1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,162 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,162
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 787
Gots: 1,434 | FT: 140
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith Speedway Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,162 | Reviews: 1,432 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of weonfire
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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...

Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Alextricity
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ccozzi
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of sendsilk
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque deep black with a tiny khaki head, that receeds very quickly.

S - Fresh Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, carmel and chocolate as it warms.

T - Roasted barley's and malt with a good dose of chocolate, sweet bitter coffee ,some slight char flavor, hints of anise as well, great tasting stout.

M - Medium carbonation with a dry finish

O - Great beer that I got lucky to get my hands on being in NYC. Another strong beer from AleSmith.

Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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.

Photo of HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of gpawned
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BKBassist
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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.

Photo of spw109
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 5,162 ratings.