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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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3,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 3993
Reviews: 1372
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

Brewed by:
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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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Photo of connecticutpoet


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's Liquors for $13.99, and damn was I glad to get one locally rather than having to trade for it. Consumed with my father while watching the extended version of "The Two Towers"... it sure made the movie somewhat more surreal.

This one poured out an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a tan two-finger head that persisted for quite a while. Quite a stout.

Aroma was a complex blend of roasted malt, toasted barley, coffee, and dark fruits, with alcohol pervading the whole nose underneath it all.

Flavor was of intense bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, almost burned barley, and coffee, with a definite alcohol presence making itself known. This was a rather bitter stout, and quite welcome.

I have to take a little away from its drinkability, both because of its power and its cost. Cost is prohibitive, and it made me reeeally sleepy. Although that could have been the movie, too. But not the pizza, had this before pizza.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:30:09 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Crosling


4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was unbelieveable. It poured pitch black. The head: light tan in size with a mostly diminishing head that left some lacing. Nice nose. Molasses and lots of toffee and coffee but mostly a sweet milk chocolate covered pot leaf that I loved. Starts out with vanilla, toffee and tons of cocoa. The mid-palate was full of chocolate but not the usual chocolate but more of a melted milk chocolate. The finish was amazing and hard to put into words. It was a tobacco laden coffee bean dripping with chocolate and it was very lingering. The coffee beans served there purpose, molding all the flavors together and eliminating a lot of the alcohol flavors. This was a 12% beer and I could barely taste any alcohol and I think it was the coffee beans than eliminated it. This beer was amazing and the past few days I have been sitting in the middle of class and I could swear that I tasted the tobacco laden coffee bean dripping with chocolate finish. Rerate: I’ve had several bottles since my first review above and each bottle still blows me away. One of the best Imperial Stouts in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 23:06:06 | More by Crosling
Photo of PatandDavid


3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

David and I shared a bottle of the 2006 version at Redbones. My review is all over the map, I think one of the reasons as this one would most likely benefit with some ageing (it's actually recommended to do so on the bottle). Initial impression after the bottle was opened was that it was a boozy monster with a syupy mouthfeel. I was actually a little nervous and thought, I hope some of our fellow bar patrons can help us finish the bottle if we aren't able to. Well, guess what, we had no problems finiishing the bottle, so let's see what we had. Poured into tulip glasses, it had a nice coal black color with mahogany highlights in the light. I loved the deep rich coffee crema head, but it dissipated and only left me with some small skim coat on the sides. The aroma was initially boozy, but as we became accostomed to it, the coffee came to the fore, and some depth was provided by some stone fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel was initially syrupy, however as we made our way through the bottle, it became rougher, with fine prominent carbonation. Tastewise, there's a ton of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted notes from both. I enjoyed it, and it did become easier to drink as we made our way through the bottle. Actually did not feel intoxicated at the end, but that's where a big meal, and tons of water help out. Would love to try again in six months.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 13:34:43 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of imblane


4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Release in a 750ml bottle, brewery fresh. This is listed as an American Double Stout, but I feel the coffee overtones overpowered this beer. I love this beer, but IMHO it is not a double or IRS beer. It is in a class by itself. Black as the Ace of Spades with a big coffee kick upfront, a malty backbone and a smooth alcohol finish. The acidity was moderate and this beer was un-believably enjoyable and relaxing. Another huge effort from Ale Smith, I have a few of these in the cellar for a cool winter day!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 07:25:22 | More by imblane
Photo of Lnedrive14


4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to write this one the morning after because I got a bit too drunk from that big bottle!

A: One heck of a dark beer - straight up opaque black. A bit disappointed that it poured with no head - maybe this was one of those issues AleSmith had been having with the beers sent to the east coast. In any case, the lack of head really detracted from the beer's appearance.

N/P: This really is a coffee stout. I think I started drinking this one a bit too cold so a lot of the flavors didn't come out very well. When it warmed up the coffee and roasted malts hit the palate hard. To be honest, I had a hard time pulling anything else out of this one - the coffee really dominates.

