jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
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. MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Shared Bottle, 2009. Nearly black with a cappuccino head. Wonderful chocolate and malt smell with slight vanilla notes. Smooth and full taste. Taste begins with roasted malt, moves to coffee and ends with a bitter dark chocolate. Great beer I hope to get more of.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Aroma of figs and raisins, with a heavily roasted undertone, smoke, licorice. Pour is brown-black with a sticky tan head. Flavor has lots of dark fruits to it, cherry pits, more figs, floating above a dark chocolate malt base whose sweet spices (licorice, etc.) meld nicely with the alcohol heat. Full bodied, warm and lively on the palate. A very nice impy. RealPoser (40) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle Courtesy of Senor Wambolt: Pour is ink black, with burnt toast head. Head dissipates quickly, no surprise, but laces beautifully. Nose is definitely a JAVA blast, but I also picked up sweet fruits (like dark cherries or maybe plum). Flavor is dark roast dominated, with the uber coffee tone. As it warms to proper temp, I pick up faint vanilla and brown sugar hints. But this is definitely a coffee bomb. The malts are bitter, but not astringent. The alcohol is noticeable, but only slightly so. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice dry finish. The finish lingers... and here you can pick up some of the more subtle characteristics. Overall a very drinkable & tasty imperial... maybe too much so. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
750ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with some red highlights. Sparse tan head. Chocolate in the aroma along with a bit of sourness that had me worried. Also thought I detected some cinnamon. Full bodied, rich and smooth. Roasted malt predominates, not as much coffee as I would suspect. Fair amount of hop bitterness to balance the malt. Long dry malt finish. Also some alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of carbonation. ogivlado (8436) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottled 750ml. -from City Beer Store, San Francisco. Black coloured, medium sized brown head, dry coffee nose with touch of chocolate. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and strong coffee with mild alcohol presence. Notes of vanilla. Smooth and deadly drinkable. Pleasant long-lasting roasty aftertaste. Excellent brew. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Wow, #200! This bottle (presumably 2009) was my first-ever Speedway, and it’s pretty fantastic!
Smell is surprisingly subdued, but primarily a nice, potent black coffee. Also contains touches of booze and butterscotch (I’m admitted stuffy today, but that’s what I smelled). Pours a thick pitch black liquid capped by a thin bubbly dark tan head that just barely clings to the glass.
Flavor is potent with the Ryan Brothers coffee and warmth from the high ABV. Fades through to a nice tart fruit flavor and ends just a bit sweet and smoky. Incredibly creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and very drinkable for such a big beer.