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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,974 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3974
Reviews: 1371
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%


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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erz316

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage, poured into conical pint glass. 750ml bottle.

A - pours black with a full 2 finger brown head. big bubbly head, retains well. body is jet black save the ever slightest sliver of mahogany getting in through the bottom of the glass. as the head dwindles down the big bubbles becomes glazed over and give the foam a very creamy look. great lacing, really great. I want to give this a five, but I am going to nit pick and say the head could be a darker brown. other than that the lacing makes it look so damn fine, its is hard to resist drinking this beer really quickly.

S - top notes are a a rich roasted maltiness with some noticeable alcohol in the mix; as it warms up even more, the coffee begins to seep into the foreground, bringing a slight spicy or acidic smell. the midground is a light coffee aroma, which blends into the alcohol part of the top notes. the coffee is not that strong; the bottom is slightly spicy with a definite cinnamon note. good all around, but could be more potent.

T - overall taste is a slightly sour intense stout. initial taste is a beautiful blend of sweet roasted malts and an acidic taste from the coffee. slight agitation releases some of the 12% abv, but not nearly as much as one would think. for so much alcohol in this beer it is incredibly smooth, I mean really really velvet smooth. the acidity from the coffee is what I initially decided was a sour taste, but now it is clearly that astringent acidity from the coffee. the malts are huge and delicious in this beer, incredibly so; their sweetness is very variable ranging from the roasted wort kind of flavor, to a almost cloying molasses flavour. the finish: slightly more alcoholic, with a lingering finish on the back of the throat, pretty dry, but it is mixed in with the thick and dark malts that the dryness is subdued. again the malts are huge here, mixing in with the acidity and general flavour of the coffee. the innate sweetness of the malts curbs the acidity from the coffee and makes this utterly heavenly flavour, though the coffee presence is not too strong, it could easily be stronger. the aftertaste is lingering and much more coffee infused. the coffee is so much more noticeable in this part of the drink. underlying sweetness, much more like molasses in this part, from the malts, and a slight acidity from the coffee. this is not doubt a great stout but, I just cant stack it up to the praise it recieves. it has all of the aspects that would be in a world class beer, but it doesn't excel in any of the aspects.

MF&D - nearly flawless. the body could be thicker for the double/imperial style, but then they would probably have to sacrifice some of the alcohol, which is one of the most amazing points to this beer: that one could alcoholify the beer so much with out reducing the drinkability is remarkable. the beer is so incredibly smooth that one would never guess that the abv is so high.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 04:02:23 | More by erz316
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,974 ratings.