1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,339 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,762
Gots: 398 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,339 | Reviews: 277 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rowingbrewer:
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly pitch black with a mocha colored head. the smell is hints of boubon and oak with coffee notes mixed in. the taste is very faint bourbon and coffee with a bit of roastiness in the background. the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with decent carbonation. overall this is a very good beer, but i think it was a little bit of a let down. bourbon county coffee is better and easier to get.

rowingbrewer, Feb 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +10.6%

cam477, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

DanGeo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

OhioBobcat, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of abeerdude
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

abeerdude, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Schlais, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SkiBum22, May 22, 2012
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
5/5  rDev +10.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of gregmoscetti
5/5  rDev +10.6%

gregmoscetti, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of coxxx616
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

coxxx616, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Sam_Gladieux
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Sam_Gladieux, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

warnerry, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Afroman
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Afroman, Friday at 02:34 AM
Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of tjthresh
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tjthresh, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Edvice04
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Edvice04, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

aquazr1, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of badbeer
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

badbeer, May 03, 2007
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

fenlop54, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of BigE90
4/5  rDev -11.5%

BigE90, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Altenor
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Prospero, Jul 24, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,339 ratings.