Alesmith “Speedway Stout”
Speedway Stout is a coffee-infused Double Stout using locally roasted beans supplied by Ryan Bros. This selection is available throughout the year. Thanks for the trade, Brewgie Howser. Aromas are lead by chocolate malt, dark berry notes, cold brew coffee, caramel sweetness, faint vanilla, and hints of booze.
The palate begins in a huge delivery of coffee, running alongside a deep undercurrent of dark chocolate and cocoa. A tart acidity rises in dark fruit flavors that resemble berries, plums, and black cherry skin. Bitterness strikes in a sort of hop spice with dull herbal undertones. A burnt caramel sweetness rises from behind, acting as the perfect oppositional force to the roasted bitterness. Thick flavors of brown sugar and blackstrap molasses settle on the back-end, finishing with suggestions of malted milk balls, brownies, and coffee cake. The aftertaste provides a deeper display of charred malts in a lasting resonance of chocolate with finishing touches of vanilla. The mouthfeel is dense, round and wet like heavy cream with weak carbonation, drying out as warm alcohol settles on the back of the throat.
As for coffee stouts, this one is a real winner that really stands out from the crowd. I find it best to let it warm, because this allows one to fully grasp its greatest flavor potential. Temperature is important. No doubt, coffee is a big player here, but one which rises and falls with good focus and control. Hops provide their essential bitter influence, yet their flavor contribution is constantly masked by the domineering oversight of roasted malts. Though the ABV is high, alcohol actually has surprisingly limited influence on flavor. I had expected a good double, and I leave completely satisfied. I definitely dig it, so I highly recommend it!
San Diego, California