BMMillsy (1430) - 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 didn’t 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 doesn’t 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.
jackfrost9p (289) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful. Jet black with little head and strong coffee aroma and flavors. Roasted malts with caramel, molasses and chocolate. Really good sipping beer!
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: toasted malts, coffee, maybe some dark chocolate. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet and light bitter. Palate: toasted malts, coffee, initial sweets make space for light bitter, long finish. Overall: fantastic Imperial Stout, excellent palate and aroma. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.
AndrewC (327) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A present from Harrisoni because he knew I was desperate to try it. Black. Lots of plum and chocolate flavours. Very smooth which I wasn’t expecting. Not as intense as something like De Molen’s Hell and Damnation but very very drinkable.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance is a sheer delight that includes plentiful carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Mild roast lies beneath the stacks of bittersweet chocolate, Ryan Bros. coffee, and burnt malts.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep black oil like color forming a medium brown head which is bubbled but quite aired, with big bubbles. Retention is low, however, a small layer lasts forever and some lacings are left in the glass. Kind of small bubbles around. Just beautiful
S: Smell is quite sweet and dark chocolate like with strong notes of moka coffee, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol in the end
T: Perfect taste. Sweet upfront followed by intense dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. End is roasted malts bitterness mixed with a delicious grassy hops bitterness and taste. Perfect
M: Such a powerful and, at same time, delicate beer. Extremely pleasant in the mouth you do not fell the 12% ABV, impressive. Body is medium and carbonation is low. Mouthfeel is a bit molasses. Upfront in sweet and the end is bitter as it just should be
O: Absolutely drinkable. Impressive quality. Perfect American Stout
[ BA Review @ 7/28/2012 ]
berlinmany (224) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild roast lies beneath the stacks of bittersweet chocolate, Ryan Bros. coffee, and burnt malts. Long finish of dark chocolate-coated espresso beans. Awesome stuff.
Gluepot (64) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely coffee, sweet bourbon (almost rum) nose. Pours almost jet black with a lacy tan head. This is a beautifully balanced imperial stout -- roasted coffee, slightly bitter chocolate, a solid hint of booziness, well roasted malt, a hint of cherry and a touch of cream. There are enough hops underneath to help support the classic stout elements. Great balances and a long but clean finish
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cappucino immediately springs to mind when popping the cap. Lots of nasal-burning blasts of alcohol, tar, and fresh coffee beans. The aroma is spectacular, but all other characteristics seem concealed within. The appearance is a sheer delight that includes plentiful carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Mild roast lies beneath the stacks of bittersweet chocolate, Ryan Bros. coffee, and burnt malts. Long finish of dark chocolate-coated espresso beans. Awesome stuff. 2003 What happened? Nowhere near the same brew. The aroma and flavors no longer boast the elegant coffee flavors. Moreover, the mouthfeel is far less than velvety and much thinner. A huge disappointment from Skip V’s version. Interesting, since this is supposedly the same recipe.
jcnielsen (2187) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with tan head. Coffee, chocolate, burnt, roasty aromas. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Coffee, cocoa flavors dominate, with a bit of alcohol. A very tasty beer, but based on this experience, I wouldn’t considered it 100/100th Percentile. Pretty good, but not quite that good.
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As dark as they get, huge chocolate brown head, sheets of lace that last to the very end. Nose Coffee, choclate, malt, sweet and quite a pleasure to quaff. Front is sweet, the top full, creamy, the finish hop bitter, dry, lightly acidic. The 12 percent ABV, will definately ’Warm’ your ’Tummy’, ’World Class’, and another ’Magnificent Beer’ from a World Class Brewery, Thanks to the ’Master Brewer’, Skip Virgilio, for another great beer.