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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,412 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,412
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 730
Gots: 1,233 | 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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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2012 05:55:30 | More by ferrettman687
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partypak

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2012 01:10:34 | More by partypak
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-24-2012 23:28:57 | More by Riggsy
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-24-2012 16:02:05 | More by rydev24
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Rick760Sd

California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-24-2012 03:17:09 | More by Rick760Sd
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a midnight black, with a sticky mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is roasted expresso, dark chocolate, and carmel. Taste is all about the strong expresso flavor, the nose is awesome, but can't compare to the flavor. Body is medium large, a good amount of life, a little dry, and very drinkable for the size. This is a awesome stout worthy of its place on the top 100.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:35:25 | More by SawDog505
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-24-2012 01:32:57 | More by HamGlade10
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with frothy brown head. Aromas of bitter coffee, some hops, very roasty grains. Hint of chocolate. Smells more like a bold porter. Was hoping for more on the aroma (the only knock here and it is minor). Huge coffee flavor with a nice bitterness. A bit of a cocoa powder lingering on the palate. Another sip reveals a bit of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel, lighter than I had expected but still pretty chewy. Love this because it doesn’t go all syrupy like some others. Really coffee forward with the right carbonation. Alcohol hidden but leaves a lingering warmth. Heavy lacing as it goes. Very nice. Really want to try the BA version.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:04:37 | More by BMMillsy
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-23-2012 13:40:03 | More by brez8791
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tugg407

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-22-2012 03:06:41 | More by tugg407
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tinypyramids

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-22-2012 00:21:30 | More by tinypyramids
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-21-2012 13:59:27 | More by kell50
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-21-2012 11:45:08 | More by AxesandAnchors
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argock

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL brown bottle into a miniature snifter (6oz?). Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $11.49.

A: Black with soft 2-finger chocolate cake batter dark beige hue and consistency with exceptional retention and lacing.

S: The aroma is muted compared to the on-tap version with mostly dark fruit and roast aromas and only a mild-to-moderate whiff of coffee.

T: The flavor is also somewhat more subdued than I remember the on-tap version being with fig and raisin dark fruit aromas filled out with slight berry alcohol and soft undercurrent of coffee. It still swings pretty hard in all these qualities, but the bottled version still seems a little less. Hops are bittering but hop flavor is not the focus, maybe a little orange but not a whole lot else.

M: This was the most different of the two comparisons with pretty heavy carbonation despite the full body made for a strange coupling, although not bad just not as smooth as it could have been. Letting it sit for half an hour helped but still more fizzy than I wanted.

O: Certainly a very good stout but the fresh bottle was more boozy and less flavorful despite serving at around 55F. Enjoyed it but wish the coffee and the entire flavor and aroma profile was more intense.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 06:26:24 | More by argock
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mattizmyname


5/5  rDev +13.6%

11-20-2012 04:24:41 | More by mattizmyname
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kanno


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2012 02:46:23 | More by kanno
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hope22


4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-19-2012 04:21:13 | More by hope22
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into sniffer

Pours out a deep opaque black with a big 3 fingers of light mocha colored head. Eventually fades tO a retentive 1/4 inch layer with a lot of spotty lace. Some legs noticeable as well.

Lots of booze and lots of deeply roasted, burnt malts. Not a whole lot else aside from a little creamy dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and hints of dark fruits. Some slightly solvent booze comes in the more it warms.

Again lots of deeply roasted burnt malt. Some booze. Bitter dark chocolate, some dark fruits and a bit of bitter coffee, but I was hoping for more of a coffee flavor. Hints of a cinnamon like spice as it warms.

Fairly thick and boozey, carbonation is about right.

A stand up impy stout but for the money id prolly take a few others before this. Still this is prolly an amazing beer with some barrel aging Or other special treatment. Hard to find many flaws with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:58:55 | More by dogfishandi
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2012 19:45:39 | More by BeerHunter76
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2012 02:10:52 | More by Robdrinx
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigTomZ for the sweet extra. 2011 vintage, I believe. Tasted 19 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very deep brown, black in the glass. Two fingers of thick coffee-brown head, a delicious color, slowly relaxing to a long-lasting foamy cap. Little peninsulas of lacing reaching out in the glassy ocean. Doesn't get much better than this.

Smell is awesome. Big, rich, and dark. Dominated by smooth, nutty coffee, and backed by chocolate. Reminds me in many good ways of Founders Breakfast Stout.

Taste is delightful as well. Lots of depth, very chocolatey. Coffee flavor is present, but subdued enough that other things can shine through. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but generally smooth and mellow with a chocolate punch.

Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, chewy, and mouth-filling. Medium-low carbonation, lots of little bubbles, turning it into tasty foam. Yum.

This is a really delicious, rich, sweet big stout. If it weren't so strong, I could drink a whole lot of it. And that reminds me, there's not even a hint that it's 12% - I'd believe it if someone told me it were half that. A very impressive beer, and one I wish I had consistent access to.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:08:47 | More by zeledonia
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2012 08:00:01 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2012 07:48:52 | More by Anonymous1
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DoubleBastard


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2012 06:26:58 | More by DoubleBastard
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HoppyPeteSkolnik31

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2012 19:37:09 | More by HoppyPeteSkolnik31
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,412 ratings.