JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Sample at O’Brien’s. Man, the coffee in this is so freaking good, the blend is so complex, probably the best coffee I have ever smelled. I could just smell this beer, it is so delicious. Flavor is also dominated by roasted coffee, with side notes of milk chocolate, nuts, and light vanilla. Creamy mouth feel, with the abv completely hidden. Damn good. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Rating #1700! Pours black with light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Lots of coffee flavor with sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some bitterness from the coffee. Full body with moderate carbonation. Great brew.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_npwPiFZu Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALESMITH for sending this out for RBWG and much props to Dak and smokepot23 for coordinating it! Pours pitch black with a one finger light brown head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is burnt malt, baker’s chocolate, rich luscious dark roast java, ashy cocoa and some bitter hops in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Man, my favorite Imperial Stout on steroids. Fantastic beer. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2012
Thanks to Dak for the share left before trying the other chili Speedway variant he had. Poured rich dark black. Aromas of fresh steeped espresso and roast. Wonderful rich coffe flavors. Earthy, roasted, chocolately awesomeness. Wonderful stuff. Like a fine cup of Joe I could sip for hours. This is indeed The Shit! Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
750 ml bottle
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
This was another beer I did expect to see without lots of leg work. When a chance came to try it alongside gems like Cascade Kriek I jumped on the opportunity. This ranks as one of the best beers I have ever tried. How long before we see Kopi Luwak Dark Lord?
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black pour is thick like melted chocolate. A dense mocha head suffocates all access to the base beneath. Just looking at it tones down the light around it. Smoke, vanilla, and a strong aroma of coffee remind me of the normal variant. It’s hard to tell a difference between this and regular Speedway without trying them side by side. However it just begs for more reflection.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, ash, vanilla, and caramel all complement each other in a heady blend that coats the palate with the texture of a huge bold imperial stout. Anise in the creamy finish is like drinking the inside of a decadent truffle. From start to finish it does not disappoint. The only flaw is that after just a few ounces it is gone for good.
A: Just as beautiful as the regular speedway. Pitch black with a foamy, pillowy, creamy espresso head. Thick lacing and substantial retention throughout.
S: Very different than the regular speedway. Earth, slight acidity, properly burnt. The kopi brings out and emphasizes different aspects - more bitter dark chocolate than smooth milk chocolate, heavier roasted malts. Very rich and incising, but mellower. Really fantastic, if anything, vivaciously mellow(?)
T: Incredibly smooth and rich, less sweet than the regular speedway. The kopi balances very well and is less aggressive than the coffee in the regular speedway. Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder covered mousse, big roasted malts. Very earth and mellow. Outstanding.
P: Big, velvety smooth. Wonderful.
O: Very appreciative I was able to get a bottle. Substantially different than the regular speedway, which surprised me a bit. It’s not a matter of better or worse, just different options. Would be great if this could be on the shelf next to the regular all the time to continue exploring the differences. Really outstanding beer, speedway’s are the king of coffee beers. kraddel (8143) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2013
since i drankt my previous what, 30? most wanted beers, this was a most wanted for quite some time ! since i didnt get mine, cause the post ’lost’ may package ( no refund at all, just ... ARGH still pisses me off)
lucky for me, bobochamps has fixed a bottle, and shared it with me . epic !
pours next to black, very small , thin layer of brown foam, wich fades in a ring almost imidiatly .
smell has nice details of coffee, withoud being straight-forward cofee infused. gentle !
so ... soooo good !
its been a while since i last had the regular, but from what i remember, it was one of the ( the ?) best non-ba, non-infused, non-mixed etc imperial stout i had. this is even better. very gentle coffee, chocolate ( a bit less than the regular, to me ) very soft carbo, bitterness, sweet, roasted malts (not overpowering)
very smooth ! buttery.. complex
waawtch.. again, another beer that shocks me . i’m living an exeptional life, the last months ... this is another chapter in the book of best beers ever.
thanx ignace ! Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Watching Bucks vs Ducks in NCAA Championship 2015! Bomber to a snifter. Viscous black pour with ample mocha head and lacing. Classic dark chocolate, caramel and dark roast coffee notes. That Civet knows how to pick the beans... Prominent coffee presence with warm boozy slightly bitter finish ... A huge stout, one of the best... Go Bucks!!! Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from a share awhile ago. The thick body pours a jet black into snifters with a very small but defined mocha head. The aroma is a chocolate bomb with cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, coffee beans, monkey shit, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste is just chocolate goodness, chased by a coffee with slight bitterness. Vanilla and roasted malts hit the palate as well. Serious mouth, very thick and oily. Wonderful. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Had to dig up the notes from RBSG 2008 once I saw this was rateable. Poured a thick-looking black color with an extremely dark tan head. The aroma had the significant presence of the nutty-chocolate character of coffee and not much bitterness - the coffee nose seemed to meld well with the aggressive roast and alcohol of the Speedway and not get overpowered. The mouthfeel was creamy, and the coffee presence followed suit on the taste, with a lingering savory finish accenting the spicy roasty middle. One of the highlights of the whole trip.