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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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3,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 3974
Reviews: 1371
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!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The stout poured a dark black color with a slight mocha colored head along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Coffee was a huge part of the aroma. One might detect the malts or chocolate in the aroma as well.

Taste - The coffee jumps out in the initial taste. Notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits are also present. There is a certain level of tartness to the taste, but everything else about this beer is bold. The stout finishes with dry malts and coffee. It seems fitting that the coffee is warming while going down.

Mouthfeel - This one is thick and coats the tongue nicely. It will be a while before the taste of this one leaves your mouth.

Overall - The is definitely on the higher end of the Imperial Stout spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:19:04 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of drmcleod10


4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle have multiple. Thought I'd crack one to see what it's like decently fresh.

A - Beautiful dark motor oil with a khaki half inch foam head. Very thick and syrupy and seemed to crawl out of the glass.

S - Amazing smelling beer with strong hints of coffee and chocolate as well as roasted malts. Had some strong hints of alcohol as well as minor hints of vanilla and carmel.

T - Taste follows the smell as a huge mouthful of coffee and chocolate hit you hiding the alcohol very well. Very rich and very much a sipping beer that was also very drinkable. Split between 4 people. Booze well hidden with he chocolate prevalent throughout. Vanilla came out as it approached 60 degrees

M - Full bodied thick with molasses. Rich and creamy with a medium amount of carbonation. Aging a bottle for a year or two will do this one wonders it seems as I approve of the creamier less carbonated wale stouts.

O - An awesome beer and glad that I have more. Can't wait to try my next bottle in a year or so to see what aging does to this gem. For the price this beer is amazing and I suggest snatching it up anywhere you can. You do not feel like you are wasting a top 50 beer in the world for the price but the quality and taste make it a top 10 for myself

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 03:44:53 | More by drmcleod10
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I received as a gift from a friend doing a cross country trip. This was bottle in April of 2013 and cellared for six months.

The beer makes a big chugging sound as it pours from the bottle and pours dark as night. The head appears a bit delayed in forming, but then builds up a crest of about two fingers of foam. The foam is bubbly and thin.

The smell is simply delightful and offers a lot to contemplate. Surprisingly, the first notes I get are those of sweet dark fruit like raisins, prunes and dates. Coffee, chocolate and maltiness intermingle beneath the fruit aroma and a sweet caramel or toffee pops up too. On smell alone this beer has me blown away.

The coffee finally hits you as you'd expect on the taste, coming in with an initial roast been flavor that cedes to the sweet fruitiness reminiscent of red wine and malt profiles.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth and creamy and aside from a slight burn and coffee bitterness at the finish, this beer drinks smooth and easy.

A great beer this is and I'm determined to track down more and get a hold of some of the variations.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:14:56 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of MoorBeerPlz


4.7/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:55:38 | More by MoorBeerPlz
Photo of wpqx


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hot diggity dog this is way smoother than I thought for 12%.

A - Jet black with a generous head if poured violently
S - Very mild smell wise, might be seasonal allergies but I get some coffee aromoas but that's about it.
T- So smooth, seriously I was aging this because I assumed it'd be harsh, not at all.
M - Extremely pleasant going down, enough said.
O - Not as complex and boozy as I was expecting, very drinkable and very smooth. I look forward to drinking this again, but far from a life changing imperial.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 06:31:53 | More by wpqx
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of those beers you just have to try to believe, really like no other. ive been holding onto this bottle for some time now, finally the time was right. inky black, motor oil on the pour, careful inch of light mocha head and a great density. aromatics of acid free coffee beans, smoke, birch bark, and chocolate syrup, very complex, but kid friendly as far as I am concerned. the alcohol is also minimal, which shocks me at 12% abv. the coffee isn't as strong in the flavor as I expected it to be, but it adds a richness and another layer of decadence to an already colossal beer. I feel the caffeine as much as the booze, which totally works at the lunch hour. chocolate as it finishes, not much bitterness at all, more like a cappuccino than an espresso, also okay. as big as body gets in beer, a definite bottle to share. overall exceptional, but not as distinct as I thought it would be. memorable but not the best ive ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 22:44:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith coffee Speedway Stout
Smell: coffee, chocolate, malt and toffee.
Taste: roast coffee, chocolate, plum, and light booze but not bad for 12%.
Appearance: jet black no light passing through here. Tan colored head, and carbonation that quickly settles.
Mouth feel: nice viscosity, but not that of your big Imperial Stouts
Overall: this is definitely a top 10 coffee stout!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 18:37:08 | More by BA_Berto
Photo of dowen17


4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with a nice two finger milk chocolate head. Great retention. Leaves patchy lacing down the glass.

