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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,477 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,477
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 739
Gots: 1,250 | 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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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle as part of a trade with HopJack13 and have been sitting on it (well...not literally) for about a year. Our annual gathering for a Cleveland Indians seemed like the perfect time to share this rare gem of a beer.

Appearance: Poured a pitch-black, can't-see your-hands-in-front-of-your-face, where's-the-damn-flashlight-blackness that allows no light to pass through it. "Used motor oil" would be an accurate description. "Cool Whip"-thick tan-colored head persists for eons and creates and wonderful lace portrait on the glass.

Smell: This beer is brewed with Ryan Brothers coffee beans (note to self: must try Ryan Brothers coffee if ever possible). This beer teems with "stouty" aromas: chocolate, roasted malts, freshly-ground coffee. Caramel squares wrapped around dark fruit. I see Bill Cosby pitching an ad for Jello chocolate pudding...

Taste: Gang....this is amazing. Smoked chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol. Up-front sweetness, followed by a chocolate-slathered hops middle, and finishes with a alcohol-laced Hershey bar. Alcohol is there, but not over-powering. Finished with a toffee-roasted bitterness. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I'd be curious to see how this tasted "raw" instead of aged one year. It is stellar at this time. Huge body. Wrapped my palate in velvet and sang Barry White songs to me all night. The 12% ABV feels more like 8% and makes it so much easier to keep on drinking. Smooth like a baby's bottom and laughably drinkable.

Notes: If you want a great beer, seek this one out. It will be worth any trouble...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 02:34:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Brenden

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4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This has a sort of old school of the new school look; this beer's been around, and it was a big black and viscous behemoth of a beer before stouts had gotten so big. As such, it's still at the top of its game with a big, thick onyx body and a nicely sized tense, thick, rocky and creamy crown of medium brown head that holds up and leaves behind evidence in patching that's pretty strong considering the ABV.
Plenty of wood comes into play both in the nose and on the tongue, and combined with a vanilla-like sweetness that complements and the warming booze that's smooth and not too hot, it's a wonder this isn't barrel-aged. Barrel aging isn't the be-all, end-all of craft beer, but this one incorporates its best aspect: namely, a big, bold depth and complexity of flavors that a spirit in a barrel can bring out with just the right use. It's got so much creamy smoothness and sweetness mingling toffee and smoky caramel flavors into the huge roast underneath. There's a bit of fresh ground and maybe even roasted coffee with some dark chocolate and creamy smooth mild chocolate notes. This is what brewers are striving for with their barreling programs.
Big, rich, thick without weighing down the palate or feeling overly heavy, and massively smooth with so much creaminess it wraps itself on the tongue, this beer has exactly the feel it ought to, with just the perfect carbonation to flow and develop the layers that open up, just the perfect amount of crispness to focus on the smoothness, and a little dryness to cut the sweetness and balance perfectly.
This is an impressive beer, period. Forget the whales; this is a year-round shelf beer.

Serving type: bottle

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,477 ratings.