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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 01-01-2004

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 3oz. Pour from a 750ml foiled and capped bottle into a TJs snifter. Thanks to capra12 for this one. Had at a tasting 9/4/11.

Pours a thin light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with poor stick. Great legs though.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, espresso beans, and a light overtone of booziness. Some molasses also. Great complexity and very aromatic.

Opens chocolate and sweet molasses. Brownie and cocoa in the middle with a touch of booziness towards the middle, end. End is more molasses and big vanilla sweetness. Finish is sweet booze and aftertaste is chocolate and sweet espresso. Very appropriate for the style with exceptionally robust flavors and surprisingly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth with some heat going down. Finish is hot with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard for a bear with big barrel characteristics except for the lighter body that really aids the integration of flavors.

I’m a big fan of Speedway stout but I’m surprised at what barrel aging has done for this beer. A completely different flavor profile very different from the coffee-dominant base beer emerges here. Silky smooth, complex, and just very good overall. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. draft (was supposed to be eight ounces)
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Feb. 23, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 23, 2016
Misc.: AleSmith Tap Takeover night

First time reviewing this, but third time tasting it. Picked this over Vietnamese Coffee variant, assuming I would get to have that next (this did not happen). Loved it the last two times I tasted it and expecting at least a 4.50.

Poured a black color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Minima lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled toffee, smooth milk chocolate, buttery bourbon syrup, caramel, roasty malts and wet cocoa powder. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted much boozier than the smell. Super hot from the get-go. Bourbon heavy, chocolate, toffee, caramel and smooth dark milk chocolate. Bourbon was just overwhelming. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Not quite as good as the last few times I had this at AleSmith. Not sure what it was, but picked a bad time to review this. Will have it again for sure though. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Photo of seeswo
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin layer of tannish head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts. Definitely more reserved than some BA imperial stouts. Taste is smooth. Iced coffee, roasted malts, mild chocolate meld with bourbon, oak and vanilla. A good level of sweetness is balanced with a reserved bitterness that comes together quite well. While there is a lot of barrel in this beer, it is not an over-the-top BA imperial stout like some. Good medium carbonation and body work well. Overall, this beer is a winner. AleSmith obviously knows their way around a barrel. Being picky, a bit more of the coffee flavor that comes out in the base beer, along with a slight boost in the barrel character would have pushed the taste to a 5. In addition, that additional coffee probably would have brought out the nose more. Still really good as is.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage. Received in a trade from Jw347. Thanks John!

A: Pours a nearly pitch black body with a billowy dark mocha head; it retains well and leaves a substantial collar on the brew. Quite nice for a beer of this style and gravity.

S: Great aroma. Lots of chocolate, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. I pick up hints of sherry-like oxidation, coffee, oak, and earth.

T: I let it warm to have the full flavor come out. It's incredibly complex, but the oxidation dominates this beer, too much for my tastes. It introduces a light tartness, sherry / wine, and salty soy. Those aren't deal-breakers in barrel-aged beers anymore, but they have an optimal concentration, and this beer exceeds that. Still, the rest of the flavor isn't irredeemable: it's chocolatey, coffee-driven, and earthy. It has a nice caramelly bourbon to it, and I pick up toasted oak in the finish.

M: Full in flavor, medium in viscosity. Good carbonation. No heat.

D: It comes together a lot better as it warms, but I am never in love with it. I'm glad I had it, as I was very curious about this one, but I'm not breaking the cellar for it in the future. The fresher one out of a growler was more to my liking.

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Photo of portia99
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (2012 release) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. This long time want is courtesy of grandmeaulnes. Big thanks Alex!

A - Pours pitch black in color with 2 fingers of chocolate milkshake colored and textured head with good retention. Head slowly falls to the surface leaving behind tons of webby lacing on the glass. Amazing head for a high alcohol barrel aged beer...hard to get much better than this.

S - Lots of bourbon up front, maybe with a hint of brandy aroma as well (from somewhere). Bourbon fades into rich milk chocolate, some astringency, tons of black coffee, some rich buttery toffee, hints of molasses. Creamy vanilla, oak, some sweet caramel...a bit of a boozy candy bar in a glass. This really smells great.

