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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,717
Gots: 356 | FT: 38
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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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

04-28-2013 21:04:09 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1059th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2009

Thanks to Jim for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- Appeared just like the base version. An excellent coloring of dark browns and blacks. Very smooth and rich in the glass with a small head about ½”. A couple lines of cling.

Smell- This was much more layered than the base version. More chocolate vs coffee and of course the bourbon brings in a couple different layers of some oak, vanilla and marshmallow fluff.

Taste- I would like to say this is very good but I just don’t think it does justice to the complexity of the original base beer. This seems to ignore the coffee notes and become a bit one sided with more of that bourbon and molasses notes. I think the middle of the beer it does trail off a little with a semi-drop in balance and is strictly a bourbon stout..

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body behind this one with a medium carbonation. Left behind a good amount bourbon, wood, vanilla and sweet.

Drink- Jim. Thanks for breaking this one out. A very good beer but just not up to par with what I think is one of the best stouts out there for the money. I like this I really did. Not bashing at all and rating just below the original in terms of taste and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 16:25:43 | More by FosterJM
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Lare453

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-01-2013 20:38:54 | More by Lare453
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the JLindros Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes. I think Bill brought this. 2007 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark oily hue with a thin, thin off mocha halo. Pretty solid appearance.

S - Aroma is full of nice bourbon, smooth caramel, light chocolate along with sweet malts.

T - Taste is solid with nice bourbon and chocolate notes. Still, it is a bit on the sweet/syrupy side for my liking. Very faint chocolate here as well.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, creamy, but semi syrupy.

O - Overall, a solid stout. Perhaps this was a bit too old as the sticky sweetness really took over for my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:21:25 | More by rudzud
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tpd975

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jdubfl for cracking open his bottle, lets me save mine for a later date.

2007 Vintage

A: Pours a deep dark black hue with a small tan head. No retention or lace.

S: aromas of bold dark fruit, mild notes of chocolate with a touch of oak.

T: Raisin, Raisin, and more raisin. This one is dripping with dark fruit flavors. It is supported by a bit of chocolate and coffee as well. The barrel is very very mild. Very light oak, no vanilla or booze to speak of.

M: On the fuller side of medium, nicely carbonated.

D: Good, wish it had a bit more roast and a bit more barrel though to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 15:00:52 | More by tpd975
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy birthday to me! I can't express enough gratitude to fiver29 for sending me this, a brew I truly thought I might not ever get to sample, especially an older one. 2003 vintage, bottle 79 of 196 split with my wife.

I will admit it; this is possibly the only bottle of beer I've ever held that I had second thoughts about opening. It wasn't easy. The cap pops with scarely a whimper, carbonation is close to absolute zero. Pours jet black with a double handful of tiny bubbles clinging together in the middle of the snifter. A quick swirl dissipates them completely. I can almost read the reflection of the computer screen in the darkness. The nose projects a good ways from the glass, warm, subtle bourbon & a hard shoulder of malts. Only a bare hint of coffee or roast.

This bottle of Barrel Aged Speedway is like an aging ballet dancer, the tastes are muted, graceful, & gentle, not at all like the hot bourbon bombs so common in my cellar. Despite that, the barrel retains the upper hand here, but it's a slow, thorough burn, like a high-end bourbon (not the Jim Beam I used to quaff). It's distilled out into a prominent vanilla tailing too, & the oak is strong both in the taste & the spit-drying ending. Roast malts do a nice job rounding the taste out, along with light touches of ash, coffee, & the faintest peels of dark fruit.

Smooth & silky beyond belief, this is the ideal for mouthfeel. The beer just slips into your drinking orifice, smiles slyly, & vanishes down the gullet, leaving only a lingering bit of Victoria's Secret lace on the throat. Wowza. Perhaps it's only the knowledge that I'll never get to sample this again (at least the '03), but I'd happily sit around all night sipping this with my pinky in the air.

Overall an excellent beer. I can only imagine getting to try it at various cycles of its life, & sure as hell hope I get to in the future. One more salute to fiver29, thank you so much, sir.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 03:34:05 | More by maximum12
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enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-16-2011 15:49:26 | More by enelson
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a treat to see this one at Rich's Yeha (huge thanks to EDA). '02 vintage, bottle #15/115.

Poured a dark black color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, wood, bourbon and some vanilla. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla and bourbon.

Notes above from 12/12/05

I'll have to spend more quality time with some of the newer vintags to see how they compare.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 21:27:35 | More by hopdog
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours an opaque black liquid that is thick and viscous. The head is tight and creamy with some bubbles on top. It has good retention and leaves a nice thick lace

S-the nose is amazing, it isn't huge but it is strong. Oak and vanilla set in right up front with a touch of bourbon sitting behind. Dark chocolate, chocolate brownies, toffee and a touch off caramel in the back

T-the taste is awesome. The oak and vanilla great the taste buds with the bourbon quietly coming in right after. Molasses comes in next and fades into dark chocolate, some bitter cocoa, and hints of coffee. Sweetness comes in at the back, toffee and a touch of caramel with some notes of dark fruits

M-huge mouthfeel, completely full bodied and thick, almost chewy. It is soft, smooth and creamy on the palate. So great!

