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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.65%


Brewed by:
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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)
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Callenak

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe bottle #81/228

Had this sitting around the campfire in Mammoth thanks to a good friend. A perfect time and place for such a beer.

The regular speedway is one of my favorite beers, and I place it above Dark Lord and Stone. I think the coffee is just perfect for the style and love it.

Pours jet black in an AleSmith tulip glass. Little carbonation, but more than I expected. It's a big beer that’s been waiting a long time to be poured in my glass.

The smell is amazing. Pick up the alcohol first, hints of bourbon, then comes coffee and chocolate.

The smell matches the taste. Alcohol first, but not overpowering. Silky smooth but surprisingly, a little thinner than I would assume. Not as thick as Founders KBS. Be interesting to have the two side by side, since it's the only beer that could come close to comparing with the BA Speedway in style. The BA Speedway seems more balanced though, probably due to the aging. The coffee seems subdued compared to the regular speedway. Not sure if that was due to the aging or the bourbon. So many flavors. Really don't pick up on any oak. Just to much going on in this beer. All I know is I sipped on this one, enjoyed night, and savored this truly great beer.

Of course it's an amazing, well crafted beer. Now does it live up to the hype? Who knows. It was different that I expected. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but it's definitely up there. A prize to anyone, but I wouldn't sell my soul for another one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 22:05:03 | More by Callenak
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Boolshot

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #32/228
Started off with the regular Speedway, it had been a long while since I had it, wanted to compare the 2. Regular Speedway was better than I remembered, my palate has grown to favor Imperial Stouts. Now on to the BA Speedway

Pours pretty much the same as regular, but smell is not the same. Has dark ripe fruits in the smell, as well as the expected coffee and chocolate, mild alchohol. Very nice smell, couldn't wait to get the first taste.

Holy crap! This is the smoothest beer I have ever had! Goes down like silk, very little alchohol flavor, but the warming effect is there. I am not one to give great details on flavors, I am still learning to pick out the different ones, so I can't do this beer justice in my description. Very mild bourbon flavor, coffee, chocolate, but very different from the regular Speedway. 100% smoother, and the regular Speedway is pretty damn smooth. I have not rated a ton of beers, but I have had over 600 different beers, and I think this is #1!

This gets a "5" from me. I don't see how to improve on this. I can't wait to age my other bottle and try again in a couple of years. To all who have this beer, ENJOY! To all searching for it, GOOD LUCK

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 06:55:42 | More by Boolshot
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scottoale

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2004 Barrel-Aged of an already awesome favorite...couldn't wait any longer, someone had to open one! Bottle # 68 of 228.

From the new labeled, 750ml. green champagne bottle pours a pitch black (almost brown) that let's no light through my tulip glass. A 1/2 inch of cocoa-brown cap sits on top. Mild carbonation and a little sticky lace as you go...nice. Although it's been classified as an American Double Stout previously, it is very Imperial Stout like as well, thus the RIS listing here.

The smell is of dark black roast coffee, chocolate, black licorice and alcohol, and it smells even better as it warms. This stuff smells tantilizing, correct me if I'm wrong.

Amazing flavor, after I have a sip, my tastebuds start to water, I'm not kidding! The entry is sweet (not too mention alcoholic) and strong with coffee, black licorice, bitter-sweet chocolate and liquer. Full of intense flavor that intertwine beautifully into a toxic, elixor of bliss. It is a definitely a notch + above the Speedway as I Know it...it's f-in tasty!

The mouthfeel is smooth and alcoholicly warm, the body is only medium-heavy, not as thick and chewy as I was thinking, the flavor is truly exceptional...absolutely exceptional too me.

Great to drink right now...can't wait to see how this one matures.
Awesome stuff, Cheers to the fortunate few (and everone else of coarse) !!!

