AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by erz316:
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-23-2009 04:02:23 | More by erz316
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4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to orfeu I finally get a chance to have this brew,poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black with a very tight formed 1 1/2 finger mocha colored head that leaves globs of lace as it ever so slowly settled.Aromas of bitter chocolate,dark roast coffee a very definitive fruit essence,even a hint of tree bark.Starts out quite dry with big French Roast coffee flavors with notes of earth and wood after awhite a sweeter rummy like flavor comes thru that lingers after the finish.The alcohol creeps but never really rears its head just a nice little burn,wow this is a masterpiece stout its huge and packed with intense flavor,a gem no doubt and probably my new favorite stout of any kind.
04-03-2007 22:30:54 | More by oberon
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance This thick, dark liquid was basic black with a modest head on a lame pour that showed great persistence. The ale itself though it so dark and formidable-looking.
Smell The big black coffee takes charge of the nose. The dark fruits are here but very light. Theres a rough, boozy character that I remember from the bottled version that smells maybe like wood or barrel-aging, although this is not the barrel-aged sample.
Taste The roasty malts come out more at the taste. The coffee is now more in the background of the flavor profile. Everything else from the nose makes its way to the tongue with a little added chocolate to boot.
Mouthfeel This is nearly full-bodied with some roasty bitterness throughout.
Drinkability Ill have to say, two nights of solid IPA drinking at OBriens and this was one of the highlights for me. Its not a rare beer in SoCal by any means, but boy is this tasty on-tap.
09-24-2006 15:58:03 | More by RoyalT
4.95/5 rDev +12.5%
Theres a running theme with Speedway Stout and my attempts to review it. I open a bottle with the full intent on writing a review. Half way through that bottle, I am overcome by the amazing wonderment that is Speedway. Soon after a desperate craving to drink more and more Speedway develops and doesnt subside until I have filled my gullet with every stout and coffee beer in my house. By the time I recover, I have usually forgotten half of what I had intended to write about the beer. Still, all themes change and alas, it is time for me to finally review Speedway Stout.
This particular bottle was a touch over 3 years old, well cellared, and was given to me in San Francisco some time ago. Compared to younger vintages, I found that the aging mellowed the body, dramatically reduced the coffee flavor, and brought out more dark fruit character.
Appearance: Jet black with a thick head the color of antique, old growth Douglas Fir. Head retreats rapidly to a skim. Ample carbonation.
Aroma: Espresso beans, 85% cocoa chocolate bars, fermented cherries, blackberry, date, and plum and molasses.
Taste: Cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans. Lots of dark fruit alcohol. Toast and a touch of molasses.
Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, full bodied. Alcohol does not overwhelm lending only a pleasing warmth throughout. Balanced coffee acidity, chocolate bitterness, and fruity/alcohol sweetness.
Drinkability: Flawless. As I said, Speedway turns me into a fiend for more every time I let it touch my lips.
I love this. Again, the big difference I see with aging is that the coffee aroma and flavor are really reduced. The beer as a whole seems better balanced, more mellow, and drinkable.
01-02-2008 17:11:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.71/5 rDev +7%
Opened at a tasting alongside the BA and Kopi versions. Pours a deep, dark black color; very dark brown tints the edges when held close to a light. The cap forms - creamy, small, fine, and a shade just lighter than tan. Initially, Speedway doesn't look quite as oily thick as I was expecting it to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The aroma is very smooth on the nostrils, flowing with a river of roasted coffee beans - more on the sweet, creamy, and milky side of things, with a nice roasted quality acting as the strong backbone. Chocolates bounce in and out, never really pushing the coffee aromas to the side, rather blending with them softly in a "mocha java" kind of way. For one of the first times ever, I'm picking up a big marshmallow flavor - creamy, and toasty, a slight touch of char even, but I'm definitely getting marshmallow, and it's absolutely wonderful.
Just from the aroma, my palate is already expecting a big-time roasted coffee flavor, and that's exactly what Speedway delivers. Coffee beans attack the palate, slightly oily and definitely roasted - almost to the point of being charred or burnt. What I love about this is that the coffee flavor in Speedway is so unique - so definitively roasted, bitter, and sweet all at the same time, with an incredibly distinct pungency to it - it's amazing.
There is a good amount of cocoa in the taste, much more than on the nose, and it introduces a deep fudge flavor that plays with the fine line between bitter and sweet so well. And hot damn - that fuckin' marshmallow - I can actually taste it. Now, I don't know what exactly would produce that marshmallow taste/aroma, but it's definitely there. 100%. I thought maybe my nose was tricking me, but my mouth is saying the same thing. Lightly creamy on the finish with some bittersweet fudge and fading coffee. Heavy, oily body, silky and smooth with pretty moderate carbonation.
