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Review by mr. furley on 08/22/13  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2013
fuck. yes. probably my #2 favorite coffee stout. right behind CW Brewhouse on draft.

a little thinner than i want. something leaning towards Expedition would bump this up a bit. no other knocks on this one. it's just excellent.

Served In: Mug

Review by duhast500 on 10/18/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
Poured from the bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with about two to three fingers of head and a ton of lacing left on the glass.

The smell of this beer is pretty chocolaty and has some nice dark licorice tones that brings it into a great level of coffee flavored beers.

smell of chocolate. Although this is brewed with large amounts of coffee, the java smell is definitely secondary to the chocolate. Also a reasonable sniff of black licorice as well. So far so good!

The taste is really deep chocolate flavor with coffee flavor and has a nice dark licorice flavor. Some nice heat in the flavor that is really nice with a good kick.

The feel is a good hard stout with a burning flavor that goes into a good amount of even feel and it smooth once past the hard flavor of this beer.

I like this beer and want more of it before the next batch is brewed.

Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 5 8 2010
Old Review
Review number 300 and I figured I would hit up the Speedway for this one. Been saving this one for a while and I have to thank Reino for sending me the bottle a while back. 750ml bottle served up in my Terrapin snifter. Lets get this party started.

A: This brew pours slowly and thick from the bottle. This beer is black, letting no light through and is completely opaque. A semi-vigorous pour yields a finger of thick, bubbly dark brown head that has some decent retention. Really tight bubbles on top that are really frothy. Lacing sticks to the glass very nicely. Very nice and the start I was looking for.

S: This one smells greatly of some nice, big time chocolate. So much chocolate in this nose. The coffee is there but does not over power the chocolate. The crazy thing is that you can actually get bit of the grain through the chocolate, coffee and nicely roasted malt characters. There is also a touch of bourbon coming out from the alcohol notes. Smells good.

T: Taste is awesome. The chocolate is rich and creamy, not unlike an awesome milkshake. Stupid rich. Coffee is nicely roasted with just a touch of bitterness that cuts the sweetness a touch. Roasted malts round off the heavy flavors with some sweet, roasted goodness. There is also a nuttiness that reminds me of some good hazelnut. Also a touch of nougat. This is stupid good.

M: This is a major, full bodied brew that means business. This beer is chewy and may be the thickest, creamiest beer I have ever enjoyed. Just an incredibly beautiful creaminess. Carbonation is light but there. Aftertastes are of some malt and coffee. ABV is present with a wonderful, slow warming from the stomach, but really no heat on the throat or palate. Amazing.

D: This beer is truly amazing. IMO, it lives up to the hype surrounding it and I can only imagine how good the barrel aged offerings are. This beer is just crazy in the flavor and feel categories and better than solid in every other category. Another amazing thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink for a 12% Imperial Stout. I will be enjoying the rest of this bottle with true gluttony and raise my glass to Reino for providing this gem.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-06-2009 02:42:37

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2010
750ml Bottle

Received this from Taynor a couple months back, thanks Dana! Speedway Stout is black as night when poured into my snifter letting no light pass through whatsoever. A short but dense one finger beige head formed on the pour, quickly falling to a skimming with a thick ring around the glass. Leaves respectable lacing after each tip of the glass.

The aroma hits hard with big doses of roasty malt and anise. I didn't expect so much anise in a coffee stout. There's more creaminess than coffee in this particular bottle and some dark berriness wafts through the more pronounced aromas. All this makes for an inviting stout but I was hoping to get a little more coffee. A mild boozy spiciness brings up the backend creating a bit more depth in the aroma.

Now this is a tasty stout! Roasty malts are quickly followed by mild bittersweet coffee, anise, and a pleasant spicy alcohol that brings some of that peppery berriness. There's still not a great deal of coffee involved but this is a top shelf stout without it. The finish is a perfect combination of bitter coffee, dark berries, and roasty malts creating a bit more bitterness. I love my stouts with a bitter finish and this one brings it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of the spectrum. This is just my picky side but it could use a touch more creaminess. Leaves some residue, without being sticky, that helps the flavor linger.

