AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to BigTomZ for the sweet extra. 2011 vintage, I believe. Tasted 19 October 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours very deep brown, black in the glass. Two fingers of thick coffee-brown head, a delicious color, slowly relaxing to a long-lasting foamy cap. Little peninsulas of lacing reaching out in the glassy ocean. Doesn't get much better than this.
Smell is awesome. Big, rich, and dark. Dominated by smooth, nutty coffee, and backed by chocolate. Reminds me in many good ways of Founders Breakfast Stout.
Taste is delightful as well. Lots of depth, very chocolatey. Coffee flavor is present, but subdued enough that other things can shine through. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but generally smooth and mellow with a chocolate punch.
Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, chewy, and mouth-filling. Medium-low carbonation, lots of little bubbles, turning it into tasty foam. Yum.
This is a really delicious, rich, sweet big stout. If it weren't so strong, I could drink a whole lot of it. And that reminds me, there's not even a hint that it's 12% - I'd believe it if someone told me it were half that. A very impressive beer, and one I wish I had consistent access to.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2012 04:08:47 | More by zeledonia
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4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 11/1/2013. Bought this beer with the intention of holding onto it for a special occasion. My wife and I closed on our first house today. It's an incredible feeling and an exciting change in our lives for both of us. What better time to crack this monster of a beer and celebrate?
Black as midnight with a huge, thick, tan head. Lacing all over the place. Legs on the glass when you give it a nice swirl.
The aroma is huge. I will try to describe what's going on, but it might be too complex to describe. Tons of coffee, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, raisin, fig, and port. You could tell me there are hops in this beer, but I wouldn't believe you. Stellar!
Full-bodied, slick mouthfeel, and flavor that lasts forever. It's drinkable, but it's an absolute beast. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason, I was expecting somewhat of a more mild stout. I was very wrong. An incredible beer by a brewery that (so far, from what I have tried) can do no wrong. An east coast boy giving some love to a west coast brewery? You betcha.
This beer is world class and deserves every accolade it has received. Bold in every sense of the word and not for the faint of heart. Worth seeking out if you are a lover of strong stouts.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:14:22 | More by Jacobob10
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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