AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,618
Reviews: 1,510
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 830
Gots: 1,657 | FT: 152
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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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Ratings: 5,618 | Reviews: 1,510
Photo of Estarrio
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black chocolate thick mysterious color with a coffee ground colored head. The head gave way to thick, intricate and full lacings.

Big malt aroma with some floral and hoppy suggestions.

Thick, and foamy consistency...this is a big beer!

Sweet malt base flavor mixes with a complex grouping of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate molasses and hops. The sweetness and warmth suggest the presence of the high alcohol percentage but the alcohol taste is lost amidst the other flavors. I found the sweetness to linger slightly too much in the aftertaste, but aside from that the flavors are excellent.

I'm looking forward to aging a few of these before I review again.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the gems of the Madison Big Stout session. We were bruised and battered, yet not quite beaten by the time we got to this bad boy.

Pour: BLACK, all black, no light to be seen under an inch of capuccino cream and a bit of spotty lacing.

Nose: fresh roasted coffee (courtesy of Ryan Bros. apparently) caramel/vanilla cream, oatmeal malt and a bite of booze in the finish.

Taste: roasted gourmet coffee bitterness, baking chocolate, dark sweet fruit and grainy oatmeal malt with a vanilla liquor finish.

Feel: on the light side for the style, but silky smooth with velvety/tickling carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: Hot Damn. This is a tasty ADS. Freshest coffee taste/nose I've witnessed, very refined and balanced with everything else going on. Parallels with the now defunct Heavyweight's Perkuno's Hammer Imp Porter. A top notch big stout. You SoCal mofos are lucky if you haven't figured that out yet.

Photo of expatsteve
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another amazing contribution to a Madison style session from dirtylou. Many thanks.

Appearance: Black with a nice 1/2 inch head that lingers, leaving nice light lacing on the glass. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, roasted espresso and a little cream in the finish. Cocoa nibs and some faint raisins in the development.

Taste: This is one phenomenal beer - dark roasted coffee notes that most closely resemble the experience of eating coffee beans fresh from the roaster. Flashes of bitterness overlay chocolate, toffee and a little fruit and brown sugar in the finish. A truly amazing use of coffee - provides smokiness and a little spice. Only a little coffee acidity, which is balanced by thick but not oppressive sweetness. The alcohol is wonderfully masked - not at all noticable in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth as all the bitterness is contained in the coffee. Smooth, velvety with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a real pleasure to drink (thanks again, Lou). Not only a great rendition of the style, but also the best rendering of a coffee finish I've ever tasted.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this about 5 months ago and had it downstairs since then before deciding to crack it open tonight. Pours the color of liquid dark chocolate. Thick and frothy head that just cakes the glass in lace. All layered up to the top and never quite going away. Nose is Nestle cocoa powder and very toasted malts.

Flavor is a little out of whack with the alcohol kind of dominant and very much in the forefront. Some choclate and burnt biscuit tones. Hop bitterness is at a level where it balances off the burnt grains but the alcohol rises above it all. Little bits of vanilla but like the vanilla in cheap vanilla ice cream and not the type with actual vanilla beans. Not particularly heavy, oddly enough. Medium body and the alcohol lightens it all up a bit with a noce burn form the heat. Nice enough but not sure I would pick this up again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Silver foil, black and silver painted lable. 1 Pt. 9.4 Fl oz. Poured (twice) into a Goblet.

Deep Dark Brown, almost black. 2" thick frothy coffee-ice creamish head, good retention, minimal to no lacing.

Smells>Chocolate> sweet caramel> mocha coffee w/ hints of hops and a nice oaty-ness.

Taste is that of the more bitter and rich Dark chocolate> nutty> oaty and a nice hop undertone. Deep roasty flavors very abundant.

Medium body, heavy look and feel on the palate. Chewy and substantial, roasty, bitter aftertaste.

The 12% ABV is well hidden, you feel it more than taste it.

