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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,771
Gots: 409 | FT: 48
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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: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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1/5  rDev -77.9%

thetastywort, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle poured into a GI tulip. Part of the NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Dark chocolate brown. Almost black in color. Has a small milk chocolate head with a medium body

S - Bourbon, dark chocolate, light coffee, oak and slight sweet cream.

T - This is one amazing beer. It has upfront sweet bourbon, caramel, light burnt toffee, vanilla, and light coffee with sweet cream. There is a light coffee bitterness in the finish with a slight boozy kick. Really a great beer with a powerful and complex flavors

MF - Such a creamy beer that makes this a joy to drink. Light carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O - Really a great beer with a ton of flavor. There is a great bourbon presence, sweet vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee. The one downside is that the nose isn't that strong on this one. If it was, it'd be a damn near perfect beer.

jeonseh, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

portia99, Jan 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

baybum, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a an opaque dark as night black in color with a nice ring of dark brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma, sweetness sticking out the most consisting of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. plenty of rosatiness, a little wood character, coffee notes with a good booze presence and can't forget the bourbon.

T: bourbon barrel booze was way more apparent on the palate alongside the chocolate goodness, molasses brown sugar sweetness, nice vanilla accents, great roastiness but with a good amount of booze heat, a little dark fruitiness and coffee notes in the thick of it as well.

M: the brew was full in body with good amount of carbonation which had a roasty, slightly astringent, sweet, boozy, mild dark fruity, rich, and creamy finish.

O: very delicious beer that definitely made a huge difference after the bourbon barrel treatment. We actually did a side by side with a vintage bottle and it looks like it will aged great and the booze does mellow out.

Gobzilla, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

stxSS07, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Pete27lax, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

schlimenhaumer, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with papered over pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beautiful rich tan colour head of one finger, great thickness, impeccable cream, and amazing retention for the high ABV. Fantastic lacing. Body colour is a solid jet black. Gorgeous.

Sm: Heavy bourbon and wood, caramel, dark malts, cream, oak, and chocolate. A subtle understated delightful moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of faded coffee. Beautifully balanced and built. Not as complex as it could be, but it's fucking tasty. Lacks the coffee flavour of the regular Speedway Stout.

Mf: Divine. Incredibly smooth and creamy, with perfect wetness. Complements the flavour profile masterfully. Silky. Perfect carbonation. Wonderfully soft.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for 12%. I could down this all night. An incredible offering, but it could use more complexity in the flavour. Hides its ABV absurdly well.


kojevergas, Dec 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

coolhandbeer, Dec 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

beerwolf77, Dec 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Bluecane, Dec 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

cam477, Dec 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

OddNotion, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

redlegacy, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle into a snifter
2012 vintage

250th BA review, beer #90 out of my top 100 (which is significantly different than the current top 100, but one list at a time!)

A huge thanks goes out to harink for the awesome trade, including this, my top want.

A: Pours an opaque absolutely jet black with just under 1 fingers width of creamy looking chocolate ice cream colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves only small patches of lacing, and a decent amount of alcohol legs.

S: Huge bourbon notes, followed by bold black coffee, sweet chocolate cake, hints of dark fruit, raw oak, vanilla, a touch of roasted malt. This is decadent, complex, and luscious. The most prominent aromas as bourbon and rich chocolate, and they intermingle perfectly. Amazing aroma.

T: Roasted malt initially more prominent than on the nose. Then the bourbon comes out and is quite strong. Rich milk chocolate, some dark fruits, oak, black coffee, hints of booze as it warms (but not in a bad way). Wonderful combination of sweetness, roast, bourbon and black coffee bitterness. The roasted component is a touch too prominent at times, so I cant give it a perfect 5, but it really is incredible.

M/D: Very smooth, full bodied, carbonation is low which is appropriate, touch of booze in the taste but not at all hot, and drinkability is very good. Really nice mouthfeel here but could be a bit chewier.

O: Overall, this is a fantastic treat of a beer. One of the best aromas Ive ever experienced, backed up by an incredible palate profile. Big, complex, strong, and delicious. Has to be considered amongst the best imperial stouts Ive had. World class in my book.

zac16125, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

heavenlyStash, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

VAbdoyan, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Version. Pours a pitch black color with a large, tan colored head that takes a little time before it goes down. A very delicious-looking beer. Scent is a very familiar bourbon aroma that I got from the 2010 Decadence bottle I had the other night. Wonder if they used the same barrels? I sure hop they did, because the bourbon/barrel on that bottle was insane! This one tends to be mellowed out in the aroma a bit by the intense coffee and chocolate scents. Fresh brewed coffee with an intense chocolate cake aroma. Not just chocolate, but definitely rich chocolate cake. This beer smells like boozy dessert. Great aroma. Taste is just as good. At first I get sweet chocolate and bitter espresso beans. The bitterness hangs around for less than 1/100 of a second, as the sweet boozy bourbon kicks in. This beer is NOT for the faint of heart. Very sweet and boozy. In my opinion, the booziness and the sweetness compliment each other very nicely. If one were lacking, this beer would not taste as great as it does. Lovely vanilla, oak, and bourbon finish. Coffee lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer would be much more drinkable if it wasn't so sweet. However, I don't think this beer was meant to be consumed in large quantities...so the sweetness is okay. This beer is fantastic and everything I hoped it would be.

DovaliHops, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

cosmonick, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

marine1975, Dec 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

draimegould, Dec 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

vissai, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

SourinQns, Dec 02, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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