On the nose is rich roasted coffee. Big dark malts. Bittersweet chocolate. The coffee smells very very fresh here.

Taste is very coffee heavy. Roast dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Alcohol is present on the aftertaste.

Big chewy mouthfeel as you would expect from a stout. Good carbonation as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 20:53:09 | More by dowen17
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought bottle in 2011, opened October 2013.

A - Thick coffee black body. Tall, creamy, dark cocoa head. Great retention and lace.

S - Bourbon, coffee grinds, oak, caramel, honey, white booze.

T - Thick coffee, worcestershire sauce, dry oak, burnt molasses. Dry, 80% cocoa dark chocolate finish.

M - Thick, creamy, full body. Soft finish.

O - An excellent double coffee stout. The worcestershire note is the only thing holding this beer back.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:44:03 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Omnium


4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at House of 1000 Beers on 9-29-13

A - Poured out a rich creamy black color, two fingers of tan colored head, thick lacing.
S - Aroma has a lot of dark roasted chocolates, some smoky traits, it seems like there might be some hops in here, and definitely a little boozy.
T - Big bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, has a really nice hop character throughout the mouth, and there's a really neat flavor of smoked hickory chips that compliment it well.
M - Least favorite part of the beer, very dry, not a whole lot of those good complex flavors in the aftertaste, but for 12% there's not a lot of burn.
O - Great stout with how complex it is, the hops and smokiness really bring this to a new level. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 02:40:49 | More by Omnium
Photo of wiltznucs


3.66/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a CCB snifter. Smell is typical of a stout with malty goodness. Pours an inky black with no head. I don't pick up any coffee notes and a bit thin for my liking. A bad bottle perhaps? Overall, pretty good but better stouts can be had. If free forming I'd give it a 3.75. Overall quite nice...

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 02:37:38 | More by wiltznucs
Photo of videofrog


4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on date of 3/20/13. Let sit 1hour out of fridge.

A: Pitch black, no light escaping the body. Thin mocha head that recedes quickly. No significant lacing.

S: Coffee up front even after 6 months, dark chocolate and other sweet malts there as well.

T: Bitter coffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolates, toffee and caramel. Some alcohol flavor, but blends in nicely.

M: Creamier than I expected. Thick body with higher carb than usual for the style. Dry finish with tingly alcohol.

O: Thanks to dvmin98 for this trade. Great impy stout that I've been wanting to try for awhile. Didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:29:52 | More by videofrog
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

A- Pours a deep black, oily, opaque body with a fluffy, 2 inch, coffee brown head that reduces very slowly to some chunks of foam and leaves very thick lacing on the glass. Extremely inviting .

S- The aroma is potent and forward - just what I like in an imperial stout. Heavy coffee, chocolate, roastyness, some vanilla and a hint of booze.

T- The first thing to coat the tongue is a huge explosion of flavor - a rich balance of chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, vanilla, toasted malt. The finish is amazing, leaving a roasty, charred malt flavor on the tongue. Some hops mixed in there. Extremely drinkable and balanced for the abv, sip-demanding.

M- Rich, thick, low carbonation, and heavy bodied.

Alesmith speedway stout is one of the best interpretations of an imperial stout that I've ever tasted. Not too sweet, perfectly balanced, and super rich. I'd LOVE to try the bourbon barrel version, it may be near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:16:39 | More by gcamparone
Photo of crnipeter


1.53/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm repeatedly surprised how poorly American craft brewers mask alcohol in their high-ABV beers when compared to European brewmasters, and Speedway Stout only confirms the rule.

Apparently thin dark brown body with a short foamy head that instantly dissipates.

Good dosage of coffee and some red wine underlain by roasted malt qualities - chocolate in particular - are completely overwhelmed by fusel alcohol.