Photo of joecast
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

mmm...speedway stout. silver foil 2005 edition. had this at stuffed sandwich and have not forgotten it. picked up a 750ml bottle and have had it sitting in the cellar waiting for a special occasion. well, its thusday, and aint it special!

chilled for about an hour in the fridge. nope, too cold. cellar temp would have been fine. i coulda been drinking this an hour ago!! only a slight psst, as the cap is popped.

pours, well more like it falls out of the glass its so thick. a definite viscosity about it. struggles to form a head. a bit of brown lace floats across the top and hugs the rim of the glass.
despite all the gloom and doom, its not completely black. a hint of redness glows around the top and bottom rim. but that is certainly not a sign of weakness. there is no mistaking this brews seriousness of purpose.

burnt sugar syrup, rum soaked raisins, vanilla essence, prunes.
ok, time out.

just letting you know im now on my third pour into my infamous short k-mart mug. to get a bit of head i poured this one a bit rough and from a height. i think its eating through the table. and the head is a gorgeour dark brown, thin, and frothy.

back to the smell. its really like something i would expect for dessert. chocolate and bit of alcohol too. surprisingly, i dont pick up the coffee as much as i did on tap way back when. doesnt hurt though. there is so much else going on that any coffee would be a bonus.

lightly sweet up front, with a warmness that spreads from the mouth back and down the throat. the alcohol dries things up for a contrasting finish between it and the sweetness.
velvety smooth, milk chocolate, getting lots more chocolate than coffee. the heat in the finish may be masking some hop bitterness.

to wrap this up, maybe my memory is fading. in a small paper cup paired with stone irs and north coast old raspy, this was bliss. however, on closer inspection, it would seem to be on a level below those two. still pretty fantastic, but better in small doses.

Photo of Matthew
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle. Pours out a dark black, no light can get though this one. Nice big thick dirty tan head sits atop the inky black beer.
First big aroma I noticed with this beer is unsweetened dark chocolate, with some faint coffee undertones and big whiffs of alcohol. As the beer warmed the coffee character in the nose become more apparant along with the chocolate aromas and the big alcohol element began to fade a bit.
Nice big chocolatley, bitter coffee tastes up front with some nice dark roasted malt flavors that really pull through with warmer drinking temperatures. Alcohol is very present but doesnt hurt the flavor of the beer, just its drinkability.
The mouthfeel is not as big and viscous as I had initially had expected but is not too thin by any means for a big stout like this one. Definatley a sipping brew. I'd think that this beer will get better with a year in the cellar. We shall see.

Photo of kirok1999
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How over the top can you get? Here's the answer. Dogfishhead WWS is fantastic but totally different. No date on the bottle but judging from the age of the Wee Heavy next to it, it's at least 04. It's the 4th of July so I decided to break open the only bottle I have of this.

Appearance- Very dark and thick, dark tan head that is minimal and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Dark and sweet, coffee blasts through, caramel, coffee, nice hop presence, coffee, and coffee too.

Taste- Started at around 45 degrees for the first sip and was bowled over. Almost no carbonation, which is fine as it would only distract from the huge taste. Sweet coffee dominates till the finish, which is a decent hop note and more coffee. As it warms the sweetness and coffee become even more dominant. This is one sweet mother of a brew, not for the timid. Very close to Dark Lord, not in taste but in quality. I'm going on a buying spree soon and getting as much of this liquid gold as I can. I'm expecting a caffeine buzz pretty soon, not to mention the 12% ABV buzz which is soon to follow.

Drinkability- Absolutely love it. So over the top, but it's so smooth it just flows down with no effort at all. One of my top 5.

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with a nice tight brown head that drops quickly, but laces pretty well throughout. i like my impy stouts in a snifter, and this one is a ton of coffee, chocolate and alcohol with a touch of earthy hops in the nose. flavor is much of the same. mostly roasted espresso flavor, but also some strong chocolate as well. nice hoppy and coffee bitterness lingers long after the swallow. mouthfeel was the only thing disappointing in this beer. too thin for my liking in this style, and very resinous. it's just too flavorful for the alcohol to hinder much, but you will feel it by the end of the 750. overall, a top notch impy/coffee stout, but not at the echelon of my list. two more bottles will get some age and more reviews in the future. good fresh, but i'm betting this one will age well.

Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing tan head.

Smelled strongly of coffee.