D-this is a delicious imperial stout. The flavors are spot on, nothing dominates but the barrel aging works perfectly and smoothes out the feel so well. Awesome beer!

Serving type: growler

04-29-2010 02:31:25 | More by cpetrone84
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a fw snifter. 3/26/2013 bottling date.

pours a dark opaque black with a good head. smell has coffee and. bourbon and coffee..but not huge. taste though is amazing... chocolate, coffee..slight bourbon..huge mouthfeel...thick and lovely but so smooth. just wow.

overall a real treat to drink. god Damn is this good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:46:25 | More by Axnjxn
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atrocity

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

05-18-2014 21:45:40 | More by atrocity
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-23-2014 02:37:10 | More by BGsWo22
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 13:19:19 | More by tectactoe
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-27-2012 21:26:43 | More by eawolff99
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -6%

12-24-2013 20:27:02 | More by bpfrush
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

750ml vintage 2006 bottle into goblet at the Bullfrog Liquid Sunshine Reserva release. Many thanks to Kramer17801 for breaking one of my most wanted beers out!

A - Poured an opaque pitch black body with one-finger tan head that receded to a patchy film and deposited some decent lacing around the glass. Virtually no carbonation is noticeable.

S - Apparent bourbon and vanilla notes up front with a candy bar-esque chocolate character and crispy malt. Some oaky notes also creep into the mix.

T - Mmmm... like a bourbon-infused chocolate candy bar with crispy, rice-like malt, caramel and toffee notes and just a touch of alcohol heat in the finish.

M - Medium body with an incredibly smooth mouthfeel with only a hint of carbonation. Mild astringency with moderate bitterness on the palate, as well as subtle alcohol warmth.

D - Wow! Amazing bourbon barrel aged stout that's - dare I say it? - even better than the original.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 01:41:39 | More by ffejherb
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Holland

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-25-2013 04:42:19 | More by Holland
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage, which was released in 2011.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is very good for a brew this big and a sizeable ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: As expected, there isn't a whole hell of a lot of coffee left in this. There is some coffee, but it might just be coming from the base stout. Lots of chocolate and molasses. Caramel and a touch of smoke to follow. The bourbon is a bit softer than I was expecting, but I'm not disappointed since the base beer is more than solid. Leathery with melon and apple fruitiness. Light oak and enough vanilla to please.

4.0 T: The taste is very good, but it seems like the bourbon is now carrying the beer instead of the opposite found in the nose. Leather, vanilla, melon, smoke, light spiciness, oak, and bourbony booze predominate. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, and coffee from the stout. Don't get me wrong, this is borderline 4.5.

4.5 M: Medium, borderline heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess. No qualms here.

4.5 D: Very tasty beer, but I wish it was easier to get. It takes a lot to pull this in a trade, so in the future I'll resign myself to obtaining BCSs, CBS, and BA Boris. That said, I'm happy I traded for this because it is a great beer and something everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 22:16:48 | More by DavoleBomb
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smartassboiler

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-10-2014 02:20:50 | More by smartassboiler
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My most anticipated beer of the 2009 PSU Graduation Celebration. Big thanks to Dyan for a chance at this one. Without question one of my most wanted beers.

2007 Vintage bottle 412 of 447.

A-Deep black/brown with a never reducing thin tan head that left a surprising amount of streaky lace.

S-Musty oak and bourbon notes reside underneath decadent dark chocolate, rich, fresh tilled earth and espresso bitterness. Extremely rich and complex.

T-Rich, dark chocolate with lighter accenting bourbon notes in support. Dark, sour cherries, espresso and oak reside in the drying finish. Immensely complex and Oh! so tasty!

M-Medium bodied, amazingly smooth with long lingering flavours and a bitter kick accompanying the oak dryness.

D-Really--is this a question? I love regular Speedway and this is that taken to another level--BIG TIME! Simply an outstanding barrel aged brew. I wish it wasn't so damn rare and limited. I would be happy to drink this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 12:13:07 | More by Deuane
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

Thanks to womencantsail for the growler. Shared with some of the Chicago crew at a Pre-DLD tasting the night before. Poured into tasting glass (several times).

A - Pours black, mocha/tan head, slim cap on top, and good lacing along the sides of the glass. This one was pretty sticky.

S - Chocolate, slight bourbon, oak, dark fruits, slight coffee, burnt sugars, dark malts. Lots going on here all very-well balanced.

T - Lots of chocolate (both milk and dark), slight coffee, slight bourbon. I was expecting a little more bourbon and coffee notes on this one, but I ended up enjoying how it was balanced in between the chocolate/coffee/bourbon.

M - Medium to full, rich, smooth, light carbonation.

D - I had 4 or 5 tasting glasses worth, and I would have had more if it wasn't for everyone else breaking out more awesome beers. I really enjoyed this one. I'd def get another growler but obviously, you'll need several people to split this one with.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2010 13:53:55 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-02-2012 12:01:29 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Florida9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

03-09-2013 15:11:53 | More by Florida9
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-29-2014 04:53:57 | More by kscaldef
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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