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

4,504 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 738
Gots: 1,255 | FT: 121
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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith Speedway Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,504 | Reviews: 1,392 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of udubdawg
udubdawg

Kansas

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

pours a nice viscous, glossy black, with a good creamy-looking but fleeting brown head. Light struggles to show even at the edges of the glass. Spotty lace over parts of the glass. Quite the looker.

Aroma is very strong, and full of robust coffee. The malt seems so heavily roasted and even charred. Wonderful. Chocolate is probably pretty strong here, but relatively speaking is in the background to the java. Really nice!

Hard to find fault with this flavor. I don't even drink much coffee, but sometimes I love it in my beer. Big coffee and chocolate flavors, plenty of charred malt and hop bitterness. Huge - there's so much flavor here! Wonderful complex sweet profile. Really carmelized and full of molasses. My palate dries from the wonderfully long and heavily roasted coffee/bitter hop finish and demands that I take another sip. I quickly acquiesce to the request.

Excellent, but not quite spectacular in mouthfeel. Still, there's little to complain about. Carbonation is soft, the texture creamy, and it's generally just about perfect. Body is on the high side of medium, but needs that extra bit of fullness to make this truly one of my favorites. I'm probably looking too hard to find fault with this one, but I'll stick with a 4.5 for now.

Definately a sipper...but I'm sipping it awfully fast! Really satisfying. Expertly hidden alcohol. Hey, what's the caffeine situation with this beer? - will I be up all night now? Whatever - it was worth it. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:12:27 | More by udubdawg
Photo of Casey3236
Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-23-2014 23:40:59 | More by Casey3236
Photo of dedrinker
dedrinker

Kansas

2.9/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very glassy, shiny black color with little head and the thinnest dark brown hue when held to the light. Quite attractive despite the lack of head. Faint aroma of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor and mouth feel are disappointingly thin with a sharp, acidic black coffee bitterness that carries through to the finish. A little oak and rum creep out at the end to try and redeem itself, but I can't sign on to this one. The trouble with some coffee stouts is that they taste like they could really use some cream and sugar. I'm glad I didn't pay money for this, but on the brighter side I think this would be a great beer to braise some skirt steak with.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 23:22:29 | More by dedrinker
Photo of ncvbc
ncvbc

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing's first, this beer lives up to all of its hype. Yes, I'm typing on a new keyboard because of it, but damn it was worth it. Poured into a snifter as well as a standard pint glass, the former spilling onto my keyboard and everything around it. Though I only consumed half or so, I can grasp the fact that this was amazing.

The bottle itself is worthy of a good appearance score. It poured a pitch black with hardly any light to show through. Thick, creamy tan head that sits upon the dark stillness. Close to a 5, though not quite.

Smell is heavily of roasted dark coffee. Slight bit of alcohol in the nose which plays well. Also some chocolate malts and dark, roasted malts.

Taste is perfection. Again, heavy on the coffee, roasted malts. Alcohol again is noticeable, though barely so and in a way that compliments the rest of the beer. Nothing overwhelming, just pure balance and excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and a little chewy. I had it lingering for hours, along with the smell on the floor and keyboard.

Drinkability also near exceptional. While I would enjoy this one for the duration of drinking it, there is definitely a limit.

This is about as close as I've been to giving perfect 5's all the way through, though the overall might not indicate it. I think this is in my top 5 favorites with ease and a contender for the top spot. I know for a fact that I will be seeking much more of this out in the future.

Big thanks to Phawk for the trade, it was well worth it!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 14:54:19 | More by ncvbc
Photo of curlybird
curlybird

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-21-2014 01:35:47 | More by curlybird
Photo of kbnooshay
kbnooshay

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-17-2013 00:49:09 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Jeffrey2310
Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-04-2013 02:32:39 | More by Jeffrey2310
Photo of Backer2004
Backer2004

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really f--ing amazing is the only way I can describe it. Held out for 6 months before bringing it to our Homebrewers Christmas party. Without a doubt, one of the best five beers I've ever experienced. tons and tons of fanastic coffee beans are involved in making this brew. Lots of chocolate and rich malts balance out the slight hoppiness. Cannot tell it's high ABV. Worth every bit of the $12.99 I got it for . . . and will get again and again, mainly for special occassions.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 03:23:39 | More by Backer2004
Photo of tewaris
tewaris

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and clear, viscous looking but not the thickest, Speedway poured with a medium dark brown head that fell to a ring and a disjoint sheet of tiny foam soon enough. Some lacing. Good enough for a 12% ABV Imperial Stout.

