Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Whoa baby! I’m sitting next to Radek in Volgon’s room, and we launch into this one. Coffee city, but much more. Radek says bubblegumm, yeah, I agree aa bit. Also plum, and did I mention coffee? Smoky as well. I can definitely see why this gets the palate ratings it does. I only had a small amount (saving myself slavishly for other brews) but this was an unbelievable brew. This damn ratebeer party was top-notch! Thanks, Gus, for sending this one. joet (2680) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2002
The brightest stout I've ever had -- freshness all over this, that Alesmith sparkle in the glass, heavy deep cocoa and coffee flavors, fresh toastiness, suggestions of anise?, finishes dry and with peppery alcohol, excellent smooth feel. beerdedbastard (22) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
This was an Oak aged draft/or maybe casked(?) version.
Opaque,black velvety appearance with a light tan,creamy head.Huge aroma's of chocolate,coffee and vanilla(from the oak).Velvety mouthfeel with a crisp,yet soft carbonation.A HUGE "dessert" beer that would go great with a Black Forest chocolate cake,or even as a float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Luscious! JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 This is one my favorite Imperial. Has a taste that blends with the roast coffee taste.
Rerate: The new batch went a little overboard on the coffee. Acidity goes with the coffee. Blake (398) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 2003 Opinions (and re-rate, as my barrel aged opinions have been moved to that beer) - Had from bottle.
SDquaffer (18) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
The beer here hasn't changed much, but the subtle change is noticeable. The alcohol flavor is much more noticeable this year and the absense of the oak barrel aging seems to have hurt the beer a bit. I've got a few bottles aging now and hopefully this year's release will get better with age.
Wow....Toasted vanilla aroma, slightly astringent with FULL caramel-to-chocolate. A must-drink DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 sampled fresh and up to a year old: always Black as night and in fact i dont think light couldseep its way through this beer if it was held two feet from the sun.. the head pretty much was always dark tan and creamy..the aroma was rich with coffee, alcohol, licorice, milk-chocolate, fudge, & love...maybe more alcohol presence in the older samples...strong cocoa, coffee, roasted & toasted mochaness in all..with more alcohol and bitterness with the oldest sample...by no means is it past its prime at 1 year old..but most of the coffee flavors are gone..the super bitter chocolate is more pronounced..and its not nearly as smooth... DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Holy Schmoly!!! After all was said and done Alesmith has done it again, completely winning my heart and my support at the Strong Ale Festival in San Diego with their Whiskey Barrel Casked Speedway Imperial Stout. Unbelievable!!! Aroma is OVERFLOWING with coffee and a smack in the face of mocha! It pours a menacing black with a good lingering head (or perhaps it lingered only long enough for me to gobble this down). The taste was so unique...chocolate, mocha, coffee, warming yummy alcohol, wood from the cask...simply stunning. It left a good dry palate, but damned if i couldnt almost chew the caffiene!!! Im stunned and very satisfied!
RERATE 01/06/03: Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, wood, and candy. Pour is jet black with a viscous dark brown/orange head that lasted a matter of minutes. Good bourbon and oak flavors dominate, with chocolate and coffee undertones slagging the tongue! A train of dry sugar completes the ending of this joygasmic wonder. I therefore jump my rating from 4.5 to 4.6
Re-Rate number....uhhh...way too many... after sharing 3 bottles of this over the past 2 weekends...its time to put this aged monster up a notch or two! 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Has a very interesting barleywine feel to it that i do not pick up in the bourbon, though the bourbon is the 02 version. Still black, chocolate aroma to it. A good stout. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 2002 vintage. Pours black with a huge,dark beige head wich is bursting with aroma.Aromas of COFFEE,cocoa,Alcohol,and lovely roastiness.Hot cocoa like mouthfeel coats the tounge like paint.Intense roastiness accompanied by a lovely coffee flavor start this trip.It is followed by a huge kick of dark milk chocolate,and alcohol.As it warms the feel is like silk in the mouth.The finish is very bittersweet and somewhat yeasty?If you like your dessert and after dinner drink in the same package,You will crave this even the next morning.