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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedAleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of Amguerra305
4.56/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of agreenman19
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of OompaMentor
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of FriedSlug
4.96/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of gatornation
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black color with a tan head and fresh lacing. Smell is bourbon vanilla wood roasted malt ans chocolate. Taste 1st is rich mellow bourbon it is the star in this stout it is supported nicely by vanilla and chocolate roasted malts hints of coffee, this stout is a very forward bourbon barrel but i really liked it, thick mouth feel with lingering roasted malt dark fruit bourbon . would love to try this more often , very hard to find in MN.

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Photo of eifster82
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to mini snifter.

Not much coffee. But plenty of heat on this one. Bourbon BA is unmistakable. Some heat on the back too. Otherwise, a very solid imperial stout with all the typical flavors.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The flavor killed this one for me. Good, yes. But waaaay too much alcohol burn imo. Everything about the base beer was present but the barrel character stood out overly so. Great beer, glad to have tried, would have again but would give it more time to mellow out.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 version drank in a snifter on 8/30/2016

this one blew me away since i was not expecting an overly potent barrel on this one. not sure why, but my expectations were not super high for this, but man it blew me away. the barrel is extremely present on this one. tons of vanilla, oak, bourbon, and a hint of coffee. this would be amazing with a few years on it, but certainly was also amazing with minimal age. Amazed by how underrated this one seems to be, and will seek this out again

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge, thick, and dark, this beer basically globs into the glass. A small and tan colored head forms and leaves a bit of lacing. The head reduces down to just a ring on the top of the beer. There are also a few alcohol legs around the glass.

S- Right off the bat, you notice that this one is mostly bourbon barrel. Great notes of char, spice, oak, and light sweetness hit the nostrils in an aggressive attack. There is just a touch of dark and black malt bitterness coming through in the nose as well, but the barrel really dominates the smell.

T- Barrel and dark, bitter malts hit the tongue first. The barrel is lighter and less dominant than it is in the scent. There is more of a focus on spice and oak than the sweeter elements of the barrel. The dark malts increase the bitterness with a dose of dark chocolate flavor and maybe a hint of light tar when the barrel and malt is combined. Everything mellows out toward the end of the drink with a slight lean towards the barrel flavors. Oak and a touch of bourbon ride out the drink and linger on the tongue.

M- No doubt about it, this beer is thick and viscous, smooth and strong. A slower drinker, but a delicious one keeps you coming back for more. Feels like the style should.

Overall, this is a very pleasant drinking experience. It is think, dark, and strong with a great display of barrel flavors. The Base beer is almost overpowered, but the balance that is struck between barrel and malt is absolutely delicious. Definitely worth it if you can find it.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick black with a nice creamy lacing. Impressive for its age. The smell is intense. Tons of oaky goodness, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Based on the nose, it seems like the bourbon has made its mark. It reminds me of Black Tuesday in intensity. The taste is much of the same. This is one delicious brew! The flavors are all there without being very sweet. There's a slight acidic tartness that seems to come from the coffee that I love. The mouth feel is a bit dull compared to what I was expecting from the pour, but nothing to gripe about.

I just had a 2014 Vanilla Rye yesterday and I much prefer this brew. It is extremely well balanced with flavors hopping (no pun intended) taking my palette for a wild ride! One of the best I've had.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this again most recently at the anvil and stave grand opening. A very solid Barrel Aged beer from AleSmith. Great bourbon barrel taste, love the smell of this beer. It's so thick.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours black, small short lived brown head
S: all bourbon barrel goodness!
T: there is the coffee, man this is good. Big smooth bourbon, nice coffee. A little alcohol heat, but this is great.
F: medium thickness, but coats well. The flavors linger for a long time
O: fantastic beer!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage shared at a birthday event for my buddy Mike. We tried regular, Hawaiian and BA all at the same time. This was slightly below Hawaiian but not by much. Just an incredibly smooth BA stout

