AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev -6.4%
Big thanks are owed to BdubleEdubleRUN for trading this brew to me last year. 2009 vintage shared with friends. The brew pours black in color with a tan creamy head. Spotty to webby patterns of lace stick to the glass. A swirl revives a finger of rich brown froth back to the surface.
The aroma displays a bold presence of barrel aging. Caramel and toasty with hints of mellow vanilla sweetness. There are some citrus coffee components still present mixing with the roast of the dark kilned grains. A mild alcohol inclusion is noted and as it warms up, there becomes a scent of coconut included.
The taste is toasty with plenty of barrel characteristics imparted. A bit tannic with a feel of raw wood blended into a smoother flavor of caramel and mild oxidative properties. Some citrus coffee bean element is present along with bitter roast and chocolate. Some solvent alcohol is noted across the back with a spirit accented aspect.
This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy at times and demands to be a sipper. I enjoyed the big alcohol inclusion and the bold array of barrel character that was imparted. I am very glad I had the chance to try this but not being the craziest fan of speedway, I could take it or leave it in the future. Overall though, I can see why fans of speedway would go apeshit over this brew each time this treatment is released.
09-11-2012 18:37:00 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev -9.3%
2009 Vintage - thanks to bsuedekum for another awesome share!
A - pours black with a nice cocoa, chocolate head on it
S - smells of sweet chocolate malts, really nice charred oak, spicy bourbon, and some vanilla
T - sweet chocolates open it up. These move on to a nice spicy bourbon flavor with some vanilla in the mix. Ends with more spicy bourbon...still pretty hot for being a couple of years old.
M - smooth and full bodied
D - this is a nice bourbon barrel aged stout. One of the more highly regarded ones out there and I can see why. However, I still found it a little hot and could use a little more time.
09-02-2012 02:23:46 | More by birchstick
4.15/5 rDev -8.2%
750ml bottle from a trade, thanks stawn! Originally rated on 25.8.2012
2009 vintage - Pours pitch black with a nice brown sticky and foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, oak, bourbon, hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is slightly sweeter than the original Speedway Stout. Has a lot of roastiness, notes of vanilla, wood, oak, coffee and sweet molasses. Sweetish and smooth finish with nice bourbon vanilla notes and roastiness. Alcohol comes through slightly in the end. Overall a quite massive beer. Perhaps just a tad too sweet for my taste, though, and not as perfectly balanced as the original one. Still extremely tasty.
08-29-2012 15:58:09 | More by tiong
4.1/5 rDev -9.3%
Thanks for sharing, Josh! 2003 vintage, #156/196.
Pitch black body departs the bottle, settling into my glass with no trace of head (as expected from a ~9-year-old stout). Aroma shows no signs of oxidization (!) with strongly roasted malts and plenty of character from the oak barrels. Coffee was sacrificed to the gods of aging.
Dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, oak, more dark chocolate, and plenty of boozy warmth survived the journey. I'm not a big fan of the base -- and I similarly dislike '09 BA Speedway -- so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Mature, handsome, and delicious.
08-20-2012 19:24:41 | More by brystmar
4.25/5 rDev -6%
Bottle received in a trade from Hamilton23. Thanks man! Cracked open during our recent BA Dark Lord drinking extravaganza. From notes. 2009 bottle.
A- Pours pitch black with a one finger dark mocha head that leaves some lines of lacing.
S- Earthy bourbon, oak, light coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit with notes of plumb, fig and black cherry and a hint of vanilla. A nice aroma, but a bit subdued.
T- Lots of dark chocolate followed by bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, coffee beans, roasted malt, dark fruits and caramel.
M- Light to medium carbonation with a full body that finishes a bit hot.
O- As a big fan of the regular Speedway Stout, I was very excited to try this. The bourbon barrels added some nice qualities to the base beer, but the aging also stripped away the big coffee characteristics that can be found in regular Speedway. Glad to try this and would happily have again, but wouldn't put the ammo it takes to land this.
08-14-2012 18:44:14 | More by iadler
4.4/5 rDev -2.7%
Review #200. 2009 bottle split two ways between Dan and myself. Poured into a CBS snifter straight from cellar temp.
A - More Cigar City-like appearance than I expected. Opal coloring with deep brown hues at the edge. Deep khaki head with quick dissipation that reminds me of Marshal Zhukov's. Good lacing. Slight alcohol legs. Leaves a lot of residual brown coating.
S - Lots of bourbon and oak barrel, as i would hope. Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, touch of winter fruit, and molasses. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but it has some promise.
T - Relaxed espresso. You can tell the base beer has aged and faded off the dominate character. However, in place of that are good, if not great, barrel elements. Plentiful toasted oak, roasted nuts and malts, hint of coconut, and a robust bourbon whiskey character throughout. Tannic backend that showcases the darker fruit element.
M - Very smooth, nearly Parabola-level. Moderate body, appropriate carbonation, dry barrel finish.
