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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,423
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 730
Gots: 1,234 | FT: 119
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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MinnTwins

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2013 02:48:56 | More by MinnTwins
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Gretlawn

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-26-2013 22:30:37 | More by Gretlawn
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-26-2013 19:41:26 | More by prdstmnky
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black almost motor oil, two finger brown head.

S-Chocolate, some coffee, good deal of roasted malt.

T-Roasted malt, good deal of coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness, more coffee in the finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied, thick and creamy.

O-A solid stout, not sure on the freshness as the lack of a bottle date. Or maybe it was that I had it beside the BA Speedway. Would gladly try again though.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:08:05 | More by rlee1390
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HopLuva

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-26-2013 16:15:14 | More by HopLuva
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-26-2013 14:04:31 | More by waddellc2
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-25-2013 21:36:45 | More by ComRock12
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-25-2013 10:17:56 | More by beernads
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CHickman

New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with hints of brown near the top where the light hits the beer and a huge foamy 2 finger light brown head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing and a foamy ring around the top of the beer. Textbook imperial stout look, right on.

Wow, a strong initial blast of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and cocoa hits hard but then settles down and becomes really enjoyable; a lot going on, including molasses, anise, medicine, dark fruit like raisin, dark chocolate, roasted grains, booze like a really sweet rum, and some light herbs. The chocolate, bourbon/booze and coffee are rich and powerful and smell excellent, making the strong ABV/booze blend in and not seem intimidating.

Tastes hits hard at first like the nose, and damn does it assault the palate in a good way. Flavors include coffee, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, anise, cocoa, medicine, dark fruits, raisin, dark chocolate like bakers chocolate, roasted grains, charcoal, light vanilla, tea leaf, floral hops, mild booze and then some more chocolate; it almost seems the coffee used described on the bottle was chocolate dipped coffee beans, which almost completely hid the alcohol and made it dangerously smooth to drink. This is still a slow sipper, but not many 12% ABV beers taste like desert and only leave a minor burn. Masterfully done, this stout dances on too sweet and one dimensional, while still allowing a massive amount of complexities and variations of chocolates and roasted malts to slide over your tongue and improve as it warms up. The hops and yeast get lost in the chocolate sweetness, but it really didn’t matter because the taste was exceptional.

Mouthfeel is so creamy and almost milky smooth, with very light carbonation, a very heavy chewy body that is so thick it could make a straw stand up, and a minor alcohol burn followed by more chocolate and roasty coffee notes that are on the dry side and slightly bitter side. The aftertaste has burnt wood or charcoal lingering, but the sweetness mellows it out for a gradual fade to dark chocolate black.

I thought that this would be overhyped, but I am so glad that it lived up to its reputation as an outstanding imperial stout. It was pricy, and I only let it age for 2 months, but it was an excellent overall beer and one that I highly recommend trying. It is worthy of the hype and its ranking among the best in this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 04:10:01 | More by CHickman
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a black viscous liquid, with no head except for a dark tan, almost brown colar. Completely opaque in the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, earth. There was a slight metallic aroma when first poured, but this faded as the beer warmed.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight burnt toast flavor. Sweetness at the front of the tongue yields to a coffee bitterness in the finish. Booze is noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Goes down pretty easy for 12% though.

Overall: Really good imperial coffee stout, but I don't think it quite lives up to its lofty ratings. It's worth picking up if you can find it, but I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:12:49 | More by Jonada
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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2013 23:11:39 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

POured from bomber into tulip. Ive been eyeing this brew for some time now..
Pours a jet black color with big tan head. Really awesome coffee aromas, slight, but present, mixed with some boozey roasted malts. Flavor is just awesome. Lots of roasted malt and coffee, balances nice with a hint of sweetness. Super easy to drink, smooth, and perfectly boozey. Such an awesome stout!!! Cant wait to have another.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:46:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
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dman5400

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-24-2013 06:21:56 | More by dman5400
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Hash

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-24-2013 03:57:38 | More by Hash
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-24-2013 03:50:56 | More by Hopsiam14
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-24-2013 00:40:05 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-23-2013 23:14:34 | More by stxSS07
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pschul4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-23-2013 22:11:19 | More by pschul4
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mrbubbler

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-23-2013 19:33:08 | More by mrbubbler
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-23-2013 17:37:14 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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TomClem

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-23-2013 17:21:44 | More by TomClem
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-23-2013 05:17:51 | More by Kelp
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-23-2013 04:44:21 | More by ldhughes3
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-22-2013 23:32:24 | More by IndyDad
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phishbone23

New York

3/5  rDev -31.8%

01-22-2013 20:54:41 | More by phishbone23
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,423 ratings.