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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,716
Gots: 357 | 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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koopa

New Jersey

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

2006 Vintage 750ml gold foil / standard label (so its from the second release of the 2006 vintage) poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Inky black goodness with a tiny brown cream head that shows little retention but leaves some swirls of lace behind.

Smell: Loads of beautiful bourbon sweetness meets oak, vanilla and roast malt. Smells more sweet than boozy. Pungent but well refined. I'm not getting as much coffee as other reviewers have mentioned.

Taste: My first sip provides an initial wave of sweet oak that opens up into dark roasted malt, a touch of dark fruits...plum and prune mainly and finishes with a refined bourbon twang.

Mouthfeel: Fairly creamy and on the thick side of medium bodied. Not too much carbonation but this brew doesn't need it.

Drinkability: For a 12% abv brew I'm finding little heat, little booze, a good mouthfeel, and a good flavor profile.

Sweet Brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 23:29:36 | More by koopa
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pwoods

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RoyMunson for sharing this bottle. 750ml brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes. '06 bottle.

A: Pitch black, medium viscosity. Some head and a bit of lacing.

S: Some barrel and old coffee. Roasted malts.

T/M: More of the barrel and some bourbon, some vanilla. Roasty, stale coffee. Things don't really meld too great. Body is medium full with mellow carbonation. Somewhat dry.

D: Solid but not earhty shattering. I prefer the other 2 BA'ed brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:12:06 | More by pwoods
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craytonic

District of Columbia

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

2007 release

Appearance: A bit flat, typical IRS with some ruby/brown added to the motor oil black.

Smell: Bourbon, coffee, prune, toasted malt.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, Bourbon, molasses (sweet, not blackstrap), cream & sugar, coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate, toffee, fudge, oats, prunes, toasted malt, etc. Very good IRS, reminds me a big of the bell's blend (my personal favorite). I wish it had spent a bit more time in the barrel. It is a touch on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Full and big, without being huge. Didn't realize it was 12%, you don't notice the alcohol at all.

Drinkability: Good for an IRS, I couldn't resist opening it when cold weather set in.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:16:26 | More by craytonic
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fiver29

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! We had a verical of 03, 04, and 06.

03: Pours pitch black with no head or carbonation. Has a nice aroma of vanilla, roasted chocolate malt, and coffee. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste is bourbon, malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and it all melds together in a nice smooth chocolate bourbon finish. Overall a world class brew.

04: Everything above, but with carbonation and a thin tan head. This made my experience a little better with this brew.

06: Everything above and has more alcohol aroma and flavor to it.

Overall, all three beers taste exactly the same. The only difference in my mind is that the 03 had no carbonation, the 04 was carbonated, and the 06 had more alcohol in the aroma and taste with even more carbonation. The lesson here is don't let these go too long or you won't be drinking a carbonated world class brew versus a flat one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:10:14 | More by fiver29
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I consider this to be my cellar's crown jewel, and I want to thank Nobama, who, in spite of questionable politics, gave me the biggest trade I have ever done on here, including this 2006 vintage BA Speedway. This is one of a few remaining beers that I have to try from the top 100. Speedway Stout is easily in the top five I have ever had. Barrel Aging, with the exception of Blackout Stout (IMO) has never done anything but make a great beer incredible. Let's see how we do here.

Look, off the bat, is quite a tough one. Judged against imperial stouts, this would score a bit lower, but considering the aging and barrel life, this one gets a tiny curve. Think layer of mocha head that is hanging around quite a bit. Liquid is black with some highlights when held up to light. Lacing is minimal.

Nose is actually relatively light on the barrel as I pick up more dark fruit scent. Unfortunately that is about all I can pick up. It's a good, if slightly oddly unrefined. Chocolate is way in the background. The barrel actually seems to upset what was a perfect balance.

Mouth is going to be tough..this is where Speedway excelled and, really, was probably the best imperial stout I had ever had. So far, the barrel has actually caused some issues with that formula, but traditionally, this is where the bourbon comes in best. The good news is that this isn't too hot and there is certainly some Speedway in there. The coffee has left the building, but the dark fruit and chocolate are hanging around. Truth be told, while this is great, I still prefer the regular Speedway stout.

Mouth is the high point of this brew, it is a relatively thick beast with relatively low carbonation.

Overall, I wouldn't go too far out of your way to get this one. There are better BA beers on the market, and it's little brother, IMO, is a better all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 03:16:35 | More by sonicdescent
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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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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

Thanks to Carlos for this one.

