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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,898
Reviews: 1,407
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 772
Gots: 1,376 | FT: 133
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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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is nice to see this beer in Massachusetts liquor stores again after a brief absence. This one was bought at Downtown Wine and Spirits. Pour is as expected, completely black with a large tan heading. Smells of dark chocolate, cola and coffee start things off in the nose. Dark coffee is the main flavor in the beginning, followed by the chocolate, and finally ending on a mostly bitter note. Body is perhaps a bit lighter than was expected, but still full and big overall. As for drinkability, one glass is enough for me tonight. I would suggest having this with dessert, or as an after dinner nightcap. Dip a double chunk chocolate chip cookie in this and let me know what you think. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of July2Nov
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of tswater
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

tswater, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of BYOFB
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BYOFB, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, foil wrapped 750ml into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pitch black body with a huge dark mocha head. Tons of lacing and retention. Looks pretty damn good.

S - Probably the best part of this beer. Huge coffee/espresso presence. Roasted malts, vanilla and milk chocolate. Slight hint of alcohol.

T - Very smooth mouth feel. Roasted malts, smooth coffee, and chocolate. Not very bitter or alcoholic.

O - A good coffee stout, but certainly not the best out there. The smell was fantastic, but the taste really didn't stand out. Perhaps I should have had this when it was fresher and the coffee was more prevalent. Will seek out again next year!

davey101, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of videofrog
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on date of 3/20/13. Let sit 1hour out of fridge.

A: Pitch black, no light escaping the body. Thin mocha head that recedes quickly. No significant lacing.

S: Coffee up front even after 6 months, dark chocolate and other sweet malts there as well.

T: Bitter coffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolates, toffee and caramel. Some alcohol flavor, but blends in nicely.

M: Creamier than I expected. Thick body with higher carb than usual for the style. Dry finish with tingly alcohol.

O: Thanks to dvmin98 for this trade. Great impy stout that I've been wanting to try for awhile. Didn't disappoint.

videofrog, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Rihup, May 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

MattSharpless, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

alysmith4, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark black with maroon around the edges. No head whatsoever
S-roasty and toasty malts- not much else
T-smooth roasted mzlt. Slight bit of chocolate. Some alcohol present throughout
M-medium bodied and really smooth
D-oh so drinkable. This is a great brew

brew3crew, Feb 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

prisdefer, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mscudder, May 06, 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%

JellyJacket, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

rdooley, Feb 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

zac16125, Jan 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

sukwonee, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev -8.9%

schmidtmattsays, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Ristaccia, Jun 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

RMoeNay, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Booner818, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a midnight black color with one finger of dark tan head. There is almost no lacing. The smell has lots of roasted malts and coffee. A really full smell that just peps ya right up. The taste has lots of burnt malt and coffee, but it's fairly mellow and not overpowering. Everything comes together nicely. The body is very thick, yet smooth as silk. The drinkability is deadly for a 12% brew. Awesome stuff, thanks Kev!

SheepNutz, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of Vdubb86
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Axic10 for this want

This beer pours a decent blackness into the glass topped by a deep brown foam on the surface. The aromatics are solid. They remind of lots of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and leather. The taste is holy crap a lot of coffee. It was more of a punch in the face with the amount of bitterness that came up front. The coffee flavor took over the taste of this beer with mostly dark roast. The more this beer was drank the more it grew on me, but initially it was hard to swallow. This beer was consumed at the appropriate temperature and my coffee loving participant in this experience with me agreed this is a lot of delicious coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is still acidic and astringent, but with that kinda being the point I remain lenient to them. Overall this was a damn good coffee imperial stout, it's odd that they don't advertise it at that. Still it's tasty as heck and I wouldn't mind sharing it with friends again.

Vdubb86, Mar 25, 2011
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,898 ratings.