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Ratings: 1,614
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rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
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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 jeff1973
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Piggly Wiggly tulip. 2013 vintage.

A - Pitch black (as it should be). Light mocha head leaves nice lacing.

S - Big coconut and vanilla, dark dried cherry, chocolate. A little booze

T - Follows nose. Big coconut and vanilla, but the dried cherry and blueberry comes thru nicely. As well as a dark chocolate note, especially on the finish. Not overly sweet, actually finishes pretty dry. Booze definitely present, but not overwhelming. Don't get really any coffee.

M - Big and chewy. Low carbonation, which fits this style. Really nice.

O - Big fan. My favorite of the Speedway variations that I have had so far. Had this on cask at Churchill's before, and the bottled version is everything I remember. Fantastic!

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right out of the fridge this beer tastes a tad too hot. Described as "premium bourbon barrels," I assume the heat to be more linked to the type of bourbon versus the actual heat from the alcohol. As it warms the nuances begin to attract versus detract. Sadly, I can barely taste the coffee. This being a strong point in the base beer makes this the most disappointing part of this beer. I can't complain too much because the rest of the beer is great. Mouthfeel and smell are close to being spot on. I'm just wishing there was a bit more coffee.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to alexgrahamlv for this trade a couple years ago, opened for my recent 30th (ugh) birthday.

2009 Vintage

Pours a dark dark brown almost black color with no light penetration, small light brown head, fades at a decent rate, not much lacing on the glass though.

Smell has a nice boozy aroma, roasted malt mixed with a woody bourbon aspect, vanilla is strong but not overwhelming to the nose, lightest touch of dark fruit.

Taste starts out with a slight alcohol bourbon burn but quickly subsides when the roasted malt, vanilla and dark fruit come into play, subtle hints of chocolate help sweeten the deal, the burn does return in the throat though, even four years of age and this is a strong beer, carbonation is perfect, medium high viscosity so there's nice coverage on the tongue without being too "chewy".

Photo of Phelps
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy shnikeys. Bottle into a snifter. Enjoyed about a month after I picked up the 2012 edition bottles from the brewery.

Holy shnikeys. Smells like a liquid almond joy. Vanilla, toasted coconut, almond, maple syrup, dark chocolate. Very sweet.

Holy shnikeys. Tastes like a liquid Heath bar. More chocolate here. Toffee, coffee beans, dark chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean. Sweet, delectable. Coffee is subtler than expected, but leave nice acidity on the tongue between sips. Hot damn.

Viscous medium full body. Thick. Some peppery alcohol on the tongue. Mild, tingly carbonation.

Deeelicious. Not much coffee left here, but I don't care. The barrels are perfect, the sweetness is perfect. I don't much care for regular Speedway, but this is among the best BA stouts I've ever tasted.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Firestone Walker Invitational '13. Probably in about the middle of the day, no line. Score.

Pours out a black, oily looking liquid. Seems thinner than the regular Speedway, less tan head frothing about this is a very thin head. Aroma was the heavy, heavy roast, bourbon and coffee. Good stuff.

Taste, takes on more of a creamy smoothness moreso than the pungent coffee and roast that the base version has going for it. The barrel seems to mellow this out with a dallop of bourbon along with it. Drinks pretty damn effortlessly. Barely there coconut and vanilla. Caramel and marshmellow sweetness. Warming alcohol is nicely displayed, far from harsh or distracting. A little bit of citrus here? Huh? Its very small. Chocolate is there, right in the middle. The coffee is nowhere near as huge as in the base version, the bourbon character kind of forces that to the side a little bit.

Carbonation is lower than regular Speedway. Toffee notes challenge caramel. Gets to be thicker and more chewy the longer you go with it. If you like coffee and bitterness, stick with the regular version, if you want some barrel, hit this up.

Photo of Ahappyhiker2
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, very excited to finally try a fresh bottle of this.

A- Black, nice light-colored head.

S- Bourbon. Honestly the aroma is pretty much all bourbon, but there is a hint of coffee in there and vanilla from the barrel notes.

T- Amazing. So smooth, everything is incredibly balanced. Main flavors are vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. I also tasted coffee and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. I love how much the barrel-aging process has changed the base beer.

M- Very smooth, could be a little bit thicker but it drinks extremely well.

O- Just an unbelievable beer. Barrel-aged stouts are my favorite style and I can't honestly say I've had any that are better than this. It doesn't exhibit any new flavors than others that I've had, but it's so well balanced. This definitely lives up to the hype. Awesome stuff.

Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big old thanks to bstyle for hooking me up with this one - 2009 vintage shared with mnphish:

Dark coffee brown with an edge of ruby clarity... a thin pale khaki head shows minimal retention, leaving behind more legging than lacing.

Understated coffee presence, mushy dark fruits, a touch of sweet oxidation.

Bitter coffee is still prominent on the palate. Charred oak, vanilla and molasses, licorice and macchiato... espresso, oily coffee bean and alcohol exist in harmony. The flavors are a little muddy but the end result is something delicious.

Photo of Brabander
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer at the Zeebra Extreme Beerfestival in Holland on may 4th 2013. Zeebra was held for the first time with lots of very very very great beers like this one. As a matter of fact the normal version of this beer was also there....

This one was poured in a Zeebra glass, a small tasting glass. I did not really know what to expect from this beer but the expectation were higher than the taste i got.

No head and no carbonation. Just a normal Imperial stout where i made the remark that this is good one for the beginners in this BA style. Not bad but i have had way better ones....

Photo of inlimbo77
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml, 2012 Vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours our a really deep dark black. Basically no light getting through, but being outside and holding up to the light I do see some reddish hues. Thin layer of tan head. Sticky lacing is starting to left on the glass.

S: Woah, this nose is unreal. Mocha. Chocolate fudge. Vanilla. Oak. Roast coffee. Just epic stuff here.

T: Big Coffee up front. Then a beautiful blend of vanilla and barrel. Chocolate fudge goodness. The bourbon booze is blended in so nicely. Really no harsh notes, just some warming in the back of the throat. Even the coffee is blended superbly. Long finish with flavors dancing on the tongue.

M: Full bodied.

This is right up there for me with some of the best I have had.

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at the JLindros Birthday Whale Tasting. Reviewed from notes. I think Bill brought this. 2007 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark oily hue with a thin, thin off mocha halo. Pretty solid appearance.

S - Aroma is full of nice bourbon, smooth caramel, light chocolate along with sweet malts.

T - Taste is solid with nice bourbon and chocolate notes. Still, it is a bit on the sweet/syrupy side for my liking. Very faint chocolate here as well.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, creamy, but semi syrupy.

O - Overall, a solid stout. Perhaps this was a bit too old as the sticky sweetness really took over for my taste buds.

Photo of rand
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cirro's in Pacific Beach, poured into tulip

A: Jet-black, small coffee-tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks heavy and viscous, no lacing.

S: The nose is rich boozy bourbon and dark roasted coffee. Plenty if semi-sweet chocolate aligned with the deep malt-backbone keeps things in balance. There's a bit of a rum-raisin note in between the booze and residual sugars. Did I say boozy?

T: Way more balanced than the nose lead. A balanced mixe of sweet bourbon and chocolate bounce off of roasted coffee, paprika and nutmeg. There actually a dose of hop oil in there, drying things out a bit. Long, bitter-sweet finish.

M: Rich and chewy. Enough carbonation to keep the palate clean, but not so mich as to offset the velvety mouthfeel.

Delicious barrel-aged brew, but grading on a curve, this isn't that big a step up from Speedway. Which isn't a bad thing, just didnt exceed my expectations.

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black pour--let's call it black--with a small, dense cap of mocha head that retained well and streaked the glass. Nice hit of bourbon and caramel malts in the nose, dark chocolate and some dark dried fruits. Big taste, dark chocolate, roasted caramel maltiness, bourbon-soaked oak, notes of espresso and dark dried fruits; of course no hops detectable. The base beer is already great, and this just amps it up that much more. Smooth, rich mouthfeel, full body, appropriate alcohol warmth. Exemplary bourbon-aged stout.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage gold print with black foil, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. There's also some dark fruit, cherry and molasses.

T- Starts out pretty sweet with lots of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, cherry and molasses. There are also some nice big chocolate flavors and a lot of barrel character, with oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The finish is delicious and long, with lingering flavors of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and fruit. Less coffee than I was expecting but that's fine, the barrel character and chocolate flavors are more than tasty enough to make up for it.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, rich and slightly sticky feel.

O- A really, really delicious stout. It's incredibly rich, decadent and complex, I've been sipping at this for hours and keep finding new flavors. The regular Speedway is a delicious beer and one of the best 750ml stouts for its price, but the BA variant is definitely my favorite.

Photo of patm1986
3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a-black as night, prune colored, thin, airy head (khaki colored).
s-molasses, licorice, pecans, vanilla, port, sherry, burnt plastic, rasins, rum, chocolate covered espresso beans.
t-acetone, vanilla, astringency, char, rasin, cherry, phenolic.
m-thin, bubly, dry, light
o-disappointed some with this one. i thought the barrel treatment would mellow and enrich the body of the base beer, but it wasn't as viscous as i'd have liked it to be. i think with the bourbon and with all the coffee, there was just too much acidity; ba speedway was just a bit too astringent for my liking.

