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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,269
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 790
Gots: 1,485 | FT: 138
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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4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on date of 3/20/13. Let sit 1hour out of fridge.

A: Pitch black, no light escaping the body. Thin mocha head that recedes quickly. No significant lacing.

S: Coffee up front even after 6 months, dark chocolate and other sweet malts there as well.

T: Bitter coffee, dark and semi-sweet chocolates, toffee and caramel. Some alcohol flavor, but blends in nicely.

M: Creamier than I expected. Thick body with higher carb than usual for the style. Dry finish with tingly alcohol.

O: Thanks to dvmin98 for this trade. Great impy stout that I've been wanting to try for awhile. Didn't disappoint.

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4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA at Yankee Spirits.

A- Pours a deep black, oily, opaque body with a fluffy, 2 inch, coffee brown head that reduces very slowly to some chunks of foam and leaves very thick lacing on the glass. Extremely inviting .

S- The aroma is potent and forward - just what I like in an imperial stout. Heavy coffee, chocolate, roastyness, some vanilla and a hint of booze.

T- The first thing to coat the tongue is a huge explosion of flavor - a rich balance of chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, vanilla, toasted malt. The finish is amazing, leaving a roasty, charred malt flavor on the tongue. Some hops mixed in there. Extremely drinkable and balanced for the abv, sip-demanding.

M- Rich, thick, low carbonation, and heavy bodied.

Alesmith speedway stout is one of the best interpretations of an imperial stout that I've ever tasted. Not too sweet, perfectly balanced, and super rich. I'd LOVE to try the bourbon barrel version, it may be near perfect.

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1.52/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm repeatedly surprised how poorly American craft brewers mask alcohol in their high-ABV beers when compared to European brewmasters, and Speedway Stout only confirms the rule.

Apparently thin dark brown body with a short foamy head that instantly dissipates.

Good dosage of coffee and some red wine underlain by roasted malt qualities - chocolate in particular - are completely overwhelmed by fusel alcohol.

This sludge tastes like a week old coffee sediment washed down with cheap vodka + there's unexpected cherry-like tartness fuelling my fears the bottle might be infected, which is not - it's simply a bad beer. Finish is medium dry.

Rather thin for the style and burning hot on the palate.

Sadly even adding loads of advertised coffee couldn't mask the shittiness of the base beer. Can't believe this drainpour found it's way into top 6 on the Ratebeer. (Bottled on 02/14/13, into a snifter.)

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,269 ratings.