ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Bottle #127 2004 vintage, from CQuiroga, shared with SuIIy on 4/10/07. Also had it at BCTC í06, courtesy of Egajdzis
DaSilky1 traded me the first bottle of this I had, but it was opened at the PP 12 hour fest, so Chris gave me this in replacement, what a guy!
Perfect appearance, as youíve come to expect from AleSmith. Bottle conditioned carbonation produces a large tan head that is very well-retained and laces quite well. Dark, dark brown-black body has a medium clarity.
STRONG stuff, just like Speedway, of course, with coffee and vanilla beans in the nose, plentiful vinousness (very important) and dry roastiness on the finish. No tacky caramel and chocolate sweetness and nicely attenuated, as is the regular beer. Bourbon is very, very reserved in the nose, and only moderate wood dryness reaches the nose, on the finish, adding continued dryness. Alcohol is lightly perceptible after warming, and adds more intimidating strength.
Spanish coffee and dry chocolate open up the flavor, with soft vanilla and light, dry toffee notes through the middle. Lots of wood, but itís not overly harsh and is offset by a very unfiltered, well-malted texture. Coffee is dry and extremely tastefully added, lending a beany-like hardness that combines with some vinousness to provide that wonderful complexity in the base beer. Very low bourbon character, one of the few Imperial Stouts to actually remain balanced in the bourbon department. Dry wood, cocoa and some light fusels on the finish. Love the attenuation level on this stuff. Tightly carbonated as well, giving a very strong, nearly creamy texture.
I love regular Speedway, and the bourbon being correctly done is just the icing on the cake. Not quite as good as the best bottles of Speedway Iíve had, but right up there.
Thanks Chris and Todd.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Again very distillate forward nose with just a touch of bourbon laced bakers chocolate. Very oaked forward palate with a lot of mid palate alcohol heat. Notes of both bourbon and dark rum with a very soft cocoa and molasses finish.
decaturstevo (5079) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle 84/228) Knoxville tasting courtesy of Springslicker, thanks Jay. A double deep dark brown pour without much of a head. An aroma of chocolate cake with bourbon frosting. The aroma makes your mouth water like a fresh baked cake as well. A very warm beer with a flavor of oaked bourbon and espresso with chocolate syrup with a light hint of butter. Good carbonation good full palate a palate that I wish all beers could match. The summary in my notes was "wtf else can I say". It was great. thanks again Jay
BREWMUSKCLES (2239) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sorry i am not a stout guy. i gave this a good try and it was worth it. for a hop head.
shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 Vintage (Bottle #84/228)... I think my mouth actually dropped open when I saw this on the table at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007! I very special "Thank You" to SpringsLicker for sharing this rare bottle! I really didnít think that I would ever get to try this gem. Thanks again Jay for your thoughtfulness and generosity...
AleSmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout is black and opaque in the glass. It has a dense brown head. The aroma is saturated with both vanilla and chocolate and then accented with some hints of bourbon and coffee. If the aroma isnít enough to make your mouth water, then the rich, robust, and complex flavor will! An exquisite and carefully balanced composition of milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak/wood, roasted malt, and some deep fruit flavors all work in harmony to please the senses. The finish has flavors of coffee and mocha. BA Speeway has a rich and full body with a silky smoth and creamy texture. I think it might be just a tiny bit less heavy/smooth/creamy than the regular Speedway Stout though. Overall, this is a near perfect example of a barrel-aged beer (and Imperial Stout in general!). This beer lives up to the hype and exceeds my expectations. Hopefully I will be fortunate enough to somehow experience this beer again sometime in the future. I can only dream...
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Thanks to Springslicker for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! (2004,Bottle 84/228) Poured black with a tan head. Wonderful roast aroma of coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, and bourbon. The flavor found a delicious blend of milk chocolate, coffee, roast, and bourbon. Light alcohol but nicely masked and unnoticeable unless you really pay attention. Medium to full body, creamy texture, and a roasty coffee aftertaste. Unbelievable! Iím glad I have its close sister (bottle #86) in the closet to have again some time.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 84, at the Knoxville Spring(ish) tasting. Holy crap this is good. Iím indebted to Jay for bringing this. Pours opaque black with tan head. The aroma is bourbon (but not overwhelming), espresso, cinnamon, molasses, and pinot noir. The flavor is just as impressive as the aroma. Bourbon, pinot noir, oak, bitter chocolate, espresso. The finish is woody and earthy, and has a coffee element that sticks into the aftertaste. Some prunes come out from time to time, as do tar, blackberry, and ash. The alcohol is very well masked. A very complex beer that melds together beautifully. This is high quality stuff. I wish I could get some more.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled at the Knoxville tasting courtesy of Springslicker, thanks Jay. After just having tried and disliked one barrel aged beer (Angels Share), the group decided to pull out this one. Bottle #84/228. Having read so many good things about this beer over the course of four years at ratebeer, I was incredible excited to get to try this beer, this, holy grail for many a person who has drank this beer. It pours black with a brown head on it. The beer is black, there is no brownish hints, no dark brown bullshit, this is black. The aroma is fantastic, the best aroma I have ever smelled on a barrel aged beer - slight hints of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, raisins, slight alcohol notes. The taste is smooth, rich, creamy, absolutely not overdone with bourbon in the least. This beer is phenominal. Lives up to all of its high expectations, and then some. These guys need to give pointers to all of the barrel aging brewers that have their beer tasting like bourbon. With just the slightest bourbon notes, this becomes better than regular speedway. Believe what you read about this beer, it is very true. Thanks to Jay for letting me sample this rare ass beer.
Suttree (5149) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Springslicker for bringing this to the Knoxville tasting. Overrated? Nope, not in the least. Pours black, as expected, with a thin tan head. Fabulous aroma, rich and powerful, and an incredibly rich palate. Its pointless for me to try to describe all the flavors in here - coffee, chocolate, wine, bourbon just to name a few. It seems to be constantly changing as it warms, with new and interesting flavors popping up - hey, was that bacon? and pecans?- that kind of thing. Great, great beer. Bottle 84 (And I swear I didnít plan to make this #1700, it just coincidentally worked out that way. Promise)
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Draft at Oíbriens. Nice chocolate, coffee, and bourbon tastes. Very strong alcohol presence but not overwhelming. Fantastic brew.
9/27/2008 thanks to my brother for opening the 2007 while the Chargers stomped the Raiders for the 10th straight time. Fantastic brew. Lots or roasted malts. oak, chocolate, and coffee, some alcohol. But very tasty.
10/3/2008 thanks to stefanje for opening at fordest house. 2006 bottle.