AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Floydster:
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
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
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2008 14:06:47 | More by Floydster
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4.1/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Pours black with brown highlights in the light, no head/lacing.
Smells decadent and strong. Fudge, coffee, raisin, cinammon.
Taste is dark fudge with hints of chocolate and oak.
Mouthfeel is superb, ABV controlled - almost negligible.
A dessert beer with decent complexity.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 21:33:18 | More by ptykozoon
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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