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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 1,765
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.24%
Wants: 1,989
Gots: 551 | FT: 81
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beerguy101 on 01-01-2004

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Reviews: 314 | Hads: 1,765
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version. Smells unreal, almost as if it will be too strong. Taste is super smooth though. Boozy barrel age taste not present. A bit of soy sauce flavor. Very good stout, but but would prefer more boozy BA character.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This variant is everything good that basic Speedway Stout is, further enhanced in flavor by the bourbon barrels that housed it which imparted a sweet and smooth finish to the beer.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2013 and finally cracked it open. Lot of bourbon on the nose from the initial pour. Coffee flavor has definitely faded. Finish is somewhat sweet and not nearly as harsh as first thought it would be

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

A-As black as it gets with a moka brown head that dissipates quite quickly
S- Lots of burbon aroma, quite a bit of alcohol odor
M-Surprisingly light mouthfeel and carbonation was more than I had anticipated
T-Like drinking a tall glass of the good stuff, but in a beer vessel.
O-This is an outstanding beer, so clean and smooth, drinking is the only way

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Photo of larryarms847
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/30/13, just under two years.

Pours a rich a lusciously smooth dark brown/black with a thin layer of light brown foam.

Deeply roasted malt, coffee has faded slightly but still detectable, sweet vanilla, and subtle bourbon heat.

Subtle coffee notes, roasty, oak, vanilla, and gentle warming bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, silky smooth, and roasty.

Overall, age definitely lessened the coffee aroma and flavor, but two years turned this into a creamy smooth sipper, and a damn tasty one at that.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Okay, a 2014 bottle acquired via trade from the excellent Morandi. If you're reading this, thanks, dude.

Appearance is perfect. Tight little bubbles, even on my second night (I was not dumb enough to attempt the whole thing on a Wednesday night).
Smell is bourbon and dark malts. The coffee's almost gone, but I never knew it so can't feel too sad.
Taste starts malty sweet then goes bourbon then vanilla then perfect coffee bitterness mixing with roasted malt and residual bourbon fumes then drying roast then I instantly want another drink.
And it's slick, and carbed enough to stay a little tingly on the tongue...Wow.

It's kbs with more horsepower. Watch out!

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Photo of swanfungus
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Love the jet black pour with small tan/brown head that leaves a little lacing behind. Aroma is boozy and coffee. Happy to say that the coffee is still very much present here, and in fact I might even say it's still a little "hot" on the bourbon side. I loved it, but now that I've consumed it I'm wondering what another year or so would do to the taste.

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

Pours black with a small brown head.

Smell: Smells of dark coffee roast and bourbon (if you are one of those beersnobs that seek out BA beers, but complain that it smells and taste of too much bourbon, dont drink this, and better yet, why are you seeking out BA beers, I see this too often)

Taste: Bourbon and coffee, slight butterscotch and vanilla, then roast and bourbon again. I have a lot of Favorite tasting beers, but this one takes the cake on my favorite beer when it comes to the bourbon characteristics in it.

Mouthfeel: full bodied velvety greatness

Overall: This is a perfect imperial coffee stout aged in bourbon barrels. Perfect in every catagory.

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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 raiderandbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First had on tap at the FW Invitational in '13, subsequently in bottles in '15.

Black, oily and thick, dark brown head on it, pretty cool looking like chocolate milk. Bottles seemed thicker. Aroma hits bourbon and heavy roast, the coffee is subdued compared to the non barrel aged bottles.

Smoother and creamier than the pungent coffee you get out of the base version, even when uber fresh. Vanilla and coconut can be picked up in the smallest way. Its warming. Mild chocolate.

Toffee and caramel in the mouthfeel. Always a treat.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to the Mornin Delight after share group at the Courtyard in Decorah!!! This bottle was one of my contributions to the cause! Amazing coffee and barrel notes! Killer offering! Now I need to find BVASS!!

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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 Tele
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 vintage)
Consumed: 8.21.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black, looking very thick out the bottle. The dark tan head is dense, has good retention (about two minutes), and leaves little lace.

S: 4.5 The coffee in this beer, like most speedway stouts, isn’t as in-your-face as other coffee stouts. Instead, it plays more of a supporting role to aromas that are largely dominated by bourbon and vanilla. Char, molasses, and roasted malt also come through early, with dark coffee lingering on the finish.

T: 4.5 Taste is similar to the nose, but a bit harsher until the beer warms to 55 or 60 degrees. Flavors start sweet with lots of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel, and dark cherries. The bourbon mixes in throughout the experience until moving on to mild coffee, roasted malt, and more vanilla on the slightly bitter finish.

M: 4.75 The body is rich, creamy, and very satisfying and the carbonation is also near perfect. The only minor flaw is that the finish is slightly too dry.

