Speedway Stout - Double Barrel-Aged Lotza Vanilla
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
13%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 4.78%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
21
From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  5
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Notes: Imperial stout with coffee aged in bourbon and vanilla barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by johnInLA:
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johnInLA from California

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 06, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 21, 2019
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 25, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ruzud
Decent fluffy head, mild lacing, pitch black beer
Nose super dark chocolate cocoa a bit of coffee, flashes of bourbon, and some vanilla

Taste more vanilla, fresh vanilla beans and some dark chocolate cocoa, roasted coffee, flashes of bourbon barrel, but nice vanilla

Mouth is full rich bod, a bit of warming alcohol, decent carb

Jul 21, 2018
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 26, 2018
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 10, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Near black with a one inch light brown head.

Nose: Phenomenal. Rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste: Bourbon and coffee up front. Vanilla comes in next. Not the slightest bit artificial as many beers with vanilla additions can be. Finish is a touch hot - could maybe use a few months to settle down a bit.

Feel: Full-bodied, rich, medium-low carbonation.

Jun 21, 2018
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 29, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo. Legs fade really fast.

S - Aromas of vanilla creme and beans, little bit of chocolate and coffee. Decent vanilla, some bourbon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big vanilla notes, quite sweet. The chocolate is a bit restrained. Little coffee, fair amount of dark malts. Decent amount of bourbon. The vanilla is strong but not overpowering.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, body is thick yet thin somehow. Vanilla is nice but slightly cloy.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 21, 2018
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CoryR from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 26, 2018
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 10, 2018
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caverog from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 06, 2019
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TrojanRB from California

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with a finger of khaki head that lasted about a minute before fading to a floating ring.

Smells of dark chocolate, toasted sugar, caramel, and surprisingly, less vanilla than I expected

Taste is bourbon, charred oak, bitter chocolate. Hint of vanilla.

Alcohol is very present, slightly oily, a bit on the sweet side. Full bodied.

Oct 13, 2018
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Beernoobie from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 28, 2018
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J-loCBH78 from California

4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jun 23, 2018
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 06, 2018
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Bammer21 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 22, 2018
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BeanBump from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich brown with no head. I didnt get a lot of vanilla on the nose like youd think you would but instead got notes of coffee and barrel woodiness. It doesnt have a huge punch of vanilla but thats a good thing. Its definitely there but its mellow and warms up and becomes more pronounced as you drink. The best part is its genuine vanilla flavor and not an overly sweet adjunct-y sort of vanilla; smooth and just the right amount of sugar. 13% and this one warms from your tongue all the way down to your belly and is sure to put a wobble in your step. Excellent beer.

Jun 10, 2018
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 18, 2018
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Nograinleftbehind from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018

Jul 20, 2018
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7irondave from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 28, 2019
Speedway Stout - Double Barrel-Aged Lotza Vanilla from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 21 ratings