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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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Reviews: 1,547
Hads: 5,972
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 865
Gots: 1,832 | FT: 155
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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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Reviews: 1,547 | Hads: 5,972
Photo of biggied
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-purs dark black as night with a slight tan head

S- chocolate coffee toffee heaven

T- great a little alcohol burn but almost just the right amount

M- nice! But a little -OH on the end

D- great would be better with out the -OH on the end but well hidden. One of my go tos and it's perfect with vanillia ice cream.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Speedway stout is a massive beer from AleSmith. 12% abv and you can feel it after a 750 of this beast. Pours a viscous black with a brownish head. Loads of coffee and roasted malts - more coffee than I like, but that is just my personal taste aversion I developed after downing some 60 oz of Denny's coffee in an hour when I was a younger lad...

Let's get back to the beer. I love the full mouthfeel on the Speedway Stout. Viscosity again comes into play here. Plenty of toastiness and rich, rich malts throughout the finish. The booziness isn't super pronounced, but you get a bit of heat on this one. This is a good after dinner drink and pairs well with hazelnuts, gorgonzola dolce (or any other sweeter blue cheese), and Barely Buzzed from Beehive Cheese Co. in Utah.

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Photo of wknight167
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours jet black with a 2 finger light brown head that sticks around quite a while.

Nose- Just a hint of booze, but mainly coffee, vanilla, roast malt and milk chocolate.

Palate- Warming coffee, sweet vanilla and chocolate. Sweetness is very well balanced with the roast grains with the grains just winning out. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, Med carb. I would not have guessed the alcohol percentage.

Drinkability- I would be happy to come home to a fridge full of these.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Included as an extra from a very generous BA named kirok1999.

Pours a very murky black near oil like consistency. Not often do you find one so dark and with such a strong head. Mocha latte head rises up with a good three fingers. Slowly seeps down with a solid film. Lacing is near perfection. What a beautiful imperial stout.

Coffee is muted. Was wanting more bit perhaps it has aged a bit. Coffee notes are backed by a very impressive and solid imperial stout base. Fruity and dark with a very rich dark chocolate and roasted character. Lovely and not overpowering at all. Very approachable.

Stared off with a rich and smooth base. Fruit and chocolate notes dominate the profile. Coffee is well played and serve a supporting role which is nice and enjoyable. Deep dark and smooth. Fruity nature is dominate throughout. Hops are mildly present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and milky. Mildly resonate though slides down so very easily. Incredible for the abv.

Wow what a great beer. Incredible to say the least, I love this beer. Beyond impressed this is a stand alone in a world of super overdone and repitive styles. A star shines bright.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty delicious stuff! Both the aroma and the taste is a punch to your senses!
A: Midnight black with a thin, mocha colored head.
S: Raisins, roasted malt, subtle coffee, milk chocolate
T: Creamy milk chocolate both mid sip and aftertaste. Some light coffee and roasted malt flavors.
M: Very smooth, almost silk like with a little bit of carbonation and bitterness.
O: Very good….excellent on all fronts!!

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Photo of jakon
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased for $10.70 on 6-1-7 at John's Marketplace in Portland.

This is probably my favorite double stout right now, and is definitely on the short list of my favorite overall beers. Pours a viscous opaque black, with a controllable dark tan head. I pour mine so that it stands slightly above the brim of my glass. As the foam makes a hasty exit, it leaves substantial lacing draped around the inside of the snifter. The aroma is of toasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste is very rich. Big time roasted coffee character accompanied by a wide range of chocolate notes and a faint hop bitterness. The alcohol seems to have been defeated by these stronger flavors, but reminds you of its own strength once it sets up shop in your stomach. This is the perfect beer for a cold/rainy fall/winter night.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a dark black with large tan frothy head that lasts throughout drinking. Moderate yeast sediment. Moderate lacing. No opaqueness.

Smells of dark fruit (raisins, figs), soy. Charred, smoky coffee. Butterscotch/caramel malts. Faint lemon peel.

taste: WOW. Brief initial roasted, charred coffee taste with a smooth creamy, buttery maltiness. Finishes with a hot spicy, alcohol finish. Excellent coffee and almost nutty flavor throughout drinking without tasting overroasted or burnt. Nice earthy tones.

Full- bodied, chewy and creamy. Slight hot alcohol and dry coffee finish. Your mouth will be happy!

I would like to drink more than one of these at a time, but the price is slightly too much for that, as is the alcohol content, but the taste is so good, I might try it.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into my RR tulip.

Appearance: Deep black with a nice mocha head. Looks great and head is retained for a while with nice lacing afterwards.

Smell: Boozy coffee notes. Slight roasted chocolate and toffee

Taste: Delicious slightly dark chocolate with a coffee finish--initially sweet but a pleasantly bitter aftertaste; some dark fruits, plum and raisin mid taste. Slight alcoholic burn on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Why the hell am I drinking this in August? Would be ideal for a post holiday dinner beer. I'm not complaining though, this thing is great. Goes down the hatch smooth for 12% ABV.

