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.
emusche (161) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a beige head, clingy lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts and roast. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
beastiefan2k (3312) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I probably had this for the first time around a decade ago. I bet this has come around a few tastings in life. I always thought I enjoyed this beer. Have had a few of the variants on tap as well. But I saw this beer on tap at Chuck’s for 6.50 for 16oz and was able to use my little growler (a gift from McBerko and maybe the best thing he has ever given me). I thought this is my chance to really check this beer out again. I am highly disappointed. It tastes like sweet chocolate syrup with a bug burst of roasted and acidic malts. You can see the sweetness covering up a lot of the acidity. It comes off as cheap Hershey syrup but thick. You know how that cheap chocolate syrup has a tartness to it, well that is present here from the acidity. Really messes with the palate. An alcohol heat is present as well. Again, the sweetness covers it up but it peaks through anyway. Again diminishing the beer. I can see why in a small burst, at a tasting, and a decade ago I could have loved this. Or maybe the beer was better a decade ago, I am sure Alesmith has gone through some changes. But at the moment, this is not the the imperial stout I am searching for.
djkatt (46) - - JUN 21, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Imperial Stout is okay and obviously made with malt and hops. There is also maybe some coffee and some sort of alcohol in it.
MatusBeer (329) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at beergeek. Aroma of nuts,caramel sweets. Taste of plumbs, roasted coffee,nuts, higher % of alcohol.
odinstyr (712) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick oily black with no head. Smells of dark cocoa, coffee, herbal hops. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - all dark roast and thick.
AdolfoCC (130) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Servida en un Spiegelau Tulip. APARIENCIA: de color totalmente negra, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella; corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas.
AROMA: es dominante el café tostado, chocolate semiamargo, algo licorosa, caramelo, toffee, melaza, ligeramente algo de frutos oscuros como dátiles y pasas.
SABOR: en boca se siente ligeramente dulce de inicio, seguido de puro café tostado y sus características torrefactas, además de chocolate semiamargo y eso lo que domina, atrás notas de caramelo, melaza, nuevamente los frutos oscuros pero sólo de manera sutil. El retrogusto un amargor medio con una larga permanencia del sabor a café y muy ligeramente dulce.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo completo con una gran sensación untuosa, baja carbonatación. El alcohol se llega a sentir ligeramente en boca y en garganta de manera cálida, nada agresivo.
RESUMEN: Excelente imperial stout con un impecable uso de adjuntos.
Punkero (236) - FINLAND - JUN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, faint foam. Roasted, sweet, licoricy and strong aroma. Well roasted. Dry. Full body. Slightly sweet with roasted, almost burned aftertaste. Slightly boozy maybe.
Unde (801) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow beer #800. Dark brown colour with beige head going to the sides of the glass. Aroma has dark roasted malts, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Taste has dark roasted coffee flavours and malts, Full body and medium carbonation. Sadly nothing special here.
wekker84 (2140) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a black colored beer with a beige head aroma roasted malts coffee chocolate caramel dried fruits spicy and bitter hops flavor roasted malts spicy dark fruits caramel dried fruits coffee mocha chocolate citrus spicy and hops
scirtes (377) - POLAND - JUN 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ WFDP 2016. Pours jet black, with almost no head. Strong aroma of chocolate, some coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, with well marked bitterness. Very oily texture, soft carbonation. Very rich taste and perfectly hidden alcohol.