Tasted coffee-like as well with hints of chocolate and soy sauce. Alcohol was noticeable but well masked by the intense flavors.

Unlike most imperial stouts, this beer was rather sweet and went down relatively easily, despite its super thick body.

Photo of JulieRFoster
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, wow. Now THIS is a stout. This is the kick-ya-in-the-balls kinda stout that I've been dreaming of. TONS of flavor, and some nice hop bitters. Very smokey, chocolatey and coffee. Deep and powerful flavors mask the high alcohol content, although alcohol is certainly present in the nose, if not that aftertaste. Great w/ bbq. Tried this on tap at Redbones several times. One of the top 5 best stout I've ever tasted. Well balanced, but it also kinda knocks you out of your seat. However, the mouthfeel is light enough to make it very drinkable (despite the abv). A wonderful stout that packs a whallop.

Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver foil top so this is the 2005 vintage.

This is a beer I have traded several times but just never got around to trying it myself. Sort of like living in Anaheim California and never going to Disneyland.

As the beer is poured in to the glass this is a jet black colored beer with a short brown head. This is in fact very slightly transparent to light at the very edges but for all practical purposes this is black as coal soot.

Smell is strong coffee liqueur with some fig and prune aromas. The aroma is only what I can describe as super Kahlua. After you warm this with your hands chocolate and pepper aroma fully develop along with some fainter brandy aromas.

Taste is sweeter than expected with a good strong coffee bite from the very start. Strong chocolate flavors are the equal of the coffee here and are not overwhelmed. Despite the power of this beer it stays completely away from harshness. The more subtle flavors here hide in the after taste in the shadow of the coffee and chocolate. Vanilla and walnuts are the major sub flavors here. I tried to find the "Licorice" flavor in this one and it just isn't there for me.

Mouthfeel is not as full as I would have expected for such a big beer.

Drinkability is very good but this isn't any easy to chug lager on a hot day. This is like Turkish coffee, strong and powerful and best consumed in small cups. Definitely a beer to share with someone, a great substitute for after dinner coffee.

Photo of bignick
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Linwood.

Lovely appearance: pitch black with a nice head in the glass. There is a very nice smell of dark malt, very much like dark chocolate. The carbonation and body are just about right. This is a rich brew, and the abv is very well-hidden, but it is overbearing. It is very enjoyable to sip.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.9oz Dark green bottle. No freshness date.
Inky, oily black, with a smallish tan head on top, along with some sticky lacing.
Rich, potent aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark malt and piney hops are released upon first pour. A whiff of dark rum lingers in the background throughout.
A strong earthy dark malty body lays a solid foundation for a variety of complex and distinct flavors. Espresso, dark chocolate, buttered biscuits, cherries, white grapefruit, spruce, burnt caramel, vanilla, cream, and rum all mingle quite separately, then, as it warms, blends into a wowingly balanced Imperial Stout extravaganza.
Almost anyone can make an extreme beer. Many brewers lose sight of the purpose of their extreme creations by concocting a sea of over-the-top flavors and aromas with no clear direction in mind. AleSmith Owner/Brewer, Peter Zien understands the complex art of brewing beers that are full flavored and highly drinkable while maintaining high-quality beer-related foundations. Simply put; He gets it! And when a brewer "Gets it" we all get it. Get it?

Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick brown head. The head fades kind of fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a very rich chocolate aroma. It has, to a lesser extent, a coffee aroma. There is a nice hop aroma to it also. The alcohol is slightly present in the nose.

This beer has a more hoppy flavor than I thought it would. It is nice. I also taste a massive chocolate foavor. Coffee and licorice are present also. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer is quite aggressive, and very full bodied. However, it goes down surprisingly smooth. It leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is quite aggressive, and the alcohol content is high. It is a very good beer though. This is the firts time I have had it on cask. It was very nice.

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

22oz Bomber - thanks deaconbluez for sharing this bad boy

Poured a jet black with nice head that falls pretty quickly. Very nice looking beer. The smell is wonderful...coffee, nicely roasted malts, and not much alcohol coming through. The first sip hits me with coffee, deep roasted malts, and finishes with a bitter aftertaste...half from the roasted malt and half from hops. Excellent beer! Mouthfeel is heavy and thick and the drinkability is excellent with such a high abv. Will definitely seek this out again.

