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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerguy101 on 01-01-2004

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Photo of leschkie
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the 2011 release at Alesmith. Written notes from 4 tasters of the 2009 BA version.

Appearance: Reminded me of what I would expect if I dropped an 88% cocoa piece of dark chocolate into my taster cup and let it melt while I waited the 3.5 hours in line to get my ticket. Poured a hybrid between dark mocha and jet black, depending on your angle, with a tan head whose thickness was about the size of 3 US quarters stacked on top of each other. After ~10 seconds following the pour, the head quickly dissipated to form a lingering ring around the edges of the taster cup.

Smell: Holy crap, what a distinction between the BA and regular version. The barreling process completely metamorphosized this one. Aromas of wood and spicy bourbon upfront with dark chocolate and coffee following suit. Could have sworn I detected subtle hints of vanilla and burnt malt, but it also could have been the delirium starting to set in as a result of standing in line for hours on end in the sun wearing a long sleeve thermal shirt, a cashmere sweater, and jeans in the middle of June in San Diego. (Insert "idiot"-related synonyms here)

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Easily explains why I decided to leave 1 line only to wait in another on 4 separate occasions. Taste closely follows the nose. Very nice balance between the barrel, coffee, and dark chocolate with an added treat at the finish: absolutely no bitterness from the coffee (unlike the regular version of Speedway). Slight heat from the alcohol, but not enough to add to my slowly-rising body temperature as a result of being bombarded by sunrays while standing around.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to full-bodied. Felt like smooth velvet swirling in my mouth. Carbination was spot-on.

Overall: Nice work Alesmith. They worked the barreling process to near perfection with this one. Danger is its middle name. Deceivingly drinkable for a 12% ABV. Probably explains my lack of self-control and my desire to have 4 helpings of this one (in adddition to the Decadence and Speedway Vanilla & Coconut tasters I had as well). While Alesmith does a superb job with not letting the barrel completely overwhelm all other aspects of the beer, my only criticism is that I wish the bourbon was just a tad more pronounced in the flavor profile. Regardless, I enjoyed this one very much. I wish everyone gets the chance to sample this eventually. In my opinion, the BA version of Speedway completely blows the regular version right out of the water.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Release

A: Black as motor oil with a reddish mocha colored head that stays at about one finger. Good retention.

S: Pretty big aromas of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, raisin and bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, fudge, hints of dark fruit (plum and black currant) with a slightly acidic finish. Lush and velvety mouthfeel with a pleasant warming sensation on the finish and a little bit of a peat flavor and dryness from the bourbon. The bourbon was surprisingly restrained, which surprised me. The balance was really well done. I definitely feel lucky to have gotten to try this one.

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Photo of nightwing002
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery for the release of the 09 BA Speedway Stout

A – In the cup the beer looked black with no light able to shine through. It had a nice beige/tan head that dissipated quickly to leave a nice ring around the cup.

S – First to the mind is a nice strong chocolate scent. Also detectable are hints of caramel, wood, and burnt malts.

T – Up front first was a flavor or strong malty chocolate that eventually finished with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol goes down warm but not hot. This beer leaves a sweet coating on your lips that you can taste for a bit afterwards.

M – Creamy feel in the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Excellent for this BA stout.

O – This was a great version of the Speedway Stout. The barrel aging has done wonders to this beer. I’m hoping that aging this beer a bit more will help bring out more flavors.

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Photo of mrkun
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: The color is very dark brown with a nice tan head.

S: The nose is dominated by bourbon, oak, and roasty malts.

T: The taste is very similar. Hits first with oak, followed by lightly roasted malt and coffee and finally bourbon as the beer begins to go down.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, and a bite from the bourbon.

