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rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
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American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

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Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006, bottle 86/233, into a Weyerbacher tulip. Enormous gratitude is due to the ever-generous Knifestyles for sharing this elusive gem. Thanks a million, Chris!

A: Black body with bright orange-brown highlights. No head to speak of. Not that great, really, but I won't say it's below average for a 5 year old BA stout.

S: Big, smooth, round aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and just pure stour awesomeness. Lovely.

T: Opens with chocolate + vanilla malt sweetness, followed by some coffee, bourbon, and an oaky, slightly boozy finish. Sublime, but the slight harshness on the tail end keeps it from being perfect. Damn close, though...

M: Full, rich, velvety body. Light, but present carbonation. Just lovely.

D: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Notes: What a beer. Perfect balance of the roasty base beer and the richness of bourbon barrels; huge drinkability for a 12% monster; power, delicacy, and complexity all together. In a word, incredible. This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to taste this beer, and I so hope it won't be the last.

Cheers! (1,088 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of a great Cali trader. Obtained a little while ago in a trade and cracked tonight on the night of my 1200th review. This 2007 vintage, bottle #318/447, was poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a oily, thinned out body, quickly out of the neck of the gold foiled, double waxed silk screened bottle. The body is pitch, glassy, obsidian, opaque except for the faintest twinge around the edges suggesting light. A vigorous pour - made more vigorous once I realized that there wasn't a good head forming - yielded pretty much nothing in terms of head, and that's not entirely unforgivable: this one has both coffee additions and barrel thinning. There's no hint of surface lacing (after about 30 seconds) nor any hint of a collar or side lacing, so there's not too much more to say - it would have been nice to have more, but I understand why it's not here.

Aroma: This beer's best attribute. A gentle, rolling nose with a lot of character. Toasted coconut is huge, mingling brilliantly with fudgy brownies and full roast coffee, but also a ton of stone fruits and dark fruits, courtesy of both the maltiness of this beer as well as barrel sugars and a pleasant amount of oxidation. Cherries are strong, both black and sour, mingling with raisins and figs, and everything here is wrapped up and beautifully macerated in bourbon. It's not hot at all - only faintly warming and ethereally spicy, the whole thing is mellow but complex, subtle yet strong. Very enjoyable.

Taste: A varied mouth, ranging from tart, oxidized, sherry-like notes to dark malts to barrel sweet spicy bourbon. First, a comment that this beer is probably a little past its peak - the malts (particularly the coffee addition) are beginning to fade, the oxidation is beginning to come through pretty heavily, and the whole package seems a little dull. That being said, there's still a lot of good stuff here (as evidenced by the nose). A thick, fat malt base contributes a lot of dark toastiness - toast, molasses, cola, bittersweet cocoa, and full roast coffee all mingle with a slew of fruits ranging from raisins to cherries. There're a few notes in between - definite figs, hints of things more sour and tart like kiwi, red grape, and the like - that sort of round of the flavor, but these fruity notes are pretty heavily countered by a lot of oxidation, sherry-like, a little papery, though not too distracting. The bourbon and barrel notes constitute about a third of the flavor components, strength-wise, in the mouth, growing in intensity as this one warms (unsurprisingly). Coconut and leather mingle with fat oak, slightly toasted, and caramelized barrel sugars, though the bourbon is decidedly mellow, a little fainter than I expected. It's definitely present in the finish, though, warming and spicy, though never intense.

Mouthfeel: A very interesting mouth on this one. Very soda-like, though not overly bubbly. I imagine the erratic, unevenness is likely due to the thinned out nature of the body, diluted and rarefied by a year spent in some bourbon barrels. The end result is good, but not great - a little oily, courtesy of the coffee addition, but also definitely a little erratic. Give it a little time to smooth out and it becomes really nice (though, yes, a little flat and thin, so either way it suffers slightly). If I had to pick one or the other ... let it sit for a while.

Drinkability: So this beer has a lot going on. And, as an initial matter, it's all going on in a 12% soup, which is problematic, because 12% is one hell of a soup. That being said, this 12% is not hot - there's no burn, and the bourbon itself doesn't even contribute anything close to a hot amount of bourbon, whether it be in the nose, mouth, or anywhere else.

