cwsample (164) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle from Cavie. Pour is thick with a milky head. Smell is inviting. I was very much so looking forward to this beer and it /definately/ delivered. mrhoppy (1196) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Very tasty strong chocolate coffee stout. Very drinkable and didn’t notice the alcohol that much. Is it the best out there though? dnstone (3573) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Sterile but seriously chocolatey aroma. "Serious" black color with tan head. Very sweet and chocolatey with a light red apple finish. kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Notes: ’09 GABF
Poured a nice dark black with mild carbonation. It had a strong coffee taste with hints of floral and citrus a very smooth taste and the alcohol is well hidden. A must try highly recommended. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
At last some Speedway has found it’s way into my glass. While enjoying this stout I realized I wasn’t really blown away by any one thing, and soon understood that what makes this great is simply how well it’s made. Opaque dark, rich brown body with a diminishing medium brown head and streaky/spotty lacing. Coffee and chocolate aromas dominated by burnt, roasted malts. Exceptional feeling from this beer, drinkable and approachable. Very smooth with a nice dry finish. Flavors mirror the robust aromas. Standard Imperial Stout qualities with an over abundance of quality coffee.
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Sampled this standing out in the cold at the ORF release thanks to kp. It was more like smelling my morning coffee than a pungent 12% imperial stout. Poured pitch black with little head. Aroma had mostly coffee with a small amount of the dark chocolate malt. Taste was overpoweringly coffee to the point that my palate was shot for the day. Couldn’t taste anything but coffee for the next hour. Definitely complex and nice to drink if that’s all you’re going to be drinking for the day. Too in-your-face for me. Would have like a bit more drinkability instead of one sided coffee. 3.8 jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Re-rated from my own full bottle. Had this fresh out in California and my opinion couldn’t have changed more! much more balanced with the coffee, chocolate, roasty malts. Much smoother on the palate and enjoyable. Great improvement
Black with good, creamy cappuccino head / Nose of dark roast coffee / Medium body, acidic, with good hop balance and dry finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee with vanilla notes / Very good, but a bit one note for me. ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2009
Shared 750mL bottle. Thanks Dan for tracking this one down! Pours black with lasting tan head. Nose very coffee. Taste of more coffee, not too sweet. Notes of bitter chocolate, liquorice, with nice bitter finish. Great beer! Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2009
The pour on this was straight-up gorgeous -- like a prettier and immediate version of the Guinness-cascade with dark red around the edges. Dark brown/black with an aggressive dark coffee head. You definitely get the coffee in the taste and flavor, the rest and dark, sticky fruits like some boozy dates/figs. Slick over the palate but not too coating with a bit of coffee aftertaste. Awesome beer from Alesmith. cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Saved this one for my 100th Rating. 750 served in a snifter. Shortish dark tan head sits atop a coffee colored body. Aroma is roasty and toasty coffee, and dark chocolate with some caramel-molasses sweetness. Also has a doughy quality and even some hints of pit fruit and vanilla. Full bodied, very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, caramel and resiny hops which linger on the bitter finish. The big alcohol is cleverly concealed. I’m not giving this my highest rating, but its certainly a top-notch concoction. I will see how this develops as I empty the bottle. I imagine the barrel aged version would be amazing.