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This next offering has played a rather influential role in developing my taste in beer over the years.  It was one of the first big stouts I ever brought home and it earned a perfect 5 out 5 bottle cap rating from me on Untappd back in October 2011.  Let’s see how I feel about it seven-plus years later.

Beer Name: Speedway Stout

Brewery: Alesmith Brewing Company (San Diego, CA)

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.0%

Description: A big, bold imperial stout that is a year-round year and bottle shop staple.  A “healthy dose” of locally roasted coffee is added to each batch to enhance the flavors from chocolate and roasted malt.  More detailed specs are available here on the brewery website.

Appearance: Poured a thick, dark black body topped by a thin tan head that was pretty quick to dissipate.

Smell: An alluring blend of malty sweetness and light roast coffee.

Taste: Slightly sweet throughout, with creamy malts lurking beneath a layer of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.  Ends with a moderate, warming alcohol presence but is still incredibly smooth for a beer this large.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body sits heavy in the mouth with very low-level carbonation.

Hype: Well regarded though not particularly hyped, I was very interested in what I would think of this beer after not having it in a while.

Overall: While the nostalgic glow in my mind is probably not a fair point of comparison, I still thought this was an excellent beer.  It delivered an excellent blend of flavor combined with a perfect mouthfeel and inviting aromas. If you’re into big stouts and for whatever reason haven’t checked this one out yet, do yourself a favor a grab one of these!