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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

4,469 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,469
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 736
Gots: 1,250 | FT: 122
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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c_patton

Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-08-2012 18:43:53 | More by c_patton
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Wreckoncile

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into snifer

A - Pours with a slight viscosity, although lower than some in the style, and forms an inch of creamy tan head that slowly retreats leaving good lacing. Black and opaque.

S - Initial aroma is strong with a medley of roastiness, chocolate/cocoa, and a slightly sweet booziness almost reminiscent of some bourbon (eventhough I'm pretty certain no such ingredient is in this). A slight coffee bitterness rounds out the scent.

T - The initial flavor is strongly coffee like, with a bitter and roasty character that is immediately present. As it reaches goes down, the creamy mouthfeel imparts an almost milky chocolate malt flavoring that finally yields at the very end to a slightly boozy and bittersweet flavoring.

M - The mouthfeel on this beer is superb. Among my favorites for the style and a clinic in appealing mouthfeel. A rich and creamy mouthfeel that gives it an almost milkshake like quality, and yet it has an appropriate level of carbonation to just add that extra element and bring the aromatics to the nose.

O - The appearance and taste of this are solid for the style, while the scent and mouthfeel are exceptionally well crafted. The taste does cause me a slight schizophrenia as it was at times harshly bitter and at times cloyingly sweet. Usually those two balance eachother out well, but I think the creaminess of the mouthfeel (which was unquestionably my favorite aspect of this beer) allows the residual beer to sit on the tongue just a bit longer and confuse you with it's progressions. Nonetheless, a must have in the cellar for any die hard stout fan.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:14:29 | More by Wreckoncile
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tt0027

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-07-2012 18:50:44 | More by tt0027
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Auztan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-06-2012 17:52:47 | More by Auztan
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chrisxmartin


4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-05-2012 10:53:18 | More by chrisxmartin
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-05-2012 06:10:59 | More by strongaf
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-05-2012 05:41:20 | More by bluesplit63
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brav23

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-03-2012 21:03:42 | More by brav23
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messrock

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-03-2012 10:39:56 | More by messrock
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-03-2012 02:41:07 | More by tbone1384
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2012 19:28:31 | More by Evil_Pidde
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-02-2012 05:47:49 | More by chippo33
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ElSid

California

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

#18

Freshness Date: None

A: Stout opaque blackness with a khaki head

S: Steamed cream and espresso combined with rum and chocolate flakes topped with a raisin sweetness.

T: Reminiscent of a Coffee Bean mocha with notes of espresso and milk chocolate smoothness. Raisin and plumy dark fruit sweetness along with some warming alcohol. A top layer of herbal bitterness which, along with the rum notes, does a great job of contrasting the chocolate and espresso characteristics of the brew.

M: Oh so smooth and full. The mouthfeel really adds to the palate with its smoothness and the fullness is appropriate given the strength of this beer.

O: Up there with the other great American stouts. I really think the Ryans Bros. coffee beans bring complex notes to the palate while also adding a fullness to the brew. A wonderful, accessible California stout that is a must try for the coffee heads out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:24:39 | More by ElSid
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McStagger

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to reviewing this sumbitch for over a year. Warmed to an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours an opaque blackness that light simply cannot penetrate. Head is thick, so ridiculously thick. Dark tan in color. Fluffy, whip cream consistency. Excellent retention, good lacing.

S: Thick layer of scents to pull from. Notes of roasted coffee (duh), baker's chocolate, malted milk, raisined fruit and nutmeg all emanate from the glass.

T: Big monster dark chocolate in the beginning. Monster dark fruit mid palate, specifically currant. Finish of borderline espresso bitterness. Burnt notes. Medicinal finish intermingled with coffee notes. Perceived alcohol hotness throughout. The combination of dark fruit and higher alcohol heat gives this beer some wine (Cabernet) like qualities.

M: Fairly slick, oily mouthfeel. Hugely bodied (obviously), the carbonation is appropriately subtle.

O: Pretty damn big stout. I knocked it back half a point in taste because the alcohol heat is perceptible, but not prevalent. Really though, that's more of a stylistic thing. I know some like to taste a bit of alcohol kick in their RIS. Great damn beer otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 08:09:05 | More by McStagger
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tswater

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8%

10-31-2012 03:27:35 | More by tswater
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-29-2012 15:03:13 | More by EROCK75
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-29-2012 07:41:17 | More by mater
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seanmoto

California

5/5  rDev +13.6%

10-29-2012 05:41:53 | More by seanmoto
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Thickfreakness

New York

2.08/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- I've never seen an RIS that poured like this! HUGE, fluffy, vibrant, kahki head that hangs on forever and leaves a ton of sticky, spiderweb lacing!!! Pitch black pour into my Bruery tulip! This RIS has legs!

S- Alcohol, bitter black coffee, subtle hints of chocolate and vanilla. Mostly just booze and bitter coffee. Not impressed!

T- Huge notes of alcohol, bitter black coffee, 90% cocoa and some subtle hints of dark cherry, raisins and bitter hops. This is... uhm... I can't believe I'm saying this... this sucks!!!

M- Rediculously thin and whimpy. Nothing but bitter coffee and alcohol!

O- What a waste of $14!!! Bitter, thin, rancid old coffee... no depth, no oily RIS goodness. How is this P.O.S. rated so highly?

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 22:39:48 | More by Thickfreakness
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-28-2012 07:25:40 | More by oldp0rt
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rarbring

Sweden

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

A hazy black colored beer. An brown head with good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of nuts, dried fruits, coffee and smoke, sweet peas.

Tasting of sweet brown bread, dates, coffee liqueur and bitter chocolate with vanilla.

Low carbonation, an oily and sticky texture. A big body with a little dry finish.

Very much action, ABV cunningly hid.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 18:44:44 | More by rarbring
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Yesdog

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

10-27-2012 00:57:58 | More by Yesdog
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gator79

Washington

4/5  rDev -9.1%

10-26-2012 14:27:57 | More by gator79
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev -9.1%

10-26-2012 14:25:10 | More by JxExM
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JayCin

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

10-24-2012 21:31:06 | More by JayCin
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,469 ratings.