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 05:27:16 | More by scottoale
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle 66: Black body wears a thin off-white head. I can’t wait for the old numbskull version. Obvious bourbon barrel aroma. It comes out minty (after eight chocolate) and candyish with all the usual stoutish aspects. Big whiskey and roasty suggestions. Large hop presence although the barrel aging really seems to mellow them out for the best. Bitter bourbon finish. Mild acidity doesn’t alterate the pleasure. Fruity and almost anise reminiscent. Great balance for such a monster. Thick body with smooth low carbonation. Good going Alesmith. I didn’t notice any coffee. To me, this is far more pleasant than the regular speedway. Thanks again hopsrus.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 20:57:01 | More by Rastacouere
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beerguy101

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malts, dark sugar and fruits. Full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee, with touches of vanilla and dark fruit. The brandy/bourbon flavor is evident. Nice blend of chocolate, wood and smoke. Very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate flavors blend well together. Touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 20:59:48 | More by beerguy101
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Belchmaster

California

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the AleSmith brewery - they had multiple variations (Vietnamese Coffee, etc.) and I have had this in the bottle and I can say without a doubt this is one of the two best beers on the planet - and that is a guarantee my friend.
The other best beer in the world would be Parabola by Firestone Walker.
This beer is pure flippin Bliss from start to finish. It is thick, rich, complex, smells fantastic, tastes fantastic, pours fantastic, smooth and just nothing at all bad that can be said about it at all...and I mean absolutely nothing!!!
Unfortunately for all of us, it is in extremely limited supply. Finding a bottle will be difficult. I would suggest doing whatever you can to get one (yes even if it costs $100...it is seriously worth it) If you do find one, I'm not sure you want to share even a drop of it...yeah it's that good. On the other hand, other people have got to experience this so you almost need close friends to taste it so you can forever brag about you giving them a sip of it....but really it's tough because you want to drink it all yourself.
I leave the decision up to you.
I drank every drop of mine...and told my buddies where they could get it that day...it was gone the next day...too bad for them!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 06:21:53 | More by Belchmaster
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Firestone Walker Invitational '13. Probably in about the middle of the day, no line. Score.

Pours out a black, oily looking liquid. Seems thinner than the regular Speedway, less tan head frothing about this is a very thin head. Aroma was the heavy, heavy roast, bourbon and coffee. Good stuff.

Taste, takes on more of a creamy smoothness moreso than the pungent coffee and roast that the base version has going for it. The barrel seems to mellow this out with a dallop of bourbon along with it. Drinks pretty damn effortlessly. Barely there coconut and vanilla. Caramel and marshmellow sweetness. Warming alcohol is nicely displayed, far from harsh or distracting. A little bit of citrus here? Huh? Its very small. Chocolate is there, right in the middle. The coffee is nowhere near as huge as in the base version, the bourbon character kind of forces that to the side a little bit.

Carbonation is lower than regular Speedway. Toffee notes challenge caramel. Gets to be thicker and more chewy the longer you go with it. If you like coffee and bitterness, stick with the regular version, if you want some barrel, hit this up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2013 16:37:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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rand

California

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cirro's in Pacific Beach, poured into tulip

A: Jet-black, small coffee-tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks heavy and viscous, no lacing.

S: The nose is rich boozy bourbon and dark roasted coffee. Plenty if semi-sweet chocolate aligned with the deep malt-backbone keeps things in balance. There's a bit of a rum-raisin note in between the booze and residual sugars. Did I say boozy?

T: Way more balanced than the nose lead. A balanced mixe of sweet bourbon and chocolate bounce off of roasted coffee, paprika and nutmeg. There actually a dose of hop oil in there, drying things out a bit. Long, bitter-sweet finish.

M: Rich and chewy. Enough carbonation to keep the palate clean, but not so mich as to offset the velvety mouthfeel.

Delicious barrel-aged brew, but grading on a curve, this isn't that big a step up from Speedway. Which isn't a bad thing, just didnt exceed my expectations.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 03:38:24 | More by rand
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jethrodium

California

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Courtesy of dmsohyea. Thanks. 2009 vintage. Pours a pitch black with a small light tan chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and some oak. The taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of coffee, vanilla, a bit of bourbon, some oak, and hint of cherry. The finish has slight hint of alcohol, a bit of cherry, and a bit of bitterness. It has the full, creamy mouthfeel that regular speedway has with low carbonation. Amazing beer. This was quite similar to regular speedway (which I love) with some added flavors and complexities from the barrel. The only thing that could improve it would just a tad less sweetness, but other than that I have no complaints.
5/5/4.5/5/4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. 2007 vintage. Pours black as night with close to no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is tons of dark chocolate, a decent amount of alcohol, some cherry, plum, and a hint of coffee. The taste has a light sweetness, with some coffee, cherry, plum, The finish has some alcohol and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, but not quite as creamy as regular speedway. Low carbonation. A great beer, but quite a different beast than the 2009 BA Speedway (drank side-by-side). The coffee was faded in this one (unsurprisingly) and it had quite a bit more alcohol present (somewhat surprising). The cherry and fruit came through a bit more in this vintage. Not quite as good as the 2009 vintage.
4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

