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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,006 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4006
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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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 8/15/13
Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice, Rust on bottle cap, moisture under the foil?

This pours a nice black color with hints of brown in the light. A nice full brownish tan head sits on top and winds down at normal pace. Not much for lacing, spotty.

It has a really nice smooth roasted malt aroma, sweetness and a little coffee. When it warms there is a bit of alcohol but its blends nicely with the malt sweetness and bit of chocolate roast.

The taste follows the aroma well and it is very smooth. This has a wonderful smoothness between the chocolate, coffee/espresso and malt sweetness. There is 12% alc in here??? Really the biggest thing I like about this is how smooth and seamless the flavors fit together, nothing is out of place.

The mouthfeel compliments the flavors perfectly. It is thick and oily and coats your mouth with each sip.

I really enjoyed this stout. Stouts are not my go to style but if I had access to this that might change. It's smooth and mellow but full of flavor. It seems like the chocolate, coffee, sweetness and alcohol are all paired perfectly in this beer. It's not over the top in any way, just damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:02:02 | More by Whiskeydeez
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dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It comes deep black with a nice big tan head.

The aroma is lovely with sweet chocolate and roasted malt. There's some alcohol and coffee.

In the taste, it has a bittersweet chocolate flavor and the booziness is surprisingly delicious. It is quite apparent though. There also is a big hop bite in this beer, unlike some other beers in the style. The beer keeps rolling of this luscious chocolate note.

The smoothness is very important in making this beer complete. One of the better or best Imperial Stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:25:52 | More by dar482
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Early on 31st Dec 13, usual 0.75 litre bottle poured into a pint pot and the remainder into a Gordon’s badged thistle shaped glass. One of two bought for me by a brother on my 60th Birthday earlier in December.

Jet black with a thick coffee like foaming head on both glasses. You can’t miss the coffee and dark chocolate in the nose or taste but below those two powerhouses there are more subtle flavours and aromas to find. A strong vanilla flavour arrives and then leaves: but a pod or two stay behind to dance with some hedgerow berries and a bag of toffees.

This gets more complex as it warms too: each malty molasse playing with your taste buds and nasal senses.

Rich, smooth and very drinkable: most enjoyable, pity I had to share it with my son and son-in-law (the wife insisted).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:22:30 | More by BlackHaddock
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml bottle into snifter (dated 8/15/13) with some decent mocha colored head, color is a pitch black.

Aroma - roasted coffee, dark fruit, chocolate

Taste - roasted malt, lots of coffee, caramel, vanilla, loved the coffee flavor booze/bitterness was definitely noticeable on the finish

Mouthfeel - full body, medium carb, a bit creamy

Overall - one of the better coffee beers I've had. This is a big bottle though, need to split this with at least 2 or 3 others.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 15:39:01 | More by maxcoinage
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Waited to try this on Christmas Eve which is one of the nights each year I save some really stellar brews for. Part of me was disappointed by this beer but part of me appreciated the depth and complexity of Speedway and realizes that it is an excellent candidate for aging.

Speedway Stout advertises that it is brewed with coffee. Unfortunately I get hardly any coffee in the smell or the taste. The pour and mouthfeel are somewhat thin. Once I started drinking the beer though, I got a huge roasty taste with an incredibly complex background of chocolate, dark fruits and other malts.

Although I was let down a little bit by this beer, I would be interested in picking up another bomber to age to see what flavors come through after the roasted flavors smooth out a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:49:49 | More by mjpolzin
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deebo

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler of this in WI.
A-poured cold into an oversized snifter. This is black with garnet highlights. A weak dark beige head that is very weak.
S-first aromas that come out are rich, malty and sweet. Dark cocoa, vanilla, roasted coffee beans. Some alcohol presence.
T-big stout taste. Big rich malts with a heavy roasted dark malt character. Finishes slightly sweet and fairly dry with a bit of acridness.
M-fairly smooth with high carbonation and a warming finish.
O-a big stout. But lacks the complexity of flavors and big body of many of the RIS. Dominated with notes of dark roasted malt and tastes of cocoa powder, Slightly burnt coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but not dominant. A good sipper.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2013 22:22:32 | More by deebo
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:44:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tviz33

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:47:28 | More by tviz33
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BB1313

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:11:50 | More by BB1313
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Dave2010

Japan

3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 06:01:17 | More by Dave2010
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:02:14 | More by TBoneJones
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ChimRichels

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:10:28 | More by ChimRichels
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance - pours motor oil black with a dark tanish brown head that starts off at about and inch and then smooths out to a beautiful lace.

Smell- the smell doesn't have a lot of coffee which i though it would have. But it has hints of chocolate and caramel. A smooth roast begins and finishes the smell. Great smell but the coffee wasn't very strong.

Taste - so great. The coffee blends so well with the chocolate and caramel undertones. The aftertaste is strong coffee but it doesn't overwhelm the palate. There are very very subtle fruit like figs.

