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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - HammerheadAleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some would argue that Speedway Stout, easily one of the finest coffee-infused imperial stouts in the world, needs no embellishment, that this burly yet beguilingly smooth and easy-drinking beer is perfect on its own. We’re not ones to disagree, but a thirst for experimentation leads us to tinker with our recipes—even those of the highest order. In the case of Hammerhead Speedway Stout, we endeavored to maximize java intensity as baristas do with the classic coffee-house offering, the “hammerhead,” in which a shot of espresso is added to a cup of coffee. For this beer, we take our already coffee-rich Speedway Stout and add a plentiful dose of crushed Ethiopian and espresso beans. The result is a sultry, velveteen beer with eye-opening bite.

Added by BMMillsy on 11-09-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
277
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
15.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 277
Photo of Chico1985
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8oz pour at Julian's, Providence RI. I love the regular Speedway, but this took the coffee to whole other level of great methinks. Less roasty and just consumed in uber-intense and wonderful coffee. Pretty rich but a surprisingly light feel and extremely well-hidden alcohol made it a pretty easy drinker.

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Photo of Wes_Howl10
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured dark black with dark tan head. Nice aromas of espresso, chocolate, vanilla. Strong espresso flavor on the front end. Overall surprised that the espresso/coffee flavor was not overpowering and complemented nicely. Overall a strong variant on an already great stout!

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with tan head. Amazing roasted coffee nose with sweet malt and char. The taste is coffee, char, molasses and sweet malt. There is a nice char bitter finish. Overall this is an amazing beer.

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Photo of FBarber
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, opaque and dark as night. Thin mocha colored head dissipates leaving spotty mocha colored foam and some minimal lacing.

Smell was rich toasty aromas of coffee beans, roasted coffee grounds, roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, and a subtle hint of booze.

Taste was a rich and deep array of roasted malts, tons and tons of coffee flavor both roasted coffee beans and ground espresso beans. Undertone flavors of chocolate, bakers chocolate and a creamy lactose like note.

Feel was thick, smooth, and velvety. Nice mild carbonation.

Overall a really stand out coffee stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a halo of thin, tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, milk chocolate, cream, and booze. Very balanced. Flavors of rich milk chocolate, heavy roasted coffee, and thick sweet cream. Smooth, creamy, layered body, with a bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee aftertaste. Smooth, creamy finish. Awesome beer!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with tan head that left little lace around the glass. Aroma is a mild coffee, which is surprising, and something akin to a hint of vanilla or chocolate sweetness. Heavy bodied beer that tastes like it smells with an abundance of coffee and an underlying sweetness. Real easy to drink as no roasted or harsh coffee taste at all, ABV well hind and beer has a lactic quality to it that keeps real smooth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is all coffee. It's a very nice coffee aroma. But it's all coffee. Tastes of all coffee as well. Rich coffee up front. Immediately very bitter. A little chocolatey. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. It's not my favorite Speedway variant. It's all coffee.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely tremendous, one of my favorite variants of speedway yet, and perhaps the best coffee beer i have ever had. wow this is really something special, not to be missed! on tap for me up at parrys pizza in northglenn, its just a stunning brew. matte black in color and luster with only a half inch of head, nearly white, great contrast, but as thick as they get and lasting quite well. the nose here is rich earthy coffee, dense and profoundly aromatic. chocolates and chars, tobacco and chicory, there is a lot of interesting low end notes to this from the espresso addition. seems suprisingly low on the coffee bite, not acid or anything perceptible. the flavor is really amplified over the base beer, the extra coffee makes a huge impact, and im not sure the normal speedway will taste the same after this. richer and thicker it seems, beautifully bitter, and the dark malts seem to take on even more of a role here, soil-like and hearty. dark chocolate comes right to the fore, but to me this is the beer equivalent of freshly pulled quality espresso, really artisinal and pungent. i absolutely love it. lots of body, creamy feeling, no acidity from the coffee beans at all, and somehow stays real dry in the finish. slight smoke at the very end, a suggestion of vanilla or even rum, but its all from the coffee. this is simply as good as it gets in the style, but be careful, easy to forget its 12% abv because its so smooth and silky and easy down. world class no doubt!

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Photo of thatche2
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Appearance is pitch black with one finger thick head and decent retention. Roasted malt/coffee and cold brew coffee are dominant on the nose. There are some cream, dark chocolate and floral notes as well. Taste follows the aroma with the roasted coffee flavors coming through the most with some delicate cold brew coffee and cream flavors also noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy but I wouldn't mind a little more body. Carbonation is moderate and adds nicely to the beer. There is a bite at the end in which some alcohol is noticeable.

Overall, this is an excellent coffee stout in which the coffee flavors are unequivocally the focus. This beer was made with both espresso and roasted coffee flavors, which adds nice complexity. I highly recommend this variant from AleSmith and would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark as normal with a good slight head and some good lacing. Dark chocolate and espresso scent. Dark cocoa taste with some espresso and good toastyness. Creamy medium body with medium light carbonation. Fantastic stout.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15cL pour at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood.

Smells like Speedway Stout. Coffee and vanilla. A sweet and milky spice aroma faintly shows. Chai? Cinnamon?

Okay, so much sweeter and less bitter than regular Speedway. Creamier too. From the coffee, toffee, nuttiness and dark fruit show. Maybe it's the base beer. Who knows? Good either way.

