AleSmith Speedway Stout - Velvet 2015

 
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 4.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
When Peter Zien agreed to help us make this extra special version of Speedway Stout for Urge Gastropub’s 5th anniversary, it was a dream come true. Aged for one year in 23-year-old Evan Williams bourbon barrels, then infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and bourbon-barrel aged Jamaica Blue Mountain cold-brew from the guys at Mostra Coffee, we think you’ll appreciate what we’ve been able to create. This beer is as smooth as its name. Cheers from Grant, Zak, Nate, and Peter!

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BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Draught at the brewery, 22nd Anniversary. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention. Aroma is moderate coconut and spicy Whiskey, light oak, chocolate and roast malt, coffee with dates. Flavor is spicy Whiskey, vanilla and oak, dates, figs, earthy coffee and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.6
phaleslu (10328) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2017
750 ml bottle via trade. Bottle 316/600. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown - near black - with an inch or so of dark tan head that settles into a thick ring and thinner head while leaving some scattered ropes and spots of lace in the glass. I was worried about this one, a coffee beer that wasn’t fresh when I got it, but man, was I wrong. It’s phenomenal. Layers of coffee and chocolate and vanilla burst from the glass. Brown sugar, charred oak, whiskey, roasted malts, molasses, baker’s chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, molasses, and toasted coconut. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, coating mouthfeel that’s altogether sweet, boozy, roasty, and rich. It hits you fast; at first, I thought it was a bit much on the palate, but then it ebbs out in the most satisfying way, leaving some sweetness and lingering whiskey and roast - and everything else, just muted - behind. If you still have one, I’d drink it now. I don’t think it’s going to get any better.

4.4
Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Shared at Matthew’s beautiful home with great company. Dark brown body with a bubbly, oily beige collar. The aroma leads with dark roast coffee beans followed by scents of oak, bourbon. Vanilla character emerges mid to late palate. Coffee is the star of this show and the most prominent flavor component. The finish offers a gentle alcoholic warmth with charred coffee grounds and a mild sweetness imparted from the barrel. Delicious.

4.1
jc1762 (1472) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Thanks Huhzubendah for sharing the bottle! Poured into a snifter showing pitch black with a quickly dissipating latte colored foam. The nose shows very strong bourbon with an equally strong supporting vanilla background. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Strong vanilla forwardness with an equal alcoholic spice. Bourbon on the mid palate - a lot of charred wood. Coffee on the finish showing a toasted bitterness and resurgence of sweet vanilla on the aftertaste.

4.2
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this as part of the long-anticipated Toppling Goliath Brouhaha with Travis, Chris, Doug, and Ryan at Travis’s house on September 24. 750 mL bottle (bottle number not noted) shared by Doug. The pour on this baby is black as night, thick and nice with a thin ring of light brown head and no lace as you let if disappear. The aroma is really hot and boozy up front. Jesus. There is a lot of vanilla and a good coffee, but the alcohol is pretty heavy. There is a light roast and some light chocolate on the back end, but for the most part, it’s coffee, light vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is much of the same. The barrel, bourbon, and coffee are all pretty heavy. The vanilla and a light chocolate really come through nicely, before the bourbon controls the back end. The mouth feel is thinner and lighter than I would expect. The carbonation is soft and the aftertaste is lingeringly bourbon and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Really good, but it’s really hot.

4.8
HonusWagner (2191) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2016
An excellent beer, but I don’t see all the extra craftsmanship and rarity coming through in the flavor much. But it’s still really goddamn great.

4.1
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2016
750mL shared at Woodshop 10. Ink pour with thin reddish foam. Boozy nose, nicer bourbon, not much coffee. Softer body, spicy chocolate, warming alcohol, spicy oak, solid coffee there for much-needed bitterness and balance. Silky, soft palate. Hints of savoriness peek through. Yummy.

4.1
brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Thanks again, Jake! Black in color with a finger of tan foam. Intense coffee aroma here. Hints of coconut, toasted nuts, and lots of fresh roasted coffee beans. Slight blueberry, licorice, and definitely a strong dose of cocoa. Has a touch more bitterness than some other barrel aged Speedways, but I like it for that reason. Pungent and fresh coffee. Light sweetness of vanilla and hazelnut. Well done.

4.7
Klimaet (2686) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare ft. Lukasmh and Daawi thanks to Lukasmh and Bursprak. Thanks guys! Pours pitch black with a medium brown head. Aromas of lots of barrel, vanilla, dark chocolate, chocolate icecream, fudge, coconut, roasted coffee. Wow. The aroma of this is awesome. Taste has a big massive roasty coffee in the front, huge barrel notes, vanilla, fudge, coconut, molasses, rich dark chocolate, oaky sweet notes. God damn.

4.6
RasmusOtt (2793) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
Rating #1800 Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare featuring Lukas and Aaron. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate cake, some muffin dough, sweet bourbon, vanilla, vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, slight coconut and some molasses. Straight up amazing smell. The taste is very bourbon forward like you would expect with all the sweet components of the aroma pulling all the good stuff out of those barrels. It adds a bit of roast though and is also more barrel-heavy than you would expect from the aroma. This is an awesome sipper indeed.


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