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BEER INFO

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:
2,107
Reviews:
348
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
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2,023
Gots:
648
For Trade:
88
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Ratings: 2,107 |  Reviews: 348
Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 caverog
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bhoward0698
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 missings0n
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sobeleg
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 buzzed
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaycase
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Coffee has faded for the most part.

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Photo of Kavinci
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BourbonAgedGuru
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 Tukiluka
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RJGaible
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dismembered_MC
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nunya
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
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