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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,502
Hads: 5,765
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 843
Gots: 1,744 | FT: 157
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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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Reviews: 1,502 | Hads: 5,765
Photo of HopMasterFlex
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer sets the bar for all stouts in my mind. It is special and gets better everytime i drink it. If you have had it only once drink it again and i guarantee you will have a new experience with it.

Smell is coffee and chocolate with undertones of caramel and vanilla. It smells so good it is hard to wait for it to warm to the drinking temp. It pours black as a can be and looks extremely viscous and full bodied. perfect head every time.

Taste is second to none for a year round release. Coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, caramel, with a little bitter taste to it at the end. A little warmth is present due to its 12% abv and I love it. Can't say enough.

Overall i use this beer to compare not only stouts but all beers. the quality is outstanding and is consistent year round. Hands down top 5 year round release for me. (834 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared by CrellMoset--thanks Chris!

A: Pours a midnight black which lets no light through but for the chocolatey dark brown two fluffy fingers of head, and the slight mahogany glow around the edge of the glass when the light hits it. Many crisp, extremely fine carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the glass, where the head has by now subsided into a chocolatey latte-like foam. Nice lacing around the edge of the glass, and an uneven foamy ring that looks like a chocolate snowdrift in some places.

S: Notes of dark chocolate and dark coffee are immediately apparent, but there's a definite raspberry syrup in the nose as well. There's also fairly dominant toast and smoke notes, and a subtle nutty note. The raspberry note is definitely strongly present, but only noticed at first when agitated. Quite sweet and nice as it warms, and evens out nicely.

T: Very bitter and predominantly full of coffee, smoke, and toast, though these are blended with cream, nuts, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. A little bit of raspberry in the aftertaste, but nothing like was in the nose. Hints of apples and then anise as it warms. The fruit notes come out a bit more as it warms, but they aren't particularly coming across like raspberry as in the nose. The aftertaste is very much coffee, smoke, and hops. Very nicely balanced, and wonderful for how simple it is.

M: Somewhat crisp and very smooth. Not hot in the slightest, and I would never guess the ABV was anywhere near 12%. It seems almost a bit like sparking water to me, and while I would like to knock it for that, I'm thinking of ways it could be improved, and coming up short. I would like for it to be a bit creamier than it is, but this would inhibit the drinkability--it's already extremely smooth--and fewer bubbles would make it fall flat. As it warms, the mouthfeel evens out quite a bit and it's near perfect--as it's warmed I've had to bump it from a 4 to a 4.5 and now to a 5, and by the time it's finished, perfection.

Did someone steal my alcohol? So very highly drinkable. I don't know what I'd guess the ABV on this is--from the taste and lack of heat, I'd probably guess around a 6%--only half of what it is. I don't know how they did it. Pick up as much you can, drink it slowly, and allow it to reach its full potential as it warms! (2,310 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Being a Californian, I thought I'd be able to get this easily, but that hasn't been the case. I've been looking forward to trying this one for a long time now. It is no disappointment.

A - Turbid black, giving no secrets out - like a black hole sucking in all light, planets, dark matter, etc. Head is very fluffy, tan, with large bubbles, and good retention. Lacing is mighty and attractive.

S - Up front phenols, with brownies, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and raisins.

T - Definitely the highlight here. Starts out tasting like raspberries and chambord, Turkish coffee, dark chocolate. Oh man, this is the stuff dreams are made of, gents. More chocolatey than a chocolate stout.

M - Velvety, creamy, nice and thick and chewy on the way in and down. Foam is like some kind of divine cotton candy.

D - High abv, but almost undetectable. Hides it very well, unlike other stouts I've tried with high abv's. This is a fantastic beer, and I've got it available for trade! (978 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter (and later into a perfect pint).

A - Beee-lack. Just black. Two full fingers of mocha-colored head, with some serious staying power. Not a lot of lacing but wow, that head sticks around.

S - Lots of coffee, coupled with a chocolate sweetness. Cocoa, toast, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Wow. This has all the components that I look for in a stout. Leading off is an oat-y note that reminds me of breakfast cereal, followed closely by strong coffee flavors. Once the coffee fades the sweetness comes in, along with some milk chocolate. The finish is more coffee, and it goes a while. This is an awesome beer.