M/D: The alcohol I felt was a bit too much. I guess I should have expected it at 12%, but it was a definitely a bit stinging throughout the session. Other than that, the beer was fairly creamy and had a pretty good texture. Drinkability is fairly low, although I did manage to kill the bottle myself :)

All in all a good beer, but certainly it did not live up to my expectations. Perhaps this is a different beast on the west coast, but unfortunately, this is the only one I had to review.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 13:52:08 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of hero27


4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapped over the neck & cap. 12% abv.

I could have sworn the bottle was brown (or black) before I poured it out...but when I noticed the bottle was actually green, I realized how damn dark this beer really was. The head was chocolate brown and left thick tan lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. The bittersweet taste of coffee beans mixed with chocolate kept the alcohol pretty well hidden, and it's truly hard to believe this is 12%..
The mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is fairly low..creamy and rich to the end.. drinkability is ok, but there's no way I'd be able to have more than one 750ml of this...I had some help from a couple friends and it still took us quite a while.

Very similar to Dark Lord..but the Lord takes the crown, in my opinion. Speedway Stout is a gigantic beer and an Imperial Stout that's well worth trying if you get the chance.

Bottle courtesy of Jetsbeer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 03:59:24 | More by hero27
Photo of rajendra82


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the beers I recently picked up at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, and curiously one of several Imperial Stouts with coffee I seem to have run into lately. Out of the green 750 ml. bomber, and into the goblet, the beer came out deep reddish black with a one finger thick light brown head. The body was opaque when held up to the light with some brown highlights at the extreme edge. Aroma was chocolate malt and leafy hops mingling together. The first taste was about as intense as I have ever had in a beer. The acrid roastiness of the malts provided the backbone of the flavor profile, while the green bitterness and acidity of the hop oils provided the muscular heft. Together they had quite a tug of war on my tongue. I believe the hops won out in the end. They claim to have poured in pounds and pounds of coffee beans in the brew, but the other flavors were so strong, the coffee was barely detectable as a distinct taste. There was a lingering note of chocolate in the aftertaste. The body was thick and smooth, providing an excellent feel on the palette, which was spoiled only a little by the peppery spiciness of the alcohol. The strength was well covered by the abundance of the flavor while the beer was in the mouth, but since there are no taste buds in the stomach, the warmth spreading to the extremities from there was dead giveaway. This is a beer best suited for a nightcap duty, although the large bomber size gets in the way of that a bit. I would love to see what some age can bring out, as at this fresh stage the hops dominated everything else. Maybe I can get my hands on some more to set it aside for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 04:23:14 | More by rajendra82
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this pimped out 750 in a trade a ways back.. want to say its courtesy of ejquin but hard to remember exactly. either way...

majestically noir into a brandy snifter. no light is penetrating. tan furry layer of thin cream rests atop.. trippy arms of lacing. very espresso-like in appearance, thanks to the microbrew coffee used in the brew process undoubtedly.

nose is unequivocally boozy, reminiscent in its malt/yeast profile of dogfish head big beers, wws most noticeably. chocolate malts release a really dry cocoa aroma mixed with some tree bark and wild, pungent hops. coffee isn't so much fresh brewed as it is oily, roasting beans. huge fucking beer to be respected.

slick, oily.. with a real snakebite in the finish. a sipper for sure, and that evens out the abrasive elements that throw off the body. when sipped, this is an invigorating experience. silky carbonation, dense, rich syrupy body and great hop levels keep each tag off the glass interesting and equally powerful. there are few beers that don't diminish in strength as you drink more.. and this is certainly one of them.

flavors i pick up here include burnt vanilla bean, coffee grounds, pumpkin pie filling, plummy/cherry yeast fruitiness and essential bittersweet chocolate syrup. a full, enriching beer experience.

dangerously drinkable. i had no problem throwing back a 750 of this over the course of an evening.. well, no problems until the next morning. 12% seems more like.. 9?

awesome beer, for a RIS (double? bah!).. no dark lord, but what is, besides dark lord. still, considering the availability of this beer and its dominance to other locals like stone.. an american classic through and through.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 04:28:58 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Tallboy


4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Jet Black, with a toast-brown head Flavor: Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying.
Aroma: COFFEE!
Mouthfeel Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel just a bit. Still, you won't fool your taste buds -- this beer is freaking Huge

