BMMillsy (1788) - 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.
philus (54) - Bazel, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Gollem Antwerp
Everything you’d expect from a good imperial stout. Not spectacular though.
simont1 (575) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, leather, roasted malts. Tast eof chocolate, coffee, light green peppers, vanilla, dark malts and licorice. Quite thin. Solid, easy drinkable for 12%.
ciocanelu (1420) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2016 Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has sweet malt and chocolate pralines with coffee liquor. Taste is quite malty and sweet at first but the coffee bitterness and roasted malt takes quickly over. Medium body and carbonation. Quite boozy for a coffee stout, kind of overhyped.
jfb (5560) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) black in colour with a frothy dark beige head. aroma of green apple and ethanol, with lots of roasted malts, brown sugar, earth and soy sauce. flavour is mostly roasted malts, barnacles and hazelnuts, quite boozy, with some notes of banana skins and boiled oysters in the semi-roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
scottm2588 (178) - SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a medium tan head that fades fairly quickly to a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, molasses. Taste is big coffee, roasty, slight plum, dark chocolate, smoothness, slight burnt caramel. Lovely.
drjoeng (935) - SINGAPORE - OCT 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12%ABV. Imperial stout.
Poured out oily black. I don’t really comment on the head, but this one had a rich creamy cafe au lait colored head. 40ºSRM.
Nose is actually milky and sweet and reminiscent of caramel, toffee, dates. The roasty aromas are coffee, charred wood, light wood smoke, Over ripe stone fruit with honey prunes and black plums being top on my list. Dark grape juice.
Mouthfeel is full and syrupy. Palate has maple syrup, dates, date palm sugar and dark caramel and burnt sugar. Light creme brulee. Nice hit of alcohol up front and in the middle. Malt palate is broad with maltesers, malted milkshakes providing a strong almost milky base on which to taste the roasted barley and coffee flavors. The bitter takes on a fuller, more pleasing dimension because it is "lengthened" by the malt. There is a spicy component ot the tail end of the palate as well, medicinal and spicy, with anise and licorice, overall comes across like ouzo.
Finish is wood smoke and pleasingly lingering.
Overall, an impressive imperial stout that is smooth and gentle on the palate releasing the complexity of flavor in a very controlled fashion over the entire tasting experience.
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SPDickerman (1191) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells strongly of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, hints of oak and vanilla, subtle alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, AleSmith Speedway Stout finishes with a lingering roasty bitterness.
Marheb (5005) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(En fût à la source): Riches noisettes, arôme de cold brew, chocolat noir et petits fruits.
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2016 Total Score: 4.6
(En cask à l’Observation Room): Tout d’abord la texture est impeccable et la mousse s’agrippe aux parois à la moindre occasion. L’aspect chocolaté est encore plus présent qu’à l’habitude, le café est assez fruité et pratiquement fumé, très riche avec une moelleuse torréfaction. Superbe.
Earlier Rating: 2/6/2012 Total Score: 4.5
Très fumé, rôti, chocolaté, fruité avec une finale de café et de feuilles de tabac. Tapisse bien la bouche mais se boit quand même facilement pour sa grosseur.
donandres (370) - , Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, light does not go through, brown foam
Smell: fragrant, not boozy even with high alcohol content
Taste: excellent low, bitterness long follow through
Feel: long finish, creamy, good follow through and lingering aftertaste
Overall: excellent beer, repeat: yes, look for: yes
sjohnny (521) - - OCT 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate. Malt. Soy sauce. Pours solid black with a thin dark tan head that fizzles away pretty quick. Cocoa. Nuts. Smooth with a bitter finish. A little booziness on the finish but not 12% worth.