I felt like the Dos Equis guy last Friday night, except less interesting. I don't always want an imperial stout, but when I do, I want a good one. Alesmith's Speedway Stout is a good one. It is a sweet, black beer, brewed with Ryan Bros. Coffee, and the the rich taste of coffee is in every drink. This is not one of those nonsense "breakfast" beers, but a grown-up night capper. If you were numbskull enough to drink this beer for breakfast, after a pint, you'd curl up and go back for the rest of the day.
The beer poured black and thick, with a frothy mocha foam (like how I'd picture cappuccino whip cream if it existed). The aroma of roasted coffee burst from the bottle as soon as I opened it. The first few sips were a jolt, but I quickly acclimated to the beer's boozy coffee and roasted malt flavor. The remainder of the bottle became a smooth, two hour sipper. I am always amazed at the sweetness of an imperial stout. Speedway, even with its bitter roast coffee, was dessert-like. I may have even picked up a hint of dark chocolate. Speedway's sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted malts and coffee. Speedway is a big beer, and the alcohol was present throughout and was never shy, and it became more noticeable as the beer warmed. This beer is a wonderful cold weather beer.
(There are many Speedway Stouts available. The one above is, I think, the standard Speedway Stout. It had a silver foil over the bottle cap.)