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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,012 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4012
Reviews: 1372
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Naerhu

Japan

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Jet black body with a dark brown crema colored head. Speckling foam lacing as a result of the high abv.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts.
T - Big coffee flavors, massive bitterness that just goes on forever. One sip and you can taste the bitterness for minutes afterward and one exhale can still taste the coffee. Rich cacao. Amazing balance between alcohol, sweetness, bitterness and acidity.
M - Yeasty silkness. Fine carbonation. I would guess this is bottle conditioned. Far too viscous and thick.
D - This is just too heavy and rich. A 750 split 4 ways is good, but between two people, it is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 13:11:53 | More by Naerhu
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waldowin

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a (green?!?) bottle, just a thick, glossy black. Liquid black velvet, with an extremely dense light brown head that sticks around for ages. Opaque sheets of lacing.

Smells of rum, espresso, and plums. Slightly spicy, and very little alcohol noticeable. As it warms, a bit of vanilla rises out.

Tastes of cream, espresso and plums, with an aftertaste of grapefruits, bananas and black licorice. Delightfully complex, and the alcohol just disappears in all the flavor. It's obvious some care went into choosing the coffee and chocolate (I assume there's some dark chocolate somewhere in here?) for this brew.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and light at first (I dipped my nose in on the first sip, thinking I was only getting the foam), and just blooms in your mouth into a wonderfully chewy, bubbly flow. As it works its way down your throat, it leaves a very mild warming sensation as it goes.

I know this stuff is 12%, but man, I'd be more than happy to give another bottle ago (assuming I can see well enough to open it). Splitting a 750 with a friend would be a good idea, but trust me, it'll be hard to share.

If you have a friend who has some of this in their possession, it'd be worth the jail time and effort to hide the body, just to have it for yourself.
I'm just sayin'.

Oh that I could find this locally! Thanks to Beerhandy for this!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 08:15:26 | More by waldowin
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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

At last an Alesmith beer that lives up to its reputation. Speedway is an all-around solid beer with abundant composure and charm. It pours from the bottle with a strange clicking sound then proceeds to emit an inviting and sustained chocolaty nose. The flavor is mellow as though possibly tempered by age. In fact, I might guess that I got a bottle of old stock that had matured gracefully.

Coffee elements achieve a suitable balance while the alcohol presence is remarkably well integrated. The bitter chocolate and coffee finish tagged with a waft of pure smoke is solid and compelling. A few stray phenols dance in the mix, but all-in-all this is a well-balanced and skillfully composed stout with an enormous tangy mouthfeel and a finish like a good cigar.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 02:33:54 | More by RedDiamond
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stewart124

Ohio

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

This beer poured a midnight black with a nice foamy tan head. Very thick head and it left nice lacing down the glass.
Smell of roasted coffee and more roasted coffee. Chocolate notes are present. Very malty with a slight oily hoppiness. Very thick body that has a syrup like feel. Bits of cherries or currants were also slightly noticed. The alcohol is well hidden and this beer could sneak up on you. Very drinkable. Tasty malts and coffee with a sweet and yet burnt aftertaste. Too bad it's only a 750 ml bottle. HA HA!!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 04:28:26 | More by stewart124
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twelvsies

