AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by kirkpjr:
4.35/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Received this one as an extra!
Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark and somewhat thick black - no light's getting through this one and it was apparent from the start with the solid black bottle. 1 finger of light milk chocolate head. Head retention is fairly good, and spotted lacing develops.
S: Heavy chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee and espresso, but not nearly what I was expecting. A little soy is also present.
T: Rich, roasted coffee beans. A little bitter kick from the hops, and a smooth chocolate to follow. This one has it all, but necessarily initially. The aftertaste highlights everything that makes this beer great. Roasted malts, strong coffee and espresso, sweet chocolate, and a balancing hop bitterness all combine to leave one of the best aftertastes I've ever had in a stout.
M: Thick, but not as thick as expected. Moderate to low carbonation. Borderline creamy. Coffee and chocolate flavors linger.
D; Excellent coffee profiled stout. Not over the top and sweet, yet solid and highly drinkable. Leaves me wanting more.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2011 02:46:19 | More by kirkpjr
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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 4,479 ratings.