M - Smooth and creamy, substantial yet light. Carbonation is just right, and the finish is not too dry. I'm not aware of a better beer in this area.

D - Okay, the ABV is high, but if I had another bottle I'd be popping the top right now. RIGHT NOW.

O - This is truly a world-class beer. I may not live here on the left coast much longer, but I can tell you that I'll be buying a lot more of this while I'm still here. (1,057 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged almost 1 year old, I am assuming.

Appeared jet black with a caramel colored head one finger in size, poured into a snifter.

Big aroma of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and notes of vanilla.

Its taste offers coffee up front. I then notice dark chocolate cake... Amost like a booze-soaked cake, though the beer isn't overly boozey. A touch of toffee comes to mind. Mocha lingers on the finish.

Full mouthfeel. Chewy. Not very slick...more so dry, which i love.

Overall this is decadent and beautiful. Hard to find a fault here. Its coffee and chcolate flavors are in nice balance,unlike some other coffee stouts. A real treat. (648 characters)

Photo of hophead247
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black and opaque in appearance; moderately thick in viscosity. Head is minimal at first but quickly diminishes to an oily overlay. Bitterness jumps out of the gate first for aroma, along with unsweetened dark chocolate, mocha mousse and cafe o' lait. Coffee and roasted malts are definitely represented in this speed demon. Alcohol is discernable in flavor. Bitter chocolate and espresso flavors dominate. It's like sucking on a handful of greasy, dark roasted espresso beans. Body is oily and dense. Malts seem to favor flavor over viscosity. Definitely has its share of IBUs. Moderate carbonation is probably livelier on the palate than in actuality because of the dactylic touch of alcohol. Finish is warming, bitter and mouth watering. While I served it at about 55 degrees as recommended on the bottle, I liked it better as it got even warmer, say 60-65 degrees. At the higher temp, it seemed to thicken and improve its body. (930 characters)

Photo of sharkboy
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass

A - Black as twilight, with a thin lacing of medium brown around the sides, unlike the prominent head of creamier stouts like Guinness.

S - Mysterious, alcohol is surprisingly absent, coffee is present but toned down, traces of dark fruit and milk chocolate.

T - Like the smell, the coffee and chocolate is present but not overpowering; not like syrupy Starbucks, but a IHOP roast. Alcohol is craftily scaled back for a strong stout, and hints of Pinot Noir are present.

M - Thinner than most Imperial Stouts, but not watery. Little to no alcohol burn while sitting in mouth or after swallowing. Big flavor, but a pleasant aftertaste.

O - Very drinkable for a Imperial Stout, carries the characteristics of its style, but slightly of the beaten path. Not a revelation, but elegantly crafted and tasty. (831 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 750 ml capped and foil wrapped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured an inky black body that looked chunky when it came from the bottle. It presented a nearly 2 finger head that was dark brown and receded slowly to a nice cover over the liquid. It laced nicely clinging even curtains to the side of the glass.

S: It hit the nose with a shot of straight black espresso then offered bakers chocolate and hints of smoky nuts and dark fruits.

T: The roasted malts had a smokey and nutty flavor that came from the nearly burnt malts. The coffee flavors were distinct and more pronounced early. After sitting the chocolate and dark fruits came more into play.

M: IT is full bodied with a thick presence on the tongue and a very warm and clean finish. Nearly no carbonation.

D: It is a bit heavy and has a touch too high an ABV to be a session brew...but it is a great RIS...one worth having....and even more so one worth drinking. (945 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, opened 1/24/07

A- pours black and looks thick, two finger thick & creamy tan head sporting excellent retent, and eventually settles to a nice ring, thin tan lacing.

S- coffee, burnt malts, sweet cream, slight alcohol

T- lost of malt, burnt & roasted. roasted coffee flavor, creamy sweetness as well, roasted coffee aftertaste. only hints of alcohol throughout

M- creamy full (and filling) body, slides over palate

D- wonderful malty flavor, complex and mellow. filling brew and very satisfying, dont really need another because this can be enjoyed for quite some time. alcohol is amazingly well hidden. I enjoyed mine over a two hour period, and is was an amzing experience. (703 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL bottle from Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH.

