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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,988 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3988
Reviews: 1372
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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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark black. Nice tan head formed at the top that dissapated and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells super toasty malts and coffee. Lots of coffee. Slightly sweet too.

Tastes wonderful. Lots of coffee and extra toasted malts. Almost some charred tasting malts. Semi tobacco taste too.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It is surprisingly not that thick and goes down smooth.

A very tasty brew. I am glad I have easy access to this brew. I will drink this alot of times as long as I have access to it. I feel I could session this brew too because it us not too heavy. But watch out the ABV will hit you because you don't really realize your drinking a 12% ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 07:08:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to Brandon Pours a good deep black with a creamy brown head. The head lasts well. The lacing is perfect. Has a wonderful aroma of good alcohol, roast, coofee, chocolate, and some spices. Has a light carbonation. A tewrrific mouthfeel. The flavor is real good. Alcohol is well hidden. The balance is real good. The flavor is wonderful. Not too heavy and very smooth. Has a thick texture. Has a full body. The finish is nothing short of super. A great lasting aftertaste. This is a flat out awesome beer. I would drink this anytime any place.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:41:34 | More by Birdiebeagle
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Foxtrot

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whether has turned cold, out come the Stouts.

Pours a deep sticky obsidian, coupled with a huge dark tan colored head. Retention was superb, and lacing was much evident.

Aroma is of immense bitter chocolate, coffee, espresso beans, and the darkest malts AleSmith was able to muster. Superb combination of all these scents culminates in a beer begging to be sipped.

What a great beer! It explodes up front with bitter sweet chocolate followed in due course by espresso and cocoa in the finish. Molasses was also prevalent, but took a back seat to all other things darker and tastier!

Mouthfeel was the epitome of "chewy". Big, thick, and viscous make this a formidable and enjoyable beer.

Drinkability is excellent, not the slightest hint of that 12% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 05:31:02 | More by Foxtrot
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark murky bodied brew, negligible deep mahogany hues barely gleam through the slightest edge. The pour was less than heavy handed yet still managed to produce a surprisingly ample head. Nearly three full fingers before the pour hand to be cut short for fear of spilling over the top of the snifter. Cafe au lait colored head retains is stature surprisingly well and as it fades leaves the snifter slathered in moth eaten lace.

Robust aroma ignites the senses. Imposing amounts of bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malts and freshly ground dark coffee are interwoven. The initial complexity is astounding when considering we are talking of limited characteristics. The subtlety of the molasses and slight booziness lose their appeal as I am completely engrossed by the more dominate smells.

Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor hits the palate when almost immediately overtaken by the dark roasted malt. Burnt sugar and slight char give way to a full espresso flavor with lingers on the back of the palate. A substantial bitterness is noted and rather complimentary. Incredible balance of flavor, each aspect is allowed to flourish while being held in check and not overpowering. At 12% I am shocked there is not more of a burn, beers half the size are easily more harsh.

Earlier in the day I commented about the perfection of mouthfeel provided by Ten Fidy. Speedway not only equals but surpasses. Viscous and impressive, full thick body avoids crossing over into the realm of syrupy. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation levels are low but incredibly appropriate.

The more top tiered stouts I enjoy the more I appreciate their beauty. This beer is a privilege to enjoy. Disturbingly easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticed until your head gets just a little bit lighter. I believe my bottle is still on the younger side and there is absolutely no harshness. The idea that this may smooth out more with age is absurd. I have thoroughly enjoyed many great brews this year but this one certainly leaves me in awe. A tremendous way to send out 2009. Cheers!

Once again I am very grateful to Spdkilz, a generous BA for providing this brew in trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:17:07 | More by kzoobrew
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slasher007

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

Pours jet black with thick tan head. Flavors are mainly of coffee, but there are also lots of chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Extremely rich and robust flavors, and an absolutely creamy mouthfeel. Some of the alcohol present could also be detected, yet it does not impact it's drinkability. Superb and one of the best american double/ imperial stout I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 23:22:29 | More by slasher007
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ibbjamin

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $19.99 for a 750ml bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Yields a small half inch head after an aggressive pour. Head is dark tan and very dense at the bottom, but rather lacy up towards the top. These large bubbles leave a layer of retention on the inner ring of the snifter. Opaque black. Good lacing.

Aroma is very big, layered and complex. Dark roasted malts, creme, vanilla, oak, smoked jerky, dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee are all detected.

That first taste gets my buds invigorated and watering. That smoke and beef jerky taste comes through even more. Alcohol completely at bay which is scary considering this is 12%. The coffee and chocolate flavors are certainly present, but they do not overpower the stout which I find as a downfall in many other beers of this style. Great harmony of all of its complexities.

