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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,741
Gots: 387 | FT: 42
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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Floydster

California

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

750 ml bottle with gold foil, #32 out of 235, purchased at the brewery for twenty dollars on April 1st, one of the last people to get a bottle thankfully, had to celebrate after finishing my second semester of graduate school, drank the entire thing by myself over a course of three hours, poured into my Chimay goblet slowly last night

A-Appeared to be completely black when it was first poured, then the head settled there was a very tiny bit of light going through the top only, 3/4 inch soapy brown head that went away rather quickly, not much retention, just a little stringy lacing

S-Coffee, complex set of roasted malts, both milk and dark chocolate, sweet cream, half and half, oak, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, nuttiness including cashews and honey roasted peanuts, barely any dark fruit but the ones present were ripe, caramel, and burned sugar

T-First thing that I noticed was different with the barrel aged version was the initial espresso flavor was much weaker, this was not a bad thing because the coffee can be a little aggressive without some age with the stand version, smae chocolate and caramel malt in the middle, but the finish was different at first with not as much dryness but more sweet accents, roastiness was not near as intense in this one because the sweetness overpoured it, this is usually not a good thing but definitely was in this case, never had a beer this sweet that went down so easy, later on the oak and vanilla started to shine through, vanilla mixed wonderfully with the chocolate, the aftertaste started to get a little boozy by the end but the only way I got tell was the sensation on the tongue, thought this beer would be much stronger tasting, incredibly balanced with sweetness and roasted accents, this is much better than normal Speedway because it is more subtle and complex with no flavors overpowering others, would love to be able to drink this more often, taste was enjoyable to say the least

M-Medium body, did not expect this to be as thin as it was, taste lingered for up to five minutes at times, warming was nice because it was not overpowering, not much carbonation but a few small bubbles throughout, spicy on the tongue towards the end, sweet, roasty, dry, complex, and tangy mouthfeel

D-This did not feel like twelve percent by any means, went down easier than any imperial stout I have ever had, could barely taste any whiskey in it and all booze were hidden very well, not heavy on the stomach, incredibly smooth, could have drank more than the twenty-five ounces even

I had a few people tell me this was their favorite beer ever and I am right there with them, certainly in my top five of all time, Speedway is good by itself but after being in a barrel it is just amazing, too bad this is only brewed every two or three years, now I know what all the hype was about, the three hour drive to get a bottle was definitely worth it, Alesmith has something going for them with their barrel aged brews, cannot wait to see what they come up with next, would be ecstatic to drink again, cannot recommend this one enough, have now had three different years and this one is for certainly for real

04-18-2008 14:06:47 | More by Floydster
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-19-2012 23:12:07 | More by cam477
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

10-06-2013 13:09:08 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%

Enjoyed at a tasting, alongside the regular Speedway and the Kopi Luwak variant. This one pours with a similar body to the regular Speedway - silky, black, and only showing some dark brown highlights at its very extremities. The tan head on this one was a bit darker than that of the original Speedway, but it dissipates much quicker also, leaving basically no lacing along the glass as it sinks down.

The aroma is as powerful as they come; it hits quickly with huge barrel qualities - soft oak and vanilla melding with a bourbon character that is slightly grainy and raw, but not quite enough to be abrasive. Some nice dark fudge rounds out the rough edges, alongside just a hint of coffee. Despite the unique coffee aroma being so strong and "out front" in the original Speedway, it's actually one of the most tame aromas in the barrel-aged version. Weird. Just from the nose, you can tell this one is gonna be a doozy. Robust bourbon, oak, and fudge stings and warms my nostrils one last time before I dive in and take my first sip...

The first thing I notice is that the body on this one is much creamier than the original Speedway - chalk that up to the barrel aging, of course. A nice mixture of bourbon and vanilla are the first things to attack the palate, with a slight bias in the bourbon direction. Again, the bourbon characteristic is more grainy and "pure" than in many other BA beers - very powerful. A strong oak presence backs the beer from nearly start to finish, with some light coconut flavors coming in at the tail end.

There is a reasonable heat to this one, feels maybe even a bit hotter than 12% ABV, not too sure how I feel about that yet. The fudge flavors are a bit more suppressed than I anticipated, but they come out much more during the latter half of the beer, along with some very light dark fruity and anise-like sweetness, helping to cut through the bourbon heat and the bitterness from the roasted malts. The strongest flavor in the finish is the grainy bourbon and a mild fudge sweetness. Low carbonation, smooth, chewy, creamy body.

Overall, the coffee was very unnoticeable on the palate, something that I loved so much about the original Speedway. The bourbon barrel flavors were huge, but perhaps a little "too huge" for my liking, as they seemed to overshadow some of Speedways excellent qualities. Still a very delicious beer, but I'd have to take the original over this one, without question.

02-25-2013 13:19:19 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-31-2013 00:59:47 | More by OhioBobcat
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abeerdude

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

06-03-2013 21:08:55 | More by abeerdude
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A - Pours black with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S - Very fresh coffee. It is spot on goodness. Warming bourbon with nice oak and vanilla. Rich, creamy chocolate. Very little roast. Amazing.

T - Very nice balanced stout. There was chocolate, bourbon, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and caramel. But none of the flavors were overpowered they were very nicely balanced between each other.

M - Full bodied with a thick, heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

O - Very good beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try considering how rare it is now. The regular speedway is one of my favorite beers and this took it up a notch. Hope to have it again someday.

05-22-2012 21:03:52 | More by SkiBum22
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California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-02-2012 21:43:50 | More by heddar33
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

08-05-2013 02:01:46 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-21-2011 03:32:31 | More by Callmecoon
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%

Pitch black with not too much head. A good swirl got nothing. The aroma is full of coffe, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and so much more I just couldn't wrap my head around. Same with the flavor. Everything mentioned in the nose was present in the flavor. All very well blended. There was some concern at the table that the coffee would not make its way through. It was there and stood tall. The palate was a touch on the thin side, yet very fullfilling.

01-11-2009 18:10:49 | More by tjthresh
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Edvice04

California

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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aquazr1

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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badbeer

Iowa

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a dark black color with a mocha colored head. Head diminishes to only a ring around the glass. Smell of coffee and soft bourbon, maybe some hints of chocolate and oak. The bourbon is nicely balanced in there, it's not overpowering as so many other barrel aged stouts have been. Taste is simply exceptional. Roastiness adds a nice touch to the dark chocolate and bourbon. Hints of vanilla and oak, but I am once again impressed on how well the bourbon is integrated. It's like a soft, smooth, high quality bourbon barrel was used; it's not harsh at all. A little less than full bodied, with a soft amount of carbonation. A pure joy to drink, I am forever greatful for being given the opportunity to try this.

05-03-2007 04:19:10 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this gem.

2007 vintage. Bottle number 205 of 447. This was sampled side-by-side with a regular Speedway Stout. The beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get bourbon, oak, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. The oak and tannic notes are very tart or bitter, giving the beer an almost sour quality. The coffee has completely faded. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not sure which I liked the best out of this and the non barrel-aged version because they are both awesome. Very happy I got to try this.

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BigE90

Washington

4/5  rDev -11.5%

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Altenor

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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Prospero

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%

2009 bottle served in my trusty Lawson's snifter.

A: Pours thick and completely black with a very nice big tan head.
S: Smells like chocolate and bourbon.
T: Again, tastes like chocolate and bourbon. Can also taste some of the barrel characteristics (oak). Coffee seems to have faded because it's barely there.
M: Nice carbonation. Thick and velvety smooth.
O: This is up there with Parabola as one of my favorite stouts, great job Alesmith! Definitely try this if you get the chance.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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