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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,668 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,668
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 746
Gots: 1,312 | FT: 131
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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mojiboo02

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2013 18:50:12 | More by mojiboo02
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Nugganooch

California

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%

2012 - 750ml bottle with my FW snifter glass
*notes taken on 01/13/13

A: Speedway Stout pours a super dark brown body that settles even darker in the glass. Completely opaque. Not terribly thick with some lively carbonation streaming up into a brown sugar colored foam head. Fades out to a mocha swirl on top leaving the glass fairly clean with just a few dots and squiggle of stick.

S: Smells of dark roast grains with a healthy measure of dark chocolate syrup and some underlying green coffee bean. The aroma is sweet overall and reminds me of a rich chocolate cake. There is a slight earthy musk to the beer and a small amount of black licorice in there as well. Really nice and quite pleasant nose.

T: Tastes offers a bold and rich combination of dark chocolate and espresso coffee. Sweeter profile overall without ever becoming sickly to the palate. The coffee additions are reserved, harmonizing with the dark malts rather than competing. I get some lesser notes of brown sugar/molasses, burnt caramels, and a bit of dark dried fruits. There is a lower level of perceived bitterness to the beer and a noticeable alcohol spice kick. This is a beastly brew that practices such great balance. Very enjoyable with great flavor.

M: A full bodied stout with a seemingly higher level of carbonation brings through a very light and creamy texture. Keeps this one from becoming too filling. Slight drying towards the finish with some warming alcohol and a light sleekness that lingers after.

D: Incredible drinking experience for such a big beer. Great flavors of rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans with superb balance And feel that keeps this one very approachable. Undoubtedly a world class Imperial Stout and one of my favorites.
Highly recommended.

01-17-2013 18:37:51 | More by Nugganooch
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shamrock1343

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-17-2013 07:05:02 | More by shamrock1343
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defenestrate

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-17-2013 05:59:58 | More by defenestrate
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bbpro47

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2013 04:13:21 | More by bbpro47
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2013 21:49:22 | More by jbuddle
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

01-16-2013 14:41:17 | More by aorloski
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-16-2013 14:13:50 | More by jderosia603
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-16-2013 12:04:48 | More by ChrisMon02
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cheetsmageets

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

01-16-2013 07:45:35 | More by cheetsmageets
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2%

750mL bottle into tulip. there is some sort of laser coding towards the crown, but I cant make out what it is.

A: just a shade under pitch black. frothy brown head is massive. retention is good with a coat of lacing left behind.

S: some coffee, but not as in-your-face as I expected/wanted. slightly umani-like. smells dry. tons of dark, dark chocolate. roasty and inviting.

T: starts sweet, boatloads of chocolate. I find it more chocolate focused than coffee. I know coffee aroma/flavor can diminish over time and seeing that I have no idea how old this bottle is perhaps that could be the cause. lots of tobacco in the finish. bitter dark chocolate.

M: carbonation is spot on. smooth and silky is just what this massive body needs.

D: simply put, a really good stout. drinks more like a bottle of wine than a beer. certainly tasty, however I was hoping to be a little more blown away here. I suppose I blame that on the hype around this brew. regardless, always worth drinking, find it, buy it, drink it.

01-15-2013 04:04:31 | More by Jimmys
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-15-2013 03:32:35 | More by Mark000
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-14-2013 03:12:57 | More by Lukafer
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vitters03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-13-2013 22:33:59 | More by vitters03
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2013 22:20:41 | More by hopswap1
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iKrystin

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-13-2013 20:51:48 | More by iKrystin
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-13-2013 15:09:17 | More by tedho21
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primrose54

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-13-2013 02:07:22 | More by primrose54
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suspect

New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 750ml into a Founders Snifter.

A: Pours a thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a rising mocha colored 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass that don't ever go away.

S: Toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits.

T: Big complex cocoa/coffee flavors bringing the house down with complexity. Such a mix of malts, coffee bitterness, cocoa nibs and black licorice.

M: Pretty medium bodied for an Imperial stout. Coats the mouth pretty significantly.

O: Very very good beer. One of the smoother Imperial Stouts I've had.

01-13-2013 01:53:17 | More by suspect
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Maseitz

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-12-2013 21:39:29 | More by Maseitz
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

A: pitch black color dark brown notes when held up to the light when pouring got about a 2 finger head that went away fairly quick good ammount of lacing with a good ammount of alcohol legs

S: good ammount of chocolate and coffee notes on the nose a little bit of dark fruits with a slight hit of alcohol

T: I can really get the coffee almost tastes like taking a black cup of coffee adding a little yeast and sugar there was a nice hint of chocolate there was a bit of an alcohol burn and taste at first as it settled a little bit it became more subdued

M: lighter than expect it was more on the medium full side not as viscous as most imperial stouts I've had in the past but I could see it cutting through a heavy meal really like with fish and chips

O: fantastic beer overall I'm going to try and drink with a little more chill next to see if the burn for the alcohol goes away otherwise this beer comes highly recommended

01-12-2013 14:45:52 | More by smcnulty1981
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coldriver

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-12-2013 05:32:57 | More by coldriver
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Quackus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-11-2013 22:08:41 | More by Quackus
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Durb777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-11-2013 21:10:50 | More by Durb777
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nharres

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

01-11-2013 18:00:25 | More by nharres
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,668 ratings.