Photo of krantul
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer, if you're willing to loosen the purse strings. This was my first AleSmith purchase, and the quantity supplied a healthy sample amongst myself, my wife, and a friend.

Appearance: Cool champagne-style bottle (crown-capped) with a foil-wrapped stem. Pours dead black with a thin layer of chocolately head.

Smell: Rich malty smells and freshly ground espresso zing. I'm hard to impress with the smell of beer, but this was interesting.

Taste: This was VERY well-balanced for a 12% abv beer. I'm a big fan of big beers, and I'm always trying the imperial stouts and barleywines; personally, I can deal with some pervasive alcohol flavor, but it was very muted in Speedway. The coffee flavors really mitigate any over-sweet maltiness that often creeps into beers of this gravity.

Mouthfeel: Again, a very balanced body for a high-gravity beer. Some big stouts coat your system like motor oil, but this was just fine. Mild carbonation at best.

Drinkability: I could certainly drink a whole bottle of this. Personally, I've yet to experience any noteworthy effect from caffeination in coffee-beers. Without knowing the alcohol content in advance, I could have easily missed my guess on this one by 3-4 percent. Usually big beers have some aspect that discourages consuming them in quantity, but with this one it's only the price tag.

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

AleSmith Speedway Stout pours a thick black color with a dark brown head that quickly fades. Aroma is coffee, some sour fruit, hops, and a hint of alcohol. Just a perfect balance of aromas. Taste is outstanding; caramel, smoke, coffee, molasses with a nice warm feeling while it goes down. Hoppy coffee aftertaste, sounds weird, but it works. Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking, but I'm striving to find a fault with this beer. Very drinkable for its strength, but halfway through the bottle you will be feeling it.

An excellent beer from a brewery that I have overlooked, somehow. I'll have to check out some of their other offerings.

Photo of instrumentality
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I didn't follow the instructions and wait 6 to 24 months before opening this. I waited less than a week (although it may have sat at the store for awhile beforehand). If it even has potential, I'll buy more and treat it the way it wants to be treated.

This one looked like thick red wine as it glumped its way out of the bottle and into my pint glass (beer foul #2: supposed to be a tulip glass, but I don't have one). Once in the glass, half of it was a frothy brown head, the other very dark brown (almost black) opaque body. It smelled like coffee and chocolate with a hint of fruit. This reminded me of the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout I had last night, only the head wasn't as intense.

Then I took my first sip. It no longer reminded me of the Sam Smith, which I loved. It was much better. Less of the red wine taste, more of the chocolate and coffee, very rich, very heavy, just a fantastic flavor. The aftertaste was a bit like red wine only more fruity and less bitter, and it didn't leave any bitterness caked on the roof of my mouth, which was my main criticism of Sammy. The finish was a resurfacing of the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp/bitter, but only for a moment. The carbonation is mellow, and the alcohol doesn't burn too much, although I can definitely taste it. The aftertaste, again, is pretty tasty, mainly of coffee beans, and while it sits on the palate long after taking a sip, it's very subtle and non-intrusive.

Apparently, this beer is brewed with "Ryan Bros. Coffee Beans," which would explain the coffee taste. This is the most coffee-intense beer I've had since the Red Hook Double Black Stout, which, if I recall correctly, was brewed with Starbucks beans. AleSmith is WAY better. And I don't even really like coffee.

This is a pretty strong beer. The alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV, but that's not saying much at 12%; it still packs a punch. The heavy coffee flavor isn't something you can exactly chug either, but I don't think that's what Alesmith intended. This is a beer best consumed slowly, so it might make sense to bring it down to more like 45 degrees instead of the 50 to 55 they recommend, and then allow it to evolve as it warms without getting too, too warm.

Or maybe I'm just a wuss and you guys would take this down much faster.