Maine

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another one I'm skeptical of, because it's just another stout in the "top 25", and excited for, because I've heard good things, and I've had some great beers by this brewery. Let's get down to business. Black, opaque, with a thin head. No light sneaks through. I've been trying to coin a term "pitch brown", for those dark blackish beers that are really brown, but this is a black beer. I didn't know this before I bought it, but apparently there's real coffee beans in this one, and you can sure smell it. Definite chocolate notes as well on top of the rich roasted malts. Ooh boy this is an evil one. Ok... let's see. First of all, I'm a big fan of all beer styles, your uber light, crisp pilsner all the way up to your double extra engine oil drilbbling thick sout and everything in between, as long as they're well made. That being said, I'm pretty sick of the coffee and chocolate stouts, just adding shit to get some extra flavor. Sometimes, it seems artificial. I mean, yes, this is America, and we all love it, but let's not over-simplify things. There's a lot of beers that can impart that roasty coffee or chocolate flavor just with the roasted malts and with out extra ingredients. But this one is alright in my book. It's got enough other complexity and character to balance the beans. An excellent vanilla creamy character to this one. It borders on the more vinous English stout characteristics, with really fruity undertones of rasperries and raisons, combined with the slight kick of alcohol, which is barely detectable, only by the sweet welcoming warmth. I'm urging all you stout fans, and I know there's a lot of you out there, to go buy this beer, and soil yourself, because this is a stout lover's dream. So rich, so dark, so. I'm recognizing it as an amazing brew, very well made, and I'm really enjoying it right now myself. What it lacks, and what I crave, is a bit of balance, as is true for any brew in my book. It does provide that needed bitterness via the burnt malts, but I really am struggling to identify any presence of hops here, and I ain't no hop head. I'm trying though. If I could taste the least bit of spice here, a littel hoppy spice, (just a tad folks!) I'd be jumping for joy. But hey, I know everyone else out there is looking for this to be your ultimate black hole dark stout, and that's what it is. So if you want a well balanced beer, go buy a hop devil or something. Let's not split hairs here. Go git your darkness people. Enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 04:20:59 | More by twelvsies
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eased open the cap with a "Fssst!" Read the back of the bottle and got the scoop about loads of coffee beans.

Released into a glass with a buh-lack brown opaque midnight hue giving up no ghosts of glow or glints of light through this used motor oil, topped off with a settled menacingly khaki colored tan head cap. This could hide a welder's torch, for beer's sake!

Deep aromas of expresso, no doubt. Toffee and black coffee.

First swigs: It's all oily coffee. Some bready characteristics do manage to creep through along the lines of a rye bread. Some rummy awl-kee-hawl middle. Finish is a lingering roasted burnt coffee.

Feel is thick as a mo' fo' but not quite the THICKEST feel in the world. A tongu coater indeed. Even some heat in the palate despite still being more cool than not. A bit oliy.

Last swigs: Coffee been and quite the tongue ruiner. This is the boldest coffee flavored stout this side of Peche Mortel.

Beer is good. Happy thick coffee stout shooey beering.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 03:25:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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Starchild

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I vigorously poured Speedway into a standard pint, eventually getting nice cascading that left with me with a khaki inch of foam. The smell is dominated by java with some burnt sugar. Aged < 24 months.

Speedway is a fast spinning kaleidoscope of flavor. Just the alcohol alone had three distinct flavors moving as the beer warmed. At first, the hot spicy alcohol reminded me of bourbon with hints of vanilla. Next, the alcohol turned astringent reminding me of some vodka and cola. Then the alcohol turned vinous reminding me of port. While java and bittersweet chocolate form this beers core and host of other characteristics come to light and transform. I found Speedway tangy, rich, malty, and smoky all at different times. Clearly, this thinner and less carbonated (for the style) recipe helps Speedways flavor change so much. A beer that’s hard to find, catch, and enjoy but worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 18:53:29 | More by Starchild
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seved this up in a tulip glass. Big thanks to Zorro for the trade.

Poured an evil looking black, with a fluffy tan head that faded fairly quickly to a ring of tiny bubbles on the outer edges. This looks great!

The smell was of fresh coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits and toffee.

The taste was of rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, a slight hoppiness in the middle and finished with bittersweet chocolate, some more coffee, and a slight alcohol warming.

The mouthfeel was thick, rich, and satisfying. Amazingly smooth and warming.

Overall... this is one bad ass brew. This is a perfect way to blow an hour of your day. Sip, savor, and enjoy this woderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 17:22:54 | More by soulfly967
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle to a pub glass at room temperature.

Appearance: By Bachus himself this beer is pretty sitting in a glass. The beer pours a straight black darkness. The head was brilliant towering roasty foamy coffee godhead. The lacing plastered itself to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Massive amounts of coffee, floral maltyness, great fruity smells abound I am not sure if it is dates or raisins but it smells great. The alcohol is present in the smell but is in no way over powering or offensive.

