Thursday, June 5, 2014

Alesmith Speedway Stout (bourbon barrel aged, 2014)

type: coffee imperial stout
origin: San Diego, CA
price $30/750ml
ABV: 12%
NSP: 3.0

El Presidente came to town for Adolph's wedding, which happened to nicely coincide with the release of this gem.  So after a long 30 hours of Tecate/tequila soaked Tijuana madness, we capped off the event (and the act of coming back across "la linea") with one hell of a beer...

Normally, Speedway is a phenomenal accomplishment of smoothness, and richness of coffee and roasted malt flavors, in a style most brewers try to make it as goddamn imperial as possible (for the sake of arrogant imperialism).   But, add some tempered barrel aging, which imparts some bourbon essence to it, and, well, you don't need me to tell you how good this is.  'Good' is a major understatement, and so is 'great'; but, 'world class' is not.

This wasn't my purchase, but it has an almost painfully low NSP.  Considering how good it is, though, everyone should try this at least once.  I would wager this is one of the finest of its breed -- I can't think of anything as good, really.

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