I poured this beer with some heavy vigor but still only achieved one finger of carmel colored head that fades in minutes leaving a quarter inch of solid lace. Body is used motor oil blackness and just as thick. Nose has a black charred bourbon character and some carmel, coffee, smoke with a bit of an alcohol sting. Enters the mouth with a slight twang that has a bit of a dark fruit sour feel, but only slight. Then a nice bitter richness becomes evident with distinct bourbon laced all throughout. Bold bitter thickness really hangs on to the back of the tongue. This same thickness makes up the mouthfeel with some bitter dry twang. I have mentioned sour a few times but this is only a subtle sour. And I am not sure that is what is intended. This one really needs to be drank at room temperature. Drinkability is excellent as a all night sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 22:02:01 | More by SPLITGRIN
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treyrab

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow what a fantastic beer brought out by Dyan at our Graduation tasting! Many, many thanks!

Vintage 2007.

A: Pours a nice dark black with noticeable brown hues. Yields a nice head, but the head was very light colored. The lightest colored head for an Imperial Stout I have seen, as it was a light tan/khaki color. That was the really only downfall in the appearance.

S: Wow. Incredible scents of sweet bourbon, dark roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a nice oak scent. If you love bourbon, this is the beer for you. The bourbon scent comes right to the forefront.

T: Again, the warming, sweet bourbon is fantastic. I like my barrel aged beers to blend the bourbon without it being too harsh, and this does just that. Great dark bitter roast and sweet caramel.

Overall, this is a great, great stout. One of the best in its class. Thanks Dyan!

Update:

2003 Vintage. One of the best beers I ever had. Top 3 beers for sure. So rich, creamy, and perfect sweet bourbon. It is mostly flat, but it actually complements the beer and coats the palate.

The 2003 is: 4.5/5/5/5/5

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:17:13 | More by treyrab
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barrel aged 2007, 750mL bottle with gold foil, double waxed seal, standard silk skreen label, bottle number 321 of 447. Thanks to HopHead84 for this one, big time.

Into a chalice, pours a thick, syrupy thickness of pitch black, some nice fizzy, then eventually smooth, tan head that lasted for several minutes. Not much lacing, eventually the head evaporates and you have yourself a light trap, total darkness.

The aroma started off a tad odd, some cardboard to it, but as it warmed the vanillas and oaks, that classic bourbon feeling came one strong. The stock coffee and roasted malts form the base beer are still there, just massively overwhelmed by the bourbon. In my opinion, this detracts slightly from the exceptional base impy stout, but hey, that's just me. Taste is similarly dominated by the bourbon, oaks and vanilla, but some of the coffee remains, some roasted malt, some figs and fruits and stuff, its there, just pummeled by the boubon.

Mouth is smooth, warm and thick, initially nicely carbonate, but a bit flat as it warms. From the reviews I just read, it seems the earlier BB versions fared better, wish I couldn't have them, but as for this version, too much bourbon for me... and I like my bourbon in my big stouts! But it has just been too much and too overpowering for what I know to be a superior base impy stout, that I just can't forgive the crushing of favorite parts. That said, delicious beer, wish I had another dozen sitting in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 02:38:54 | More by objectivemonkey
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 295/441 Thanks UncleJedi!

Pours black with beautiful red highlights. The head quickly dissipates. Smells only of bourbon and alcohol. First sip is roasted malts, prunes, oak, vanilla, licorice and a ton of alcohol. There is plenty of yummy bitterness as it is sweet for only a moment. Part of a massive 2 day Stout tasting. On my bracket BA Speedway lost to Older Viscosity in the second round.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 03:34:06 | More by ATLbeerDog
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, Bottle #295. Good call on this one, UncleJedi. You have chosen... wisely.

Appearance: Pours a turbid, dark brown, near black body with a thin, short-lived, tan head.

Smell: A very full, all-encompassing bourbon barrel presence on the nose -- large notes of oak wood and full-on bourbon with lighter notes of vanilla and coconut shavings. Pair this up with a malt aroma replete with plenty of chocolate and roast and you have something worth smelling.

Taste: Cup of Sumatra Dark Roast 'Black Satin' Coffee stirred up with aged oak and light touches of vanilla and coconut and garnished with a few chocolate-covered coffee beans. Fleeting plum fruitiness. Some fire-roasted marshmallows. A pinch of Black Cavendish Tobacco. Medium roast bitterness. Plenty of alcohol to be found, but, thankfully, it's not glaring. Warming, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes! This is going to be a pleasure to finish off, I can tell. It's so darned yummy, I just had to tell the world!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 19:43:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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BgThang

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jonathanL for breaking this out tonight. I feel really privileage since I was wanting to try this for a very long time and I know the effort that went in to securing this bottle.
Its a 2006 BA speedway.