Aroma: Coffee, alcohol, and sweetness that could be from alcohol, but most probably comes from sweet malts. No hint of roast; and overwhelming booziness --- limited in merit and complexity.

Taste is smooth, bitter and flavorful with coffee. Ample amount of sweetness from rich malts and alcohol. Finishes with unexpected strength of roast and a kiss of alcohol with lingering coffee aftertaste. Feels silky with low carbonation against its body but is still not as coating; however, the finish is fairly clean too so no problems here.

Overall rather one dimensional but quite potent and well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:40:56 | More by tewaris
Photo of jnardone235
jnardone235

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2014 00:15:27 | More by jnardone235
Photo of OnryAndMean
OnryAndMean

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2013 19:30:52 | More by OnryAndMean
Photo of nathanjohnson
nathanjohnson

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-19-2012 21:06:28 | More by nathanjohnson
Photo of Birdlegs
Birdlegs

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-18-2013 08:02:54 | More by Birdlegs
Photo of everetends
everetends

Alabama

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review number 300 and I figured I would hit up the Speedway for this one. Been saving this one for a while and I have to thank Reino for sending me the bottle a while back. 750ml bottle served up in my Terrapin snifter. Lets get this party started.

A: This brew pours slowly and thick from the bottle. This beer is black, letting no light through and is completely opaque. A semi-vigorous pour yields a finger of thick, bubbly dark brown head that has some decent retention. Really tight bubbles on top that are really frothy. Lacing sticks to the glass very nicely. Very nice and the start I was looking for.

S: This one smells greatly of some nice, big time chocolate. So much chocolate in this nose. The coffee is there but does not over power the chocolate. The crazy thing is that you can actually get bit of the grain through the chocolate, coffee and nicely roasted malt characters. There is also a touch of bourbon coming out from the alcohol notes. Smells good.

T: Taste is awesome. The chocolate is rich and creamy, not unlike an awesome milkshake. Stupid rich. Coffee is nicely roasted with just a touch of bitterness that cuts the sweetness a touch. Roasted malts round off the heavy flavors with some sweet, roasted goodness. There is also a nuttiness that reminds me of some good hazelnut. Also a touch of nougat. This is stupid good.

M: This is a major, full bodied brew that means business. This beer is chewy and may be the thickest, creamiest beer I have ever enjoyed. Just an incredibly beautiful creaminess. Carbonation is light but there. Aftertastes are of some malt and coffee. ABV is present with a wonderful, slow warming from the stomach, but really no heat on the throat or palate. Amazing.

D: This beer is truly amazing. IMO, it lives up to the hype surrounding it and I can only imagine how good the barrel aged offerings are. This beer is just crazy in the flavor and feel categories and better than solid in every other category. Another amazing thing about this beer is how easy it is to drink for a 12% Imperial Stout. I will be enjoying the rest of this bottle with true gluttony and raise my glass to Reino for providing this gem.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 02:42:37 | More by everetends
Photo of mixed_master7
mixed_master7

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-11-2013 21:26:38 | More by mixed_master7
Photo of kzoobrew
kzoobrew

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark murky bodied brew, negligible deep mahogany hues barely gleam through the slightest edge. The pour was less than heavy handed yet still managed to produce a surprisingly ample head. Nearly three full fingers before the pour hand to be cut short for fear of spilling over the top of the snifter. Cafe au lait colored head retains is stature surprisingly well and as it fades leaves the snifter slathered in moth eaten lace.

