AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle into snifter. Thanks Chris (cquiroga) for the bottle! Served at 50 degrees and up.
Pours pitch black, with a big 2-finger super dense head that absolutely doesn't want to go away, and leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass as it slowly settles. This is exactly what an Imperial Stout should look like - no more, no less.
Nose is roasty and full of coffee, some hoppy acidity coming through as well. Hints of cocoa and even coconut come out. The hops drag this one down a bit, coming across as acidic in conjunction with the coffee, with almost no citrusy or piny character.
Taste is roasty and packed with coffee up front, some very dry light cocoa and molasses notes underneath, with a leafy, citric hop bitterness staking a claim on your tongue early and exploding right before the finish. This one is dry, and with a lingering roasty bitterness that leaves no doubt as to how much the folks at Alesmith love their hops. Unfortunately for me, I find that hoppy stouts need a big, chocolately body to carry them, and in this case, the huge emphasis on coffee, while not bad, comes off as just a bit dry and overly bitter for me. This is still a well above average stout, mind you - the flavors are full and well developed, the balance is just a bit off for me. That said, this seems like a stout that would be tremendous with a few years on it.
Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, full bodied with a light carbonation. The acidity from the hops feels like it cuts the body a bit, unfortunately - another aspect that would probably improve with enough time to let the hops age gracefully for a year or two. Bitterness lingers for quite a while after the fact.
Drinkability isn't bad, but this is a big, bold monster of a stout. The big, hoppy, roasty bitterness isn't the stuff sessions are made of.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2009 19:42:28 | More by JohnQVegas
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