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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,449 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,795
Gots: 422 | FT: 56
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)
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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the taste doesn't quite match up for me.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Bottle 358/447. Shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and heatherh at a recent tasting. Big thanks to nflmvp for this one!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a powerful mocha head. Very nice lacing as it makes its way down. Great appearance on such a strong brew.

S: Massive bourbon nose in the initial whiff, followed by sweetened dark fruits, roasted malt, and a hint of wood.

T: Big bourbon again. A bit of roasted malt, and a beautiful yet quaint dark, tart cherry flavor. A bit of sweetened dark fruits. Hints of oak and a very nice espresso bitterness. Very complex all around. I love regular Speedway, and this one blows it away.

M: Nice and creamy with an alcohol bite that is wonderfully in proportion to the rest of the flavors in the beer.

D: Supreme. One of the best stouts I've had in a long, long time. Again, big thanks to Steve for sending this one out my way.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of dry whisky with notes of dry roasted malt is interesting. Taste is a nice mix between some dry roasted malt notes with some coffee though not as much as in the original version with some dry whisky notes. Body is about average with medium carbonation and alcohol is not too apparent. A bit too dry and astringent for my taste thought still very much enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage bottle 62 of 233 . Consumed on 07/07/2008.

Had the pleasure of having this one last night. I had been waiting forever to get to try this and finally was bale to score. Immediately chilled this one and decided to break it out last night after having had the numbskull the night before. I had really enjoyed both of the other two BA Alesmith releases so far, and was hoping this would be the icing on the cake so to speak, and I have to admit I was anything but disappointed. Served at fifty degrees and decanted into a Snifter over the course of the evening.

Appearance - The pour on this one was just about as I would have expected, and just spot on. A rich, deep, dark as night colored liquid came gurgling out of the bottle immediately. Rich and thick in appearance it left no light inside of it whatsoever. Very nice one finger thick layer of chocolate colored foam, which had a nice tendency to stick around for a good long while. Really nice side glass lace thoroughly coated the inside of the glass throughout.

Smell - The aroma was perfect. Huge smell of coffee coming off of this one from the moment on opened the bottle, but I have to admit, it was more then that. It was enormously rich, with touches of oak and vanilla, hints of sweet milk chocolate and a touch of alcohol. This was definitely a big beer and actually very sweet. I was loving every minute of this one so far.

Taste - The flavor was just as heavenly as the aroma. Rich coffee notes just rolling out across the tongue, immediately coating everything that they touch. Sweet coffee flavor, with nice touches of oak riddle throughout. The barrel aging here took on more of a highlighting effect then n overpowering note. Subtle touches of light chocolate coming through towards the end as well. Wonderfully complex and rich, this was simply heavenly. Long lasting flavor of coffee, with oaky highlights, playfully dancing hints of vanilla just lingering for what seemed to be forever. I was really impressed here.

Mouthfeel - This was not as huge and thick and creamy as some of the other stouts, however it was masterfully done. Definitely full bodied, every sip of this was like a little slice of dessert. Really great bit of beer here, with a thick coating feel to it and a really nice carbonation profile.

Drinkability - I could have sipped on this one for days. There was no hint really of the alcohol to the extent you would have expected given the strength. A very solid sipper that I had a wonderful time with and would gladly throw down another any day of the week.

Overall would have to say this one was beyond excellent. A truly wonderful beer that I really could not get enough of. I would love to have this any day of the week, and I really think that hype to the level things get is not always deserved. But I have to admit, this was really damn good!

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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is thick and black with a thin tan colored foam on top.

S: Such a lovely nose on this one. Milk chocolate dominates the nose with lots of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and a slight bit of bourbon.

T: Much like the nose, the chocolate and vanilla are really the stars of the show. The coffee flavor is not as noticeable as in the regular Speedway, but I don't necessarily think the beer is hurt by this. A nice touch of bourbon and roasted malt as well.

M: The beer is full bodied, creamy, and very smooth with light carbonation.

D: A dangerously drinkable beer. This is easily one of the best barrel aged beers I've tried. Very smooth and not too heavy on the barrel character, but not "too light" either.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, Bottle #295. Good call on this one, UncleJedi. You have chosen... wisely.

Appearance: Pours a turbid, dark brown, near black body with a thin, short-lived, tan head.

