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RATINGS: 2907   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Speedway Stouts ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beers dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stouts fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle shared by MrPickles - So this stuff is pretty good. Pours deep black with a creamy tan head. Smell is rich and sweet, with milk chocolate, light whiskey, cinnamon, and prunes. Theres nice roast in the taste, with sweet toffee and caramel, and coffee that stays through the finish. Its powdery and smooth in the mouth, with a medium-full body. Really well-balanced and easy to drink, and only a little alcohol burn--amazing for a 12% brew. Pretty impressive stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2009
Pitch black, decent viscosity and a medium sized pale brown head that settles rather slowly actually and leaves espresso-like lacings. The smell is amazing. Rich, powerful and very balanced. Big coffee notes of espresso and freshly ground hard roasted coffee beans. Hints of soy sauce, salt licorice and dark fruits. Delightful notes of dark chocolate. Just a hint of tannins and slightly acidic roasty aromas. This is really impressive. The taste is dominated through and trough by rich coffee flavors. Freshly ground coffee beans and espresso blend with wonderful flavors of dark chocolate and some nutty aromas. Notes of dark fruits. The sweetness is restrained in favor of bitter roasted flavors. The malty backbone is present, but hard to detect beneath all the coffee flavors. In the middle, the roasted character is accentuated further towards a taste of almost burnt coffee and malts. At this point, the beer actually gets a little too much and doesnt manage to keep everything together. But this is just a minor slip, and hardly of importance for the overall impression. Further, i notice a nice hop flavor that works really well with the coffee character. Notes of wood and fresh earth. The finish has a real coffee- and hop bitterness to it with notes of soy sauce, salt licorice and vanilla. Long lasting coffee notes lingers in the mouth. The alcohol is almost completely absent except for a pleasant warming sensation. This is just oh so tasty. Very smooth but it still manages to leave a nice sticky sensation in the mouth. The body is not as big as I had expected, but I think this suits the beer well. This is just a fantastic beer. Great flavors, big complexity and very balanced. Its really nice to come by a beer that manages to hold such bold and rich flavors together as this one does. And as this wasnt enough, its really really easy to drink, I went through a bottle way to quickly. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
GLASS: Snifter TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees This pours the expected jet black color. An easy pour produces a four-finger head of creamy, dense, dark brown colored foam. Retention is great. Lacing is thick and very sticky. Huge nose, full of roasted malt notes. Loads of milk chocolate notes and traces of some dark chocolates in there, as well. Mild notes of dark coffee presence. Brown sugar sweetness and hints of toasted caramels. A very light touch of booze is detected, but not nearly the amount that one would expect far 12.00%abv beer. Big notes of roasted malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee flavors, along with some dark chocolate notes that Id say are somewhere in the 80% to 90% range. Very dark and with a slight touch of bitterness. Nice touches of toffee and caramels and a hint of brown sugar give this a mild sweetness that balances the dark roastiness out quite nicely. The finish, while on the dry side, is long and delicious. This one is very full-bodied, almost qualifying as thick. Carbonation level is on the high-end of medium. This provides a great level of creaminess but, unfortunately, retains a slight roughness around the edges. If they smoothed it out just a touch more, it could be perfect. The booze, which made a minor apearance in the nose, is nowhere else to be found in this beer. That, combined with the great flavor, make this a very tasty and drinkable beer. Worthy of the hype and worth the wait and the effort to get it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (5404) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ogivlado who shared it with me and heavy (huge HUGE thanks!)
Poured a black body with a brown medium sized head that went away extremely slowly. The aroma is fine but a bit weak, oily roasty maltiness, coffee and tasty coffee, light alcohol. Extremely nice coffee notes in the taste, possibly the best Ive ever had in a beer. Damn drinkable, almost no alcohol noticable. Earthy and, very light hop for a second. Not terribly complex but damn effective and likable. Surprised me. A great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Black body, light brown head that lasts till the end with thick lacing. Toasty roasted notes that remind me of bacon to some degree. The alcohol was masked nicely amongst the complex body. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 bottle, thanks to zdk09, pours like motor oil with no head, very nice and creamy chocolate and vanilla, sourness is much more muted in this one letting the other flavors be more pronounced and nuanced 2008 bottle, really nice deep brown color with malty brown mocha head, aroma has lots of good roasty coffee and chocolate, flavor is slightly sour with medium coffee, roasted nuts and caramel chocolate, lasting viscous finish

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ledzeped503 (5) - Burlington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2009 does not count
wow! This is the best beer i have ever had, hands down. Since drinking this amazing brew, my goal has been to find its equal. I just cant, so Im left with this wonderful beer. . .this thing is a monster. After pouring into a snifter, leaving the yeast in the bottle, you can smell chocolate, toffee, COFFEE, vanilla, caramel, everything. All these flavors are common in imperial stouts but somehow speedway pulls them all together better than any other beer into a glorious symphony for my taste buds. Do whatever you can to get a hold of this beer. I only wish I had the self restraint to age one of these babies for a year or so. . .

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 I have been aging this bottle for at least 4 years. More integrated and more complex. Musty and foggy coffee, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Beautifully viscous and complex. Long caressing finish similar to affogato, but with a gorgeous finish similar to red wine. Better than old vintages of Stone IRS? Hard to choose.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to StFun. Dark brown, creamy but loose tan head. Lovely hot chocolate aroma, light coffee. Taste is more roasty, green coffee up front, some roasted malt, chocolate, light grassy bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a medium head. Flavor is thick and deep, notes of dark chocolates and fresh brewed coffee. Toffee, cognac, alcohol, coco wheats, this beer is insanely deep and welcoming. Full bodied and well done. Top notch.


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