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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,570
Hads: 6,159
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 17.16%
Wants: 886
Gots: 1,922 | FT: 156
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 SwillinBrew
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hollingshead. Actually, until this one, i've never seen nitro used at the Head.

Well, this poured a beautiful black as midnight color that was like an expresso without any cream. No light shined thru and the head had a chocolate chip cookie color to it. My head was actually 4 inches high and i was going to ding for that, but actually, i attribute this to the Head having the wrong mix of nitro.
The aromatics were pure "roasting on an open fire" roastiness, burnt toast and coffee. The tidal wave of scented goodness really slaps you like a pimp.
The flavors are just immaculate. A tidal wave of cocoa, coffee, caramel and crisp toast bread flood your palate then divide and conquer. While i detected the alcohol, it was nicely woven in with the flavors. There's no doubt you just had some speedway stout... you wont forget it.
Quite heavy on the tongue and a bit chewey. I like the carbonation because you'd think it would lean towards being flat, but it's not. My advise, get some of this and drink it! Then drink more! This is the best stout i've ever had.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle

A- pours a pitch black color... big tan head... stays for minutes.... very sticky lacing to the glass

S- bitter sweet chocolate front, roasty coffee grains...charcoal in the back... hint of anise with a little black liquorice funk

T- sweet bitter chocolate... coffee domincace... as I drink this the 12% presents itself...and quite a bit it does... lingering coffee roastyness

M- thick full body... creamy feel... oily on the tongue... prickly carbonation... bitter balance

O- one of the best imperial stouts out there... very rare in my area so when it's here... you better grab it....

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from 11.19.14, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Deep, dark brown with an eggshell/khaki head. Looks pretty inviting.

S: Smells like raspberries covered with dark chocolate. Intense aromas of rich chocolate and dark berries, and only mild notes of sweet, creamy coffee.

T: More rich, rich chocolate, dark berries, chocolate fudge, and a bit of roasted coffee beans. Kind of a chocolate bomb, with some very faint espresso roastiness and bitterness on the finish.

M: Thicker than medium-bodied, nice and creamy

O: I don't know. I see a label saying imperial stout with coffee, and I'm hoping for a lot more coffee flavor and aroma than I found here. Speedway is a chocolate bomb, but a very well done chocolate bomb at that. Rich and luscious, but too sweet and chocolatey for me.

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Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go to klewis for this one!
This beer pours a dark black with a nice two finger head with nice lacing. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and the taste is complex flavors of coffee and chocolate. Not my favorite coffee stout. (I enjoyed Péché Mortel and Jahva more). Still a very solid RIS. It doesn't live up to the hype in my opinion but a great beer none the less.

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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 beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured into HF stemware

A-Black as midnight.....3/4 inch toffee colored head, decent retention, thick lacing that slides down the side of the glass (4.25)

S-Chocolate, coffee, anise, (4.25)

T- Lots of dark chocolate out of the gate..........slight anise, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, some booze but not 12% worth, very sweet, booze is more like rum than whiskey.......finish is like dark chocolate covered coffee beans soaked in rum (4.5)

M-Thick full bodied beer, 12% ABV is noticeable but not dominant.....just enough to provide some warmth......lots of flavors, well balanced (4.5)

O-Good full bodied beer to be sippin on a cold, damp afternoon. (4.5)

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a 750ml Bottle with tahlstro. Many thanks as always. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: What a beer. Pours like motor oil. Thick. Heavy. Crazy. Head retention is nuts, lasting several minutes and lacing in clumpy waves down the glass. Black and lets nearly zero light through with a tan-brown head that just doesn't go away. Whew, monster stout for sure.

Smell: Not as insane as I was thinking, but very strong coffee notes with chocolate, roasted malt, and more dark cocoa on the back end. Nothing too overwhelming, just dark and toasty.

Taste: A more powerful version of the smell that is never too bitter, just right. A little like the Stone 12th Anniversary, but on steroids with much more coffee. Coffee, dark chocolate, slight sugars left too which would probably age away over time, and a slightly acidic bitter chocolate/coffee finish. Very, very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Thick and yet not syrupy. Carbonated but not overly so. Not watery but rather solidly flavorful and with a slightly bitter finish. Spot-on.

