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Barrel Aged Speedway Stout by AleSmith Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout
12.00 % ABV

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AleSmith Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout and '08 Decadence Release Details
Review by younger35 on 05/11/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2006
Big thanks to 0110x011 many moons ago when he sent this tasty treat. I’ve been sitting on it for quite some time but what better time to break it out than for losing a bet with Scoobydank. Drank from a specialty Sam Adams glasses.

2006 version bottle #68 of 233

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a big beautiful one finger dark tan head. A decent cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with a fair amount of spotty lacing.
Smell- Sweet and caramelly with a big bourbon boozy thing erupting out of my glass. A bit of chocolate and coffee but nothing with the potency of the original. The bourbon and wood are very overpowering and totally take over the base beer that is Speedway Stout. Plenty of vanilla makes its way through along with a bit of light caramel.
Taste- Wow, the taste is so much more soft and balanced than the nose. A bracing bit of fruitiness from a big hoppy bite right from the get go. The original Speedway isn't really present in this beer (meaning the huge coffee and chocolate) but there is a bit of an acrid roastiness present. Plenty of wood and vanilla though as the barrel is crazy intense - bourbon galore. A fair amount of caramel though as there is a lightly bitter finish from the malt roast.
Mouthfeel- Big and rich and heavy with a very light bit of carbonation that lends itself to a nice creamy feel.
Overall- Not bad but honestly I’d much rather have the original. The barrel just covers all the great aspects of Speedway and doesn’t help to make it better. Yes, it’s still very good but for how limited it is but there are other barrel aged brews out there that are slightly better. One of the few beers that I prefer the regular to the barrel aged. Thanks Matt!

Price: $20.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 04/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2006
Gracias to Tip Top for the bottle, #222/235. With the first pick in the 2009 NFL bottle draft, the Dead Parrots select...

I hold the tulip glass up to the setting sun and see... nothing. You could view an eclipse through this puppy. Pours dark, dark brown with a small tan head that settles down into a fine bead. Light carbonation. Aroma definitely has a barrel component, oak and smoke, but there more - black coffee, cocoa, a dark dark toasty toffee and hints of spruce and treacle. Deeeeeeeeeeeep.

Ohhhh yeah - this was worth waiting for. Starts with a very full round combination of very dark ripe fruitiness, vanilla and slightly smoky barrel char, dark chocolate at the front that sweetens towards milk chocolate as the sip goes on, well integrated coffee and maybe a bit of black currant and molasses or possibly a hint of spruce. Faint alcohol way in the back, big and chewy, just an absolute pleasure to sip. 12 pecent? Extraordinarily well hidden. Carbonation is faint but there. mouthfeel is just shy of chewy. Not a hint anywhere of oxidation. Barrel aging compliments the brew but does not in any way take over.

This one's in my pantheon. No question.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 10/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 17 3 8 2003
Thanks to my friend Rene for popping his only bottle of 2003 BA Speedway tonight. #70/196

Pours jet black with the most minimal amount of bubbles, after a few seconds it looks pretty much flat.

Not very intense on the nose but the most strong barrel presence in BA Speedway I have had so far…smell of wood, oak, vanilla, chocolate, nuts, and booze. Pretty close to a chocolate flavored liquor. The aroma does intensify as it gets to room temp with more chocolate, vanilla, and oak.

The taste is a bit of a step up from the aroma, though very similar. Starts off with some roasted and chocolate malts, then a wave of vanilla, cookies, toast, brown sugar, molasses, and coffee in the finish.

Very, very thin body with zero carbonation.

I’m glad I had someone to share this one with because it would have taken me a long time to drink it myself.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2004
(2004 BOTTLE 54/228 OPENED SIDE BY SIDE WITH A REGULAR SPEEDWAY)after years of waiting,i finally get to try this brew.i opened it with a few other rate beer friends.(and im glad i did.i hope they enjoyed it as much as i did)i poured it into my stone imperial glass and noticed the appearance was a bit (but not much) lighter than the orginal speedway.although the b.a. version had no head what so ever.(this may be due to the barrel aging).i picked up the glass and put it to my nose and recieved a wonderful mix of oak,vanilla,coffee,roasted malts,and far as the aroma goes,id say i prefer the ba version to the for the flavor/taste.the first thing i was hit with was a bit of a bitter flavor that i was not familiar with from the regular speedway.but after that,it was oak,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,and an alcohol finish.although as the beer warmed the bitter taste vanished and i just picked up the as far as mouthfeel the b.a. version wins hands was smooth as silk.all the flavors mold together really well,except for the was a little more upfront in the b.a. version compared to the original.its really hard to say which version i really like better at the moment cuz i have hadmultiple versions/years of the original speedway,but only one of the b.a. speedway.i know one thing,i gotta dock the ba version on appearance becuase it didnt have any head.(no pun intended)but as far as mouthfeel and overall smoothness.this beer tops any other that i have ever had.(RE-RATE:JUNE 6TH 2007 FOR MY ANNIVERSARY WITH MY GIRLFRIEND.)brown body with light brown and red highlights.this time i received a nice dark brown i gave the glass a swirl i picked up some webbing and legs on the side of the glass.(this will up my rating in appearance.)the aroma was awsome once again.everything has melted together even more.the flavor is once again outstanding.and alot of the sharp bitterness i got last year has faded away.although the alcohol is still pretty upfront,which is something i thought might calm down as well.some oxidation has set in,but not enough to give it an off flavor.honestly i cant see it getting any better than this right now.(2006 BATCH 2.NUMBER 52/333)nice dark brown head on this once that leaves some webbing on the glass.the aroma is bourbon,vanilla,coffee,chocolate,molasses,roasted malts,and some alcohol.the flavor is much of the same with some smoke,and the alcohol shines a bit more in the flavor.i think a year would do this some justice,although its head and shoulders above the first 2006 batch they put out a few months ago.

