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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,666
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 746
Gots: 1,310 | FT: 131
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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Photo of MNBeer1017


4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2014 00:12:00 | More by MNBeer1017
Photo of Kadonny


3.63/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured from a 750ml foil topped bottle into a snifter glass. This one was ages maybe 2 years.

A: A jet black with a 2 finger medium brown head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark roastiness and coffee with dark chocolate and dark fruit smells. Sweetness is picked up along with some alcohol.

T: The roasted malt flavor starts off. As the beer warms, more of the coffee flavors come through with a decent amount of milk chocolate moreso than the dark chocolate. Funny because I smelled the darker choc but it is sweeter on the flavor. The fruits are prunes and some cherry with some soy sauce flavor. Not as much coffee as I thought, but as I said this was aged probably close to 2 years so that could affect it. The huge caramel sweetness turns sugary at finish and lingers. No hops detected at all.

M: Full, coating, sweet and cloying after awhile.

O: A sweeter stout for sure that got sweeter on warming and I honestly found it a struggle to finish the bottle. This is highly rated but I just didn't get it personally.

I love a good Impy Stout, but this one missed the mark for me. It seemed a bit too cloying sweet with no balance of hops to keep the sweetness down. A well crafted beer for sure, just not my type of Impy Stout that I really enjoy.

04-25-2011 13:22:03 | More by Kadonny
Photo of MarkJBurch

New York

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

11-10-2013 22:46:10 | More by MarkJBurch
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-16-2012 00:45:40 | More by RedHaze
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

09-28-2013 19:43:49 | More by EB1
Photo of Walkerjgt


3/5  rDev -31.8%

04-21-2014 00:39:18 | More by Walkerjgt
Photo of tclipse


4.24/5  rDev -3.6%

08-18-2014 11:26:19 | More by tclipse
Photo of Jeffrey2310


4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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


4.83/5  rDev +9.8%

A: This beer poured like a big black oily nightmare. Only flaw was the lack of substantial head.

S: The smell is excellent - malty and sweet with coffee and molasses very noticeable.

T: The taste is bitter, coffee and chocolate notes It is predominately sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy and velvet like - excellent.

D: This beer is so good I almost can't stand drinking it.

08-30-2008 22:54:24 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of leedorham


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-21-2013 16:18:13 | More by leedorham
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-21-2012 19:32:26 | More by John11486
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-28-2013 00:11:19 | More by JCam9981
Photo of bobhits


4.06/5  rDev -7.7%

Black as night, what little head forms is crushed by alcohol.

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, lightly burnt malts, espresso, and heavy cream.

Dark malts, dark roasted coffee grinds, bakers chocolate, and a surprising amount of hops really show through in this. This is NOT a coffee stout, simply a stout that coffee was added to add a layer of complexity.

This is a big beer, but lets be honest in the world of barrel aged beers like bourbon county stout, this beer seems rather small. The alcohol however is NOT small and it adds a warning with every drink as it warms the whole body.

This is a really really nice stout, but given beers like Narwal, founders breakfast stout, founders imperial stout....I just don't think this lives up to the hype. Most likely that's just a sign of the times and how brewers are more and more able to improve on the past. Still a worthy beer even at the 12.99 price tag I paid.

02-24-2013 03:19:18 | More by bobhits
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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


2.9/5  rDev -34.1%

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.

08-04-2008 23:22:29 | More by dedrinker
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2011 00:25:13 | More by imyourhero21
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-02-2013 06:32:13 | More by Stum-pub
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-17-2013 00:49:09 | More by kbnooshay
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

07-17-2014 05:28:00 | More by SuperHop18
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

12-13-2006 03:23:39 | More by Backer2004
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4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

06-13-2011 04:40:56 | More by tewaris
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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


4.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-06-2009 02:42:37 | More by everetends
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2012 06:35:49 | More by AndyAvalanche
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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