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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Photo of Phatz
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is everything divine about Stouts. WOW! All I can say is Oh my God. WOW!

Appearance: Pours absolute black. The tan head settles to a halo and it leaves some fine lacing for a 12.00 % beer.

Smell: The aroma is the perfect drum-roll to an absolutely grand flavor. The anticipation it induces is terrific. Smells of dark rum, leather, roasted malts, dark vinous cherry, chocolate and coffee... amazing.

Taste: I believe this is not beer. God melted perfect chocolate into port made by his own hand and infused it with coffee leaving the most rich and sensuous flavors imaginable.

Mouthfeel: It is like drinking liquid silk. Melted chocolate with just the right addition of butter to make a thick rich warm chewy feel across the palate.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer. Still it is one I could live with if Speedway Stout and I were all that was left on earth.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of SayBoom
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was drunk in comparison with Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake.
A: Black with a small creamy head, some viscosity in the pour.
S: Nose is not heavy on the coffee but many cognac notes. Chocolate, toffee, dry fruits.
T: Dark malt, cocoa, cream, caramel. Some hop bitterness.
F: Heavy weight and so smooth and creamy on the palate. 12% is nowhere to be found.
A very well done chocolate/coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes remember why I like stouts. Rather than inadequately analyzing it, I'll just say this beer has great character. Everything about it is good. The aroma may be the best aspect of it! It smells wonderful. Contrary to what several other raters here have experienced, my bottle poured a thick, rich head.

The high alcohol doesn't come out in the taste, so it sneaks up on you. Plan to share a bottle, not to drink it all on your own. I am not sure how I should characterize the drinkability. On the one hand it is perfectly smooth and balanced. On the other hand, it doesn't take much at all to start you buzzing, so it is definitely to be appreciated in moderation. This is a problem, though, because it tastes so damn good and goes down so smooth it is hard to stop drinking it!

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Not surprisingly, this is a dark and lovely looking beer. It pours with an electric and impressive rush that turns into an opaque black body. The head is a deep beige/chocolate milk head that is a tad darker than most other imperials. Bunches of head which just sits there. The lacing consists of foam which clings in columns to the glass. There is some sheeting as well.

Nose- A rich coffee been aroma hits you right off the bat. And as someone who doesn't really drink coffee, I am oddly intrigued by it. The coffee moves into chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. These fade and the espresso coffee notes return.

Taste- Coffee bitterness begins the palate then changes to some sour notes. The coffee begins to take over again along with some woody bitterness that has some cinnamon to it. Some heat on the finish which after a minute warms the belly. This is very dark and sensual beer with lots of balance.

Mouthfeel- Lovely. Creamy, smooth, and silky. Quite a heavy texture but what else would you expect?

Drinkability- It's so drinkable that it's scary. And at the price, it should be in my regular rotation.

Overall- Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. This is a must try. Definite A+.

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Photo of orfeu
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Profuse thanks to dmeadows for sending me this wonderful surprise in our last trade -- maximum respect, Denis! Poured at a chilly cellar temperature (it's fuckin' cold out tonight, man!) into an AleSmith 10th Anniversary commemorative tulip. Dense, ponderous ebony with a small but dense, oily, whipped mocha head. Intense chocolate aromas; coffee scents swirl in and out among mellow toffee wisps and cacao liqueur-doused cherry notes. Outstanding nose, tempting and provoctative. Massive alcohol-infused chocolate bitterness smacks the palate up front with burnt malt and coffee flavors fighting for distinction shortly thereafter. A blackened dark fruit puree, remeniscent of charred currants and plums, emerges somewhere in the middle, right before a nearly acrid coffee flavor washes over and finishes, all with a truly tongue-numbing buzz that lasts for several long minutes. Sweet cherry-chocolate memories in the aftertaste with a demure yet bright espresso kick. Oil-like viscousness on the palate; thicker than all but one other beer I've sampled (Goose Island Bourbon County Stout). Alcohol is certainly present with a noticeable slickness and pepperiness in the mouthfeel, but it is never intrusive, only ever adding to the complexity of this fascinating stout. Coffee flavors become more prominent as the beer warms, lending a fuller, more well-rounded experience. Really wonderful, persistent head retention, with frothy sheets of lacing. This is a perfect beer to share or to sip slowly over the course of two or three hours. I will without fail continue to seek this out again and again, hopefully bringing back several bottles from my upcoming trip to Arizona in March. Thank you, AleSmith for this phenomenal experience.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's jet-black with a surprisingly thick tan head compared to most Imperials. Thanks to the general dose of coffee beans, the smell is espresso but also has noticeable chocoloate and roasted malt. The taste is a journey through everything that is good about Imperials: the aformentioned coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors all mix around nicely with just enough hops to give it some bite and a pronounced but welcome presence of alcohol at 12%. The mouthfeel is nice and chunky; perhaps thee Speedway designation comes from the similarity of the color and viscosity to some well used motor oil. It's simply amazing that two breweries (Stone and Alesmith) that are so close in location can be turning out two of the best Imperials in the world. At ~$15.00 for a 750 ml, it's not cheap but the experience is easily worth the outlay.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sludge, pure and simple. Pours thick like oil, inky black. The head is fine mesh of toffee colored bubbles a finger thick.

S: Fresh ground coffee, triple chocolate ice cream, anise, molasses and some vanilla bean.

T: Begins like fine melted Belgian chocolate. The head makes the consistency feel like its mixed with real cream. From their a friggin superb balanced roasted coffee and malt profile gently come into play...and I mean gently. This are not harsh tastes. These are not aggresive flavors. These fit perfectly in the moment. The coffee notes curve in the mouth to more bitter chocolate then hints of mascarpone. The alcohol is there but not foreboding...as it warms it makes its way to the sinuses reminding the drinker that this beer is 12%.