Mouthfeel- very smooth for a 12% abv. Only a very slight burn and not a strong carbonation which is consistent with a high abv. It has a smooth finish with lingering coffee taste.

Overall- a very very delicious beer. The taste is amazing but a little more coffee smell would increase the overall score. I recommend this beer to anyone who like imperial stouts. The feel is smooth and finishes great. I relly want to try one of these aged for about 2 years to see how it improves.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:34:03 | More by mlhyatt
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous in the pour this stout had a glowing opal darkness and a stiff, thick cap of bottle cap floating foam.

The scent had mostly coffee in the nose with a light chocolate malt but a phenolic duct tape aroma keeps invading my senses.

This needs to be served in the 60F area as if it's too cold the alcohol is overwhelming. When it warmed the roasted coffee flavor really came out. There is then a dark chocolate flavor before it ends in a marshmallow cream.

The feel is very full and creamy with substantial alcohol warmth. The warmth in many beers is a deterrent but hear it's an all over warmth that actually makes this experience all the more gratifying.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 14:07:45 | More by KYGunner
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

'13 750ml into a CS snifter.

A- This stout is not black, it is more brown. Small amount of head than is stubborn to go away.

S- Malt, roasty, coffee. Bit of fig. Burnt wood.

T- Some coffee up front. Speedway is not as complex as I thought it would be having the BA version of it previous to to this.

M- Very thin for me. Not much for mouthfeel.

O- I was not too impressed with the regular version of Speedway. I have become a stout snob. If I would have had this early in my stout phase, I would have rated higher.

(edit, I brought up the mouthfeel 0.5 because the bottom 1/4 of the bottle was sooo much better. This shouldn't happen though. Looking for consistent stout throughout the bottle)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:20:09 | More by gueuzedreg
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ocelot2500

Arizona

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

Pours a deep ebony color with a mocha head that leaves chinks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes along with some sweetness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes rounded out by some sweetness and earthy hops. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses lead off with some dark brown sugar sweetness to it. Chocolate lingers on with some roasted and earthy bitterness rounding it out. Booze is present, but pleasant.
Chocolaty sweetness continues to linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is delicious and a must try for any big stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:31:08 | More by ocelot2500
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Inky black with some mahogany hints - dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Does not appear to be strongly carbonated.

S - The aroma is complex - dark chocolate and coffee notes, along with some alcohol as well. Molasses seems to be in the mix as well.

T - Similar to the nose - the coffee notes seem to come through a bit more, and the bitterness is a bit pronounced. The alcohol is well blended and not overpowering.

M - Very smooth - glides right across the tongue.

O - Overall, this is a great Imperial stout - I'd be curious to taste the barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:02:09 | More by lawlerj
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Leather black/brown. Pours same color as the bottle, a perfect super dark black/brown. Moose brown head that is sudsy and thick. Like I had an imaginary straw and blew into the brew to create a bubbly head.

S-Dairy. Vanilla. Fresh sweet cream. Roasted coffee. Caramel.

T-Chocolate. Coffee. Roasted the chocolate and coffee taste, like campfire s'mores & cowboy outdoor kettle coffee. And yet the coffee/chocolate swirls around sweet & smooth too. Like a glass of iced coffee with cream and milk chocolate combined. A tart-sour finish reminds one of chocolate dipped raspberries. Bitter dark cocoa lingers. One of the best tasting let alone stouts, but beers period.

M-Medium body. Creamy. Like a super medium. Resinous oily finish. Decent carbonation that tends to die down as all stouts/porters do with time. Refreshing and cool. Warming as well. Beauty of stouts: good cold, good warmed. I felt like a chocolatier was funneling fresh gourmet liquid chocolate down my throat.

O-AleSmith-Speedway Stout lives up to it's name and even exceeds it. Nothing bad to say about this beer. The chocolate and coffee were so even. One didn't nudge the other out of place. Congrats must go to The Ryan Bros. for the locally fresh brewed coffee infusion. This lent the stout a silky smooth swirl that made me feel like a kid again enjoying a sweet dessert treat.
Can't wait to buy another bottle and try to find any and every flavor variation.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:00:22 | More by shacawgo24
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with bpk59. 2012 vintage?

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a great two finger mocha head that leaves nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of chocolate, older coffee, alcohol is hidden nicely.

T - Taste is fair amount of dark fruits, kind of over power the coffee and chocolate. Definitely tastes older slightly old.

M - Mouthfeel is nice smoother carbonation. Not much alcohol.

O - Overall this was a bit too dark fruit for my liking. Ah, very unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:42:27 | More by rudzud
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip glass. Review #700 folks.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles seen coming up through the glass. The head has reduced somewhat to a puffy layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. More lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Molasses, smoke, caramel, toffee, roasted coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, warm boozy alcohol, a little tobacco, and dark fruit.

