wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
On tap at OBrien’s. 5oz pour for $5 filled to the brim of a 5oz taster glass. Some spilled onto my fingers for a nice lingering malty smell for the next couple of hours. Midnight black pour with modest carbonation forming a small dark tan head. The aroma/taste is coffee, coffee and more coffee. Despite the huge coffee presence, there was no bitterness, just wonderful well-made espresso coffee flavor. Lots and lots body gives the illusion of sweetness, though actually leans to the dry side, giving high drinkability. I sipped about half the glass, then drank the rest quickly. Certainly better than regular speedway, and probably on par with double-coffee speedway. Hard for me say, but I would guess a good bottle of BA speedway is better. Wonderful. Sad to see an empty glass. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Yeah! SOOOO much better than the standard Speedway. Pours almost black with a finger thick tan head. Nose of rich coffee and chocolate along with some roasted malt. The flavor is even smoother, with the coffee standing out over the rest. Extremely smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Very little sign of any alcohol. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2010 10th rating of beer. Tap at O’Brien’s for SD Beer Week 2009. This was more subdued than I expected. Nose is huge with dark chocolatey roasted coffee. Color is flat black. Flavor is that huge roasted coffee bean flavor which settles into a nice, dry roasted peanut burnish. Not as thick, sweet or berry-like as the genuine article. Not very boozy though. Given the rampant perfect scores last summer, must say I am pleased but a bit nonplussed. ReRate: got a pinch from cquiroga’s Woodshop growler and I have to say the coffee on that batch was just gorgeous. Great, smooth, full, nutty... boom. Maybe the carb on the first sample was messing with my mind. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Aug 2, 2008 RSBG08 Batch
Thanks again to Peter Zien and crew for this amazing beer. This Imperial stout pours a deep black color from the tap. A medium sized tan foamy head, with nice retention and good lacing. The aroma is coffee, some more coffee, some chocolate and some vanilla. A full bodied Imperial stout. The malts are roasty, with lots of chocolate and coffee flavors, add on top of that a very smooth mellow coffee flavor. Hints of vanilla at the finish. This is the coffee stout of coffee stouts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter with some chocolate.
hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at O’Briens Pub in San Diego, during 2009 San Diego Beer Week. Huge thanks to all the guys at the ’Smithy for preparing this brew to show off the creativity of one of the nation’s greatest craft breweries! Tasted side-by-side with regular Speedway. The Kopi lends an amazing addition to an already outstanding aroma of Speedway. Rich black licorice, smoked malt and dark chocolate notes are complemented further by smooth Kopi Luwak coffee, lending a more earthy tone than regular Speedway, as well as a sweeter nose. The aroma becomes more focused on the coffee than the chocolate when taking deep sniffs. The flavor stays true to Speedway, with the dark chocolate ever present, blended beautifully with earthy coffee, sweet pastries smothered in melted chocolate and burnt sugars. However, the Kopi adds a touch of stronger acidity on the back end, coupled with the same earthiness noticed in the aroma. Bitterness is near same with regular Speedway, and the flavor slams the back of the tongue and lingers with lovely chocolate and licorice notes. Palate is silky and oily, a nearly chewable beer with low carbonation. Overall, I gave this outstanding beer the same rating as I have for regular Speedway Stout. Speedway in itself is a very difficult beer to top, probably my favorite Imperial Stout ever. This beer is very close to clinching that rating, however it is still Speedway; a very intriguing variant of that beast. The use of the Kopi gives a beautiful addition to the coffee side of Speedway, yet the flavor of regular Speedway compensates for where the Kopi changes it in this beer. This is an incredible creation, hats off to Alesmith and I look forward to their future ventures in awesome beer!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2009
From RBSG 2008. Thanks to Peter and the guys at Alesmith for his special treat! Pours black as night with a thick tan head. Smells of rich chocolate, dark malts, cocoa, coffee bean, and love. The flavor was of more chocolate and coffee than regular Speedway, which is why I definitely enjoyed it just a tad more. Coats the palate with an oily, chocolatey layer and has you begging for more. Rich sweet dark chocolate and espresso is left in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Just a phenomenal brew and Im glad I got to try it! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Thanks for sharing Dak and Co.!
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a luxurious creamy frothy head.
Aroma: Huge amounts of fresh ground coffee, milk and dark chocolate and vanilla bean.
Taste: Prepared coffee, vanilla, espresso beans. Finishes with coffee and a bit of hop spice.
Mouthfeel: Thick, silky, and moderately carbonated.
Overall: The coffee in this was far more pronounced than the regular run of Alesmith Speedway Stout. Most of the time, I think coffee beers miss the mark, and get a spent grind flavor. This was not the case. The aroma was so huge and the flavor was so huge, and hit the mark perfectly. Speaking with other lucky bastards who have had this version of Speedway claimed the coffee was ratcheted up a bit in this batch. No complaints here! Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Woodshop 5.0. It is not hype, in my opinion. It is exactly what people say about it. The glass is black with creamy tan in the head. The nose is smooth and sharp at the same time. The taste is sublime. The most wonderful iced coffee. Malt sweet and coffee bitter and cream smooth. It’s truly fantastic. Please, sir, may I have another? Thank you Chris for pouring me a sample from your pitcher. I truly appreciated your generosity. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Rating 3300! DAMN! I don’t drink regular speedway all that often, but when I do it is subtly impressive. There is nothing subtle about this version. IT ROCKS! Pours inky black with a large tan head over a opaque black hole of a body. CRAP [no pun intended]! There is a TON OF COFFEE in the aroma! Grassy nearly. A bit of creamer. Damn, it is so strong. By far the most complex coffee I have ever put my nose too. It is more coffee like than coffee (sounds corny, but wait until you try it!). Wow, flavor is all rich nuances on the coffee theme. Absolutely stunning. What is really shocking is how drinkable it is. I could have this stuff all night. Absolutely no hint of 12.2% whatsoever! Creamy carbonation. Reading over my notes, I count the word "awesome" 11 times if that gives you any hint of how much I like this stuff. The funny thing is that I don’t really drink all that much coffee (as I don’t like hot beverages). This stuff is awesome! Heck of a beer! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Served on tap at O’brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways. Was able to get two samples and a 10 oz of this beast so I was pretty stoked to get a good review on it. The appearance is the usual Speedway deep black hue with a medium roasty brown head. The aromas are full of rich deep roasted coffee wow. Some dark chocolate notes in there too. The flavors are a rich fabulous pure coffee flavor. Some coco notes, and great malts. Warm rich and velvety mouth-feel with a touch too much carbonation in my later glass. Fantastic brew...I hope they continue to make this gem.