On tap at the Toronado Stout Festival. 2008 vintage, I believe. Pours a dark black with a little bit of light coming through at the edges. A small chocolaty tan head leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass, much like the regular Speedway Stout. This beer was served relatively cold and at first seemed like another pretty good imperial stout. The aroma was vanilla, a little dark chocolate, and some bourbon with the taste very similar to the aroma. Once the beer warmed up some it turned into easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, plum and dark fruits, dark roasted coffee, bourbon, and a little alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with vanilla and cherry and then going into light coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is a bit of bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol and a very light bitterness. Not hot at all. Very smooth beer. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. If this beer has on flaw, it is that the initial taste is the tiniest bit too sweet. Very different from the base beer. Coffee is a background flavor instead of being front and and center. Tons of different flavors that are all well integrated. A little less bitterness on the finish than the regular Speedway Stout. Both are amazing beers. I would probably give the barrel aged version the slight edge based on its depth and complexity.
5/5/4.5/5/5

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2012 21:49:31 | More by jethrodium
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drowland

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sample straight from a growler courtesy Dakine at RBWG 2010... wow, thanks!!!! Wow. Really good stuff, amazing balance. They’re not bowling you over with barrel aging, but it’s there and it’s perfect. This is really good. Black pour with a very small khaki head. Aroma and taste show pleasant BA characteristics - vanilla, coconut, as well as the deliciousness that is Speedway underneath.

Serving type: growler

02-05-2012 21:49:55 | More by drowland
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Neighborhood, 11/9/11.

A-Pours a dark, opaque brown with a very sparse brown head.

S-Mocha, marshmallow, roast, some booziness.

T-Great complexity. Chocolate, bourbon, marshmallow, raisins, sweet malt, even a hint of honey. Heat nicely subdued.

M-Medium to heavy bodied, booze is well hidden.

O-Delicious. A highlight of SDBW for sure.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 21:15:17 | More by sholland119
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MrVonzipper

California

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black, oily and viscous with a short khaki bubbly head and spotty lacing.

Big bold nose full of boozy bourbon, chocolate, molasses and coffee.

Huge rich flavor as well. A bit on the hot and boozy side which I like but this is a touch much. Big bourbon, a touch of vanilla, dark chocolate and rich coffee make up the bold flavor.

Mouth is viscous and silky with low carbonation and that alcohol heat.

Overall this is going to be an amazing beer in about 2 years I think. It's pretty great now. But as the alcohol mellows out and all the notes relax and settle, it's going to be phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 01:53:49 | More by MrVonzipper
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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

Deep, dark aromas of coffee and espresso beans, rich chocolate, and strong but complementary notes of bourbon and vanilla. Less hop presence than in the standard Speedway. Rich, divine, decadent, and slightly better than the standard version of the same beer. Incredible!

Earth and wood flavors from the bourbon stand out initially, with lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The rich coffee, chocolate, and roast are still here as well. It's a lovely balance. There's just a bit of alcohol warmth present, but it's welcome in this beer.

Thick, oily, full mouthfeel.

A terrific version of a fantastic base beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 02:33:37 | More by ehammond1
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unitmonster

California

3.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at release party(?) and from a bottle at Bruery Clusterfork #6

A - Dark, but not completely black like a Parabola or other heavy stout. Decent legs, very little to no head.

S - Bitter coffee, some notes of chocolate. Honestly, nothing really too special in the smell.

T - More of that bitter coffee flavor and some sub-grade cocoa/chocolate. I'm really not impressed with this beer at all.

M - Light carbonation, and not viscous. This is pretty my favorite attribute of the beer.

O - Decent, but not great. I don't understand the hype behind this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 01:03:44 | More by unitmonster
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leschkie

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 2011 release at Alesmith. Written notes from 4 tasters of the 2009 BA version.

Appearance: Reminded me of what I would expect if I dropped an 88% cocoa piece of dark chocolate into my taster cup and let it melt while I waited the 3.5 hours in line to get my ticket. Poured a hybrid between dark mocha and jet black, depending on your angle, with a tan head whose thickness was about the size of 3 US quarters stacked on top of each other. After ~10 seconds following the pour, the head quickly dissipated to form a lingering ring around the edges of the taster cup.

