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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,413
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 799
Gots: 1,570 | FT: 145
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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Ratings: 5,413 | Reviews: 1,470
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3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:pours a solid black. a two plus finger of a foamy tannish head forms and has great retention. large frothy lacings are left behind on the sides of the glass. completely opaque and dark.

Smell: strong coffee to espresso but lots of additional notes including black malt, chocolate and slight dark fruits.

Taste: opens up with a strong and assertive coffee flavor. not super burnt or acrid but strong and bitter roast. lots of chocolate and slight dark fruit balance it out. alcohol is present but not quite overpowering.

Mouthfeel: heavy and bitter but not too lingering. alcohol warmth.

Overall: lots of coffee flavor but also lots of balance. certainly one of the better coffee beers out there but not quite the top tier of stouts in my opinion

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Tschnab
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- this pours a jet black with a big rocky dark brown head and sticky lace that sheets the glass.

S- at first it is a very rich milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla, then the darker roasty notes come in, sweet but roasty seems to be the theme. Not much coffee.

T- I found the coffee! Lots of of dark roasted coffee is the big note here, mostly present at the end of the palate. Chocolate and a faint coconut come through also.

O- this is an incredibly well made beer that still features a strong coffee character as I'm having this in January.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beast pours a mad thick pitch black. Mocha head sits at less than an inch. Sticky lacing leaves little bubbles around the glass. The nose is chocolatey and roasty. There is a bit of coffee involved but at the nose I am almost convinced that I had held onto this beer for longer than I should have. Nontheless, the massive chocolate and roasty offerings create a nice aroma. The taste is straight Willy Wonka. Chocolate infused with some toffee and deeply roasted malt. Great stuff going on here but the moutjfeel is the kicker. Oily, viscious and bold, Speedway Stout packs a candied, sticky punch that lathers the palate. Overall, this was a trade worthy of making as I do not have access to Alesmith brews and the flavors are robust and beastly. But, now
im ready to try this stout fresh. Love it.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers, but was purchased in 2011

A: Pours a viscous opaque black with 1 fingers width of espresso colored head. Moderately good retention down to a thin film, leaves a decent amount of patchy lacing.

S: Big aroma, dark fruits(fig and plum) at first then the roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate aromas come out. A subtle smokey character as well, and maybe a touch of oak, with the alcohol making itself known as the beer warms. Complex, deep, and very strong aromas. Superb.

T: The first sip is big milk chocolate with roasted malt on the backend then coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Other flavors noted are dark chocolate, bold roast coffee, a nutty character, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness, and a hint of vanilla. The alcohol starts to make itself known towards the end of the bomber, but acts as a balancing agent to add to rather than distract from the palate profile. The flavors are so strong, particularly the chocolate and coffee (this coming from someone who enjoys drinking black coffee of the boldest roast he can find). Finishes a little harsh, with the alcohol coming out pretty strong, but prior to that it was bordering on perfection so it still gains high marks.

M/D: So smooth. Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, silky smooth oily mouthfeel to let the flavors coat the palate, and a wet finish. Nice job of masking a whopping 12%ABV. Quite drinkable considering the huge flavors and big ABV.

O: Overall, what a fantastic RIS. Amazing aroma, which is backed up by a fantastic palate profile, silky smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. World class, neck and neck with the Abyss as my all time favorite RIS.

Re-reviewed on 6/22/13. Dozens of Imperial stouts later has this one is les epic than I remembered, but still excellent. Repeat rankings were:
A: 4.75
S: 4.5
T: 4.5
M/D: 4
O: 4.5
Probably a truer reflection of this beer than my overly high noob-ish rating. But for now I am going to leave the original ranking. Ill try it again soon and give it a best 2 out of 3.

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4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought the bottle almost a year ago but god knows when it was bottled.

A: Pitch black with a huge mocha-colored head. Beautiful looking stout. Thick and great head retention.
S: Eww licorice? I hate licorice. Some roasted coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not the best smelling beer out there.
T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Thank god there's no licorice in here. A little chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Hint of alcohol at the end.
M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. A bit sticky.
O: This is a great coffee stout. Even though I'm not a huge fan of coffee I enjoyed this quite a lot.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle 2009 from John's Marketplace (Portland). Pours Jet black with about 3 finger mocha bubbly head. Great lacing and the head lingers long into the pour. Aroma hits the nose with deep dark roasted molasses, with chocolate and coffee coming through strong as well. Touch of earthiness and dark fruit (raisin). As it warms, much more deep dark chocolate comes out. Very full-bodied, only a touch of sweetness. Then, a pleasantly bitter coffee comes bursting through. This fantastic espresso mocha finish stays long on the tongue and makes me want more. Very drinkable imperial stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.39/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours like the night, incredibly dark and completely opaque. The best way I could describe it is used motor oil. Brownish-black with an awfully dark tan head that rose to just above a finger's length.

Smell: Strong alcohol scent with strong malts and chocolate.

Taste: What a roasted feel of chocolate and alcohol. Strong and a little heavy, just drinking it you can tell this bottle isn't mean to be shared. Strong alcohol feel, bitter and very bitter but the alcohol and roasted chocolate is what offsets this beast of a beer.

Mouth: What you feel most is the bitter chocolate, coming off like toasted chocolate cake. A little dry, with medium and f'n ridiculous stickiness to it.

Overall: The worst part about this is finishing the bottle and trying to get every drop out of it. I have seen this in the store numerous times and till head out and grab a bottle again and again. At the time of this writing i haven't had many AleSmith (this might be my first) beers drinking this one in particular is the gateway to others. Salud!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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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!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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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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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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