T - Very smooth beer. Sweet caramel and toffee up front that moves into sweet bourbon and milk chocolate and firmly passing into black coffee. On the finish this transitions yet again - this time to a firm black licorice and espresso. Some sweetness, some difficult to identify blend of fruits that contains some cherries, maybe some raspberry..but definitely something else too (blackberries?). Very mild booziness/heat. Well done barrel aging.

M - Full bodied. Carbonation is on the lowish/medium side. Has a bit of a foamy/frothy feel in the mouth with the carbonation "exploding" a bit in the mouth as it hits the tongue. Only a minor warmth from the bourbon barrel aging. Lots of complexity with the chocolate, coffee, berries, wood and bourbon. A fruity coffee/bitter chocolate flavor is left behind after the swallow for contemplation. The fruitiness is baffling me a bit...trying to identify it exactly but I just can't quite come up with it.

O - Well, after a long, long wait to try this one - it certainly doesn't disappoint. This truly is a great barrel aged imperial stout. The barrel integration is seemless, giving some additional complexity to an already outstanding beer. The semi-sweet candy bar aspect of this beer is pretty amazing...I'm thinking of a Dark Milky Way...bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel and nouget...so good. Very glad to finally land this one - a couple years of trying finally paid off. Thanks again Alex...really an awesome barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Impressive looking brew: dark, nearly black, with a solid cream head with excellent retention, and leaving flat fields of lacing.

Aroma is equally impressive, layering bitter chocolate and coffee against a smooth bourbon undertone.

Flavor follows, with a hint of butterscotch (surely from the bourbon choice) both in the front third and on the back end. Bourbon is both a significant complement to the overall profile and perfectly restrained. Less coffee presence than in the base brew, but the massive, chocolatey, roasty malt shines through cleanly and strongly.

Incredibly smooth; absolutely unbelievable presence for 12% and BA. Thick, viscous, impressively mild on the palate.

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Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '03. Thanks Nick!

Pours an oily black with a thick espresso head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has freah roated coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark pitted fruits, chocolate, dark candies, big malts and molasses.

Beautiful blend of espresso, wood, whiskey, vanilla, plums, figs, dates, roasty malts, cocoa, caramel and toffee.

Thick, creamy body is perfectly carbonated. Perhaps a bit past age, but still a lovely beer. Peaks closer to 5 years.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler split three ways with friends

sweet bourbon and deep rich malt on the sniffer

bourbon and coffee meld wonderfully...coffee up front and bourbon in the rear...so many avenues to explore here, but I'll let it go. Wave after wave of dark chocolate as this beer warms. Wood from the barrel is increasingly evident. Just thoroughly enjoyable.

Body is slightly oily, lightly carbonated, and a bit thin for the heft of this beauty.

Alcohol content is well hidden in this incredibly crafted, highly enjoyable stout. A real treat.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to coryking for this, been wanting this for 3+ years

2009 vintage

pour was deep black with some light creamy and cocoa head. fairly thick looking body.

the bourbon barrel aging is very apparent on the nose. big vanilla and oak with some coffee and chocolate.

as with regular speedway, there was a nice chocolate backbone with a light roasted malt. the barrel aging really brought the life out of this. the vanilla was very smooth. added some richness.

a bit viscous and chewy. moderate carbonation. not much alcohol, fairly smooth.

this was delicious, a great example of a great -bal aged stout.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into HF fest glass, thanks Brian (Auror) for bringing this to our tasting. March '13 bottling.

A- Pours a pitch black with a slight milky mocha head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, espresso, integrated bourbon, vanilla, some booze, decent aroma strength.

T- Creamy chocolate, espresso, vanilla extract, slight rubbing alcohol, finishes with more bourbon and espresso. Not nearly as good as I remember the '09 tasting, booze could have been integrated a little bit more and I get a hint of rubbing alcohol that is slightly off putting. Overall pretty good but was expecting slightly better.