A: Pours a dark black color with khaki head, attractive lacing on the glass

S: coffee is the dominant smell with some roasted malts and chocolate scents too

T: similar to the smell; coffee is the dominant flavor, but not overpowering with some chocolate and roast, with a slight bit of alcohol in there too.

M: creamy and very full bodied, but it doesn't feel "thick"...great mouthfeel

D: probably the most drinkable coffee flavored stout i've ever drank (519 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at AleSmith tasting room.

A: Impenetrable brown, darkish film of brown head which recedes to a ring and some swirls layered on the surface of the beer. The head is exceptionally fine and persists for the entire glass. The lacing coats the entire wall of the glass. Exceptional appearance for the style.

S: Big coffee with a little sweetness, blending beautifully with some smoke and dark chocolate undertones. Phenomenal.

T: Decadent coffee, again some dark chocolate and roasted notes underneath, with a mild espresso finish which peters out slowly. Slightly off dry.

M: Medium carbonation and full body. The carbonation adds a velvet smooth mouthfeel to the full body. Leaves a little sticky residue on your lips.

O: Glorious, decadent, and delicious. Coffee forward without crossing the line into oblivion. Not a whiff of alcohol is evident. Gorgeous. (866 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade. This definitely fits the bill as a Big Beer. Pours almost sludge-like out of the champagne bottle. Thick and black with a miniscule beige head. Next to no lacing. The aroma is all roasted coffee. The body is big and bold and the flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol really pack a whollop. It never becomes too much though. The beer remains smooth throughout. This is one of those beers that you wouldn't know was 12% by the flavor, only by the effect. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Superb. (537 characters)

Photo of SShelly
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Red Carpet.

Pours dark brown/black with low tan head, fades quick and leaves behind a little lace with some legs.

Smells of chocolate and coffee, slight hop aroma in the background, definetly wait for this to warm up when it hit 55+ the aroma changed for the better.

Flavor is dark and malty with a strong coffee presence, balancing hops but really no bitterness, plenty of hop aroma in the finish with a nice residual sweetness (pz's signature sweet finish). Leaves a wonderful roast sweetness in the mouth.

A great beer, highly enjoyable, I wish they made more of it. (585 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip. Not sure of the vintage, bought it about 8 months ago from Holiday Wine Cellars. 400th review!

A - Pours a dark, inky black with a huge, luscious head of mocha foam that never really disappears, only shrinks to 1/2 inch. Leaves tons of sticky, soapy lacing on the glass. Beautiful!
S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, and a TON of coffee. The coffee is obviously of a high-quality, very rich and dark with just the slightest acrid waft. Some dark berries are in there, too, as well as just the slightest hint of soy sauce.
T - Wow, while this is obviously a coffee-forward Stout, the chocolate is very dominant as well. Definitely reminds me of a Mocha beverage from a coffee shop. More dark roasted malt and dark berries round out the flavor, luckily the soy sauce is no where to be found in the taste.
M - The mouthfeel is what really sets this beer apart, it's so creamy and luscious, it's more akin to a milkshake then a beer. Low carbonation, so smooth and drinkable it's ridiculous!
O - What a beer! I cannot believe this is actually a year-round release, if I had regular access to this I'd likely never buy anything else (well, at least Stout-wise). Phenomenal brew, one of the best Stouts I've ever had! (1,253 characters)

Photo of OneManRockFight
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Long time listener, first time caller. This is my first review, and I saved it for a world-class beer. I"m an admitted RIS groupie, from Stone IRS to Sea Monster to tenFidy, but this takes the proverbial cake.

Appearance: Pours a dark-as-night black with minimal lacing, half finger of dark tan head. Beautiful. Enough said.

Nose: One of the highlights of this beer, very coffee heavy. Not surprising as this is a coffee stout, but it is a very good-smelling beer. Also a tiny bit of alcohol sting in the nose, but this serves as a come-hither, not a deterrent. Better nose than IRS or Yeti (both incredible beers), not quite tenFidy level but close.

Mouthfeel: Another selling point of this beer. Starts off thick but just melts away on the tongue. Very near the perfect amount of carbonation. Delightful.

