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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,405 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 730
Gots: 1,230 | FT: 120
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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bcostner1

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black, viscous, opaque. Aggressive thick khaki head that sticks around for a while. Pours like oil...which is exactly how I like my stouts.

S: Honestly, it's kind of underwhelming to me. I'm not getting the coffee bomb aroma that I was expecting. It's very muted as far as I'm concerned. That said, I'm getting a little coffee, a little chocolate and that's really about it.

T: Not bad...but I've had better. There is some coffee there but I was expecting a lot more. (I know that there are a lot who would disagree with me but I'm just not getting what I wanted personally). Rich chocolate is present throughout. Dark raisins and figs. Molasses. A little brown sugar. This is a little sweeter than I thought it would be. I really thought there would be more coffee. It's pretty good...just not exactly what I was expecting.

M: A little on the syrupy side. Pretty viscous. Thick, chewy. Nice creamy element comes out as it warms. ABV is well hidden IMO.

I was really excited to try this one and I had heard a lot of hype about how great it was. As a RIS, it's very very good. But as a COFFEE stout, to be honest, I am underwhelmed. I expected much, much more of a coffee presence here and I didn't get it. I wish I knew how old this bottle was but i don't see a date on it. I bought it in June and consumed it in September. Maybe the coffee has faded(?) I would love to try it on tap one day to see. I LOVE coffee stouts but, for my money, Terrapin WNB and Epic Big Bad Baptist still reign supreme for me in that department.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:42:09 | More by bcostner1
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.