AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by dogfishandi:
4/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml poured into sniffer
Pours out a deep opaque black with a big 3 fingers of light mocha colored head. Eventually fades tO a retentive 1/4 inch layer with a lot of spotty lace. Some legs noticeable as well.
Lots of booze and lots of deeply roasted, burnt malts. Not a whole lot else aside from a little creamy dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and hints of dark fruits. Some slightly solvent booze comes in the more it warms.
Again lots of deeply roasted burnt malt. Some booze. Bitter dark chocolate, some dark fruits and a bit of bitter coffee, but I was hoping for more of a coffee flavor. Hints of a cinnamon like spice as it warms.
Fairly thick and boozey, carbonation is about right.
A stand up impy stout but for the money id prolly take a few others before this. Still this is prolly an amazing beer with some barrel aging Or other special treatment. Hard to find many flaws with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 20:58:55 | More by dogfishandi
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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
98 out of 100 based on 4,480 ratings.