O: An extremely well done barrel aged imperial stout that would be hard to match. The bourbon is more well-balanced than Parabola.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark brown, tan head that retreats to a ring around the outside that stays for the rest of the beers existance.
S- Smells of rich mahogany, serious. Bourbon alcohol, chocolate.
T- Much like the smell, roasty, coffee, malts, bourbon spiciness, chocolate, very spicy.
M- Fairly thick, lightly carbed about perfect for this beer, have to mention the tingling on the lips slight burn.
O- Great beer that recieved a very distinct and satisfying change from the barrel age.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 2011 BA speedway stout release

Look: Dark brown to almost black in color with a 1/4 tan head with some decent retention and lace

Smell: Spicy notes of bourbon backed up by dark chocolate and coffee

Taste: Very very nice spicy notes of bourbon it did tingle the palate a bit but it was a pleasurable tingle and leaved me wanting more. The beer finished off nicely roasted malt coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Slight burn from the alcohol and bourbon notes. Full body with little carbonation

Overall: Very good BA imperial stout. Picked up two bottle of this so I will put one away for a year or more to see how the flavors mature and I will drink one again here soon. Looking forward to another go around with this beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'09 vintage. On tap at the 2011 BA Speedway and Decadence release. From three 3oz pours in taster cups.

Pours black with a thin film of sand colored foam, which persists in ring form for quite a while. Not much lacing to speak of. Smell is mostly bourbon and oak, a little vanilla; a nicely restrained aroma, though, and not at all overpowering. Not a lot of coffee or malt here, and definitely more mellow than regular Speedway. Taste is more balanced than the smell, with more of a coffee and chocolate presence along with the bourbon and oak, as well as some maltiness and sweetness. Finishes with a very slight coffee bitterness. Wow, super tasty and smooth stuff. Medium-full body and medium carbonation work great with the beer here; not much heat to speak of. Overall, this is a world class bourbon barrel age coffee stout, exceedingly drinkable, and which shows admirable restraint with the barrel treatment.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09 Edition
On tap at the brewery.

The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a light beige head. The foam recedes quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass. The nose is chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste is of leather, chocolate, caramel, and oak. There is a sweet quality to it, as well. Bourbon is integrated so well that there is almost no alcohol heat to speak of. Finish is sweet with lingering chocolate and bourbon. Feel is somewhat thinner than I'd expect from a big BA stout and carbonation is on the low side, as it should be. Overall this is another very nice barrel aged offering from AleSmith.

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Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great beer. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark with mocha head on it. Lingers for a while and went down slow. Just as fast as I drank it, and I took my time.

S: Coffee, oaky, bitter, chocolate, mocha, liqour, cigar, charcoal

T: Smooth with hints of dark chocolate and woody

M: smooth, a bit milky, silky and something to savor as it went down.

NOTES: This was a huge treat. So glad I had to try this one.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle 44/233. Thanks to Ross for grabbing this rarity.

A: Dark semi-translucent brown pour with a light beige head. Fairly typical barreled high gravity appearance.

S: Bourbon soaked cherries, old musty oak barrels, dark dessert chocolates.

T: Oak, lightly roasted coffee beans, harsh bittering chocolates. The bourbon in subdued but powerful oak dominates. The beer bears some oxidative notes however minute. Dry oaky finish. The coffee has faded a good bit when compared to fresh Speedway.

M: A little chewy, low carbonation and parchingly dry oak finish.

O: Solid balanced beer, tasty oak and a good integration of fading coffee. Not an overly remarkable beer but matured with age, allowing the bourbon nuances to show.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge impenetrable blackness. Looks great.

Buttery bourbon, some coffee, a bit of oxidation.

Chocolate, toffee fudge, brownies, coffee, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is huge, rich, velvety, and super smooth.

So great. Big thanks to Allen for popping that.

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Photo of mistakebythelake
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Brad at the Fookin barrel aged stout tasting. 2006 bottle into a snifter.

Pour revealed a fudge like dark brown color. No head whatsoever with some bubbles on one half of the glass. The best part of this beer I felt was the nose. I enjoy coffee stouts and coffee in general, so naturally I picked up a lot of coffee flavors off the bat. Followed by some vanilla, oak and slight bourbon characteristics. I got vanilla and a slight tart coffee and bourbon taste that was blended well. Also tasted some chocolate in there. A very creamy stout that was very easy to drink sip after sip. Enjoyed this one and was a standout at the tasting.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Shared at the 'nati tasting.

A. Pours black with amber edges with a tan creamy head.

S. Dark fruit, some anise, vanilla, some bourbon sweetness, coffee, and a bit of oak.

T. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Becomes even sweeter as it warms.

M. Rich, smooth texture, and creamy.

D. Great beer. A complex beer that I really appreciate being able to try.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Thanks brad for bringing this to the epic BA stout tasting.

