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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Reviews: 1,605 | Ratings: 6,351
Photo of fitrock2112
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured Speedway Stout into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours black as midnight with 2 and half fingers of mocha head with a aggressive pour.

S - Roasted malts, bitter coffee, baker's chocolate.

T - Wow, now this is tasty. First off getting roasted coffee, some roasted malts, dark chocolate. Mid palate getting a touch anise with some dark fruit in there. Quality stuff here.

M - Better than expected, medium carbonation with heavy mouthfeel. Yummy!

O - A very good quality coffee stout. Recommended ! Cheers!

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Photo of paytoplay
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From paper label 750ml, silk screen would be minus 0.3 probably. Bigger richer, more intense, still bring acidity alc and balance keeping it high toned with a seemless lengthy finish. Enjoyed with dinner and friends, needed about 20 minutes to wake up. An outstanding brew. I look forward to my 1 other paper label and barrel aged ones. Also enjoyed this the same night from keg. Keg was a bit softer and more femenin. Different batches and years apart. I'd take the paper label for special occasions, the keg and new bottle versions are outstanding "everyday" type beers.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.Pours a very dark brown to black.Very nice smells of chocolate,coffee,and a hint of vanilla.The taste is excellent. This is a very nice stout with a ABV of around 12.0.The taste is chocolate and coffee and I can even taste a hint of licorice in there.This is well worth buying and I would drink this again.Give it a try.

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Photo of ejquin
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has long been a favorite of mine and I'm just getting around to reviewing it.

App: Black with a thick brown sticky head

Smell: One of the most unique and delicious smells of any stout I've had. Heavy coffee with some hop spice. Chocolate, alcohol, and sweet anise type smells. Some malt in there as well.

Taste: Heavy on the coffee upfront with a dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with a slight alcohol sting. The alcohol is not too harsh, but the beer is very warming going down. There's a hefty dose of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Mouth: Thick and slippery. Very low carbonation which I love in a double stout of this magnitude.

Drink: Good for a 12%er.

Overall: As stated before this has been a favorite stout of mine for a while. A beautifully executed double stout.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer makes remember why I like stouts. Rather than inadequately analyzing it, I'll just say this beer has great character. Everything about it is good. The aroma may be the best aspect of it! It smells wonderful. Contrary to what several other raters here have experienced, my bottle poured a thick, rich head.

The high alcohol doesn't come out in the taste, so it sneaks up on you. Plan to share a bottle, not to drink it all on your own. I am not sure how I should characterize the drinkability. On the one hand it is perfectly smooth and balanced. On the other hand, it doesn't take much at all to start you buzzing, so it is definitely to be appreciated in moderation. This is a problem, though, because it tastes so damn good and goes down so smooth it is hard to stop drinking it!

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to crack open a bottle on a cool rainy night. Aged for approximately 1 year in my cellar. Who I got this from I can't quite remember.

A - Pours almost black into my Dogfish snifter with a nice tan pillow that rises up and then settles down leaving a nice head in the glass for sometime.

S - Lots of coffee, dark malts, chocolate, and some hops.

T - Follows the nose. Immediate shot of coffee meets your lips on the first taste, then hitting you with chocolate and dark roasted malt goodness. Personally, I did not get as much of the fruits or smoke; perhaps, the year plus or more that this has been in my cellar has smoothed it out somewhat. For me predominantly coffee and chocolate rule this one.

M - Label says rich and chewy, for me not quite as robust a mouthfeel as advertised. Nice but not as full and rich as other stouts.

D - You don't get ABV but this is one that you can and probably should share.

A really good stout and very enjoyable. Looking forward to breaking out the other bottle that I have some when there is some snow on the ground and a nice fire to sit by.

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Photo of Chambic
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

02.06.10 at City Beer

A: jet black, with mocha head; heavy lace hugs the walls as I sip ... yes, SIP

S: just straight-up coffee on the nose, there's a frothy quality to the aroma, like it a tingling in the nostrils

T: chocolate and coffee yumminess put together, it's like the best mocha ever

M: this beer gets your whole mouth involved, like it's a ton of malt balls packed into the glass

D: great, but be careful!

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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 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 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 basaywhat
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours an opaque jet black color with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with coffee and cocoa

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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 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 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 ccg
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Typical oily, jet black look of a big stout. Got over an inch of tan-colored head when poured into a snifter. Large bubbles in the foam, not quite as dense as the foam on something like To Øl's Goliat. Above-average retention and lacing for a stout.
You can smell the coffee, but it's not dominant or bitter. Definitely also getting chocolate notes and something earthy or almost piney, probably the hops.
I can taste coffee, malt, and hops, but all well balanced. Slight smokiness too. The first few sips had a bitter, metallic finish, but as it warmed, that completely smoothed out. I think next time I'll have this one almost at room temperature.
Overall, one of the top non-barrel-aged coffee stouts I've had. Update: as it warms to room temperature, it definitely has more malty sweetness but without overwhelming the coffee character. Quite nice.

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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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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,605 ratings.