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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,519
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 436 | FT: 58
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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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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 bottle served in my trusty Lawson's snifter.

A: Pours thick and completely black with a very nice big tan head.
S: Smells like chocolate and bourbon.
T: Again, tastes like chocolate and bourbon. Can also taste some of the barrel characteristics (oak). Coffee seems to have faded because it's barely there.
M: Nice carbonation. Thick and velvety smooth.
O: This is up there with Parabola as one of my favorite stouts, great job Alesmith! Definitely try this if you get the chance.

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4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the taste doesn't quite match up for me.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malts, dark sugar and fruits. Full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee, with touches of vanilla and dark fruit. The brandy/bourbon flavor is evident. Nice blend of chocolate, wood and smoke. Very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate flavors blend well together. Touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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