Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Review: AleSmith Speedway Stout

AleSmith Speedway Stout
12.0% ABV
AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
22 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass
Date on bottle: Bottled on 4/16/13
Reviewed on 9/6/13

This stout pours a dark brown color with a frothy toasty beige head that has good retention.  Nice lacing.

Smell has malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, caramel, vanilla extract, alcohol, sugary syrupy cherry.

Taste has malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, hops, vanilla, alcohol, cherry, raisin, caramel.

Mouthfeel is quite bitter on the palate with some decent pervasive dryness. Even with this, it feels fairly smooth going down.

Overall, this is a superior tasting imperial stout with strong flavors of malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit.  The smell of this is quite intoxicating in its fullness and definition.  The taste is perhaps a touch down from this, but it's still quite great.  Bitterness and dryness are in abundance here, rounding out the finished product.  This one has a bit of everything in flavor and texture.

My score: 98

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