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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,765
Gots: 399 | FT: 43
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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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Photo of mothman
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage.

Pours a half finger of tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Very fresh coffee. It is spot on goodness. Warming bourbon with nice oak and vanilla. Rich, creamy chocolate. Very little roast. Amazing.

Taste: Warming bourbon, just perfect. Oak and vanilla. Chocolate and cocoa. The coffee is perfect and it doesn't bring a lot of roast to the beer. This is spot on. A bit of dark fruits in the background.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A little thinner than I expected. Ends with just a touch of roast.

Overall, this was an amazing beer. Much better than the 08 growler I had, which lacked the huge coffee flavors. This beer was a real treat.

mothman, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -11.5%

ejimhof, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel aged Speedway Stout. With Speedway Stout as awesome as it stands, I just hope this doesn't become like putting spinning rims on a Bentley. On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Black as ink in a glass with no head on the pour. Ok, next aspect. Whew! That is a beauty to smell! The liquor makes its mark first, and not far behind are generous doses of molasses, pleasant booze, coffee, and maple.

The journey continues, and somehow it manages to be better than an already aromatic orgasm. Not only is Barrel Aged Sppedway complex, but flavorful and incredibly smooth at the highest level, aspects which are very difficult to pull off in a single beer. There's a mood elevating licorice and maple towards the start. A little roast breaks into the mold. Warm booze pleasanty compliments the journey while much of it is disguised. It all works together. Adding to the moment is a full bodied figure where the carbonation is not too weak or strong and overall very smooth.

How did AleSmith do it?! Taking an already outstanding beer and making it more succulent and smooth is a difficult feat, but it has been pulled off. Well worth the praise it has earned over the years.

DoubleJ, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!

2007 vintage. Bottle 212/447

This beer pours a rich, deep black with a dark tan head. Plenty of carbonation left in this gem. This aroma is not subtle. Bourbon and rich roasted malt, with a slight alcohol note emit huge scents I can detect from a few feet away. The beer is absolutely fabulous. Although it is very strong and forward, it drinks very smoothly. It definitely has some heat to it, but it only serves to add a little warmth in the finish. Alesmith Speedway Stout is a terrific beer, so it makes sense that barrel aging such a tasty stout would result in this masterpiece. What a treat.

Huhzubendah, May 17, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Gonzoillini, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Mebuzzard, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

BillRoth, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 Vintage

Bottle #98

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/coffee/toffee notes, licorice, vanilla. The taste is malty, with some nice dark stuff thrown in. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

brandoman63, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Dyan yesterday.

BA Speedway pours an impressive blackish brown color with great head retention and plenty of sticky lacing. The beer looks impressive, but then I took the first sniff. Mama mia!!! The nose on this bad boy is just stunning, with coffee, malt balls, chocolate milkshake and vanilla. This beer smells wonderful and imparts one of the most impressive aroma profiles I've ever come across. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is not quite as intense and complex. The chocolate milkshake and coffee take center stage on the palate, and the stout is pretty sweet. Yet that sweetness never seems over the top or cloying. Mouthfeel is outrageous in this one; this beer is so soft, plush, creamy and smooth. The finish seems to last forever. Alcohol is noticeable, but it in no way detracts from the drinkability in this fine beer.

Easily one of the best stouts I've ever encountered. It doesn't have the complexity of the Abyss, but scores very high in the decadence category. So rich and fine.... this is delicious stuff.

Dyan opened a bottle of the regular Speedway to compare the two.... while regular speedway is delicious, the BA version is just in a completely different league. Wow!

Thanks Dyan!

John_M, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

billab914, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Kelp, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle, 2006 vintage, bottle # 107/233. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting, huge thanks to DrJay for bringing this one!

Pours a deep opaque black, some very dark brown in the far edges in the light, huge and thick brown head forms, drops some lace spots and settles down to a very thick ring, looks great. Smell is amazing, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and roast, light woody sourness, toffee, toast, oats, very very rich, its hard to describe how good this smells. Perfect mix of bourbon barrel with the stout. Taste is just as amazing, buttery toffee, chocolate and bourbon, oak, vanilla, roast, figs, toast, very intense flavour, light wood astringency in the finish, perfect. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth. Drinks like 5%. Wow, this is an insanely good beer. Proof of perfect barrel aging, one of the best beers I've ever had. Thanks a ton Jay!

Viggo, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Zaphog, Aug 10, 2014
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

KAF, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of DrJay
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. 2006 - bottle 107/233. Big thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this one!
Black with faint brown edges. Thin, dark tan cap of very fine bubbles. Lots of very sticky lace. Looks great. The barrel aging really worked well with the base beer, and Speedway's no slouch on its own. Aromas of vanilla, woody oak, bourbon and booze, melded with the toffee and caramel, coffee and dark chocolate, and mild fruit character. Just a bit buttery as it warmed. Great balance in the flavour too. Plenty of roasted malts, coffee, oak, toffee and chocolate. Bitterness and hop flavour had faded somewhat, but were still present. Mild alcohol and light vanilla. Extremely smooth in texture with very fine carbonation, a bit on the low side. Full bodied, but seemed just a little thinner than I remember Speedway being. Truly an elegant beer. Delicious and wonderfully balanced. One of the high points of barrel aged beer, at least for me.

DrJay, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -11.5%

ShanePB, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/17/2010

2003 vintage - Bottle 169/196 aged at 55 degrees since the release a few years ago - thanks me.

The beer is black with a diminutive light brown head that quickly fades. The aroma is of chocolate sugar cookies and a graceful oxidation character with light soy sauce and vanilla notes. Bourbon is well integrated. Brown sugar is evident. Decadence itself. The flavor is chocolate desserts of all sorts: truffles, cake, brown sugar cookies...you name it! The beer has aged gracefully, evincing light soy sauce notes that compliment the smooth bourbon flavor. Oak is detectable, in addition to subtle dark fruits (prunes?). Coffee is nonexistent. Carbonation is low, and it works well with the rich flavors. An outstanding beer, and one that I probably won't see again.

HopHead84, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

HuskyinPDX, May 03, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with large amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla. Also present are solid amounts of butterscotch (it seems to be a trend with AleSmith BA beers) and hints of molasses. Finally, coffee aromas linger in the background.

Tastes very good. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined by mildly sweet molasses and butterscotch shortly thereafter. Dark chocolate flavors work their way into things midway through the sip. Near the end of the sip mild amounts of vanilla flavors make an appearance before fading into a mildly bitter ending. There's also a bit of alcohol burn that lingers but is nowhere near overpowering.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a phenomenal beer however I'm not sure if I don't prefer the normal Speedway. I think the type of barrel AleSmith uses is more geared toward a stout that's not quite as big as Speedway, maybe one with bourbon that was on the boozier side would work better. Anyways, I'm grasping at straws here, give this one a shot.

glid02, May 19, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared my last bottle of this with a friend. 2006 Vintage.

Pours a solid black with a stingy tan head that dissipates quickly to a cap on top. Smells of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits and prunes, with and oaky alcohol edge. The taste is filled with rich coffee and chocolates sprinkled with and oaky plum sweetness and a touch of alcohol. Hints of coconut and vanilla show up to the party but hide in the kitchen. Fairly thick body with a full creamy almost acridic mouthfeel and light carbonation. I am sad to say that I have enjoyed my last bottle of this fine brew. Intensely complex and damn tasty, I wish this was more available.

johnnnniee, Mar 05, 2010
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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