AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 11/15/08
Pours very deep brownish-black color with almost a finger of chocolaty brown head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer, leaving some lacing. Aroma is strong with roasted malt, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. There's also some dark fruit and cherry in the aroma.
Taste is very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweet milk chocolate up front and plenty of roasted malt. That is followed by bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. There's also a surprising amount of dark fruit in the taste. Raisin, fig, and a bit of date. There's not as much coffee in the taste as I expected. Slight alcohol taste as well.
Feel is very smooth and silky. Probably the highlight of this beer. Medium-full body with ample carbonation. Very smooth and very nice body. Drinkability is pretty good. The high ABV is well-hidden and the taste is good.
Overall, a very good beer. Not as much coffee, and a bit fruitier than I was expecting. But still very tasty and very easy to drink.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2008 03:17:53 | More by bkilpatr
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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
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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