BMMillsy (1364) - 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.
BoltonDK (558) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in the hop garden.
Sweet nose, vanilla, coffee, alcohol.
Black color with brown notes, light brown head.
Full body, sweet, coffee, alcohol, round mouthfeel, warming by the alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ionlyrate5s (52) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge yes huge...aroma of roast and cocoa and slight anis. Black, great tan head almost nitro like tight bubbles. Excellent flavor of richness all blended perfectly together. Unbelievable.!!!!!
ROBC3366 (649) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts, coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with a coffee and alcohol finish. Very well balanced stout.
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drsordr (1055) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler pour jet black. Nose mostly coffee and some bitter chocolate. Taste big roast, coffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Moderate mid palate bitter with lots of roast. Long finish. Coating mouth feel.
SimplySike (875) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl. Bottle. Bottled on 2013-07-30.
Poors black with light brown head.
Aroma alcohol, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, caramel, vanilla, anis, molasses, raisin, roasted malts, dark fruits.
Taste all kinds of sweets from the aroma, nice roasted coffee bitter, warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel silky, oily, little dry.
Amazing imp. stout!
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Famous West-Coast imperial stout with actually added coffee powder (so a true coffee stout as well). Pretty thick, dense, creamy, pinkish beige head, colour black with a ruby hue only visible under bright light, clear. Very tempting, elegant and complex aroma of coffee beans, citrussy hops, toffee, sweet tobacco, soy sauce, cinnamon, liquorice, sage, vanilla, meat broth, elderberries... Soft and smooth palate with loads of candied fruits, very oily and mouth-filling, silky, clear coffee powder but beautifully blended into a very rich and profound, complex dark maltiness, roasted bitterness in the end with leafy and citrussy hop bitterness, very long, rich, dry and enormously satisfying. I can easily see why this scores so high on this site, this is easily one of the best imperials I ever tasted. Thanks to Lieven from the Velootje pub in Ghent for sharing this with me, this will remain stuck in my beer memory forever.
Shot (141) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, like old motor oil, with a thick, beige head. Aromas are dark chocolate, gypsum, coffee and licorice. Flavors are dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, raisin. and coffee. Finishes with a lingering licorice-molasses bite and big booziness. Creamy-syrupy mouthfeel. This is a huge, huge beer. Lots of complexities. Very decadent.
Sebilinz (500) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black body with brown smooth head. Wonderful Aroma of roasted malts with vanilla, chocolate, coffee, with hints of dried fruits and hints of caramel. Taste is nearly the same as the Aroma with an very rich and oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste is perfect balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Perfect.
bookman10 (641) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, oily, brown-black, with minimal, cream-colored head. Aroma of dark fruit (plums, raisins, and such), coffee, chocolate. Flavor is marked by fruit, licorice/anise, some chocolate, some coffee, even a touch of leather. Very sweet, almost cloying, but not quite. This is a really good imperial stout.
tfredvik (1119) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another overrated US hype? Let me tear it to pieces... It pours a viscous-looking, black body with a long-lived, medium brown head, ok lacing. The aroma is strong and simply amazing: it has the perfect balance between dark roasted malt with accompanying coffee notes and sweeter and more gentle notes of sweet caramel and chocolate. Also bark and ash in the back. Very strong flavour of coffee that dries up the finish. Dark roasted notes and chocolate, vanilla in the back and hints of leather. The alcohol is very well integrated. The taste is a bit less sweet than most imperial stouts, the long-lasting finish is heavy bitter. Full body, oily to dry texture, soft carbonation. This is definitely on my top 3 ever!
[75 cl bottle shared at home with Svensenga Smak & Behag, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]