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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,737
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 751
Gots: 1,325 | FT: 126
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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

twperman, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

owend, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jtransel, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

lakeylake, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

750 ml capped bottle poured into a snifter.
12% ABV, serve at 50-55°F, Bottled on 07/22/13 printed in yellow on shoulder, "This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come."

A - Clarity can be seen through the pour but Speedway Stout is an impenetrable inky black in the glass, topped by a whipped mocha head after a bit of short-lived cascading. For the beer's high alcohol percent, the foam's retention is quite impressive, dotting the glass in specks of lace as it drops.

S - Heavy roasted bitterness engulfs the Speedway Stout's aroma, robust with bitter chocolate morsels, cold, black, bottom-of-the-pot coffee, and a heavy layer of cocoa. Earthy hoppiness balances the nose and suggests it's not a straight-forward malt bomb but also brings a "green" presence to the beer that merges with stringy vanilla bean. Toffee sweetness wanders through the background as the big, bold beer finishes with nose tingling alcohol warmth.

T - Earthy vanilla bean, crumbled cocoa puffs, and chunky bitter chocolate-covered French roast coffee beans coat the tongue in dark malt boldness but also introduce layers of complexity to the beer. Gobs of caramel melt over sticky Sun-maid raisins and dried blueberries with a touch of warming alcohol seeping through the cracks.

M - Speedway Stout's ominous appearance and syrupy pour certainly don't bode well for those even the slightest bit questionable in regards to "dark beer" but, AleSmith does a fantastic job of balancing this heavy stout so it doesn't just coat the throat upon the swallow. Dry from balancing hops, bitter roasted malt, and certainly the fusel alcohol on the finish, this imperial stout drinks pretty well, all things considered.

O - Like the majority of AleSmith beers, Speedway Stout is pretty hoppy. The difference with this imperial stout however, is it's balance; obviously malt-trending. Dark and rich, the bitter chocolate profile brings about dark fruit nuances and pairs well with the addition of Ryan Bros. Coffee. Earthy is the key though, as this medium-full bodied beer finishes balanced but bitter-leaning with a clearly warming smoothness.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tviz33
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Thick and black with a thicker than average brown head. Bring it on.

S- Mostly roasty notes with some coffee. A little alcohol, which helps in this case.

T- Just freakin' delicious. The roasty/coffee notes come through immediately followed by some dark chocolate and brown sugar. Phenomenal.

M- Super thick and creamy. Coudn't ask for more.

O- I'm eager to try the barrel aged version of this because this exceeded my expectations by far.

tviz33, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottled on 9/3/13. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with the slightest amount of light getting though; fluffy dark khaki head that sticks around and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with chocolate malts. Lots of malts. Lots of chocolate. Slightly roasty. Lots of dough. Hints of vanilla. Flavors are very bold. More roasted malts. Lots of dark chocolate. Lots of milk chocolate. That combination is of course going to equal out to being bittersweet. I'm picking up some caramel too. There's some dark fruits in the mix, especially hints of black cherry. There's not as much coffee/expresso notes as I was anticipating. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and very smooth. It's fluffy and creamy with moderate carbonation, but isn't quite milkshake thick. Once again, there's no hints of alcohol at all. This is beer is dangerously drinkable. It's hard to believe this is 12% abv. It's fun to drink.

Great stout right here. It blows your mind in the beginning, and then just becomes really good. But that "really good" can hang with most Imperial Stouts on the market. The craftsmanship on this beer is top notch. Recommended.

BB1313, Dec 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Jones153, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

HoppyBastard1, Dec 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

mstrcrwly, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Dave2010
3.83/5  rDev -13%

This is a good beer, there are chocolate and coffee flavors, but I felt the sourness was a more than a normal imperial stout. I could almost feel something of an apple taste due to the sweetness and sourness. Don't get me wrong, this isn't bad, just unique and not expected. I didn't notice a strong smell, but the flavors and complexity make up for it. Priced very well, and well worth a try.

Dave2010, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Lobina, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Moheban, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

spw109, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of TBoneJones
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Just now posting from a June '13 tasting:
Deep dark black pour, perfectly fluffy tan head. Great lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, licorice, coffee, oak, alcohol.
Very big stout, balanced dark chocolate/ dark coffee flavor with a thick, somewhat chewy texture. Plenty of toasted caramel. Some burn. Surely the best imperial stout over 10% abv. I've had. Among the best period. A definite sipper. Thick, smooth drinking despite the high alcohol. Quite an achievement. At room temperature for this tasting due to a hotel without a keyless refrigerator. I wish i could take more on our cruise, but rules are rules. A superb bottle score while in Seattle. As a general rule, if you enjoy imperial stouts and can find this and havent yet tried it, buy it.

TBoneJones, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of ChimRichels
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%

A - What can I say? Black. That's about it. It sports quite a solid head for being a 12%, I still have a good finger worth of light brown head as I'm typing this, about 1 minute and a half after pouring.

S - Not quite as bold as I was expecting. Subtle cold coffee, some dark chocolate and a bit of hazelnut.

T - Sweet dried dark fruits, followed by some sweet chocolate and iced coffee. The coffee comes through subtly, but is very dominant on the finish.

M - Light on carbonation,thick, viscous and rich, as to be expected from a beer of this gravity.

O - Pretty solid stout, would probably buy again if it were cheaper.

ChimRichels, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Arloxen, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

elroacho, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

1Sundown2C, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

dsm45, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

supa0525, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Skunkyluvmuffin, Dec 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

straightlambic, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

alcjudge, Dec 18, 2013
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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