gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2012 First rating
355 ml can
On March 14, 2008.
Black color, dark brown head. Pours like motoroil. Salty, roasted scent. Salty, bitter, roasted taste. Coffee and roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Rather heavy and not, for me, high drinkability. I wouldn’t finish a whole can. Still nice as a sample.
Draught at the brewery in Lyons, on October 9, 2012
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, chocolate, bitter taste. Long chocolate bitter aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Smooth malty caramel scent.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a brown head that retains well and has excellent lacing. Smell has plenty of molasses and hops. Quite roasty in the nose as well. Taste starts out burnt and a little ashy, some molasses comes through, and then a hoppy, roasty finish. Light carbonation and medium body. Good beer, I’d like to see how this one ages. I could see myself getting more of this.
Furseth (1904) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a Göteborg gathering: Black colour,brown creamy head. Aroma of hops,dark choclate, Oboy,some tar in the end. Flavor is sweeth and dark Choclate, medium body, medium to long chocolate finish. Nice!!
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can. Pours a very thick black with a very small, tan head. It seemed a bit undercarbonated? Dark, malty aroma - coffee, chocolate, and dried fruits. Strong roasted malt flavors but not too much of a burnt flavor. Has a nice, bitter, dry finish.
kramer (4374) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can, via CaptainCougar. 10-W50 indeed, this pours a completely pitch black inky body with a small foamy dark brown head that faded to a thin ring and a partial wispy covering. The nose is huge roasty chocolaty goodness. Some green, almost wintergreen, like hops. Coffee, light alcohol, and fudgy notes. The flavor is big, heavy, slightly burnt roastiness, with a little more astringency than I’d prefer, but it’s tolerable. Moderate alcohol flavor showing through, but no burn at all. Mouthfeel is full and thick with a nice slick oily texture. It coats the cheeks so well that the finish lasts forever. Nice soft minimal carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but I think the astringency and overly roasted malt detracted a bit.
GMCC2181 (1480) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Maybe the darkest beer I have ever seen. Aroma is roasted malt, good lacing and small dark mocha head. Taste is roasted malt, wood, coffee, and oates. Good blend between all the flavors. It even has some bitterness to it at the end. Super thick! Like syrup. Over all, very well done...
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 Things yet to come. Can furnished by Andy from CCD. I heard 50 cent and P Diddy got together and birthed this mother. Pours black as night with a solid two finger bronze afro. Lacing is sticky and classic. Aromas of charred chocolate yet mild. Full nectar with soft and creamy residual effers. It’s like thick milk. Nice! A gluttonous malt body with balanced aspirin bittering and chocolate sweetness. This has a perfectly balanced flavor profile. The only thing bothering me is the herbal geens on the aroma and the finish. Otherwise it’s actually quite simple but that pure cream texture is killing my. The pudding factors in mildly. The finish is bittered nicely w/ aspirin hops affording a balance to this monstrosity. Very drinkable. This is the best IS in a can. This is a beer a DJ could spotlight during a hip-hop session. I’ve already got the commercial written and ready for youtube, just waiting for a copyright infringement suit to follow.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Oskar Blues brewpub. This shot me right back to the first time I ever had Speedway (and on tap for that matter) - just in your face big and bold nose and flavors. Big dose of dark chocolate, wood, and an explosion of roasted malts, with a fat bitter punch... Not much sweets to notice here, the bitter ash filled lingering finish dominates. Full bodied, impressively rich - like a thick winter coat. You won’t taste shit after a glass of this. Also had a couple cans this week too --- but the draft version was easily superior. I’ll leave the rating for the draft which was just flat out sick!
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can - I agree that this packaging is undesirable for such a dark and staining beer. Unless one is golfing or generally sneaking beers where bottles are unwelcome, I don’t grasp the point of the can. Nutty roasted malt character. Purs black with a nice creamy tan head. The flavor itself I really enjoy. It has an oaty, nutty malty flavor with a rich chocolate backbone.
anders37 (14818) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2300. Pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Roasted malty coffee aroma with some hints of hops and chocolate. Sweet malty bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish with some hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste.