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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,763
Gots: 398 | FT: 43
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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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Photo of claspada
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle sampled at a recent tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown, nearing black with a small, tan cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.

Aromas begin with some nuttiness, espresso and a light bourbon/booze presence. Smells of vanilla, oak, cocoa, caramel, toffee and brown sugar further emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with light coconut, walnuts, toasted oak and vanilla. I am a little underwhelmed to be honest. Sweet molasses through the middle with some milk chocolate as well, moving into a bourbon barrel finish. A bit too acrid overall for my liking.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Finish is slick and sweet on the palate but not overly so. Much more carboantion than the BA Wee Heavy I sampled earlier this year from the same '09 release.

Overall this was nice but something didn't really work for me. The greatness of the original Speedway is somehow lost here; the big espresso/coffee is masked by the bourbon presence which some may enjoy more, but I think I may prefer the original. I have also read that previous vintages of this release were much better so take that for what it's worth as well. Definitely a great great beer but it didn't meet the hype for me and definitely not the best BA Stout I have had.

claspada, Nov 14, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (2009)

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

Deep, dark aromas of coffee and espresso beans, rich chocolate, and strong but complementary notes of bourbon and vanilla. Less hop presence than in the standard Speedway. Rich, divine, decadent, and slightly better than the standard version of the same beer. Incredible!

Earth and wood flavors from the bourbon stand out initially, with lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The rich coffee, chocolate, and roast are still here as well. It's a lovely balance. There's just a bit of alcohol warmth present, but it's welcome in this beer.

Thick, oily, full mouthfeel.

A terrific version of a fantastic base beer.

ehammond1, Nov 14, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle sharred with many BA's at this years Darkness Eve Tasting.

2009 bottle.

A- Pours dark black color, really nice appearance, ½ fingers worth of brown head that dissipates to a nice ring around the glass.
S- The aroma is fantastic, really nice notes of roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, I cannot wait to try this beer.
T- I was not let down, big coffee flavor, the perfect amount of bourbon comes out, vanilla beans, roasted coffee, chocolate and cocoa, really nice, well balanced brew.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, well carbonated, creamy, silky smooth drinking, slight roasty aftertaste, alcohol is hidden.
O- I absolutely love this beer, the coffee, bourbon and vanilla are phenomenal in this beer, all the different flavors that come out are well balanced and make this beer an amazing experience.

Chriscrundwell12, Oct 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'09 release

Black pour, small khaki-light brown head.

Dark rich chocolate and bourbon on the nose. Nutty caramel.

Big bourbon soaked chocolate flavor. More caramel and toasted oak. Soft carbonation. All the coffee is gone which is a thing I love most about this beer. The mouthfeel has thinned out a little.

I've had the '06 and the one that was growler only before. I'd say this is the weakest of the three. This one isn't the A+ decadent showstopper that those were.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers I've always wanted to try. Happy they re-released this one in 2011, and was thrilled to come into a couple bottles. A big thanks to johndoe8 for the trade, and a mamoth thanks to Irishgurl4 for including this bottle in my box. Cheers kids!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Note: Drunk after a 2 year old bottle of the base beer. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: Pours out thick black and produces a three finger, thick mocha colored head with great retention. Head cascades up from the netherworld. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good film and clings to the sides of the glass. A swirling wisp and a ring remain until the end leaving lots some dots of lacing down the glass. A beauty of a stout and much like the base beer, though the lacing is not quite as perfect.

SMELL: Nice, balanced nose. Roasted malts, molasses, with both dark and milk chocolate there. Touches of coffee as well, though quite muted now, and even more so than the aged base beer. Barrel is there, with some bourbon, oak and vanilla, but it is quite restrained. Very balanced, but somewhat mute for the style.

TASTE: A little underwhelming up front, with some roasted malts and touches of coffee still. Sweet molasses through the middle with some milk chocolate as well, moving into a bourbon barrel finish. Bourbon, oak and vanilla for sure come out nicely after the swallow, with a touch of booze as well. Bigger and lingering aftertaste of barrel, sweet molasses and some bitter chocolate. Well balanced again, but a little muted up front and much of the coffee flavor of the base beer has disappeared. Even less coffee notes than in the aged base beer. The barrel helps after the swallow, however.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation for the style. Light on the palate, unfortunately, though still creamy and oily, goes down fine and finishes rather mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. The barrel has thinned and lightened up the feel somewhat.

OVERALL: This is a good beer, but nothing more than that. Unfortunately the barrel aging has muted the coffee flavors and lightened up the feel, making this more of generic barrel aged stout as opposed to a BA Speedway. Furthermore, the barrel flavors aren’t even that impressive in themselves, so it’s not even an exciting generic barrel aged stout. The regular Speedway is a fantastic brew, but the time in the barrel has muted all that made it special. A shame really. If you love Speedway, just stick to the base beer, but if you love bourbon barrel stouts, pick something that showcases the barrel flavors better. Anyways, while this was a bit of a letdown, I was thrilled with the chance to try it out. Thanks again for the trades johbdoe8 and Irishgurl4.

Jeffo, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle, thanks James. Pours a viscous black "nighter than night" with a mocha head. Nose is more coffee forward than I expected, still a very pleasant montage of fresh coffee beans, baker's chocolate, pleasantly sweet vanilla. Barrel is subdued but woven in nicely. Really good contrast between bitter elements (coffee beans, baker's chocolate), sweet elements (vanilla, coconut), and a pleasant complexity from the barrel. Luscious and thick in the mouth. Flavors open with very dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans parading high in the profile, segueing into that rich bourbon barrel, coconut, and a really nice creamy, hot finish. Mouthfeel is perfectly thick and creamy, foamed latte and crushed velvet. Beautiful beer!

JAXSON, Oct 10, 2011
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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