AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2012 bottling, unsure when in 2012 but not later than September. They say to age it 6 to 24 months but I didn't notice that before I opened it in early December. They say to serve it at 50 - 55 degrees but I did 65 degrees and the second half was just about room temperature. I think that worked out well. 750 to tulip.
A - 4.25 - Black with a thick, multi-textured, enduring tan head.
S - 4.25 - I don't believe this main version is barrel aged, yet I still get a dry woody note at the base of the aroma somehow. Otherwise I get a somewhat sweet chocolate, yet somewhat faint. The chocolate bleeds into something vague in some other zone of sweetness like honey or caramel or fruit or something I can't place. Later there's a bit of coffee. Later than that there's brownie and even some kind of lighter fruit like pear, surprisingly.
T - 4.5 - The flavor is rich, but really well balanced, so much so that I have a hard time identifying the component flavors up front initially. There is a dark chocolate brownie alongside a bitterness that straddles semisweet chocolate and coffee. On the tail end there is bitter coffee grounds and finally the same woody note from the aroma. After a while a lovely burn wafts up the throat. That is super nice and is just what I like. Guess that's the 12% talking. Those who don't like that kind of thing may want to take AleSmith up on their advice to age it six months to two years before cracking it open. What an artful and delicious composition. As I sit here and marinate in the aftertaste and fumes, I'm imagining a dark chocolate brownie liqueur, which, if it doesn't exist, should.
M - 4.5 - Creamy smooth moderately heavy body. Not pudding grade thickness, but definitely cream grade. A treat for the mouth.
O - 4.5 - Definitely one of the great ones among big stouts. I was expecting much more on the coffee front and not terribly looking forward to it. What I got instead was much more on the mature chocolate front. Not too sweet but so rich. Multiple things going on from baked dark chocolate brownie to coffee to woodiness to fruit to nice burn. So rich and well balanced. Very very nice. Bravo. The hype always worries me thanks to past letdowns, but this one lives up to it.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2012 02:42:31 | More by BrownNut
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4.71/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This has a sort of old school of the new school look; this beer's been around, and it was a big black and viscous behemoth of a beer before stouts had gotten so big. As such, it's still at the top of its game with a big, thick onyx body and a nicely sized tense, thick, rocky and creamy crown of medium brown head that holds up and leaves behind evidence in patching that's pretty strong considering the ABV.
Plenty of wood comes into play both in the nose and on the tongue, and combined with a vanilla-like sweetness that complements and the warming booze that's smooth and not too hot, it's a wonder this isn't barrel-aged. Barrel aging isn't the be-all, end-all of craft beer, but this one incorporates its best aspect: namely, a big, bold depth and complexity of flavors that a spirit in a barrel can bring out with just the right use. It's got so much creamy smoothness and sweetness mingling toffee and smoky caramel flavors into the huge roast underneath. There's a bit of fresh ground and maybe even roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and creamy smooth mild chocolate notes. This is what brewers are striving for with their barreling programs.
Big, rich, thick without weighing down the palate or feeling overly heavy, and massively smooth with so much creaminess it wraps itself on the tongue, this beer has exactly the feel it ought to, with just the perfect carbonation to flow and develop the layers that open up, just the perfect amount of crispness to focus on the smoothness, and a little dryness to cut the sweetness and balance perfectly.
This is an impressive beer, period. Forget the whales; this is a year-round shelf beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 14:42:46 | More by Brenden
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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