Smell: A very full, all-encompassing bourbon barrel presence on the nose -- large notes of oak wood and full-on bourbon with lighter notes of vanilla and coconut shavings. Pair this up with a malt aroma replete with plenty of chocolate and roast and you have something worth smelling.

Taste: Cup of Sumatra Dark Roast 'Black Satin' Coffee stirred up with aged oak and light touches of vanilla and coconut and garnished with a few chocolate-covered coffee beans. Fleeting plum fruitiness. Some fire-roasted marshmallows. A pinch of Black Cavendish Tobacco. Medium roast bitterness. Plenty of alcohol to be found, but, thankfully, it's not glaring. Warming, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes! This is going to be a pleasure to finish off, I can tell. It's so darned yummy, I just had to tell the world!

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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'03 vintage received from seaoflament. Thank you, Carlos!

Appearance: From a 750ml bottle into a wine glass, the only suitable thing I had on hand at the place I drank this. The pour is dark chocolate brown, nearly black, with no head whatsoever. It sits in the glass viscous and opaque.

Smell: Chocolate and molasses. Moderate oxidation, but the good variety - there are no off aromas here. Rather, it's got a quality almost like vintage port or sherry. Wonderfully rich, sweet and dessert like.

Taste & mouthfeel: The first thing noticed is that there's no carbonation. The second thing noticed is that carbonation is completely unnecessary. The lack of bubbles only enhances the chocolatey richness and silky smooth mouthfeel. As the nose suggests, molasses is up front in the taste, with a strong undercurrent of chocolate and dark fruit. Coffee still comes through with surprising strength, especially in the finish, which dries the palate only slightly. Compared to fresh Speedway, all the rough edges have been smoothed; there's no trace of alcohol, low bitterness, no astringency; this is remarkably smooth beer. If not for the rarity (and strength), this would be downright quaffable.

Notes: This is the sort of beer that, before you try it, you have to wonder if it's all hype or if it actually merits all the praise. The answer is yes, it's worth every word of praise. Incredible stuff.

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4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing another treasure from his cellar. this one is special, and is perhaps the most well integrated use of barrel out there right now. the bourbon doesn't overpower the grain or the coffee, and all the elements are there together, its lovely. just a little froth on top of a jet black viscous base, intimidating in the glass. the nose is heavy vanilla, fresh coffee grounds, and warming alcohol. dried fruit, raisin maybe, and oak are there too, as is a rather dry earthen roasty character. the flavor isn't dry at all though, its sweet all the way through with a toffee and honey quality, and again with the vanilla. the bitterness of the dark barley and the coffee are tempered and counteracted by the barrel, which makes good sense. the coffee isn't quite as robust as it is in the regular speedway, but its role seems more important here. it remains the focus of the beer I think, as much as the barrel character creeps into view. layers of flavor and one of the longest finishes in the business. I love the way it feels, with all this body and slickness, despite being a palate coater. great great beer overall, I would love to try some of the other variants they do with it.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle, thanks Jay for sharing!

Wispy tan skim on a glassy obsidian surface. Ever present ring at the edge.
Dark and formidable body, the surface skim has the look of a planet's atmosphere.

As it warms there's distinct vanilla, coconut, and chocolate notes.

Flavor is rich, mildly oxidized, reminding me of Thomas Hardys. The alcohol has a mild sting but it doesn't affect the taste. Mellow roast and fudgy chocolate flavors, bitter coffee, an almost wine-like grape note surfaces too. Some soft bourbon traces, mostly vanilla and booze. Mellow carbonation, strong enough to keep it a sipper. Three years might be slighty too long to age, but it's still holding on.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tumbler.

How many huge beers can we try in a night? This one pours a very deep and very dark black-brown topped by a nice finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises cheaper whiskey, roasted malts, mild coffee, and a light dusting of cocoa powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the whiskey still riding tall in the saddle, but not quite as roughshod over the roast and coffee as before. Moreover, a stronger undercurrent of oak worms its way underneath the proceedings. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid barrel-aged stout, though not quite as good as the base would indicate. If anything, I'd take the normal, everyday Speedway over this most days of the week. That said, it's still pretty good, just not nearly as good as its current reputation would suggest.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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