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 05:43:59 | More by Tallboy
Photo of chargerfanjess


4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK I am new so I am reviewing the beers I had last night and they happen to be my favorites so thats why the high scores...as I taste more and sample the scores will be more reasonable. Anyways this beer poured thick with a nice tall tan head that lasted for ever. I could have balanced a semi truck on this head. The amlty aroma I could have smelled for hours. Nice subdued hops in the nose not to overpower the lovely malts. The taste is incredible very complex with anise, raisin, roast, slight smoke and hung around on the palate for ever. the mouthfeel was equally incredible without being too thick. Very drinkable. a sligh alcohol edge that soothed with time. I felt I was drinking some expensive bottle of wine the way I judged it (Screaming Eagle like). I got this at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido. I have heard this is hard to come by. try it if you find it...you will not be disapointed

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 19:09:36 | More by chargerfanjess
Photo of Tupperwolf


4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Where to start?

In the San Diego area there seems to have been a shortage of Speedway Stout; I swung by the brewery to buy some and was informed by a friendly but chagrined employee (Mike? Matt?) that they were waiting on coffee from Ryan Bros. before they could get a new batch on the market and that they didn't have any left at the brewery at all. He recommended a couple of places, both of which didn't have it, and I stumbled upon the last bottle at BevMo. I intended to give the bottle away for Chanukah, but was determined to at least try it. At the time I didn't have a chance to review, and I stumbled across another couple of bottles at Dick's Liquor. I've been saving my bottle for some time now; It's been calling to me.

I'm dissappointed immediately by the utter lack of a head; The cap hissed when I opened it, so I assume the cap seal wasn't bad, but there's just no head at all other than a few bubbles I force with an aggressive pour that soon dissappear. I'm left with a murky brownish-black tulip full of what looks like a nightmare child of dark wine and the blackest of military coffees. I hate giving this beer a below average score for appearance but as far as I can tell there's nothing wrong with my particular bottle - the other sample I tried was similarly headless.

The smell punches you in the nose with coffee (duh) and bitter baker's chocolate. Little whiffs of raisin and sour-fruity-sweetness tie the two together, and the alcohol makes a slight appearance. Heady, heavy, alcoholic, the scent is somewhat intimidating. That's a good thing!

The taste is so full of coffee, toffee and chocolate notes it's like drinking a cool mocha (maybe even an Irish coffee, with the alcoholic notes on the back of the tongue). The taste is just like the smell, with slight variations in the acidity of the raisin-plum notes that are the background to the chocolate-coffee. Big, big flavors have been forced into this one alongside big abv.

Mouthfeel takes a big hit because this simply doesn't have any carbonation. This Imperial/Double Stout has the right consistency - chewy and sticky, with lingering sheets of carmally flavors coating the inside of the mouth that just won't go away - but I wish it had some froth to liven things up a bit more than they already are.

For a Big Beer, this one drinks like a champ. Go into the game expecting alcohol and coffee and you'll flip for this one.

It may seem obvious that something was wrong with my bottle and I should have had more carbonation; But I reviews 'em as I sees 'em. I'm more than willing to try another bottle of this to see if I get a better example! Until then, my review stands.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 07:47:07 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from hudson acme

i bought myself some new beerware to accomodate 750s, and frankly, this thing's too big. it's a 160 oz brandy snifter. that's right...it can accomodate FIVE 750s. anyway, i figured this was an appropriate brew to christen my BIG glass (i call it...the grrrail)

big chocolate aroma out of the bottle (which, now that it is empty, i see is green and not black). pours a reddish brown, but black in the glass. chocolatemilkshake head that sticks to the glass when it sloshes around (looks almost like changing tides in this glass). when i stick my face in the snifter's port (literally; when i sip my hairline is in the cavernous glass. i should wear a hairnet) i get alot of ethanol in my nose, along with the expected black malt aromas and some deep dark fruitiness

a fair amount of bitterness from the highly kilned malts, but it could be a much smoother drink. vanilla, rum, raisin. the hop bitterness seems to mesh with the ethanol flavor, so the alcohol appears more prevalent than it really is. in any case, i should be expecting some alcohol to come through (though it's a little strong in the aroma)

coffee doesn't seem to have as much of an impact compared to peché mortel, but i don't drink the stuff so i might be missing some of the nuances that i might pick up otherwise

in conclusion, i'm disappointed. i don't like the bitterness at all, i get too much ethanol aroma and, though complex, the flavors just aren't enjoyable. their wee heavy is much better

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 05:02:03 | More by bruachan
Photo of AJPainter


3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark, almost black, and with a thick tan head (with a vigorous pour). Lacing clung to the glass throughout.