Taste: A mound of coffee goodness with well balanced malty chocolate tones. There is fruityness at the party but I am not sure what it is.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a very, very drinkable and delicious beer. Carbonation is minimal. The beer is full bodied and full flavored. The alcohol is not overpowering to smell or taste. This truly is a great and drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 14:58:42 | More by nlmartin
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with the color and viscosity of motor oil. Darker in fact. Coaxing a head out of this baby was next to impossible but once I stopped pouring, a tiny swirl of mocha bubbles came forth from the depths of the jet-black elixir. Smell was intense to say the least. Deep, dark, chocolate, sweet, overripe cherries, scorched toffee, chocolate-covered peanuts, dark-roast coffee, and a kiss of anise. Sublime. Taste... holy crap, it's as good as I imagined. Hella chocolatey up front, intermixed with the darkest, sweetest, ripest of fruits. Brandy-like at times as a result. Nicely peppery in the middle. Finishes of over-sugared, bitter, dark-roast coffee that hangs in the back of your throat until you're ready for your next sip. Shit, this stuff tastes like morning and night. Immediately warms the insides yet the ABV is masked as well as anyone could mask in such a monstrosity of a beer. Carbonation is practically non-existent. Mouth is full and silky. Am I dreaming? A godlike offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 00:36:58 | More by oxmasterscream
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a beautiful coal black with a dark brown head that fades. No light can penetrate it. In fact, I think it makes the whole room darker.

Smells like a mecca of roasted delights. As it warms up, the smell of the booze becomes much more apparent.

Tastes wonderfully rich and complex, waves of roasted goodness among some fruity undertones. The alcohol presents itself as it warms. Extremely delicious.

BIG, rich body. Like drinking a meal. Very satisfying.

Because of the monster size of the is beer, it's not one I could drink every day. However, I could definitely drink it regularly. This is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 13:28:02 | More by MaltyGoodness
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GClarkage

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/01/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. No date on the bottle.

Appearance- One of the most black colored pours I have seen. No light getting though this one. 3/4 inch ultra dirty brown head. Lacing could have been a bit better.

Smell- More coffee than anything. A touch of dark chocolate and some sweet roasted malt in the nose. Definitely some alcohol presence as well.

Taste- The nose does not lie my friend. Nice ground coffee flavor to go with a darn sweet average toasted malt background. About perfect...not to weak, not to over the top. A touch of bittersweet chocolate rounds the taste out. Some hops lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel- After nursing this one over about 3 hours, at the finish it's semi creamy, low carbonation and nicely warming.

Drinkability- Had no idea this was 12% until I looked at the label. Drained the last 2oz and dregs right out of the bottle into my mouth and thought maybe about 9% at first, then looked at the label! Very deceiving alcohol. Didn't hit me that hard. Quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 05:21:43 | More by GClarkage
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far333

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks thick coming out of the bottle, pours dark opaque brown with a finely bubbled light brown head. Arms of lacey foam rise up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is strong and far-reaching, chocolately with coffee bitter and plum, some spiciness, a bit of fresh moist bark.

Flavor is sharp and pungent, bitter and smokey, some charred bark followed by cocoa and coffee, a fine hop backbone, and a spicey fennel freshness that sparkles on the tongue. A coffee bitter lingers. The ABV is barely noticeable, wouldn't guess it packs such a wallop if I didn't already know.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, moderate to low carbonation. Decent drinkability, but a definite sipper. Great beer. Many thanks to nrrd for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 03:17:09 | More by far333
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granger10

Wisconsin

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

This rather pricey Alesmith beer pours a thick dank black color with a large cocoa tan head. Head maintains itself well before residing down to a skim layer atop the liquid.

Aroma is somewhat coffeeish but more chocolatey and nutty. A hint of alcohol in there as well.

Flavor is lacking on the coffee for my liking. There's coffee in there but it doesn't really come out like the Founder's Breakfast Stout does. It blends in with dark bitter chocolates and a sweet cookie dough flavor. Finish is bitter but not hoppy and very strong on the alcohol. Too strong personally. I struggled to drink half of this while splitting the other half with a friend.

Mouthfeel is nice and really creamy. Smooth transition of flavors until the end. Do they put oats in this? Good beer but not great imo.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 17:05:39 | More by granger10
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lostbearbrew

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle - so thick it made a glug glug sound pouring out slowly. Apeeared a dark black with very little, if any, light shining through. About a 1/2", dense tan head.

