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RATINGS: 2898   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours a dark rich black with a thin foamy head that coats the top of the glass. The aroma is similar to a fresh pot of coffee. Sweet milk chocolate notes. Tastes like tangy chocolately ovaltine. I am a big fan of Speedway Stout, but this batch definitely has some issues with it. Creamy carbonation with a sticky dry finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Ive had this a few times in the past, figured I pick one up again and rate it. Pours jet black with a dark and oily tan head. Very strong coffee aroma, but some sweet chocolate as well to make a nice mocha scent. Initial thought is that the flavor is more tart/sour than I remember. The coffee flavor is the most prominent, it is complemented by bittersweet chocolate, green raisins, and a little vanilla. The body is a not a thick as the pour suggests, but is very smooth, also somewhat oily. This is a very good beer, yet not as good as I remembered. It makes me wonder how long it aged on the shelves before I bought it or if my memory just failed me. UPDATED 8/26/11: Wanted to give this one another try in case previous tasting was a bad bottle. Turns out that it was, this beer is as good as I originally remembered it. Silky smooth yet full bodied, huge coffee and chocolate flavor, the aftertaste fools your mouth into thinking it just ate a bunch of chocolate covered coffee beans. Really is one of the best beers out there, too bad that previously bad bottle altered my original memory of how good it is.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 Bottle. Pours pure black with a one finger brown head. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate. Flavor is of strong espresso, chocolate, and toasted malt.Finishes with a nice malty bitterness and a noticeable alcohol burn. Curious to find out how aging helps the flavor. Overall a fantastic stout. Moves to the to of my favorites.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Wow! wow! and Wow!!! 22oz bottle: poured black with a dark brown thin head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Massive coffee chocolate malt flavor with just a slight bitterness and hints of vanilla. Full body feel and sweetness balanced any bitterness. Very smooth finish. Wow and WOW! I love this beer. So far this has been the best tasting beer Ive ever had. YUMMY!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours black with creamy brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Huge coffee flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Finished smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6276) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
I cant deny the greatness of this beer, it just didnt quite live up to my understandably lofty expectations. A simple case of way too much hype. Pour was thinner than I expected, very dark brown with a tall dark brown head that settles down to a nice creamy layer after about a minute. Very rich aroma of roasted chocolate and coffee malts, raisins and a lot of booze. Despite the alcoholic aroma, I found the 12% very well hidden. It has a surprisingly tart flavor with an oily, salty finish. I tasted notes of chocolate, coffee, raisins, and lemon. Very smooth on the palate and a tad thinner than some of the other Imperial stouts. I personally like the thicker, richer chocolatey, dark fruity versions of this style. The sourness put me off slightly on this one. But it is undeniably very well made, complex and extremely tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2756) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2009
750ml in pint glass. (Snifters are for wussies.) Black with brown head and lace. Roasted coffee chocolate and licorice cinnamon wood earth aroma. Roasted dark chocolate coffee caramel bourbon with very understated fruitiness and bitter roasted coffee finish. Full body with a warming alcohol finish but very well disguised alcohol presence in nose and flavor. Rich and impressive, slightly intimidating yet unbelievably enticing. I cant savor it slow enough. Deserves the hype.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2009 Let me begin by saying its hard not to have overly high hopes for this beer given the rating and the fact Ive bee sitting on it for over a year. A year later, the coffee is nearly absent. Still lots of roast and nuttiness, but I would have not thought of this as a coffee stout otherwise. Chocolate and hops as well. Smooth, and easy to drink for a 12% beer, but surprisingly light on the palate... not as creamy as something like Expedition--more slick. Very good beer, but didnt live up to the hype. Would like to try a fresh bottle, assuming the coffee notes would be more present.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
horsemen16 (6) - Conway, Arkansas, USA - MAR 5, 2009 does not count
This beer is unbelievable. Great coffee aromas with chocolate and dates. Smoother than the Bells Expedition. Amazing beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Poured ultra dark brown with a short tan head that faded to a thin swirl of bubbles and allowed only spots of lacing to creep up the side of the glass. Aroma is nice chocolate and thin hints at burnt coffee with definite hops and some raisins or figs as well. Possibly some cherry. The flavor was well balanced between coffee, chocolate and hops. The hops were cedar and pine cutting through chocolate, coffee, raisin an cherry. Mouthfeel is above average, 12% is completely hidden. A well crafted example of the style with very few faults.


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