That being said, I was mildly disappointed by this beer. It is nowhere near as good as fresh Speedway Stout. I'm can't state conclusively whether or not that is because this beer is past its prime - that is certainly a possibility, given: a) the oxidation; b) the knowledge that this beer is 5+ years old; and c) the fading of the coffee, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention that this isn't how I remember normal Speedway tasting. But while there's some evidence to suggest it may be, it's possible that this is just how -bal Speedway is supposed to taste, thinned, aged, diluted. If that's the case, then maybe this one isn't quite the candidate for barrel aging. I'm also ruling out infection or accelerated oxidation by virtue of the double waxing (who double waxes? Kudos to Alesmith!).

I'm glad this beer was #1200. I'm also glad I had the opportunity to try it. That being said, I wish I'd tried it sooner, and I wish I'd tried it alongside the non -bal version of Speedway, just so I could get the true side-by-side comparison in an attempt to identify how much of what I'm tasting is due to aging and how much isn't. Worth seeking out, but not at the expense some believe it's worth, methinks. (4,969 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this beer to our tasting. 2003 vintage poured into a Darkness snifter. Bottle #100/196.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brownie color. Practically zero head developed as the beer was poured. Not the sexiest looking beer.

S- Wonderful mixture of mellow bourbon aromas and candied chocolates. Some molasses and chocolate brownies in there as well with a hint of vanilla. Super complex.

T- Mellowed bourbon upfront. Following is a mixture of chocolate malts, brownies, and bitter caramel. Blends together very well. As stated, this beer was very mellow, yet complex. Great malt profile.

M- Viscous and velvety smooth. Just the way I like it.

D- One of the easiest drinking stouts I have ever had. The mellowed out attributes really helped here.

Overall, very excited to finally try this beer, especially one as old as this one. An excellent beer and a good example of how aging can completely change a beer. Recommended. (947 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap (2009 release) poured into a small snifter. Pitch black beer that looked viscous when poured. A finger of chocolate colored creamy head stuck around for a bit, leaving just a trace of lacing but a lot of alcohol feet.

Nose is a nice mix of dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, wood, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt.

Coffee, dark chocolate dominate the tongue initially, then as it warms, the booze and the wood shows up mid tongue. Nice lingering roasted coffee, malt and wood aftertaste.

Full bodied and creamy in the mouth, combined with the alcohol warmth made my taste buds really happy. Some light carbonation still remain after all the barrel aging, helps to move the flavor along as you take a sip.

Very big beer demands small slow sips. A very enjoyable stout to sit down with for an evening. (819 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy birthday to me! I can't express enough gratitude to fiver29 for sending me this, a brew I truly thought I might not ever get to sample, especially an older one. 2003 vintage, bottle 79 of 196 split with my wife.

I will admit it; this is possibly the only bottle of beer I've ever held that I had second thoughts about opening. It wasn't easy. The cap pops with scarely a whimper, carbonation is close to absolute zero. Pours jet black with a double handful of tiny bubbles clinging together in the middle of the snifter. A quick swirl dissipates them completely. I can almost read the reflection of the computer screen in the darkness. The nose projects a good ways from the glass, warm, subtle bourbon & a hard shoulder of malts. Only a bare hint of coffee or roast.

This bottle of Barrel Aged Speedway is like an aging ballet dancer, the tastes are muted, graceful, & gentle, not at all like the hot bourbon bombs so common in my cellar. Despite that, the barrel retains the upper hand here, but it's a slow, thorough burn, like a high-end bourbon (not the Jim Beam I used to quaff). It's distilled out into a prominent vanilla tailing too, & the oak is strong both in the taste & the spit-drying ending. Roast malts do a nice job rounding the taste out, along with light touches of ash, coffee, & the faintest peels of dark fruit.

Smooth & silky beyond belief, this is the ideal for mouthfeel. The beer just slips into your drinking orifice, smiles slyly, & vanishes down the gullet, leaving only a lingering bit of Victoria's Secret lace on the throat. Wowza. Perhaps it's only the knowledge that I'll never get to sample this again (at least the '03), but I'd happily sit around all night sipping this with my pinky in the air.

Overall an excellent beer. I can only imagine getting to try it at various cycles of its life, & sure as hell hope I get to in the future. One more salute to fiver29, thank you so much, sir. (1,937 characters)

Photo of psiweaver
2.61/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was nicely shared at the HOTD Matt Release a few months ago. It was a 2007 Bottle. I think that it was either infected or had gone bad.

Pours a rich black with a brown very thin small head.

Has a lot of coffee smell to it with a nice roasty richness, this bottle had almost a sour off smell to it though.

