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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Chipotle & Morita Peppers

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Chipotle & Morita Peppers
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at RBWG. My favorite version of Speedway to date! Pours black, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is hot peppers, sweet cocoa, lovely coffee notes here too, quite sweet-smelling, and amazingly open. My only complaint about the Kopi Speedway was how closed it seemed, this beer is wide open! Flavours of spice, smoke, strong chipotle notes, big coffee, big chocolate. I love regular Speedway, I really liked Kopi Luwak Speedway, I could drink this stuff until the day I die. Almost perfect!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekend Special thanks to Dak and Joe for putting this together, going into the weekend I thought the Kopi Speedway would be the clear frontrunner. Boy was I wrong. Chiles and stouts go so well with each other and this is the best example of one I have ever had. Pours thick black with a tall dark brown head. Huge sticky toffee aroma with tons of pepper presence, but in the nose smell more like bell peppers to me. Flavor is light smoke, bitter cocoa, chiles, a little bit of heat from the peppers and a dry earthy finish. One of the best beers this year for me, and one I’ll remember for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
peteinSD (1462) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at Alesmith. Black pour with an expresso head. Aroma is spice, light chile heat, chocolate, and coffee. Noticeable spice on the aroma compared to the regular speedway. Taste is light smoke, legitimate chile heat/spice, roast, coffee, chocolate, and a whole lot of fucking awesome. The chile spice and heat lingers for minutes after each sip. Smooth and even feel in the mouth. Mind blowing imperial stout with chile heat and among the very few takes on this style iteration I’ve had this is by a long shot the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 On tap at the brewery: Dark as coal with a frothy mocha head, Strong coffee aroma with a hint of smoke. HUGE coffee dark chocolate flavor with a little pepper heat and a long dark chocolate/coffee bitter finish followed by lingering pepper heat in the throat. Full body is rich with soft carbonation. Nicely done..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (9008) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Draft RBWG ’11 (notes). Pours black with a medium sized, foamy, tan head that lasted. The aroma has espresso, big roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate with a mild amount of smoky chipotle pepper. The flavor has quite a bit of similarities to the base Speedway with the addition of the smoky chipotle peppers. There is a decent amount of pepper heat that grows with each taste. Finish is peppery spice and some roasted mocha goodness. Full bodied and creamy smooth. I enjoyed this as much, if not more than the Kopi version. Thanks to all that set this up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Hell yeah! Black pour, brown head. Loads of coffee and chocolate in the nose with good chili presence. Flavor of chili peppers is in the beer, but no spice. Seamless blend of all the ingredients here. Wow and wow. Thanks Alesmith, Peter and Joe. Bravo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
AZRBWG courtesy of Daknole and Smokepot23. Draught pour is black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, coffee, light smoke, and a touch of the chilis. Flavor shows the same with additional dark fruit and green pepper notes. Overall body is full, viscous and finishes with a nice little kick of heat. What’s really interesting about it is how well the peppers played. Not only did they lend a nice vegetal sweetness in the front, but finished up with a well balanced heat. Bravo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (7027) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
On tap at RBWG, thanks to Dak, Joe and Alesmith for providing this great beer
Appearance: Black with small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, pepper and coffee
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and peppers
I really enjoyed this beer, one of the highlights of the night. The peppers were just strong enough to come through the roasted malts to give it a slightly sharp bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 The pour is typical of Speedway, which is to say extremely dark mahogany in color, nearly black in fact, with a small, smooth head of dark mocha foam. Small spots of lace dot the glass, despite the fact that this was handbottled weeks ago. It definitely looks the part. The aroma is simply outstanding. The requisite Speedway chocolate-coffee fudge brownie malts comprise the malt base, deftly showing a very nice balance between soft roast and sweeter caramelized notes. Then there is the twist....beautifully warm, earthy, softly smoked chile peppers. They lend a peppery punch that I feel goes beautifully with the chocolaty stouts (very much like Hunahpu’s). Flavors show more of the same, luscious and chocolaty up front, layered with roasty, earthy coffee and toasted caramel, then finishing with dry, smoky chipotle and a definite capsaicin punch. Awesome stuff. Somehow it manages to comes across as balanced and dangerously drinkable, not overly sweet. The palate is nearly full and robust, but again, well balanced and sufficiently dry, benefiting from the punch of the dehydrated chiles. Great beer. Right up there with Hunahpu’s in terms of dessert-like chile-infused imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Huge thanks to Dakine for sharing this unexpected treat at the 2011 Hunahpu’s release. I listed this as a growler because it was a flip top bottle filled directly from a tap at Alesmith. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger dark mocha head with good retention, slowly fading into a thin ring. Sporadic spots and streaks of lacing left behind. Complex aroma blending roasted malt, silky chocolate, roasted coffee and chili powder. Good balance of roasted and sweet with a nice chili pepper character that compliments the other notes without overpowering them. Full bodied with a nice blast of peppery heat up front that lingers throughout but is perfectly balanced by the sweet silky chocolate malt, toffee, hazelnut and roasted coffee flavor. It’s amazing to me how incredibly well balanced this beer is. The ABV is excellently masked with no alcohol heat or warmth(from the booze at least). There is plenty of chili/peppery heat but the luscious chocolate and roasted coffee notes are allowed plenty of room to shine through. This beer was amazing and I would love to try it again some day. Thanks a lot Dak!

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