Alesmith’s Bourbon Barrel Ageed Speedway Stout is a huge, bold, rich, dark imperial stout aged with coffee in bourbon barrels for at least a year.
final Rating: 4.5/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Alesmith sample glass. Not sure of the vintage, as the bottled on date is smudged, but I think it’s a 2010. Thank you Kevin for this one!
Pours a thick, inkjet, oily body with a 3 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of retention.
Smell is inviting and potent – vanilla bean, heavy dark fruit, bourbon, some mustyness (I’m assuming from the age), milk chocolate, some booze in the background.
First thing to hit the tongue is sweet butterscotch, vanilla, sugar cookie, followed by milk chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, with a super charred, roasty malt aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Thick, rich, heavy body with low carbonation.
Very nice, super tasty, rich, complex, and balanced while hitting all the good flavor points of a barrel aged stout. Highly recommendable!