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Average: 4.33 | pDev: 6.7%

Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 39

American Imperial Stout | 13.00% ABV

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. An imperial stout aged in premium bourbon barrels for one year with Madagascar vanilla eans, Brazilian Forastero cocoa nibs, Hatch and Mulato chilis, and a unique blend of Colombian and Burundi coffee, locally roasted by Swell Coffee.
BA SCORE
93
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 39
Photo of BillRoth
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at SD Taproom. Delicious SS variant. Flavors (as noted) all present but had just enough high quality in cacao and coffee to stand out. Chili’s added a nice compliment but didn’t distract. Grabbed a can for home.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body with a slight motor oil consistency, one finger offwhite head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smell is chili pepper, espresso, bourbon, and a slight marshmallow. The coffee is a bit muted here, and the peppers are fairly heavy even on the nose. Flavour is dark fruit, bourbon, coffee, a touch of vanillin, and a fairly hefty chili heat that slowly builds up over time, without being too overwhelming. It starts out mild, builds up to a medium (3 out of 5, probably) and that lingers a while. It doesn't build up any further, thankfully. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, good carbonation, standard Speedway thicc right here. A mild-moderate heat lingers after each sip.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours thick and pitch black with no head.
S: chilies, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Smells awesome.
T: oh yeah! I love the chili spice!! Slight bourbon unfortunately.
F: thinner than it pours, but still medium thickness. The spicy finish is awesome.

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to rawfish, who read my subconscious desire in sending this 12 oz. can along as an extra in a recent trade. My San Diego brother!

Black. The nose brings some but not all of the advertised ingredients: strong roast, chocolate, moderate heat. I’m presuming the rest will show up in about one sip.

Boxcar is, how you say, chili forward. Alesmith has made the same mistake others have in trying to replicate the sublime experience of a Mexican Cake or Huna - tossing in so much chili that it overpowers the other delicious-sounding ingredients. Searching under the chili rubble I find a decent stab of bourbon, & the vanilla finally begins to show as it nears room temp here in Siberia. Only fleeting glances of roast, cocoa. Finish is all heat. Good call on not putting this one in a bomber.

I’m actually sweating a little, & I used to engage in hot salsa eating contests with buddies in Colorado restaurants. If I had another I’d sentence it to 18-24 months in the cellar. Still a good beer - but I was hoping for standard Alesmith greatness.

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Photo of Tayler_Hessley
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From the source, AleSmith Anvil & Stave. Appearance is jet black with tan/brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coconut, bakers chocolate, fresh coffee grinds, mild bourbon, a hint of oak & earthy chili. Taste is the same with the vanilla & chocolate up front followed by chocolate & chili and finishing with a touch of heat. I'm not usually a chili beer fan but I really like this BASS variant. The chili is mostly present at the end which adds to the complexity and balances out any sweetness. Very well done and interesting beer, wish this was available full time.

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Photo of floyd_pugman
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alesmith. Nose is chili peppers, vanilla, chocolate fudge, and mild notes of coffee grounds. Palate starts with vanilla creme, moves onto the fudge, and finishes with chili peppers that linger on the tongue, with barrel characteristics (caramel; toffee) providing structure throughout. Really good, although not quite sludgy enough to be mind boggling (for me). I'll be grabbing some cans at the price point ($16/12oz can); if you like vanilla and chili peppers in your BA stouts, you’ll like this.

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Speedway Stout - Boxcar from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 39 ratings