AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
2012 - 750ml bottle with my FW snifter glass
*notes taken on 01/13/13
A: Speedway Stout pours a super dark brown body that settles even darker in the glass. Completely opaque. Not terribly thick with some lively carbonation streaming up into a brown sugar colored foam head. Fades out to a mocha swirl on top leaving the glass fairly clean with just a few dots and squiggle of stick.
S: Smells of dark roast grains with a healthy measure of dark chocolate syrup and some underlying green coffee bean. The aroma is sweet overall and reminds me of a rich chocolate cake. There is a slight earthy musk to the beer and a small amount of black licorice in there as well. Really nice and quite pleasant nose.
T: Tastes offers a bold and rich combination of dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Sweeter profile overall without ever becoming sickly to the palate. The coffee additions are reserved, harmonizing with the dark malts rather than competing. I get some lesser notes of brown sugar/molasses, burnt caramels, and a bit of dark dried fruits. There is a lower level of perceived bitterness to the beer and a noticeable alcohol spice kick. This is a beastly brew that practices such great balance. Very enjoyable with great flavor.
M: A full bodied stout with a seemingly higher level of carbonation brings through a very light and creamy texture. Keeps this one from becoming too filling. Slight drying towards the finish with some warming alcohol and a light sleekness that lingers after.
D: Incredible drinking experience for such a big beer. Great flavors of rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans with superb balance And feel that keeps this one very approachable. Undoubtedly a world class Imperial Stout and one of my favorites.
01-17-2013 18:37:51 | More by Nugganooch
4.31/5 rDev -2%
750mL bottle into tulip. there is some sort of laser coding towards the crown, but I cant make out what it is.
A: just a shade under pitch black. frothy brown head is massive. retention is good with a coat of lacing left behind.
S: some coffee, but not as in-your-face as I expected/wanted. slightly umani-like. smells dry. tons of dark, dark chocolate. roasty and inviting.
T: starts sweet, boatloads of chocolate. I find it more chocolate focused than coffee. I know coffee aroma/flavor can diminish over time and seeing that I have no idea how old this bottle is perhaps that could be the cause. lots of tobacco in the finish. bitter dark chocolate.
M: carbonation is spot on. smooth and silky is just what this massive body needs.
D: simply put, a really good stout. drinks more like a bottle of wine than a beer. certainly tasty, however I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. I suppose I blame that on the hype around this brew. regardless, always worth drinking, find it, buy it, drink it.
01-15-2013 04:04:31 | More by Jimmys
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 750ml into a Founders Snifter.
A: Pours a thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a rising mocha colored 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass that don't ever go away.
S: Toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits.
T: Big complex cocoa/coffee flavors bringing the house down with complexity. Such a mix of malts, coffee bitterness, cocoa nibs and black licorice.
M: Pretty medium bodied for an Imperial stout. Coats the mouth pretty significantly.
O: Very very good beer. One of the smoother Imperial Stouts I've had.
01-13-2013 01:53:17 | More by suspect
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
A: pitch black color dark brown notes when held up to the light when pouring got about a 2 finger head that went away fairly quick good ammount of lacing with a good ammount of alcohol legs
S: good ammount of chocolate and coffee notes on the nose a little bit of dark fruits with a slight hit of alcohol
T: I can really get the coffee almost tastes like taking a black cup of coffee adding a little yeast and sugar there was a nice hint of chocolate there was a bit of an alcohol burn and taste at first as it settled a little bit it became more subdued
M: lighter than expect it was more on the medium full side not as viscous as most imperial stouts I've had in the past but I could see it cutting through a heavy meal really like with fish and chips
O: fantastic beer overall I'm going to try and drink with a little more chill next to see if the burn for the alcohol goes away otherwise this beer comes highly recommended
01-12-2013 14:45:52 | More by smcnulty1981
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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