AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,489
Hads: 5,692
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 836
Gots: 1,682 | FT: 153
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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:
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!
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Reviews: 1,489 | Hads: 5,692
Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had three time, twice from the bottle and once on tap. All three times tasted the roasted malts, but man, the coffee was just not there. Once OK, but three times? (167 characters)

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this beer on tap. A very reliable stout at my favorite spot. Thin, off white head in a 16 oz Tulip glass. Heavy toasty flavor with a sharp finish. My "go to" stout. (172 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet as recommended, approx 50 degrees at pour.

A: Jet Black, very little head. Absolutely no lacing.
S: roasted malts, coffee pronounced
T: following the nose but a little more chocolatey and then progresses to some hop bitterness, a little too much on the bitter for me. Woody-chocolate on the finish, not dry enough but the alcohol warmth is there
M: fairly flat, slick but not too watery but certainly not carbonated enough.

O: monstrous disappointment for me, possibly a bad bottle, but at the price I will not try again. The label touts balance, carbonation and pair-ability with food and it really offers none of this. There are far too many other stouts that out perform this. I'm stunned at the high ratings really, it's good, but certainly not THAT good. (790 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little slicker, oiler mouthfeel than I expected. Lots of mocha on the nose, very even & smooth flavor with the roasted coffee, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and some vanilla as well. Robust but easy to drink, though I cannot say it pops out from the field of excellent stouts readily available nowadays. (306 characters)

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Nice beige, 2-finger head that sticks around quite a while. Perfect nose for the style - coffee and roasted malts with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Near perfect body as well - heavy enough to such staniate the beer but not overly chewy. The sweetness has started to show signs of a shift toward a more roasty, bitterness, but I don't see this ever melding into something I wouldn't still consider sweet. Still, by and large, the standard deviation by which all non-BA coffee stouts should be compared (just hairs above FBS, imo). I'd be curious to know if lactose and/or oatmeal were used, because this shows great characteristics of each. Cheers! (686 characters)

Photo of Jackolope
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to have an astringent aftertaste. It has a nice nose and looked good but when it came to the flavor I found this beer to be lacking in subtlety. It poured thick and had a nice mouthfeel, but missed some of the creaminess I like with a stout clocking in at 12% ABV. My overall experience with the beer went through a couple of phases initially i thought the flavor was lacking in sweetness, but as i sipped the carmel flavors started to build and i thought the beer was starting to round out as it warmed, however as i continued to drink the alcohol seemed to overpower the overall flavor of the beer. (618 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: super dark black. like the color of motor oil. real nice tan head thats pretty solid on top. it poured around 3 fingers, then settled at around 1/2 finger

s: richly roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of sweet vanilla, very very faint smoke. smells very rich. makes the mouth water

t: roasted malts, sweet caramel, alcohol, brown sugar all punch you in the face right away. as the mouth begins to adjust, you can start to pick up some of the coffee notes (roasted coffee beans, coffee bitterness). there is a sweet generic dark fruit flavor in here. i can't pick up a specific fruit, but it is lending a sweetness to this that i am detecting. finishes with big roasted malts and alcohol

m: super silky mouthfeel. its great. carbonation is a little beyond medium. very nice mouthfeel for a stout

o: the bottle i'm drinking from is a few weeks old. its got lots of alcohol in the taste, and i honestly wish the coffee would be featured a bit more in the flavor. with the exception of the alcohol heat, its a pretty nice beer. big, luxurious, and definitely a sipper. that being said, i don't think its quite worthy of all the hype it gets (especially given the price), and i believe there are better beers out there (1,249 characters)

Photo of Dnayew
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic baseline imperial stout. It's not the special craft of a Hunapuh or Abraxas, but it's in that Top Tier of Imperials w/ Ten FIDY and Marshall Zhukov. (158 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/11/15 and enjoyed 3/14/15. Poured an extremely dark brown, almost black, color with mocha cap and spotty lacing. Aroma was full of coffee, some chocolate and slight toffee. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and strong coffee. Very nice velvet texture, creamy feel and warmth from the alcohol. In summary, this was the first AleSmith brew I've had and probably in my top ten favorite stouts to date. Highly recommended! (445 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eggshell thickness. Not really a smell to it. Initial thoughts are that it is pretty damn smooth for a stout at 12%. A hell of a lot smoother than modern times monsters park. Aside from that, it sort of has a lager taste to it. There is a faint hint of chocolate with coffee up front (283 characters)

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 11-22-13
Exceptional aromas of hops and vanilla paired with a marinated flank steak. Other tasters noted roasted raisiny notes. In a word- Phenominal!
Mouthfeel was dreamy. 12% hotness subtle but yet prevalent. The wow-factor happened. (244 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lacing is tremendous. Body is medium but solid. Coffee is prominent on both ends, with a bitter finish. Sweetness is a little more detectable than roast is. It's a very good coffee stout. (187 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

definitely some dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee.... very easy to drink for a 12%er.... usually avoid coffee stouts and coffee beers, but this one is very good (and so was Modern Times' Sea of the Dead yesterday also!). definitely some alcohol burn in the background, but not up front and present. very smooth, very dark, very nice. the ratings are, more or less, justified..... (382 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a thick khaki head 2-3 fingers. Smell has some hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Taste starts with a sweet chocolate burst, followed by some vanilla, an astringent coffee flavor and some serious alcohol burn. Coats the toungue, leaving a dry finish and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, I would call this a good stout, but a let down given its lofty reviews. (380 characters)

Photo of Eman17
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/19/14

A: Pitch black with a huge three to four finger head. The head was dark tan in color and left nice lacing as it dissipated.

S: Pretty standard imperial stout aromas, chocolate, coffee, some booze. Even getting some dark fruits as it warmed.

