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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,766
Gots: 399 | 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:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

rdell17, Yesterday at 03:13 PM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Wow, this beer is so thick it could paint walls a nice toasty brown color. It is very complex with many flavors going on. I especially like the dark roast coffee flavors I get with the smooth yet potent bourbon flavor that warms you right up. I couldn't drink more than one in one sitting, it is definitely a sipping beer but quite enjoyable.

LisaBarker, Yesterday at 12:46 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +0.9%

ChewbaccaSD, Wednesday at 07:05 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

outoffocus, Sunday at 05:38 PM
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Dimos23, Oct 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Ludwigkpa, Oct 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Rothobinide, Oct 18, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

skaboom420, Oct 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Afroman, Oct 17, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%

TechBrew, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

cocoapuph, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

cmgage, Oct 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

BergBeer, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

TxUltraRunner, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this bottle as part of a small tasting with friends because there's something about a $40+ bottle of beer that makes it seem anticlimactic to open by yourself. I don't remember seeing if there was a bottling date, but this particular bottle is of the 2014 vintage. Poured into a Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Poured with some vigor, since I know barrel-aged beers have a tendency to lose their ability to generate much head, and I'm rewarded with a finger and a half of dark cocoa colored foam. Several of the smaller bubbles immediately start to expand, giving it a spongy appearance until it dissipates to a film of intermittent foam and ringlet. Some sticky, thin swaths of lace adorn the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - A wonderful collection of aromas, with the roasted malt and bourbon taking the lead, but in a well-blended way that makes them seem like a single aromatic note. I'm a little dismayed at the lack of coffee presence--it's there, but muscled out of the picture by the much more prevalent notes of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. It's honestly hard to distinguish the more bitter roasted malt notes from the coffee notes. That said, I cannot dock it too much, as the smell is still wonderful. Maybe my favorite element of this beer.

Taste (4.25) - As with the smell, the coffee takes a back seat to the barrel characteristics, with sweet booze and really nice notes of caramel and toffee blending with the grain to produce the sensation of kind of a granola bar dipped in bittersweet chocolate and drizzled with a ribbon of caramel. The only negative--and it's hardly one at all--I can say is that I wish it were a bit more overt. It's impressive that AleSmith could make such a big, bold style, with lots of flavors going on, and blend it into a nice, smooth-drinking beer, but I like my BA stouts to be a little more aggressive.

Feel (4.5) - There is a nice full-bodied nature to this, in spite of being (I believe) 100% barrel-aged. The carbonation is moderate to low--just enough to prevent the sweet viscosity of the body from becoming cloying or smothering.

Overall (4.5) - A wonderful beer that I'm glad to have tried, and one that I would recommend to anyone who hasn't had it, price tag be damned. That said, the price is prohibitive for repeat purchases, because if I'm paying that kind of price for a bottle, it needs to be one of the best beers I've ever tasted to warrant a return purchase. And it's a well enough made beer that for some, it could very well be just that. But not for me. As such, I will just tip my cap to AleSmith and say "stout well done".

LambicPentameter, Oct 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

cardsfan, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

AndyEdgar, Oct 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

FLBeerGuy, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Alesmith sample glass. Not sure of the vintage, as the bottled on date is smudged, but I think it's a 2010. Thank you Kevin for this one!

Pours a thick, inkjet, oily body with a 3 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of retention.

Smell is inviting and potent - vanilla bean, heavy dark fruit, bourbon, some mustyness (I'm assuming from the age), milk chocolate, some booze in the background.

First thing to hit the tongue is sweet butterscotch, vanilla, sugar cookie, followed by milk chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, with a super charred, roasty malt aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Thick, rich, heavy body with low carbonation.

Very nice, super tasty, rich, complex, and balanced while hitting all the good flavor points of a barrel aged stout. Highly recommendable!

gcamparone, Oct 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Ferocious, Oct 10, 2014
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eblythe1, Oct 10, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev 0%

MattAllen, Oct 09, 2014
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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