AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.23/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from City Beer Store in SF, CA
No noticed bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass
AleSmith's Speedway Stout is, perhaps, the richest imperial stout I've had in memory. While it boasts an intense roast and chocolate character, the obvious ethanol detracts a bit from my total enjoyment of this beer. Still, quite good, and one I would gladly seek out again if it were available.
Pours a 1cm head of very dark tan, fine bubbles. Head recedes within a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass. Ample lacing along sides of tulip glass, complementing the totally opaque, black body. Carbonation streams slowly along sides of the glass.
Aroma is very rich, expressive in roasted character, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, and ethanol.
Taste follows scent closely, offering strong roasted malt flavors, creamy milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee beans, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Ethanol is noticeable from mid-palate onwards, and is actually rather obvious to me. This detracts somewhat from my enjoyment of the beer, as my goal isnt to necessarily drink ethanol flavor. Still, this packed an immense amount of rich, delicious flavor into each sip and I am impressed by this.
Beer is extremely thick and heavy, perhaps one of the heaviest beers I've drunk. Carbonation is moderate, but still can't truly penetrate this highly viscous brew. Pretty incredible, thick and smooth, somewhat silky, mouthfeel results. Drawback is ethanol burn and heat, felt clearly in the nostrils and the back of the throat. Finish is dry and slightly sticky from small amounts of residual sugars.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2012 04:56:30 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
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
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,517 ratings.