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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,267
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 789
Gots: 1,482 | 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:
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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Photo of jlieber17
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1-2 finger khaki colored head. Sticks around for a few minutes before retreating to a thin covering. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light barely gets through on the edges.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts A lot more chocolate than I expected. Can get some of the alcohol. Certainly some hop too.

T: The coffee comes through a lot more in the taste. Still with chocolate and roasted malt but also decent hopping in the background. Real great roastiness and coffee blend that lingers after you take a sip. Booze comes out more as it warms up.

M: Creamy and velvety smooth. Not too thick of a body, but by no means thinned out. On the low end of carbonation. Real drinkable, especially considering the ABV.

Overall very impressive. Steps up to the plate with an authentic straight to the point imperial stout that has some pleasant coffee added.

Photo of 604growler
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of schneid
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with thick, tan, creamy head with good retention and lacing. Super tasty looking.

Big roasty chocolate and coffee malts. Just begs to be sipped.

Follows the nose with rich, deep roasted chocolate and coffee. Surprised at how well the alcohol is masked given the ABV - almost not detectable. Bitterness is just right too, Seems like it's going to be intense at first, but never quite goes there, then doesn't leave you with much of an aftertaste. Just a slight hop presence backing it up. Such an amazingly (and dangerously) drinkable beer.

Thick, but not too thick or sticky. Moderate carbonation. Another winner in this dept too.

Loved this one - this is the epitome of what I love about big, bold stouts. Right up there near the top of my list, behind only a couple. Definitely want to seek out and try the various barrel aged versions too, but I can't imagine much of an improvement over the original here.

Photo of uziangis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of baybum
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Fahz
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cleonile2000
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of NEhophead
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a chalice.

Pours a syrupy maple-onyx in color beneath a somewhat short-lived, dark coffee colored head. A bit of thin and dimpled lacing, but nothing too impressive.

Dark chocolate, light mocha, and fresh roasted coffee aromas. Notes of slick bourbon that cut the rich roasted qualities; sharp acidic alcohol.

Chewy, roasted dark chocolate that is made even rougher/bitter by the aggressive, freshly brewed espresso flavor. The alcohol character isn't over-the-top, but its whiskey-like quality is noticeable throughout within each flavor aspect. Slightly acidic leading up to a rustic, floral bitterness. Notes of whiskey, aged vinous fruit, and espresso fill the aftertaste.

Full bodied is almost an understatement. Smooth at times, but mostly slick on account of the ever-present alcohol character.

A pretty complex Imperial Stout; however, the whiskey component detracts from what I assume was the brewer's original intent, to highlight the coffee component. Ballsy flavors, but this could definitely benefit from a few years of rest.

Photo of profondo
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Lordkrystic
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of MattMew
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Unchi
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of carlitos92
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with 3 fingers of creamy tan head that rises fro the depths, lasts a good while, and leaves some great lace.

Smell. Dark malts with molasses and burnt sugar. Some licorice, bitter chocolate, coffee and booze. Slighty metalic smelling.

Taste. Dark roasted malts an dark bitter coffee, molten semi-sweet chocolate and just a bit of black licorice. Lightly acidic, like a cup of dark black coffee. Light booze is there.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth below-medium carbonation. Just a little booze warmth.

Overall. A very nice coffee stout. A bit on the dry side with some nice smooth roasty and bitter dark chocolte flavours.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tarheels86
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL 2008 ed. into snifter. Pours an opaque black with a small, dark tan head that disappears after awhile. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sour black cherries, chocolate covered strawberries, and fresh granny smith apples. Taste is sour with black cherries, strawberry tart, semisweet chocolate. Very oily, velvety mouthfeel that is coating on the palate. Reminds me of an imperial Bell’s Cherry Stout. Could actually be an RIS and Sour Ale combined. 12% is barely noticeable. As this drink warms, I start to get some espresso and vanilla ice cream as well as heavy whipping cream. Maybe this needs to be aged more but the overall impression I had was that this was very sour. 7/4/8/5/15=3.9

Tap at Hamilton’s SD. Pours near jet black with a fluffy, super rocky grayish head that has excellent retention and big, sheety lace. Aroma and taste are 100% coffee. Not much complexity. Thin to creamy mouthfeel. Pretty yummy but overall like iced coffee.

750mL 2009 ed. Pours near jet black with a towering deep brown to almost red mocha red with excellent retention and very good sheety lace. Excellent fresh, green coffee, tropical notes, bitter dark chocolate in the aroma. Taste is extremely bitter cacao and dark chocolate. Very hoppy but not distracting from the coffee. No residual sugars, no cloying sweetness. The 12% is perfectly hidden. Very good. 8/5/8/4/15=4.0

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 Ml poured into a Duvel Tulip
The age of mine is questionable

A- Pours Pitch black as they come. A large 3 finger of a khaki/brown head with good retention. Definetely alcohol legs. What a stout should look like.

S- A slight bitterness along with the roasted malts. A heap of bitter dark chocolate. A slight coffee and caramel. Just a beast of a smelling beer.

T- There is a bitter pop at first, followed but a tartness. The roasted malts sweep over, almost smokey. There is a lot of bitter dark chocolate in this beer, to the point of being tongue tingling. There is a slight coffee/espresso flavor in the beer but it isn't quite as bold as I was expecting. The roastyness and the chocolate really dry this beer out.

M- This is a massive beer, very viscous and hardy. Having said that there is no alcohol taste which is impressive but the feel is very much there. It is syrupy, dry and sticky. I think the bitterness is a bit high for a stout.

O- This is an awesome stout that lives up to its reputation. It is a very well hopped stout if thats your thing. I would kill to try the barrel aged versions.

Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of kendellmarie
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,267 ratings.