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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,759
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 753
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 126
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)
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

huntermop, May 28, 2014
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.

SkiBum22, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -8.9%

MonkeyBread, May 11, 2014
Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75o ml bottle Erin brought back from San Diego. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black as hell and thick. Big and fluffy dark brown head that leaves insanely good lacing that belies the abv.

Smell: Rich chocolate aromas with both bittersweet and milk chocolate. A nice roasty smell that doesnt go much past the roasted coffee smell and into burnt charcoal like some big stouts do. This one stays more on the sweet aroma side. A bit of alcohol tingles the nostrils.

Taste: Awesome rich melted chocolate and very smooth cold coffee flavor without "old coffee" bitterness. Very sweet, but a decent bite of alcohol heat balances that out. Crazy good.

Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, and creamy, but without the overly viscous or sticky feel of a beer that just didnt ferment out. Almost like a milkshake.

Overall: Just an excellent big coffee stout. I'd love to try the BA version.

rapidsequence, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of richbrew
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MNBeer1017
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MNBeer1017, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Gtreid
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, silver foil wrapped, bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Sorry, but I can't remember who sent me this, but to whoever did, a huge thanks.

A: Black. Enough said. A pillowy 2 finger wet sand color head appears and leaves behind some nice spotty lace. Some yeast was suspended here, and that is really the only knock on this.

A: A little light here in my opinon. I do get some really nice chocolate and toasty malts. But I'm not getting the coffee as much as I would have hoped for.

T: I don't think a stout could taste much better. Chocolate and roasted malts all the way. A little vanilla, coffee, and mollasses round out the flavor. Finishes slightly dry with a noticable but welcome warming from the ABV.

M: Again just about perfect. Full body, creamy and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for a stout of this magnatude is through the roof, I could easily polish off this bomber myself. Overall, this is seriously one of the best stouts I've ever had. Creamy, smooth and just plain delicious. Awsome! Skal.

Gtreid, Mar 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

fehrminator, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to raznug for the opportunity to try this one.

A: Thick as motor oil going out the bottle and into the glass. Slow forming, thick, cascading, two finger mocha colored head. Head transitions into a cap in a few minutes and leaves behind just a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Sweet and smokey. Bourbon and vanilla that transitions into sweet chocolate and brown sugar. There are imperial milk stouts that smell less creamy than this beer does.

T/MF: Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate, hot splash of bourbon and oak. Slightly smokey with a comparably subtle hop bitterness. Incredible malt bill on this beer, allows for a great deal of complexity with each sip. Each sip reveals something new about the beer. Right now it's slightly bitter with a mixture of dark fruits, given a bit of warmth, sweet tobacco and coffee with heavy cream and sugar I think that the beer could stand to be just a bit more lively on the tongue, yes it's nice and thick, but it sort of just sits there, doesn't have the pop that I really want it to have. But damn if this beer isn't tasty, reminds a bit of Bourbon County Stout, though I still give the edge to BCS.

D: At 12% ABV I'm more than halfway though my first glass and loving every second of it. There are a few things that could stand to be improved upon, mouthfeel and appearance, but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't want this beer around me all the time.

bluemoonswoon, Nov 24, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Mark000, Jan 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Kenai4, Jun 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

JSchock7, Nov 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

NonicPanic, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

midlifec, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +13.9%

lakersfan16, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

JCam9981, May 28, 2013
Photo of stewart124
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a midnight black with a nice foamy tan head. Very thick head and it left nice lacing down the glass.
Smell of roasted coffee and more roasted coffee. Chocolate notes are present. Very malty with a slight oily hoppiness. Very thick body that has a syrup like feel. Bits of cherries or currants were also slightly noticed. The alcohol is well hidden and this beer could sneak up on you. Very drinkable. Tasty malts and coffee with a sweet and yet burnt aftertaste. Too bad it's only a 750 ml bottle. HA HA!!

stewart124, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of ncvbc
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

ncvbc, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of jeonseh
3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a Kuhnheen Tulip

A - I forgot that high ABV stouts can have a nice head. Has a nice, one finger mocha color head that sits throughout. Color is deep, brown. Clean looking and slightly reflective.

S - Chocolate, light bitter coffee with a slight caramel sweetness. There is a slight almost Marmite / vegetal hint I pick up in the nose as well

T - Slight chocolate and definitely get a kick of the bitter coffee in the middle. There is slight caramel and vanilla sweetness that comes in near the end before you get slammed with a huge alcoholic kick. This by far has the strongest alcoholic kick I've had in a beer in a long time and even seems strong for a 12% ABV.

MF - Nice medium body that is thick and smooth with light carbonation. Finish though is very astringent and boozy as you'd expect given the booze in the flavor

O - I was not impressed by this offering and thought this was an overall let down. It is way too boozy for the ABV which comes on way too strong.

jeonseh, Aug 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

juliusseizure, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of scottyshades
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrmiles!
A: Pours a viscous looking pitch black color. The head is massive and chocolate color, retention is excellent.

S: Coffee, chocolate, raisin, fig, slight lactose, roasted and toasted malts. Hops are also apparent. Awesome.

T: Tastes better than it smells...big bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, raisin, fig, and just awesomeness. Really one of the best stouts I've tried. Alcohol is completely masked, and only adds body and a little warming feeling.

MF/D: Very viscous, but I have seen thicker. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the lactose. Carbonation is right on the money. Amazingly drinkable for 12%

Notes: This is absolutely deserving of the rating. I got too excited to try this, so I'll be ISO for another one to cellar. Thanks Miles, this made my interest in stouts come alive again!

scottyshades, Sep 26, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

hayesjw, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of ajs4bd
4/5  rDev -8.9%

ajs4bd, Jul 10, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,759 ratings.