The initial taste was great and full of rich malty and coffee flavor but then it faded into an almost soured oxidized flavored and not in a good way. I don't think it was infected but it was certainly a bad bottle Carbonation was still good though which was odd.

thick mouth feel which is what I want in a big stout.

overall really disappointed i'm hoping that I get to try a bottle thats not been compromised. (727 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the '03 vintage, courtesty of TurdFurgison. Didn't bother to copy down the bottle number. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Pours with minimal foam that quickly settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving behind no lace but some sticky legs instead. Body is black, with maybe a faint brownish glint at the upper edge.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate cake, plenty of oak and barrel, some light soy and dark fruit oxidation notes, and perhaps still a hint of solvent alcohol in there. Minimal coffee, but that wasn't unexpected.

T - The taste is more mellow, with some light oxidation notes, and big prune and dark fruit notes. Not as much chocolate, but more earth and charred wood instead.

M - No heat, extremely low carbonation. Full-bodied, quite chewy and sticky. Surprisingly little tannic character - seems to have faded in the intervening years.

D - I found this quite easy to drink, and went back for a few more ounces after my initial pour. I liked this more than the 2008 growler, but I'm not sure it's the mind-blowing experience others have described. (1,072 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, courtesy of mikesgroove about 1 year ago, shared at a tasting after the Jackie O's anniversary party. No audibles when the cap was removed, threatening no carbonation, but in fact there's a little.

The aroma is nice, exceptional really considering it holds its own directly after Bolshoi which was unreal. Soft bourbon with a very refined feel, roasted malts, no coffee at all (unexpected), I could smell it for hours. It tastes sweet upfront with a very low grade burn in the aftertaste, the bourbon has integrated well. A very nice aftertaste too, maybe the only negative is a hint of ash, light though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel (very low carb), it gives Bolshoi a run for the money, excellent. (715 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle, thanks Jay for sharing!

Wispy tan skim on a glassy obsidian surface. Ever present ring at the edge.
Dark and formidable body, the surface skim has the look of a planet's atmosphere.

As it warms there's distinct vanilla, coconut, and chocolate notes.

Flavor is rich, mildly oxidized, reminding me of Thomas Hardys. The alcohol has a mild sting but it doesn't affect the taste. Mellow roast and fudgy chocolate flavors, bitter coffee, an almost wine-like grape note surfaces too. Some soft bourbon traces, mostly vanilla and booze. Mellow carbonation, strong enough to keep it a sipper. Three years might be slighty too long to age, but it's still holding on. (675 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml bottle, 2004 edition bottle number 98/228. A huge thanks go out to Eric for this, it was the gem of his awesome party. It was a festivus for the rest of us. Pours a dark brown color with a very thick light beige colored head. A awesome aroma of sweet fruits, chocolates, some coffee and just loads of milky sweet chocolate and mocha. The taste was excellent, sweet and milky chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, maybe some fudge. So very, very smooth and almost silky. Not aggressive, but excellent. The aging has done wonders to this, no alcohol noticed at all really. What a rarity and a wonder. One of my favorite beers ever. Re-rate: Eric shared a 2010 growler of this. It was hot, nasty and super aggressive. Pure goodness. Not the complex beer it was with four years on it, but still super good. A great brew (821 characters)

Photo of garbercury
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Reed415 for the generous sharing of this tasty beverage. Poured into snifter...06' Vintage.

A--Opaque, good lacing.

S--Bourbon, vanilla, complex, nice.

T--Wow, seriously? This beer completely kicks ass taste wise. Vanilla, and hints of coffee and plenty of bourbon in the finish.

M--Smooth, silky, great mouthfeel.

D--Well, lets face it, impossible beer to get, so enjoy it when you get it. This beer is AWESOME. My god, more please. (449 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 release #315 of 447. Gray waxed cap under gold foil. I used a Brooklyn snifter for this one. Jet black pour with 1/2" of espresso colored head. The head slowly dissipates before the 1st sip. Hot fudge, molasses, french roast ground coffee aroma.
Touch of bourbon sour at first. As it warmed, the sour bourbon released a little. Coffee and bourbon and bourbon. Drinking like a raspberry framboise with a tad of coffee. Quite sour...drink now. (446 characters)

