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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 754
Gots: 1,332 | 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 +13.9%

csustar001, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Ristaccia, Jun 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MrVonzipper, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of afksports
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The AleSmith Speedway was one of my first goals in a trade and one of the highest rated on my Top100 (from this Summer). When I finally landed a bottle - and then when it hit shelves in NYC - there was tons of excitement. So I opened it with a buddy of mine Alex when he and his girlfriend Maria were visiting.

But it didn't deliver.

Maybe it was frozen at some point. Maybe it was too hot at some point. Maybe it wasn't aged enough. But regardless the taste was off. Extremely tangy, with dark fruits and grapefruit predominating. And water. Chocolate notes and malt notes were there, so was coffee, but it just wasn't that American Double that I've gotten to know and love.

The appearance was great - pitch black. Smell was amazing, coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, sugar, fruit. Mouthfeel was excellent as well, although it didn't seem properly composed, it's like all those elements were floating in alcohol and water (hence the freezing guess). But since I just don't know, and it's a hard bottle to come by, I have to make this review now and then tag it for later to come back to.

AleSmith Speedway... we will meet again.

UPDATE: Enjoyed a better taken care-of bottle and better aged. Had side by side with the BA version. Yep. It's better. Upgraded taste from 2.5 to 4.0, and Overall from 2.5 to 4.0

afksports, Dec 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

CarolinaKev, Dec 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mkennedy119, Dec 16, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%

tclipse, Aug 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Skunkdrool, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

prisdefer, Nov 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ahbithwabm, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

craft_shannie, May 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

510a, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jun 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

RMoeNay, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Walkerjgt, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of PatandDavid
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

David and I shared a bottle of the 2006 version at Redbones. My review is all over the map, I think one of the reasons as this one would most likely benefit with some ageing (it's actually recommended to do so on the bottle). Initial impression after the bottle was opened was that it was a boozy monster with a syupy mouthfeel. I was actually a little nervous and thought, I hope some of our fellow bar patrons can help us finish the bottle if we aren't able to. Well, guess what, we had no problems finiishing the bottle, so let's see what we had. Poured into tulip glasses, it had a nice coal black color with mahogany highlights in the light. I loved the deep rich coffee crema head, but it dissipated and only left me with some small skim coat on the sides. The aroma was initially boozy, but as we became accostomed to it, the coffee came to the fore, and some depth was provided by some stone fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel was initially syrupy, however as we made our way through the bottle, it became rougher, with fine prominent carbonation. Tastewise, there's a ton of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted notes from both. I enjoyed it, and it did become easier to drink as we made our way through the bottle. Actually did not feel intoxicated at the end, but that's where a big meal, and tons of water help out. Would love to try again in six months.

PatandDavid, Mar 09, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Booner818, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice 2 finger thick creamy mocha colored head. The lacing is super sticky. I can't imagine one better looking than this.

The battle between coffee and fruity aromas is barely one by the latter. A hint of dark cherry is noticed. Nice chocolatey undertones.

Well starts out nice and chocolatey and finishes with a huge coffee bitterness. This is dryer than I expected, aiding its drinkability.

Thick, creamy, velvety, perfection. The mouthfeel in big stouts is key, and this hits spot on.

A great beer. I should sip this, but I'm not sure I'll be able to.

andrewinski1, Jan 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back from San Diego to share with my man Kiddwhiz, poured to NBB Globe the beer arrives a deep dark black, with black edges, looks like motor oil, thick. 1.5 finger tan head, excellent retention and lacing. Really looks great. The nose is a pleasant blend of roast, coffee, bakers chocolate, without even a hint of the alcohol. The flavor builds upon the nose with an initial rush of the roast and coffee. The chocolate mellows the beer out well. Mildly bitter with a hint of heat, but very appealing. Smooth and creamy, viscous. Full bodied and well carbonated. The flavors linger forever, terrific. Overall, this beer lived up to the hype from the bottle shop in Escondido, wish I had more!

hopfacebrew, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 05, 2014
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,768 ratings.