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Reviews: 295
Hads: 1,645
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
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Gots: 465 | FT: 57
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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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Photo of phisigben
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Indiana Microbrewers festival, a huge thanks to Sprinkle and the Crown Liquor guys

Appearance - Pure black with a half inch dark mocha head.

Smell - A nice chocolate smell, then some bourbon and vanilla. All of these were very muted compared to other barrel aged stouts the smell was a let down compared to the hype.

Taste - The taste really picked uped compared to smell. It was a very very nice balanced stout there was chocolate, bourbon, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and caramel. But none of the flavors were overpowered they were very nicely balanced between each other.

Mouthfeel - The mouth-feel was nice, but a little thin. The carbonation was medium, and just a little alcohol heat.

Overall - I would love to try this again but not for what it has been trading for in the ISO/FT forum. (812 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Andy for opening this mamoth. Bottle from the most recent release. Pours black with about two inches of light tan head. Nice retention and soapy lace.

Bourbon is pretty much kicking me in the face. It's awesome. Rich bourbon really comes through right and above all else in the beer. Mollasses and roasted coffee makes up the rest of the aroma. This one is hugely roasty wtih a sweet undertone. This is pretty much what I want a barrel aged stout to taste like. Lot's of rich bourbon with a bit of mollasses on the flavor. Hints of oak, vanilla and a bit of a fruity character.

The feel is good. Nice full and robust but a little sticky. Overall this one is insane. Very complex and surprisingly drinkable. A little hot but it doesn't even matter. This one is great. (784 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tro for making this happen! The bottle says 2009 on it (most recent release). Poured into a tulip. There is a large tan head atop an oily black body. There is a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

The aroma is very enjoyable. The coffee is well integrated to create a slightly sweet mocha aroma. The vanilla and bourbon flavors are heavy as well. This is pretty complex and really inviting.

The taste is mildly sweet, offset by the bitter malt and coffee followed by a slight warmth of alcohol. The coffee isn't as strong as it is in the nose. There is a nice chocolatey malt flavor to this. At any given sip I can hone in on an individual flavor and enjoy something different each time.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is like liquid chocolate cake.

This met my expectations. I would happily have this as often as possible. (843 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle into Jackie O’s snifter. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours black with low carbonation and a thin dark brown head.
S: Sweet smelling with rich notes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and a good dose of solventy alcohol.
T: Warming bourbon, touch of coffee, caramel, toffee. This tastes pretty much like the standard version with a good amount of well integrated bourbon.
M: Full bodied with a thick, heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
O: I loved the regular version so it was no surprise that this was just as good. Worth seeking out. (537 characters)

Photo of ajsdad06
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours black in color with a very small tan head.

The aroma has all the good stuff working well together: chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, woody, well integrated bourbon and vanilla. Very nice!

The flavor is full and rich and includes everything I would want in a big decadent imperial stout. Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, molasses and the well integrated bourbon. There is no "I" in team, and these flavors are definitely working together.

Full bodied and smooth drinking for such a big beer.

This was one of my favorites of the evening. (587 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 bottle via pantanap. Four years old and fan-freakin-tastic!!!! Glorious coffee and chocolate aromas leaching out of the black brew. The flavors are so well proportioned with mellow bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla swirling around in a delicious masterpiece... (276 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black hue with large creamy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted malt, strong coffee and bourbon aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavor and a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very good brew. (365 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin layer of tannish head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts. Definitely more reserved than some BA imperial stouts. Taste is smooth. Iced coffee, roasted malts, mild chocolate meld with bourbon, oak and vanilla. A good level of sweetness is balanced with a reserved bitterness that comes together quite well. While there is a lot of barrel in this beer, it is not an over-the-top BA imperial stout like some. Good medium carbonation and body work well. Overall, this beer is a winner. AleSmith obviously knows their way around a barrel. Being picky, a bit more of the coffee flavor that comes out in the base beer, along with a slight boost in the barrel character would have pushed the taste to a 5. In addition, that additional coffee probably would have brought out the nose more. Still really good as is. (853 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.21/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At a recent tasting i had the 2007 bottle, i didn't get to try any other vintages that were also cracked due to the shear number of glasses present and i wanted to let other BAs go first, but i got alot of the 2007 since it was not in high demand, but if i ever do i may update this, as the 2007 is not a sight/taste to behold.
Color is very dark in all regards, head fades into the black body.
The aroma gives the impression that this is super sweet and going to be sticky, it really smells under attenuated and sugary but with a bit of roast and chocolate inside aswell.
The flavors take a nose dive into dry territory that tastes like it was meant to be tart, or aged with dark fruits or something along those lines, i really kept thinking this was like a bad stout version of Boulavard BBQ with dark cherries as it had those same characterisitcs, though not desirable and tasty like you would expect, maybe i needed more to grow on me. There was considerable oxidation which only made things worse. Dry and over fermented, if you have a bottle, i'd save it for 2025, just because it's barely worth drinking now, i think most of our bottle was left over on the table. Maybe in 2025 it will be a novelty. (1,206 characters)

Photo of nasty31
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 Bottle poured into snifter

S- Sweet chocolaty scent that is very pronounce. Bourbon and dark malts are also very present.

