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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,844
Gots: 436 | FT: 59
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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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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.

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4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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

Dark brown-black pour--let's call it black--with a small, dense cap of mocha head that retained well and streaked the glass. Nice hit of bourbon and caramel malts in the nose, dark chocolate and some dark dried fruits. Big taste, dark chocolate, roasted caramel maltiness, bourbon-soaked oak, notes of espresso and dark dried fruits; of course no hops detectable. The base beer is already great, and this just amps it up that much more. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, full body, appropriate alcohol warmth. Exemplary bourbon-aged stout.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage gold print with black foil, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. There's also some dark fruit, cherry and molasses.

T- Starts out pretty sweet with lots of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, cherry and molasses. There are also some nice big chocolate flavors and a lot of barrel character, with oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The finish is delicious and long, with lingering flavors of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and fruit. Less coffee than I was expecting but that's fine, the barrel character and chocolate flavors are more than tasty enough to make up for it.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, rich and slightly sticky feel.

O- A really, really delicious stout. It's incredibly rich, decadent and complex, I've been sipping at this for hours and keep finding new flavors. The regular Speedway is a delicious beer and one of the best 750ml stouts for its price, but the BA variant is definitely my favorite.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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