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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,753
Gots: 389 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

SourinQns, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2009 bottle served in my trusty Lawson's snifter.

A: Pours thick and completely black with a very nice big tan head.
S: Smells like chocolate and bourbon.
T: Again, tastes like chocolate and bourbon. Can also taste some of the barrel characteristics (oak). Coffee seems to have faded because it's barely there.
M: Nice carbonation. Thick and velvety smooth.
O: This is up there with Parabola as one of my favorite stouts, great job Alesmith! Definitely try this if you get the chance.

standardcherry, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

3146Tony, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Romulux, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

ajs4bd, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

frozenjogurt, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

HopsintheSack, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

surlytheduff, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the taste doesn't quite match up for me.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

sjstraub, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Beerbeer101
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malts, dark sugar and fruits. Full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasty, chocolate and coffee, with touches of vanilla and dark fruit. The brandy/bourbon flavor is evident. Nice blend of chocolate, wood and smoke. Very smooth. Bourbon and chocolate flavors blend well together. Touch of alcohol bite. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Beerbeer101, Nov 05, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750ml served in a snifter, so excited to finally try this one.

Pours like motoroil, ink black with a one finger mocha head that dissipates into a ring around the edges. Big legs, no lacing.

Almost smells like dark chocolate frosting with a twist of bourbon. A touch of tannin and vanilla, the coffee has unfortunately faded out of this.

Big dark chocolate up front with a rounded out sweetness similar to malt balls. Bourbon notes throughout with highlights of vanilla and oak. Surprisingly not hot at all.

Heavy on the palate and sticky. Extremely low carbonation.

A solid barrel aged stout but doesn't do too much different than any other highly rated stout. Wish I had popped this sooner because I feel that it would have had more to offer earlier in it's life but still, a great beer.

auroracrisis, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to boutip, 2009 vintage. Appearance is a nice full black with decent brown mocha head. Aroma is quite straightforward with bourbon, vanilla, the usual Alesmith divine caramel and molasses. You can definitly feel the high alcohol content which brings the ripe fruits upfront along with bourbon and caramel notes. Flavors are hard to describe as they aren't amazingly complex but so well integrated and intense. Bourbon and age seem to have completly taken over coffee from the regular version. As much as I like the regular version, BA speedway lifts this one to a new level without being over the top. Exactly what I expect from a bourbon barrel version.

Side-by-side with Black Note with BA speedway being a close winner. Although I prefered Black Note's palate and aroma, BA speedway's flavors were out of this world. One of the best stout I've had.

Luk13, Oct 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

3Hops, Oct 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

w5baron, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

bauermj, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

rudylaw, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of tarheels86
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2009 ed. Ink black pour with a wildly active reddish tan head. Big lace for a BA beer. Nose up front is salty, briny, green olive, sharp gherkins. Volatile notes move to wildly awesome toasted coconut, milk chocolate, toasted coconut. Incredible umami savoriness in the nose. Taste is ultra soft, muted chocolate, lactic fattiness, and zero acidic coffee and lemon character which I despise in the normal Speedway Stout. This right here is a masterpiece. Muted barrel character, no heat, no booze. Just imperial stout perfection right here. Perfect palate: melted chocolate, chocolate pound cake, fatty yogurt, mild bourbon spice, buttery ganache. Holy #@!!. An incredible experience. For one of the most stingy raters I can safely say this is totally worthy of its ranking and should be considered a god amongst men. Praise the lord for this beer.

tarheels86, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

amart80, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

gpawned, Sep 29, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.