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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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100
world-class

1,441 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,792
Gots: 417 | FT: 54
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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%

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 Rollzroyce21
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- Bottled March 2013
- 750mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 13-Oct-13

Huge bourbon notes, followed by sweet chocolate cake with a bit of coffee roast notes and 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. It's got a perfect level of carbo that decreases to a nice smooth, silky satin as the beer warms.

Really, the only thing that might improve the beer is a bolder coffee presence, but that's about it.

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -6%

The nose held dark fruit, figs, chocolate, brownie batter, sweet malts and dark cherries. The flavor held true with a bit more brownie batter and strong prune, date and dark fruit. The barrel and bourbon are too subtle. This drinks velvety smooth and coats the mouth well. I'm impressed but found myself asking for more of the barrel.

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into HF fest glass, thanks Brian (Auror) for bringing this to our tasting. March '13 bottling.

A- Pours a pitch black with a slight milky mocha head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, espresso, integrated bourbon, vanilla, some booze, decent aroma strength.

T- Creamy chocolate, espresso, vanilla extract, slight rubbing alcohol, finishes with more bourbon and espresso. Not nearly as good as I remember the '09 tasting, booze could have been integrated a little bit more and I get a hint of rubbing alcohol that is slightly off putting. Overall pretty good but was expecting slightly better.

M- Medium bodied for a barrel-aged stout, low carbonation but fitting for abv, slight alcohol burn.

O- Barrel-aged Speedway is easily a world class beer however there were some very slight off-putting alcohol flavors that I didn't remember it having when I tasted the '09 at a bottle share. This leads me to believe that this beer improves with a few years on it, developing more of a smoothness.

Photo of mentor
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage, bottle 45/196. Pours pitch black with no head. Smells of molassses, roast coffee, black patent sour, clean alcohol, chocolate, dark fruits. Potent and enticing. Alcohol becomes a bit too strong once the beer warmed.

Tastes oaky coffee, vanilla, cream. Chocolate rises late and tastes like a coffee bean covered in high-end chocolate. The flavors are strong, balanced in their intensities, and melded wonderfully. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves a persistent coffee hanging on the tongue. The alcohol doesn't quite wipe the palate. Fantastic drinkability, a great sipper for pondering.

Photo of HalfFull
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 release poured into a snifter glass. Pours jet black with a deep mocha cap. Cap doesn't linger long but keeps a surface cap through the glass.

Aroma is barrel forward with bourbon and wood along with some cherry chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Richer chocolate through a fresh top off/cap of foam. Notes of ethanol are present yet more intriguing than insultive in a cognac sense and quite welcome.

Tastes of chocolate liqueur, Sabra in a sense, at least the way it used to be :) Rich yet not too rich and with light chocolate and just a hint of roast. Sweet yet not too sweet. Bready chocolate and spice on the moderately lingering finish. Overall very intriguing and I have a few more.

Photo of alleykatking
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 3oz. Pour from a 750ml foiled and capped bottle into a TJs snifter. Thanks to capra12 for this one. Had at a tasting 9/4/11.

Pours a thin light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with poor stick. Great legs though.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, espresso beans, and a light overtone of booziness. Some molasses also. Great complexity and very aromatic.

Opens chocolate and sweet molasses. Brownie and cocoa in the middle with a touch of booziness towards the middle, end. End is more molasses and big vanilla sweetness. Finish is sweet booze and aftertaste is chocolate and sweet espresso. Very appropriate for the style with exceptionally robust flavors and surprisingly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth with some heat going down. Finish is hot with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard for a bear with big barrel characteristics except for the lighter body that really aids the integration of flavors.

I’m a big fan of Speedway stout but I’m surprised at what barrel aging has done for this beer. A completely different flavor profile very different from the coffee-dominant base beer emerges here. Silky smooth, complex, and just very good overall. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours dark and sexy. Near black. Almost white head of a finger turns into a small film.
Lace is small, but present. The legs are thick and nice.

Smells of oak, chocolate, coffee, some charred vanilla, and light hints of bourbon.

Taste is sweet, with all the notes from the nose. The oak really dries it out on the back end.

Body is thick and full with a nice creaminess.

This is good... But not as great as the growler that I've previously had. Still, it was fun to drink.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.