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, but the bourbon dominates an incredible base beer. Very bourbon forward with tons of chocolate and some bitter coffee on the finish. The mouthfeel is so thick and decadent, this beer is awesome. I still think I prefer the regular speedway, but it is one of my favorites. I am very glad I tried this.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite BA stout of all time. Probably my favorite beer of all time as well.
Reviewed the 2015.
A: Jet black and so dense. Low head of very dense dark tan carbonation.
A: Burbon and oak, chocolate for days. So decadent. Coconut peeking through as it warms.
T: Bourbon dominates, almost a little too much. Cocoa, roast malts, low coffee flavor, oak. It it possible to have a clean BBA beer? If it it this would be it.
B: Love the medium to heavy mouthfeel on this beer. Like the base beer was designed to be barrel aged.
O: This beer and the base beer blow me away every time. There was something going on w/ Speedway when they moved to the bigger facility but both beers are right back on track again.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid a lot of money for this and wasn't terribly impressed. It is all whiskey, all the time. And I say whiskey indeed, not bourbon- it has that astringent, sharp feel of a Scotch barrel. And nothing much else- no nuances. The coffee that makes regular Speedway so good is almost gone here, drowned in barrel.

Glad I tried it, but would not revisit.

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Photo of smanson56
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black into my glass. With a 1/2 inch tan head.
The nose is solid of the barrel aging. I don't get much else in the nose lots of good bourbon.
The alcohol was pretty sharp at first but as my glass has warmed it has become really smooth. Don't find any real adjunts jumping out here but a nice smooth BBA stout.
The mouth feel is smooth perhaps a tad thinner than I like but you get that with BBA beers.
A nice drinking stout with plenty of bourbon.

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Photo of DrewZ926
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. Pours jet black with an inch of mocha head. Nose is somewhat muted, chocolate and bourbon. Taste is where this beer becomes a let down, not much coffee, nothing like the base beer. Very hot, barrel is overpowering. Choclate and vanilla follow, but still overshadowed by bourbon on the finish. Feel isn't as thick as the pour suggests. Overall I would take Vietnamese or Hawaiian over BA, the barrel qualities far overpowered the base beer, which is exceptional in its own right.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. draft (was supposed to be eight ounces)
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: Feb. 23, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 23, 2016
Misc.: AleSmith Tap Takeover night

First time reviewing this, but third time tasting it. Picked this over Vietnamese Coffee variant, assuming I would get to have that next (this did not happen). Loved it the last two times I tasted it and expecting at least a 4.50.

Poured a black color with one finger of khaki tan head when I got it. Minima lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled toffee, smooth milk chocolate, buttery bourbon syrup, caramel, roasty malts and wet cocoa powder. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted much boozier than the smell. Super hot from the get-go. Bourbon heavy, chocolate, toffee, caramel and smooth dark milk chocolate. Bourbon was just overwhelming. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Not quite as good as the last few times I had this at AleSmith. Not sure what it was, but picked a bad time to review this. Will have it again for sure though. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Photo of Tommo
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version, from a bottle a few months after the release day. I mean, maybe i just dont like speedway. I find this beer very thin, not a ton of bourbon charecter, and overall kind of boring. The speedway charecter lends an astringent flavor i do not appreciate, and again, the body is not what i expected from a beer of this "caliber"

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 1 pt. 9.4 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Most recent 2015 edition. No bottled on date, but I'm guessing this is maybe 6 or 7 months old at this point.

A: Pours a pitch black color, with a slight, bubbly mocha-colored head that sticks around.

S: First thing up front is ton of barrel. And it's mostly oak and char, not a ton of sweet or wet bourbon. Next you get that bitter coffee underneath, but it's not huge. Some chocolate and cocoa in the finish, with a touch of vanilla.

T: Right up front is that barrel character again, with tons of oak, wood, char, smoke, spirit and whiskey. Very, very boozy and alcoholic. Middle of the mouth comes a ton of coffee bitterness, but not exactly flavor. Finish is even more barrel and oak, as well as a ton of booze and bourbon.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Tons of alcohol and booze here.

O: Big thanks to illinikap for this one. Been a long time want for me. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of regular Speedway Stout. It's too bitter and hoppy for me. Heading into this one, I was hoping that the barrel would smooth some of that out. Overall, this mostly accomplishes that, but there's a couple shortcomings. I do like the large oak and barrel presence here, and how it smooths out that coffee bitterness. My only gripe, is that this is quite boozy and hot from beginning to end. I've had larger ABV beers that you get no alcohol from, but this one is very, very hot. For some context, I'd say this is somewhere between KBS and BCBCS, but closer to KBS.

Recommendation: Any fan of Speedway Stout or BA coffee stouts needs to get a hold of this one.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

L: Blackness
S: Sugary sweetness, slight bourbon odors
T: Just like SS, five years later with a nice bourbon layer to it. Sweet, slight raisins, chocolatey goodness
F: Like drinking cream
O: A great beer

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