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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,485 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 740
Gots: 1,252 | FT: 122
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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BrownNut

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling, unsure when in 2012 but not later than September. They say to age it 6 to 24 months but I didn't notice that before I opened it in early December. They say to serve it at 50 - 55 degrees but I did 65 degrees and the second half was just about room temperature. I think that worked out well. 750 to tulip.

A - 4.25 - Black with a thick, multi-textured, enduring tan head.

S - 4.25 - I don't believe this main version is barrel aged, yet I still get a dry woody note at the base of the aroma somehow. Otherwise I get a somewhat sweet chocolate, yet somewhat faint. The chocolate bleeds into something vague in some other zone of sweetness like honey or caramel or fruit or something I can't place. Later there's a bit of coffee. Later than that there's brownie and even some kind of lighter fruit like pear, surprisingly.

T - 4.5 - The flavor is rich, but really well balanced, so much so that I have a hard time identifying the component flavors up front initially. There is a dark chocolate brownie alongside a bitterness that straddles semisweet chocolate and coffee. On the tail end there is bitter coffee grounds and finally the same woody note from the aroma. After a while a lovely burn wafts up the throat. That is super nice and is just what I like. Guess that's the 12% talking. Those who don't like that kind of thing may want to take AleSmith up on their advice to age it six months to two years before cracking it open. What an artful and delicious composition. As I sit here and marinate in the aftertaste and fumes, I'm imagining a dark chocolate brownie liqueur, which, if it doesn't exist, should.

M - 4.5 - Creamy smooth moderately heavy body. Not pudding grade thickness, but definitely cream grade. A treat for the mouth.

O - 4.5 - Definitely one of the great ones among big stouts. I was expecting much more on the coffee front and not terribly looking forward to it. What I got instead was much more on the mature chocolate front. Not too sweet but so rich. Multiple things going on from baked dark chocolate brownie to coffee to woodiness to fruit to nice burn. So rich and well balanced. Very very nice. Bravo. The hype always worries me thanks to past letdowns, but this one lives up to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:42:31 | More by BrownNut
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,485 ratings.