T: Dark fruits, lots of coffee, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little booze.

M: Pretty full in body, low carbonation, somewhat bitter on the back end but overall pretty smooth.

O: Fantastic imperial stout, insanely drinkable for 12%. (506 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard what this was, had a sample (which was unnecessary, I knew I wanted it), and now, the joy.

It's a boozy stout that isn't afraid to let you know it. It doesn't have the finest bubbles, but otherwise it is very eye appealing. The aroma is quite good - no funky artifacts of any kind but lots of malt and roast and alcohol smell.

The taste is bitter with chocolate and alcohol. It is amazingly good. The aftertaste melds a bunch more nuance to all that flavor, leaving a wonderful boozy feel.

This may be the best boozy stout I've had since a Nogne Dark Horizon (17.5%) I had a couple years ago. This is that good but a tad more accessible. I hope I can find this again some time. It is a great one. (709 characters)

Photo of deford
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 07/30/13 into an Alesmith Snifter...Proper glassware!

L- Oh so deep and dark! Fudge colored with a small 1/2 in orange/brown head that stays for a bit leaving a nice ring. The head is really beautiful...leaves a bit of lacing as it fades.

S- Chocolate, fudge, slight coffee, vanilla...maybe some darks fruits.

T- Surprisingly the coffee is still here! Cocoa, vanilla, raisins...kind of a roasty/malty thing if that makes sense.

F- Very rich and creamy...coats your mouth...almost chewy.

O- Well balanced though a bit hot. Very chocolaty like Grandma's homemade fudge. Surprised I don't do this more often. Highly recommended! (658 characters)

Photo of oregonduck
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid coffee imperial stout. Not as thick or creamy as other imperial stouts. Bouquet is a bit underwhelming. Taste starts with some sweetness and quickly moves into the coffee flavors. Coffee is at a good level, very present but not too much. Has a long, bitter finish. I liked this better than Yeti Espresso Stout which I thought was just overly bitter from the coffee. Overall Speedway is very good, but for me doesn't enter into the "great" category that I expected from the extremely high scores. Don't think it's worth $13 for a bomber, as top notch barrel aged stouts are right in that same price range. (620 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black under a dense, creamy tan head that fills the glass to the rim and leaves some messy lacing in its wake. Smells of syrupy chocolate, coffee and cream, vinous fruit, oats, berries, caramel, and nuts. Not as coffee-forward as I remember, but this probably isn't the freshest bottle. Lots of chocolate in the flavor too, with fruity coffee bean, leather, molasses, and a touch of smoke, drying out with a little black malt lingering into the finish. Thick, creamy, and velvety smooth in the mouth. I'm going to have to get a fresh bottle to get the full coffee experience. Good with a little age on it too, though. (622 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dark brown opaque liquid with a large light brown, bubbly topping. It fades in reasonable time leaving fine stringy webbing all over the glass. Sticky sticky... Aroma is about a pound of chocolate and roast coffee beans, caramel glazed, with soft vanilla, berries and nuts, musky wood, and a little bit of something wine-like. Very fun dark sniffings with a bright fruity edge... And time for a sip. Thick dark chocolate, roasty malt, blackstrap molasses, tobacco, meat seasonings, leather, smoke, all smooth and heavy with a sharp and elongated bitterness that works its way in at the end of each sip, then holds on until the next. Pretty big guns here... This is not meant to be consumed quickly. A lot of flavor to behold and very aromatic. Slight alcohol warming, otherwise its strength is not conveyed by the taste or sense of alcohol. This however does feel like an extra strong beer due to the intensity of all its flavors. Definitely worth having, perhaps not regularly or in large amounts. Nicely done. (1,017 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at rock n brews el segundo served in a tulip. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla aroma. Smooth malty carmel flavors accompany what was on the nose. Sneaky booze heat. (163 characters)

Photo of bman13
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could give this better than a 5, I would. This is a PERFECT DOUBLE STOUT. I mean PERFECT on every level. There's nothing off or wrong with it at all. I'm a Ten Fidy fan as well, and this even beats that. Everything in this beer is tremendously perfectly balanced, the coffee, chocolate, malts, and hops all work in perfect harmony of one another. So happy that I was able to find this. (390 characters)

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was really happy to get to try this beer. I have not had access to it, so when I found it at Top Hops in NYC, I jumped at the opportunity. Bottom line is this is a fantastic tasting beer and extraordinarily smooth. I would recommend jumping all over the opportunity to try it. A little pricey...but worth every penny. (323 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

February 1, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Midnight black, opaque, some viscosity in the pour. An inch-plus of deep tan/khaki bubbly foam with moderate-long retention. Thick lacing where the foam receded.

S – Dark and sweet molasses, strong vanilla, sweet chocolate malts. Very mild roastiness, the coffee is fairly reserved, just one component among many. Some earthy hop notes in the background, and a touch of alcohol.

T – Milk chocolate with a touch of dark and bittersweet, vanilla, and moderate toffee. Coffee is much stronger in the flavor, earthy and raisiny with some roasted bitterness. Hops are low, maybe earthy or herbal, providing additional light bitterness.

M – Carbonation is moderate, body is full, thick, but not oily or viscous. There’s a touch of residual sweetness, but roasty malt and hops and coffee provide high bitterness on the finish. Mildly dry in the finish, bitterness lingers.

O – An excellent imperial stout complemented by the addition of coffee. A bit more bitterness than I would prefer, but a really great brew nonetheless. (1,091 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Espresso, roasted malts, dark fruit, and chocolate

Taste: Espresso, roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel malts, bitterness is there but not overpowering

Feel: Full body, low carbonation, chewy and delicious

Overall: A stand out stout from a fantastic brewery. Get it when you can. (364 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.