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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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5,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,043
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 780
Gots: 1,419 | FT: 140
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/16/13. Poured 11/16/14. I got this in Wisconsin in July. Finally cracked it open.

Appearance: Aggressive pour brought on a slow forming brown head that wound up being three fingers in height. This stout is pitch black with nothing getting through the glass. The lacing is really great -- plenty of it all over the glass.

Smell: Everything you'd want from an Imperial Stout: lots of chocolate and roasted malt. There's some coffee character in there, but that aroma accents more than anything. I don't get any kind of dark fruits on the aroma, but I do get a caramel quality and a plain cake doughnut sort of smell that I usually pick up in high ABV stouts -- especially BBA'd ones. I know, I'm weird.

Taste/feel: Absolutely delicious. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma, and I have zero problems with that. The mouth feel is fantastic... not super heavy, but pretty full-bodied, with a light carbonation. It feels like chocolate milk in beer form. Lots of smooth milk chocolate flavors coming through in this beer with caramel malts... the finish is some roasted malt and coffee with a little much needed bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I don't really get any dark fruit flavors to speak of... this reminds me of a more balanced Chocolate Manifesto. Speedway Stout still remains a somewhat sweet Imperial Stout overall, but then again it is 12% ABV.

Excellent, and the best I've had from the style (as of this review, of course). Worthy of every bit of the praise it receives.

Alextricity, Nov 16, 2014
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aged 1 year, bought fresh and properly cellared at home

Appearance- Deep black, opaque. Gorgeous thick mocha/cinnamon, deep khaki head, frothy, hangs around awhile but settles down. Beautiful lacing on sides of glass. A truly beautiful beer.
Aroma- Decadent dark chocolate, some sweet chocolates, molasses, caramel as well. Rich espresso, wonderful dark fruits, some tartness created. Roasted malt rounds everything together.
Taste- Intense, rich dark chocolates, incredibly decadent, dessert like. Bitter roasted malts, rich mocha/espresso flavors as well. Slight fruity tartness, nice warming alcohol on finish.
Feel- Incredibly thick and even more creamy. Full bodied as they come, decent amount of carbonation as well.
Overall- Such a beautifully balanced beer, incredibly intense but calm and smooth at the same time. Tastes like a rich gourmet chocolate cake with a nice cup of coffee on the side. Dark chocolates are so rich and decadent, sweet caramel/vanilla/chocolate come through, then everything is balanced nicely with bitter roasted malts and rich espresso notes.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 5,043 ratings.