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
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter, pours jet black with a nicely browned two-finger head.
Coffee, nutty roasted malts, and chocolate pleasantly greet the nostrils.
Wow, I did not expect this to be so strong on the coffee when I picked it up, but damn I'm not complaining, very tasty. Coffee, dark chocolate, and a roasted caramel/nuttiness wash over the tongue and leave it wanting more.
Mouthfeel is soft and delicate with perfect balance.
Overall this instantly became a favorite of mine. Now I'm looking forward to trying the Bourbon BA variant I have next in the lineup.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:07:11 | More by larryarms847
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 11/1/2013. Bought this beer with the intention of holding onto it for a special occasion. My wife and I closed on our first house today. It's an incredible feeling and an exciting change in our lives for both of us. What better time to crack this monster of a beer and celebrate?
Black as midnight with a huge, thick, tan head. Lacing all over the place. Legs on the glass when you give it a nice swirl.
The aroma is huge. I will try to describe what's going on, but it might be too complex to describe. Tons of coffee, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, raisin, fig, and port. You could tell me there are hops in this beer, but I wouldn't believe you. Stellar!
Full-bodied, slick mouthfeel, and flavor that lasts forever. It's drinkable, but it's an absolute beast. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason, I was expecting somewhat of a more mild stout. I was very wrong. An incredible beer by a brewery that (so far, from what I have tried) can do no wrong. An east coast boy giving some love to a west coast brewery? You betcha.
This beer is world class and deserves every accolade it has received. Bold in every sense of the word and not for the faint of heart. Worth seeking out if you are a lover of strong stouts.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:14:22 | More by Jacobob10
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,507 ratings.