Overall: An awesome stout well worth seeking out. It is a task to drink by one's self, but is still very delicious and balanced.

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Photo of sharkboy
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass

A - Black as twilight, with a thin lacing of medium brown around the sides, unlike the prominent head of creamier stouts like Guinness.

S - Mysterious, alcohol is surprisingly absent, coffee is present but toned down, traces of dark fruit and milk chocolate.

T - Like the smell, the coffee and chocolate is present but not overpowering; not like syrupy Starbucks, but a IHOP roast. Alcohol is craftily scaled back for a strong stout, and hints of Pinot Noir are present.

M - Thinner than most Imperial Stouts, but not watery. Little to no alcohol burn while sitting in mouth or after swallowing. Big flavor, but a pleasant aftertaste.

O - Very drinkable for a Imperial Stout, carries the characteristics of its style, but slightly of the beaten path. Not a revelation, but elegantly crafted and tasty.

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Photo of ElSid
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Stout opaque blackness with a khaki head

S: Steamed cream and espresso combined with rum and chocolate flakes topped with a raisin sweetness.

T: Reminiscent of a Coffee Bean mocha with notes of espresso and milk chocolate smoothness. Raisin and plumy dark fruit sweetness along with some warming alcohol. A top layer of herbal bitterness which, along with the rum notes, does a great job of contrasting the chocolate and espresso characteristics of the brew.

M: Oh so smooth and full. The mouthfeel really adds to the palate with its smoothness and the fullness is appropriate given the strength of this beer.

O: Up there with the other great American stouts. I really think the Ryans Bros. coffee beans bring complex notes to the palate while also adding a fullness to the brew. A wonderful, accessible California stout that is a must try for the coffee heads out there.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Choo choo, here we go, let me peek inside your hole. Let me guess your favorite snack, time to bring your father back. Yeah yeah, there he is, let me give your dad a kiss, let me give your dad a kiss, let me give your dad a kiss.

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Photo of hayesez
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kaiser81 for shipping this one out. Shared with two other BAs at our recent gathering; poured into my Bruery tulip.

Deep dark brown - nearly black. No light escapes this bad boy, and there is just a small area around the top that is not opaque. A thick soft four finger dark tan head rises quickly and very slowly diminishes to one finger, leaving copious amounts of sticky lace.

Strong smell of chocolate. Although this is brewed with large amounts of coffee, the java smell is definitely secondary to the chocolate. Also a reasonable sniff of black licorice as well. So far so good!

The chocolate is still the preeminent portion of this beer. Still coffee in there, which supports the flavor very well, but the dark, chocolate base is still the centerpiece of this flavor profile. The roasted malt and sweet / bitter chocolate definitely linger around long after the drink is gone. I've heard several say that this is a fairly hot beer, but I found it to be quite the opposite. For such a reasonably high ABV, I was expecting something in the drink... Thick and moderately carbonated. Not quite as creamy and smooth as I would prefer, but still a beer that drinks very well.

Overall, I am impressed with the Speedway stout. Not quite as intense as it was a few years ago, but definitely still a very good beer. Thanks Ryan!

Reviewed on May 12th, 2010

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Photo of Mahlik
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep black color with it a beautiful 1.5" thick and frothy brown head. The head retention was great. When it did finally start to dissipate, it left behind good lacing. I also noticed some carbonation making its way up the glass.

S - The chocolate hit my nose first. It's followed by sweetness from the dark fruits and vanilla. Some roasted malts are mixed in too. I found the coffee aroma to be very subtle. I guess I was expecting more coffee on the nose. For 12% abv, I really couldn't sense the alcohol's presence. The aroma is overall pleasant but nothing complex.

T - The coffee comes through more in the taste. Still, I feel the chocolate notes come out more here. I get dark chocolate up front with some bittersweet chocolate on the back side. I was a bit surprise by the bitterness of these beer. The alcohol makes its presence know but it's not overbearing.

M - This beer is very smooth and drinkable. I would never guess this beer is 12% abv. This is a full-bodied beer with a slightly creamy feel and solid carbonation. The booziness adds warmth to the overall taste/mouthfell.

O - I would have probably enjoyed this beer more if I hadn't hear so much hype about this beer. However, I'm glad I was able to find this beer at a local bottle shop. This is a great imperial stout. It's incredibly smooth for the style/ABV and I really enjoyed the chocolate notes in the taste. I just wish the smell and taste was a bit more complex.

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Photo of B33R501
3.2/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Edit 7/30 I fucking hate inconsistency and if I remember correctly this brewer is the definition of inconsistency, last year I had a Yulesmith summer that was incredible, then I purchased 2 more that were flat, and terrible. Got an $8 32 oz bomber tonite, couldn't wait. Yet somehow the bottle was so much better, how is that possible? This draught stunk, no chocolate, no coffee, all vinous character, very boring. Maybe that's why the keg (according to the beer guy at whole foods) was so cheap? Whatever, what a disappointment. Brewers, here's a clue GET SOME F'ING CONSISTENCY.

