dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2012
On draught and cask at Alesmith. Pours near black with an espresso head. Cask engine pour holds the head beautifully. Aroma has coffee, cocoa a bit of spiciness. I"m told its feom the chicory. Nice. It has a kick from it. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
On tap at the brewery (along side Kopi Speedway, Regular Speedway and a cask of Barrel Aged Speedway). Rating #6400. Pours with a pitch black hued body with a lasting tan head. Full duration, great lace, glass (...err, cup) coating body. Aromas are of coffee, cocoa, earthy, leather, lactose, light esters, fudge and vanilla. Flavors are of lactose, leather, strong and slightly gritty coffee flavors, cocoa, chocolate, earthy and nutty. As always with speedway, the Alcohol is well hidden. Medium carbonation, velvety body. Always fun to try a new variation of Speedway, especially in Alesmith’s new and fancy looking tap room. daleharshman (1080) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
On tap at brewery. Pours just shy of pitch black with a creamy layer of brown foam. Aroma of arabica coffee with dusty and acidic notes along with toasted wet malts and creamy dark chocolate. Flavor of fudge brownie, dark roasted cocoa powder, dry earthy dark coffee, and anise. A distinct coffee bitterness (like tasting the grounds) in the finish. Like all versions of Speedway, this hides the huge ABV very well. Well done, but having been to Vietnam on three separate occasions (for a total of more than three months), I didn’t find the coffee aspect so "Vietnamese." I guess I think of the coffee prepared the traditional way -- made with a little tin apparatus that sits atop your glass. The coffee is intensely strong and brewed directly over a thick layer of sweetened condensed milk which takes some of the edge off. I guess I expected the super-intense coffee flavor (and perhaps the sweetness of the real Vietnamese coffee?). Still very good as all of these Speedway variants are. (8, 691) aleph (231) - - APR 20, 2012
Draught @ AleSmith. Black pour, coffee head. Strong coffee notes. Layered bitterness - first in the front of the mouth, a wave throughout the palate towards the end. Chocolate, roasty. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Long sustain. Significantly differentiated variation of the source beer. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
This variant was definitely sweeter than the original and the coffee wasn’t as prominent in my opinion. Still a great beer as all the Speedway Variants are.
papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 6, 2012
On tap at the brewery: The familiar, awesome strong coffee, dark chocolate Speedway with a hint of chicory, a full creamy mouthfeel and a lingering chicory/coffee bitter sweet finish.. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 On tap at brewery. Black with dense brown head. Nose coffee and sweet roast malt. Sticky. Taste is huge. Big sweet pungent coffee. Long and strong bitter back. Coffee and cocoa. Gooey as hell. Dry cocoa palate in finish. Rerating up from 4.1. Just super rich and thick, sharp and smooth and gooey all at the same time. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap at O’Brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 11/12/11.JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Ap. pours a dark brown almost no head.
Aro. Vanilla, coffee.
Taste. Medium roast coffee. Vanilla,
Mouth. Full low carb.
Overall: I didn’t really find this to be better or worse than regular speedway, but not as good as Kopi Luwak.
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Draft at Obriens night of a zillion speedways. Typical black pour, with tan head. Dark toasty malts, light sweetness, touch of dark fruit, light bitterness, and creamy body. The coffee is strong and has more of an edge then the regular version. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Served on tap at O’brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 2011. The appearance is the usual Speedway deep black hue with a medium roasty brown head. The aromas are full of rich roasted coffee that has a mild spice edge. The flavors are a rich sweet and lightly spice coffee, oily, some chocolate too. The mouth is full with a bit more carbonation feel then creaminess because of the spice maybe. I’m not so sure I have ever knowingly had Vietnamese coffee but after this it is time to find some.