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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

4,517 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,517
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 742
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 124
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store in SF, CA
No noticed bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

AleSmith's Speedway Stout is, perhaps, the richest imperial stout I've had in memory. While it boasts an intense roast and chocolate character, the obvious ethanol detracts a bit from my total enjoyment of this beer. Still, quite good, and one I would gladly seek out again if it were available.

Pours a 1cm head of very dark tan, fine bubbles. Head recedes within a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass. Ample lacing along sides of tulip glass, complementing the totally opaque, black body. Carbonation streams slowly along sides of the glass.

Aroma is very rich, expressive in roasted character, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, and ethanol.

Taste follows scent closely, offering strong roasted malt flavors, creamy milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee beans, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Ethanol is noticeable from mid-palate onwards, and is actually rather obvious to me. This detracts somewhat from my enjoyment of the beer, as my goal isnt to necessarily drink ethanol flavor. Still, this packed an immense amount of rich, delicious flavor into each sip and I am impressed by this.

Beer is extremely thick and heavy, perhaps one of the heaviest beers I've drunk. Carbonation is moderate, but still can't truly penetrate this highly viscous brew. Pretty incredible, thick and smooth, somewhat silky, mouthfeel results. Drawback is ethanol burn and heat, felt clearly in the nostrils and the back of the throat. Finish is dry and slightly sticky from small amounts of residual sugars.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:56:30 | More by falloutsnow
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,517 ratings.