AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -7.3%
Never made it to the cellar, taken from the fridge and left at room temperature for roughly thirty minutes prior to opening. Pours jet black with khaki head.
Raisin, coffee, and black licorice bombard the nose. Very slight soy passes through the nostrils on the exhale. Very powerful.
Sweet, booze laden, dark fruit flirts with the tongue soon to be pried away by a burnt, harsh black malt flavor that sticks around for awhile. My mouth is left very dry, eager to revisit the initial sweetness. Not picking up as much coffee as I would have expected apart from in the aroma, but it is present. Chocolate notes are noticeable throughout. The sweetness comes through more as it warms, providing more balance to the harsh bitterness.
Lush carbonation provides a pleasurable experience. I bet this would age rather well, perhaps mellowing the unforgiving harshness that lingers long into the aftertaste.
To me, the nose stole the show, really very nice. I'll go as far as to say that if you pick up a bottle of this for yourself, ultimately, you won't be disappointed. However, I'm not sure I'd seek it out if it wasn't in my market. A solid representation of the style.
11-10-2013 22:46:10 | More by MarkJBurch
4.26/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance - The stout poured a dark black color with a slight mocha colored head along the sides of the glass.
Smell - Coffee was a huge part of the aroma. One might detect the malts or chocolate in the aroma as well.
Taste - The coffee jumps out in the initial taste. Notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits are also present. There is a certain level of tartness to the taste, but everything else about this beer is bold. The stout finishes with dry malts and coffee. It seems fitting that the coffee is warming while going down.
Mouthfeel - This one is thick and coats the tongue nicely. It will be a while before the taste of this one leaves your mouth.
Overall - The is definitely on the higher end of the Imperial Stout spectrum.
11-03-2013 22:19:04 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
2013 Bottle have multiple. Thought I'd crack one to see what it's like decently fresh.
A - Beautiful dark motor oil with a khaki half inch foam head. Very thick and syrupy and seemed to crawl out of the glass.
S - Amazing smelling beer with strong hints of coffee and chocolate as well as roasted malts. Had some strong hints of alcohol as well as minor hints of vanilla and carmel.
T - Taste follows the smell as a huge mouthful of coffee and chocolate hit you hiding the alcohol very well. Very rich and very much a sipping beer that was also very drinkable. Split between 4 people. Booze well hidden with he chocolate prevalent throughout. Vanilla came out as it approached 60 degrees
M - Full bodied thick with molasses. Rich and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation. Aging a bottle for a year or two will do this one wonders it seems as I approve of the creamier less carbonated wale stouts.
O - An awesome beer and glad that I have more. Can't wait to try my next bottle in a year or so to see what aging does to this gem. For the price this beer is amazing and I suggest snatching it up anywhere you can. You do not feel like you are wasting a top 50 beer in the world for the price but the quality and taste make it a top 10 for myself
11-03-2013 03:44:53 | More by drmcleod10
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,656 ratings.