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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 145
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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!
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Ratings: 5,419 | Reviews: 1,471
Photo of kevd193213
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, aged for two years. Oily black pour with a thin light coffee head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and faint smoke. Fantastic taste of bitter chocolate and coffee Also had notes of roasted almonds. Completes with a nice dry bitter finish with warming alcohol present.

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ficknish
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque black. Light tan head.

S - Coffee. Bourbon. Chocolate bitterness. Tall grass. Some wood.

T - Coffee. Alcohol. Roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate. Burnt spicy bitterness. Coffee acidity. Oak.

M - Huge body. Alcohol heat. Sweet velvety finish.

O - So down with this stout. Great complexity and depth. Huge bitter coffee flavors and a warming alcohol feel. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee acidity balance the body nicely. Will definitely be drinking again.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a thick and creamy mocha head that really takes its time dissipating and leaves a scattered, sticky lacing as its remnants.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee waft from the glass. There are some earthy hops buried in there somewhere as well with additional roasted malt and a sweet chocolate close.

Flavors are bold coffee and rich, sweet chocolate with earthy hop notes, and a half sweet chocolate/half roasted malt finish.

This stout has a voluptuous body with generous carbonation and a chocolaty sweet coating to the palate.

This beer knows what it is and only tries to be exactly that. A huge, rich imperial stout with direct aromas and flavors focused around coffee, chocolate, and earthy hops. An amazing beer!

Photo of stouts_mageezax
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of williamjbauer
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled served in a conical pint glass on 5/1/12 drank with the old man

A - Obsidian black with a healthy 2.5 finger tan head with excellent retention, fluffy, with great lacing.

S - Molasses, dark fruit, espresso bean, dark chocolate, touch of smoke, alcohol, perfection.

T - Follows the nose so complex, sweet, and tasting. It is satisfying from beginning to end, smooth throughout with a touch of alcohol, with a heavy molasses and dark fruits flavor, with a slightly bitter finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy finish.

O - One of my favorite beers and a really delightfully complex imperial stout. Yummy molasses!

Photo of russpowell
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Version pours an effervescent ebony ( I hold it towards the setting sun & zero light penetrates it!) with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head into my Vondel snifter. Shimmers like 50 wt motor oil. Not much lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, iron & roasted malts, plus some booze as this warms, oakyness as really warmed up

T: Iron, roasted malt, milk & baker's chocolate up front. I get a mocha as this warms along with dark chocolate & a bit of booze, plus Kahlua. Finishes dry with strong coffee
( Kona to me! ), much chocolate & the right amount of booze

MF: Real chewy & oily, plus silky with minimal carbonation, very rich

Drinks easy for the ABV, the complexity just sucks you in. A little too much coffee & dryness to try to session on IMO. Superb Imp Stout!

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boomer4ES
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from the 750ml bottle into a globe glass...

Pours a opaque black with purplish brown edges, 1 finger head forms that will build quick if poured too aggressive. Tan foam that drops off to sticky foam on the sides of the glass, a foam layer and a nice ring around the glass. So far, so good.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee and a little alcohol. As with some other beers I've tried, I'm surprised by the lack of aromatics sometimes but I know it doesn't always mean something bad.

The first sip is dark chocolate, roasted grains, mocha, maybe some vanilla, a little hop presence and the alcohol at the end.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body that I loved just moving around as I tasted. Not much carbonation, which is fine. Finish is a little on the dry side, with the chocolate, roasted grains, mocha and the alcohol burn at the end.

Overall, this is one damn fine stout and I will definitely pony up the $$$ for more. While I still have a lot to learn about this style, this stout in particular is currently in my top spot and Alesmith's reputation is safe on my account.


Photo of tbeckett
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split thanks to volcanicbeat IP. Thanks man! From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of brown head. Left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aromas of coffee and roast. Smelled so original and smooth. Espresso, mocha, caramel sweetness. Lot's of lovely aromas. Good stuff.

T - No hint of alcohol in the flavour. Coffee, roast, licorice. So great. Chocolate was present as well. Heavenly.

M - Good mild carbonation, full body, and a good bitterness.

O/D - Beautiful stout. I was in shock as to how good this was. So many great flavours. Spot on. Could have it all day.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very lightly carbonated, it forms a wispy brown head. Deep black in color. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and burnt grain waft from my glass. It is quite thick, this is definitely a sipping brew. Luckily, despite its thickness, this beer is not syrupy, which I don't really like in a beer. Definitely tastes of coffee, with chocolate and alcohol in the finish. Reminds me of a good creamy dark chocolate bar. A definite malty sweetness is here, it is controlled by the roast flavors though. A certain restrained fruitiness is here, the closest analogy would be burnt raisin. This is quite good, and though I was disappointed at first, the carbonation is just about perfect for this heavy beer. The roasted - coffee notes of this beer just linger in your mouth, it is quite wonderful. This is a dark, black beast that is thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of Beersmuggler
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutBoi
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ummswimmin
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mondegreen
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into a Founders Balloon tulip at 50F. Purchased at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH in May 2010.

Pours black as night. No light escapes this beer, holding it in the bright Georgia sun, I see nothing but a dark void. A fluffy tan head rises from the blackness, hanging onto the side of my glass as it slowly receeds back into the abyss.

Nose is spectacular. Rich dark flavors of coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits mingle with a welcoming warm alcohol aroma. The nose shows just how well crafted this brew is.

Taste is no less spectacular. The roasted flavors shine through, with the mellow coffee flavors holding it all together. The 12% is present, but not the centerpiece. Just a lovely stout.

Mouth is full-bodied, perfect for carrying the substantial, complex flavors of this brew.

Drinkability is through the roof for the style. I will enjoy sipping this one for a couple hours, and I hope to pick up another whenever I can. Bravo, Alesmith!

Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a jet black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains beautifully before eventually becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a thin coat of surface foam. Full, sticky sheet of lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Big rush of mocha, vanilla, coffee and a bit of booze. Yep, you sure can smell the alcohol in this, although it plays off the dark chocolate and other aromas listed well. Smells slightly nutty as well.

T- Dear lord, that's delicious. Magnificently balanced flavors of peanut butter, dark chocolate, molasses and dark roasted coffee. It's easy to drink but the booze catches up after a while yet still only adds to the complexity. The heavy roasted malt, alcohol and bitterness from the hops become more apparent as it warms, leaving some of the sweetness behind.

M- Very creamy and soft. Medium carbonation and a deeply robust body.

O- All the flavors I look for in a stout as well as the optimal viscosity. I guess the hype exists for a reason because I was blown away by this. Wish I had one to put down for a year or so.

Photo of scottyshades
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrmiles!
A: Pours a viscous looking pitch black color. The head is massive and chocolate color, retention is excellent.

S: Coffee, chocolate, raisin, fig, slight lactose, roasted and toasted malts. Hops are also apparent. Awesome.

T: Tastes better than it smells...big bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, raisin, fig, and just awesomeness. Really one of the best stouts I've tried. Alcohol is completely masked, and only adds body and a little warming feeling.

MF/D: Very viscous, but I have seen thicker. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the lactose. Carbonation is right on the money. Amazingly drinkable for 12%

Notes: This is absolutely deserving of the rating. I got too excited to try this, so I'll be ISO for another one to cellar. Thanks Miles, this made my interest in stouts come alive again!

Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date but I have cellared this one since 6/07. The body was completely opaque and intensely brown. The deep tan head was huge and fine.

Smell was espresso puck grounds. Malted milk balls. Chocolate and creamy malt. Faint cocoa powder. Incredibly well hidden alcohol.

Taste was rich creamy coffee. Lightly brandy-like. All aspects of this beer work wonderfully together. Very drinkable, well hidden alcohol. Not too sweet, wonderfully balanced and gone way too quickly.

Mouthfeel was full and dense (without being too thick). There was a subtle carbonation and alcohol sizzle.

Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with oggg. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and foiled.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" of dark brown head over the totally dark brown/black brew. Head holds steady for most of the drinking experience, and exhibits excellent foamy lacing. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is creamy coffee with dark fruit tinges and the slightest alcohol notes. Funny, the booze is hidden over the tongue, because my chapped lips are stinging, and my throat is warm as all get out, so I know it's in there... For the style, mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Smoothness and not over the top alcohol presence (at least perceived), make this one a great one.

Photo of iamnitrox
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Darkest brew I've ever looked at. It truly is a sight to behold. Barely made a head at all, even with a sloppy pour. head theat arose was dark brown in color. It's an intimidating looking brew to say the least.

S- I detect alot of fruit flavor and coffe and carmel. It smells like wine almost, a funny thing to say about a beer, but it really does remind me of a merlot. It smells alot stronger than it tastes

T- Bitter, with alot of coffee and carmel flavoring. Reminds me of raisins almost. The taste and texture remind me of stone russian imperial stout. The beer goes down almost syrupy. It's beautiful in texture. It has a wine-like aftertaste, most likely from the 12.0% ABV, but nonetheless, very pleasant.

M- Definitely powerful, not recommended for big brew drinkers! Sits strongly on the tongue, but is much less offensive than the smell would let on.

D- Lovely going down. It's a great drinking beer. It would be great with red meat or even a dessert like carrot cake or some kind of cheesecake. I recommend it to anyone for any reason. A definite must-have beer!

Photo of Ellbert
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep black color with a couple finger tan head that fades into a nice layer on top of the beer that stays throughout the entire bottle. There is some nice spiderweb lacing that adds to the appearance.

Smell: Alcohol and sweet black raspberries hit the nose. Aroma is very sweet with a little bitter hops coming across.

Tatste: Roasted coffee and alcohol are very present in the flavor. Sweet berries and raisins are in the aftertaste. Very complex with many flavors that meld together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Prefect mouthfeel for an imperial stout. Rich and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is unbelieavably drinkable. I finished the entire 750 ml bottle by myself. Whoa, maybe I shouldn't have done that.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours deep, rich, and luscious. A two finger mocha crust up top. Melts down with pillars of sticky lace.

Aroma - heavy roasted coffee and alcohol. Dark fruit, nuts, raisin and rum.

Taste - big, roasted malt, charred and then a little more. Oh this is tasty. A load of earthy coffee beans at mid-palate. Still picking up a touch of greenness from them. Chalky bitterness on the swallow, some malty roasted sweetness, and a fair portion of alcohol warming. Very rich finish, bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans really go out in style. Green, somewhat grassy element pops up now and then and is then only thing that I would prefer toned down. The abv comes out more as it warms and may be sufficient at 10% instead of 12. Still, an outstanding brew.

Mouthfeel - that first sip is so very smooth, silky and thick. The carbonation is kicking, trying to keep up with the intense play of flavors, and does an admirable job. Very coating, the flavor stays around longer than I care to wait for the next sip.

Drinkability - this is one big ass beer in every sense. What a fine evening this sipper created!

Photo of HopHead29
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip at recommended temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours pitch black, lets no light through, with a dark tan head with a great deal of lacing and excellent retention.

Smell is of dark Belgian chocolate and whipping cream. Expresso beans as well.

Taste is of same, but also very much like a cafe mocha latte. Alcohol is there as well, but is very tolerable.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the rough side with a little bit of harshness.

Very easy to drink this intensely flavored beer.

Definitely one of the best out there. Incredible taste and appearance. Absolutely love this beer.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,419 ratings.