This sludge tastes like a week old coffee sediment washed down with cheap vodka + there's unexpected cherry-like tartness fuelling my fears the bottle might be infected, which is not - it's simply a bad beer. Finish is medium dry.

Rather thin for the style and burning hot on the palate.

Sadly even adding loads of advertised coffee couldn't mask the shittiness of the base beer. Can't believe this drainpour found it's way into top 6 on the Ratebeer. (Bottled on 02/14/13, into a snifter.)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:51:52 | More by crnipeter
Photo of spoony


4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled on August 15, 2013) into a snifter.

A-A normal to aggressive pour produces nearly two fingers of medium-brown foam. The retention is decent with the head dropping to a thick cap after a minute and to a patchy cap in the minute thereafter. The lacing on the glass is thick and substantial. The beer is pretty much opaque black.

S-The scent is smooth, but intense, with dark chocolate, a milky-mild sweetness, a touch of smoke, and, obviously, nicely roasted coffee. This brew is unique for the freshness and smoothness of its coffee flavor. It really smells like coffee...not old, burnt coffee or Sanka or whatever. Alcohol is incredibly well-disguised. I get just a bit of warming sensation; nothing more.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I taste smooth, lightly bitter, Italian/French roast coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of milk, some burnt caramel, and a bit of warming alcohol. The brew is nicely concentrated with a real coffee flavor and very light hops. Alcohol is really well integrated and provides just a bit warmth to an otherwise smooth brew.

M-The feel is lighter than many of this style, but it works. The carbonation is mild to moderate and the presence on the palate is pleasing and substantial, but not overly syrupy.

O-This beer falls into the the do-one-thing-well-and-do-it-really-well category. The coffee flavor here tastes the most realistic and least acidic/burnt/fake of any coffee stout (or double stout) I have ever had. Although the brew is not as complex as some, I will happily trade that artificial complexity for a beer as focused and well-done as this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:38:46 | More by spoony
Photo of Beaver13


4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/3/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is roasted, grainy, fudgy, chocolate with a little coffee.

The flavor is bitter roast, grains, chocolate, black licorice, a little dark fruit and some light roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, solid imperial stout. This bottle seems lighter on the coffee than other samples I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 05:41:38 | More by Beaver13
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA a little while back. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Basically black like oil with a 1/2" thick frothy tan head and good lacing on the sides. Head fizzled to 1/8" while I let this one warm up a bit.
AR: Chocolate, roast malt, black bread, molasses and roast coffee, though the coffee aroma isn't as prominent as I was expecting from a Coffee Stout. Soft hints of dark fruits and vanilla in the background.
T: Like the nose, the coffee isn't as prominent as I was expecting. It's there, but a subtle way. The main flavours are molasses, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It has secondary flavours of German chocolate cake and vanilla cream. Mellow note of coffee roast on the finish with a slight bitterness that makes me think of those little baking Hershey Kisses that weren't the regular ones. A tasty Stout with the 12% ABV well hidden, so well done on those counts, but I'm not getting enough coffee for a Stout that says on the label "Imperial Stout with coffee".
M: Low carbonation, nice thick fairly full body with a creamy texture and mouthfeel. A bit silky on the palate and a pretty clean finish for an Imperial Stout.
OV: Pretty much everything about this beer was spot on expect for the coffee flavour, which if you're going to spell out 'with coffee' on the label then IMO it should be bolder in the taste. Plus I love coffee flavour so I like a good amount of it, but it's at best a subtle mild addition here. A very well done and solid Imperial Stout, just not totally what it was advertised to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:25:37 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of ISmith87


4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - a nice dark almost black opaque color with a thick head of brown foam that sticks around. Nice Lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, cream, caramel.

T - Roasted malt, espresso, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, but at 12% what would I expect.

M - Alc present, but at 12% and brewed July of this year I can't knock it for that. Thick mouthfeel. Aftertaste is roasty coffee and alcohol.

O - Huh, not as good as I thought it would be, but that might be strictly due to lack of age. I'll have to hit up my local craft beer store (this one was a whole foods buy) to look for an older bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 22:58:23 | More by ISmith87
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Speedway Stout

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is an inky black brew. A steady pour produce a big dark tan head. This settled to a frothy collar. Decent lacing too.

