AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased in a beautiful 750ml bottle from Malt n' Vine in Redmond, WA. Bottle quality is different and nice enough to make a great gift for one of your beer loving friends. Being a big fan of dog fish head products (see World Wide Stout), and the recently tasted and excellent valued Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I thought I would give this a try, here's what I thought....
A - Foil wrapped bottle cap comes off with the bottle opener, smell from the bottle is delicious and decidedly worth pouring into my Crate and Barrel Monika snifter. She pours an obsidian dark brown, used motor oil like opaqueness at 45-degrees, about 10-degrees under the recommended temperature as I know it will eventually warm itself up in the glass as I consume it, and this way I can judge its flavor profile as it moves through the temp ranges. Thin sandy head, quickly moves from center glass to edge exposing its carbonation in the form of medium sized bubble on the exterior and small dense bubbles in the center, like light brown algae growth on a dark glassy lake. As I swirl it around the snifter, it coats the glass with a great deal of residual malty sugars, enough to hold some of the carbonation bubbles, but not enough to generate much more head.
S - Big swirl and then sniff....wow its like a sweet frappuccino cappuccino vanilla licorice Russian bakery at 6am sensory overload. Can't wait to put this into my mouth where my tongue can get a run at it.
T - Sweet and malty up front on the lips, yum!, then rolls into a harsh double-shot espresso'y alcohol back tongue and upper throat sensation, is this going to keep me up all night?. If you are one of those people that doesn't like coffee at all, please don't ruin it for the rest of us, leave this one to the professionals. The alcohol definitely presents itself more when chilled. As it gets closer to 55-60F it is masked by the full bodied malt profile and thicker/fuller carbonation.
M - Thick velvety smoothness that leaves a sugary oily coffee tasting coating long after the last sip. Would be a very pleasant desert beer with a coffee flavored cheesecake or some kind of nutty tart.
O - Quite impressed overall. I would say its a very standard approach to the imperial stout genre (big malty/sweet forward, big coffee middle, and enough alcohol to back it all up), but the balance is spot on, resulting in a smooth and pleasantly mild-sour finish, and leaving you wanting "more where that came from".
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Serving type: bottle
11-12-2012 02:02:01 | More by liquidkore
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