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at a tasting, alongside the regular Speedway and the Kopi Luwak variant. This one pours with a similar body to the regular Speedway - silky, black, and only showing some dark brown highlights at its very extremities. The tan head on this one was a bit darker than that of the original Speedway, but it dissipates much quicker also, leaving basically no lacing along the glass as it sinks down.

The aroma is as powerful as they come; it hits quickly with huge barrel qualities - soft oak and vanilla melding with a bourbon character that is slightly grainy and raw, but not quite enough to be abrasive. Some nice dark fudge rounds out the rough edges, alongside just a hint of coffee. Despite the unique coffee aroma being so strong and "out front" in the original Speedway, it's actually one of the most tame aromas in the barrel-aged version. Weird. Just from the nose, you can tell this one is gonna be a doozy. Robust bourbon, oak, and fudge stings and warms my nostrils one last time before I dive in and take my first sip...

The first thing I notice is that the body on this one is much creamier than the original Speedway - chalk that up to the barrel aging, of course. A nice mixture of bourbon and vanilla are the first things to attack the palate, with a slight bias in the bourbon direction. Again, the bourbon characteristic is more grainy and "pure" than in many other BA beers - very powerful. A strong oak presence backs the beer from nearly start to finish, with some light coconut flavors coming in at the tail end.

There is a reasonable heat to this one, feels maybe even a bit hotter than 12% ABV, not too sure how I feel about that yet. The fudge flavors are a bit more suppressed than I anticipated, but they come out much more during the latter half of the beer, along with some very light dark fruity and anise-like sweetness, helping to cut through the bourbon heat and the bitterness from the roasted malts. The strongest flavor in the finish is the grainy bourbon and a mild fudge sweetness. Low carbonation, smooth, chewy, creamy body.

Overall, the coffee was very unnoticeable on the palate, something that I loved so much about the original Speedway. The bourbon barrel flavors were huge, but perhaps a little "too huge" for my liking, as they seemed to overshadow some of Speedways excellent qualities. Still a very delicious beer, but I'd have to take the original over this one, without question.

Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #650. 750 ml bottle served in a CCB snifter. 2012 vintage

A: Pours a very dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to thin ring that leave some minor sploches of lace behind.

S: Bourbon up fron couple with some figs and various dark fruit. Sweet barrel presence with some caraml and light vanilla. A little stone fruit sweetness with some roasted malts and chocolate.

T: The barrel is upfront with some oak and smooth bourbon. Bakers chocolate and some milk chocolate with heavy roast. I'm missing the coffee flavors from this guy, but it's still really good.

M: Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium to heavy bodied. Medium carbonation level.

O: This is definitely in the upper echelon of BA stouts. Having more coffee notes would have definitely set it apart. Still a very delicious brew that I'd love to have again.

Photo of rlee1390
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black, two finger brown head with some lacing.

S-Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a tad vanilla.

T-Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and ends with some bitterness. Great balance.

M-Think and creamy with some carbonation.

O-One of the best non BCBS stouts I've had. Would love to compare this with Parabola. Easily blows the regular Speedway out of the water.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW # 600!!!

Huge thanks to evilc for sending this bottle my way in a trade! Your awesome chris!

vintage 2012 poured into a snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/03/13.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with thin, frothy light to medium brown head. Drops down to a ring.

Smell: Big chocolate and bourbon notes. Not much coffee in the nose. Well balanced aroma from this barrel aged stout.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests a lot of chocolates infact is like a dense fudge cake. You get a splash of bourbon, oak, and some vanilla sweetness. Maybe a hint of coffee too. This beer has great balance in reguards to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Silky smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are perfect in this beer. Rediculously well hidden ABV. Not boozey or harsh at all, just an easy drinking well balanced barrel aged beer.

Overall: BA Speedway Stout is fantastic! I really loved this beer. Its a tried and true BA Stout that Alesmith really nailed it. My only minor complaint is that I did not get much of the Ryans brothers coffee from this beer. I still give BCBS Coffee the nod when it comes to barrel aged imperial stouts brewed with coffee, but BA SS is not too far behind it.

Photo of Duff27
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Low mid mocha head. Alcohol legs leaves little bubbles on the side of the glass. Good head retention for an impy stout.

Smooth cocoa notes, overpowers the coffee beans a bit.

The coffee and chocolate play well with the (relatively) tame barrel characters. Just a hint of vanilla. Extremely well hidden booze.