Drinkability: An excellent 12% drinker. I drank this faster than some IPAs, definitely a fantastic imperial stout you can't help but just want to drink more of. From learned BAs to novices, this beer really does have something to offer to everyone, and an absolutely fantastic beer for any occasion.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date 11/22/13; coffee version poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pitch black with amber undertone; frothy mocha head. Nice lace left around the glass throughout.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and roasted malts.

T - Dark chocolate, coffee, dried cherries, milky-malt flavor and bourbon. The 12% ABV is well hidden. Really solid!

M - Thick milky texture and well balanced.

O - This is an excellent stout. I look forward to some of the other variants!

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with the color and viscosity of motor oil. Darker in fact. Coaxing a head out of this baby was next to impossible but once I stopped pouring, a tiny swirl of mocha bubbles came forth from the depths of the jet-black elixir. Smell was intense to say the least. Deep, dark, chocolate, sweet, overripe cherries, scorched toffee, chocolate-covered peanuts, dark-roast coffee, and a kiss of anise. Sublime. Taste... holy crap, it's as good as I imagined. Hella chocolatey up front, intermixed with the darkest, sweetest, ripest of fruits. Brandy-like at times as a result. Nicely peppery in the middle. Finishes of over-sugared, bitter, dark-roast coffee that hangs in the back of your throat until you're ready for your next sip. Shit, this stuff tastes like morning and night. Immediately warms the insides yet the ABV is masked as well as anyone could mask in such a monstrosity of a beer. Carbonation is practically non-existent. Mouth is full and silky. Am I dreaming? A godlike offering.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle and split between a pint glass and a chalice. I have been aging this bottle in the back of my pantry for 4 months, and couldn't wait any longer.

A= Black as night. Deep ruby red along the edges. Orange-brown thick foamy head. Pint glass had a three finger head, and the chalice had a four finger head. I don't know if that had to do with the order I poured them or not. The head slowly dissipated and became chunky and rocky. A thin orange blanket stuck around throughout the experience.

S= There's a great balance of aromas here. At first dried cherries and raisins hit the nose. A lot of earthy/mossy and espresso coffee notes fill nose when whiffed.

T= Strong bitter espresso hits the tongue initially. This is balanced by very tart dried fruits in the aftertaste. As it warms, you get mouthfuls of bittersweet chocolate. Very delightful.

M= Medium-heavy body. Coats and cools, yet the high ABV leaves your palate warm.

D= This one is a sipper. Savor it. It is excellent as soon as you pour it, but it gets even better as it warms. The high ABV it not for the faint at heart. I recommend sharing it with fellow advocate.

Side Note: I hope this doesn't negate my review...Try a splash of it over vanilla ice cream. Goodbye Hershey's syrup!

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Photo of guitarmage
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The blackest of the blacks, no light passes through, even at the bottom. The head is a coffee ice cream tan, foamy and inviting. The beer sticks to the glass like a root beer float.

Smell: Not surprisingly huge doses of coffee beans, sweetened up by big maltiness and alcohol, bourbon alcohol, spicy hops in the back, very aromatic.

Taste: Loads of coffee, sweetened with a heavy malt body, warm smooth alcohol, with notes of bourbon in the nose, trails off with peppery hops on the tongue. Coffee, sugar, alcohol. Big.

Mouthfeel: Flawless, creamy, a little sticky, full bodied, lightly carbonated, the foam sticks around and forces you to drink more of the beer.

Drinkability: Spectacular, at 12% ABV this could not be more drinkable. The beer can be sipped like a fine single malt scotch or guzzled down like a creamy shake. The beer is the best of both, and in my opinion you only need one of these 5ths to get a a great buzz from a great beer.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting a chance to review this. I guess my only previous reasons have involved availability in Santa Barbara and price tag when elsewhere.

Appearance: Pours with a, appropriately, coffee colored head, which is around a finger thick. Settles into a half-finger. Lacing is definitely present, spotty for hte most part, but in consistent and large patterns. Body is slight less dark than I would expect, with more hints of brown than I'm used to in a stout body.

Smell: Toasted pecans and almonds on the front end, followed by deep espresso or Turkish coffee (read: bold coffee aroma), followed by chocolates. The chocolate profile is more milk-inspired (as in milk chocolate) than I would have expected, with a little semisweet, but the dark chocolate, I would suspect, could be found in here, although I find it hard to distinguish it from the coffee aromas. Some nutmeg and alcohol on the back end. An extremely powerful aroma, which is appropriate for a 12% ABV, I suppose.

