Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #30
Ranked #113
4.54 | pDev: 7.49%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSpeedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. At last, the stout that I have sought the longest! And it did not disappoint! Midnight black with a mushroom cap, textures reveal themselves in certain lightings. Chocolate brownies, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, soil, molasses, and malts o plenty in the nose. Tastes as it smells, caramel makes a strong appearance, dark fruits and coconut in a lesser way, but less coffee and earth. Feel is malty, lush, warm, thick, yet sweeter. While very good I think I would go back to the orignal more often.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Apr 13, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Motor oil black with a short-lived brown head and spotty lacing.

S: Brownie batter, fudge sauce, semi sweet dark chocolate, roasty malt. Black coffee. Bourbon ball candy, barrel char, bourbon.

T: Follows the nose. Big wave of chocolate, fudge, and double chocolate cake up front. Blackstrap molasses. Coffee is fading, but there. Bourbon ball candy and a ribbon of caramel. Roasty and a bit woody. Barrel char and oak. Bourbon rides up middle to end. Finish is all barrel and smoke.

M: Huge, chewy, weighty, and coating. Ample carbonation prickles at the tongue. Big bourbon warmth.

O: One of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts on planet Earth, period.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Mar 25, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

September 3rd, 2015 - The Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee stout is a premier beer, but the Bourbon Barrel Aged version is no slouch. With a smooth, opalescent look it offers classic and classy alcohol and oak notes, smoldering with ethanol. The taste is much gentler, both sweet and delicate, but also bold and robust. A licorice sweetness mixes with the taste of Japanese whisky, and a thinner palate let's everything shine through.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Jun 26, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a huge fan of Fremont's Barrel Aging Program, and even as Goose Island sold out, Bourbon County remains a brew to benchmark against. It is rare to meet a BA Stout of this caliber and this is exactly what we have with the BBA Speedway. It's good - better than BCBS on their off years. Maybe better than their best.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Apr 27, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Opaque dark chocolate color with a thin tan head. A nice barrel aroma along with some chocolate and coffee. The taste was as expected. Bright coffee up front followed by a hefty chocolate presence all wrapped in a bourbon blanket. Full bodied with a slick feel. Outstanding.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Dec 24, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/30/13.

Nice dark pour, not too viscous but nearly black in color. Not too much head or lacing, but the color and appearance looks great.

Predominantly dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Very, very mild oxidation, but that’s just me being picky. Hints of dark, roasty coffee on the back end.

Damn, this has held up incredibly well. Boozy, charred oak, bourbon flavors make way for a perfectly balanced base of roasty coffee with hints of dark fruit and chocolate flavors.

Smooth mouthfeel, warming and boozy but a good weight to it. Bourbon and roast linger.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 19, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at Ansari's Eagan, MN during Black Friday tap takeover. I tried this beer first and it was by far my favorite of the 4 sampled that afternoon. Thick, smooth and tasty. I've yet to be able to find a bottle of this in trade but sure glad I've at least gotten to try it now.

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Sandis from Minnesota, Nov 24, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

08/2014 - This shit is crack; impressive bourbon, caramel, cocoa, malts too up front; sweet, flavorful, bourbon, coffee, lactose, vanilla on the palate; solid mouthfeel that lingers.

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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts, Oct 03, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little bit of a booze bomb so make sure you aren’t going anywhere if you have it. Nothing special about this one and was pretty standard when it comes to BA stuff.

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brewmeister1984 from Massachusetts, Sep 24, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown bordering on Black The beer has has a fairly small dark brown head which faded to a ring.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon notes, coffee followed by brown sugar notes.

Taste: The Bourbon, coffee and brown sugar notes from the nose come through in the taste profile. I also get some fairly noticeable oak notes, and roasted malts. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation appropriate tor the style.

Overall: A good bal-aged Imperial Stout.

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IKR from California, Aug 05, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage, on tap in a 10oz flute. Carbonation is subdued and the beer only has a very slight ring of dark brown head. Drank side by side with a Jamaican Speedway - these beers are quite easily distinguished in appearance and in taste, which surprised me a bit. I've had quite a few of the Speedway variants now and they all have their own very unique traits.

Barrel Aged Speedway has quite a lot of bourbon to the nose and taste. The coffee is rich and roasty, but not strong and lacks any acidity. The barrel is also quite present with a light, woody dryness.

To this day, I still think that Rye Vietnamese Speedway is one of the very best beers in the world - and bourbon barrel aged Speedway isn't far behind it in quality. I'd like to see what some age would do to this beer (but not too much - I had a 2013 recently that was tremendously oxidized).

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Apr 27, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle - 2015 vintage

Pours pitch black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells strongly of wood and oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark toffee, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruits, raisin, fig, coffee, dark chocolate, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes pretty exquisite with a great blend of aforementioned flavors, oak barrel, bourbon, vanilla, caramel swirl, maple, dark toffee, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, dried dark fruits, raisin, fig, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and rich bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Apr 11, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from 2013 bottle. Pours jet black with tan head. Not much head. Lots of caramel, molasses, maple, bourbon on the nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with a little alcohol heat. Flavors of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Huge complex beer that is incredibly well done.

