AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
4.23/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Pours deep and black with a tan, thick, 2 finger head. Great retention. Thick, silky lacing with good stick.
Smell - Initially, a bit of odd sourness in the aroma. Tart cherry. Then anise and secondary notes of dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Sourness fades as the beer warms, leaving more classic RIS qualities in the smell.
Taste - Some initial sourness, black cherry, then big roasted stout character kicks in and dominates. Again, as in the smell, sourness dissipates as the beer warms. Once warmed, it's a RIS lover's paradise. Milk chocolate upfront. Dark chocolate. Roasted coffee. More chocolate qualities throughout than coffee. Lots of assertive boozy, somewhat numbing anise flavor mid-taste and into the finish.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth going down. Almost chuggable. Amazing for an Imperial Stout.
Overall - This is one silky smooth Imperial Stout. I'm nitpicking, but there's a bit too much anise for my liking, yet the fact there's no harshness in what you'll find in some Imperials (Old Rasputin, for example) puts this RIS in the upper echelon territory. Very Assertive. I thought at first it might be infected, because it seemed somewhat sour initially, but once it warmed all that classic RIS flavor came out in full force. To be honest, I may have to re-review the Oskar Blues TenFidy, because I'm finding a lot of similarities between the two, but I'm enjoying this substantially more than I did my initial intro to TenFidy.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2013 01:44:05 | More by TheSixthRing
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