AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a snifter. This was purchased for around $12.99 at Whole Foods Cedar in University Heights the day it arrived at the store.
The beer looks good enough in the glass. It's cretainly one of the darkest beers I've ever had, with no real variation in the jet black body even around the edges when held to the light. The head is pretty dark too, a solid mocah brown color that hangs around for a bit then descends to the abyss, leaving no lace or record of its existence.
The smell is good, but I must say this batch is not the coffee bomb some have been in the past. To be fair, I've had this beer at least 20 times and just never got around to reviewing it. I was hoping a batch that literally just hit the store would be the freshest to review, but the coffee seems a touch subdued here. Some roasted malt notes give chocolate impressions and there is some chicory bitterness, but the roasted coffee is lost in the roasted malt. A touch of sweet caramelized malt gives depth and helps balance the hint of booze that's present. At 12%, this is complex and expressive but could be a bit more coffee-focused.
The taste almost makes up for what seemed to be missing in the nose. The roasted malt is the star of the show here, giving huge notes of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. The added coffee is a touch subdued but still provides a nice, fresh French Roast quality. There's some sweetness and bitterness from the hops, but this is a dark malt driven beer. All the flavors are expressive and very complimentary. Very, very nice taste!
The mouthfeel of this beer is very solid for the style. There's a nice viscosity going on - not too thick, but perfect when the flavors and ABV are taken into account. The beer's carbonation makes it seem creamy and it never crosses over into chocolate syrup territory. The beer is very drinkable and enjoyable. There's great flavor and Alemsmith has done a great job masking the booze. The taste doesn't have quite the punch I remember, but it's very pleasant and all the required elements are in their place. This is a great beer. Years ago, it was one of the top 5 in the world. Now, it's still worthy of a mention but there have been some recent entries that do a better job. Still a great beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2011 13:46:09 | More by jampics2
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