AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by erz316:
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
2008 vintage, poured into conical pint glass. 750ml bottle.
A - pours black with a full 2 finger brown head. big bubbly head, retains well. body is jet black save the ever slightest sliver of mahogany getting in through the bottom of the glass. as the head dwindles down the big bubbles becomes glazed over and give the foam a very creamy look. great lacing, really great. I want to give this a five, but I am going to nit pick and say the head could be a darker brown. other than that the lacing makes it look so damn fine, its is hard to resist drinking this beer really quickly.
S - top notes are a a rich roasted maltiness with some noticeable alcohol in the mix; as it warms up even more, the coffee begins to seep into the foreground, bringing a slight spicy or acidic smell. the midground is a light coffee aroma, which blends into the alcohol part of the top notes. the coffee is not that strong; the bottom is slightly spicy with a definite cinnamon note. good all around, but could be more potent.
T - overall taste is a slightly sour intense stout. initial taste is a beautiful blend of sweet roasted malts and an acidic taste from the coffee. slight agitation releases some of the 12% abv, but not nearly as much as one would think. for so much alcohol in this beer it is incredibly smooth, I mean really really velvet smooth. the acidity from the coffee is what I initially decided was a sour taste, but now it is clearly that astringent acidity from the coffee. the malts are huge and delicious in this beer, incredibly so; their sweetness is very variable ranging from the roasted wort kind of flavor, to a almost cloying molasses flavour. the finish: slightly more alcoholic, with a lingering finish on the back of the throat, pretty dry, but it is mixed in with the thick and dark malts that the dryness is subdued. again the malts are huge here, mixing in with the acidity and general flavour of the coffee. the innate sweetness of the malts curbs the acidity from the coffee and makes this utterly heavenly flavour, though the coffee presence is not too strong, it could easily be stronger. the aftertaste is lingering and much more coffee infused. the coffee is so much more noticeable in this part of the drink. underlying sweetness, much more like molasses in this part, from the malts, and a slight acidity from the coffee. this is not doubt a great stout but, I just cant stack it up to the praise it recieves. it has all of the aspects that would be in a world class beer, but it doesn't excel in any of the aspects.
MF&D - nearly flawless. the body could be thicker for the double/imperial style, but then they would probably have to sacrifice some of the alcohol, which is one of the most amazing points to this beer: that one could alcoholify the beer so much with out reducing the drinkability is remarkable. the beer is so incredibly smooth that one would never guess that the abv is so high.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2009 04:02:23 | More by erz316
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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
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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