A- Very thick and oily with a 3 finger caramel redish fluffy head that has great retention and leaves spotty lacing around the glass.

T- Nice bourbon flavor but like the smell very chocolaty with a slight better flavor at the end.Then bourbon and chocolate in this blend probably the best out of any ba stout ive ever had.

M- great mouthfeel nice and creamy and thick.

O- One of the best if not the best ba stout ive had. I love kbs but this beer is slightly better then that one. i just truly love this beer. (643 characters)

Photo of leschkie
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 2011 release at Alesmith. Written notes from 4 tasters of the 2009 BA version.

Appearance: Reminded me of what I would expect if I dropped an 88% cocoa piece of dark chocolate into my taster cup and let it melt while I waited the 3.5 hours in line to get my ticket. Poured a hybrid between dark mocha and jet black, depending on your angle, with a tan head whose thickness was about the size of 3 US quarters stacked on top of each other. After ~10 seconds following the pour, the head quickly dissipated to form a lingering ring around the edges of the taster cup.

Smell: Holy crap, what a distinction between the BA and regular version. The barreling process completely metamorphosized this one. Aromas of wood and spicy bourbon upfront with dark chocolate and coffee following suit. Could have sworn I detected subtle hints of vanilla and burnt malt, but it also could have been the delirium starting to set in as a result of standing in line for hours on end in the sun wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt, a cashmere sweater, and jeans in the middle of June in San Diego. (Insert "idiot"-related synonyms here)

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Easily explains why I decided to leave 1 line only to wait in another on 4 separate occasions. Taste closely follows the nose. Very nice balance between the barrel, coffee, and dark chocolate with an added treat at the finish: absolutely no bitterness from the coffee (unlike the regular version of Speedway). Slight heat from the alcohol, but not enough to add to my slowly-rising body temperature as a result of being bombarded by sunrays while standing around.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied. Felt like smooth velvet swirling in my mouth. Carbination was spot-on.

Overall: Nice work Alesmith. They worked the barreling process to near perfection with this one. Danger is its middle name. Deceivingly drinkable for a 12% ABV. Probably explains my lack of self-control and my desire to have 4 helpings of this one (in adddition to the Decadence and Speedway Vanilla & Coconut tasters I had as well). While Alesmith does a superb job with not letting the barrel completely overwhelm all other aspects of the beer, my only criticism is that I wish the bourbon was just a tad more pronounced in the flavor profile. Regardless, I enjoyed this one very much. I wish everyone gets the chance to sample this eventually. In my opinion, the BA version of Speedway completely blows the regular version right out of the water. (2,485 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Release

A: Black as motor oil with a reddish mocha colored head that stays at about one finger. Good retention.

S: Pretty big aromas of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, raisin and bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, fudge, hints of dark fruit (plum and black currant) with a slightly acidic finish. Lush and velvety mouthfeel with a pleasant warming sensation on the finish and a little bit of a peat flavor and dryness from the bourbon. The bourbon was surprisingly restrained, which surprised me. The balance was really well done. I definitely feel lucky to have gotten to try this one. (625 characters)

Photo of nightwing002
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery for the release of the 09 BA Speedway Stout

A – In the cup the beer looked black with no light able to shine through. It had a nice beige/tan head that dissipated quickly to leave a nice ring around the cup.

S – First to the mind is a nice strong chocolate scent. Also detectable are hints of caramel, wood, and burnt malts.

T – Up front first was a flavor or strong malty chocolate that eventually finished with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol goes down warm but not hot. This beer leaves a sweet coating on your lips that you can taste for a bit afterwards.

M – Creamy feel in the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent for this BA stout.

O – This was a great version of the Speedway Stout. The barrel aging has done wonders to this beer. I’m hoping that aging this beer a bit more will help bring out more flavors. (872 characters)

Photo of mrkun
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: The color is very dark brown with a nice tan head.

S: The nose is dominated by bourbon, oak, and roasty malts.

T: The taste is very similar. Hits first with oak, followed by lightly roasted malt and coffee and finally bourbon as the beer begins to go down.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, and a bite from the bourbon.

