1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,419 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 145
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:
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!
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 5,419 | Reviews: 1,471
Photo of jsh420
2.83/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottle from jessethehutt - atleast 4months old

pours jet black with 2 finger tan head that has good retention and left plenty of lacing

smell is coffee chocolate milk and some roasted malts behind all that

taste - wow kind of a big let down - coffee then sour milk - has some roast and chocolate but that sour milk flavor is awful

mouthfeel is watery thin - thinner then nitro guinness!!

drinkability is ok - does not taste 12% abv but on the other hand the flavors are not good

Photo of dedrinker
2.91/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very glassy, shiny black color with little head and the thinnest dark brown hue when held to the light. Quite attractive despite the lack of head. Faint aroma of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor and mouth feel are disappointingly thin with a sharp, acidic black coffee bitterness that carries through to the finish. A little oak and rum creep out at the end to try and redeem itself, but I can't sign on to this one. The trouble with some coffee stouts is that they taste like they could really use some cream and sugar. I'm glad I didn't pay money for this, but on the brighter side I think this would be a great beer to braise some skirt steak with.

Photo of RebeccaMB
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of deuce9259
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of earlholman
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Mbpike
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Roland
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of bevoduz
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much smoother than I expected. BA ones are better though.

Photo of gonzo000
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of XionPi
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of oaktree42
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of BillDon
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of waston
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of aanth
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Trilogy31
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of doldham
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of Ngntjp
3/5  rDev -31.7%

I was expecting a lot more from this one. The nose is yogurt and over-ripened strawberry and maybe a bit of hard boiled egg (?!?!). Taste is where I was the most let down. As an admitted non bourbon barrel-aged stout fan, I was surprised to find so many similar notes of BBA stouts in this. Slight milk chocolate note over vanilla-y yogurt covered raisins and then some alcohol. Note that I do not really enjoy a noticeable alcohol content. Just not enjoying this nearly as much as so many other RISs out there. Glad to have tried it, but not one I would recommend. Sorry Alesmith, maybe I just had much higher hopes. With such a vast number of Russian imperial stouts out there, I would gladly reach for a year-round RIS over this any day.

Photo of SuperMario
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of TWM
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Had on tap while sitting outside on a warm day. Not sure if the weather contributed, but this just didn't come together.

Visual- Nice, very dark, smooth. 2-finger head,

Aroma- Not much to smell; a little coffee, slight burnt edge

Taste- Not much taste- disappointing. Tasted almost like a good stout that was served too cold, but it wasn't too cold. The flavors were coffee and chocolate over the malt, good bitterness, but none of the flavors came through strong enough to satisfy. Felt like I was getting hints of an awesome beer, but not the awesome beer itself.

Feel- smooth but a little watery for a stout.

Overall- didn't live up to its billing. Not a bad beer, but not one that blew me away.

Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of huddyball
3/5  rDev -31.7%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,419 ratings.