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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 770
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 131
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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

stuttg4rt, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

CEDAMA, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

areich6, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 22oz bottle imported from Escondido, CA.

A - Motor oil black, with 1 finger of head and sticy lace all over the glass

S - Sweeet. Chocolate notes, and coffee hit the nose

T - Smooth and sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. So well balanced. d

M - Rich and creamy, full bodied, well carbonated

O - This Stout is so smooth, well balanced, and ABV completely hidden. This is an Imperial Stout at its best

BeerDawgs, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into my abnormally large CBS snifter

Pours a used motor oil color with a creamy two+ finger dark khaki cap. Some dots and lines of lace strewn about. The head falls to form a thin layer of foam.

Bitter roast coffee, licorice, molasses and some dark fruits. A touch of ethanol, but not as much as you would expect from a 12% beast.

Full of roasted malt, bitter, astringent coffee, fudgy chocolate, and some ethanol in the finish. This is a big, bold stout. The coffee dominates as advertised. All of the flavors blend together so well.

Full body, low carbonation. Rich, lush, velvety feel. The lingering roast/coffee is never overpowering and although the 12% is barely noticeable, it can catch up with you in a hurry.

This is a damn fine AIS. Clean through the middle, with boatloads of coffee and fudge. Full, rich flavors. This is a winner on all fronts.

ColForbinBC, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

lsfrontman, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

GripitandSipit, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

John11486, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a tulip- pours a thick black color with a very dark mocha colored one-finger-plus head that recedes moderately into clusters of large bubbles. leaves a few spots of lacing. Beautiful.

Smells almost exactly like cream liquor- definitely very creamy, coffee, and some alcohol. Very inviting.

Robust coffee flavors- very dark, and pretty sweet but a little bitter from the coffee. Of course a little alcohol pokes through considering the 12% abv but it is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable considering the style- it is very thick but not too syrupy. It is very full bodied and has a tiny bit of carbonation at the onset at at the end. If you like bold beers, seek Speedway out.

Hopdaemon39, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

MickeyHops, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

nathanjohnson, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ConorThomas, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

aliving1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Amanda for lugging these beers back from LA!

Jet black body, frothy mocha foam in the glass that slides down slowly around the edges. Some sticky lace is left behind, though there's not much head retention save for a swirl of skim on the surface.

Roasty black malt, bitter unsweetened chocolate, mild coffee aromas. A healthy amount of char that lends a toastiness in the taste, intertwining seamlessly with dark chocolate and mellow coffee notes. Body is creamy and silky smooth. 12% abv is nowhere to be seen. Top class Imperial Stout, all the best characteristics of the style rolled in together.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

dlello2, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

DaveONan, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of wifehatesthebike
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite dark with a light brown fairly frothy head.

Smells include soy sauce, bakers chocolate and roasted notes.

Initial taste is carbonated and sharp, quickly followed by alcohol in the middle, then to chocolate and roast. Finish is long with alcohol, coffee, chocolate and then hops again at the end. Many flavors coming and going. Not quite as much coffee as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel is thin and first sip, but then smooths out on the palate.

This is a big stout with a lot going on at once. I think the hops maybe be a bit strong still, this bottle was likely bottled less than a year ago. Will give my other bottle another year to see if the hops fade further.

wifehatesthebike, Feb 18, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bottle dated December 2011 poured into a boulevard tulip. Awesome thick and oily pour of opaque black with a massive mountain of dense, rich looking mocha colored cream.

S- Big whiff of semi sweet chocolate and smooth, medium roast, premium coffee. Quickly gets overridden by a soft boquet of floral hops. Faintest hint of alcohol when it warms up.

T/M- Roasted malts mingle upfront imparting flavors of milk chocolate, toasted graham crackers and cocoa nibs. Earthy, floral and slightly herbal hops take over. prickly carbonation and maybe some alcohol lift the hefty body over the tongue. An oatmeal like smoothness and spring water freshness mixes with a touch of ripe apple into the clean finish. Chewy full body leaves a sticky sweetness lingering.

O- quite possibly the smoothest big beer I've ever had. The resemblance to sam smith oatmeal stout is striking- and that's not at all a bad thing. SS on steroids. 12%...where? How? Such a smooth, subtle and nuanced brew that you could never know there's even a scintilla of alcohol, much less 12%.

sentomaster, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

LaChupacabra, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

csustar001, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

bullywee, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of beesy
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small Founders snifter.

A - pours a deep brownish black (not inky black) with two finger medium brown head. Slight waterfalling. Head halves in size quickly, but had good staying power. Looks thin.

S - lots of alcohol - straight whafting a bottle of isopropyl, which is surprising. Roast and chocolate also come through.

T - very nice - noticeable alcohol but not as strong as in the nose (hopefully the bottle I've had in the cellar for the past two years has mellowed). Tons of chocolate from start that changes to dark chocolate on the late palate. A very pronounced roast on the back end paired with a firm hop bitterness.

M - medium bodied. Barely enough to hold all the flavor. I think if they used a less attenuation yeast, it might add some mouthfeel and reduce the hot alocohol present.

D - actually fairly drinkable when cooler, but not so much as it warms. The roast paired with the hot alcohols reduce drinkability as it warms.

Overall - an excellent stout that I am glad I can pick up off the shelf anytime I want in Ohio seeing how so many people seekl this one out. Curious to see how it ages-will add tasting notes to an aged bottle once it's broke open. Beat up on it a little for the hot alcohol aromas.

beesy, Feb 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date and I traded for it recently, so I assume its a 2011 vintage.

A: 1/4" brown head over black as tar liquid.

S: Yeast, coffee and toasted malt.

T: Very complex. Yeast, coffee and toasted malt predominate the taste profile and come through in waves of flavours. Chocolate appears slightly in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: A bitter toasted coffee flavoured treat.

DaftCaskBC, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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