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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,269
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 790
Gots: 1,485 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DNICE555
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in the beer fridge for so long. First weekend in the new apartment not having to move anything. Humidity and heat finally left and it's a nice early Sept cool night. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

A: Wesley Snipes body with a Bunny Rabbit chocolate milk head.

S: Coffee front, chocolate, big badass stout smell that filled up the whole room.

T: Coffee, Iced coffee, Chocolate, cherries, molasses. I've been very patient storing this bigfoot. It has not dissapointed. The flavor is huge.

M: Light carbonation. Big thick chewy mouthfeel.

D: If you like coffee stouts, pick up this beer.

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Troville1990
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of stephensinner
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Pours black with a half inch head that leaves decent lacing behind. The smell is a bit light under the alcohol (right out front.). I get chocolate and coffee and...wait, alcohol. (Did I mention that?)
The taste is roasted malts, chocolate and a buttload of amazing coffee. There is a slight alcohol heat (not as bad as the nose) and a bit of earthy and citrus hops, just a touch. Very smooth and thick going down, taste doesn't stick around long though.
Overall this is easily one of the top coffee based Imperial Stouts I've had, easily worth a try. DO IT TO IT!

Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Morris729
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was quite surprised after peeling away all of the silver foil on the top of the bottle to find only a plain gold cap rather than a cork! Pours a black ruby color with a thick tan head that fades into a creamy lace. Nose is roasted coffee beans along with chocolaty cocoa and some fainter notes of dark fruit. Lots of sweet roasted chocolaty malts are in the tasting along with some espresso and a touch of molasses followed by just the right amount of hop bitterness. The flavors continue to develop in complexity and perfection as the beer warms. The alcohol is noticeable, but extremely well hidden for such a strong brew. Truly magnificent.

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4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a silky, deep black-brown with a thin mocha/tan toned head that quickly disspiates into a collar around the glass.

smell is alive with roasted malt, coffee, chocolatey goodness - wow! smells decadent... taste follows the nose, but less so than i had presumed; a bit disappointing considering the promise of the aroma. there's a ramped up bitterness to it that is not entirely pleasant... strong coffee flavors from the nose pull through; molasses; dark chocolate. 12% ABV very well hidden.

smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly a bit thin, with low carbonation. i would definitely have another, and a finely crafted brew this is, though in the final analysis i'd put it a step behind my favorite imperial stouts... IMO not sure it lives up to the substantial hype that it garners.

original review on: 07-25-2010

Photo of Hophead717
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque deep black with a tiny khaki head, that receeds very quickly.

S - Fresh Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, carmel and chocolate as it warms.

T - Roasted barley's and malt with a good dose of chocolate, sweet bitter coffee ,some slight char flavor, hints of anise as well, great tasting stout.

M - Medium carbonation with a dry finish

O - Great beer that I got lucky to get my hands on being in NYC. Another strong beer from AleSmith.

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Ncpogs
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Pahn
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Picked this bottle up in MA a few months ago.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch dark tan froth that doesn't move for a long time. Pours black and is very leggy with lots of spotty lacing.

Smell: From the bottle, smells bold and well integrated (coffee and caramel malt). Hopes are set high.

In the glass, it's amazing. Coffee, tons of malt depth, molasses, caramel. Stays potent throughout the bottle. I haven't smelled a beer this deep and good since Port's Older Viscosity. Rich, complex, assertive; excellent. The nose makes some big promises.

Taste: Smooth, amazing integration of coffee and molasses, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla. Creamy feel elevates these flavors. Caramel note is like eating straight caramel, way more defined than the average big malty beer.

Beautiful savory and sweet balance. This beer is like dinner and dessert combined, and both of them were expensive. Some mild soy sauce notes, tons of coffee ice cream and vanilla, caramel, with a building alcohol heat that doesn't get in the way of any of the other flavors.

Slightly reminiscent of the Bruery's Cuir in its depth and balance of savory molasses flavors with sweet decadence and satisfying booziness. Hard to believe this is a year round beer.

Mouthfeel: Light side of full bodied. Maximally creamy, like a great oatmeal stout. Low to moderate carbonation. Never even remotely sugary; a 12% ABV stout that's properly attenuated.

Overall: This beer is a masterpiece. The kind of thing people talk up, you think "well it can't be *that* good," and then you try it, forget the hype, and bask in how excellent it is.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Goliath
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a large inch and a half brown head. Awesome retention and some nice lacing as well.

The aroma is nice, but not as complex as I had hoped. Big chocolate notes are unavoidable in this beer. I get a bit of grain as well, but not much beyond that.

The taste is phenomenal. Huge chocolate notes, like a milk shake! Some really lovely roasty coffee notes accompany the chocolate, but are second to it which is a pleasant suprise. So often the coffee dominates a big stout, so it's refreshing to see a chocolate dominant Impy Stout. Though the alcohol warmth is very apparent on the swallow, it is very well hidden in the taste of this beer.

The mouthfeel is awesome. It's thick, full bodied, and really creamy. The carbonation isn't too subdued (though I don't mind when it is), but isn't so high that it doesn't feel like a stout. I think they basically nailed it.

Drinkability on this beer is high. It is just plain awesome. Although this isn't a large hype item, it should be. It is really a phenomenal example and a real treat to consume. Awesome mouthfeel, great flavor, just a whole package beer. Can't go wrong with this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/22/13 and aged since purchase on 10/13/13 in my own personal cellar.

a: Opaque black with a huge two inch plus tan head which receded slowly to heavy thick surface foam and dense lacing. 4.75

s: Cold black coffee. Later mellows out to more of a dark chocolate. 4.25

t: More complex than the aroma, some black coffee, dark fruit and smoky malt. Good hop bite. Finish is slightly sweetish to dry. High ABV (12%!) is amazingly well hidden. 4.25

m: Medium to full, quite smooth, considerable carbonation tingle. 4.5

o: Haven't had this fresh to compare, but at a year and a half old it is a little fruitier than most stouts. Rich, flavorful and incredibly easy drinking for a 12% ABV. 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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