Full bodied, smooth, creamy and lightly carbonated. Class mouthfeel with a drinkability that is nearly unparalleled, especially considering its ABV. Only as I approach the halfway point of the bottle that I realize the warming effects in my face. Still alcohol is only felt in effect, not taste.

This is a fine, fine stout. Perhaps the best I've tasted to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 03:25:36 | More by ibbjamin
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with about two to three fingers of head and a ton of lacing left on the glass.

The smell of this beer is pretty chocolaty and has some nice dark licorice tones that brings it into a great level of coffee flavored beers.

smell of chocolate. Although this is brewed with large amounts of coffee, the java smell is definitely secondary to the chocolate. Also a reasonable sniff of black licorice as well. So far so good!

The taste is really deep chocolate flavor with coffee flavor and has a nice dark licorice flavor. Some nice heat in the flavor that is really nice with a good kick.

The feel is a good hard stout with a burning flavor that goes into a good amount of even feel and it smooth once past the hard flavor of this beer.

I like this beer and want more of it before the next batch is brewed.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 06:15:15 | More by Duhast500
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in the beer fridge for so long. First weekend in the new apartment not having to move anything. Humidity and heat finally left and it's a nice early Sept cool night. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

A: Wesley Snipes body with a Bunny Rabbit chocolate milk head.

S: Coffee front, chocolate, big badass stout smell that filled up the whole room.

T: Coffee, Iced coffee, Chocolate, cherries, molasses. I've been very patient storing this bigfoot. It has not dissapointed. The flavor is huge.

M: Light carbonation. Big thick chewy mouthfeel.

D: If you like coffee stouts, pick up this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:36:51 | More by DNICE555
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mulder1010

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ML poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured black with touches of black oil. Not syrupy at all. Dark mocha colored head that was one finger in height, that settled to just above film. Great head retention to this and even better when swirled. Some lines of lacing and some foam lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S-- Coco powder, coffee, baking chocolate, and hints of black pepper. Coffee and coco take over with the beer getting more air and the beer gets a stronger smell with more oxygen. No hint of the ABV in the smell.

T-- Coffee, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Much thinner than I thought it would be but that is in a good way. Very smooth velvety taste to this.

M-- Thick and rich but has a smoothness and softness to this that is very different. Very little carbonation and a lot of coffee to this but not over coffee bitterness. Finishes dry due to the coco and baking chocolate but but little hint of bitter chocolate. Great feel to this and very big and bold but does not wreck a plate.

D-- Amazing. Plain and simple. ABV is more than well hidden in this. Scary drinkability as this is way easy to go through. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had. This is big but it is well reserved and extremely well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 12:50:31 | More by mulder1010
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Black as night, lots like motor oil, 1 inch head with some tan traces in it

Smell - Whoa, the coffee is present, the malts, barley and chocolate is strong! Wow im ready to tear into this.

Taste - Amazing, so tasty. The kona coffee mixed with the sugars and malts and the stout beer is insane. Its so strong yet so smooth and tasty. IM not even a coffee drinker but man the kona coffee was great.

Mouthfeel - You get all these amazing flavors mixed in your mouth. The alcohol doesnt burn so you can hold it mouth and enjoy it. You will need to sip it it will overwhelm your mouth.

Drinkabilty - High as the sky! I cant wait to get more! Would be a 5 rating but its just too strong to drink alot of. I havent had enough of this to claim it as my favorite, founders breakfast has that claim, but another bottle or two of this, and ill know its its number one to me. Amazing stout, buy it and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 04:15:16 | More by wvsabbath
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DaveHS

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Deep mocha brown/black with a thin ring of cappuccino colored head and moderate, sticky lacing.

S-Cold coffee, pretzels, baking chocolate, condensed milk sweetness.

T/M-Very rich and roasty coffee flavor, kept in check by subtle chocolate sweetness. Soft, lush, mouth coating. Full bodied. Alcohol is hidden well, but still provides a pleasant thinness on the back end.

D-One of the best uses of coffee beans in an imperial stout. Top notch.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:36:36 | More by DaveHS
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this. From City Beer in SF.

A: Jet-, pitch-, -as night, back in-, -hole. Light does not escape nor pierce this beauty. A 3-finger mocha head off the pour, laying down to a peerless cm overcoat. Decent webbed lacing.

S: Dense, dark, bittersweet cocoa malt blast--just what you want with an AIS--sits atop a foundation of dark fruits, boozy warmth, and a coffee kick (was waiting for that). I get some buttery notes as it warms.

T: Very similar to the nose, but with a hop blanket towards the finish which brings a lot of balance. Cocoa, vanilla, dark fruits, hay, a ton o' booziness (which blends well), coffee, butter, and biscuity notes. Extremely complex and layered. The coffee is not nearly as pronounced as one would expect from what's supposed to be a coffee-forward stout, but this doesn't diminish its greatness. It's fantastic. Wowzers.

