sweetness but with a little hops bitterness at the back. I could not taste the alcohol. It was amazing how well the flavors were blended. Superb stuff.
BeerKurve (361) - - OCT 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Pitch Black with a creamy & filmy brown head that has some great retention. Nose is chocolate nibs, cocoa, licorice, coffee, roasted barley/malts, and some vanilla. Taste has a strong coffee and chocolate flavor along with roasted malts and roasted barley; Bit of booziness to the flavor. Very roasted coffee/malty aftertaste. Body is quite heavy and the carbonation is between mild and moderate. Very tasty Imperial Stout!