Taste: The bread and butter. Hits all the right notes. Coffee, toffee, and a little dark fruit / currant in the front, fading to milk chocolate. Runs through an incredible gamut of flavors. Taste complexity is what all RIS's are judged by and Speedway has it in spades.

Overall: An incredible RIS. From the slightly boozy coffee-toffee up front to the silky milk chocolate finish, this is a ridiculously flavorful sipper that can serve as a session beer if one has the pocket book for it. Very, very well done. (1,323 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Got this one as an Xmas present, probably not more than 3 months old.

A- Pours black with a nice finger's worth of caramel colored head which quickly dissipates into a think film along the top. Lacing is apparent on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of coffee, hints of chocolate and vanilla, roasty malts. Alcohol is also evident in the aroma.

T- Up front I get lots of roasty malts, which moves into the coffee flavor. The coffee is big in this one, as one would expect. Then some hints of chocolate come about. For a stout I can taste some hop presence as well. Very good stuff.

M- Thick and chewy. For being 12% ABV the alcohol doesn't bite too bad. A great sipper.

This is certainly one of the better stouts I've had. You wouldn't think it of it as being 12% ABV based on the way it drinks. I'd like to see how the coffee flavors fare with some age on this one. (900 characters)

Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a really dark black, finger worth of brown/ tan head. Looks like espresso
S: dark rich chocolate and espresso, smells of alcohol, slight black licorice
T: super sweet chocolate mixed with espresso and vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate and little earthiness comes through. You don't even realize this thing is 12 percent alcohol, extremely well balanced
M: big bodied stout with fine carbonation,
O: super awesome non barrel aged big stout that is my standard for how a stout should taste. Super well balanced as well (525 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a wine glass. Purchased this bottle 6 weeks ago, but believe the coffee flavor should still be fresh by now.

Pours an extremely blackened, opaque, oil-slick color. There's some brown streaks that glow towards the bottom of the glass, but otherwise, no light is going through this thing, and it fits straight into whatever theme this was going for. There was a surprisingly large mocha-colored head considering the ABV, and yet it was more surprising that the head never seemed to vanish throughout consumption. Lacing was plentiful the whole way, with thickened frothiness coating the edges of the glass unlike any imperial stout I've seen before. This is extremely viscous and thickened overall, and is truly eye candy in some ways. I honestly have no complaints here.

The aroma is quite what I expected, filled with a sweetened coffee extract aroma, but still retains unique aspects such as darkened fruit flavors and spices that I haven't quite gotten in a coffee stout before. Raisins, blackcurrant, and vinous proprieties abound, but they are coated with warm vanilla, chocolate maltiness, and amazingly fresh ground coffee flavors - exactly the kind of aroma that you get immediately after grounding some beans. As someone who worked at a coffee shop once, it's uncanny. As this warms up, it gets nuttier, and the fruit flavors become more forward, but it also reveals the booze quite clearly. At that point, it almost resembles a deep Malbec or Cabernet blend. Very, very complex, a tad overwhelming, and yet pleasing to the senses.

The flavor really takes things up a notch, but instead of exaggerating one of the many flavors this has, it instead melds them altogether. The coffee extract flavor remains obvious, but it is quickly coated by a dark chocolate fudge texture combined with vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits. The bitterness produced by the coffee and malts prevent this from becoming too sweet, and whatever hops are there (no clue myself), they're doing a strong job. In some ways, this seriously reminds me of Rochefort 10 with coffee, which is most likely due to the bottle conditioning. This is a nearly perfect drinking experience in many respects - creamy, silky, hearty, and yet wonderfully easy to drink. While the alcohol makes itself known in the aroma, it never, ever becomes present in the flavor. No heat or sting or anything. My only complaint is that it's a bit dry overall, in the same way big wines can be. However, it's perhaps the price to pay for it's full bodied character.