S) Quite surprised at the amount of dark fruit I got out of this aroma. In particular cherry. Less surprised at the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T) I found the flavor to be very near the nose. The coffee is more pronounced, and the 12% ABV is also noted. Nice finish+aftertaste.

M) Not as thick as it looks, but still a very supple creamy brew. Mild carbonation here. Very smooth, with just a little alcohol tingle.

O) This is a very enjoyable and complex imperial stout. Glad to have AleSmith available in the Badger State. Glad to recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:57:29 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 07/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head which slowly recede into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very roasty, rich, and toasty dark malt aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee hints. Dark roasted barley malts with big upfront hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. Hints of burnt caramel, toffee, toast, smoke, cream, grains, and nuts. Sweet scent of burnt molasses and some hints of vanilla. Subtle dark fruit presence with hints of raisin, prune, fig, and dark cherry. Some earthy hops in the background. A very good dark and roasty stout aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big roasty and sweet dark malt driven taste with huge chocolate and coffee flavor. Roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, and roast coffee beans. Also malt notes of burnt caramel, burnt toast, toffee, cream, vanilla, grains, nuts, and smoked malt. Sweet notes of molasses. Slight anise presence. Dark fruit undertones with notes of raisin, dark cherry, fig, and prune. Some earthy hop bitterness balances things out towards the finish. A little alcohol taste comes through. A very good roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very rich, creamy, and sweet. Some alcohol heat comes through at 12% but overall things are fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall: A very good imperial stout. Huge roasty chocolate and coffee flavors while still maintaining a creamy smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 06:58:56 | More by MattyG85
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Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 release poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character up front followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee. There are touches of dark fruit and smokiness in the background. The hop presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time, but there are several other big stouts that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 03:46:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, good head for a strong beer.

Smell: Good coffee aroma.

Taste: Moderately sweet chocolate, pretty strong coffee flavors, some hot-boozy alcohol.

Overall: Alesmith is in Wiscoland so I picked up a bottle to try. This is pretty good, but could maybe use a little cellaring to better integrate the alcohol. Sometimes a 12% beer will show the alcohol and sometimes it hides it--I prefer the ones that can hide it better.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 13:43:51 | More by Mdog
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Appearance: Nice tan two finger head that eventually recedes mostly to the perimeter. As expected, it's black and opaque. Looks like a big stout.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, graham crackers, roasted malt, vanilla, coconut. Hoping that the taste lives up to the smell.

Taste: Semi-sweet baker's chocolate upfront, followed by some subtle vanilla in the middle. The end gives way to the roasted coffee and bitterness you'd expect afterwards. This is pretty complex and easy drinking for the abv(no way I'd guess this was 12% blind). Definitely lives up to the taste nicely. I bet the fresh version has more prominent coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety, but not too viscous. It's medium bodied for a big stout, and that's just fine. It's almost too easy to drink.

Overall: A great stout that I'd gladly drink again. Nothing to dislike really. This is a classic for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:49:53 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Speedway Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with 2 and half fingers of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, bitter coffee, baker's chocolate.

T - Wow, now this is tasty. First off getting roasted coffee, some roasted malts, dark chocolate. Mid palate getting a touch anise with some dark fruit in there. Quality stuff here.

M - Better than expected, medium carbonation with heavy mouthfeel. Yummy!

O - A very good quality coffee stout. Recommended ! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 23:32:05 | More by fitrock2112
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4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; opaque jet black with a medium fizzy brown head that fades after a bit into a nice ring of thick foam. Leaves incredibly fine lacing coating as the liquid level falls.
Smell is slightly metallic, dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweeter notes like caramel and toffee, and slight dark fruit.
Taste is big and sweet at first, with chocolate and dark fruit; it soon moves through roasted malt and coffee and finishes bittersweet with hints of alcohol (nowhere near the 12% that it is) and the bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste mingling with sweet chocolate and toffee.
Mouthfeel is huge and creamy, good carbonation.
Overall, this is a benchmark for imperial stouts. It's a perfect example of imperial stout flavor, without any fancy accouterments. It's simple, but it's very good at doing what it does. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:45:14 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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