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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 799
Gots: 1,535 | FT: 141
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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%

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4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with hints of brown near the top where the light hits the beer and a huge foamy 2 finger light brown head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing and a foamy ring around the top of the beer. Textbook imperial stout look, right on.

Wow, a strong initial blast of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and cocoa hits hard but then settles down and becomes really enjoyable; a lot going on, including molasses, anise, medicine, dark fruit like raisin, dark chocolate, roasted grains, booze like a really sweet rum, and some light herbs. The chocolate, bourbon/booze and coffee are rich and powerful and smell excellent, making the strong ABV/booze blend in and not seem intimidating.

Tastes hits hard at first like the nose, and damn does it assault the palate in a good way. Flavors include coffee, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, anise, cocoa, medicine, dark fruits, raisin, dark chocolate like bakers chocolate, roasted grains, charcoal, light vanilla, tea leaf, floral hops, mild booze and then some more chocolate; it almost seems the coffee used described on the bottle was chocolate dipped coffee beans, which almost completely hid the alcohol and made it dangerously smooth to drink. This is still a slow sipper, but not many 12% ABV beers taste like desert and only leave a minor burn. Masterfully done, this stout dances on too sweet and one dimensional, while still allowing a massive amount of complexities and variations of chocolates and roasted malts to slide over your tongue and improve as it warms up. The hops and yeast get lost in the chocolate sweetness, but it really didn’t matter because the taste was exceptional.

Mouthfeel is so creamy and almost milky smooth, with very light carbonation, a very heavy chewy body that is so thick it could make a straw stand up, and a minor alcohol burn followed by more chocolate and roasty coffee notes that are on the dry side and slightly bitter side. The aftertaste has burnt wood or charcoal lingering, but the sweetness mellows it out for a gradual fade to dark chocolate black.

I thought that this would be overhyped, but I am so glad that it lived up to its reputation as an outstanding imperial stout. It was pricy, and I only let it age for 2 months, but it was an excellent overall beer and one that I highly recommend trying. It is worthy of the hype and its ranking among the best in this style.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a black viscous liquid, with no head except for a dark tan, almost brown colar. Completely opaque in the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, earth. There was a slight metallic aroma when first poured, but this faded as the beer warmed.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight burnt toast flavor. Sweetness at the front of the tongue yields to a coffee bitterness in the finish. Booze is noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Goes down pretty easy for 12% though.

Overall: Really good imperial coffee stout, but I don't think it quite lives up to its lofty ratings. It's worth picking up if you can find it, but I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

POured from bomber into tulip. Ive been eyeing this brew for some time now..
Pours a jet black color with big tan head. Really awesome coffee aromas, slight, but present, mixed with some boozey roasted malts. Flavor is just awesome. Lots of roasted malt and coffee, balances nice with a hint of sweetness. Super easy to drink, smooth, and perfectly boozey. Such an awesome stout!!! Cant wait to have another.

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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: PItch black. Dark brown head which was more prominent then I expected. About half finger worth of head throughout drinking. Really exceptional.

Smell: Subdued but very pleasant. A sweet maltness in the aroma.

Taste: Again the sweet malt flavors come into play. The coffee presence that was advertised was much less prominent then I would have hoped. It was barely detectable in the undertones but could be found. A very easy drinker for being such a high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Thick palette coverage makes this a memorable brew. Heavy but again such an easy drinker.

Overall: This brew had some high expectations going in. I was amped to find a few bottles of this at a local liquor store and they were certainly a treat.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.