Pours a dark thick brown. Very nice reddish orange tint on the edges. Almost no head. So so thick. Smells super buttery and bourbon heavy. Tastes very bourbon heavy and lots of smooth butteriness. A touch of coffee but it's fairly subtle comes out much stronger on the back of the tongue. As it warms up the coffee comes out much more.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

A-nice black body with no tan head
S-mellow bourbon. Nice malty body and sweet chocolate
T-awesome. Mellow burbon with a little vanilla. Great tasting.
M-medium body and oh so smooth. Crazy drinkable and dry
O-great beer. Wow. This is incredible

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Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

Pours dark and sexy. Near black. Almost white head of a finger turns into a small film.
Lace is small, but present. The legs are thick and nice.

Smells of oak, chocolate, coffee, some charred vanilla, and light hints of bourbon.

Taste is sweet, with all the notes from the nose. The oak really dries it out on the back end.

Body is thick and full with a nice creaminess.

This is good... But not as great as the growler that I've previously had. Still, it was fun to drink.

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Photo of biggied
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Body is big, thick and opaque black. Pours with a 1-2 finger creamy dark tan head. Head fades eventually to a thick collar but plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Exceptional. A delicate balance between bourbon BA characteristics and IRS characteristics. Very complex and slightly sweet-of moderate strength. Vanilla, oak, a slight hint of bourbon sweetness, dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Just wonderful.

T-Flavor is just as good as the nose but adds a slight roasted malt component to it. Upfront is a lot of IRS characteristics-dark fruit, anise, licorice, dark chocolate-and offers a bit of vanilla and bourbon sweetness and the slightest hint of oak in the background. A hint of roasted malt comes through for the finish to create an equal balance to the slightly sweet initial flavor. Some remnants of the initial flavor linger as well as a slight roasted malt bitterness.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a body that is thick, viscous, and exceptionally smooth and creamy.

D- This is one of the best stouts I have ever had. The BA components compliment the stout characteristics very well and this is worlds better than regular speedway-seem like 2 completely different beers. The flavors are really big here but it is not nearly as aggressive as regular speedway.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006, bottle 86/233, into a Weyerbacher tulip. Enormous gratitude is due to the ever-generous Knifestyles for sharing this elusive gem. Thanks a million, Chris!

A: Black body with bright orange-brown highlights. No head to speak of. Not that great, really, but I won't say it's below average for a 5 year old BA stout.

S: Big, smooth, round aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and just pure stour awesomeness. Lovely.

T: Opens with chocolate + vanilla malt sweetness, followed by some coffee, bourbon, and an oaky, slightly boozy finish. Sublime, but the slight harshness on the tail end keeps it from being perfect. Damn close, though...

M: Full, rich, velvety body. Light, but present carbonation. Just lovely.

D: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Notes: What a beer. Perfect balance of the roasty base beer and the richness of bourbon barrels; huge drinkability for a 12% monster; power, delicacy, and complexity all together. In a word, incredible. This is the second time I've been fortunate enough to taste this beer, and I so hope it won't be the last.

Cheers!

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of a great Cali trader. Obtained a little while ago in a trade and cracked tonight on the night of my 1200th review. This 2007 vintage, bottle #318/447, was poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a oily, thinned out body, quickly out of the neck of the gold foiled, double waxed silk screened bottle. The body is pitch, glassy, obsidian, opaque except for the faintest twinge around the edges suggesting light. A vigorous pour - made more vigorous once I realized that there wasn't a good head forming - yielded pretty much nothing in terms of head, and that's not entirely unforgivable: this one has both coffee additions and barrel thinning. There's no hint of surface lacing (after about 30 seconds) nor any hint of a collar or side lacing, so there's not too much more to say - it would have been nice to have more, but I understand why it's not here.

Aroma: This beer's best attribute. A gentle, rolling nose with a lot of character. Toasted coconut is huge, mingling brilliantly with fudgy brownies and full roast coffee, but also a ton of stone fruits and dark fruits, courtesy of both the maltiness of this beer as well as barrel sugars and a pleasant amount of oxidation. Cherries are strong, both black and sour, mingling with raisins and figs, and everything here is wrapped up and beautifully macerated in bourbon. It's not hot at all - only faintly warming and ethereally spicy, the whole thing is mellow but complex, subtle yet strong. Very enjoyable.

