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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,428
Reviews: 1,475
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 798
Gots: 1,575 | FT: 145
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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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I received as a gift from a friend doing a cross country trip. This was bottle in April of 2013 and cellared for six months.

The beer makes a big chugging sound as it pours from the bottle and pours dark as night. The head appears a bit delayed in forming, but then builds up a crest of about two fingers of foam. The foam is bubbly and thin.

The smell is simply delightful and offers a lot to contemplate. Surprisingly, the first notes I get are those of sweet dark fruit like raisins, prunes and dates. Coffee, chocolate and maltiness intermingle beneath the fruit aroma and a sweet caramel or toffee pops up too. On smell alone this beer has me blown away.

The coffee finally hits you as you'd expect on the taste, coming in with an initial roast been flavor that cedes to the sweet fruitiness reminiscent of red wine and malt profiles.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth and creamy and aside from a slight burn and coffee bitterness at the finish, this beer drinks smooth and easy.

A great beer this is and I'm determined to track down more and get a hold of some of the variations.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from the 750ml bottle into a globe glass...

Pours a opaque black with purplish brown edges, 1 finger head forms that will build quick if poured too aggressive. Tan foam that drops off to sticky foam on the sides of the glass, a foam layer and a nice ring around the glass. So far, so good.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted grains, coffee and a little alcohol. As with some other beers I've tried, I'm surprised by the lack of aromatics sometimes but I know it doesn't always mean something bad.

The first sip is dark chocolate, roasted grains, mocha, maybe some vanilla, a little hop presence and the alcohol at the end.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium to thick body that I loved just moving around as I tasted. Not much carbonation, which is fine. Finish is a little on the dry side, with the chocolate, roasted grains, mocha and the alcohol burn at the end.

Overall, this is one damn fine stout and I will definitely pony up the $$$ for more. While I still have a lot to learn about this style, this stout in particular is currently in my top spot and Alesmith's reputation is safe on my account.


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Hot diggity dog this is way smoother than I thought for 12%.

A - Jet black with a generous head if poured violently
S - Very mild smell wise, might be seasonal allergies but I get some coffee aromoas but that's about it.
T- So smooth, seriously I was aging this because I assumed it'd be harsh, not at all.
M - Extremely pleasant going down, enough said.
O - Not as complex and boozy as I was expecting, very drinkable and very smooth. I look forward to drinking this again, but far from a life changing imperial.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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