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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 01-01-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,125
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
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2,025
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Photo of calitrie1486
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of flavor in this variant. The barrel definitely came though on this one. Lots of heat on the back end with lots of sweetness on the front end. Could taste and smell the bourbon barrel from a mile away.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of just_in
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with miketd. Thanks Mike!

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Vintage 2007 - 254/447

Appearance - Pours an opaque black and produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a swirly/spotty crown on the surface of the brew. The crown is rocky textured around the perimeter of the glass.

Smell - The scent is pretty awesome. I get notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, hints of chocolate and barely any coffee. The bourbon dominates here, but that is hardly a problem for me. Very boozy.

Taste - I think this is a little too young to have opened now, I should have sat on this for a while. The bourbon character is huge, to the point where the original taste of the Speedway is hardly discernible. Vanilla, woody oakiness, and hints of chocolate. There is only a hint of coffee. In fact, the BA version seems to have replaced the coffee in favor of bourbon. I would have favored a little more balance.

Mouthfeel - This feels a little thin, but good nice as it rolls over the tongue. The carbonation level is pretty good for a BA beer. It feels lively. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - The drinkability is pretty good if you enjoy bourbon, and I love bourbon. This is definitely a sipper, I am feeling pretty warm as I type this. I will have to trade for another bottle and sit on it for a while, because at this point, I think I would rather have the original version over the BA version. I would love to see how this tastes with a little age on it.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a dark brown head with good retention. Plenty of visible carbonation The barrel character is most prominent with bourbon, charred wood, vanilla, oak and tannins being most prominent. Behind it lies a more mellow Speedway - chocolate and mellow coffee but all told, this is a big bourbon trip. Medium body with plenty of bourbon up front with oak and vanilla. Moderately oaky and tannic in a way that works well with the dark sweetness of the chocolate and medium-roasted coffee. Tannic and oaky on the finish with a good bit of vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation, excellent finish

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness. There is an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the taste doesn't quite match up for me.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle, opened at a bottle share event at Beer Revolution. Thanks to cpferris for sharing this (I think, lots of people there)

A – It was fairly dark in the bar, but what was in my small snifter tasting glass was very dark yet semi translucent. A nice looking beige head topped the beer. The head was very tight and creamy, but also very short, indicative of the high ABV and the barrel aging.

S – Huge bourbon and oak notes mixed with coffee and chocolate.

T - Not as boozy as I thought it would be. Some age clearly did some real wonders for this beer. Oak mixed with chocolate and coffee is the best way I can describe the flavor. The bourbon is definitely present, but mostly on the finish. Never had this fresh, but this seems rather mellow compared to what I was expecting. Maybe a good thing, maybe not, but I found it very tasty.

M – Low carbonation and not as heavy bodied as I come to expect from this style of beer. It was creamy though with a real buttery finish.

O – This is a great BA stout, and I enjoyed it greatly and am glad I got to tick it. I still prefer The Abyss, Parabola, and other variations in this style that would prevent me from trying to hunt it down again. Its a solid, balanced beer that is great if you can get it and no big deal if you cant.

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Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage - thanks to bsuedekum for another awesome share!

A - pours black with a nice cocoa, chocolate head on it

S - smells of sweet chocolate malts, really nice charred oak, spicy bourbon, and some vanilla

T - sweet chocolates open it up. These move on to a nice spicy bourbon flavor with some vanilla in the mix. Ends with more spicy bourbon...still pretty hot for being a couple of years old.

M - smooth and full bodied

D - this is a nice bourbon barrel aged stout. One of the more highly regarded ones out there and I can see why. However, I still found it a little hot and could use a little more time.

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Photo of MCano
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into some red wine glasses. Growler supplied and generously shared by Masterski with me, Joe1510, and three of Masterskis' friends. Thanks Alex!

A: Pours coal black with a thin and creamy dark khaki colored head. Retention was fleeting but when this was swirled, it showed off some pretty legs.

S: I was surprised by how restrained the bourbon aroma was. It, by all means, is there but slightly in the background. Heavily roasted malt, espresso, and dark fruit.

T: See above. Barrel flavor comes on strong during the late middle and on through the finish. Bourbon was more pronounced here than in the aroma. Again, loads of coffee, blackened malt, and raisins.

M: I found this to be a little on the thin side for such a big stout. Don't gete me wrong, it's still huge, but a little less full and coating than I expected. Maybe that helped the drinkability score? Finishes tannic, dry, and ashy.

