AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewer's Blend - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by pmarlowe:
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the brewery.
A: Impenetrable brown, darkish film of brown head which recedes to a ring and some swirls layered on the surface of the beer. The head is very nice looking, like espresso.
S: Well balanced bourbon and vanilla and all the great coffee and dark chocolate of regular Speedway.
T: Sweet bourbon and oak, medium-dark roast coffee, dark chocolate. Alcohol has a little burn and is more prominent than ideal. Still delicious, though.
M: Medium carbonation and full body. The carbonation adds a velvet smooth mouthfeel to the full body. Leaves a little sticky residue on your lips.
O: A nice mix between regular and BA Speedway, a toned down version thereof. The full BA version had more barrel presence, which is a decided improvement, but this is still excellent.
08-21-2012 05:57:16 | More by pmarlowe
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4.58/5 rDev +1.3%
Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Party
Blue Palms BrewHouse
Los Angeles, CA
Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.
Deep, dark aromas of coffee and espresso beans, rich chocolate, and some mild bourbon/vanilla/earth character. Less hop presence than in the standard Speedway. Rich, divine, decadent, and slightly better than the standard version of the same beer. Incredible!
Earth and wood flavors from the bourbon stand out initially, actually covering up some of the flavors I love most about Speedway: namely the rich coffee, chocolate, and roast. They're all still there, but they're actually a bit hidden, unfortunately. There's still zero presence of alcohol: awesome.
Thick, oily, luscious, decadent, divine, full, melting mouthfeel.
A terrific version of a fantastic beer, though I actually slightly prefer the standard Speedway to this one.
08-16-2011 17:56:01 | More by ehammond1
4.83/5 rDev +6.9%
Another great black pour at the FW Invitational. Thin dark brown head, ultra black SRM infinity type of abyss color and thickness wise.
Aroma, wow, just the awesomeness of the coffee from the regular speedway, but with the most delicate addition of bourbon. Really spot on, didn't think this could be improved, but hot damn if they didn't actually improve on it.
Taste, rich, luxurious, really coats the mouthfeel with a syrup like consistency, but with gobs of coffee flavor all over it. Chocolate and bourbon to a lesser extent. Like regular speedway, this hides the alcohol extremely well, and is never a chore to drink, even though it is double digit abv. I get a little more nuttiness from this one. They really applied the fine touches here, the oak, bourbon and vanilla are mere additions, the heavily roasted coffee/base malts are still prominent and not overshadowed.
One of the few beers I went back for a second pour of. Excellent stuff that flew under the radar a bit at the fest.
08-24-2012 17:43:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
5/5 rDev +10.6%
On tap at Stone 15th Anniversary
Deep dark black with just a touch of brown at the edges. Creamy light brown head with excellent lacing and good retention. Creamy and oily viscosity leave a great coating throughout the glass.
Beautiful,arromatic, sweet and robust nose with all it's notes in perfect harmony. Bourbon, cocoa/dark chocolate and creamy coffee make up the amazing perfume.
Flavor is just perfectly balanced amazing in every way. Same as the nose along with the characteristics. Everything is in perfect harmony. The impression of the bourbon from aging is finally spot on.
Smooth and creamy viscous mouth coats the palate perfectly with a mild creamy carbonation.
Overall I've had the standard, 100% and 30% Barrel Aged Speedway and this is where it has all come together to make the perfect BA Stout. IMO the bourbon on the 100% BA was a bit too much. Because I've had all the variations of this beer and believe they've hit it right on the head with this one deserving of my second perfect score. Phenomenal beer!
08-22-2011 01:32:35 | More by MrVonzipper
4.85/5 rDev +7.3%
Look: black as night with 1/4 tan head and good retention and lacing
Smell: bourbon bitter chocolate coffee and vanilla
Taste. Beautiful coffee and chocolate notes with just a trace of bourbon and vanilla
Mouthfeel. Full body with low carbonation and a syrup like coating
Overall. Another great version of the speed way great flavor and the perfect amount of bourbon
08-13-2011 19:22:37 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.28/5 rDev -5.3%
On-tap at Blue Palms
A: The beer pours black in color with a finger or so of tan head.
S: A strong chocolate and coffee aroma with lots of roasted malts. There's a strong earthy note to it. Is there a little bit of chile in this? A mild char note as well as mild vanilla and licorice notes.
T: The earthy character really stands out on the palate. There's a bit of molasses, chocolate, and toffee to go with some of the vanilla and a bit of bourbon. Plenty of char and roasted malts and as usual: lots of coffee.
M: Full bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation and a nice feel on the tongue.
O: I like that this still has the original speedway character as well as some other interesting traits.
08-14-2011 21:59:43 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev -1.1%
On tap at Blue Palm's 3rd Anniversary.
A: Void black, seriously octopus ink in a glass. Deep manzanita stained brown bubbles. Monster thick brownie lacing and retention in the glass, this thing does not want to let go of the walls.
S: Delicious burnt caramels. Crusty creme brulee scorched sugars that sit atop moist brownie cakes. Sweet almost red bean like dessert notes. Swirling chestnut/hazelnut smokes. Fresh out the oven speedway with garnishes of barrel aging, excellent nose.
T: Deep creamy coffee served in an oak trunk. Mellow melted chocolate and marshmallow milkshake with swirls of richer syrups. An amazing Pistachio slight salt flavor that makes this unreal yummy. This really exhibits the flavors of Barrel-Aged Speedway super well without requiring the 100% ultra creamy textures.
M: Full-body with a thick creaminess, almost butter milk thickness. Buttery on the tongue with a chocolate mousse feel. Creamy and full with marshamallow cream softness to make it a pillow of a mouth. I could sleep soundly on this mouth.
O: This beer is a sound middle ground between BA and reg speedway. Delicious, but obviously not as creamy or as bourbon complex as full BA. This has a tad more astringency, but not overly so. If regular speedway stout is coffee, and BA is whip chocolate mousse -- then this beer finds its place as a hot coffee chocolate with bourbon chocolate shavings, and marshmallow cream. Also, there would be a design of an anvil in the white creamy top, just like in the fancy coffee shops. You know what I mean.
08-14-2011 03:23:33 | More by Cavery
4.28/5 rDev -5.3%
On tap at Alesmith
A: Black and viscous with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Big aromas of espresso, chocolate and some subtle bourbon notes.
T: A fantastic blend of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon with some hints of dark fruit. Really good stuff. Glad I got to try this one.
07-19-2012 13:01:14 | More by notchucknorris
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
On tap at Alesmith. Black body with some reddish brown near the edges and an inch of dense beige froth. The nose shows an excellent blend of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. It's quite rich. Caramel meets earth and molasses. Lightly nutty with some wood.
The flavor is rich dark chocolate with vanilla and a stronger than expected bourbon presence. Molasses meets roasted grains, licorice, and wood. Moderate bitterness throughout with a firm coffee profile. Rich bourbon vanilla dark chocolate coffee finish with a touch of astringency. Full body with a moderate level of creamy carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, and silky.
Overall, very much like a quality batch of Barrel Aged Speedway with a bit more coffee and hop character from the larger proportion of fresh unbarreled Speedway blended in.
08-18-2012 15:55:29 | More by HopHead84
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Brewer's Blend from AleSmith Brewing Company
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