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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,269 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,269
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 790
Gots: 1,486 | FT: 138
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:
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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Photo of Khaack
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mbmiche
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smitch
3.47/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste and mouth feel leave something to be desired

Photo of BeerIsntBad
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parris
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of torwart94
3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The coffee flavor is far too pronounced.

Photo of PowhatanBrewer
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doremite
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Only critique here is the alcohol could be better hidden. Hits the back of the throat a tad hot but otherwise a fantastic coffee imp stout. Definitely worth trying but not something I would drink regularly.

Photo of Vincea
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Prager62
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Young_John
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite RIS. Very thick and strong. Pours and drinks like it was BBA. Reminded me a bit of Hoppin' Frog's BA BORIS and a bit more of Evil Twin's I Love You With My Stout. Wish it came in smaller bottles so I could enjoy it more often.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nick29
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Danimal25
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of funjack5150
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TPiwaron
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drift
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harvest06
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into Speigelau Stemmed Pilsner glass.

A: black as night with fantastic dark brown head that recedes quickly to light cover.
S: Roast, chocolate, slight coffee, some alcohol.
T: Solid roast, nice coffee undertones. Chocolate, some very slight dark fruit.
M: Smooth on the front, full bodied. Even at 8 months, still a good amount of alcohol astringency in the finish.
O: I can see where this is gonna age well, but a bit more rough than I was expecting. Overall, good stout. 4.2 on the face of it.

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bfisher91
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had, period. At 12% I thought it'd be an overbearing Imperial that'd be delicious but hard to drink. This was not the case. Dark chocolate with strong coffee overtones, sticky and sweet but also deep and complex. The balance is perfect and I could drink this all day. Very enjoyable at a moderately chilled temperature, becomes more sticky and heavy as it warms up. Very hefty price tag but certainly worth trying at least once.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,269 ratings.