Smell: Holy crap, what a distinction between the BA and regular version. The barreling process completely metamorphosized this one. Aromas of wood and spicy bourbon upfront with dark chocolate and coffee following suit. Could have sworn I detected subtle hints of vanilla and burnt malt, but it also could have been the delirium starting to set in as a result of standing in line for hours on end in the sun wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt, a cashmere sweater, and jeans in the middle of June in San Diego. (Insert "idiot"-related synonyms here)

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Easily explains why I decided to leave 1 line only to wait in another on 4 separate occasions. Taste closely follows the nose. Very nice balance between the barrel, coffee, and dark chocolate with an added treat at the finish: absolutely no bitterness from the coffee (unlike the regular version of Speedway). Slight heat from the alcohol, but not enough to add to my slowly-rising body temperature as a result of being bombarded by sunrays while standing around.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied. Felt like smooth velvet swirling in my mouth. Carbination was spot-on.

Overall: Nice work Alesmith. They worked the barreling process to near perfection with this one. Danger is its middle name. Deceivingly drinkable for a 12% ABV. Probably explains my lack of self-control and my desire to have 4 helpings of this one (in adddition to the Decadence and Speedway Vanilla & Coconut tasters I had as well). While Alesmith does a superb job with not letting the barrel completely overwhelm all other aspects of the beer, my only criticism is that I wish the bourbon was just a tad more pronounced in the flavor profile. Regardless, I enjoyed this one very much. I wish everyone gets the chance to sample this eventually. In my opinion, the BA version of Speedway completely blows the regular version right out of the water.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 16:14:13 | More by leschkie
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notchucknorris

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Release

A: Black as motor oil with a reddish mocha colored head that stays at about one finger. Good retention.

S: Pretty big aromas of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, raisin and bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, fudge, hints of dark fruit (plum and black currant) with a slightly acidic finish. Lush and velvety mouthfeel with a pleasant warming sensation on the finish and a little bit of a peat flavor and dryness from the bourbon. The bourbon was surprisingly restrained, which surprised me. The balance was really well done. I definitely feel lucky to have gotten to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 12:59:57 | More by notchucknorris
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nightwing002

California

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery for the release of the 09 BA Speedway Stout

A – In the cup the beer looked black with no light able to shine through. It had a nice beige/tan head that dissipated quickly to leave a nice ring around the cup.

S – First to the mind is a nice strong chocolate scent. Also detectable are hints of caramel, wood, and burnt malts.

T – Up front first was a flavor or strong malty chocolate that eventually finished with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol goes down warm but not hot. This beer leaves a sweet coating on your lips that you can taste for a bit afterwards.

M – Creamy feel in the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent for this BA stout.

O – This was a great version of the Speedway Stout. The barrel aging has done wonders to this beer. I’m hoping that aging this beer a bit more will help bring out more flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 00:31:58 | More by nightwing002
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mrkun

California

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: The color is very dark brown with a nice tan head.

S: The nose is dominated by bourbon, oak, and roasty malts.

T: The taste is very similar. Hits first with oak, followed by lightly roasted malt and coffee and finally bourbon as the beer begins to go down.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, and a bite from the bourbon.

O: An extremely well done barrel aged imperial stout that would be hard to match. The bourbon is more well-balanced than Parabola.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:09:09 | More by mrkun
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark brown, tan head that retreats to a ring around the outside that stays for the rest of the beers existance.
S- Smells of rich mahogany, serious. Bourbon alcohol, chocolate.
T- Much like the smell, roasty, coffee, malts, bourbon spiciness, chocolate, very spicy.
M- Fairly thick, lightly carbed about perfect for this beer, have to mention the tingling on the lips slight burn.
O- Great beer that recieved a very distinct and satisfying change from the barrel age.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 15:58:19 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2011 BA speedway stout release

Look: Dark brown to almost black in color with a 1/4 tan head with some decent retention and lace

Smell: Spicy notes of bourbon backed up by dark chocolate and coffee

Taste: Very very nice spicy notes of bourbon it did tingle the palate a bit but it was a pleasurable tingle and leaved me wanting more. The beer finished off nicely roasted malt coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slight burn from the alcohol and bourbon notes. Full body with little carbonation

Overall: Very good BA imperial stout. Picked up two bottle of this so I will put one away for a year or more to see how the flavors mature and I will drink one again here soon. Looking forward to another go around with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 00:52:20 | More by DarthKostrizer
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'09 vintage. On tap at the 2011 BA Speedway and Decadence release. From three 3oz pours in taster cups.

