AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 784
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 138
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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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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Speedway Stout–one of the true "white whales" among American Imperial Stouts. My girlfriend bought this as a special bottle for us to share while in Provincetown for the weekend. It's always a special occasion when there's Speedway Stout to be drunk. Enjoyed in my Dogfish Head snifter. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Speedway Stout is pitch black, completely opaque, and is topped by a very nice looking one finger, tan/milk chocolate head of foam. Somewhat unusual for the style, lots of sticky tan lacing is left on the sides of the glasses as you drink.

Smell (4.5/5): Notes of chocolate, espresso beans and fresh-brewed coffee, butterscotch, caramel, and a touch of alcohol blend to make this a very strong, pungent brew. Despite not featuring the most unique nose ever, it's extremely satisfying–really, downright mouth-watering.

Taste (5/5): Speedway Stout flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee notes that are enhanced by a slight–though noticeable–booziness. It's much more complex than that, though: it also features woody notes (perhaps from the aging process?), a subtle smokiness, and a touch of fresh, herbal hops. Not overly sweet or roasty, but decadent nonetheless. This is just pure stout greatness: everything is where it should be and beautifully executed.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Medium carbonation, smooth, and not abrasive despite the high ABV (12%). This is quite an accomplishment and the brewers need to be commended. Dangerously drinkable. Very pleasing, never challenging.

Overall (4.5/5): Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite stouts. Speedway is just about as big and bold as coffee-infused stouts come. My favorite thing about it is that there is far more complexity to it than you find in your average Imperial Stout. If you're a fan of stout and you run across this rare beast, buy it!

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4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can be a difficult beer to find. Fortunately, I found it and I was looking forward to drinking it.

Served in an oversized wine glass at a relatively warm serving temp- about 55F. The color is very dark coffee- almost black. There are bubbles in the bottom of the beer, and the head seems to have some carbonation.

The aroma is strong cherry and coffee. I expected more coffee, but the predominant smell was cherry- and fruit in general.

The beer was a bit carbonated, almost unpleasantly so.

The finish was very alcoholic as expected. The coffee taste seems dwarfed by the alcoholic presence. Regardless, the finish is richly alcoholic with coffee overtones.

This is a sipper. Take your time on this beer. It's a contemplation beer- probably more suitable for the winter, but I wanted to try it, so I opened the bottle at the end of summer.

Overall, quite good- perhaps excellent. It's overwhelming. Worth experiencing.

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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Inky black, impenetrable by light with a wispy dark tan head. Glad I chose the etched bottom NB goblet, as it keeps the drink bubbly. Very chocolaty, very roasty up front, coffee is strong as well. Some heavy caramel, but not a hint of alcohol. Even some vanilla comes out with a swirl as it warms up. Strong dark chocolate and coffee flavors start things out. Light up front, fading slowly to bitter, like 80% cacao chocolate. I get some nuttiness and caramel in there as well. Usually caramel is thick and in the way, but this is just an accent. This is surprisingly light on the palate. I would normally attribute this to the ABV level, but I've had beers with this much alcohol in them and still be heavy. Dry aftertaste to be expected with all the attributes I've mentioned above.

This is one awesome beer. It's a sipper for a cold night, when you've let it warm up a bit. Complex and rewarding, this makes me wonder what the barrel aged version tastes like...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Begins to fade quickly, leaving some lacing on the sides.

Smell contains a lot of coffee, and what seems to be chilli powder and/or cinnamon. Dark chocolate, roasted malt.

Taste contains coffee, chocolate (both dark and milk), roasted malt. I still get a hint of chilli powder. Mildly bitter, particularly in the finish. Very smooth and full flavour. Really nice.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, velvety smooth. Feels very good.

Overall, excellent. A really good stout that totally lives up to its reputation.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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