As big as this stout is the drinkability is up toward the top of the ladder. The lack of creaminess actually helps the drinkability.

This is, without a doubt, an excellent stout! I just don't think it's a World beater! I would like to get my paws on another bottle for more extensive testing but as it stands I feel there's better examples out there.

Reviewed: 3/8/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2007
This review is from a bottle I purchased at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor back in the Spring of 2007. Opened this one at La Bella Pizza tonight with Joey and Danny.

Dark and dense color with a small head, some lacing on the glass.

Chocolate, coffee with milk, vanilla, raisins, and black cherry dominate the nose. Some roastiness comes through as it opens up.

Wow, chocolate milkshake all the way! Espresso finish. A bit woodsy, dry roasted barley in the finish. There’s also a touch of alcohol in the back but it’s very well reserved. Two years has really blended the flavors well. Very low oxidation level.
Bitter chocolate and roasted bitterness that lasts long in the aftertaste.

Super smooth on the palate, well carbonated after 2 years, not syrupy or thick.

I would definitely age some more of this if I wanted a smoother, more chocolate forward Speedway.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 11/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
I have had this beer a couple of times, not sure why it took me so long to rate it. The pour is a rich midnight color that has a very nice viscous quality to it. Nice to see the glass change colors as you drink it. The head is a darker tan color that remains around the edges of the glass but limited lace. More viscous then lace.

The nose is malty but limited for being as big as it is. Mostly darker malt notes such as chocolate, roast and a touches of coffee. Some lactic quality that blends nicely with the alcohol/solvent esters. Some coca cola smells as well. There is a touch of tropical fruits, figs and raisins mostly, but some feint woody characteristics as well, vanilla comes to mind.

The taste is rich and full flavored. The initial tastes come out nicely with an expensive dark chocolate taste. This is followed up with a more roast like flavor that isn't as astringent as would have expected, rather smooth and silky. Some sugary notes, molasses and alcoholic warmth to it. There is a smooth finish that isn't quite like a milk stout but has the feel to it. Some bonus flavors of vanilla and mocha finish off a great taste.

The body is noticeably big and chewy. The rich flavor adds to the silkiness almost like a oatmeal stout. Some oily textures that are a bit of a deterrent but overall a great beer to race to get.

Served In: Bottle

Review by cjsell on 09/28/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 5 8 2007
A: Poured a very dark brown with no light showing through at all. Very little light brown head. Nice lacing sticking to the glass.

S: Nice chocolate, coffee smell with the smallest bit of alcohol towards the end.

T: Big chocolate taste with some coffee. Very smooth taste for a 12% beer with very little alcohol taste. Very solid imperial stout, but nothing extraordinary.

M: Thick mouthfell with low carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very solid Imperial Stout. I imagine it gets even better with some more age.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2004
i FINALLY get to try this....
this i.s. filled my pint glass with no head at first,but foamed up a little brown head that soon vanished..BLACK as halloween with no light to be seen at all.nice thick and creamy dark brown head that leaves huge webbing on the glass.the smell gave off hints of coffe/nuts.
now for the taste.......
WOW!
LOADS OF COFFE all the way through this one ending with a bit of alcohol for that imperial bite.although it does not taste anywhere near 12%.
this is like redhook double black stouts older,bigger,and better brother.
overall i must say this beer kicks ass!
i even let my lady have a sip,she is not the biggest beer fan,but likes some porters and stouts.she says "this is the best beer you have ever let me try"
if you get your hands on a bottle.save it for something special!!!!(2004 BOTTLE RE-RATED ON 11-20-2006.OPENED IN CELEBRATION OF THE END OF COTTON SEASON)nice black body with brown highlights around the rim.small head that faded fast.coffee is a little less subtle on this 2 year old version than in a fresh batch.alcohol is still pretty upfront and i expected it to be calmed a bit.chocolate really stands out now as does dark fruits and fudge.body is very smooth and silky.well balanced and awsome overall.(2005 BOTTLE OPENED ON 12-18-07)black as night with a brown head that tired to form but didnt.nice balanced aroma of fudge,chocolate,coffee,and just a hint of alcohol.flavor is much of the same with the velvety smooth texture they talk about in the description.this is simply awesome with 2 years on it. (RE-RATE ON 5-5-08 OF A 2004 BOTTLE)black body with no head.the aroma is out of this world.chocolate,coffee,cherry,roasted malt.i could smell this for hours.the flavor is not quite as good.the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery,but you still pick up all the characteristics of the aroma.this may be a bit past its prime.