A - Pours a nice deeply black with little light penetrating the thickness of it.

S- It has some bourbon on the front end with big dark fruit prunes especially.

T - Once the bourbon clears you get coffee then chocolate with a very smooth silky finish.

Drinkability is very easy on this. The other guys were saying they may still prefer the regular speedway over the BA version. I like both versions and would but this everyday if it were available to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 05:33:32 | More by BgThang
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared #96 of 233 with brdc and stoutsnipas, much thanks to brdc for sharing.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, it pours an almost black with a deep tan head. Initial head was a 1/2-1 inch and quickly resides to a mild lacing.

The smell was reasonably good. It definitely had more of the oak and vannilla notes when compared to regular alesmith. The other dark chocolate and coffee notes are also present but not overwhelmingly high on coffee. Some bourbon notes are also present.

The taste was fairly good. It starts a bit heavy on the oak/vanilla combination and very mild bourbon. It them seems to hit more dark chocolate and coffee notes. There is a nice sourness that also aids in hiding the alcohol.

This is a full-bodied beer that sits on the palate fairly well without being overwhelming. It is quite smooth and not so creamy or sticky that it is hard to drink. Adequate carbonation.

This beer is a very good beer. It is interesting comparing with regular Alesmith, which I think is somewhat better. However, given the unique and limited number of this beer, it is certainly worth getting your hands on one, if you can. Very well hidden alcohol. Again, much thanks to brdc for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 23:43:37 | More by SykDoc
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brdc

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A million thanks go to Derek hoppymeal for this amazing gift. 2006 bottling, #96/233.
Compared with a bottle aged, presumed 2006 version.

Poured into a snifter, pitch black except for a very slight reddish edge. The tan head here is significantly smaller, poor retention, some lacing.
Aroma here is dominated by the oak notes, vanilla, bourbon. Coffee, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and molasses complete it; more complex, less pleasant (but still nice).
Full bodied but interestingly does not feel as creamy on the palate. Flavor is also dominated by the oak notes, vanilla, bourbon, but also roasted malts, baker's chocolate, molasses.
This is a very good beer, but IMHO, as it gains complexity, it loses some of the most pleasant aspects. It is certainly worthwhile, but I honestly prefer the original version.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 22:26:48 | More by brdc
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes, 2006 Vintage

A: Pours a nice coal black with a small tan head with some slight lacing left in the glass

S: Full of roasted and oak notes slight bourbon hiding in the back.

T: Nice rich flavors with some licorice and more oakiness and roasted flavors going on, very pleasing to the palate.

M: Nice rich and creamy. Lightly carbonated.

D: Very good despite the alcohol content. I hope to be able to acquire some of this in the future!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:59:57 | More by drgonzo3705
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SaucyA

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #200.
2 Year Anniversary of my first review.

2006.
#122/233.

A - Pours into the snifter with a beautiful, tight little brown head. The body, a menacing black, beckons. Great lacing, legs.

S - Nice bourbon characteristics up front. A slight hint of wood, big notes of underlying coffee and vanilla. A molasses sweetness is present on the backend. Booze. Bigness.

T - Lots of coffee throughout, which surprises me due to the age. Big, bitter, dry finish. Bourbon and coconut notes on the back. Some heat, but nothing very much noted in the taste itself. Vanilla. It's a great representation of a barrel-aged beer. Complex, huge, ever-changing. Nice dark chocolate and fig/raisin notes as it warms.

M - I'm slightly bummed because it doesn't seem as thick as I remember Speedway being, but it's still got quite a big body and a nice, steady carbonation.

D - For everything involved, and the bigness of the flavors and ABV, this is absolutely killer... the over-attenuation seems to help with ease of quaffing.

Notes: Mad thanks to Carlos for this. It's a great, and I mean GREAT, brew to have for my 200th review. Totally worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:07:01 | More by SaucyA
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with not too much head. A good swirl got nothing. The aroma is full of coffe, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and so much more I just couldn't wrap my head around. Same with the flavor. Everything mentioned in the nose was present in the flavor. All very well blended. There was some concern at the table that the coffee would not make its way through. It was there and stood tall. The palate was a touch on the thin side, yet very fullfilling.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 18:10:49 | More by tjthresh
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle, 2006 vintage, bottle # 107/233. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting, huge thanks to DrJay for bringing this one!