M: Creamy and chewy as hell, with very little carbonation and a ferociously dry finish, like chewing on a cocoa nib. The ABV is front and center as well. No heater needed when drinking this beast of a stout.

Believe the hype folks.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:31:36 | More by Heavenisbeer
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Danny1217

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black, with a nice tan head and good lacing.
Smells of coffee. Very strong coffee. Also some dark chocolate and roasted malts, but mostly coffee. Very good coffee.
The taste is similar. Tastes like an espresso at times. I love espresso, so I love the taste. This beer feels rich and creamy in the mouth, with a somewhat low carbonation.

Damn good imperial stout, especially for coffee fans. Also, the 12% alcohol doesn't seem to show at all. Sipping on this beer was a wonderful experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:14:49 | More by Danny1217
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought online from the Brewdog online shop

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and roasted malts, some milk chocolate, toasted oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore mixed with lots of roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some liquorice, some light peppery hops, toasted bread and nuts, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... dangerously drinkable at 12%

Overall - A really outstanding brew and probably the best of the Americans impy stouts i've had

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 08:39:22 | More by mdagnew
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the green 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. The color is black, with a film of tan head. The smell is a rich chocolate and coffee mix. The taste is very chocolatey and coffeeish, with only a slight alcohol noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated. As for drinkability, for a 12% beer this drinks simply amazingly.

Wow, another fantastic beer from Alesmith! I love Imperial stouts, and this is amongst the best out there, with a deep rich coffee and chocolate taste that's a dessert in and of itself. I really hope to get this one again...hopefully Alesmith will increase their distribution area!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 00:05:24 | More by beergeek279
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GClarkage

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/01/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. No date on the bottle.

Appearance- One of the most black colored pours I have seen. No light getting though this one. 3/4 inch ultra dirty brown head. Lacing could have been a bit better.

Smell- More coffee than anything. A touch of dark chocolate and some sweet roasted malt in the nose. Definitely some alcohol presence as well.

Taste- The nose does not lie my friend. Nice ground coffee flavor to go with a darn sweet average toasted malt background. About perfect...not to weak, not to over the top. A touch of bittersweet chocolate rounds the taste out. Some hops lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel- After nursing this one over about 3 hours, at the finish it's semi creamy, low carbonation and nicely warming.

Drinkability- Had no idea this was 12% until I looked at the label. Drained the last 2oz and dregs right out of the bottle into my mouth and thought maybe about 9% at first, then looked at the label! Very deceiving alcohol. Didn't hit me that hard. Quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 05:21:43 | More by GClarkage
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Iguana

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I am getting around to trying this beer. Poured into my NB globe glass it is pitch black with a beautiful 1 inch beige head that didnt go down. Smell is phenomenal, dark chocolate, hints of roast coffee, just perfect for a stout. Taste is the same, dark chocolate, followed by coffee roastyness. Truely amazing. I felt mouthfeel could be a bit thicker, but still it was better than most. Drinkability is only hindered by the price, which this is definitly worth. Probably the greatest stout I have ever had thus far, if you can find this, get it, you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 03:12:47 | More by Iguana
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass. Poured a beautiful shiny solid black. Came with about two fingers of thick, coffee colored creamy head. Good retention with plenty of sticky lace. The nose was of chocolate, tons of roasted coffee. The taste was the same as the smell, oly better. Chocolate, coffee , hints of charred wood and some well hidden alcohol. Twelve percent!? Wow! Very full , complex , thick mouthfeel. Drinkability ranked high because it left me wanting more. Best stout i've had hands down.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 00:03:03 | More by jaxon53
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numenor1

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautifully crafted stout.

2006 bottling

This pours black with thick towering brown colored head that leaves great lacing. Huge roasty nose, along with deep caramel, molasses, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit esters. Initially starts off a touch sweet with mild, almost milk chocolate. This quickly fleshes into full blown stout glory with deep roasted malts, raspberry syrup, figs, molasses, dark chocolate and more than a touch of hops. Coffee is omnipresent and delicious, but really takes off through the finish, intermixing with hops and bittering the massive malt of this beautifully. Mouthfeel is terrific, very full (though less so than i anticipated) yet with lots of very fine bubbled soft carbonation giving a very creamy impression. Drinkability is very very good considering the weight of this beer (no hint of 12% whatsoever). Quite probably the best american double stout i've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 05:24:06 | More by numenor1
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Scorpious

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is VERY good, of course I am biased towards the dark beers. It has very good appearance and is VERY drinkable but as with most high alcohol beers it can be cellared and will only get better with age.

Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 22:36:18 | More by Scorpious
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peabody

Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this beer looks nice. It pours out a very black reddish brown with tons of creamy malt suds that come up two fingers and suspend themselves leaving lacing as they very slowly dissapate.
First smell is coffee and roasted malt. One person wrote he smelled leather, by golly I think I do too. Now the dark chocolate is coming through.Sweet malts and yeast come together to hide the alcohol.
Taste is the best.Bitter coffee and sweet caramel. Coffee is very strong here. Malt sweetness with raisin and cherry.I feel like I could chew this stuff.
Aftertaste is coffee but there is never any alcohol hint until you stop drinking this brew. Then the alcohol sets to the back of the throat.
I love this but know it's not a session beer. I sure would love to make it one though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 02:21:40 | More by peabody
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mynie

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the trade.

Pours completely, absolutely, utterly opaque with a teeny weeny brown head.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and BURNT malt. Offsweet. A little burny, a little bit like red wine. Much more like a Russian Imperial than a double stout.

Tastes, once again, like an RIS. Very big, burnt, and syrupy malt giving way to a middle of solid coffee and dark licorice and and a slightly sweet ending with big nodes of black chocolate. Its hard to throw so much complexity out there and not have one flavor overwhelm the others--this one succeeds.

A wonderful beer, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 04:07:04 | More by mynie
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Poured a completely opaque black with a very frothy tan head that was lasting and left great lacing. The aroma was dominated by coffee and roasted malts. The taste was a great roasty blend of coffee, malts, and a touch of very bitter dark chocolate. The beer was certainly heavy and the alcohol was mostly present, but not overbearing. This is a very special beer that should be sipped and enjoyed for everything that it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 02:34:36 | More by atsprings
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in tulip glass)

A- This beer pours an inky jet black opaque body that floats a thick creamy head of deep tan. The head last and last sticking to the sides with each sip and slowly sliding down the glass. This beer is to dense for any signs of carbonation even at the base of the glass.

S- This beer has strong aromas of roasted coffee beans and dark roasted black malt that is rich and fresh. There are nice chocolate malt and black roasted malt notes in the background with a note of cream and cola.

T- This beer has a dark black earthy malt flavor with a deep roasted coffee flavor that has a hint of chalk taste to it. The coffee has some good depth like a Sumatra blend or Cafe Verona roast. There are notes of chocolate malt and chocolate hints in the coffee that have notes or lighter roasted malt flavors. There are some notes of prunes and white raisins along with some lighter fruit notes. The finish is a nice iced coffee bitterness and flavor. At the beginning of the bottle there are some fusel alcohol notes but they taste more like bourbon notes as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a warm alcohol finish that cleans the thick complex malt flavors from the palate.

D- This is a serious stout,and a seriously exceptional stout. The malt and coffee flavors are fresh and well balanced with many layers of flavor that I couldn't capture in my review. The alcohol content was nice and played an important part of the finish. I didn't taste any oxidized coffee notes like old coffee grounds or stale coffee which is a big turn off in coffee beers. After a sip the beer just begged me to take another sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 16:11:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, sitting here on Christmas eve with a long night of cooking ahead of me. And I decided that it's been too long since I've had a Speedway, and for some reason or other, never reviewed it. So here we go...

'06 Vintage. Poured into my large DFH snifter.
It's hard to imagine a beer getting much darker. Baking chocolate dark, with a pinch of coal thrown in for good measure. Impenetrable to light. 1 1/2 finger head of fluffy, chocolate colored head with minimal retention. Lot's of full, multi-sized bubbles, eroding to a thin ring that stayed throughout the beer. Very little lacing to speak of.
Immediate coffee on the nose. Strong, like a triple espresso, hold the cream. Powerful roasted malt, pruny, with almost an oily aroma. Also getting a strong whiff of chocolate. This is like one big 12% mocha.
This one, even so big, tends to be gulped rather than sipped. Maybe it's the long day, maybe it's the creamy, luscious mouthfeel, or maybe it's the HUGE coffee and dark chocolate whollup that explodes in my mouth with every sip. Bitter and sweet in every mouthful. The two tastes play back and forth with each other. It's coffee, no it's chocolate. It's playfully sweet, no it's a man's drink. Either way, it's a big beer with a big bite. Getting some slight fruitness in the backbone. A dry, hoppy bitterness (or is it the bitter coffee) rounds out the glassful. But don't worry, there's still over 1/2 a bottle to go.
Medium carbonation with a very big body. Thick and viscious. This may be where Old(er) Viscosity got it's inspiration.
This is one of my favorite beers of all times. It doesn't get much better than this.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 02:30:12 | More by Brewfan
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,988 ratings.