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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,939 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,939
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!

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

JamFuel, Oct 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

StubFaceJoe, Oct 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Spacechic, Oct 14, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful mix of black and chocolate malts as well as a complimentary coffee aroma. It's sweet with a hint of earthy character and alcohol warmth. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth and complex malt character, which boasts of chocolate and espresso beans. It warm and inviting with just enough black malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. It's bold and complex, with tons of mouthfeel and excellent coffee character.

WesWes, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1-2 finger khaki colored head. Sticks around for a few minutes before retreating to a thin covering. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light barely gets through on the edges.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts A lot more chocolate than I expected. Can get some of the alcohol. Certainly some hop too.

T: The coffee comes through a lot more in the taste. Still with chocolate and roasted malt but also decent hopping in the background. Real great roastiness and coffee blend that lingers after you take a sip. Booze comes out more as it warms up.

M: Creamy and velvety smooth. Not too thick of a body, but by no means thinned out. On the low end of carbonation. Real drinkable, especially considering the ABV.

Overall very impressive. Steps up to the plate with an authentic straight to the point imperial stout that has some pleasant coffee added.

CloudStrife, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

604growler, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

schneid, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with thick, tan, creamy head with good retention and lacing. Super tasty looking.

Big roasty chocolate and coffee malts. Just begs to be sipped.

Follows the nose with rich, deep roasted chocolate and coffee. Surprised at how well the alcohol is masked given the ABV - almost not detectable. Bitterness is just right too, Seems like it's going to be intense at first, but never quite goes there, then doesn't leave you with much of an aftertaste. Just a slight hop presence backing it up. Such an amazingly (and dangerously) drinkable beer.

Thick, but not too thick or sticky. Moderate carbonation. Another winner in this dept too.

Loved this one - this is the epitome of what I love about big, bold stouts. Right up there near the top of my list, behind only a couple. Definitely want to seek out and try the various barrel aged versions too, but I can't imagine much of an improvement over the original here.

gleemonger, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

uziangis, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

baybum, Oct 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Fahz, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

cleonile2000, Oct 07, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a chalice.

Pours a syrupy maple-onyx in color beneath a somewhat short-lived, dark coffee colored head. A bit of thin and dimpled lacing, but nothing too impressive.

Dark chocolate, light mocha, and fresh roasted coffee aromas. Notes of slick bourbon that cut the rich roasted qualities; sharp acidic alcohol.

Chewy, roasted dark chocolate that is made even rougher/bitter by the aggressive, freshly brewed espresso flavor. The alcohol character isn't over-the-top, but its whiskey-like quality is noticeable throughout within each flavor aspect. Slightly acidic leading up to a rustic, floral bitterness. Notes of whiskey, aged vinous fruit, and espresso fill the aftertaste.

Full bodied is almost an understatement. Smooth at times, but mostly slick on account of the ever-present alcohol character.

A pretty complex Imperial Stout; however, the whiskey component detracts from what I assume was the brewer's original intent, to highlight the coffee component. Ballsy flavors, but this could definitely benefit from a few years of rest.

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

profondo, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

PretzelsNBeer, Oct 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

jpbebeau, Oct 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Lordkrystic, Oct 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MattMew, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Unchi, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

carlitos92, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with 3 fingers of creamy tan head that rises fro the depths, lasts a good while, and leaves some great lace.

Smell. Dark malts with molasses and burnt sugar. Some licorice, bitter chocolate, coffee and booze. Slighty metalic smelling.

Taste. Dark roasted malts an dark bitter coffee, molten semi-sweet chocolate and just a bit of black licorice. Lightly acidic, like a cup of dark black coffee. Light booze is there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth below-medium carbonation. Just a little booze warmth.

Overall. A very nice coffee stout. A bit on the dry side with some nice smooth roasty and bitter dark chocolte flavours.

Rutager, Oct 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

bluntedboywonder, Oct 02, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,939 ratings.