M: Thick, chewy, full bodied and creamy. Almost like this beer is made out of half and half.

D: Now that's a beer. Once your mouth gets acclimated...this beer becomes a legendary experience. There is no better stout on the market.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip glass; No freshness date

P: Pours black from the elegant-looking bottle, and sits in the glass almost completely opaque aside from the sliver of rosy-brown light at the very edges. Even with a gently pour, it produced a big, 3-fingered head that was frothy, creamy, and pillowy. Showed an outstanding amount of retention, especially for a stout with this high of an ABV. As it finally subsides, the head leaves sheets of lace that stick to the glass like glue. Looks great!

A: Great nose filled with tons of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, some dark fruits, a bit of bourbon-like alcohol, and some more espresso. Damn, I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

T: Oh man, does it ever! This is absolutely fantastic. As huge waves of roasted chocolate, delicious coffee beans, and an ever-so-slight Bourbon-flavored alcohol hit the palate, I am quickly transported to heaven. But, it gets even better because it's a little more hoppy than I would have expected. They introduce themselves to the palate after the initial rush of sweetness to provide a great balance, while staying in the background for the most part. It finishes with a twinge of dark fruit flavors, along with some caramel that joins the already delicious profile to add even more complexity, while the still subtle hop bill tingles the tongue and adds a bit of bitterness to the finish. This is a masterpiece!

M: Most of the Imperial Stouts that I've tried are very gently carbonated, while the Speedway Stout is a bit more aggressively carbonated to produce a tad more of a "prickly" feel (contributed to by the hops) on the tongue. So smooth, so luxurious, everything I could want from an Imperial Stout.

D: The drinkability is excellent, but watch out! The alcohol will definitely creep up on you. Obviously, this is no session beer. But, it tastes so damn good that I would be willing to drink as much as my brain could handle.

Notes: Wow! This just immediately became one of my all-time favorites, no doubt about it. The AleSmith Speedway Stout looks great in the glass, smells friggin' fantastic, and tastes even better! If you haven't had the chance to indulge yet, and your two favorite beverages are beer and coffee, then don't put it off any longer. Go out and get one. Matter of fact, get two. One for now and one to cellar, as this would probably be even better with some age on it. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of slasher007
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-almost black in color with two fingers worth of thick tan head, looks like a milkshake

S-big roasted malt smell with espresso and dark chocolate, also getting a bit of molasses

T-the taste on this one did not disappoint! Big rich roasted malt flavor with espresso and dark chocolate with a bit of molasses and you are left with a nice alcohol warming

M-amazing full body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasted flavor left over

Overall amazing, amazing beer. The richest, fullest body I have ever had. All the flavors blend together perfectly.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a stout I can get in to. This reminded me a lot of Expedition, only I think this is even better. Thick, black pour, little head, no retention. Smells and tastes of strong (good) coffee. Has that nice, warming feel from the first sip. Full, oily body, not thin like some of the other renowned imperials. One bottle of this and it's off to bed, but what a drinking experience! This may be the greatest beer I've ever had.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle as part of a trade with HopJack13 and have been sitting on it (well...not literally) for about a year. Our annual gathering for a Cleveland Indians seemed like the perfect time to share this rare gem of a beer.

Appearance: Poured a pitch-black, can't-see your-hands-in-front-of-your-face, where's-the-damn-flashlight-blackness that allows no light to pass through it. "Used motor oil" would be an accurate description. "Cool Whip"-thick tan-colored head persists for eons and creates and wonderful lace portrait on the glass.

Smell: This beer is brewed with Ryan Brothers coffee beans (note to self: must try Ryan Brothers coffee if ever possible). This beer teems with "stouty" aromas: chocolate, roasted malts, freshly-ground coffee. Caramel squares wrapped around dark fruit. I see Bill Cosby pitching an ad for Jello chocolate pudding...

Taste: Gang....this is amazing. Smoked chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol. Up-front sweetness, followed by a chocolate-slathered hops middle, and finishes with a alcohol-laced Hershey bar. Alcohol is there, but not over-powering. Finished with a toffee-roasted bitterness. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I'd be curious to see how this tasted "raw" instead of aged one year. It is stellar at this time. Huge body. Wrapped my palate in velvet and sang Barry White songs to me all night. The 12% ABV feels more like 8% and makes it so much easier to keep on drinking. Smooth like a baby's bottom and laughably drinkable.

Notes: If you want a great beer, seek this one out. It will be worth any trouble...

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of peabody
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of mulder1010
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at Pizza Port ontap into a pint glass (12-03-07). Poured a midnight jet black with a nice thick tan head. Smell is of fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt. Taste is rich coffee, chocolate, and a slight carmel malt hidden in there. The alcohol is well hidden but at 12% you still get that warmth. The mouth feel is full body but still retains a creamy feel with a help of moderate carbonation level. For the alcohol this is a very drinkable beer. I have had this beer both in bottle and tap for the last five years and have to say it is one of my favorite beers in the world and I am so happy to live so close to the source.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of russellaaron69
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pitch black w/ two fingers of light brown head. Minimal carbonation. Very good lacing. Every sip left behind some clinging to the glass. Smell is that of roasted malt and coffee. Taste was exceptional. Coffee and malt shine through up front with a vary nice chocolate sweetness bring up the rear. This beer feel very full in the mouth...so full i found myself actually chewing after a couple larger sips. Drinkability is superb also. Hides its alcohol very well. Thank you AleSmith for such a wonderful beer. Cheers.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.