Price: $10.00 Served In: Snifter

Review by tjthresh on 08/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 10 14 3 8 2008
Poured into a snifter. Aromas of fudge brownies, caramel macciato, and Nilla Wafers. Opaque black with a multi toned browna and orange head. Tightly bubbled. Tastes as if Hershey just released a new chocolate bar that has been infused with some strong ass coffee. Roast, smoke, char, and tobacco undertones. Medium body. Oily slick, and prickly. Of all the coffee stout’s I’ve rated over the last few weeks, this is the best. Still not a fan of the coffee.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Lordofthepale on 03/10/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 2006
Great looking beer. Nice looking head, settled fast. The head had a excellant frothy mocha color. The smell had a weak coffee smell but smelled awesome. The coffee really comes out right away. The best tasting coffee infused beer I have ever had. Smooth finish that doesn't linger.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 0
A - Pours a motor oil black looking body that is completely opaque. There is no way a bit of light is going through this thing. Head is big and chunky, made of tons of tight bubbles, and light brown colored. The head on the initial pour had the look of mashed potatoes. Nice retention with decent lacing.

S - Big cocoa nose with some lactose mixed in. Vanilla bean and fresh coffee.

T - Whoa, this a big beauty! Loads of chocolate playing on the tongue here, with cocoa, baker's chocolate and milk chocolate all present. Nice roasty flavor combined with light expresso. Nothing is overpowering here and really melding together nicely. Bittersweet chocolate hits you towards the end, leaving you wanting more.

M - Big and chewy, but remarkably smooth. Full bodied, but a bit milky creamy.

D - This drunks much easier than it should for being so huge. A top notch double stout which I will have to get more of. Many thanks to Westsidethreat for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 2 12 20 4 10 0
Color pours out a typical leathery brown to settle a thickly burnt black with a purply-brown plum-like hint in tone, absolutely no head produced, just a few bubbles from a vigorous pour, no real lace either. Aroma is absolutely lovely! Lots of deep dark chocolate, freshly baked chocolate cake, buttery, moist, and chocolately with a nice little espresso on top. Just loved the smell of this, so chocolatey and absolutely yummy on the nose. Makes your mouth water - so time to quench! Taste starts with a smooth chocolate tone thats very dark and rich, stays mellow for a good portion of its stand, oh then the finish, oh the finish! Everything is noted here starting strong with espresso and some hoppy bitterness. Then gets quite complex with warming alcohol, molasses, tangy dark roastyness thats bittering deep and long; turning to a slightly burnt chocolate cake with espresso and chocolatey drying lately lingering for a good while. Absolutely amazing great finish! Feel is full and hefty, good little help of creamyness with some major finishing of both a strong chocolatey dryness and some espresso/coffee bittering, souring sweetness on the tongue. This is some amazing sh*t! A major sipper all the way and extremely enjoyable to the fullest.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 2006
Green bottle? Interesting. Perfect look, pours black that forms into a dark tan head. As the head reseedds it leave a nice trail on the side of the cup. The smeel is great, alcohol is very present here, followed by chocolate and a little coffee. Taste is amazing. Thick flavors of alcohol and coffee are up front followed by a smooth alcohol/malt/hop finish. Lots of alcohol in this bad boy(furley = one and done).

Served In: Pint Glass

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