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AleSmith Speedway Stout (Chipotle and Morita Pepper)

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 4.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8860) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Bottle… Hunahpu’s Day 2011 & Maltzilla’s Miami Beach Tasting (May 2011)This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, foamy, cappuccino head. Good retention. The aroma presents lots of espresso, deeply roasted malts, caramel and fudge flanked by a mild, much-anticipated, chipotle-like pepper component. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is, of course, much like regular Speedway (which is in no way a “regular” beer), but this version bonuses a subtle pleasantly smoky, warm chile nuance... spicier than I remembered it being from my small, initial sample at Hunahpu’s Day. This handbottle has some pretty nice chile pepper heat and a mocha, spicy, warming finish. Thanks so much to daknole and smith4498 for providing samples of this world class beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
Sampled @ RBWG...Thanks Dak!!! Without a doubt, my least favorite Speedway (although it kills 99% of its competitors). Dark ebony pour with a creamy cinnamon colored head. Aroma is crisp bell pepper, cocoa, roasted coffee bean, crushed red pepper, and smoked jalapeno. Flavor shows tons of capsaicin...actually broke out into a mild sweat drinkin’ this cold brew. Chipotle, paprika, cayenne, baker’s chocolate, and espresso all find their way to the palate. Unfortunately, I found the heat a bit distracting. Also, this felt a bit thinner than its cousins. Still, a great beer that I am excited to have tried. Man, was this a step up from Cave Creek Chili!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - 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!

4.8
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1448) - 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!

4.8
   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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2167) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
WHAT?? Joan Jett black pour with small tan head. Roasted malt and chili aromas. The taste is fantastic. Great chocolate, coffee, and mild dark roasted malt flavors offset with the heat from the peppers. Great balance. Simply outstanding....

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (4283) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
The surprise Speedway of RBWG 2011
The beer pours into my glass with a two finger thick, creamy, well browned, dark head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is almost pitch black with some brown tinges to it and a clear dark chocolate brown color if you hold up a thin part of it directly to the light and is exactly what you want this beer to look like. The beer smells of rich, concentrated malt with umami notes of light smoke, dark smoothly roasted grain, black espresso, an almost roasted nutty note and some sweet coffee notes. The finish has a touch of chile spiciness to it that disappears fairly quickly (as well as some spicy alcohol notes), but was quite distinct in the first few moments of pouring this beer. After leaving the beer for a moment the sharp roast notes, rich smokiness and spicy chile hints become noticeable again, but once again the smooth, sweeter, dark chocolate like notes and smooth coffee notes become the dominant character. After even some more time, the roast, sometimes sharp, roasted coffee notes start to become the dominant note in the aroma.

Smooth and sweet with chocolate notes as it first hits my tongue. The beer finishes with a sharply, slightly acrid big roast character, hop bitterness and a hint of chile spiciness that lightly lingers on the tongue; this last is actually quite faint, but grows to be a bit more piquant after subsequent sips. The up front dark chocolate notes are quite rich and oh-so smooth, the coffee notes are here (especially if you let the beer sit on the tongue) and it reminds me a bit of a thick, rich mocha. There is a hint of smokiness to the flavor, though it is not nearly as noticeable as it was in the nose. There is a roasted fruitiness to the finish that reminds me a bit of burnt prunes (my wife says it reminds her of an Asian plum or even hoisin sauce a bit in the finish). There seems to be a hint of something wrapped up in the chile spiciness that reminds me of a berry / vegetal chile flavor (as opposed to the heat). The body of this beer is rich and chewy, quite viscous and a definite sipping beer; the roasted & hop bitter, slightly acrid and piquant finish do a great job of ensuring this is not cloying and helps balance out the up front richness of the imperial stout.

I can’t believe that there is a subtle smokiness to this brew; I don’t think it is from the base beer, but is actually from the smoked chiles (chipotles) that were used in this beer. I like the subtle, palate warming effect of the chiles here, this really isn’t a spicy brew but it has a nice, pervasive, almost invasive warming effect on my head (or perhaps that is the %). Really nice, I was quite surprised to find that I liked this a lot more than the Kopi Luwak version.


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