bytemesis (9196) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle with thanks to Cocoapuph! Pours opaque black with a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly with some lacing. Aroma is pretty strong espresso, roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Light plus sweet and only lightly bitter, with light woody astringency. Full bodied and rich. Fairly hot, but otherwise a very good blend of stout and barrel that clearly exceeds the original. barn0216 (551) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Pitch black, brown foam. Rich chocolate smell tempered with a little coffee. Cherry, bourbon barrel notes. Amazing flavor. Bourbon cherry, alcohol, roast, coffee, bitter. So much better than the regular BA speedway. beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Shared by High Wine. Black body and thrown head. Aroma is weasel shit I guess. I mean its not coffee and it isn’t the smell that I will make tomorrow morning. But its not like anything else. So it must be coffee tinted rodent feces. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth but not heavy. Taste is not overly boozy or coffee. Not sweet either. Surprisingly well done. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle, thanks to high wine for sharing, pours black with off white head. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut, green pepper, booze. Flavors of green pepper, vanilla, coconut, cherry, hot booze and wood, bit sharp, tannic. Med body. Meh. JBoan (177) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Pour is black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is faint barrel char, vanilla and mostly coffee. Full bodied and decent carbonation. Another great Speedway!
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
This one poured a very dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma was loads of coffee, milk chocolate, wood, Bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor was just as intense, loaded with chocolate and Bourbon and nice smooth coffee, never too hot. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
750ml bottle. Thanks Ryan for sharing! Poured a black color with an off white head. Coffee, roast, vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, and chocolate. Another Speedway winner! pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle opened up at the 2013 year end Ottawa tasting, can’t remember who I traded with for this one but thanks as the crew sure enjoyed it! Black with a generous brown head. The vanilla, bourbon and light oak help to mute to and balance the bold roasted malt and coffee flavours of the original, the bitter chocolate is still present, no anise, creamy alcoholic, moderate carbonation and full, silken body, bitter, tasty and delicious.
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Sample courtesy of some incredibly awesome person at the tasting, oh, it was Nick of course. Thanks Nick!! The 750mL bottle pours (should I fill my glass to the rim?) with a nice and dark body that has thin copper edges and supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up chocolate, marshmallow, oily coffee goodness and smooth brown sugar sweetened bourbon. Nice. The taste has smooth rich malt sweetened coffee goodness, sweet smooth bourbon, chocolate notes and some dark roasted maltiness there to create a bit of balance to the sweetness and oily coffee stickiness. It then slides into more and more booze and bourbon to midway and into the finish. This is just so smooth and rich with a firm degree of boozy heat into the after taste. Lovely boozy sipper. rejtable (2837) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Another great beer in a night with many, thanks Ottawa crew! Pours deep dark thick and rich. Nose is vanilla, coffee and hazelnut. Notes of espresso and bitter chocolate. Tastes were big sweet. Creamy in mouth with light carbonation. Awesome!