O: An extremely well done barrel aged imperial stout that would be hard to match. The bourbon is more well-balanced than Parabola. (497 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark brown, tan head that retreats to a ring around the outside that stays for the rest of the beers existance.
S- Smells of rich mahogany, serious. Bourbon alcohol, chocolate.
T- Much like the smell, roasty, coffee, malts, bourbon spiciness, chocolate, very spicy.
M- Fairly thick, lightly carbed about perfect for this beer, have to mention the tingling on the lips slight burn.
O- Great beer that recieved a very distinct and satisfying change from the barrel age. (475 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2011 BA speedway stout release

Look: Dark brown to almost black in color with a 1/4 tan head with some decent retention and lace

Smell: Spicy notes of bourbon backed up by dark chocolate and coffee

Taste: Very very nice spicy notes of bourbon it did tingle the palate a bit but it was a pleasurable tingle and leaved me wanting more. The beer finished off nicely roasted malt coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slight burn from the alcohol and bourbon notes. Full body with little carbonation

Overall: Very good BA imperial stout. Picked up two bottle of this so I will put one away for a year or more to see how the flavors mature and I will drink one again here soon. Looking forward to another go around with this beer. (750 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'09 vintage. On tap at the 2011 BA Speedway and Decadence release. From three 3oz pours in taster cups.

Pours black with a thin film of sand colored foam, which persists in ring form for quite a while. Not much lacing to speak of. Smell is mostly bourbon and oak, a little vanilla; a nicely restrained aroma, though, and not at all overpowering. Not a lot of coffee or malt here, and definitely more mellow than regular Speedway. Taste is more balanced than the smell, with more of a coffee and chocolate presence along with the bourbon and oak, as well as some maltiness and sweetness. Finishes with a very slight coffee bitterness. Wow, super tasty and smooth stuff. Medium-full body and medium carbonation work great with the beer here; not much heat to speak of. Overall, this is a world class bourbon barrel age coffee stout, exceedingly drinkable, and which shows admirable restraint with the barrel treatment. (917 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Edition
On tap at the brewery.

The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a light beige head. The foam recedes quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass. The nose is chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is of leather, chocolate, caramel, and oak. There is a sweet quality to it, as well. Bourbon is integrated so well that there is almost no alcohol heat to speak of. Finish is sweet with lingering chocolate and bourbon. Feel is somewhat thinner than I'd expect from a big BA stout and carbonation is on the low side, as it should be. Overall this is another very nice barrel aged offering from AleSmith. (618 characters)

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark with mocha head on it. Lingers for a while and went down slow. Just as fast as I drank it, and I took my time.

S: Coffee, oaky, bitter, chocolate, mocha, liqour, cigar, charcoal

T: Smooth with hints of dark chocolate and woody

M: smooth, a bit milky, silky and something to savor as it went down.

NOTES: This was a huge treat. So glad I had to try this one. (416 characters)

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle 44/233. Thanks to Ross for grabbing this rarity.

A: Dark semi-translucent brown pour with a light beige head. Fairly typical barreled high gravity appearance.

S: Bourbon soaked cherries, old musty oak barrels, dark dessert chocolates.

T: Oak, lightly roasted coffee beans, harsh bittering chocolates. The bourbon in subdued but powerful oak dominates. The beer bears some oxidative notes however minute. Dry oaky finish. The coffee has faded a good bit when compared to fresh Speedway.

M: A little chewy, low carbonation and parchingly dry oak finish.

O: Solid balanced beer, tasty oak and a good integration of fading coffee. Not an overly remarkable beer but matured with age, allowing the bourbon nuances to show. (734 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge impenetrable blackness. Looks great.

Buttery bourbon, some coffee, a bit of oxidation.

Chocolate, toffee fudge, brownies, coffee, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is huge, rich, velvety, and super smooth.

So great. Big thanks to Allen for popping that. (257 characters)

Photo of mistakebythelake
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Brad at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. 2006 bottle into a snifter.

Pour revealed a fudge like dark brown color. No head whatsoever with some bubbles on one half of the glass. The best part of this beer I felt was the nose. I enjoy coffee stouts and coffee in general, so naturally I picked up a lot of coffee flavors off the bat. Followed by some vanilla, oak and slight bourbon characteristics. I got vanilla and a slight tart coffee and bourbon taste that was blended well. Also tasted some chocolate in there. A very creamy stout that was very easy to drink sip after sip. Enjoyed this one and was a standout at the tasting. (645 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Shared at the 'nati tasting.

A. Pours black with amber edges with a tan creamy head.

S. Dark fruit, some anise, vanilla, some bourbon sweetness, coffee, and a bit of oak.

T. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Becomes even sweeter as it warms.

M. Rich, smooth texture, and creamy.

D. Great beer. A complex beer that I really appreciate being able to try. (378 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Thanks brad for bringing this to the epic BA stout tasting.

Pours a dark thick brown. Very nice reddish orange tint on the edges. Almost no head. So so thick. Smells super buttery and bourbon heavy. Tastes very bourbon heavy and lots of smooth butteriness. A touch of coffee but it's fairly subtle comes out much stronger on the back of the tongue. As it warms up the coffee comes out much more. (411 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

A-nice black body with no tan head
S-mellow bourbon. Nice malty body and sweet chocolate
T-awesome. Mellow burbon with a little vanilla. Great tasting.
M-medium body and oh so smooth. Crazy drinkable and dry
O-great beer. Wow. This is incredible (259 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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