M- Medium bodied for a barrel-aged stout, low carbonation but fitting for abv, slight alcohol burn.

O- Barrel-aged Speedway is easily a world class beer however there were some very slight off-putting alcohol flavors that I didn't remember it having when I tasted the '09 at a bottle share. This leads me to believe that this beer improves with a few years on it, developing more of a smoothness.

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Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by miketd. Thanks dude!!
Pours black with a light tan head. Smell is roasty, chocolate and bourbon, but not too strong. Taste is almost milder than I remember the regular speedway stout being, at least in terms of alcohol, somehow. Still very mild coffee, and is hardly noticeable, with roasty chocolate and light bourbon. Good stuff.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

Thanks to Carlos for this one.

I poured this beer with some heavy vigor but still only achieved one finger of carmel colored head that fades in minutes leaving a quarter inch of solid lace. Body is used motor oil blackness and just as thick. Nose has a black charred bourbon character and some carmel, coffee, smoke with a bit of an alcohol sting. Enters the mouth with a slight twang that has a bit of a dark fruit sour feel, but only slight. Then a nice bitter richness becomes evident with distinct bourbon laced all throughout. Bold bitter thickness really hangs on to the back of the tongue. This same thickness makes up the mouthfeel with some bitter dry twang. I have mentioned sour a few times but this is only a subtle sour. And I am not sure that is what is intended. This one really needs to be drank at room temperature. Drinkability is excellent as a all night sipper.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release poured into a snifter glass. Pours jet black with a deep mocha cap. Cap doesn't linger long but keeps a surface cap through the glass.

Aroma is barrel forward with bourbon and wood along with some cherry chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Richer chocolate through a fresh top off/cap of foam. Notes of ethanol are present yet more intriguing than insultive in a cognac sense and quite welcome.

Tastes of chocolate liqueur, Sabra in a sense, at least the way it used to be :) Rich yet not too rich and with light chocolate and just a hint of roast. Sweet yet not too sweet. Bready chocolate and spice on the moderately lingering finish. Overall very intriguing and I have a few more.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of a great Cali trader. Obtained a little while ago in a trade and cracked tonight on the night of my 1200th review. This 2007 vintage, bottle #318/447, was poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a oily, thinned out body, quickly out of the neck of the gold foiled, double waxed silk screened bottle. The body is pitch, glassy, obsidian, opaque except for the faintest twinge around the edges suggesting light. A vigorous pour - made more vigorous once I realized that there wasn't a good head forming - yielded pretty much nothing in terms of head, and that's not entirely unforgivable: this one has both coffee additions and barrel thinning. There's no hint of surface lacing (after about 30 seconds) nor any hint of a collar or side lacing, so there's not too much more to say - it would have been nice to have more, but I understand why it's not here.

Aroma: This beer's best attribute. A gentle, rolling nose with a lot of character. Toasted coconut is huge, mingling brilliantly with fudgy brownies and full roast coffee, but also a ton of stone fruits and dark fruits, courtesy of both the maltiness of this beer as well as barrel sugars and a pleasant amount of oxidation. Cherries are strong, both black and sour, mingling with raisins and figs, and everything here is wrapped up and beautifully macerated in bourbon. It's not hot at all - only faintly warming and ethereally spicy, the whole thing is mellow but complex, subtle yet strong. Very enjoyable.

Taste: A varied mouth, ranging from tart, oxidized, sherry-like notes to dark malts to barrel sweet spicy bourbon. First, a comment that this beer is probably a little past its peak - the malts (particularly the coffee addition) are beginning to fade, the oxidation is beginning to come through pretty heavily, and the whole package seems a little dull. That being said, there's still a lot of good stuff here (as evidenced by the nose). A thick, fat malt base contributes a lot of dark toastiness - toast, molasses, cola, bittersweet cocoa, and full roast coffee all mingle with a slew of fruits ranging from raisins to cherries. There're a few notes in between - definite figs, hints of things more sour and tart like kiwi, red grape, and the like - that sort of round of the flavor, but these fruity notes are pretty heavily countered by a lot of oxidation, sherry-like, a little papery, though not too distracting. The bourbon and barrel notes constitute about a third of the flavor components, strength-wise, in the mouth, growing in intensity as this one warms (unsurprisingly). Coconut and leather mingle with fat oak, slightly toasted, and caramelized barrel sugars, though the bourbon is decidedly mellow, a little fainter than I expected. It's definitely present in the finish, though, warming and spicy, though never intense.