This is a fantastic stout. Despite being comprised of the tastes found in many stouts - chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, etc. - the raw flavors are unique and definitely set Speedway apart from the rest. Not to mention that incredible toasted marshmallow flavor I was picking up. Are you serious?! Call me crazy, but between this beer, the barrel-aged version, and the Kopi coffee variant, this one was tops for me. Hey - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
02-25-2013 12:51:41 | More by tectactoe
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
Thanks to brewdan for this one.
A: Pitch black, decent viscosity and a medium sized pale brown head that settles rather slowly actually and leaves espresso-like lacings.
S: The smell is amazing. Rich, powerful and very balanced. Big coffee notes of espresso and freshly ground hard roasted coffee beans. Hints of soy sauce, salt licorice and dark fruits. Delightful notes of dark chocolate. Just a hint of tannins and slightly acidic roasty aromas. This is really impressive.
T: The taste is dominated through and trough by rich coffee flavors. Freshly ground coffee beans and espresso blend with wonderful flavors of dark chocolate and some nutty aromas. Notes of dark fruits. The sweetness is restrained in favor of bitter roasted flavors. The malty backbone is present, but hard to detect beneath all the coffee flavors. In the middle, the roasted character is accentuated further towards a taste of almost burnt coffee and malts. At this point, the beer actually gets a little too much and doesn't manage to keep everything together. But this is just a minor slip, and hardly of importance for the overall impression. Further, i notice a nice hop flavor that works really well with the coffee character. Notes of wood and fresh earth. The finish has a real coffee- and hop bitterness to it with notes of soy sauce, salt licorice and vanilla. Long lasting coffee notes lingers in the mouth. The alcohol is almost completely absent except for a pleasant warming sensation. This is just oh so tasty.
M: Very smooth but it still manages to leave a nice sticky sensation in the mouth. The body is not as big as I had expected, but I think this suits the beer well.
D: This is just a fantastic beer. Great flavors, big complexity and very balanced. It's really nice to come by a beer that manages to hold such bold and rich flavors together as this one does. And as this wasn't enough, it's really really easy to drink, I went through a bottle way to quickly.
07-22-2009 10:54:49 | More by ricke
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Reviewed from notes made on 12-11-10. Thanks to zoso1967 for bringing the bottle from PA, cheers to TCGoalie for his marriage, and salut to BuckyFresh for his excellent company.
Speedway Stout appears very black and opaque with just a hint of a dark brown tint around its edges. This 750 mL bottle was split five ways, so the head was not huge, but it was attractive with its medium to brown colored froth and it retained like a champion. Dainy, spotty, sticky, vertical lacing covered the glass after each sip.
The bouquet of this beer is magnificent. The coffee component is perfectly blended with smells of plum, dark cherry, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malts. Of all the aromas, though, bitter, dark chocolate asserts itself with the most clarity. This smell is amazingly rich and full and I am blown away by how well all of the separate aromas come together.
At the outset of the drink, roasted malts leap onto my palate, which is somewhat surprising as they were but a well blended piece of the smell. After the roastiness tapers off, coffee, chocolate, and sex just melt in my mouth. The dark fruit aromas that were quite apparent in the smell are very subdued in the taste and take a backseat to other flavors. The sweet, rich middle of the taste finishes with great taste of bitter coffee.
The mouthfeel is good, but is the weak point of the beer in my mind. It has a medium body, is fairly creamy, and has perfect carbonation for the style. However, I find it to be just a little light, as I generally prefer a bigger, more coating feel from an Imperial Stout.
The drinkability is awesome. This is one of the top IS's that I have had, and I will feel priveleged to have it again when next our paths cross. I was shocked to see that the a.b.v. is 12% when I logged on to review. It's just so smooth and flavorful that I did not notice the alcohol when I tasted it.
12-19-2010 23:52:38 | More by TCHopCraver
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
AleSmith needs to be told firmly about this beer. The first time I tried this beer it was divine. Super creamy mouth feel with milk chocolate and lightly roasted malt flavor with smooth coffee undertones. I was telling every one of my stout loving buddies about this beer after I tried it. However, when I took the foil off the top, I saw rust around the bottle cap. I had read the reviews about this beer where people have noticed an oxidized taste, so much so that people have given this beer a rating as low as a 2. But luckily when I tried it the first time I got the pleasure of all AleSmith has to offer with this beer.
