AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.96/5 rDev -10%
Waited to try this on Christmas Eve which is one of the nights each year I save some really stellar brews for. Part of me was disappointed by this beer but part of me appreciated the depth and complexity of Speedway and realizes that it is an excellent candidate for aging.
Speedway Stout advertises that it is brewed with coffee. Unfortunately I get hardly any coffee in the smell or the taste. The pour and mouthfeel are somewhat thin. Once I started drinking the beer though, I got a huge roasty taste with an incredibly complex background of chocolate, dark fruits and other malts.
Although I was let down a little bit by this beer, I would be interested in picking up another bomber to age to see what flavors come through after the roasted flavors smooth out a bit.
12-25-2013 04:49:49 | More by mjpolzin
3.85/5 rDev -12.5%
Picked up a growler of this in WI.
A-poured cold into an oversized snifter. This is black with garnet highlights. A weak dark beige head that is very weak.
S-first aromas that come out are rich, malty and sweet. Dark cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee beans. Some alcohol presence.
T-big stout taste. Big rich malts with a heavy roasted dark malt character. Finishes slightly sweet and fairly dry with a bit of acridness.
M-fairly smooth with high carbonation and a warming finish.
O-a big stout. But lacks the complexity of flavors and big body of many of the RIS. Dominated with notes of dark roasted malt and tastes of cocoa powder, Slightly burnt coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but not dominant. A good sipper.
12-24-2013 22:22:32 | More by deebo
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter.
12% ABV, serve at 50-55°F, Bottled on 07/22/13 printed in yellow on shoulder, "This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come."
A - Clarity can be seen through the pour but Speedway Stout is an impenetrable inky black in the glass, topped by a whipped mocha head after a bit of short-lived cascading. For the beer's high alcohol percent, the foam's retention is quite impressive, dotting the glass in specks of lace as it drops.
S - Heavy roasted bitterness engulfs the Speedway Stout's aroma, robust with bitter chocolate morsels, cold, black, bottom-of-the-pot coffee, and a heavy layer of cocoa. Earthy hoppiness balances the nose and suggests it's not a straight-forward malt bomb but also brings a "green" presence to the beer that merges with stringy vanilla bean. Toffee sweetness wanders through the background as the big, bold beer finishes with nose tingling alcohol warmth.
T - Earthy vanilla bean, crumbled cocoa puffs, and chunky bitter chocolate-covered French roast coffee beans coat the tongue in dark malt boldness but also introduce layers of complexity to the beer. Gobs of caramel melt over sticky Sun-maid raisins and dried blueberries with a touch of warming alcohol seeping through the cracks.
M - Speedway Stout's ominous appearance and syrupy pour certainly don't bode well for those even the slightest bit questionable in regards to "dark beer" but, AleSmith does a fantastic job of balancing this heavy stout so it doesn't just coat the throat upon the swallow. Dry from balancing hops, bitter roasted malt, and certainly the fusel alcohol on the finish, this imperial stout drinks pretty well, all things considered.
O - Like the majority of AleSmith beers, Speedway Stout is pretty hoppy. The difference with this imperial stout however, is it's balance; obviously malt-trending. Dark and rich, the bitter chocolate profile brings about dark fruit nuances and pairs well with the addition of Ryan Bros. Coffee. Earthy is the key though, as this medium-full bodied beer finishes balanced but bitter-leaning with a clearly warming smoothness.
12-22-2013 20:44:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle in to a Duvel tulip.
A- Thick and black with a thicker than average brown head. Bring it on.
S- Mostly roasty notes with some coffee. A little alcohol, which helps in this case.
T- Just freakin' delicious. The roasty/coffee notes come through immediately followed by some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Phenomenal.
M- Super thick and creamy. Coudn't ask for more.
O- I'm eager to try the barrel aged version of this because this exceeded my expectations by far.
12-22-2013 02:47:28 | More by tviz33
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottled on 9/3/13. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with the slightest amount of light getting though; fluffy dark khaki head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with chocolate malts. Lots of malts. Lots of chocolate. Slightly roasty. Lots of dough. Hints of vanilla. Flavors are very bold. More roasted malts. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of milk chocolate. That combination is of course going to equal out to being bittersweet. I'm picking up some caramel too. There's some dark fruits in the mix, especially hints of black cherry. There's not as much coffee/expresso notes as I was anticipating. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and very smooth. It's fluffy and creamy with moderate carbonation, but isn't quite milkshake thick. Once again, there's no hints of alcohol at all. This is beer is dangerously drinkable. It's hard to believe this is 12% abv. It's fun to drink.
Great stout right here. It blows your mind in the beginning, and then just becomes really good. But that "really good" can hang with most Imperial Stouts on the market. The craftsmanship on this beer is top notch. Recommended.
12-21-2013 23:11:50 | More by BB1313
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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