Mouthfeel: A very interesting mouth on this one. Very soda-like, though not overly bubbly. I imagine the erratic, unevenness is likely due to the thinned out nature of the body, diluted and rarefied by a year spent in some bourbon barrels. The end result is good, but not great - a little oily, courtesy of the coffee addition, but also definitely a little erratic. Give it a little time to smooth out and it becomes really nice (though, yes, a little flat and thin, so either way it suffers slightly). If I had to pick one or the other ... let it sit for a while.

Drinkability: So this beer has a lot going on. And, as an initial matter, it's all going on in a 12% soup, which is problematic, because 12% is one hell of a soup. That being said, this 12% is not hot - there's no burn, and the bourbon itself doesn't even contribute anything close to a hot amount of bourbon, whether it be in the nose, mouth, or anywhere else.

That being said, I was mildly disappointed by this beer. It is nowhere near as good as fresh Speedway Stout. I'm can't state conclusively whether or not that is because this beer is past its prime - that is certainly a possibility, given: a) the oxidation; b) the knowledge that this beer is 5+ years old; and c) the fading of the coffee, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention that this isn't how I remember normal Speedway tasting. But while there's some evidence to suggest it may be, it's possible that this is just how -bal Speedway is supposed to taste, thinned, aged, diluted. If that's the case, then maybe this one isn't quite the candidate for barrel aging. I'm also ruling out infection or accelerated oxidation by virtue of the double waxing (who double waxes? Kudos to Alesmith!).

I'm glad this beer was #1200. I'm also glad I had the opportunity to try it. That being said, I wish I'd tried it sooner, and I wish I'd tried it alongside the non -bal version of Speedway, just so I could get the true side-by-side comparison in an attempt to identify how much of what I'm tasting is due to aging and how much isn't. Worth seeking out, but not at the expense some believe it's worth, methinks.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml, 2012 Vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours our a really deep dark black. Basically no light getting through, but being outside and holding up to the light I do see some reddish hues. Thin layer of tan head. Sticky lacing is starting to left on the glass.

S: Woah, this nose is unreal. Mocha. Chocolate fudge. Vanilla. Oak. Roast coffee. Just epic stuff here.

T: Big Coffee up front. Then a beautiful blend of vanilla and barrel. Chocolate fudge goodness. The bourbon booze is blended in so nicely. Really no harsh notes, just some warming in the back of the throat. Even the coffee is blended superbly. Long finish with flavors dancing on the tongue.

M: Full bodied.

This is right up there for me with some of the best I have had.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of durlta
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle. Had this for the first time last night in a sours and stouts tasting, and I was not disappointed (I didn't have to pay for it). Completely opaque, delightfully thick, and absolutely delicious. Naturally dark, nice barrel notes with a hint of coffee and vanilla. Feel was a bit thin and the carbonation was more prominent relative to other ba stouts. The tasting also featured Peche Mortel, Vanilla Shake, KBS, and gold wax Assassin. This was my third favorite stout after SR-71 and Assassin. It just nudged out the KBS, which is a very similar beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade with Cynic-ale
Barrel-aged reserve 2014
Served in a snifter

Review #1000

Dark brown/black appearance. Oily and slick but thinner than anticipated. The liquid was topped by a creamy, frothy, one-finger tall, mocha colored head that faded to a thick, bubbly ring. Blocks of drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

Boozy, bourbon-y notes came through strong in the aroma. Pure bourbon. Loads of vanilla and tannins. Oaky and dry but also slightly sweet. Touch of maple. The nose seemed a bit muted initially and contained no coffee whatsoever, but it improved greatly as the beer warmed. Sweet, brown sugar notes came forth, along with more maple, vanilla and oak. Touch of bakers chocolate and dark roast coffee. The vanilla continued to become more intense with time.