Another great beer in a year filled with great beers I really don't know how to rate them anymore I guess I'll have to compare. I bought this on someone's comment, this crushes stone imperial stout. Well, we wouldnt go that far. I'd rate it just a bit below that.

Black, big chocolate head, no carbonation issues at all. Actually, the carbonation and mouthfeel are just about perfect. Reviewers note, I had 2 Yulesmith Summer bottles last year that were completely flat.

Chocolate coffee aroma, big coffee chocolate vanilla cream and sugar tastes. Notes of dark fruits, really sweet at times with a big dry bitter finish. This beer just sizzles on the tongue, no hint of alcohol at all, very drinkable I went thru this bomber like nobody's business. And then I stood up, wow this was fantastic.

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Photo of gotbeer
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I sampled a bomber of this from the 06 vintage.

The appearance was like a great stout- dark, opaque, and with a mocha colored head.

The smell was very nice. Hints of chocolate.

The taste was big. Chocolate, coffee, and some noticable alcohol. It's a big imperial stout with some mocha notes to it.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Drinkability is good for the style. I don't know if the drinkability is good for the price around New England. Storm King, BBCS, and Stone IRS are also readily available for far less money, and all are delicious. Not to say Speedway was dissapointing- it is great. Worth a try on a special occasion.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a viscus black with an initially 4 finger head that fell to a finger till the beer was gone. Lots of lacing. There were fingers when swirled in the glass. Beautiful.

S- Lots of Toffee and Dark Chocolate in the nose. A good roasted barley note or too in there as well. Coffee and roasted malts are in there too.

T- There is a good sweet malt across the palette first then a strong dark chocolate malt characteristic. Lots of Roasted Barley and a strong Coffee finish. Almost no alcohol warmth. Well rounded RIS.

M- Velvety, and way to easy to drink. The body seems lighter then it is. Light Carbonation. Not too cloying, but does leave a sweet toffee taste.

O- This is an amazing RIS. It may not be the most complex. But its wickedly too easy to drink. Amazing.

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Photo of rodemey2
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

IMO could use a little more body. I prefer stouts of this ABV to be a tad more viscous, i might be alone here. other than that, its pretty much perfect. dried fruit on the nose, and you’d never know they hit 12% on it. paired with some bleu cheese, blissful.

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Photo of Zonk
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. Really strong coffee aromas on top of roasty malt and cocoa. Rich and creamy mouth feel with a great doese of coffee. Very impressive stout.

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Photo of Nick3
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured in into a Duvel tulip glass. A dark black brew with a chocolate brown head that dies a quick death. Roasted malt aroma with coffee and some chocolate. Taste like it smells and its darn good. Very, very well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. Finish has a nice roasty bitterness that isn't too sharp. Nicely done brew. Drank this one when I bought it but I've got two others aging. Will revisit in 2 years.

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Photo of slaintemhor
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this stout was jet black with absolutely no head whatsoever! The aroma was teeming with brown sugar, coffee and dark Swiss chocolate. On the palate, there was more chocolate, essence of bourbon, dark coffee, toffee, caramel, treacle and molasses. Gad! What a treat! And a heck of a deal for the 750ml bottle format!

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Photo of NitroGen
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for my 100th review.

P: 750 ml. Brown bottle

A: Pours a jet black with one finger of dark chocolate foam head that quickly settles

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and grains with feint alcohol fumes.

T: Myriad of chocolate and roasted coffee with creamy sweetness and huge alcohol fumes.

M: Wow is this a big! Well balanced throughout the tasting, and the aftertaste keeps on going and going...

D: Since this is in a 750 ml. and nobody else will imbibe I will make the sacrifice and drink this lovely brew by myself!
Will be having another long before my 200th review!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark & not much of a head. Smells like chocolate & coffee & molasses. Salty & sweet & complex flavors hide any alcohol flavor. It's low carbonation doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this excellent beer.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to Brandon Pours a good deep black with a creamy brown head. The head lasts well. The lacing is perfect. Has a wonderful aroma of good alcohol, roast, coofee, chocolate, and some spices. Has a light carbonation. A tewrrific mouthfeel. The flavor is real good. Alcohol is well hidden. The balance is real good. The flavor is wonderful. Not too heavy and very smooth. Has a thick texture. Has a full body. The finish is nothing short of super. A great lasting aftertaste. This is a flat out awesome beer. I would drink this anytime any place.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

This a real sipping beer. Nice strong jet black color. Aroma of coffee. Very malty and a bit more hops than I expected. A remarkably smooth beer that became sweeter and smother as it warmed. Although I couldn't taste the booze I could definitely feel it. I am glad I shared this with a friend.

Overall a good beer. Not my all time favorite coffee stout but definitely up there.

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Photo of kdmorse
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich coffee, chocolate, and roasted flavors and smells throughout. Amazing and strong. Looks great. Lacing for days. Smells amazing. Tastes even better. Creamy and enjoyable. Easy to drink for a huge stout like this. Alcohol sneaks through a bit in the scent and the taste, but not bad for a 12%er. Great young. Need to get a few to put away and age.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.