Taste: Some woodsiness on the front end, with some milk chocolates dangling in front of a slightly bitter, strong roasted coffee flavor that coats the tongue. Brown sugar and molasses follow, along with alcohol. Upon swallowing, the coffee smacks you in the face with a long, lingering aftertaste that is entirely pleasant. The alcohol is suprisingly well masked in this. Really, a tremendous stout.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, roasty. Appropriate.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for such an ABV. I need to take my time with this one.

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Photo of waldowin
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a (green?!?) bottle, just a thick, glossy black. Liquid black velvet, with an extremely dense light brown head that sticks around for ages. Opaque sheets of lacing.

Smells of rum, espresso, and plums. Slightly spicy, and very little alcohol noticeable. As it warms, a bit of vanilla rises out.

Tastes of cream, espresso and plums, with an aftertaste of grapefruits, bananas and black licorice. Delightfully complex, and the alcohol just disappears in all the flavor. It's obvious some care went into choosing the coffee and chocolate (I assume there's some dark chocolate somewhere in here?) for this brew.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and light at first (I dipped my nose in on the first sip, thinking I was only getting the foam), and just blooms in your mouth into a wonderfully chewy, bubbly flow. As it works its way down your throat, it leaves a very mild warming sensation as it goes.

I know this stuff is 12%, but man, I'd be more than happy to give another bottle ago (assuming I can see well enough to open it). Splitting a 750 with a friend would be a good idea, but trust me, it'll be hard to share.

If you have a friend who has some of this in their possession, it'd be worth the jail time and effort to hide the body, just to have it for yourself.
I'm just sayin'.

Oh that I could find this locally! Thanks to Beerhandy for this!

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. I have had this beer a few times before but it has been a long while and I have never reviewed it. Pours a jet black with a decent tan head. As others have said, decent amount of carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, molasses and raisins. This beer is huge on the palate, the coffee comes through but so does a serious amount of sweetness and a bit of booze as well. However, the alcohol level, while present (as it should be in a 12% abv beer) is kept in check by the sweetness and intensity of the other flavors present. Overall this is as well balanced as a huge over the top Imperial Stout can be. One of the first "extreme" beers I had when I was really starting to get into craft beer 5 or 6 years ago and it still holds up well.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black body with a small brown head. Powerful aroma of coffee, alcohol with a hint of underlying sweetness. Taste was unexpected. Heavy dark fruit blended very well with the coffee flavor. I was looking to be over powered by coffee, this was not the case at all. Coco finish with that alcohol warmth you need in an imperial stout.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. This, to me, is an Imperial Cream Stout (and more speciffically, a burnt coffee, chocolate and cream stout with a nice/appropiate alcohol kick). Poured black as night with dark brown head. Mouthful is not for the faint of stout, especially due to its high alcohol content. Highly suggest having with cheesecake or after diner to relax.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown bordering on black. Can not see through it even holding it up to the sun. Very brown head that lasted the entire beer with very thick lacing.

Smell: A chocolaty coffee smell with hints of sweetness and fruit. Possible faint licorice smell as well.

Taste: Very strong chocolate coffee smell balanced with toasted malt and hints of sweetness. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. Very smooth, CO2 was perfect for an imperial stout.

Drinkability: Very goods beer that I would buy again and the best imperial stout I have every had.

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

Appearance-Pours an extremely dark but not 'quite' black chocolate brown, a fluffy milk-chocolate head rises up and slowly recedes back down to a thick film. Leaves good lacing.

Aroma-Chocolate and dark roasted malts upfront, mellow coffee in the background as well as the faintest hint of vanilla, some booze but only a touch.

Taste-Chocolate up front first much like the aroma mingling with roasted malt, the coffee cuts in mid palette with an acidic character alongside some slight bittering hoppiness to bring balance. Finishes dry-ish with notes of roast and black coffee.

Mouthfeel-Luscious and drippingly thick with low-end levels of carbonation; perfect.

Overall-An excellent stout and more than deserving of its status as among the best.

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Photo of rwf08
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel glass at around 55F. No idea on the vintage, it has the label printed on the bottle.