The second time I had the speedway stout it was awful! I made the mistake of not sealing these when I got them. The second one I had 2 months after the first. It tasted foul with a strong acid flavor that completely ruined the beer. AleSmith needs to change the way they bottle this beer or whatever is causing this to happen. I have already left them messages with no response. This is an amazing beer that does not deserve to not be tried because of this. Anyone who lives close to aleSmith or someone who can talk with them needs to
My rating represents that of the first time I had speedway stout
05-07-2014 04:02:20 | More by stouts_mageezax
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
Purchased in a beautiful 750ml bottle from Malt n' Vine in Redmond, WA. Bottle quality is different and nice enough to make a great gift for one of your beer loving friends. Being a big fan of dog fish head products (see World Wide Stout), and the recently tasted and excellent valued Lagunitas Imperial Stout, I thought I would give this a try, here's what I thought....
A - Foil wrapped bottle cap comes off with the bottle opener, smell from the bottle is delicious and decidedly worth pouring into my Crate and Barrel Monika snifter. She pours an obsidian dark brown, used motor oil like opaqueness at 45-degrees, about 10-degrees under the recommended temperature as I know it will eventually warm itself up in the glass as I consume it, and this way I can judge its flavor profile as it moves through the temp ranges. Thin sandy head, quickly moves from center glass to edge exposing its carbonation in the form of medium sized bubble on the exterior and small dense bubbles in the center, like light brown algae growth on a dark glassy lake. As I swirl it around the snifter, it coats the glass with a great deal of residual malty sugars, enough to hold some of the carbonation bubbles, but not enough to generate much more head.
S - Big swirl and then sniff....wow its like a sweet frappuccino cappuccino vanilla licorice Russian bakery at 6am sensory overload. Can't wait to put this into my mouth where my tongue can get a run at it.
T - Sweet and malty up front on the lips, yum!, then rolls into a harsh double-shot espresso'y alcohol back tongue and upper throat sensation, is this going to keep me up all night?. If you are one of those people that doesn't like coffee at all, please don't ruin it for the rest of us, leave this one to the professionals. The alcohol definitely presents itself more when chilled. As it gets closer to 55-60F it is masked by the full bodied malt profile and thicker/fuller carbonation.
M - Thick velvety smoothness that leaves a sugary oily coffee tasting coating long after the last sip. Would be a very pleasant desert beer with a coffee flavored cheesecake or some kind of nutty tart.
O - Quite impressed overall. I would say its a very standard approach to the imperial stout genre (big malty/sweet forward, big coffee middle, and enough alcohol to back it all up), but the balance is spot on, resulting in a smooth and pleasantly mild-sour finish, and leaving you wanting "more where that came from".
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11-12-2012 02:02:01 | More by liquidkore
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
A - Pours opaque deep black with a tiny khaki head, that receeds very quickly.
S - Fresh Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, carmel and chocolate as it warms.
T - Roasted barley's and malt with a good dose of chocolate, sweet bitter coffee ,some slight char flavor, hints of anise as well, great tasting stout.
M - Medium carbonation with a dry finish
O - Great beer that I got lucky to get my hands on being in NYC. Another strong beer from AleSmith.
09-26-2011 15:12:24 | More by SkiBum22
4.25/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured in a Duvel tulip and bottle split with hu5om.
A: thick black pour, voluptuous tan 2-finger head that left excellent lacing.
S: a pleasing blend of chocolate and coffee.
T: a blast of coffee that sizzles for a few seconds before fading to a bitter chocolate with the swallow, oddly still leaves a coffee aftertaste with hints of caramel and malts.
MF/D: a brief sizzle of carbonation with a nice smooth swallow.
08-16-2010 22:14:29 | More by newk340
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Another brew I've been dying to try. I lugged this one back from Dilly Deli in Ohio after my trip to Kentuky. It pours from the bottle a dark, inky black and thick liked used motor oil. A small, dark tan head appears atop the brew and slowly fades to a ring around the glass with some spotty lacing. Looks good. Aromas of rich, lush chocolate rise up off the bat surrounded by wonderful espresso, burnt coffee aroma. Roasty dark fruits and caramel sneak in as well. The milk chocolate and coffee really lead the way and draw me into the brew.
First sip brings a rich, decadant melding of deep roasty chocolate malt and big coffee flavors. Some vinous dark fruits lurk underneath along with sweet toffee and caramel notes. However, the focus remains on rich chocolatey, coffee flavors throughout. Finishes rich and smooth with only a touch of bitterness and a hint of the 12% abv. A damn tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is big, chewy, creamy and malty with mellow carbonation. Fills the mouth well and goes down super smoothly. This would really pair nicely with dessert...maybe some tiramisu? Each sip has me coming back for more. This is a heavy hitter at 12%, packaged in a 750ml bottle, but at the same time it's a joy to drink. I'll definetly be coming back to this one again and I wish it was available locally. Simply an awesome brew for the stout and coffee lover alike.
01-02-2006 20:24:35 | More by orbitalr0x
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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