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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,352
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,545 | FT: 143
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:
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 nataku00
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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.39/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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 patm1986
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

deep black, thick with a khaki-colored head. a bit of carbonation relieves the motor-oil-like characteristic.

immediately hit with coffee beans. immediately. slowly some chocolate and vanilla and booze, but quickly the coffee intensity returns to overpower the other aromas. excellent.

it's a smooth ride through moderately roasted coffee, hint of vanilla and smoke, a bit of oat grain, but then, like the aroma progression, a return to coffee-town. sweet and rich and with a slightly bitter-dry finish.

smooth though. has a bitter bite from the roast, but it is incredible. big beer, but it doesn't come through at all. the huge coffee flavor and sugars cover the alcoholic bite. so damn good.

i don't think i've had a stout with more coffee flavor than this one. if i were a coffee drinker, i'd make the comment to replace my morning starter with speedway, but i'm not, so i'll enjoy this even more. intense but smooth as silk. exceptional stout.

Photo of jwswigs
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of samie85
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep, midnight black with a three finger, dark brown, dense, crater-y head into a snifter. This one leaves thick, sticky rings of lacing.

S-Roasted malt with smooth coffee notes and some vanilla with chocolate malt and some alcohol.

T-Chocolate upfront with some deep, roasted coffee notes, some light traces of vanilla, and finishes dry, roasty and with the smallest hint of booze on the finish.

M-This could be the thickest, creamiest stout I've had. The only ones I can think of that might touch it's mouth-feel are BCS and Darkness. The carbonation level is low, and the beer finishes dry and with a warming quality from the alcohol.

D-This has to one of the easiest drinking high alcohol beers I've had. Almost no indication that this beer is 12%. The mouth-feel blew away as did the taste. I wish I had regular access to this damn near perfect specimen of a coffee stout.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an incredibly deep brown, jet black in the glass with zero highlights. Two fingers of chocolate brown head.

Smell -- Initial whiff of chocolate-covered espresso beans along with burnt bread crust, raisin, and toffee. Overall, very robust with a nice balance of roasty bitterness and malty sweetness. My interest is piqued.

Taste -- Caffè macchiato, bitter chocolate, raisin, a touch of red grapeskin tannin mid-palate, toffee sweetness. There's a healthy dose of earthy/herbal hops felt in the back-end. Finish is bitter herb, coffee grounds, grapeskin, and toffee.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, chewy, with mild carbonation. Alcohol can be felt ever so faintly in the finish, but overall incredibly well-hidden.

Drinkability -- This beer is almost too drinkable: very robust flavor profile, coffee is highlighted exceptionally well, alcohol is hidden almost completely, good mouthfeel. While I know I've had stouts I've preferred over this, Speedway Stout is phenomenal. It has earned its accolades. By all means seek this out.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Murrhey
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a 10oz glass at Neighborhood in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half light brown-orange head. Several minute long retention. Black as night. No light breaks through. Lord have mercy.

S- Mocha, chocolate and heavy coffee scents. Scents and earthy smells.

T- Dark, heavy and sweet at first, but finishes bitter. Vinous taste as the alcohol pokes out. The mocha flavoring hides the 12 % quite well.

M- Vinous and wet, a product of the booze.

O- Wow. The hype wasn't far off. This is a powerful example of a delicious beer.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,352 ratings.