Smell is sensational - sweet toffee and chocolate slightly behind the wafting aroma of coffee and some hops, as well.

First taste to hit my tongue and be deciphered was chocolate, with coffee and caramelly flavors close behind. Rich, dense brew seems to sit on your tongue much like some DIPA's. Almost a velcro on the taste buds effect. Multi-layered treats each time you sip, and as it warmed, it made a nice long evening treat. Alchohol is present, but it is not at all overpowering - just adds to the depth of flavors and mouthfeel.

Tremendous for sipping, and as nice background music was Garcia crooning out "New Speedway Boogie" as the last sips were taken from this monster bottle of a massive and completely satiating stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 16:48:27 | More by lostbearbrew
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with no visible highlights and a dark brown head. Beautiful lacing and good retention, though the pour left the head a little thin. Also apparent were "legs" from the higher abv, especially when the beer was swirled. Plenty of different malts in the aroma, balanced roast, coffee, milk chocolate, a bit vinous with light hoppiness and dried fruits. Light hop bitterness peeks through the powerful maltiness, with a good deal of roasted and coffee bitterness, dark chocolate and fruit. Coffee really shines in the dry, roasted finish. Full body, slick and oily, very fine bubbles from the low carbonation. Alcohol only makes itself known in the warmth at the finish. This was a real treat and a world class stout. I'll be looking for more of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:13:40 | More by DrJay
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours black as hell, small roast coffee brown head forms, great lacing and legs on this one. Smell is floral hops, coffee, slight alcohol, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate coffee roast, hoppy floral middle, sweet malt and a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily, very thick, really dry, carbonation is low. I'm indebted to you for this one DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 17:06:10 | More by Viggo
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle a dark black with a very attractive thick, lasting tan head. In just the glass, this brew is amazing.

Smell is incredible, chocolate, caramel, and a boatload of coffee. Taste follows right along with chocolate and strong espresso up front, followed by a very creamy coffee taste, almost like a coffee with cream was poured into a strong stout. Full body with amazingly complex flavor notes. Hops are perfectly balanced, and a wonderful alcohol spice finishes it off perfectly. This beer is all about balance, and with every sip, I taste something new. As it warms, it's magical, every sip delving deeper into the already complex.

As for drinkability, I think that kinda goes without saying. I drank this bottle without any problem at all, and could have gone on to another, if not for the alcohol. It's more of a sipping beer, and one to savor.

Absolutely incredible!!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 13:31:59 | More by Beervis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a thin dark foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee notes though not as dominating as I was expecting from reading all those ratings. Taste is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and coffee with a real creamy texture that I enjoyed. Bitter ending but not as hops explosive as I was expecting from other reviews. Overall, this is a good imperial stout but to me it doesn’t match Bells Expedition or even Storm King; but then again, I’m not the most avid stout drinker out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 19:17:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost no head coming up on this brew as for a tiny lace with very fine and lasting bubles. Black beercolor.
Nose is sweet caramel in coffee with Chops and malty slightly burnt. Drinking this brew you get a taste of sweetchocolate-coffee, caramellic wit a heavy bitter and burnt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very oily and with this taste overwelming and heavy. Drinkability was very good while drinking this 750 sitting dry outside and watching a great thunderstorm at night, perfect combination.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 18:14:21 | More by paterlodie
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HardTarget

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Green champagne bottle with the label silk screened on and foil topped. Only after we were done did we note the 12% abv. I never would have believed it.

Aroma: Stunning. Rich chocolates, hot chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate. I wish to bathe in this. A fair alcohol waft comes along late in the bottle.

Appearance: Dark tan head of multi-sized bubbles faded to a trace cover and firm collar. Pitch black glass. Very odd head, the collar lasted throughout each pour leaving chunky lace, and even seemed to grow as the beer was agitated with each drink.

Flavor: All the smells with a sharp brace of hops. Alcohol comes out a bit heavy but not bad and not at a 12% level. Bitter coffee is deep in the finish, otherwise it’s just the best rich chocolate stout my lips have ever touched.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, great low level carbonation and thick texture allow you to savor each sip. Finishes dry.

