AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by far333:
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks thick coming out of the bottle, pours dark opaque brown with a finely bubbled light brown head. Arms of lacey foam rise up the sides of the glass.
Aroma is strong and far-reaching, chocolately with coffee bitter and plum, some spiciness, a bit of fresh moist bark.
Flavor is sharp and pungent, bitter and smokey, some charred bark followed by cocoa and coffee, a fine hop backbone, and a spicey fennel freshness that sparkles on the tongue. A coffee bitter lingers. The ABV is barely noticeable, wouldn't guess it packs such a wallop if I didn't already know.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, moderate to low carbonation. Decent drinkability, but a definite sipper. Great beer. Many thanks to nrrd for the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2005 03:17:09 | More by far333
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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
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