Pours black with a thin film of sand colored foam, which persists in ring form for quite a while. Not much lacing to speak of. Smell is mostly bourbon and oak, a little vanilla; a nicely restrained aroma, though, and not at all overpowering. Not a lot of coffee or malt here, and definitely more mellow than regular Speedway. Taste is more balanced than the smell, with more of a coffee and chocolate presence along with the bourbon and oak, as well as some maltiness and sweetness. Finishes with a very slight coffee bitterness. Wow, super tasty and smooth stuff. Medium-full body and medium carbonation work great with the beer here; not much heat to speak of. Overall, this is a world class bourbon barrel age coffee stout, exceedingly drinkable, and which shows admirable restraint with the barrel treatment.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 23:23:34 | More by pmarlowe
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Sideswipe

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Edition
On tap at the brewery.

The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a light beige head. The foam recedes quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass. The nose is chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is of leather, chocolate, caramel, and oak. There is a sweet quality to it, as well. Bourbon is integrated so well that there is almost no alcohol heat to speak of. Finish is sweet with lingering chocolate and bourbon. Feel is somewhat thinner than I'd expect from a big BA stout and carbonation is on the low side, as it should be. Overall this is another very nice barrel aged offering from AleSmith.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 17:59:19 | More by Sideswipe
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biggied

California

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Body is big, thick and opaque black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Exceptional. A delicate balance between bourbon BA characteristics and IRS characteristics. Very complex and slightly sweet-of moderate strength. Vanilla, oak, a slight hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Just wonderful.

T-Flavor is just as good as the nose but adds a slight roasted malt component to it. Upfront is a lot of IRS characteristics-dark fruit, anise, licorice, dark chocolate-and offers a bit of vanilla and bourbon sweetness and the slightest hint of oak in the background. A hint of roasted malt comes through for the finish to create an equal balance to the slightly sweet initial flavor. Some remnants of the initial flavor linger as well as a slight roasted malt bitterness.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy.

D- This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The BA components compliment the stout characteristics very well and this is worlds better than regular speedway-seem like 2 completely different beers. The flavors are really big here but it is not nearly as aggressive as regular speedway.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2011 05:53:30 | More by biggied
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nataku00

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap (2009 release) poured into a small snifter. Pitch black beer that looked viscous when poured. A finger of chocolate colored creamy head stuck around for a bit, leaving just a trace of lacing but a lot of alcohol feet.

Nose is a nice mix of dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, wood, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt.

Coffee, dark chocolate dominate the tongue initially, then as it warms, the booze and the wood shows up mid tongue. Nice lingering roasted coffee, malt and wood aftertaste.

Full bodied and creamy in the mouth, combined with the alcohol warmth made my taste buds really happy. Some light carbonation still remain after all the barrel aging, helps to move the flavor along as you take a sip.

Very big beer demands small slow sips. A very enjoyable stout to sit down with for an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 05:08:13 | More by nataku00
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Fully opaque. A little swirling the snifter kicks up a few bubbles, then goes back to still blackness. Aroma is sweet, and quite fruity; Dark fruits, that is. Just a little coffee on the nose, with cherry and plum/prune. Just a little wood and bourbon aroma. The flavor is pretty huge on this one, way bigger and more complex than the regular Speedway. Very tarry, lots of cigar smoke, leather, booze is alive and present. Huge espresso is present, with dark chocolate. Sweet, but not an all-out sugar assault. Again, there is dark, smoky tar throughout. Extremely chewy. Only faintly bitter. If you swish it around in your mouth, you get some more carbonation, as you can almost feel the cavities developing in your teeth. I'm glad I got to try this. Definitely not a session beer (Of course if you're reading this, you likely already knew that. I mean, like anybody other than the CEO of Alesmith would have the means to session this anyway.), but very soulful for just a glass now and then. Overall, excellent

Serving type: growler

09-16-2010 04:41:11 | More by funkyaudio
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100 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.