From San Diego California’s AleSmith Brewing comes their “Speedway Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, toffee, coffee and ash. The flavour is of chocolate, toffee, molasses, ash, roasted coffee, burnt malts, brown sugar, earth, dark fruit and bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 12% with an IBU of 70. Well my first experience with AleSmith Brewing went really well. This beer is really tasty and I look forward to trying more beer from them. Its a good thing they are available in British Columbia now!
Commercial Description: Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.
Food Pairing as per brewery: This beer’s great balance makes it a very food-friendly Imperial Stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound cheddars.