badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate coffee light bourbon and vanilla aroma and taste. Amazingly smooth and creamy with the flavors well balanced. Well done. chrisxmartin (1) - - AUG 10, 2012 does not count
On tap, 4 oz taster:
08AUG12: They had the following Speedway Stouts available; Alesmith Speedway, Stout, Alesmith Speedway Stout Brewer’s Blend Barrel Aged, Alesmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee Brewer’s Blend Barrel Aged, Alesmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee.
Alesmith’s Speedway Stout Brewer’s Blend Barrel Aged was by far my favorite. The only significant difference that I could detect between the VCBBBA and the BBBA was sweetness, especially on the finish.
I could go play by play, but for those of you who frequent Alesmith, this is your typical Speedway Stout in every dimension with the perfect barrel aged complexity on the aroma, taste, and finish. If you are a Speedway Stout fan and have not yet had this blend, I feel sorry for you.
Verdict? Unrivaled. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Not quite sure what they do with the blend. It’s obvious its at the least partially barrel aged, though much less extensive than the bourbon-barrel aged Speedway in bottles every year or two. All the great attributes of Speedway with more than a hint of bourbon, but not so much that it’s intrusive VsXsV (4414) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Draught at the brewery. Opaque, black liquid with medium tan/mocca head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, oak, licorice, bourbon and vanilla. Really nice. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with fresh coffee and bourbon. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Absolutely delicious. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
I had this on cask at Beachwood during the 2012 Woodshop. After having a couple of glasses of this, I didn’t do a lot of sampling. Smooth, chocolatey, lots of coffee in the nose & flavor. A symphony of excellence. Just awesome.
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Pours a nice dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate, just the right amount of roast and of course the coffee. You can taste the fact that there is regular speedway in this blend, wonderfully roasty, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Awesome. daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
600th rating! Draft at Urge Gastropub for their 1st Anniversary celebration on 29 July 2011. This is 30% barrel aged (2009) Speedway blended with the normal version. Pours the typical pitch black with a whisper of tan head. Aroma definitely has some bourbon barrel (though it is only 30%) along with the rich gourmet coffee, dark dark chocolate, and caramel of the regular Speedway. In the flavor, the coffee is certainly there but muted somewhat compared to the normal Speedway; but nice bittersweet fudgy chocolate is there to replace the coffee. Flavor also has thick sticky caramel and hints of vanilla. There’s a hint of boozy bourbon barrel near the end which is very nice. There is some booziness here but the high ABV is better concealed here than in the regular version. Altogether this is even richer than normal Speedway, and with some increased complexity. Overall, it is smoother around the edges and very excellent as usual. (4, 600) Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Very nice blend of speedways...the bourbon notes are lighter than in the full on barrel aged version, but, still very nice. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Two samples at the Firestone Int Beer Fest. Nose was chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and hints of bourbon. Black with a small tan head. Flavor was coffee, chocolate, oak, and bits of bourbon and vanilla. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2012
At FWIBF. Beautiful beer with a nice dark Black pour with a tan creamy head. Lovely dark chocolate, vanilla, cofffee and bourbon notes in the aroma. Flavor is similar with some solid roastiness to boot. Another lovely version of Speedway from Alesmith.