The Bier Commander: Neil Kwon
Introducing a new series I am starting up to share the underestimated pleasure of enjoying some good brew, "A New Beer On The (Biergarten) Block" will focus and romanticize on new beers on tap that Neil Kwon (owner and beer director of Biergarten) gets in.
Alesmith's Speedway Stout: A Dark Chocolate Shake Disguised As A Beer!
This time around it was the Speedway Stout from the highly acclaimed brewery, Alesmith. I've heard so much about this brewery from several of my camaradas and at first sip I then knew why.
He had tapped in to the fresh keg as soon as I got there, draining out the leftover ass of another popular Imperial stout into another pitcher. He told me the tag said it was made at the end of August sometime, this was the beer equivalent of freshly squeezed O.J or something.
Its intense, unabashed flavor hit me outta nowhere! At first sip of creamy head, it was hard to believe this wasn't a melted Chocolate shake or something. Pleasurably substantial enough to leave a thick beer mustache even a milk mustache would envy. Each sip could easily be confused with a bite into the darkest, most expensive chocolate bar you could buy. Flavors of extra toasted good espresso come out as well as you chug away at it. And believe it or not, still maintained with a light and crisp mouth feel. Ohh...that's why! This stuff is aged in bourbon barrels and brewed with actual pounds of coffee. Damn, Alesmith doesn't mess around.
Almost impossible to believe this well balanced bad boy somehow weighs in at a 12.0 ABV%
Neil had to wait more than two months to finally get a batch of the stuff and is only going to have this until it runs out. So, get on the speedway and....ah-ha! Thought I was going to use an ultra cheesy cliche clincher!
Alesmith Speedway Imperial Stout
$8.50 A Glass
206 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004