Speedway Stout by Ale Smith

Tasting: September 4, 2014
Style: Imperial Stout (Coffee)
Beer #: 600

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Speedway Stout

It’s taken exactly three-hundred days since I logged beer number five-hundred. That’s a new beer every three days and pace and I certainly didn’t think I would maintain after hitting the last century mark. I admit that I was bored after five-hundred and needed something to get me excited about going on with this blog. It turns out that acquiring hard to find beer from beyond our borders was just the ticket. So, not surprising that forty of the last forty-eight logged in my journal are not available in New Jersey and needed to be acquired by travel, traveling friends or trades.

Following that theme – beer number six hundred is also one not found in New Jersey – Speedway Stout by Ale Smith. Hard to believe that three years ago, I was staring at a case of this classic in Pennsylvania and passed on it to buy a case of Sculpin. Sculpin became a regular in New Jersey and Speedway Stout remains on the outside looking in.

I expected massive coffee but was pleasantly surprised that Speedway Stout was a more complex and balanced coffee stout. Wonderful coffee notes sit on top of dark chocolate, cocoa and some cherries. Speedway Stout opens up to reveal some more of the complex malt notes of toffee and brown sugar. It does bring the boozy heat – 12% alcohol by volume. Mouthfeel is rich and syrupy. Really enjoying Speedway and can’t believe how quickly I’m taking the last sip – 96 points.

On the occasion of my five-hundredth beer I noted my wish list. I think I’ve made a dent and would love to pick a few more off the list by beer number seven-hundred:

Dark Lord by Three Floyds: Not a perfect beer but everyone with one to trade treats it as such.
X – Black Tuesday by The Bruery: Acquired a bottle and at the high ABV, I may sit on this for a while
x -Darkness by Surly: Just acquired this a couple of weeks ago. Totally psyched.
Zombie Dust by Three Floyds: Not as excited about this anymore – but I will get my hands on one eventually
X – Eclipse by Fifty Fifty: This was beer # 500
Double Sunshine by Lawson: This is a must get for me – next year
Abner by Hill Farmstead: Rare as can be and I can see this in my hands even if I have to drive to northern Vermont
X – Hunahpu by Cigar City: Acquired as part of my first trade – nice.
King Henry by Goose Island – Not sure they make this anymore. I’m hopeful it turns up in NJ.
Exponential Hoppiness by Alpine: Thought I had it – but mistaken identity I acquired Pure Hoppiness (and Duet)
X – Citra by Kern River: Acquired in a trade – loved it.
Abrasive by Surly: have a connection for this when it comes out in October.
X – Dreadnaught by 3 Floyds: Traded for this. It was a long time coming.

September 5, 2014 beer # 600 and 300 days since # 500
November 9, 2013 was beer #500 and 340 days since # 400
December 4, 2012 was beer # 400 and 182 days since # 300
June 5, 2012 was beer # 300 and 195 days since # 200
November 23, 2011 was beer # 200 and 134 days since # 100
July 12, 2011 was beer # 100 and 244 days since # 1
November 10 2010, was beer # 1

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