Taste: A varied mouth, ranging from tart, oxidized, sherry-like notes to dark malts to barrel sweet spicy bourbon. First, a comment that this beer is probably a little past its peak - the malts (particularly the coffee addition) are beginning to fade, the oxidation is beginning to come through pretty heavily, and the whole package seems a little dull. That being said, there's still a lot of good stuff here (as evidenced by the nose). A thick, fat malt base contributes a lot of dark toastiness - toast, molasses, cola, bittersweet cocoa, and full roast coffee all mingle with a slew of fruits ranging from raisins to cherries. There're a few notes in between - definite figs, hints of things more sour and tart like kiwi, red grape, and the like - that sort of round of the flavor, but these fruity notes are pretty heavily countered by a lot of oxidation, sherry-like, a little papery, though not too distracting. The bourbon and barrel notes constitute about a third of the flavor components, strength-wise, in the mouth, growing in intensity as this one warms (unsurprisingly). Coconut and leather mingle with fat oak, slightly toasted, and caramelized barrel sugars, though the bourbon is decidedly mellow, a little fainter than I expected. It's definitely present in the finish, though, warming and spicy, though never intense.

Mouthfeel: A very interesting mouth on this one. Very soda-like, though not overly bubbly. I imagine the erratic, unevenness is likely due to the thinned out nature of the body, diluted and rarefied by a year spent in some bourbon barrels. The end result is good, but not great - a little oily, courtesy of the coffee addition, but also definitely a little erratic. Give it a little time to smooth out and it becomes really nice (though, yes, a little flat and thin, so either way it suffers slightly). If I had to pick one or the other ... let it sit for a while.

Drinkability: So this beer has a lot going on. And, as an initial matter, it's all going on in a 12% soup, which is problematic, because 12% is one hell of a soup. That being said, this 12% is not hot - there's no burn, and the bourbon itself doesn't even contribute anything close to a hot amount of bourbon, whether it be in the nose, mouth, or anywhere else.

That being said, I was mildly disappointed by this beer. It is nowhere near as good as fresh Speedway Stout. I'm can't state conclusively whether or not that is because this beer is past its prime - that is certainly a possibility, given: a) the oxidation; b) the knowledge that this beer is 5+ years old; and c) the fading of the coffee, etc. etc. etc. Not to mention that this isn't how I remember normal Speedway tasting. But while there's some evidence to suggest it may be, it's possible that this is just how -bal Speedway is supposed to taste, thinned, aged, diluted. If that's the case, then maybe this one isn't quite the candidate for barrel aging. I'm also ruling out infection or accelerated oxidation by virtue of the double waxing (who double waxes? Kudos to Alesmith!).

I'm glad this beer was #1200. I'm also glad I had the opportunity to try it. That being said, I wish I'd tried it sooner, and I wish I'd tried it alongside the non -bal version of Speedway, just so I could get the true side-by-side comparison in an attempt to identify how much of what I'm tasting is due to aging and how much isn't. Worth seeking out, but not at the expense some believe it's worth, methinks.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for bringing this beer to our tasting. 2003 vintage poured into a Darkness snifter. Bottle #100/196.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brownie color. Practically zero head developed as the beer was poured. Not the sexiest looking beer.

S- Wonderful mixture of mellow bourbon aromas and candied chocolates. Some molasses and chocolate brownies in there as well with a hint of vanilla. Super complex.

T- Mellowed bourbon upfront. Following is a mixture of chocolate malts, brownies, and bitter caramel. Blends together very well. As stated, this beer was very mellow, yet complex. Great malt profile.

M- Viscous and velvety smooth. Just the way I like it.

D- One of the easiest drinking stouts I have ever had. The mellowed out attributes really helped here.

Overall, very excited to finally try this beer, especially one as old as this one. An excellent beer and a good example of how aging can completely change a beer. Recommended.

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Photo of nataku00
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap (2009 release) poured into a small snifter. Pitch black beer that looked viscous when poured. A finger of chocolate colored creamy head stuck around for a bit, leaving just a trace of lacing but a lot of alcohol feet.

Nose is a nice mix of dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, wood, caramelized sugar, and roasted malt.

Coffee, dark chocolate dominate the tongue initially, then as it warms, the booze and the wood shows up mid tongue. Nice lingering roasted coffee, malt and wood aftertaste.

