Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 rerate---Aged an extra year after release, this beer is amazing.... The alcohol dissapated and its like coffe and whiskey..Bottle 75 out of 115: I had this expecting so much more than the original, but I was a little dissapointed. In the dark I could see that it pours a dark brown, not black as the original, and the flavor profile, which had a great smokey, oaky finish to it, was a little stronger in taste alcohol wise. And again, it poured with almost no head at all. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Cask at O’Breins. Dark black color. Small head Aroma is chocolate, coffee. Wood. Bourbon and sweet. Full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are coffee and chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Lots of bourbon and coffee flavors. This beer is everything the bottle version is and smoother if it is possible. Lots of coffee, vanilla and bourbon flavors. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. -------- brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malts, dark sugar and fruits. Full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee, with touches of vanilla and dark fruit. The brandy/bourbon flavor is evident. Nice blend of chocolate, wood and smoke. Very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate flavors blend well together. Touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
8-4-9-5-17 papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 2002 Vintage-bottle #68 of 115: Color is pitch black with burgandy highlights. Head is thin and dark tan. Nose is chocolate fudge with a hint of brandy (or bourbon). Flavor starts chocolate followed by a light coffee bitterness, some vanilla notes and a hint of licorice. Rich sweet finish with a light alcohol burn. Barleywine like mouth feel is smooth, creamy and mellow. Another AWESOME brew from the magic of AleSmith! Blake (398) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2003
12/06/02: Had on tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale FestivalDaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Wow. Wow! WOW! Another amazing Alesmith production. This beautifully dark black stout amazes from start to finish. Aged in a whiskey barrel cask, the taste of whiskey and chocolate blend together perfectly. The appearance is a dark black color with a dark tan head. As you take a sip, all the flavors hit you at once - a great beer. Kudos to the Alesmith brewers.
str8 outta the barrel in Dec 02: this was probably the best sample as it had whispers of vanilla and oak to add to the complexities../ 2002 Bottle/ sampled 03: darker than tupac on a dark alaskan night...tan swirling galactic lather designs gathering thicker at the edges...coffee aromas with subtle hints of vanilla and chocolate bars...rich and thick but a tad bitter at the back of the tongue..extremely heating..smooth..vanilla & chocolate covered fruit flavors..im not getting as much bourbon flavor as others..and i dont get enough bourbon chewiness to it..
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
A thin head the color of cocoa powder sits on top of the thickest darkest black imaginable. The aroma is enticing but the flavors are the payoff. Coffee and chocolate with vanilla hinting in the background. All rolling across the tongue like liquid velvet.The barrel aging produced remarkable results. Speedway is one of my all time favorites and I didnt think it could improve so much! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 This may be surprising, but this imperial poured jet black w/ a small tan head. The taste of the bourbon barrel aging was quite evident. between the bourbon overtones and the coffee flavors, it made for a very nice stout. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Rich, dark pour with chocolate taste. You can definatly taste the bourbon from the barrels this was aged in. Sweet finish, roasted coffee all the way through. A work of art. The newest version is just a bit too much bourbon though. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 2002 Vintage - Bottle #44 of 115: Sampled from 53 deg F to 61 deg F.flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
I shared this bottle with my wife, flutetokill. Pitch black color with a small light brown head. The aroma was very decadent...sweet bourbon, licorice, dark chocolate, cherry. The flavor was huge (like everything else about this beer) with tons of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, sweet fruits, and licorice. The aftertaste is a strong licorice tone with warming alcohol in the throat. The feel was very soft, smooth, thick, oily, and sticky. One of the biggest differences between this and the regular Speedway Stout is that you don't have that crispness here...it works much better. This is the first beer that I've had that seemed perfectly complete, well thought out, and masterfully crafted. It was a completely pleasurable experience. Yee-Haw!!!!
Bottle #44. Wow! This is one amazing beer. Deep black color with a small light brown head. Huge aroma, full of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Huge, perfect flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee. I can feel the alcohol more than I can taste it. Very thick, creamy feel with the perfect amount of carbonation. Truely amazing! "If you have the means, I highly recommend it."-Ferris Bueller