D: Pretty excellent. I felt that this is more drinkable than regular Speedway which I find to be pretty hot and bitter, as of late. Actually this drank like a 6-7% stout. How do they hide that?

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Photo of Mikexw
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with papered over pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a beautiful rich tan colour head of one finger, great thickness, impeccable cream, and amazing retention for the high ABV. Fantastic lacing. Body colour is a solid jet black. Gorgeous.

Sm: Heavy bourbon and wood, caramel, dark malts, cream, oak, and chocolate. A subtle understated delightful moderate strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, dark malts, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of faded coffee. Beautifully balanced and built. Not as complex as it could be, but it's fucking tasty. Lacks the coffee flavour of the regular Speedway Stout.

Mf: Divine. Incredibly smooth and creamy, with perfect wetness. Complements the flavour profile masterfully. Silky. Perfect carbonation. Wonderfully soft.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for 12%. I could down this all night. An incredible offering, but it could use more complexity in the flavour. Hides its ABV absurdly well.

A-

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Photo of Clownoisseur
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glf60
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jredner
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

157/228 2004 courtesy of kmcnair. The aroma is muted chocolate, light oak and roasted malt and while it smells good it doesn’t really wow you either. The body is deep black with a fading, but initially quite thick and creamy, mocha head. The curious thing about this head is that unlike many BA beers you can always tease this one right back up to impressive stature.

The fore is hot with spicy oak notes, black chocolate, burnt malt, espresso, some light bourbon and oddly some fairly nutty notes. The coffee seems much less concentrated than in the regular version. The mouthfeel actually has held up quite well and this is a world class beer, but sadly it isn’t quite the wonder beer I have dreamed for over two years. Perhaps that is my fault, but while it’s great it’s not the beer I hyped it up to be in my mind. Which still leaves a wonderful brew.

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Photo of cpn920
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown oily color with a thin creamy head. Smelled coffee, bourbon, vanilla, malts, maybe toffee. I enjoyed this beer but it isn't my favorite style so I probably am not the best evaluator. I definitely got the bourbon taste as well as a strong vanilla flavor. Warming made the flavors more robust and brought out the alcohol intensity. It was relatively thin as far as carbonation and pretty smooth for the 12%. I would love to try again but it is definitely a sipper with a max of one for me.

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Photo of HoppyCrop
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly pitch black with a mocha colored head. the smell is hints of boubon and oak with coffee notes mixed in. the taste is very faint bourbon and coffee with a bit of roastiness in the background. the mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with decent carbonation. overall this is a very good beer, but i think it was a little bit of a let down. bourbon county coffee is better and easier to get.

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Photo of kornkid8600
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. 3oz. Pour from a 750ml foiled and capped bottle into a TJs snifter. Thanks to capra12 for this one. Had at a tasting 9/4/11.

Pours a thin light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with poor stick. Great legs though.

Nose is chocolate, vanilla, espresso beans, and a light overtone of booziness. Some molasses also. Great complexity and very aromatic.

Opens chocolate and sweet molasses. Brownie and cocoa in the middle with a touch of booziness towards the middle, end. End is more molasses and big vanilla sweetness. Finish is sweet booze and aftertaste is chocolate and sweet espresso. Very appropriate for the style with exceptionally robust flavors and surprisingly drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth with some heat going down. Finish is hot with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty standard for a bear with big barrel characteristics except for the lighter body that really aids the integration of flavors.

I’m a big fan of Speedway stout but I’m surprised at what barrel aging has done for this beer. A completely different flavor profile very different from the coffee-dominant base beer emerges here. Silky smooth, complex, and just very good overall. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1059th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml

2009

Thanks to Jim for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- Appeared just like the base version. An excellent coloring of dark browns and blacks. Very smooth and rich in the glass with a small head about ½”. A couple lines of cling.

Smell- This was much more layered than the base version. More chocolate vs coffee and of course the bourbon brings in a couple different layers of some oak, vanilla and marshmallow fluff.

Taste- I would like to say this is very good but I just don’t think it does justice to the complexity of the original base beer. This seems to ignore the coffee notes and become a bit one sided with more of that bourbon and molasses notes. I think the middle of the beer it does trail off a little with a semi-drop in balance and is strictly a bourbon stout..

Mouth- A good bit of a medium body behind this one with a medium carbonation. Left behind a good amount bourbon, wood, vanilla and sweet.

Drink- Jim. Thanks for breaking this one out. A very good beer but just not up to par with what I think is one of the best stouts out there for the money. I like this I really did. Not bashing at all and rating just below the original in terms of taste and appearance.

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Photo of jake0000
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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