Bourbon notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. Vanilla and coconut came through super strong. Dark malts were noticeable. Slightly roasty. There was a subtle brown sugar and maple syrup-like sweetness. Good dose of caramel and toffee. Bakers chocolate was apparent. Perhaps some chocolate brownies as well. Bourbon flavors came through strong again in the dry, oaky and tannic finish. Surprisingly, the alcohol heat was actually quite restrained. Moderately roasty. Like in the nose, the coffee presence was undetectable.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style. A bit too frothy and bubbly. The carbonation settled down with time, but the body still seemed rather thin.

AleSmith's Speedway Stout was the first beer I reviewed on Beeradvocate, so it was only fitting that review number 1000 would be the bourbon barrel-aged version. Although I was a bit letdown by both offerings, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to enjoy so many great beers with friends and family over the years.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 500! What better beer to have than this. 2007 vintage.

A- Poured a black color in the glass. One finger mocha colored head has good retention. Light soapy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice roasted malts in the front of this. Hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak linger throughout the aroma overall. Light oxidation which I expected a little bit toward the middle. The chocolate malts this comeout toward the end with a semi-sweet kick in the nose.

T- I pick up a nice roasted malt upfront with a light chocolate coffee undertone throughout the entire beer. The coffee flavor isn't as strong as I thought it would be but...there could be a lot worse than that. Vanilla and bourbon make this beer have a light warming sensation. Oaky notes come through toward the middle to end. Light oxidation with this that stays from start to finish. I could do without that but once again it almost goes with the beer by the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style and age on it. Roasted malts with light oxidation left on the palate with some bourbon like notes in the aftertaste again with the oxidation. Flavors were bold for the age and I enjoyed it for that. Oxidation was bigger than I would have liked.

D- This beer was great...period. The oxidation was not a deal breaker with the beer. I had no problem drinking the bottle over a hour and a half period. I am glad I saved this bottle but it should be drank sometime here soon before the oxidation takes over the entire beer. The ABV makes this a one and done but also one bottle is good enough.

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Photo of mentor
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, bottle 45/196. Pours pitch black with no head. Smells of molassses, roast coffee, black patent sour, clean alcohol, chocolate, dark fruits. Potent and enticing. Alcohol becomes a bit too strong once the beer warmed.

Tastes oaky coffee, vanilla, cream. Chocolate rises late and tastes like a coffee bean covered in high-end chocolate. The flavors are strong, balanced in their intensities, and melded wonderfully. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves a persistent coffee hanging on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't quite wipe the palate. Fantastic drinkability, a great sipper for pondering.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2014 vintage both on cask and regular draft at the Beer Geek Speedway release. Enjoyed the regular draft considerably more over the cask version.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours dark and sexy. Near black. Almost white head of a finger turns into a small film.
Lace is small, but present. The legs are thick and nice.

Smells of oak, chocolate, coffee, some charred vanilla, and light hints of bourbon.

Taste is sweet, with all the notes from the nose. The oak really dries it out on the back end.

Body is thick and full with a nice creaminess.

This is good... But not as great as the growler that I've previously had. Still, it was fun to drink.

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Photo of Phelps
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy shnikeys. Bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed about a month after I picked up the 2012 edition bottles from the brewery.

Holy shnikeys. Smells like a liquid almond joy. Vanilla, toasted coconut, almond, maple syrup, dark chocolate. Very sweet.

Holy shnikeys. Tastes like a liquid Heath bar. More chocolate here. Toffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean. Sweet, delectable. Coffee is subtler than expected, but leave nice acidity on the tongue between sips. Hot damn.

Viscous medium full body. Thick. Some peppery alcohol on the tongue. Mild, tingly carbonation.

Deeelicious. Not much coffee left here, but I don't care. The barrels are perfect, the sweetness is perfect. I don't much care for regular Speedway, but this is among the best BA stouts I've ever tasted.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.