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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,757
Gots: 395 | FT: 40
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:
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(Beer added by: scottoale on 07-03-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Kurmaraja, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of seeswo
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

seeswo, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Morey, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mrebeka
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

mrebeka, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of twenty5
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

twenty5, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev -6%

ThePorterSorter, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Arbitrator, May 17, 2010
Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

notchucknorris, Jun 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Satchboogie, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

beergorrilla, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doodler for the hookup on this one! Poured from an 8oz. hand-bottled swingtop growler into a Bruery tulip.

A: AleSmith only uses Mobil 1 in this baby. Some carbonation sticks around from the straightdown pour. Has a nice mocha color to balance the black beer. With a few swirls of the glass I notice it sticks to the side - sign of a good beer to me.

S: The best feature of this beer. A deep breath yields toffee, butter pecan, and rich chocolate notes. As it warms up I also get some fresh baked brownies and maple syrup aroma.

T: Sweet malts lead to a creamy caramel flavor. Chocolate, rum esters, and bitterness from the hops weave their way into the brew. This beer is well-layered and definitely improves as it warms up.

M: If you're a carb freak you might be disappointed. However, I think this beer does just fine without it because of it's "chewy" aspect.

D: Pretty solid for 12%. I don't get the squinty eyes from other BA beers that bring the motherload of booze. Also, as much as it smells syrupy, it's not.

Overall, a rare treat to get to try. Thanks Scott!

hoppymcgee, Apr 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

vonnegut21, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

rye726, May 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

atone315, May 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

A - Pours pitch black with a minimal head and leaves a thick, coffee colored lacing ring around
the top of the beer.

A - Bourbon, vanilla, dark toffee roast, oak, and caramel.

T - Perfectly balanced layer upon layer of toffee, caramel roast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and not
overly boozy or over powering. Light smoky char.

M - Full medium body, silky smooth, lip smacking sticky.

O - An amazingly well balanced barrel aged beer.

jzeilinger, Monday at 04:37 AM
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

jampics2, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

CuriousMonk, Apr 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jegross2, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

2beerdogs, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

dfhhead25, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 24, 2013
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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