A: Pitch black with a light mocha head on the top. Looks like a large cup of fresh espresso. No lacing to be found.

S: Dark roasty smells. Dark bitter chocolate, some coffee smell.

T: Light molasses followed by dark chocolate, coffee, and some hops. Yeah, lots of chocolate flavors, faint faint alcohol in background.

M: Chewy and viscous. Tongue coating full bodied brew. Very satisfying a filling.

D: I could sip on this all night long. The 12% ABV isn't noticeable but the full body just fills me up so fast. One of my favorite stouts ever.

I do not get as much coffee in this as I would have expected. When I see coffee on the label I am wanted it to be up front and powerful. That does not go against this beer at all. I do appreciate the hints of coffee in there and the roastiness is adds.

Overall this is an exceptional stout. Great body, good smooth chocolately flavors, roasty and comforting. Just wish I had another.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A syrupy pitch black obsidian brew with a big frothy brown head. Great head retention and good legs too. An indication of things to come with this one?

S - Notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate cake batter. Some fusel alchohol too. Fragrant but a bit muted.

T - Flavorful but nothing is overpowering. Everything is in balance and there is a roundness, a smoothness to it all. The coffee notes certainly do come through but they blend well with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of licorice. The vanilla balances the coffees biterness perfectly. Slightly roasty but not astringent. Some warming booziness.

M - Body is slightly less than full. Fairly low carbonation level keeps things smooth. Very nice.

O - It's not bold, but it's not intended to be. A smooth, balanced, flavorful brew. Superb.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Pitch black hard to tell how clear it is, but nice chocolate head
H: Black
N: At cold temp. nose is not there at all, warms to a coffee, roasty malt, slight boozie

The attack of the Speedway Stout is light on chocolate and heavy on coffee, it doesn't seem overly complex. Though pretty straight forward, the body feel of the beer is dead on, it is smooth and creamy. The carbonation is spot-on for a stout, and helps with the consistency of the body. I was impressed with this beer because of the hype it gets online, well it followed through just fine. Dare I say that it almost taste like chocolate milk (if you add a lot of chocolate syrup to your cup)???? I heard the availability of this beer is insane in San Diego, like you can go to 711 and pick up a bottle. If thats the case, I am thinking about relocating!

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Photo of srhoadsy
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown bordering on black. An inch of brown foamy head that recedes and clings to glass.

Rich aromas of coffee, dried fruits and chocolate.

Flavors follow through from the aroma with a touch of dark coffee bitternes.

Mouthfeel is expectedly rich and creamy with mild carbonation. Some alcohol presence but not overpowering.

Overall an excellent example of the style. Would love to try some of the other versions.

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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 slayer3604
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Incredably dark with a massive nesquick colored head, and some burnt bubbles on top. smells like strait up caramel mocha and tastes like the second runnings of coffe rinds! would have liked less coffe in this mother, but who am i to judge, i cant make beer like this!

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Photo of Preismj
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: pretty thick and black as night. Quarter inch head, nice and tan. Thick bubbles...good retention. heavy lacing on this guy.

s: I'm not getting a whole heck of a lot of coffee. A touch of espresso is on the nose, but I'm also getting cocoa and a touch of nutty malt...almost like a walnut. smells a touch hot. Wish there was a bit more coffee smell here considering they say they use the finest beans in San Diego...would have liked to have gotten a better scent of them...hope it is in the taste instead. To be honest, not getting much smell at all. Thought I was maybe a bit stuffed up but even the wife said she didn't get a lot on a whiff.

t: yeah, WOW...there is the coffee. Dominates the palette. espresso beans/coffee beans way up front...touches of cocoa arise. None of the nut malt is in this any more. I'm getting all big bold taste of San Diego's finest and I'm lovin it. it has a touch of heat to it, a nice warmth that is a good touch...but for the most part this hides the alcohol with the bitterness of the coffee and the sweet of the cocoa

m: Big, bold, thick and chewy. Nice and silky smooth. perfect level of carb to help bring this out on the palette.

o: Very solid stout. I wish the nose was a bit stronger, but man does it hit you with the taste. Coffee is bold and in your face. The coffee is a touch out of balance because of the sheer volume, but that is the point and I respect it and approve. Smooth and a sipper for sure. and after the bottle is gone...yeah, it is 12%, maybe 13%.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,570 ratings.