Smelled of chocolate and roasted grains, but didn't get much else out of it.

Tasted like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, very slightly of alcohol. Malts were fairly well-balanced with hops.

Thick, almost chewy towards the end. Very good stout, but not something I could drink every night (another beer that kicked my ass). Maybe a pint here and there...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 01:58:45 | More by AJPainter
Photo of orbitalr0x


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

Another brew I've been dying to try. I lugged this one back from Dilly Deli in Ohio after my trip to Kentuky. It pours from the bottle a dark, inky black and thick liked used motor oil. A small, dark tan head appears atop the brew and slowly fades to a ring around the glass with some spotty lacing. Looks good. Aromas of rich, lush chocolate rise up off the bat surrounded by wonderful espresso, burnt coffee aroma. Roasty dark fruits and caramel sneak in as well. The milk chocolate and coffee really lead the way and draw me into the brew.

First sip brings a rich, decadant melding of deep roasty chocolate malt and big coffee flavors. Some vinous dark fruits lurk underneath along with sweet toffee and caramel notes. However, the focus remains on rich chocolatey, coffee flavors throughout. Finishes rich and smooth with only a touch of bitterness and a hint of the 12% abv. A damn tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, creamy and malty with mellow carbonation. Fills the mouth well and goes down super smoothly. This would really pair nicely with dessert...maybe some tiramisu? Each sip has me coming back for more. This is a heavy hitter at 12%, packaged in a 750ml bottle, but at the same time it's a joy to drink. I'll definetly be coming back to this one again and I wish it was available locally. Simply an awesome brew for the stout and coffee lover alike.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 20:24:35 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of blackie


4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into the snifter creates a .3" dark khaki head. It gradually recedes, leaving a ring around the glass and a few bubbles on the surface. The beer is black.

smell: Big chocolate and coffee flavors up front. Roasted, roasted, roasted smells everywhere. There's also a nice green hop aroma here. Only the slightest hint at the ABV is sensed by my nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body slick, thick, and creamy.

taste: Deep and rich dark roast coffee, chocolate, and dark roasted grain flavors make up the bulk of the flavor. There is a considerable sweetness also. The twelve percent ABV is nowhere to be found. A conservative hop bitterness provides some much needed balance. The finish is of a lingering bitterness, some dark roast flavors, and some residual sweetness.

drinkability: very high, especially for a beer of this weight

During my visit to Madison, dirtylou was cool for long enough to split a bottle of this with me.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 00:27:48 | More by blackie
Photo of dirtylou


4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7/27/06 Update: Imperial/Russion Stout Session...10th in line for myself, expatsteve, DaPeculierDane, and Golden2wenty1. Thanks Solomon420 for the winner.

750ml bottle split with blackie, thanks to lou91 for shipping me this one and then hounding me to drink it!

appearance: pours dark as night, very near black, a chocolate brown creamy head forms with a chocolate rim

smell: rich and creamy, smooth sweet chocolate, rich and dark coffee, some licorice, faint alcohol, chocolate covered cherry, other dark fruit

taste: creamy smooth...sweet milky chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, heavy licorice taste, alcohol is present but well disguised given the high percentage, cherry and other dark fruit soaked in alcohol then covered in chocolate, nice roasty dark malt backbone, only slight bittersweet hops...This one lived up to it's billing in my opinion

mouthfeel: wonderful, silky smooth, creamy, only slightly bittersweet

drinkability: 1/2 750ml is probably about all I can take in a sitting, but its smooth enough to be considered quite drinkable for the style

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 00:06:40 | More by dirtylou
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight when held to light. The head was low and brown and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong nutty contribution. The fruits were dark and contained raisins and prunes. The aroma was also roasty and toasty with a strong coffee and chocolate impression. The aroma also had a bit of toasted caramel and some alcohol to boot.

