BMMillsy (1147) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Had this on tap during the Speedway craziness going on, this time had the Hammerhead version. The rating here is for Hammerhead. Unfortunately walked in unknowingly that they had 12 Speedway varieties on tap. Because I didnít pre register, was only allowed to have regular or the new "Hammerhead" with no explanation as to wtf Hammerhead was. Once I took a sip, it was obvious to me it must be some coffee. Also I would like to note that I was very sad I could not try the others :-(
Pours pitch black with a small mocha head on top, looking super creamy. Aroma of huge acidic earthy coffee, a hint of chocolate, and just more huge coffee and espresso. Flavor follows with massive espresso, earthy and spicy, lightly acidic, with some hints of chocolate fudge in the background. Slight warming alcohol and lingering espresso. This really highlights the huge amounts of coffee here. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Honestly, this blew me away. One of the best coffee stouts I have ever had.
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2012 Total Score: 4.1
This is my bottled, regular Speedway version rating. Pours black with frothy brown head. Aromas of bitter coffee, some hops, very roasty grains. Hint of chocolate. Smells more like a bold porter. Was hoping for more on the aroma (the only knock here and it is minor). Huge coffee flavor with a nice bitterness. A bit of a cocoa powder lingering on the palate. Another sip reveals a bit of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel, lighter than I had expected but still pretty chewy. Love this because it doesnít go all syrupy like some others. Really coffee forward with the right carbonation. Alcohol hidden but leaves a lingering warmth. Heavy lacing as it goes. Very nice. Really want to try the BA version.
edwardbass (422) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by a fellow beer geek in the office. Very, very dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, booze and coffee and is quite intense. The taste is even more complex than the aroma - a bit of a sour note from the booze, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, malty caramel and sugar. Very yummy, and the high ABV isnít obvious. Itís got a medium body with light-ish carbonation and has a pleasantly sticky, oily mouthfeel. A world class stout, without question.
MrHangover (2141) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thnx to bytemesis. Pours a very dark, almost black beer with a regular sized, beige head on top. Aroma has massive coffee, big roast and loads of sugary notes. Really big and heavy aroma. Flavor is bittersweet, with touches of both coffee and sugar. Alcohol is detected but not disturbing. Mouthfeel is pleasant and soft, low carbonation going on and a long, sweet aftertaste. Nice complexity hidden inside this beer. Very nice example of the style and this beer is great for all the different treatments it has gotten over time. Canít wait to try them all!
Ericular (493) - Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Considered saving this for #500, but it doesnít need any more hype than it already has. Pours a dark brown, dense and opaque, with a nice tan head that is healthy and audible, fading quickly to a cola-like fizzy ring. Aroma is chocolate, leather, coffee, sweet, vinous dark fruits. Taste is chocolate and coffee up front, into a drier, bitter, cocoa middle, then into salty soy which fades in the finish into a superb roasted caramel malt and chocolaty red wine aftertaste. Palate is velvety smooth, creamy, and chewy in the end. Where is the 12%?! This goes down very easy. Strange nutmeg quality that keeps it earthy and grounded. Well done.
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a one finger tan foamy head that dies within thirty seconds maintains a slightly thick lacing.
The smell had roasted coffee up front, raisin tries to come in fairly strong along with the coffee, but mainly stays just a tad behind, black licorice also tries to power its way through, but is just a tad more subdued then the other two aromas, for the most part Iím impressed how all three are coming through as powerful as they are.
The taste was a dry roasty coffee, slightly sweet through the raisins and leaves a dry roasty yet also kinda toasty sort of coffee aftertaste, dry bitter coffee finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium to heavy, actually probably closer to heavy, sessionable - not really but makes a good sipper. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me - dry and slightly smooth, coffee-like coating the tongue and mouth.
Overall, wow, this is a pretty good American Double / Imperial Stout, for as fresh as Iím having this and not really detecting much booze and then looking at the ABV level, Iím actually fairly interested in trying this one aged if I ever see it again.
arnold931 (181) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. One of the best! Pours pitch black with a brown head. The nose is lots of coffee. You pick up some of the 12% in the flavor but overall it is great.
auee92 (8) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: chocolate covered cherries, coffee, cigar
Appearance: black, one inch frothy tan foam head
Taste: medium sweetness up front, and a very bitter, lightly sour aftertaste
Palate: medium body, thin oily slick feel, lively carbonation, beautifully bitter finish
Overall: Brilliant stout. Very, very good.
lefossoyeur (428) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a mocha head with good retention. Fruity aromas, with some chocolate milk and lots of berrie, cigar and some tar. Full body, silky smooth dark cocoa. Long chocolate finish with some booze.Excellent stuff.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @brew night with jeevan & allmyvinyl. Pours black with a tan head. Oh wow, not going to bother distinguishing between nose and taste as they both work off of each other so well but it sure does have a wonderful smell about it. Nutty, chocolate, nutty smooth peanut butter, fruity and nutty, licorice complex nutty wonderfulness. Wowzer, this is some beer.
OPIE788 (261) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Damn. Poured black with a thick brown head. Bitter dark coffee aroma. Thick, lightly sweet coffee flavor with a bitter sweet chocolate finish. Damn.
AnimusBrews (2) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Pours pitch black with a tiny brown head, aroma of dark chocolate, sweet licorice, some notes of fudge and chocolate. Mouthfeel is normal and nothing special. Tastes of dark chocolate, burned oak and roasted coffee. Unfortunately somewhat too boozy and needs to be cellared for some time.