Definitely one I'll try again. This is way beyond simply having "potential." If it's this good now, I'm ready to rise to the challenge of waiting 6-24 months to try another. Better yet, I'll buy 4 or 5 of them and have one every 6 months, assuming they can survive in my oven of an apartment.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Wow. Amazing stout. From the recommended tulip glass. Pours out to a jet black color with a small head of brown foam. Lower carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, rich toasted malts and cocoa are present, blending well and hinting at the richness that this beer offers. Flavors of rich full bodied roasted malt, smooth java, a touch of dark fruits, cocoa, and a dryness likely from the hops. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and dense. Magnificent. Drinkability is only average, as this is one once in awhile brew, not intended for or enjoyable on a regular basis. Special thanks to Himerman for the sample.

Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep, inky black with a half inch of thick dark reddish brown head. the head lasts for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer on top of the beer and a ring around the glass.

the aroma is rich and malty. bittersweet chocolate. espresso.

taste is fantastic. wonderful malty background, with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and just a bit of alcohol in the finish. as it warms a bit more fruityness comes out. slight raisin notes, and maybe just a hint of apricot. the bitterness and malt come out a little more too, so it still manages to stay pretty well balanced.

mouthfeel is good. a 12% double stout, it's expectedly thick and chewy.

drinkability is good. it's very well balanced, so nothing is too overpowering. it certainly doesn't taste like 12%. however, a 750ml bottle at that ABV is probably best shared with a friend (or two!)

Photo of bashiba
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ultra dark black with inches of thick dark creamy head with tremendous lacing and and retention.

Smell's like freshly made expresso with hints of molasses.

Taste is nice a great mix of bitter dark coffee flavors along with a good taste of burnt malts with some nice alcohol and malty sweetness to balance it out. Has a nice earthy hop prescence that keeps it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and a touch warm.

Overall a very tasty beer, and dangerous at 12%.

Photo of arizcards
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Papago Brewing at the end of October for $12.99. Original review 5-28-06.

Having had this on tap several times, I have been wanting to try it out of a bottle. Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that is hanging around nicely 4.5.
Nose is of coffee, cream, and chocolate malts 4.5.
Taste is a perfect complex medley of creamy chocolate malts and a beautiful chocolate hop finish. Alcohol was a little warming with the first sip but not noticeable after 5.0. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth 5.0. Overall drinkability is near perfect. The abv, though perfectly masked, eventually sneaks up and kicks one upside the head! This is a awesomely brewed beer, an absolute try for the stout lovers 4.5!

Re-review 11-13-11.
Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine(Received 10-22-09) in early December 2009. This has been sitting in my wine fridge for nearly 2 years. Cant wait to give it a spin!

Beer poured black as night with a smallish brown head. 4.0
Nose is mocha, cream, hints of faded coffee, and cocoa - very nice. 4.5
Taste is still perfect, the roasted malt backbone is just right- not to burny but not unnoticeable. Dark cocoa and cream with hints of coffee that has faded over 2 years are wonderful compliments. 5.0
Mouthfeel seems thinner over time, it is smooth but not as satisfying when fresher. 4.0
Overall this is a great beer that has aged surprisingly well. Pick it up and try it if you have not already.

Photo of jerrymiller
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is midnight black with a dark brown head. No light could possibly penetrate through the glass.

The big smell of roasted coffee is clear, strong and welcome.

The taste is is definately an acquired one! Rich and absolutely caffeinated. The indisputable presence of a pronounced, strong coffee (with alcohol). Bold doesn't begin to describe this monster.

Mouthfeel is velvet smooth and intensely thick.

Drinkability—I found it heavy and a little outrageous. I drank an entire bottle and had a hard time falling asleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was glad I had three more bottles.

Find it, buy it and drink it, you won't regret it.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - absolute black, with a chocolate milk colored head 1/4 of a finger thick and rocky, obviously too dark to see any carbonation

S - can't smell much else other than coffee, but its a rich, high quality coffee aroma, there is an alcohol kick to the aroma as well

T - wow, this really tastes like cold coffee, a very thick, rich coffee taste, it overpowers any other flavors, right through to the aftertaste, did i mention theres a coffee taste to this

M - smooth and thick from the coffee sweetness, balanced very well too

D - must like coffee, if so, high, very high, sweet and easy down, the higherish ABV and the easy sweetness could get one in trouble easily

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,618 ratings.