Pours a deep opaque black, some very dark brown in the far edges in the light, huge and thick brown head forms, drops some lace spots and settles down to a very thick ring, looks great. Smell is amazing, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and roast, light woody sourness, toffee, toast, oats, very very rich, its hard to describe how good this smells. Perfect mix of bourbon barrel with the stout. Taste is just as amazing, buttery toffee, chocolate and bourbon, oak, vanilla, roast, figs, toast, very intense flavour, light wood astringency in the finish, perfect. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth. Drinks like 5%. Wow, this is an insanely good beer. Proof of perfect barrel aging, one of the best beers I've ever had. Thanks a ton Jay!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:24:58 | More by Viggo
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steadydose

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared the 2007 vintage with some friends at a new years party.

Wow, this beer is delicious. The bourbon was present in the smell and taste. As good as regular Speedway Stout is, the addition of the barrel aging makes this a real treat. Not as sweet as the regular version. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too heavy. Overall it tasted wonderful, and is great paired with leche flan, a creme brulee type desert. Outstanding!!!

*Update 4/10/10

I was able to grab a growler and drank over the course of two nights, and wow, I would leave all my original scores the same, but I would actually bump up the mouthfeel score to 4.5

There was loads of chocolate in the nose on the growler version. It also had a fuller and thicker body with a slightly sweeter taste. I really liked how the barrel aging aspect was not overwhelming and would actually play the background on some sips. Just a world class brew, and I can't wait till they do growlers of this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 18:03:16 | More by steadydose
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gford217

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No better way to celebrate review #500 than to break out the barrel-aged version of one of my favorite beers ever. Huge thanks to hoppymeal for the opportunity! 2007 bottle #316 of 447.

Pours black but not completely opaque as hints of mahogany show through the edges. The head is one-finger tall, very bubbly and remains a swirl of small bubbles and a ring for the duration, leaving traces of lacing.

The aroma is exceptional. The bourbon is present up front but is supported by dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate and a whiff of coffee (not nearly as dominant as in the regular version). The barrel presence is evident with a bit of vanilla. All of these things seem to come together into one cohesive aroma.

The taste has the sweetness of the chocolate and some dark fruits up front before the dark malts and roasted coffee step up in the middle. The finish is big on vanilla and bourbon and leaves an alcohol warming as it goes down.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied for the style with less carbonation than I remember in the regular version.

This is a fantastic beer though I can't decide if it quite measures up to the regular version to me. Either way, it's not to be missed. Thanks again to Derek for his (continued) generosity!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 02:38:23 | More by gford217
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srandycarter

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with small nice mocha head. Lacing retentive but small bubbled and not webby.

S - Vanilla. Jack. Wood. Cream. Sweet malt.

T - One big friggin party. Somewhat upfront booziness, vanilla, sweet malt, just nice combination. Yes sir, may I have another?

M - Medium to heavy. SO creamy, coating, such perfect carb.

D - OK, so not so drinkable by the strictest definition. However, it is so good, I would be forced to drink it anyway. LOL.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 02:22:43 | More by srandycarter
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Wasatch

Utah

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Vintage

Bottle #98

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee/toffee notes, licorice, vanilla. The taste is malty, with some nice dark stuff thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 06:39:12 | More by Wasatch
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miketd

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found myself talking a lot about this beer lately so might as well enter the rating. I've have 03, 04 and 06 vintage. This is for the 06. Pour is pitch black and still...hardly any head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a touch of bourbon. Velvety smooth taste, creamy. Sweet, but has nice malt balance and some bitterness. Very full body. Very nicely uses bourbon aging without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:00:39 | More by miketd
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cpn920

New York

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown oily color with a thin creamy head. Smelled coffee, bourbon, vanilla, malts, maybe toffee. I enjoyed this beer but it isn't my favorite style so I probably am not the best evaluator. I definitely got the bourbon taste as well as a strong vanilla flavor. Warming made the flavors more robust and brought out the alcohol intensity. It was relatively thin as far as carbonation and pretty smooth for the 12%. I would love to try again but it is definitely a sipper with a max of one for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 18:30:36 | More by cpn920
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. 2006 - bottle 107/233. Big thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this one!
Black with faint brown edges. Thin, dark tan cap of very fine bubbles. Lots of very sticky lace. Looks great. The barrel aging really worked well with the base beer, and Speedway's no slouch on its own. Aromas of vanilla, woody oak, bourbon and booze, melded with the toffee and caramel, coffee and dark chocolate, and mild fruit character. Just a bit buttery as it warmed. Great balance in the flavour too. Plenty of roasted malts, coffee, oak, toffee and chocolate. Bitterness and hop flavour had faded somewhat, but were still present. Mild alcohol and light vanilla. Extremely smooth in texture with very fine carbonation, a bit on the low side. Full bodied, but seemed just a little thinner than I remember Speedway being. Truly an elegant beer. Delicious and wonderfully balanced. One of the high points of barrel aged beer, at least for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 02:14:25 | More by DrJay
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.