Photo of funkyaudio
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an oily black with no apparent carbonation. Fully opaque. A little swirling the snifter kicks up a few bubbles, then goes back to still blackness. Aroma is sweet, and quite fruity; Dark fruits, that is. Just a little coffee on the nose, with cherry and plum/prune. Just a little wood and bourbon aroma. The flavor is pretty huge on this one, way bigger and more complex than the regular Speedway. Very tarry, lots of cigar smoke, leather, booze is alive and present. Huge espresso is present, with dark chocolate. Sweet, but not an all-out sugar assault. Again, there is dark, smoky tar throughout. Extremely chewy. Only faintly bitter. If you swish it around in your mouth, you get some more carbonation, as you can almost feel the cavities developing in your teeth. I'm glad I got to try this. Definitely not a session beer (Of course if you're reading this, you likely already knew that. I mean, like anybody other than the CEO of Alesmith would have the means to session this anyway.), but very soulful for just a glass now and then. Overall, excellent (1,062 characters)

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this three times now, all different vintages. These notes are from the first time: Huge thanks to fordest for this one. 2006 Silk Screen bottle #187/233. Pours with a huge, dark brown head over a very black body with some lace. Aroma of nutty fudge, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light coffee, liquid amazingness, florals and soil. I literally smelled this beer for 15 minutes without tasting a single sip. Taste is chocolate, coffee, oaky, brandy, bourbon and a bit nutty. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel. (508 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark brown head with good retention. Plenty of visible carbonation The barrel character is most prominent with bourbon, charred wood, vanilla, oak and tannins being most prominent. Behind it lies a more mellow Speedway - chocolate and mellow coffee but all told, this is a big bourbon trip. Medium body with plenty of bourbon up front with oak and vanilla. Moderately oaky and tannic in a way that works well with the dark sweetness of the chocolate and medium-roasted coffee. Tannic and oaky on the finish with a good bit of vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation, excellent finish (601 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by mothman to try out prior to Dark Lord Day. Pours a deep, dark black with a slight tan head. Smells roasty, toasy, and coffee with a subtle sweetness in the nose, along with the barrel. Sweet up front with an aggressive bitterness in the back end just like the regular version. For some reason this is just not as good as I expected or wanted it to be. (371 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/17/2010

2003 vintage - Bottle 169/196 aged at 55 degrees since the release a few years ago - thanks me.

The beer is black with a diminutive light brown head that quickly fades. The aroma is of chocolate sugar cookies and a graceful oxidation character with light soy sauce and vanilla notes. Bourbon is well integrated. Brown sugar is evident. Decadence itself. The flavor is chocolate desserts of all sorts: truffles, cake, brown sugar cookies...you name it! The beer has aged gracefully, evincing light soy sauce notes that compliment the smooth bourbon flavor. Oak is detectable, in addition to subtle dark fruits (prunes?). Coffee is nonexistent. Carbonation is low, and it works well with the rich flavors. An outstanding beer, and one that I probably won't see again. (778 characters)

Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage '03. Thanks Nick!

Pours an oily black with a thick espresso head. Excellent lace and retention.

Nose has freah roated coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark pitted fruits, chocolate, dark candies, big malts and molasses.

Beautiful blend of espresso, wood, whiskey, vanilla, plums, figs, dates, roasty malts, cocoa, caramel and toffee.

Thick, creamy body is perfectly carbonated. Perhaps a bit past age, but still a lovely beer. Peaks closer to 5 years. (461 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 500! What better beer to have than this. 2007 vintage.

A- Poured a black color in the glass. One finger mocha colored head has good retention. Light soapy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice roasted malts in the front of this. Hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak linger throughout the aroma overall. Light oxidation which I expected a little bit toward the middle. The chocolate malts this comeout toward the end with a semi-sweet kick in the nose.

T- I pick up a nice roasted malt upfront with a light chocolate coffee undertone throughout the entire beer. The coffee flavor isn't as strong as I thought it would be but...there could be a lot worse than that. Vanilla and bourbon make this beer have a light warming sensation. Oaky notes come through toward the middle to end. Light oxidation with this that stays from start to finish. I could do without that but once again it almost goes with the beer by the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style and age on it. Roasted malts with light oxidation left on the palate with some bourbon like notes in the aftertaste again with the oxidation. Flavors were bold for the age and I enjoyed it for that. Oxidation was bigger than I would have liked.

D- This beer was great...period. The oxidation was not a deal breaker with the beer. I had no problem drinking the bottle over a hour and a half period. I am glad I saved this bottle but it should be drank sometime here soon before the oxidation takes over the entire beer. The ABV makes this a one and done but also one bottle is good enough. (1,593 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch (it seems to be a trend with AleSmith BA beers) and hints of molasses. Finally, coffee aromas linger in the background.

