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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,429
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 798
Gots: 1,576 | FT: 146
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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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: jet black. Thick mocha head that sticks around despite the 12%.
smell: I gotta borrow ChainGangGuy's line, "chocolate cake (topped with a cherry)". That nails it. Coffee to be sure and chocolate with dark fruit. What a nose. Classic Imperial Stout with a unique twist (topped with a cherry).
taste: And the taste delivers. All the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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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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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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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

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4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifters. Beer is pitch black and cannot see anything through it when held up to the light. A half finger of light brown khaki colored head dissipates quickly to the surface, leaving a decent amount of lacing and a lot of alcohol feet.

Nose is a fruity coffee, not a bitter dark french roast, but maybe something Kona roast style, medium roast and brewed to show off the other qualities of a good coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasted malt comes through as well, but the coffee aroma is just amazing, the best stout with coffee that I've ever smelled.

Taste doesn't not disappoint, excellent coffee flavor greets your tongue right away. Some roasted notes follows through but the coffee is the star of this stout. Slight bitterness at the back of the tongue helps mask a light alcohol taste of this six month old bottle.

Rich full bodied beer has just a very small amount of carbonation, but at 12% abv, I wasn't expecting too much carbonation. Creamy and lush on the tongue, coating the inside of your mouth with excellent flavor with each sip. The finish is medium in length, mostly a light roasted bitterness note with the chocolate, enough to remind you for the next sip but not as lasting as some barrel aged stouts.

Very good imperial stout, something I need to buy more bottles of.

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4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/16/13. Poured 11/16/14. I got this in Wisconsin in July. Finally cracked it open.

Appearance: Aggressive pour brought on a slow forming brown head that wound up being three fingers in height. This stout is pitch black with nothing getting through the glass. The lacing is really great -- plenty of it all over the glass.

Smell: Everything you'd want from an Imperial Stout: lots of chocolate and roasted malt. There's some coffee character in there, but that aroma accents more than anything. I don't get any kind of dark fruits on the aroma, but I do get a caramel quality and a plain cake doughnut sort of smell that I usually pick up in high ABV stouts -- especially BBA'd ones. I know, I'm weird.

Taste/feel: Absolutely delicious. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma, and I have zero problems with that. The mouth feel is fantastic... not super heavy, but pretty full-bodied, with a light carbonation. It feels like chocolate milk in beer form. Lots of smooth milk chocolate flavors coming through in this beer with caramel malts... the finish is some roasted malt and coffee with a little much needed bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I don't really get any dark fruit flavors to speak of... this reminds me of a more balanced Chocolate Manifesto. Speedway Stout still remains a somewhat sweet Imperial Stout overall, but then again it is 12% ABV.

Excellent, and the best I've had from the style (as of this review, of course). Worthy of every bit of the praise it receives.

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4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SN XXX glass this stout pours black as the tar that lines the Daytona 500 speed way. The exceptional head is just about 3 fingers thick, and a rich chocolate cream color. On the way down, this brew leaves a considerable amount of lace for it's ABV. Truly the best stout I've ever seen poured (along with a Yeti...tied for first).

S: This stout has a real high level of roastyness in it's nose. Similar really to a porter more then a stout. Notes of chocolate and slight espresso. The nose is a little lack luster, given this stout's reputation.

T: The taste is excellent. Noting harsh, and really smooth. Roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate. The hop bill in this one really adds a good balance of bitterness to the chocolate. Espresso really kicks in as the beer warms.

MF: The mouthfeel of this stout is lighter then I'd prefer. The body and carbonation booth. And the drinkability is better then expected for a brew this big.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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