Friday, November 9, 2012

Hopped and Bothered; AleSmith Speedway Stout

AleSmith -- Imperial Stout
This beer has been sitting on our shelf since before I was hired in August of 2011. As far as I know, this is the first one to be sold in our store, and I'm the lucky stooge who took a risk. Let's see if it pays off. 

Alcohol content 12%. The pour is dirty oil black. It's head is milk chocolate brown, foamy and lingering. It leaves rings not unlike the innards of an aged tree trunk. The scent is organic coffee, caramel, toasted fresh bread and a whole host of varying chocolates. Dark. Bitter. Aged. The first sip is 'oh good God' good.

Bitter cocoa, with a hint of brown sugar and spice, a perfected roasty tang mixed with an earthy finish of oak and dark bittersweet hops. The finish is boozy, but is far more warming than distracting. 

The high alcohol content is perfectly covered by the burnt coffee/ chocolate milk satin-like nectar. Cloyingly sweet and sticky bitter.

A perfect paradox.

Buy if: did the 'oh good God' tip you off at all?

Overall: Simply put, the best imperial coffee stout I have ever had.

5 out of 5.


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