Full bodied and creamy in the mouth, combined with the alcohol warmth made my taste buds really happy. Some light carbonation still remain after all the barrel aging, helps to move the flavor along as you take a sip.

Very big beer demands small slow sips. A very enjoyable stout to sit down with for an evening.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Happy birthday to me! I can't express enough gratitude to fiver29 for sending me this, a brew I truly thought I might not ever get to sample, especially an older one. 2003 vintage, bottle 79 of 196 split with my wife.

I will admit it; this is possibly the only bottle of beer I've ever held that I had second thoughts about opening. It wasn't easy. The cap pops with scarely a whimper, carbonation is close to absolute zero. Pours jet black with a double handful of tiny bubbles clinging together in the middle of the snifter. A quick swirl dissipates them completely. I can almost read the reflection of the computer screen in the darkness. The nose projects a good ways from the glass, warm, subtle bourbon & a hard shoulder of malts. Only a bare hint of coffee or roast.

This bottle of Barrel Aged Speedway is like an aging ballet dancer, the tastes are muted, graceful, & gentle, not at all like the hot bourbon bombs so common in my cellar. Despite that, the barrel retains the upper hand here, but it's a slow, thorough burn, like a high-end bourbon (not the Jim Beam I used to quaff). It's distilled out into a prominent vanilla tailing too, & the oak is strong both in the taste & the spit-drying ending. Roast malts do a nice job rounding the taste out, along with light touches of ash, coffee, & the faintest peels of dark fruit.

Smooth & silky beyond belief, this is the ideal for mouthfeel. The beer just slips into your drinking orifice, smiles slyly, & vanishes down the gullet, leaving only a lingering bit of Victoria's Secret lace on the throat. Wowza. Perhaps it's only the knowledge that I'll never get to sample this again (at least the '03), but I'd happily sit around all night sipping this with my pinky in the air.

Overall an excellent beer. I can only imagine getting to try it at various cycles of its life, & sure as hell hope I get to in the future. One more salute to fiver29, thank you so much, sir.

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Photo of psiweaver
2.61/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was nicely shared at the HOTD Matt Release a few months ago. It was a 2007 Bottle. I think that it was either infected or had gone bad.

Pours a rich black with a brown very thin small head.

Has a lot of coffee smell to it with a nice roasty richness, this bottle had almost a sour off smell to it though.

The initial taste was great and full of rich malty and coffee flavor but then it faded into an almost soured oxidized flavored and not in a good way. I don't think it was infected but it was certainly a bad bottle Carbonation was still good though which was odd.

thick mouth feel which is what I want in a big stout.

overall really disappointed i'm hoping that I get to try a bottle thats not been compromised.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the '03 vintage, courtesty of TurdFurgison. Didn't bother to copy down the bottle number. Served in a Chouffe tulip.

A - Pours with minimal foam that quickly settles to a thin ring of bubbles, leaving behind no lace but some sticky legs instead. Body is black, with maybe a faint brownish glint at the upper edge.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate cake, plenty of oak and barrel, some light soy and dark fruit oxidation notes, and perhaps still a hint of solvent alcohol in there. Minimal coffee, but that wasn't unexpected.

T - The taste is more mellow, with some light oxidation notes, and big prune and dark fruit notes. Not as much chocolate, but more earth and charred wood instead.

M - No heat, extremely low carbonation. Full-bodied, quite chewy and sticky. Surprisingly little tannic character - seems to have faded in the intervening years.

D - I found this quite easy to drink, and went back for a few more ounces after my initial pour. I liked this more than the 2008 growler, but I'm not sure it's the mind-blowing experience others have described.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, courtesy of mikesgroove about 1 year ago, shared at a tasting after the Jackie O's anniversary party. No audibles when the cap was removed, threatening no carbonation, but in fact there's a little.

The aroma is nice, exceptional really considering it holds its own directly after Bolshoi which was unreal. Soft bourbon with a very refined feel, roasted malts, no coffee at all (unexpected), I could smell it for hours. It tastes sweet upfront with a very low grade burn in the aftertaste, the bourbon has integrated well. A very nice aftertaste too, maybe the only negative is a hint of ash, light though.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel (very low carb), it gives Bolshoi a run for the money, excellent.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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