AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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5,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 784
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 138
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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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Photo of Ewlew
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of blankenhoney
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from 11.19.14, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Deep, dark brown with an eggshell/khaki head. Looks pretty inviting.

S: Smells like raspberries covered with dark chocolate. Intense aromas of rich chocolate and dark berries, and only mild notes of sweet, creamy coffee.

T: More rich, rich chocolate, dark berries, chocolate fudge, and a bit of roasted coffee beans. Kind of a chocolate bomb, with some very faint espresso roastiness and bitterness on the finish.

M: Thicker than medium-bodied, nice and creamy

O: I don't know. I see a label saying imperial stout with coffee, and I'm hoping for a lot more coffee flavor and aroma than I found here. Speedway is a chocolate bomb, but a very well chocolate bomb at that. Rich and luscious, but too sweet and chocolatey for me.

Photo of Ducksnbucks
3.25/5  rDev -26%

Started sober, choked down my first 12oz, sipped the next 5... Then finally enjoyed the last 5 with a decent buzz. Lots of roasted malt, alcohol, and coffee after taste. From here on out i'll spend a couple more bucks and get a BA narwhal, or few less and get a drakonic.

Photo of kwm5067
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of majorbase2
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Matthew607
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SteveB24
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Look- color is a black that is almost brown, pours a half finger of brown head.
Aroma- you can smell the beer as soon as you open it. TONS of rich, freshly brewed coffee, molasses in there too.
Taste- Coffee upfront, Followed by molasses and then a wallop of alcohol, quite bitter in the finish.
Feel- Medium body, mild carbonation, isn't creamy but not crisp either, very slightly oily on the tongue.
overall- a nice coffee stout, in my opinion it lacks sweetness and balance, but well worth trying.

Photo of kendollkaff
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mikeg67
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head, nice lacing and lovely carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malt, toast, dark fruit herbal hops. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of nutty, toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit and herbal hops. Finish is long and bitter. Great Imperial Stout.

Photo of Jimmy_Melnarik
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black, poured a pretty big tan head for a stout that faded rather quick but left good lacing throughout
S: Not as strong as the other top stouts. But very chocolate heavy with some malts and coffee behind it.
T: Where the stout shines. Delicious chocolate flavors with the malt backing and a slight coffee bitterness on the end. Not as intense and strong as some but really well balanced and easy to drink
M: One of the best again. Lower carbonation gives it a really nice almost creamy feeling and isn't sticky like others.

O: After having almost all the other very high rated stouts this is in my personal top 3.

Photo of robertjskelton
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Coxy14
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Heffastera
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of ottodyer
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of lordgrundlemere
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BigJohnShow
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Carlalwin
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle dated 3/17/14 into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a black with a tan 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S-Awesome aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T-The taste is similar to the aromas but more of the coffee is present. Also notice a hint of fig.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced a little on the dry on the tongue. Good carbonation.

O-Overall a great stout that lives up to the hype. Got the last one at the store which I'll have to get some more.
500th beer to review, it was well worth it!

Photo of mertzhb15
4.52/5  rDev +3%

Photo of buzzedup
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

I really enjoyed this one . it is a very good Imperial stout but maybe I had higher expectations. I think this would be a little more up to what I expected if I sit on a bottle in my cellar for a year or even two .. glad I grabbed two bottles :), if you see this on the shelves buy it , very tasty , made with first class high ingredients, close to best in class coffee imperial stout . still prefer a fresh Founders Imperial stout or a Terrapin wake n bake but this is up there for sure. again, I think a few months or years in a cellar would improve

Photo of illinikap
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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