The flavor was chocolate with a strong coffee roasty flavor and a bit of molasses. The flavor changed on the palate but began with a bit of dark caramel followed almost immediately by chocolate and coffee coupled with alcohol which led into fruitiness. The fruits were again dark and that of raisins and prunes. The coffee flavor coupled with the alcohol led to a nice degree of complexity.

The finish was just almost dry with lasting bittering from hops and roasted grains, a bit of caramel and fruit, and lasting strong coffee and chocolate well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was full and viscous, almost chewy. The alcohol was present throughout the bottle, but added rather than detracted. The alcohol warming after consumption was very high. The only issue the alcohol created was with drinkability.

750 ml capped bottle. Silk screened label.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:16:41 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of waughbrew


4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with mocha fuzz, not much of a head. Smell is lucious, sensuous chocolate. Strong but not sharp. Nutty. No hops. No alcohol. The liquid coats the tongue as the teeth chew through it. Thick. Creamed coffee with just the right bite and acidity to make things interesting but not uncomfortable. Again, there is little to no hops and alcohol compared to the monstrous malts at play here. This is a dessert for sure. Mocha malt milkshake. Wonderful.

[Note to self: This was a great beer, but the finish ends up being a little too clean and missing that certain magic that is necessary for me to pay a lot or go way out of my way for a beer.]

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 02:33:51 | More by waughbrew
Photo of WeymouthMike


4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark beer pouring a dark black with an inch or so brownish/cream head. Smells of coffee and alcohol were the first thing I thought of. Tastes of coffee and roasted goodness made this beer live up to it's expectations. Mouthfeel was smooth and there was a good amount of warming as I sipped this one. I drank a 750 over the duration of the Patriots game and was happy I did so at home as the 12% will kick your butt.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 01:23:34 | More by WeymouthMike
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4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark brown/black. The head is nice and big. It is at least an inch in height. Its color is a creamy light brown/tan. There is also quite a bit of lacing going on according to the sides of my glass. Good head retention as well.

To the nose this beer smells wonderfu. Lots of roasted smells in the aroma. I can also smell some chocolate/coffee aromas. There is a faint smell of alcohol as well.

In the taste of this beer I don't detect any bitterness (well none that I could account to the hops). I taste the complexities of the malty character of this beer first and foremost. The beer is strong. It has a strong taste of both coffe and chocolate. The coffe taste lingers in the aftertaste for a bit and then eventually becomes a dry roasted taste in the back of the mouth. Bitterness is percieved early on by the heavy roasted flavor that bombards the palate. There is also, as in the smell, a detectable alcohol presence. It is in the background of the beer's flavor, and its presence adds a bit of a kick to the overall effect of the flavor.

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite good as well. There is a low amount of carbonation and alcohol warms a bit as it goes down. It also warms the stomach once it has been in there for a while. It has a nice full body and is heavy on the palate. This beer is not hard to drink. I feel that this is one that must be sipped. It could make me real sick real fast if I drank this too fast. Its a good deal and I'll probably buy it sometime in the future again but I'm just not sure when. In my opinion Storm King is a better deal. For the 12$ I spent on this bottle I could have had a six of Strom King and had a buck or two to spare. However I believe that this beer is available year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 03:47:00 | More by becktone
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4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) pitch black with a small head that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring around the edge of the glass.

The smell is of maple syrup and/or molasses with some coffee notes as well.

The taste is full of coffee and molasses and is very thick in texture. There's a lot of smokiness as well for me in the flavour and that is definitely a positive in its overall presentation.

