IrishBoy (4254) - 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 (5670) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kryon (3929) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2013
Pours dark as the night with a brown low head 5
Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, brown sugar, 9
Taste and Palate is fantasticly creamy with a very nice mouthfeel full of coffee beans, chocolate, muscavado
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter..black as night with nice tan head..huge coffee aroma with hints of vanilla,dark fruits,chocolate..coffee stands out more than Speedway Stout but just as great. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Sample @ Woodshop. Been waiting quite a while to try this brew. Pours motor oil black with a thick chocolate head, great lacing left on the tulip. Nose was bursting with fresh brewed coffee, cocoa dust and bittersweet chocolate. Very coating on the palate with coffee and chocolate. Pretty damn tasty stuff.
Doodler (473) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2010
22 oz capped hand-bottle, thanks to Dr. Javier. Nitroed off a few oz to save and share with friends and then poured a good two finger shot into my Cigar City snifter (just the right size glass for me). Pitch black with a minimal creamy head. Crazy big nose with dark chocolates and deeply roasted coffee flavors. Hits you immediately with a monster rich espresso blast and bite. Wow....while dry on the finish and not as sticky-sweet as the regular Speedway, I couldn’t stop sticking my nose in the glass. Mmmmm..... so nice, smooth and choco-nutty... yes! An excellente twist on an old favorite. Highly recommended. Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
Handbottled at home - thanks to Plovmand & doodler. Pitch black - brown edges. Coffee, burned, light boozy nose, chocolate, sweetness, high malty, lots of coffee, light bitterness, light tobacco, smokey finish, light hoppy, smooth body, a bit too sweet. Lovely fullbodied..... Nice treat. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at RBWG. Pours viscous black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is big, sweet coffee, chocolate, big tar and smoke. Still smells sweet despite all the dark/bitter/roasty/smoky things going on. Flavours are quite dry - outstanding mouthfeel, so oily, tarry, ashy, God DAMN! Balanced, dry, yet decadent. What else would you really expect? rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap at RBWG thanks to daknole, smokepot23 and ALESMITH. ...DAMN!!! Pours a deep oily black with a large brown head. Aroma is some of the best coffee aroma i’ve smelled in either a coffee or a beer, chocolate, vanilla, roast. Flavor is aggressive fresh espresso, roasted barley, creamy cocoa and chocolate. Awesome brew, and best coffee i’ve had in an imperial stout downright. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2011
I’ve had this twice. The first time was *the* first time, the unveiling of "The Shit" at Speedway’s own brewery during RBSG 2008 in SoCal. The second was pitcher pours from last year’s Woodshop in February. Each time it was phenomenal, but I still remember the awe it inspired at RBSG. Blew our fucking minds. It wasn’t the best thing I had ever tasted, but it surely competed for best Imperial Stout I’d ever tasted. My tasting notes from RBSG focus on the creaminess and purity of the coffee, both on the nose and in the mouth. It was smoothness, like the roastiness and other coffee flavors had been reduced to their essence and then enshrined in a beer that perfectly supported them. The overall impression was that it wasn’t as hoppy or as bitter overall as normal Speedway, but with an added warmth that wasn’t quite caramel and the full, delicious roast of the coffee shining through in a way that even non-coffee drinkers would love. The only criticism I might have (I feel dirty even using that word, criticism, with this beer) is that it’s pretty straightforward; there aren’t layers and layers of flavor. Just the perfectly developed, perfectly present deep, creamy, roasty deliciousness. Dope.