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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into snifter.

Black, thin tan head

Bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose. Excellent balance between barrel, coffee, and base stout.

Taste follows the nose with bourbon up front along with dark chocolate and coffee, hint of dark fruit. Very balanced

Full-bodied, perhaps just a touch overcarbonated for my taste

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emyers from Illinois, Jan 12, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the 2017 San Diego Beer Week at the brewery.

BBA Speedway stout has a great roasty malt flavor with a great amount of bourbon flavor.

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pda22 from California, Dec 25, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle now aged 4 years.

For the first time I'm appreciating oxidation in a beer. It certainly is but I'm strangely not put off by it. The coffee in its original form is long gone, but a shell of where it was remains with outlier elements of char, roast, and pepper.

There is still a large amount of sweetness and barrel in this beer. Loads of vanilla, carmelized sugar, toffee, brown sugar and bourbon.

It's leaves you dry, spicy, and satisfied

Overall it's a shame I didn't get to try this fresh but even with such age it's entirely evident what a carefully crafted top tier beer this is.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Jul 30, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Appearance is jet black, like the normal Speedway, with little to no head. Smell is full of oak but not so much bourbon. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasty notes are also apparent. The woodiness of the oak really comes through on the taste and adds a lot of earthiness to the beer. Taste is not as coffee heavy as the smell. Feel is more like a porter in that it's a little light for a stout. Minimal carbonation and smooth drinking.

Suggested food pairing: BBQ ribs

If you like this beer then you should also try: KBS

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely have it again) This is certainly a great derivative of an already stellar brew. Feel is a little thin and it could use more bourbon flavor but this is an all around fantastic beer!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with dark brown head. Aroma has slightly acidic coffee, even a bit green with some bourbon in the background. Taste is sweet at first, fudgy, continues with sweetened coffee and bourbon, a hint of green coffee bitterness on the finish. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really nice variation of the base beer, adds a nice flavor complexity.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Apr 08, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown in the glass with bits of light coming through the edges. No head lingers in the glass but there was lovely carbonation at first. Barrel and coffee comes through in the most but the barrel is not super pronounced. Roast, slight chocolate and vanilla and booze is there but well balanced and dare I say hidden. Taste is somewhat sweet with a roasty middle and followed by a woodsy back end with the slightest bourbon bite. Feel is kind of thin especially for the style. It has slightly more carbonation than is usual for the style but barely any objectively speaking. Overall a great beer that is very well balanced but could use some more body. Not a coffee bomb at all.

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage poured into a snifter:

Pours like coffee with moderate khaki head with some retention
Smells like bourbon, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit
Perfect mix of barrel and base beer, like a mocha frappe
Velvety smooth, with a delayed bit of warming as it goes down
Overall, a bit short of BAVSS but a monster of a beer

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BeantownBrews from Massachusetts, Apr 01, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/18/15 vintage

L - pours a dark paint brown with a beautiful mocha head. Mesmerizing honeycomb bubble structure. This'll do just fine in lieu of morning coffee on this north east blizzard morning.

S - huge roasty lactose character bolstered by the booze. Iced latte and a walnut nuttiness. Almost has a bit of tang to it.

T - drinks like iced coffee too! Sweet cream and more than a few sugars in this roast. There is some fresh, minty hoppiness present that tips this into "refreshment" territory. Mellow oak rounds out this wonderfully balanced beer.

F - soft and supple. Not motor oil like you'd expect for a 12% stout, but luscious and creamy.

O - all around great stout. Well orchestrated. Judging by some of the reviews (and what's written on the bottle) this gets better with time. Two years and not a trace of booze burn. Coffee wasn't as pronounced as I expected and the sweeter flavors started to come out, but everything seems soothing and under control. Oak character definitely seems more robust but I'll have to try another fresh to see what's what.

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agreenman19 from Connecticut, Mar 14, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/10/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong bourbon along with coffee, chocolate, molasses and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, molasses, coffee and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is extremely mild as it should be and there is a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and quite viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to sip on for a long time.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Feb 11, 2017
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4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured - bourbon, malts, coffee greet the nose. Thick rich black pour - first taste costs the palate with bourbon on front and rich coffee on the back side. The beer is well brewed - well done!

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4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great looking brew. pungent notes of oak, booze, caramel on the nose. very sweet tasting - milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, boozy bourbon, slightly bitter coffee & roasty malts giving some balance. mouthfeel is about where it should be but nothing exceptional in terms of texture. overall this was a very good barrel aged stout.

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Oct 24, 2016
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4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours thick and dark with an amazing brown head that fades after a minute or so but leaves a few globs of lacing behind. The aroma from this is heavenly. Tons of sweet, roasted malt with a massive amount of coffee and dark chocolate all with the most pleasant whiff of bourbon in the background. The taste is exactly the same as the aroma with the roasty twang of the malt being complimented by the coffee and chocolate and the bourbon coming in to bring it all together. This is as good as any BBA coffee stout I have had. It is a great beer.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Sep 18, 2016
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