Wow. I had this one fresh and it was a treat but this +1 year old sample just kicks it up a notch or 2. Did I mention how obtrusive the 12% abv was in my review of this beer? I didn't? Well...there's a warming effect coming from this brew for sure but in no way was it obtrusive. Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 22:33:02 | More by Bitterbill
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle a deep light absorbing black. Virtually no head developed on the top of the beer. The aroma is a great blend of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, mild coffee, and burnt toffee. The flavor has a ton of the chocolate covered cherries. Rich dark espresso, and a finish of orange from the hops. This has a smooth rich mouth feel. Amazing drinakibility although there is a mild alcohol warming. This is a world class stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 00:48:57 | More by carln26
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4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 750mL of this shared with a friend.
Appearance: Nice presentation with the 750mL bottle instead of a regular 22oz. Pours a very viscous dark opaque liquid like crude from the ground and creates a dark tan head that is composed of the tiniest of bubbles I have ever seen in a beer. The head remains for a long time (longer than it took to drink~20minutes/12oz?) and creates lacework as you imbibe this distilled liquid night.

Smell: Smells of sweetened dark chocolate with a whiff of coffee. Very sweet smelling for a stout and little to no alcohol odor which is a suprise with such a high alcohol content. Traces of raisins and maybe currants were present as well. Last but not least a hint of brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste: Upon the first sip, I noticed the malty flavors within this stout and couldn't really distinguish much else. As I progessed to the second sip I could taste some bitter dark chocolate with a hint of sweetness like raisins and then the coffee came through on the back end. This is a pretty well balanced beer with some really strong flavors competing for dominance in your mouth. It reminds me of a sweeter stlye barleywine perhaps and IMHO is a good buy for the intensity of the flavors that it generates. Hops flavors are subdued and probably only included as bittering agents since I detected no noticeable floral flavors or smells.

Mouthfeel: This is a category that this stout excels in. The rich, velvety texture of it leaves you always wanting another sip and I could hardly contain myself even with the high alcohol content. There is some slight alcohol warming, but it is really incredible that there isn't more. Carbonation within the beer was appropriately low compared to what I expected upon seeing the creamy head form. Any higher and it would have been hard to distinguish any more smells and flavors. Any less and it almost wouldn't have been there at all.

Drinkability: This beer gets a slightly above average rating for this in my book because you really shouldn't drink more than one a night. If the alcohol content were lower or the beer were less rich, it would easily score much higher.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 22:57:32 | More by Muddybuddy
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District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle bought several months ago at Bev Mo and carried back to Mass with me on a plane. Not sure of the age, but the bottle has the old paper label with silver foil. In my tulip the beer is pitch black with a bubbly head with good retention and lacing.

Smell – Rich chocolate and coffee without a hint of alcohol. Sadly, I believe that this has a bit of oxidation resulting in a bit of cardboard in the aroma.

Taste – The perceived oxidation in the nose does not appear in the taste. At first it has a slight charcoal flavor, but that dies down quickly and the coffee flavor takes over. Slightly bitter aftertaste. As I drink more the sharp roastiness calms down and the full flavors off this beer come out. There is a solid amount of hop bitterness, but not much hop flavor. Alcohol is only mildly present, impressive for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body for the style with subdued carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – In an hour and a half or so I had no problem, aside from inebriation, polishing off the whole 750 by myself. Luckily this beer just became available near by, so I will give a fresh bottle a try to see how it compares to this abused bottle. Overall, I feel like without the addition of coffee this would be a stout lacking flavor, there just isn't much to the base beer. A solid coffee stout, but at least this bottle is not earth shattering.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 17:25:45 | More by OldSock
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks yet again to Naerhu for this treat!

Dark, black as deepest night. Capped with a soft creamy brown cloud, leaving a droplet maze of boozy lace. With just a look, it seduces me.

Coffee, naturally, and dark cocoa. Deeply, darkly bitter, with sweetness hiding below the surface. Just a touch of charred roastiness.

Intense flavour. Deep, dark, black coffee -- just the way I like it. I'd like to try this one lazy morning instead of my habitual pot of coffee. Cocoa notes and an undercurrent of strong boozy sweetness.

Thick and viscous, yet soft and silky. The heaviness is cut through by alcohol, resulting in a beautiful, balanced feel. Gorgeous.

Clearly not an all-night beer -- Naerhu is right that a 750 for two of us was a bit much. That said, it's a beautiful brew despite the incredible heaviness. Something I hope to sip in more measured doses many more times.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 13:49:46 | More by thesilverhand
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,993 ratings.