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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,759 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,759
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 753
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 126
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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Photo of tbeckett
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split thanks to volcanicbeat IP. Thanks man! From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of brown head. Left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aromas of coffee and roast. Smelled so original and smooth. Espresso, mocha, caramel sweetness. Lot's of lovely aromas. Good stuff.

T - No hint of alcohol in the flavour. Coffee, roast, licorice. So great. Chocolate was present as well. Heavenly.

M - Good mild carbonation, full body, and a good bitterness.

O/D - Beautiful stout. I was in shock as to how good this was. So many great flavours. Spot on. Could have it all day.

tbeckett, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BillHilly, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Cowcakes
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with three fingers of dense light brown foam. Very nice. Retention and lacing are both amazing. An average pour really leads to a ton of of head.

S: Strong roasted malts up front with a ton of dark chocolate and some floral hops.

T: Very strong dark chocolate and burnt malts with roasted malts and a bit of coffee in the background. Fairly straightforward, but quite appealing. Boozy, but not over the top.

M: Quite thick with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is straightforward, but extremely delicious. Boozy, roasty, burnt, and dark chocolate-y.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of fiedler84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

fiedler84, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kspongeworthy, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Andrew, 750ml into a snifter - thanks dude!

Pitch black and viscous, cream/brown head with great retention and legs. Pure chocolate and coffee wafts from this, absolutely delightful. Some malt sweetness, caramel, perhaps a touch of booze - quite rich. Bitter and lightly sour coffee flavours on the palate, toasty and roasty malts, chocolate with again a little bit of booze - not even close to the alcohol content suggested. Rich, dense and viscous mouthfeel yet smooth and creamy. Medium-low carbonation. Fantastically drinkable, wish I could've consumed the whole bottle alone...

liamt07, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Vevoda478
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Vevoda478, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of reyna311
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Bottled sometime last year. Managed to break the edge off the top of the bottle and drop it into the beer. This will make for a fun scavenger hunt.

Pours about as black as it gets. That said, there is still an edge of slow beading that frames the beer. Big, swelling medium brown head that leaves a boat load of lacing. A beer couldn't look much bigger than this.

Massive nose. Rich dark chocolate notes barely suffocate a toxic bitter coffee. Divine. A dessert beer to end all dessert beers. Tons of rich roasty bits... evolving coffee, dense chocolate, raisin, brown sugar, a bit of booze is buried way beneath all the dessert notes. Yum.

The coffee has definitely taken a bitter turn. What was once fresh and aromatic has turned bitter to compliment a ton of dark chocolate. Nice. Drinking at cellar temp, there is hardly a suggestion of alcohol. What's there is perfectly incorporated with the coffee and chocolate.

Hardly drinkable but what did you expect? It's about as easy drinking as a 12% imperial coffee stout could be (which, admittedly, isn't saying much).

A fantastic beer. What else can I say?

yamar68, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tap version of this excellent beer has started to show up in the SEPA area, which is a pleasure to see.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable coffee, vanilla, light leather and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent beer, with the vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors dominating. The is moderately sweet, but with a hint of coffee grounds and light bitterness in the finish (that helps to balance the sweetness). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, slightly gritty finish.

I think I prefer the bottled version, but regardless, this is still a delicious beer.

John_M, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Aethien
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a formidable caramel coloured head, it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

Right up front there's already a strong smell of pure chocolate and coffee goodness, definitely a very powerful smell, bittersweet, lovely roasted malts, toffee and caramel, some hints of dark fruits and just the right amount of booziness to let you know there's alcohol in there. Big and bold on the nose, absolutely delicious even before the first sip.

Again it's the bittersweet cacao and strong coffee flavours that run the show with roasted and charred malts, dark fruits and toffee playing a great supporting role. More bitter than the nose but still enough sweetness in there to keep it balanced. There's a nice touch of warming alcohol in the back as well.

The mouthfeel that accompanies it all is just perfect, super smooth and creamy, it almost feels like whipped cream or molten ice cream at times. Medium bodied and some subtle carbonation that allows you to just enjoy the flavours and the lovely creamy feeling.

In short, this is a really, really good imperial stout. Not crazy or weird or experimental or otherwise especially fancy, nothing unexpected but just executed really damn well. It paired brilliantly with some Belgian chocolates as well.

Aethien, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of WeissbrauMeister
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

WeissbrauMeister, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Pours a super dark brown/black with a light brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is smokey with chocolate, roasted malts, earth and booze. Taste is a nice mix of smoke, and chocolate with a nice warming alcohol presence. Hints of coffee. Dark chocolate at the end. Heavy mouthfeel. This is a great mix of a few different flavors that blend perfectly. Overall, a great beer worth having again.

PicoPapa, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of mjr2377
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mjr2377, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of mv945
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mv945, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of manjanai
5/5  rDev +13.9%

manjanai, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2010 vintage

Pours a viscous blackness with a froth of coffee-stained bubbly head. Retains for a while before fading out into some thick film, leaving a few patchy spots of lacing.

Amazingly, there's still a pretty heavy notion of coffee in the nose. Roasted beans with a hint of char, heavy dark malts and chocolate sweetness. Rich scents finish off with a mellow glow of alcohol.

Burly, bold flavors right up front with roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Heavy duty malt backbone with rich complexity and tempered sweetness. Caramel and bready notes with a hint of vanilla and roasted malt. The coffee beans and chocolate return again towards the finish, which delivers a soft, smooth boozy warmth.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. This bottle was around 2 years old and was holding up nicely, although I think it might be even better when it's fresh.

xnicknj, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

marine1975, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Shnanign, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -8.9%

rogerthegill, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of markasparov
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

markasparov, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of BeRanger
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

BeRanger, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 94fl.oz.bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pure black & black to the light. Creamy, brownish beige in color, lasting crown. Aromas of roasted malts –chocolate & black patent- cocoa, ripe fruit, bread crust & toffees. Creamy roasted malt with chocolate hues at first sip then an increasing bitterness arises & lingers into the finish with a kind warming sensation. Flavorful , creamy & voluptuous palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Black coffee on the aftertaste. ABV flavor perfectly hidden. Everything dances in a perfect balanced performance. Smooth & quiet. Drinkability? Well, I ,was by myself, enjoying it when I realized only three fingers were left on the bottle so…I just finished it.

GONZALOYANNA, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +13.9%

MystikCelt, Jun 06, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,759 ratings.