Smooth and creamy with a faint solvent note but no heat. Light bitterness on the finish but nothing like the regular.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour with a sloppy, bubbly lacing ring.

S - Rich mocha, vanilla, Espresso, boozy.

T - Espresso, vanilla, mocha, some cocoa, and boozy. Bitter baker's chocolate finish.

M - Big medium body, velvety smooth body.

O - Amazing beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with the customary excellent head retention and lacing you expect from Speedway. On the nose, I get a considerable amount of coffee and espresso of course, which is nice, but it seemed to drown out some of the other aromas I typically get from Speedway. There was no more than a hint of vanilla, and no bourbon aroma whatsoever. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with the coffee and espresso once again taking center stage. The coffee actually seemed to dry out some of the richness I normally get in this beer, and I thought the mouthfeel wasn't quite as soft and full as I normally expect from Speedway. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no doubt this is a very fine beer, but at least for me, this one of my least favorite speedway variations I've had the pleasure of trying so far.

Still good though!

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color. Light tan head.

Tons of roast and huge coffee. Massive espresso flavors with vanilla and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: a tad roasty for my liking.

Solid, but not as good as some of the other variants.

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Photo of wowthatbeerisgood
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found on draft at a whole foods in Chicago. Smells rich and sweet. Consistency is more like soda than motor oil. Goes down smooth with mild coffee flavor and milky. Wish I had more than 9oz to enjoy!

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Photo of kik
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

sweet, chocolatey aroma, almost pastry like as if you walked into an ice cream shop. On the more carbonated side with a weird taste I can't quite put my finger on. It's definitely different. I can't taste the alcohol at all, but I enjoy the creamy aftertaste.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a 8oz tulip on draft at Pub Royale in Chicago. This bad boy packs a serious punch of bite for a stout with definite popping coffee flavors and a great creamy splash to the palate. It is big, delicious and has you craving for more. I would love to find this in bottle form!

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to rawfish, again, for this beautiful Speedway variant, which I want to get to fresh. 750ML bottle split with my wife, who’d likely brain me if I drank it without her.

The pour is Speedway black. The smell is potent coffee, even from arm’s length; nothing coy going on here. Roast, if that’s not redumnant, & chocolate. Fancy? No. Inviting? Yeah.

Speedway Stout - Hammerhead should have some kind of Keurig endorsement on the label. The coffee is more about depth & breadth than naked aggression. Roast & broad strokes of espresso are wound right into the fabric of the beer, feeding the chocolatey sweetness of the base beer, with a shiver of cocoa powder bitterness at the end. Alcohol is attendant but polite. Big, thick, & against all odds, a beer I need a full gulp of to get the full happy. This ain’t no sippin’ stout.

Speedway on espresso crack. As a non-coffee drinker, I was a bit afraid this was going to go into roast-shock territory. Instead, the fine folks at Alesmith worked their usual magic & just went bigger & badder - not bigger & more frightening. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jampics2
2.32/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green Apple bomb. So much acetaldehyde it isn't even funny. Had a growler from a keg distro'ed to Ohio next to a bottle and both were green apple overload. So disappointing.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with dark brown hints along the edges when held to the light. thin mocha cap fades into a thin ring. Heavy chocolate and coffee in the nose with a prominent molasses aroma as well. coffee is heavy in the taste, and the bitterness hits a peak and remains there in a very pleasant way.molasses like aroma doesn't translate to the taste. surprisingly light in body, not watery, just medium to full bodied and very smooth. semi-dry finish with pleasant bitterness that doesn't numb the palate.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Stout in Rochester, NY.

This pours a dark glossy black, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells like fresh, brightly roasted coffee, so much espresso goodness, with a some chocolate, a hint of earthy tobacco, some light vanilla, and a hint of fruitiness.

Well fuck me, man, this is delicious. This is possibly the most coffee forward Speedway variant I've ever had- the addition of espresso bean really amps up the deliciousness here. I get fruit, tobacco, chocolate, and heavy roast out of this one, with some vanilla and roasted malt. This is essentially carbonated coffee.

This has a really really creamy mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is probably only second to bottled Vietnamese for best Speedway variant. I am in awe here.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Jet black, nice creamy mocha head

S: chocolate, fruity coffee, fudge, molasses

T: fruity coffee really comes through clearly, with a hint of molasses on the finish. Balanced, not too sweet not too bitter.

F: a little light, a tad boozy

O: a great variation on the speedway series. One of the most subtle of the bunch, and probably my favorite!

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Photo of IlCraftWjgman
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Small head which quickly dissipates. Smells strongly of vanilla and espresso. Strong tastes of espresso, coffee, and vanilla. Almost overwhelmingly so. Good mouth feel almost like syrup. Overall a good beer but not as good as the original.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Has a strong aroma of coffee. Tastes strongly of coffee with hints of chocolate. There is a bit of bitterness upfront from the espresso that fades to even more pronounced coffee flavor. Full bodied but not as thick as I would expect. Overall an amazing variation of an amazing beer.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had with about 2 months age on the bottle. Very smooth coffee flavored beer. Has some expresso bitterness on the back end, but not a bad thing. This beer smoothed out considerably after being in glass for about 5 minutes. One of the better coffee beers I've had.

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