Happy Pi Day fellow beer geeks (or March 14th for beer fans) and also happy 250th blog post to me!
In the spirit of all things geeky, I felt this New Brew Friday edition warranted an extra special brew, one that has been the recipient of much beer geek love, one that in its’ barrel-aged format warranted the title of #1 Beer in the World from RateBeer, one that in its’ plain old regular format garners a perfect 100 on RateBeer, and one that I have been hunting for some time and finally captured and brought home.
Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company is described by the brewery as “A HUGE Imperial Stout that weighs in at an impressive 12% ABV! As if that’s not enough, we added pounds of coffee for a little extra kick.”
I started with the best of intentions for cellaring this beer but alas it only lasted about six months in stasis before the hubby and I were compelled to drink it, partly due to his looming gluten-free lifestyle and partly because we knew it was going to be great.
Over the course of my 250 blogs I have tried many fabulous beers and even a few beers that proclaim they are the best, often these brews, while fantastic, tend to fall short of the hype largely to the dizzying expectations built around them. Thankfully Speedway Stout delivers as promised.
This stout pours blackest brown with lots of airy mocha coloured head. Big, I mean really big, coffee and chocolate nose. First few sips are slightly bitter coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very smooth and this stout is full-bodied. As you drink, roasted malt and caramel character emerges and nicely offsets the bitter. Incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV with no harsh alcohol-iness. Speedway is one of the few imperial stouts I have tried that does not require any downtime, it drinks great from start to finish. Speaking of finish, it is just slightly bitter and dry. Overall, a well-balanced and highly addictive stout and I have to say Speedway Stout is right up there are one of the best beers I have had the pleasure to drink.
I can think of nothing more fitting to mark my 250th anniversary post. Here’s to the next 250 …Slainte!