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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,758
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 752
Gots: 1,331 | 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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3/5  rDev -31.7%

sliponflange, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Ralphs66, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MarkyMOD, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Zaphog, Apr 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

funkel81, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 poured into a tulip
Appearance: True black color with a 1.5 inch coffee-mocha head that rolls and dances up from the bottom. Lacing sticks to the glass all night.

Nose: Molasses, sweet malt, coffee, and hints of very dark chocolate.

Taste: Coffee, burnt malts, and roasted grain like a bite of burnt toast and a dark chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and yet velvetty and flowing on the tongue, the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall: This is a truly excellent stout, especially for the price.. outstanding

2378GCGTG, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

SHCC, Apr 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

d3c, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

druptight, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I just shared a Pale Horse stout and a Lagunitas cappuccino stout. This here beer reminds me of the strong points of both of those beers blended together with the weak points bolstered and smoothed over. Big, smokey, roasted flavor up front with the bitterness of a high quality dark roast coffee. There's a bit of a milkiness in the finish that reminds me of a cappuccino.
Chocolate covered coffee beans with a blast of booze to broadcast the flavors. There's merit to the hype.

ommegangpbr, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Neffbeer, Mar 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

megamass, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, taken out of the fridge to warm some before being poured into my CBS snifter.

Speedway Stout pours solid black, with two and a half fingers of mocha foam. Head retention is superb, it positively creeps its way down the glass. At the same time, absolute sheets of lacing are left clinging to the inside of the glass. The nose screams coffee at first sip, but some rich chocolate becomes more prominent as the beer warms. A brief, yet potent swirl of milk chocolate greets my taste buds with each sip, before giving way to a big, yet smooth coffee note. A light touch of anise on the back end adds a touch of complexity that really serves to elevate the beer. The mouthfeel is absolutely luxurious. The body is full and creamy, and paired with a carbonation that just does enough to cut through the malt. All in all, it could stand to be just a touch more rich/viscous, but that's a minor quibble. Speedway Stout is a stunning, decadent imperial stout, one of my absolute favorites of the style.

axeman9182, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

augie, Mar 22, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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