JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
from RBSG 2008
Aug 1, 2008
Wow. This is an incredibly tasty stout that Peter Zien & crew rolled out for the 2008 RBSG. Black pour, tan head, great coffee & roasty flavor and aroma. Gorgeous mouthfeel. Very tasty. 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. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Sampled @ RBWG courtesy of daknole & smokepot23...DAMN!!! Wasn’t sure I’d ever have a change to try this one but oh so glad I did!!! Everything about this beer improves as it warms. Aroma is robust, aggressive coffee (the best I must add) with cocoa, vanilla, and ash accompanying. Near black body with a thick latte cream that sits atop the brew and leaves significant lacing. Although this is tasty, not sure it matches the balance found in traditional Speedway. Perhaps a bit too coffee forward. This one also seems a bit thinner than Speedway in the bottle which does a magical job of coating the palate. Really damn good...without a doubt world-class but think I might opt for what I can pick up locally. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at Alesmith. Black pour with an expresso tan head. Aroma is ultra rich fresh coffee, roast, and chocolate. Just pure ripped coffee. Taste is ridiculous fresh coffee with a heavy roast character, bitter chocolate, and a bit of malt sweetness on the very end that comes across as subtle raisin/dark fruit. Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. Side-by-side with the regular and as hard as it is to believe this is better with more coffee, more roast, and more chocolate. aleph (231) - - MAY 23, 2012
Draught @ AleSmith. Beautiful black color, slight mocha head. Wafts of coffee on the nose. Roast, chocolate, coffee in insane quantities flesh out the palate. Oily body, low carb, viscous. More extreme version of the original Speedway. Incredible.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
750ml bottle courtesy of my buddy deftim13. thanks for this top 50 gem, Tim! pours a deep, dark, brown that sits black in the glass capped by a rich, dense, mocha head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely wonderful with some of the most unique coffee notes i’ve experienced including mocha espresso, vanilla latte, dark mexican blend, and black roast backed by cocoa powder, amaretto, toasted almonds, and a subtle floral presence. flavor is incredible as well and truly follows the aroma with a blast of mocha, chocolate chip pancakes, and sweet vanilla up front backed by massive notes of roasted espresso with subtle hints of maple, black cherries, and honey coated almonds on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied with great carbonation and a lingering finish of mocha coffee with a touch of heat. overall, another world class beer from Alesmith, worthy of it’s top 50 rating. can’t wait for the barrel aged version. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Rating number 1100!!! Bottle from JohnnyJ, thanks Jonathan! Aroma has notes of roasted chocolate, rich roasted coffee, espresso, molasses, dark dried fruits and a hint of citrus hops. Fantastic aroma, best coffee imp stout aroma I’ve had. Black hue with a large mostly diminishing dark tan head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a long very bitter finish. Overall an amazing beer that lives up to it’s reputation. Fantastic aroma and appearance, the best I’ve seen in a coffee imp stout. The taste is very good and the palate is almost perfect but the bitterness is a bit over the top. All in all a fantastic brew. PhillyCraft (7228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared generously by Hayden with Bill, Mike and Hayden, poured deep black with medium, tiny bubbled off white head, good lace. Notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, roasty malt, the coffee really shines through on this regular version. I would be surpised if this wasn’t the best speedway I have tried. On to the B.A. Version. IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
750ml bottle from Alesmith. Nose is marsupially pooped coffee, chocolate, roast, and a hint of vanilla. Black with a big, heavy lacing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, expresso, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and light sweetness. Ktwse (4887) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Pours black as night with tan head. Aroma of intense yet creamy coffee and vanilla and milk chocolate, some muscovado and bourbon barrel. Taste is gentle chocolate and cream sweet with a touch of balancing coffee bitterness. Loads of dried fruitl. Very controlled and just brilliant! Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.
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