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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,945
Reviews: 1,408
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 772
Gots: 1,386 | FT: 135
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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Photo of Kevin73
3.14/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I felt this stout was a little over rated. The beer pours jet black with a thick'ish tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it goes down. The smell is a little sharp, perhaps some hops character coming through. The body is thin for a stout like this, I expected something more chewy; I love a thick syrupy imperial but this isn't even close. The flavor was not very well balanced, dominated by the unmasked alcohol. Granted 12% is hard to mask, but there is very little sweetness, it's like they didn't even try. Notes of coffee and chocolate are apparent, but not as dominating as I'd like. The vanilla notes are hidden behind what seems to be a bit of unsavory tinny hops on the finish. I only began to notice the vanilla about half way through. While there is a lot going on in this stout, it just didn't seem to come together. Perhaps this would be a good one for the cellar to let it mellow out and come together.

Kevin73, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of AltBock
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle that has a silver foil over the cap and a small portion of the neck. The front and back label are silkscreened. The front has AleSmith's symbol, and two checkered flags coming out of the name of the beer. The back label has a wealth of information. It contains a large paragraph about the beer, proper serving temp, and proper serving glass. It also says that it approves with age. To the right of that is the Government warning. No bottled date, no best before date, or a bottle code anywhere on the bottle. You'd think there's enough room on the bottle for one of those.

The bottle suggested an AleSmith Tulip (of course!), but I don't have one of those. So I poured this beer into my small Great Lakes Snifter. Out of the bottle came a liquid that's just as thick and black as motor oil. I wouldn't be surprised if this is discarded oil after a long NASCAR race. Don't even think about highlights in this dark brew. It's so thick and black that the mighty sun would have problems shining a ray of light through this beer. Sitting on top of this black as night liquid was a 1 inch creamy mocha colored head of foam. It had pretty good retention that left behind a tiny skim of foam and a mix of streaks and blots of lace. It couldn't decide to what it should leave behind so it left both.

The aroma was just as thick as the beer itself. The first aroma that came pouring out of this beer was the roasted coffee beans. Not just any ordinary coffee beans. I could really smell the high quality of the coffee beans. When it's swirled around, the thick coffee aroma will diminish a little bit. That's just enough time for the dark roasted malt, a splash of dark chocolate, roasted barley, and a whiff of black cherry to come through. When the coffee beans found out that the other aromas weren't coffee based, the coffee beans came in again to cover up what it accidently let through.

The taste was extremely hoppy and fruity. Yeah right! The taste was just as thick and dark as the color and the aroma. The taste was dry and dark with the thick taste of roasted coffee. Not only could you smell the difference between quality coffee beans and regular average Joe coffee beans, but you can taste the difference as well. You can tell that they used quality coffee beans for their beer. Once my tastebuds got passed the thick coffee wall, I was able to pick up roasted barley, roasted malt, a gentle touch of dark chocolate, and a black cherry or two. After all the dark roasted flavors, this beer finishes up with a slight roasted hop taste. The roasted coffee beans were more bitter than the hops.

This is clearly a full bodied Imperial Stout that had a OK level of carbonation and a full flavored aftertaste. The aftertaste was dark and roasted (no duh!) with more quality roasted coffee beans, roasted barley, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The coffee beans have a hard time leaving so they'll stick to the roof of your mouth for a long time.

Even though the taste of roasted coffee beans was around every corner, the taste never got boring. Like every other AleSmith beer, the price is a tad on the high side. You pay for the quality of the coffee beans and the quality of the beer. Would I buy another bottle? More than likely, I would. Great beer!

AltBock, Apr 17, 2013
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,945 ratings.