D - Better than expected. The barrel is really well executed, almost like something Hair of the Dog would do if they had a stout. Absolutely not a sweet stout, so don't expect that coming in. Worth trying at least once but not quite worth the trade bait.
07-26-2012 14:18:55 | More by Auracom
4.33/5 rDev -4.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Pours with a nice head. Black and viscous. Good retention.
Smell - Boozy smell. Subdued coffee, especially compared to regular Speedway. Decent barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla.
Taste - Awesome. Coffee comes through much more. Good chocolate and a great barrel flavor. Tingly bourbon is especially evident in the finish. Hot from the barrel, not necessarily the beer.
Mouthfeel - Thick and boozy, even if from the barrel, it's a little harsh. Decent carbonation.
Overall - Nice. Really nice. Maybe not any better than regular Speedway, but the barrel adds a nice dimension.
07-18-2012 22:27:36 | More by Alieniloquium
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
A - Pours black with a thin brown head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.
S - Very fresh coffee. It is spot on goodness. Warming bourbon with nice oak and vanilla. Rich, creamy chocolate. Very little roast. Amazing.
T - 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.
M - Full bodied with a thick, heavy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
O - Very good beer that I am glad I had the opportunity to try considering how rare it is now. The regular speedway is one of my favorite beers and this took it up a notch. Hope to have it again someday.
05-22-2012 21:03:52 | More by SkiBum22
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
750 ml foil topped bottle into a couple of snifters. 2009 Edition. Many, many thanks go to Stakem for sharing this huge want of mine with me.
Pours black, topped with a solid finger of thick mocha froth. The retention here is fantastic, with a rich ½ finger that just slathers the sides of the glass with gooey brown oils and spotty lacing. The aroma smells of bourbon barrel right off the bat, with notes of charred oak, vanilla, and coconut that segue into those already delicious flavors of coffee, chocolate, and then toffee along the back. Just a little bit of alcohol warmth sits along the back of the nose as well.
The base sits at the forefront of the taste, with chocolate and toffee sweetness, and I’m happy to find that the coffee still has a lot of life left to it as well. Bourbon moves in along the back, with notes of vanilla, coconut, and then dry burnt wood across the back. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with some light crispness to the carbonation but the tannic slickness here from the wood makes this extremely creamy and easy feeling. For 12% ABV, the alcohol here is just magnificently hid. Just wonderful.
There isn’t quite a total melding of barrel and base Stout here but the beautiful transition from the Speedway to the barrel in the back really makes this beer work. I’m a huge fan of the regular Speedway Stout and this just really took things to a new delicious level for me. Thanks again for the share Adam. I enjoyed every drop of this fantastic beer.
05-17-2012 17:01:54 | More by Kegatron
4.68/5 rDev +3.5%
750 ml bottle. Courtesy of dmsohyea. Thanks. 2009 vintage. Pours a pitch black with a small light tan chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and some oak. The taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of coffee, vanilla, a bit of bourbon, some oak, and hint of cherry. The finish has slight hint of alcohol, a bit of cherry, and a bit of bitterness. It has the full, creamy mouthfeel that regular speedway has with low carbonation. Amazing beer. This was quite similar to regular speedway (which I love) with some added flavors and complexities from the barrel. The only thing that could improve it would just a tad less sweetness, but other than that I have no complaints.
750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. 2007 vintage. Pours black as night with close to no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is tons of dark chocolate, a decent amount of alcohol, some cherry, plum, and a hint of coffee. The taste has a light sweetness, with some coffee, cherry, plum, The finish has some alcohol and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, but not quite as creamy as regular speedway. Low carbonation. A great beer, but quite a different beast than the 2009 BA Speedway (drank side-by-side). The coffee was faded in this one (unsurprisingly) and it had quite a bit more alcohol present (somewhat surprising). The cherry and fruit came through a bit more in this vintage. Not quite as good as the 2009 vintage.
On tap at the Toronado Stout Festival. 2008 vintage, I believe. Pours a dark black with a little bit of light coming through at the edges. A small chocolaty tan head leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass, much like the regular Speedway Stout. This beer was served relatively cold and at first seemed like another pretty good imperial stout. The aroma was vanilla, a little dark chocolate, and some bourbon with the taste very similar to the aroma. Once the beer warmed up some it turned into easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, cherry, plum and dark fruits, dark roasted coffee, bourbon, and a little alcohol. The initial taste is sweet with vanilla and cherry and then going into light coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is a bit of bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol and a very light bitterness. Not hot at all. Very smooth beer. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. If this beer has on flaw, it is that the initial taste is the tiniest bit too sweet. Very different from the base beer. Coffee is a background flavor instead of being front and and center. Tons of different flavors that are all well integrated. A little less bitterness on the finish than the regular Speedway Stout. Both are amazing beers. I would probably give the barrel aged version the slight edge based on its depth and complexity.
05-08-2012 21:49:31 | More by jethrodium
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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