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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,059
Reviews: 1,417
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 781
Gots: 1,420 | FT: 141
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DavidHume, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle as part of a trade with HopJack13 and have been sitting on it (well...not literally) for about a year. Our annual gathering for a Cleveland Indians seemed like the perfect time to share this rare gem of a beer.

Appearance: Poured a pitch-black, can't-see your-hands-in-front-of-your-face, where's-the-damn-flashlight-blackness that allows no light to pass through it. "Used motor oil" would be an accurate description. "Cool Whip"-thick tan-colored head persists for eons and creates and wonderful lace portrait on the glass.

Smell: This beer is brewed with Ryan Brothers coffee beans (note to self: must try Ryan Brothers coffee if ever possible). This beer teems with "stouty" aromas: chocolate, roasted malts, freshly-ground coffee. Caramel squares wrapped around dark fruit. I see Bill Cosby pitching an ad for Jello chocolate pudding...

Taste: Gang....this is amazing. Smoked chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol. Up-front sweetness, followed by a chocolate-slathered hops middle, and finishes with a alcohol-laced Hershey bar. Alcohol is there, but not over-powering. Finished with a toffee-roasted bitterness. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I'd be curious to see how this tasted "raw" instead of aged one year. It is stellar at this time. Huge body. Wrapped my palate in velvet and sang Barry White songs to me all night. The 12% ABV feels more like 8% and makes it so much easier to keep on drinking. Smooth like a baby's bottom and laughably drinkable.

Notes: If you want a great beer, seek this one out. It will be worth any trouble...

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of jsurfs82
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

jsurfs82, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Bnoise11
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Bnoise11, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of rdooley
4/5  rDev -8.9%

rdooley, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of projectflam86
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a jet black color with an impressive mocha colored head that leaves a few scattered rings of lace.

S- Huge wave of roasted dark malt mixed with coffee and cocoa. I can already tell that this one is going to be good...

T- Roasted/charred espresso beans with a bittersweet chocolate finish. The cocoa flavor seems to serve as the bittering ingredient while coffee and sweet malt flavors develop throughout. Definitely a bit of molasses and roasted nut flavor as well.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly thinner than I thought it would be but still smooth and creamy.

D- This one is worthy of it's praise. The alcohol is barely noticeable at all even though it is at a whopping 12%! I'll be picking this one up again soon.

projectflam86, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Hallertau
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Hallertau, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Wolberjs
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Wolberjs, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%

dagubna, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of ccozzi
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BigGingDrinker, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours like used motor oil with very little head despite some effort on my part. black as hell, no light gets through.
it's got a rich chocolate and coffee aroma, with a certain creamy quality that is brings coffee ice cream to mind. beneath that is a somewhat grainy malt richness, with just a bit of anise, and a booziness that has a slightly gin-like character. with warmth it develops a burnt smokiness.
the flavor is much like the aroma with the rich coffee and chocolate. There are hops in this that weren't evident in the aroma... there is a nice earthy dose of hops towards the end. this has got caramel, and soft nutty flavors accompanying the coffee flavors. the flavors meld into a cohesive unit well.
full bodied with a fine, but relatively active carbonation.
good drinkabilty, it goes down alarmingly fast, but it'll knock you on your ass. a finely crafted stout.

kmo1030, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jk3, Apr 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

gpawned, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

ramrod666, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick brown head. The head fades kind of fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a very rich chocolate aroma. It has, to a lesser extent, a coffee aroma. There is a nice hop aroma to it also. The alcohol is slightly present in the nose.

This beer has a more hoppy flavor than I thought it would. It is nice. I also taste a massive chocolate foavor. Coffee and licorice are present also. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer is quite aggressive, and very full bodied. However, it goes down surprisingly smooth. It leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is quite aggressive, and the alcohol content is high. It is a very good beer though. This is the firts time I have had it on cask. It was very nice.

OStrungT, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of RuckusDu
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Larger 3 inch head of deep mocha color that sticks around for a while and leaves a very nice lacing. Body is pitch black and needs maybe 2 mm to see through. Aroma is on the sour milk side. nice chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Pretty simple and boring. Flavor is huge with a sweet coffee hitting you right up front. This goes to a bitter chocolate and nice coffee finish. Simple, strong, and delicious. Also has hints of vanilla and caramel. Creamy in flavor but not as much on the tongue. Mouth feel is a little lacking, the carbonation is good but body seems a bit weak. Overall a very good beer with great coffee tones, probably the best coffee I've had.

RuckusDu, Jan 27, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%

tclipse, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

BKBassist, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Speedway Stout poured a viscous Texas tea with a wicked solid 2-3 finger foam head. I wanted to take a quick nap on the pillow like head. It left dotted slow like lacing.

The aroma was coffee filled with deep roasted malt smell. You could smell the 12% abv in the nose right away. Not strong enough to cause you to cry but close. I also got a muted dark chocolate smell.

The taste was real money if you are a coffee lover. If you don't like coffee very much you might want to stay away. Straight up roasted malt taste as it enters your mouth. It finished with a coffee bite and bitterness.

In the mouth the high alcohol burns the back of the throat but leaves a lovely coffee flavor that stays with you for some time. It is very chewy and thick.

Overall a wonderful example of a really good stout flavored with my other favorite drink, coffee. If I only lived in San Diego when the rain rarely comes. I would buy this again but the price will leave me to once a year.

cswhitehorse, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma here is very very strong. At first, lots of bittersweet chocolate and roasted notes just jumped out. As it opened, a layer underneath of sweetness and dark fruit became noticeable. A note of licorice as well. Booze.

Initially, this one smacks the mouth with big bitter chocolate and coffee. There's no mistaking that. However, then you get the big sweetness coming through which is characterized by mostly chocolate notes interspersed with licorice. The dark fruits that some others have noted just doesn't seem to come out for me. For an ABV of 12 percent, I'm impressed there's really no burn here. Goes down pretty well.

This is an aggressive chocolate/coffee stout here. Thick, rich, and will kick your ass in a hurry.

NODAK, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HopsintheSack, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Booner818, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Skunkdrool, May 31, 2013
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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