AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,168 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,168
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 784
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 138
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of claaark13
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As quickly as this flies off the shelf, it has to be the most recent batch. Poured at cellar temp into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours nearly black with a thick and creamy dark tan head.

S - Lots of smooth coffee blended with cocoa. Sweet dark malts show up with some searching. Malty coffee.

T - Coffee, light roast, dark malts, then coffee again on the finish. Dry bitterness from the coffee is offset with mild sweetness. The finish is a perfect balance and is actually the highlight of this for me. Some chocolate notes are evident throughout and become very nice after a few sips. The middle flavor (or lack-there-of) is what holds this down. There isn't too much holding the great start and finish together other than dark malts.

M - On the lighter side....

O - The mouthfeel and the middle-flavor hold this down. If the start/finish weren't so good, score goes way down. If the middle were better, score goes up. If they could put this in a barrel for only about 6 months or so, I think it could pick up enough middle flavor to become a fantastic beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of KyleMA
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dasmusik
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Sam516
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of POTABLE83
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tbeckett
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle split thanks to volcanicbeat IP. Thanks man! From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of brown head. Left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Aromas of coffee and roast. Smelled so original and smooth. Espresso, mocha, caramel sweetness. Lot's of lovely aromas. Good stuff.

T - No hint of alcohol in the flavour. Coffee, roast, licorice. So great. Chocolate was present as well. Heavenly.

M - Good mild carbonation, full body, and a good bitterness.

O/D - Beautiful stout. I was in shock as to how good this was. So many great flavours. Spot on. Could have it all day.

Photo of BillHilly
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cowcakes
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with three fingers of dense light brown foam. Very nice. Retention and lacing are both amazing. An average pour really leads to a ton of of head.

S: Strong roasted malts up front with a ton of dark chocolate and some floral hops.

T: Very strong dark chocolate and burnt malts with roasted malts and a bit of coffee in the background. Fairly straightforward, but quite appealing. Boozy, but not over the top.

M: Quite thick with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is straightforward, but extremely delicious. Boozy, roasty, burnt, and dark chocolate-y.

Photo of fiedler84
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Andrew, 750ml into a snifter - thanks dude!

Pitch black and viscous, cream/brown head with great retention and legs. Pure chocolate and coffee wafts from this, absolutely delightful. Some malt sweetness, caramel, perhaps a touch of booze - quite rich. Bitter and lightly sour coffee flavours on the palate, toasty and roasty malts, chocolate with again a little bit of booze - not even close to the alcohol content suggested. Rich, dense and viscous mouthfeel yet smooth and creamy. Medium-low carbonation. Fantastically drinkable, wish I could've consumed the whole bottle alone...

Photo of Vevoda478
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of yamar68
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Bottled sometime last year. Managed to break the edge off the top of the bottle and drop it into the beer. This will make for a fun scavenger hunt.

Pours about as black as it gets. That said, there is still an edge of slow beading that frames the beer. Big, swelling medium brown head that leaves a boat load of lacing. A beer couldn't look much bigger than this.

Massive nose. Rich dark chocolate notes barely suffocate a toxic bitter coffee. Divine. A dessert beer to end all dessert beers. Tons of rich roasty bits... evolving coffee, dense chocolate, raisin, brown sugar, a bit of booze is buried way beneath all the dessert notes. Yum.

The coffee has definitely taken a bitter turn. What was once fresh and aromatic has turned bitter to compliment a ton of dark chocolate. Nice. Drinking at cellar temp, there is hardly a suggestion of alcohol. What's there is perfectly incorporated with the coffee and chocolate.

Hardly drinkable but what did you expect? It's about as easy drinking as a 12% imperial coffee stout could be (which, admittedly, isn't saying much).

A fantastic beer. What else can I say?

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

The tap version of this excellent beer has started to show up in the SEPA area, which is a pleasure to see.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable coffee, vanilla, light leather and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent beer, with the vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors dominating. The is moderately sweet, but with a hint of coffee grounds and light bitterness in the finish (that helps to balance the sweetness). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, slightly gritty finish.

I think I prefer the bottled version, but regardless, this is still a delicious beer.

Photo of Aethien
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a formidable caramel coloured head, it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

Right up front there's already a strong smell of pure chocolate and coffee goodness, definitely a very powerful smell, bittersweet, lovely roasted malts, toffee and caramel, some hints of dark fruits and just the right amount of booziness to let you know there's alcohol in there. Big and bold on the nose, absolutely delicious even before the first sip.

Again it's the bittersweet cacao and strong coffee flavours that run the show with roasted and charred malts, dark fruits and toffee playing a great supporting role. More bitter than the nose but still enough sweetness in there to keep it balanced. There's a nice touch of warming alcohol in the back as well.

The mouthfeel that accompanies it all is just perfect, super smooth and creamy, it almost feels like whipped cream or molten ice cream at times. Medium bodied and some subtle carbonation that allows you to just enjoy the flavours and the lovely creamy feeling.

In short, this is a really, really good imperial stout. Not crazy or weird or experimental or otherwise especially fancy, nothing unexpected but just executed really damn well. It paired brilliantly with some Belgian chocolates as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Pours a super dark brown/black with a light brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is smokey with chocolate, roasted malts, earth and booze. Taste is a nice mix of smoke, and chocolate with a nice warming alcohol presence. Hints of coffee. Dark chocolate at the end. Heavy mouthfeel. This is a great mix of a few different flavors that blend perfectly. Overall, a great beer worth having again.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,168 ratings.