AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 4,485 | Reviews: 1,390 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this in a trade and cracked out in Atlanta during a tasting at the Brick Store. Couldn't think of better company to drink it with.
A. Dirty black, tan head lies low. Opaque. Nothing unusual. Onwards!
S. Holy coffee stout, Batman! A plethora (yes, I know what it means) of roasted, bitter coffee springs up into the nose, along with a big big roast-burnt grain and molasses. It's altogether lush and coherent, despite the rather brash alcohol. Quite nice -- if you like coffee.
T. Mmm, coffee... Speedway is up there with the best coffee stouts I've had, and certainly the most alcoholic. Very deep and hot, think espresso with a shot of dark rum added. Huge coffee and roasted flavors wrap themselves around your tongue with just a hint of hop bitterness. The coffee is the real start here. Exceptionally roasty bitter and finishes dry and long.
M. Thick, with only a little bubbly bite, the alcohol warms your throat as the coffee tingles your taste buds.
Speedway is an excellent coffee-booze treat! Don't drink before bedtime, but if you do, lemme know how it treats you. Highly recommended for the caffeine jitterbug and the stout fiend.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2008 22:07:30 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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 4,485 ratings.