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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,571
Hads: 6,164
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 890
Gots: 1,926 | FT: 155
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!
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Photo of FerarriPaul
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever drank, without question. I'm not a connoisseur, yet, but I'm becoming a Stout and Porter guy so my opinion is becoming well rounded for this genre.
Speedway ranks as my absolute favorite Stout thus far. It's a palette's super nova providing complex aromas with thick malty goodness. The flavor lingers on the palette and as it tapers, you'll taste hints of cocoa and light caramel/molasses. Bury your nose in the glass and take a deep breath to prime your senses with each sip of this beer... but most crucial of all... drink this beer slow to really appreciate it like a good medication from the ol' doc.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Pours jet black, light tan film for a head retains indefinitely.

Smells of cocoa, smoked malts, oatmeal, and brown sugar.

Flavor of cocoa, oak, coffee bean, toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, and a whisper of licorice.

Full body with a sting from both the carbonation and alcohol. Warms going down.

Top notch stout with loads of flavor and aroma that mesh beautifully. I've almost tried this several times and am glad I finally did. Up there near the top of my stout list all-time. Maybe one or two others I'd pick before this. Must-try.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours jet black with a full, creamy, mocha colored head, some lacing, low carbonation, no head retention, no light come through, very dark, poured like motor oil, looks really good.

A: Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, picking up some alcohol, big aromas, was expecting more coffee.

T: Touch of coffee up front, adding some moderate bitterness, roasted malts, dark chocolate, big dry finish, incredibly smooth and drinkable, for 12% ABV the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Balanced carbonation, dry finish, full bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel.

O: This is a very tasty beer I can't believe I waited so long to try it, amazingly drinkable, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very balanced, roasted malts and dark chocolate with a touch of coffee, a world class beer. I would like to see this in a different format besides the bomber bottle.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured off tap into a snifter at My Place in Newtown, CT

Appearance - Pours a beautiful jet black with half inch tan head. Head retention is light due to the alcohol but it looks pretty as ever

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee take over the aroma - a small tinge of fruit and molasses here as well, you can really smell the malt flavors through a quick sniff, smells premium for sure

Taste: Dark chocolate and coffee flavor is predominant - a nice tinge of esters from the alcohol but not enough to make your face cringe, it's way on the backside. Finishes with a smokey flavor that is very appealing

Mouthfeel: This is where his beer shines. Not overly slick, still a bit light for the alcohol content and heavy enough to let you know your drinking a big stout. Carbonation is minimal as it should be.

Overall: I've heard so much about this beer since I got into craft beer back in 2007 and glad I finally got to try it. It's the picture perfect stout, light on the mouth and easy to drink yet complex and packed with flavor profile. Will seek again for sure!

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Photo of soco89ziegler
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer that is not a challenge to find at all (I am in SoCal though). Pours dark black, strong coffee flavor, smooth at 12%, and a great classy mouth feel that every imperial stout should have. I have never had the opportunity to try any of the variants but the original is a one of a kind beer.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick Review: Tan and foamy two finger head on the pour. Smell is strong on the coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Big coffee at first with roasted malts and dark chocolate making for bitter start. The bitterness is balanced by a softer finish which has vanilla and milk chocolate show up. Verges on being to bitter at times, but it mostly manages to remained balanced especially as it warms. Very good for the style.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, pours black with a finger of dense tan head whose top is dotted by frothy, larger bubbles. Head dissipates but never leaves completely. Lacing is moderate but lasting. Holding this beer to the light reveals a deep, rich ruby-brown along the edges--the middle is still impenetrable. Beautiful stuff.

Smells are initially dark fruits--raisins and black cherries--with coffee and chocolate mixing in. After warming a bit, roasty malts and caramel toffee appear as well.

Taste is roasty, dark fruit with evolving layers of complexity. Sweetness is balanced well by the bitter roasty flavors. Feel is dang near perfect. Rich and full without being overly viscous. The carbonation comes in just when you want to liven things up.

This is an outstanding Imperial Stout, worthy of its world-class rating.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in Oct., 2013
Pours a viscous complete black with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, prune and raisin, leather and a touch of must.
Taste is coffee and chocolate right up front, a hit of sweet milk chocolate-covered raisin in the middle of the swallow and a lingering dark chocolate finish with a touch of underlying char. Also, just a smidgen of molasses and leather. Not even a hint of booze on this two-year-old vintage.
Mouthfeel is thick and exceptionally creamy

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Photo of spacecake9
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking at this beer for over 6 months, not sure why I hesitated.
A - Pours black. Really really black. With 1 inch of beautiful tan head.
S - The aroma is not strong but it is coffee.
T - Great balance of coffee and stout. And a touch of sweetness.
M - Smooth, creamy, soft mouth feel. Perhaps the creamiest beer I've ever had. Is there any carbonation at all?
O - This is an awesome coffee stout. I don't get any other flavor notes beyond coffee. But there is something else going on here because there is NO coffee harshness. Really nice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 11.99/25.4 oz + $ 4 shipping = $ 0.629/oz from the Craft Shack
Bottled 9/24/15, served at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma weak, roasted malt
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and partial thin layer with a few rocks
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor weak, can’t taste the coffee, just roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black body big fluffy looking head a tan color laces on the glass as the head recedes

S: some coffee, bakers chocolate, licorice, smells a little like cocoa powder and some metallic

T: coffee is huge, lots of chocolate, anise the coffee is actually making the beer have a bitter finish

M: very light carbonation nice oily slick feel on the tongue which turns to a nice fullness

O: Great drinking beer I remember really being taken with this beer I am not as blown away as I was the first time but the beer is good. The coffee is much more pronounced in the taste then in the nose.