Price: $20.00 Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 08/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2006
A friend opened up his 2006 BA Speedway with me tonight…good guy ;o) Unfortunately the number got scratched off but this was from the July 2008 release, silk screen label.

The beer poured an attractive somber hue with a good inch or so of foam that retained for a few moments and settled to a ring.

Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee upfront, but not as strong a coffee aroma as the regular version. Black currants are there too with a little smoke and oak wood. Brown sugar and maple open up near the last few sips. A lot more vanilla and toast as it warms up. I would have given a lower score for the aroma but it really opens up as it warms to room temp, the last few drops in my glass are heavenly.

The coffee is actually more present in the taste than the aroma. The first few sips tasted of milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Some alcohol in the finish and the beer starts to develop more as it warms up. Wow this is like a chocolate milkshake! My friend thinks he smells some whiskey a lot of barrel. A bit of black cherries develops later on. Brown sugar and maple in the taste near the end as well.

Mouthfeel is as creamy and delicate as it gets.

I could have drank this whole 750ml bottle by myself, even if it knocked me on my ass, I would have enjoyed it and said “thank you, can I have another?”

I traded all by BA Speedways, I hope the beers I got are as good as this one was, and that will be hard to match.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 08/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 8 12 3 6 2006
Vintage 2006, bottle 70/235; Sampled June 2008
A fairly vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is simply black as it sits in my glass and no amount of putting up to the light makes it anything but opaque. The aroma has a tartness to it that is strongly influenced by Bourbon-like notes and likely coffee. Roast coffee notes actually play a big role and mix with some fruity, burnt prune notes and lots of deeply toasted malt notes. There is also a nice aroma of richly toasted coconut that still has a touch of sweetness of coconut meat. It also seems to get just a touch musty at times, which mixes in with a lightly spicy oak character and a touch of estery alcohol aromas.

Thick and rich feeling as it firsts hits my tongue, creamy dark malt notes hint at lots of residual sugars, but don't really contribute much sweetness to this beer. A very light carbonation also contributes to the creamy feeling of this brew. Towards the finish the beer thins out considerably while picking up acrid roast notes and sharp, burnt acid quality and a huge bitterness that seems just as much from burnt malt and roast coffee influenced as from the hops. The dual roast influences of coffee and malt actually contribute a tartness that is noticeable throughout the flavor profile, not just the finish, but it is tempered a bit up front by the unctuous body.

As the beer warms up a bit it begins to lose a touch of the acrid character, but seems to pick up a bit more alcoholic heat. This last seems to accent a note reminiscent of burnt prunes. While rich and malty this is surprisingly dry tasting; the thick residual sugars seems to be so well balanced by the roast and barrel flavors that they are not really noticeable. At most there is a noticeable chocolate / cocoa note here, but even this is pretty devoid of sweetness. There is also a touch of almost salty, sort of peat like smokiness that is likely a combination of roast malt and barrel influences. By my second pour the salty, peat-smoke like qualities of this brew are accented even a bit more. This last, in combination with the rich, dark malt flavors really save this beer for me; though it still has an overwhelming bitter and acrid finish at times.

I do like that the barrel influence does not absolutely overwhelm this beer. I am not sure if this is still too young or what, but the roasted grain notes really get overly acrid and bitter in the finish. The barrel influence also contributes to an overall impression of this being unbalanced. This is not nearly as unbalanced or undrinkable as the BA Old Numbskull though, and is even enjoyable in its own right. I think that the complexity of the aged, base beer and the lightish influence of the barrel make this at the very least worth procuring for me.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 2 12 20 5 9 2003
2003 12 of 225. Csbosox finally breaks this thing out, and it was well worth the wait. Pitch black with not too much head. A good swirl got nothing. The aroma is full of coffe, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, and so much more I just couldn’t wrap my head around. Same with the flavor. Everything mentioned in the nose was present in the flavor. All very well blended. There was some concern at the table that the coffee would not make its way through. It was there and stood tall. The palate was a touch on the thin side, yet very fullfilling. Big thanks to Chris for sharing such a wonderfull beer. I hope my nagging didn’t ware on you too bad. This stuff is great.

Served In: Snifter

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