Smooth mouthfeel, carbonation kicks up on the tongue at the end of each sip.

Decadent in its chocolate tones, a real treat. I put this right up there with BCBS Coffee. Thanks for the share 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Photo of jeonseh
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle poured into a GI tulip. Part of the NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Dark chocolate brown. Almost black in color. Has a small milk chocolate head with a medium body

S - Bourbon, dark chocolate, light coffee, oak and slight sweet cream.

T - This is one amazing beer. It has upfront sweet bourbon, caramel, light burnt toffee, vanilla, and light coffee with sweet cream. There is a light coffee bitterness in the finish with a slight boozy kick. Really a great beer with a powerful and complex flavors

MF - Such a creamy beer that makes this a joy to drink. Light carbonation to prevent it from being too thick.

O - Really a great beer with a ton of flavor. There is a great bourbon presence, sweet vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee. The one downside is that the nose isn't that strong on this one. If it was, it'd be a damn near perfect beer.

Photo of portia99
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle (2012 release) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. This long time want is courtesy of grandmeaulnes. Big thanks Alex!

A - Pours pitch black in color with 2 fingers of chocolate milkshake colored and textured head with good retention. Head slowly falls to the surface leaving behind tons of webby lacing on the glass. Amazing head for a high alcohol barrel aged beer...hard to get much better than this.

S - Lots of bourbon up front, maybe with a hint of brandy aroma as well (from somewhere). Bourbon fades into rich milk chocolate, some astringency, tons of black coffee, some rich buttery toffee, hints of molasses. Creamy vanilla, oak, some sweet caramel...a bit of a boozy candy bar in a glass. This really smells great.

T - Very smooth beer. Sweet caramel and toffee up front that moves into sweet bourbon and milk chocolate and firmly passing into black coffee. On the finish this transitions yet again - this time to a firm black licorice and espresso. Some sweetness, some difficult to identify blend of fruits that contains some cherries, maybe some raspberry..but definitely something else too (blackberries?). Very mild booziness/heat. Well done barrel aging.

M - Full bodied. Carbonation is on the lowish/medium side. Has a bit of a foamy/frothy feel in the mouth with the carbonation "exploding" a bit in the mouth as it hits the tongue. Only a minor warmth from the bourbon barrel aging. Lots of complexity with the chocolate, coffee, berries, wood and bourbon. A fruity coffee/bitter chocolate flavor is left behind after the swallow for contemplation. The fruitiness is baffling me a bit...trying to identify it exactly but I just can't quite come up with it.

O - Well, after a long, long wait to try this one - it certainly doesn't disappoint. This truly is a great barrel aged imperial stout. The barrel integration is seemless, giving some additional complexity to an already outstanding beer. The semi-sweet candy bar aspect of this beer is pretty amazing...I'm thinking of a Dark Milky Way...bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel and nouget...so good. Very glad to finally land this one - a couple years of trying finally paid off. Thanks again Alex...really an awesome barrel aged stout.

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

A: poured a an opaque dark as night black in color with a nice ring of dark brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma, sweetness sticking out the most consisting of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. plenty of rosatiness, a little wood character, coffee notes with a good booze presence and can't forget the bourbon.

T: bourbon barrel booze was way more apparent on the palate alongside the chocolate goodness, molasses brown sugar sweetness, nice vanilla accents, great roastiness but with a good amount of booze heat, a little dark fruitiness and coffee notes in the thick of it as well.

M: the brew was full in body with good amount of carbonation which had a roasty, slightly astringent, sweet, boozy, mild dark fruity, rich, and creamy finish.

O: very delicious beer that definitely made a huge difference after the bourbon barrel treatment. We actually did a side by side with a vintage bottle and it looks like it will aged great and the booze does mellow out.

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

750ml brown glass bottle with papered over pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beautiful rich tan colour head of one finger, great thickness, impeccable cream, and amazing retention for the high ABV. Fantastic lacing. Body colour is a solid jet black. Gorgeous.

Sm: Heavy bourbon and wood, caramel, dark malts, cream, oak, and chocolate. A subtle understated delightful moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of faded coffee. Beautifully balanced and built. Not as complex as it could be, but it's fucking tasty. Lacks the coffee flavour of the regular Speedway Stout.

Mf: Divine. Incredibly smooth and creamy, with perfect wetness. Complements the flavour profile masterfully. Silky. Perfect carbonation. Wonderfully soft.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for 12%. I could down this all night. An incredible offering, but it could use more complexity in the flavour. Hides its ABV absurdly well.

A-

Photo of zac16125
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
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.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.