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Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark black color. Nice nose but didn't find a lot of coffee here as I expected. The taste is smooth but the coffee is still hindden by the nice roasted malts. A really good stout just not with the coffee flavor I expected.

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Photo of tedvr
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin head with nice lacing. Coffee and malt smell. Mild carbonation and almost oily. Lots of coffee taste with a wonderful finish. Overall a great stout, but a little on the pricey side.

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Photo of mrjez
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in March 2015.
L: pours very dark with a dark tan head that leaves lots of lacing.
S: not as coffee forward as I'd expected, worn off a bit due to age? Dark chocolate, roasted malts.
T: a full rich malt flavour, notes of coffee, cocoa, anise.
F: a flawless feel, thick and creamy that carries a bitter finish. Warmth from alcohol rather than the taste of it.
O: one of the greats.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle served in 2 pint glasses.

Pours a jet black color with 1 finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Yum!

Taste the same. More yum. A great beer!

Only gripe... these are expensive... $12 for a 22 ounce. And there are some 4-pack Imperial Stouts for the same price that are slightly better!

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Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this pours almost jet black.. strong aromas of vanilla but not as much coffee as i hoped.. taste is same way.. great flavor... chocolate in their as well. this is a great year round shelf stout...

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a solo cup while tailgating. Black in color and viscous. Great lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, dark fruit and some other sugary sweetness.

T: Some chocolate and coffee notes are predominant....toffee, vanilla and roasted malts are there too. Really nice beer.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: Excellent beer! Not sure why it took me so long to get at one of these considering how readily available it is.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark, almost black color. Brown billowy two finger head. Pretty decent retention and ok lacing. Big aromas of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Coffee up front in the taste, with a bit of dark bitter chocolate, molasses, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost viscous. Nice carbonation, and even though this was a 12% beer, the alcohol was not overly strong. This is one of my favorite non barrel aged stouts - just a great beer.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle (imperial stout with ryan bros coffee) into a goblet: black color; dense. Brown 1/2 inch head of foam. Bourbon and plum on the nose. It doesn't say so on the bottle but this must be a barrel aged beer- there is plenty of bourbon barrel aroma and taste. Plum, raisin, molasses are prominent. I am not getting much in the way of coffee or chocolate though. I don't mind - I think of this as a barrel aged imperial stout and a darn good one at that.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, malt, dark fruit, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of a good amount of chocolate, some coffee (though not as much as I expected), toffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. A nicely complex flavor that has quite a bit of chocolate in it. It's not quite as powerful or forceful as I would have thought, but it's still very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: While this beer didn't quite live up to the hype for me, it's still an excellent stout. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chocolate brown going to black in the glass. 2 finger head is dark khaki colored and looks quite dense. Dissipates slowly and leaves heavy lacing behind.

Aroma is smooth, sweet coffee. Caramel, molasses, cream, and chocolate. Roasted malt. Just a hint of char.

Great coffee flavor. Sweet with just the right amount of bitterness, medium roast. Caramel. Molasses, a hint of vanilla, tobacco, and char. A bit of alcohol.

Full bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Coffee flavor lingers. Some bitterness. Some boozy warmth.

Really solid coffee stout. Big flavors but very smooth. Good mix of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque Black pour.

Smell, lots of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, esspresso. Smells great

Taste, holy hell this is good. Perfect balance of sweetness and alcohol. Chocolate and coffee flavors shine through

Mouthfeel is great, has that exceptional slick feel. No thinness at all with this one.

I imagine the barrel aged version would be absolutely sublime.

God i wish i could buy this in my state.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a small tannish colored head.

Aroma is of dark malts and they're heavily roasted. Also a touch earthy and boozy in the nose.

A very nice, silky stout that boasts flavors of roasted malts and chocolate. As the beer warms I begin to pull out a boozy molasses character.

This is a BIG stout that does not disappoint!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey this looks like the standard super dark black and dark beige head on it, frothy. Smell is coffee. That's the biggest note, that and a bunch of roast.

Taste, luscious. Creamy. Thick mouthfeel. 12% comes across delicious and effortless. While the price on this seems to creep up a dollar or so every year or two, it still is a decent bargain. Hits the chocolate malt moreso than chocolate the adjunct. Great beer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL foiled wrapped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Dark black color with a brownish head on the beer. The beer is incredible smooth for the abv, with all the subtleties and right balance of coffee, chocolate, and toffee flavors. I had been wanting to try this beer for years, and finally got my hands on a bottle when they started distributed more in Virginia. Outstanding beer!

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,571 ratings.