AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,612
Reviews: 1,509
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 830
Gots: 1,656 | FT: 153
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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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Ratings: 5,612 | Reviews: 1,509
Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had three time, twice from the bottle and once on tap. All three times tasted the roasted malts, but man, the coffee was just not there. Once OK, but three times?

Photo of KATCanada
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what can you say. seems to be lost in te big stout hype but for something you can actually get it's awesome.

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this beer on tap. A very reliable stout at my favorite spot. Thin, off white head in a 16 oz Tulip glass. Heavy toasty flavor with a sharp finish. My "go to" stout.

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet as recommended, approx 50 degrees at pour.

A: Jet Black, very little head. Absolutely no lacing.
S: roasted malts, coffee pronounced
T: following the nose but a little more chocolatey and then progresses to some hop bitterness, a little too much on the bitter for me. Woody-chocolate on the finish, not dry enough but the alcohol warmth is there
M: fairly flat, slick but not too watery but certainly not carbonated enough.

O: monstrous disappointment for me, possibly a bad bottle, but at the price I will not try again. The label touts balance, carbonation and pair-ability with food and it really offers none of this. There are far too many other stouts that out perform this. I'm stunned at the high ratings really, it's good, but certainly not THAT good.

Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little slicker, oiler mouthfeel than I expected. Lots of mocha on the nose, very even & smooth flavor with the roasted coffee, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and some vanilla as well. Robust but easy to drink, though I cannot say it pops out from the field of excellent stouts readily available nowadays.

Photo of dleigh
3.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but I didn't think this was anything special. Maybe it was just me?

Photo of simplejj81
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love almost everything about this beer. The price is fair, but i don't think its an exceptional value.

Photo of Rfm4000
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best double stout ive ever had in my life.

the best

Photo of beertunes
3.17/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good beer, but body too thin. Waay too much coffee. Enjoyed it, but won't buy it.

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Nice beige, 2-finger head that sticks around quite a while. Perfect nose for the style - coffee and roasted malts with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Near perfect body as well - heavy enough to such staniate the beer but not overly chewy. The sweetness has started to show signs of a shift toward a more roasty, bitterness, but I don't see this ever melding into something I wouldn't still consider sweet. Still, by and large, the standard deviation by which all non-BA coffee stouts should be compared (just hairs above FBS, imo). I'd be curious to know if lactose and/or oatmeal were used, because this shows great characteristics of each. Cheers!

Photo of Jackolope
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to have an astringent aftertaste. It has a nice nose and looked good but when it came to the flavor I found this beer to be lacking in subtlety. It poured thick and had a nice mouthfeel, but missed some of the creaminess I like with a stout clocking in at 12% ABV. My overall experience with the beer went through a couple of phases initially i thought the flavor was lacking in sweetness, but as i sipped the carmel flavors started to build and i thought the beer was starting to round out as it warmed, however as i continued to drink the alcohol seemed to overpower the overall flavor of the beer.

Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: super dark black. like the color of motor oil. real nice tan head thats pretty solid on top. it poured around 3 fingers, then settled at around 1/2 finger

s: richly roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of sweet vanilla, very very faint smoke. smells very rich. makes the mouth water

t: roasted malts, sweet caramel, alcohol, brown sugar all punch you in the face right away. as the mouth begins to adjust, you can start to pick up some of the coffee notes (roasted coffee beans, coffee bitterness). there is a sweet generic dark fruit flavor in here. i can't pick up a specific fruit, but it is lending a sweetness to this that i am detecting. finishes with big roasted malts and alcohol

m: super silky mouthfeel. its great. carbonation is a little beyond medium. very nice mouthfeel for a stout

o: the bottle i'm drinking from is a few weeks old. its got lots of alcohol in the taste, and i honestly wish the coffee would be featured a bit more in the flavor. with the exception of the alcohol heat, its a pretty nice beer. big, luxurious, and definitely a sipper. that being said, i don't think its quite worthy of all the hype it gets (especially given the price), and i believe there are better beers out there

Photo of Dnayew
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic baseline imperial stout. It's not the special craft of a Hunapuh or Abraxas, but it's in that Top Tier of Imperials w/ Ten FIDY and Marshall Zhukov.

Photo of ER527
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My only gripe is the taste doesn't follow the smell

Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Much smoother than I expected. BA ones are better though.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this one. The nose and taste is outstanding and you can't beat the price. Alesmith hit a home run with all of their Speedway stuff.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/11/15 and enjoyed 3/14/15. Poured an extremely dark brown, almost black, color with mocha cap and spotty lacing. Aroma was full of coffee, some chocolate and slight toffee. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and strong coffee. Very nice velvet texture, creamy feel and warmth from the alcohol. In summary, this was the first AleSmith brew I've had and probably in my top ten favorite stouts to date. Highly recommended!

Photo of jooler
3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eggshell thickness. Not really a smell to it. Initial thoughts are that it is pretty damn smooth for a stout at 12%. A hell of a lot smoother than modern times monsters park. Aside from that, it sort of has a lager taste to it. There is a faint hint of chocolate with coffee up front

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 11-22-13
Exceptional aromas of hops and vanilla paired with a marinated flank steak. Other tasters noted roasted raisiny notes. In a word- Phenominal!
Mouthfeel was dreamy. 12% hotness subtle but yet prevalent. The wow-factor happened.

Photo of BuccoFan
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lacing is tremendous. Body is medium but solid. Coffee is prominent on both ends, with a bitter finish. Sweetness is a little more detectable than roast is. It's a very good coffee stout.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth chocolate, coffee and roast.

Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

definitely some dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee.... very easy to drink for a 12%er.... usually avoid coffee stouts and coffee beers, but this one is very good (and so was Modern Times' Sea of the Dead yesterday also!). definitely some alcohol burn in the background, but not up front and present. very smooth, very dark, very nice. the ratings are, more or less, justified.....

Photo of OneEye78
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a thick khaki head 2-3 fingers. Smell has some hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Taste starts with a sweet chocolate burst, followed by some vanilla, an astringent coffee flavor and some serious alcohol burn. Coats the toungue, leaving a dry finish and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, I would call this a good stout, but a let down given its lofty reviews.

Photo of Eman17
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/19/14

A: Pitch black with a huge three to four finger head. The head was dark tan in color and left nice lacing as it dissipated.

S: Pretty standard imperial stout aromas, chocolate, coffee, some booze. Even getting some dark fruits as it warmed.

T: Dark fruits, lots of coffee, some dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little booze.

M: Pretty full in body, low carbonation, somewhat bitter on the back end but overall pretty smooth.

O: Fantastic imperial stout, insanely drinkable for 12%.

Photo of schoolboy
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I heard what this was, had a sample (which was unnecessary, I knew I wanted it), and now, the joy.

It's a boozy stout that isn't afraid to let you know it. It doesn't have the finest bubbles, but otherwise it is very eye appealing. The aroma is quite good - no funky artifacts of any kind but lots of malt and roast and alcohol smell.

The taste is bitter with chocolate and alcohol. It is amazingly good. The aftertaste melds a bunch more nuance to all that flavor, leaving a wonderful boozy feel.

This may be the best boozy stout I've had since a Nogne Dark Horizon (17.5%) I had a couple years ago. This is that good but a tad more accessible. I hope I can find this again some time. It is a great one.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,612 ratings.