Overall Impression: Just wonderful. Rich, smooth, complex; Winston Marsalis in a bottle. Chocolate hops. Alcohol is there but masterfully hidden. The coffee adds a great layer to a fantastic beer. Crack like addictive, I need to figure out how to get a case.
Weedchugger, I don’t know whether to thank or curse you. Like a taste of heaven only to be cast back to earth.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 22:18:04 | More by HardTarget
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.

Pours a very deep black with brownish hues. Head isn't all that impressive, but still a deep brown, one finger head in a 12% abv beer isn't that bad. Lacing isn't bad and collar is pretty impressive. There is a swirling ethereal quality to the slight lacing that sits atop this one.
Smell, wow. Intense cocoa aromas waft out of the glass. Followed closely by espresso coffee. Very slight wine like qualities as well. Definitely able to detect the 12% alcohol, but not nearly as "hot" smelling as I would have thought. Very slight hop aromas complement the other qualities of the smell quite well. This one just screams drink me at this point. So on I press.
Taste is very sweet up front, very much milk chocolaty. As this one sits around for a while, you can taste the naked espresso beans almost perfectly separated from the rest of the flavors. Sweet milk chocolate soon becomes a more bitter bakers or dark chocolate. Very wine like and dry at one point, somewhere near the middle-back of the tongue. Definite fruit flavors are present in this one (figs, cherries, grapes, dates). Balanced out very well in the finish by a pleasant hop character that is not too bitter, but certainly makes itself known. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, which is REALLY impressive for a beer of this stature. Even in the finish there is almost no trace of the 12%.
Mouthfeel is perfect, a little oilier than I usually like my stouts, but it works really well in this one. Carbonation is perfect.
Overall, I probably could give this beer all 5's but I don't think that at 12% alcohol the drinkabilty on this one should be a 5. The flavors are strong, well balanced, and overall excellent, but I know that I couldn't drink this one all night. That being said, this is still one of the best Double Stouts I've ever had. Definitely worth the price and definitely worth seeking out and selling your children for. This is better than Dark Lord by miles. Thanks so much Kevin for going out of your way to let me try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 02:03:20 | More by LuckySevens82
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ejquin

Illinois

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

This beer has long been a favorite of mine and I'm just getting around to reviewing it.

App: Black with a thick brown sticky head

Smell: One of the most unique and delicious smells of any stout I've had. Heavy coffee with some hop spice. Chocolate, alcohol, and sweet anise type smells. Some malt in there as well.

Taste: Heavy on the coffee upfront with a dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with a slight alcohol sting. The alcohol is not too harsh, but the beer is very warming going down. There's a hefty dose of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Mouth: Thick and slippery. Very low carbonation which I love in a double stout of this magnitude.

Drink: Good for a 12%er.

Overall: As stated before this has been a favorite stout of mine for a while. A beautifully executed double stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 00:22:29 | More by ejquin
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

top notch Imperial Stout here...one of my favorites...

Pours lout of the bottle like crude oil...very black with a small tan head...coffee, burnt malt and dark cocoa on the nose..also some caramel and vanilla really blend in nicely....mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied...

This is my idea of how an Imperial Stout should taste...very balanced...very good dark cocoa and coffee flavors...molasses with a hint of vanilla....sweet but a very nice juicy hoppiness balances nicely..a leafy, tobacco/canibus like hop finish..

Great beer here...ABV is very hidden...tasty, big and balanced....Much better than Storm King...easier drinking than Expedition while almost as flavorful....more balanced than Rogue and Stones efforts..

Top notch...I'm not a big fan of coffee or coffee beers but this one is great...almost a bourbon like feel to it....

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 04:40:50 | More by ZAP
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walleye

Michigan

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

sitting at my favortie brewery(kuhnhenns) with I know you won't like this but ratebeerians, wohlfs, scroff, styles, llgrgg, flemdawg and eyedrinkale. thanks go to eyedrinkale for bringing this in. poured black with brown head. aroma licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark cherries alcohol.. flavor coffee, malts, plums, raisins. this was good, with just a touch of alcohol. good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 01:29:05 | More by walleye
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,012 ratings.