Truly something this decadent and filling couldn't be this easy to drink. And yet it is! This transcends the coffee stout as I know it. It's very complex and filled with all kinds of flavors that make it resemble chocolate coffee cake in liquid form. I believe it's worth tracking down, as it really is a big beer that never seems like a chore to drink in any respect. I could drink a whole bottle myself if I wanted to, but I'm glad I split it. Can't recommend it enough! (3,039 characters)

Photo of popery
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best stouts that I've ever had. Chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee and more blend smoothly and nearly perfectly to create a really incredible beer. It's dark as night with a small mocha cap. The aroma is a bit lighter than the flavor, but it's still excellent. The mouthfeel is smooth and luxurious without ever showing its weight. I'm shocked that this beer is anywhere near 12% abv. It's a real treat. I dearly wish that it was more readily available. (467 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this near black into a 21st Amendment tulip. Decent with adequate head very nice lace.
The initial taste was burnt dark chocolate. Mouth fills with rich creamy flavors of chocolate and coffee. Burning alcohol in the mouthfeel and aftertaste. Delicious. A real sipper full of complexity. (296 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Dark as night, very thick, and a wall of a brown head. Powerful aroma of strong coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is excellent, strong coffee, slight sweetness brought about by the bakers and dark chocolate flavors, then bittersweet finish. Alcohol is masked by the coffee, but you feel the 12% after finishing a bottle. It is really like no other stout. (398 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, viscous midnight black with a dark tan head and spider-webbed lace on the Imperial Pint glass.
Aromas of creamy chocolate, hint of roasted malt and a good shot of fresh roasted coffee beans.
Flavor is thick, milk chocolate, rich but deeply bitter roated coffee and more sublt notes of roasted peanuts and drak bread. As beer warmed got some faint hints of dark citrus fruits.
Mouthfeel is amazingly lush and palate-coating from start to finish. Rich, powerful chocolate malts cut by robust but well moderated bitterness.
Drinkability is very high. Near perfection for a stout. Thickness and fullness might make it tough for some but great too style and simply enjoyable. (687 characters)

Photo of Wreckoncile
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifer

A - Pours with a slight viscosity, although lower than some in the style, and forms an inch of creamy tan head that slowly retreats leaving good lacing. Black and opaque.

S - Initial aroma is strong with a medley of roastiness, chocolate/cocoa, and a slightly sweet booziness almost reminiscent of some bourbon (eventhough I'm pretty certain no such ingredient is in this). A slight coffee bitterness rounds out the scent.

T - The initial flavor is strongly coffee like, with a bitter and roasty character that is immediately present. As it reaches goes down, the creamy mouthfeel imparts an almost milky chocolate malt flavoring that finally yields at the very end to a slightly boozy and bittersweet flavoring.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is superb. Among my favorites for the style and a clinic in appealing mouthfeel. A rich and creamy mouthfeel that gives it an almost milkshake like quality, and yet it has an appropriate level of carbonation to just add that extra element and bring the aromatics to the nose.

O - The appearance and taste of this are solid for the style, while the scent and mouthfeel are exceptionally well crafted. The taste does cause me a slight schizophrenia as it was at times harshly bitter and at times cloyingly sweet. Usually those two balance eachother out well, but I think the creaminess of the mouthfeel (which was unquestionably my favorite aspect of this beer) allows the residual beer to sit on the tongue just a bit longer and confuse you with it's progressions. Nonetheless, a must have in the cellar for any die hard stout fan. (1,620 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL pours an opaque black color with a rich, creamy brown head. Retention is ridiculous and lacing good.

Nose smells delicious. Just enough coffee to balance the chocolaty sweetness. Straightforward, but very good. Low fruit, very American.

Taste is uber-smooth...12% - surely you jest! Rich and smooth in the mouth and feels more foreign export than imperial. The coffee flavor is so well integrated and balanced with an oaty/slick sweetness. Just about perfect. A well handled hop bitterness on the finish, never gets close to cloying. Near perfection, just a WOW type of beer. I am very glad I have one more of these in the cellar. (639 characters)

Photo of ivandm13
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance: jet black with a thin tan head which subsides to an archipelago of lone bubbles

Smell: coffee, dark roasted malt, alcohol, and a light note of vanilla

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Alcohol is definitely present up front but smoothed and balanced by the other flavors but subsides and let you know it's still present while the coffee and malt linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: smooth and full bodied but still quite light

Overall: extremely drinkable and smooth while still packing a potent dose. an amazing go to for me in the realm of year round and readily available imperial stouts. For me it rivals the best. (676 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.