Tastes very good. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined by mildly sweet molasses and butterscotch shortly thereafter. Dark chocolate flavors work their way into things midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of vanilla flavors make an appearance before fading into a mildly bitter ending. There's also a bit of alcohol burn that lingers but is nowhere near overpowering.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a phenomenal beer however I'm not sure if I don't prefer the normal Speedway. I think the type of barrel AleSmith uses is more geared toward a stout that's not quite as big as Speedway, maybe one with bourbon that was on the boozier side would work better. Anyways, I'm grasping at straws here, give this one a shot. (1,322 characters)

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

A: Pours an inky, opaque black topped by the slimmest of mocha colored heads. A ring remains along with some scant lacing on top, but that's it.

S: Oaky up front, along with some distinct hints of bourbon. Some coffee remains, although it's definitely faded compared to normal Speedway. Dark fruits lurk in the background, some figs and black cherries. A bit of burnt sugar and caramel, but very, very light.

T: Oak more subtle than on the nose with a bit more vanilla and bourbon. Dark fruits come in at the middle w/ chocolate and burnt coffee. Finishes with semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coffee.

M: Moderate to slightly above moderate bodied...velvety, creamy, and smooth all come to mind. Carbonation is low but enough to support a beer of this weight.

D: Flavors are well integrated and the barrel aging wasn't overdone...obviously it's not exactly quaffable, but I'm having no trouble working my way through a growler with a friend. (956 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this gem.

2007 vintage. Bottle number 205 of 447. This was sampled side-by-side with a regular Speedway Stout. The beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is awesome. I get bourbon, oak, semi-sweet chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. The oak and tannic notes are very tart or bitter, giving the beer an almost sour quality. The coffee has completely faded. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation. Not sure which I liked the best out of this and the non barrel-aged version because they are both awesome. Very happy I got to try this. (673 characters)

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

Thanks again Brad, long time want.

2007 vintage bottle #212. Poured into a tulip. Beer is black with a thin brown head that breaks and clings to the glass. Some (very little) lacing left on the glass and the carbonation is apparently low.

There is a woody / liquor sweet aroma to this beer. Smells great. Not a lot of alcohol but some sweetness and a hint of roasted malt.

Beer is really really smooth. Medium to full bodied, sweetness up front with an ever so slight amount of heat behind it. Oddly there is almost a late tartness to this beer. Its not lactic or acetic, the beer isn't going bad but there is a strong almost tannic character to the whole beer. I suppose this the result of the wood aging process. It is unexpected but does not interrupt the flow of the flavors in the mouth. Bitterness at the back is low but good. Overall a really good beer. I'd still like to do the side-by-side with the regular. (919 characters)

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

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

2007 vintage. Bottle 212/447

This beer pours a rich, deep black with a dark tan head. Plenty of carbonation left in this gem. This aroma is not subtle. Bourbon and rich roasted malt, with a slight alcohol note emit huge scents I can detect from a few feet away. The beer is absolutely fabulous. Although it is very strong and forward, it drinks very smoothly. It definitely has some heat to it, but it only serves to add a little warmth in the finish. Alesmith Speedway Stout is a terrific beer, so it makes sense that barrel aging such a tasty stout would result in this masterpiece. What a treat. (660 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2007 vintage. Received in a trade from Jw347. Thanks John!

A: Pours a nearly pitch black body with a billowy dark mocha head; it retains well and leaves a substantial collar on the brew. Quite nice for a beer of this style and gravity.

S: Great aroma. Lots of chocolate, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. I pick up hints of sherry-like oxidation, coffee, oak, and earth.

T: I let it warm to have the full flavor come out. It's incredibly complex, but the oxidation dominates this beer, too much for my tastes. It introduces a light tartness, sherry / wine, and salty soy. Those aren't deal-breakers in barrel-aged beers anymore, but they have an optimal concentration, and this beer exceeds that. Still, the rest of the flavor isn't irredeemable: it's chocolatey, coffee-driven, and earthy. It has a nice caramelly bourbon to it, and I pick up toasted oak in the finish.

M: Full in flavor, medium in viscosity. Good carbonation. No heat.

D: It comes together a lot better as it warms, but I am never in love with it. I'm glad I had it, as I was very curious about this one, but I'm not breaking the cellar for it in the future. The fresher one out of a growler was more to my liking. (1,236 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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