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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,689
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 748
Gots: 1,317 | 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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Photo of TheDudeRules


4/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured into Darkness tulip.

Thick two finger two tone head sits atop a neat black pour. Dark and light mocha. Fades quickly to some heavy duty lacing.

Coffee and roast. Upon first whiff I had a hint of black licorice. Malt for sure. Nothing is overpowering.

Medium thickness and creamy. Nice well rounded coffee flavor. Dark chocolate nestled up in there. I was expecting a drier finish but thankfully it never came.

Pleasant beer. I was far happier with this, this time around.

12-21-2011 03:35:28 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle I purchased around a year ago. Let's see how it's held up.

Pours midnight black with no escaping light, little-to-zero head. I tried to arouse some via a quaff with no success; small soapy cap with light spotty lacing. I question the quality of this immediately because this is really still for a non-barrel aged beer.

Aromas begin with very rich and full of roasted malts and baker's cocoa. As it warms the strong ground coffee notes intensify and become dominant. Really smells like a nice freshly brewed cup of black iced coffee.

The tastes begin with dark roasted maltiness coupled with full flavors of dark chocolate. Lightly bitter coffee mixed with black strap molasses and even more robust coffee. Flavors never reach dark espresso levels of darker coffee which I really enjoy. A flickering of sweet dark caramel in amongst the heavier flavors. Not a drop of alcohol is detectable which is stupid considering this is 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with way lower than I expected carbonation, which I usually dislike, but works with the overall big body and coffee flavor profile. Finish is fairly dry and roasty thanks to the coffee additions, but still definitely full and slick on the palate and lingers thanks to the massive flavor profile. Once again I question the quality of this particular bottle because this is really still for a non-barrel aged beer, luckily it doesnt detract from the taste.

Overall, this is the definition of how a coffee beer should be made. No other coffee beers rival this... period! You can really taste how the recipe for this beer was tweaked numerous times (back when it was being formulated) to create this well made beast of a stout brewed with coffee. Not a beer just blended with coffee, but a highly crafted example of amazing American craft brewing ingenuity. A must try for any fan of coffee beers or Imperial Stouts.

12-21-2011 01:36:55 | More by claspada
Photo of fernz18


4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

Ordered at Hamilton's Tavern for 2nd saturday w/ Alesmith. 2011.

A - 10 oz pour with a small dark brown head. Doesn't look as thick as I expect it.

S - Definite roasted malts, strong coffee, and a good hint of booze. Nice little hint of chocolate.

T - Everything I mentioned above is also in the taste, BUT the booze is too into your face. Heavy on the roasted malts, good hit of coffee and a small dose of chocolate.

M - Typical imperial stout thick and rich coating, but I still wish there could have been more thick oily-ness to it.

At 7 dollars a pop I could have expected a bit more, but to be fair this was probably a very young batch because I've had this before and its met all my expectations and leaving little doubt that it's one of the best California-brewed imperial stouts. Oh, and since I had the BA-version before this one just happened to pale in comparison. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone getting into the American Imperial Stout craze.

12-20-2011 09:24:37 | More by fernz18
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2011 20:41:43 | More by StonePhil
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-19-2011 18:28:08 | More by lamentforicarus
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2011 14:43:48 | More by phisigben
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

12-19-2011 14:35:55 | More by jwelsh
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2011 08:05:08 | More by CelticAleMan
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-19-2011 05:08:18 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-18-2011 07:14:51 | More by carlitosbronson1
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Thanks to FosterJM for sending me this big-time Want.

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a very inviting 1 finger mocha head. Head settles to leave a thin cap plus ring around the edge. Although the viscosity of the pour and appearance of the head hinted at creaminess..it looks to be on the oily side. Some lacing evident.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice and roasted black malt.

T: Delicious. A creamy cup of coffee but with so much more. Chocolate and vanilla is in there...the dark fruit is in there. The unfermented malt provides a slight sugary sweetness but it’s far from cloying. Finishes with lovely roasted black malt and a touch of cinnamon.

M: Very balanced. Body is above medium and the carbonation is pleasing.

O: I’m forced to compare this to my all-time favorite coffee stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, and this delivers. It’s got all the flavor of FBS but slightly less bitterness and it just feels more luxurious. Easy to drink for such a complex beer...although I’d prefer it to come in a more manageable size....especially at 12% ABV.

12-18-2011 04:58:39 | More by mjtiernan
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

12-18-2011 02:42:25 | More by beerhan
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 22:46:56 | More by Leftofthedial
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 19:17:48 | More by tclapper
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 17:33:40 | More by kevflaherty
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

12-17-2011 11:47:46 | More by skimoore
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-17-2011 00:50:17 | More by amart80
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-17-2011 00:44:19 | More by brealbg
Photo of IKR


4.4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Black (only appears very dark brown at the edges if held up to a light) with a generous mocha brown head which slowly dissipated. Nothing to change here.

Smell: The coffee is upfront , with some mild brown sugar notes, and hints of fruit.

Taste: Coffee, dark chocolate, mild brown sugar, and some slight fruit notes. The beer finishes with the coffee notes. The beer has just a faint alcohol presence but but it's very subtle for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with a generous level of carbonation for an IS. Very satisfying.

Overall: A long overdue review of one of my favorites. An Imperial stout that focuses on the coffee/roasted malt notes, but still has a good amount of complexity.

12-16-2011 23:47:57 | More by IKR
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-16-2011 23:02:42 | More by Harvey98
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-16-2011 21:13:09 | More by jkoch7
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

12-16-2011 11:03:38 | More by darkmoon66
Photo of DrewZ926

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%

A- black as night, great lacing and a finger of nice mocha head

S- dark malt, dark fruit, very roasty coffee, a hint of smoke

T- coffee beans, raisonettes, bitter chocolate

M- superb, just enough carb, very coating and creamy, not hot at all

O- while i was expecting more of an in your face coffee presence, i'd say i'm quite surprise and pleased with how well balanced this brew is. great flavors and a robust, lingering flavor. high gravity but you would never know. perfectly priced and great for the season especially.

12-16-2011 01:28:39 | More by DrewZ926
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

12-15-2011 23:47:36 | More by bmoney
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New York

5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-15-2011 21:22:19 | More by alalvarez75
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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