Taste: Really roasted espresso like coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, smoke, caramel, toffee, tobacco, warm boozy alcohol, and some bitterness from the coffee. Cool stuff.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, warming, mild bitterness, very drinkable, low to medium carbonation, and delicious.

Overall: Pretty awesome beer for my 700th review. Ill take it towards the top 250. That list is virtually impossible, but over time, I could see myself making it past 150.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:47:03 | More by Flounder57
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in a tulip glass.

A: Opaque with an interesting creamy, cappuccino like head that sticks in spots on the side of the glass.

S: Toffee sweetness and roasted malts on the nose.

T: Chocolate and malt flavor up front, then some caramel sweetness balanced with bitterness from the coffee. Hints of nutmeg and spice become more noticeable as the taste lingers on your tongue.

M: Great carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body. Wonderful warming sensation on the throat.

O: At 12%, it's a very approachable and drinkable stout. It's mellow (ironic since it's a coffee stout) in a good way, with the sum of the parts being stronger than the individual components.

I'll be interested to try the same bottle in a year, as I imagine this beer will age nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:28:18 | More by blindtiger24
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am going to preface this review by saying that I am not convinced this was an entirely healthy bottle of Speedway Stout.

While this beer looked okay, it poured nice and had a nice off white head that gave way to nice lacing, this is where the high points ended for this experience.

Smell wise, there was coffee and anise...very strong anise. This was almost overpowering. The taste was also very heavy on anise or licorice. Roast and coffee were also prominent but the anise was very front and center.

From a mouth feel perspective the beer had a medium feel and a moderate to low amount of carbonation.

Overall, not what I expected or wanted. That is why I am concerned that this was not a healthy bottle. I just did not experience the smells, flavors and feel that most other reviewers have shared. I would like to believe this was one bad experience. I will try again and rereview.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 22:58:13 | More by polloenfuego
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It doesn't get more black than this. An inch of creamy mocha head boasts a good level of retention. After a few swirls, dots of lace stick on top of the alcohol film that coats the sides of the glass. A big looking beer indeed.

A combination of every flavour you expect in a big stout is amplified and bold. There's plenty of booze soaked raisins and dates. The alcohol accentuates their sweetness. Dark chocolate rich in cocoa is all over everything. A roasted quality from the coffee beans is more pronounced than the coffee beans themselves. There's even a bit of smoke in there as well.

The sweet dark fruits come in at the front of the tongue, quickly sliding under dark chocolate and cocoa powder which make up the first impression. Its initial dryness is enhanced by the roasty coffee character that comes next. There's a splash of sweet alcohol in the finish. Its presence is made known not so much in the flavour as it is in the warming sensation it imparts in the middle of your chest.

The body and feel on this stout are exceptional. It's silky, it's creamy, it's rounded, and its very, very drinkable. Its 12% ABV is masterfully hidden. I think out of everything great that's going on in this beer, its feel is what speaks most about the level of skill and craftsmanship the brewers at Alesmith possess.

This is a straight shooting, albeit incredibly flavourful Imperial stout that goes down with ease. It sticks to the archetypal flavours you come to expect with the style (chocolate, roasty, coffee, and smoky) but it blends them together in perfect harmony and packages them in a form that makes it dangerously easy to drink. This is an outstanding interpretation of the style and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 22:37:05 | More by ludachris
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SasquatchSmasher

California

3.09/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed the beer, but wanted to post an honest review. Good, not great, especially at 12%, which should mean huge flavor. Did not notice coffee; the predominant flavor was metallic, almost salty. Low carbonation leading to small head. Mouthfeel was good but should be at that gravity.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:49:20 | More by SasquatchSmasher
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OneManRockFight

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Long time listener, first time caller. This is my first review, and I saved it for a world-class beer. I"m an admitted RIS groupie, from Stone IRS to Sea Monster to tenFidy, but this takes the proverbial cake.

Appearance: Pours a dark-as-night black with minimal lacing, half finger of dark tan head. Beautiful. Enough said.

Nose: One of the highlights of this beer, very coffee heavy. Not surprising as this is a coffee stout, but it is a very good-smelling beer. Also a tiny bit of alcohol sting in the nose, but this serves as a come-hither, not a deterrent. Better nose than IRS or Yeti (both incredible beers), not quite tenFidy level but close.

Mouthfeel: Another selling point of this beer. Starts off thick but just melts away on the tongue. Very near the perfect amount of carbonation. Delightful.

Taste: The bread and butter. Hits all the right notes. Coffee, toffee, and a little dark fruit / currant in the front, fading to milk chocolate. Runs through an incredible gamut of flavors. Taste complexity is what all RIS's are judged by and Speedway has it in spades.

Overall: An incredible RIS. From the slightly boozy coffee-toffee up front to the silky milk chocolate finish, this is a ridiculously flavorful sipper that can serve as a session beer if one has the pocket book for it. Very, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 06:38:54 | More by OneManRockFight
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,006 ratings.