O: 4.5 Another excellent variation on one of the best coffee stouts out there. This beer is not as coffee forward as BCBCS, but still special in that it lets the barrel shine a bit more. I was hoping this would be indistinguishable from BAVSS, but, while still excellent, it does lack something that puts it just a notch below in my book.

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

Rich and chocolate taste. Finishes clean and quickly. Smell is boozy almost like vodka with chocolate notes. This good, and so drinkable. The color is very dark.

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Photo of Seamus
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter out of a 750 bottles. One of the better looking beers I have ever had. Smell of coffee and bourbon. Tastes of chocolate and roasted male. Very good BA stout.

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Photo of danh53
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle. The coffee has definitely faded. I don't get much on the aroma or the taste, but that's about the only negative thing I can say about this beer. I've been drinking a lot of boozy barrel aged stouts recently and I'm getting a little fed up with the style, but this was an awesome beer and my recent experiences should substantiate this review. The aroma is rich bourbon with vanilla, caramel, oak, and chocolate. The flavor is thick and rich dark chocolate and toffee. It's sweet, but not cloying. The dry oak really helps to add balance, and the base stout is not without roast and some smokiness. If I work at it, I can get some dark fruit, maybe prunes or raisins candied with brown sugar. There is some molasses as well, but the highlight is the rich dark chocolate, bourbon soaked brownie. The mouth feel is medium to full. It leaves nice lacing on the glass and some coating in the mouth. Overall it reminds me of Cycle Wednesday which is one of my highest rated beers. I think it would be a different beer fresh, but fresh is not always best.

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Photo of Kodama78
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's Alesmith and it's speedway, so you know it's going to be good. Very heavy on the bourbon barrel imo. Still extremely drinkable and goes down smooth. Love the original, and this is just a BA enhanced version. What's not to love?

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Looks oily and thick. 1 finger khaki colored head which sticks around for a while. Moderate amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Heavy bourbon on the nose. Some coffee and chocolate. Wish the bourbon was 1 order of magnitude less as it drowns out everything else.

Taste is bourbon and chocolate. Coffee, vanilla, and cream. Oak around the edges. Sweet brown sugar and dark molasses.

Rich, creamy mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Oily. Flavors linger.

A really excellent barrel aged stout. Boozy and full of bourbon. Wouldn't mind seeing a boost in coffee flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Sintech
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

A good buddy sent this to me from San Diego. Jet black in color. Nose is boozy chocolate. Taste is sweet malt, the barrel and chocolate. Medium attenuation. Very very nice beer.


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Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Craft Conundrum in Charleston, SC. Much appreciated.

This poured black with a minimal head that retreated to a fine bubble rim. Once it warmed, the malts and bourbon barrel supplied a wonderfully balanced nose. Similar with the taste, everything came through in a balanced way. All the components - coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malts, a tad hop bite - were there but not singlely overpowering. No noticeable booze.oferate to high viscosity.

This was a very well crafted beer. Right up my alley. It is worth hassle, fo sho.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from cask at the taproom. To me, this is what a BBA RIS stout should be and a great example how how I think cask can really bring out the barrel flavors.

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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 Furlinator
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

700th Beer Advocate review.

Bottled on 10/30/13.

Pours opaque black with a 1/4 inch brown head that quickly disappears completely, leaving almost no lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, black cherry, vanilla, prunes and a hint of sweet bourbon.

The taste is of dark chocolate, various dark fruits, oak and subtle sweet bourbon on the finish.

The texture is heavy bodied, thick and viscous with low carbonation.

They took a world-class imperial stout and aged it in bourbon barrels with impressive results.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran last night. '13 vintage.

This one pours an inky black, with barely and head or lacing.

This one smells like creamy coffee, a bit of chocolate, bourbon, and the slightest amount of soy sauce.

This is quite sweet, definitely sweeter than regular Speedway, but it's not so much of a detriment. There is a very creamy coffee flavor, a bit of vanilla, some dark fruits, and a good amount of vanilla. No real roasty character, which would've been nice to balance out the barrel sweetness. Luckily the sweet flavors are tasty anyway so it's not too much of a knock.

This is medium bodied, could be slightly thicker, but still pretty full bodied anyway. There's a very low level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This isn't quite an improvement on regular Speedway, at least the '13 vintage isn't at this age, but it's still a well crafted barrel aged stout from one of the masters of stouts.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally getting around to trying this. Pours out much like it's non-ba counterpart. Completely black and motor-oilish. Smells of charred oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. The taste follows suit, but everything is in your face. Wow. This one met my expectations and more. And I love that thick, chewy mouthfeel. Amazing stuff.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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