Robust aroma ignites the senses. Imposing amounts of bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malts and freshly ground dark coffee are interwoven. The initial complexity is astounding when considering we are talking of limited characteristics. The subtlety of the molasses and slight booziness lose their appeal as I am completely engrossed by the more dominate smells.

Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor hits the palate when almost immediately overtaken by the dark roasted malt. Burnt sugar and slight char give way to a full espresso flavor with lingers on the back of the palate. A substantial bitterness is noted and rather complimentary. Incredible balance of flavor, each aspect is allowed to flourish while being held in check and not overpowering. At 12% I am shocked there is not more of a burn, beers half the size are easily more harsh.

Earlier in the day I commented about the perfection of mouthfeel provided by Ten Fidy. Speedway not only equals but surpasses. Viscous and impressive, full thick body avoids crossing over into the realm of syrupy. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation levels are low but incredibly appropriate.

The more top tiered stouts I enjoy the more I appreciate their beauty. This beer is a privilege to enjoy. Disturbingly easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticed until your head gets just a little bit lighter. I believe my bottle is still on the younger side and there is absolutely no harshness. The idea that this may smooth out more with age is absurd. I have thoroughly enjoyed many great brews this year but this one certainly leaves me in awe. A tremendous way to send out 2009. Cheers!

Once again I am very grateful to Spdkilz, a generous BA for providing this brew in trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:17:07 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of WakeandBake
WakeandBake

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black pour with a lasting tan rocky head , sticky jagged lacing left all down the glass . Aroma of coffee , coco, caramel,and earthy hops. Flavor is of coffee , sweet and dark chocolate , dark roasted malt , nice level of bitterness ,creamy mouthfeel , full body , medium carbonation . Nice warmiong effect ,with the alcohol flavor well hidden . Nice long sweet finish . Very drinkable , lucky to get to try this .

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 21:41:36 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of schmidtmattsays
schmidtmattsays

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%

10-04-2013 12:47:17 | More by schmidtmattsays
Photo of ahbithwabm
ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2013 15:23:09 | More by ahbithwabm
Photo of ATLbeerDog
ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, deep brown almost black with a 1/8 caramel tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Smells a lot like Dark Lord. First sip: is rich, creamy, and complex with a great balance with all that is going on. Coffee dominates as the lead, with everything else performing great in a supportive role. Not as thick or syrupy as a Dark Lord, but the body is strong thanks to a great malt backbone. It finishes with a wonderful bitterness that is much appreciated. This is no doubt a World Class RIS!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:18:41 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of midlifec
midlifec

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2013 13:47:50 | More by midlifec
Photo of lakersfan16
lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-19-2011 01:18:14 | More by lakersfan16
Photo of MarkJBurch
MarkJBurch

New York

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Never made it to the cellar, taken from the fridge and left at room temperature for roughly thirty minutes prior to opening. Pours jet black with khaki head.

Raisin, coffee, and black licorice bombard the nose. Very slight soy passes through the nostrils on the exhale. Very powerful.

Sweet, booze laden, dark fruit flirts with the tongue soon to be pried away by a burnt, harsh black malt flavor that sticks around for awhile. My mouth is left very dry, eager to revisit the initial sweetness. Not picking up as much coffee as I would have expected apart from in the aroma, but it is present. Chocolate notes are noticeable throughout. The sweetness comes through more as it warms, providing more balance to the harsh bitterness.

Lush carbonation provides a pleasurable experience. I bet this would age rather well, perhaps mellowing the unforgiving harshness that lingers long into the aftertaste.

To me, the nose stole the show, really very nice. I'll go as far as to say that if you pick up a bottle of this for yourself, ultimately, you won't be disappointed. However, I'm not sure I'd seek it out if it wasn't in my market. A solid representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:46:10 | More by MarkJBurch
Photo of Camjmorton
Camjmorton

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-02-2014 05:27:01 | More by Camjmorton
Photo of AndyAvalanche
AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2012 06:35:49 | More by AndyAvalanche
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.