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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,352
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,545 | FT: 142
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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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of lnashsig
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I've had a really shitty day (my ceiling fell in because of a water leak) and my Astros have been sucking hardcore. So, I really need a BIG beer to pop the universe out of this slump. So, here is #BOTG 50! Alesmith Speedway Stout!

Poured from 750ml bottle (presumably 2011?) into my CBS snifter. Pours a wicked black oil like thickness and color, a dark tan/brown bubbly foam gurgles off the top of the head. This looks like a mean bastard of an Imp Stout. Smell- dark chocolate, dark fruit (reminds me in some ways of Black Metal with the yeast?) Booze definitely present. What I can't get out of this is the presence of coffee. Really nice aroma. Taste- whoa. Sweet dark chocolate bitterness blasts the back of my mouth. The roast coffee is the lighter note, its there on the end as well, and just melds perfectly with the aggressive bitter chocolate notes. Warming alcohol warms my chest- this is pretty assertive, a quality I like in my big stouts. The carbonation is appropriate here too. Overall, I'm real pleased with this one, will be sipping it and rooting on my Astros tonight!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super dark brown. Almost black, but no, it's the darkest of browns. Head is minimal and what does linger does so as a tiny dark khaki collar. Some carbonation is present. Pours nice and viscous without looking syrupy.

Smell: Leather, dark fruits, baker's chocolate, bitter cocoa, and day old coffee. All the right aromas are there. Deeply roasted, burnt, and a touch of char. Scrape the bottom of the burnt malt barrel. Big coffee notes with a syrupy booziness rounding out the back. Chocolate covered espresso beans.

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Taste: Super burnt. Over extracted coffee and the harsh bite of fresh espresso. Loads of bitter chocolate. Roasted malts are crazy huge and push well in to charred territory. Lingering hints of fresh pipe tobacco and licorice. Some minor hints of milk chocolate layered throughout. As it warms some rich fresh-brewed coffee notes pull through, but it reminds me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that pushes toward full but never makes it. Carbonation is minimal, but comes through just enough to break up the body. Mildly creamy and super smooth.

Overall: Solid. Loads of flavor and it's all in the right place. Loses a little overall as the malts are a bit heavy on the burnt char lacks any balancing sweetness. Solid and worth finding, drinking, and cellaring.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/31/12: Twas the night before ACBF 2012...

Appearance: Borderline jet black - very dark brown, even around the edges - starts off with a creamy, tan head, leaves a sheet of spotty lacing

Smell: Moderately intense, with a lot going on - dark, rich espresso, and tons of chocolate - Like, dark chocolate cookie dough splashed with coffee - dark chocolate, along with some cocoa - roasted and burnt malts - some dark fruits

Taste: Rich and robust - despite the fact that coffee is added to this, the coffee flavor isn't remarkably pronounced - there is definitely a lot of dark, roasted coffee, but the other flavors are so powerful that it doesn't take center stage - heavily roasted, rich, and slightly burnt malts - chewy - tons of chocolate - dark chocolate, with some hints of milk chocolate (still bitter) - moderately bitter overall - some dark fruit, dark caramel, and molasses -did I mention complex?

Mouthfeel: Heavy, silky smooth, nicely carbonated, nearly a perfect sipper (the alcohol could mellow a bit)

Overall: Masterful

This is such an interesting beer. Intensely flavorful, but not intense. There's a lot going on, and it works very well. I will be buying this whenever I can. This bottle was fresh. I bet it's even better aged.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml poured into a duvel glass.

A: pours pitch black with a two finger mocha head after an aggressive pour... Dissapates nicley and leavs a ton of sticky lacing. This is a beatiful looking beer.

S: chocolate and roasty coffee notes... A slight note of sweet dark malt backbone.... Really no detectable alcohol for such a high abv beer.... Even as it warms....

T: man I love this beer, loads of chocolate and coffee over a lightly sweet backbone. Incredible well balanced with just enough bitterness to keep it all together. Reminds me of chocolate mocha pudding.... Sooo good. Really don't get much alcohol.

M: viscous and creamy full mouthfeel with a slightly dry roasty chocolate finish.... Very drinkable for the heft. Low carbomation that works perfect here.

O: one of my favorite imperial stouts without question... So well balanced and utterly delicious.... One of the best... I rally don know what else to say....

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Had this on-tap at The Neighborhood in San Diego and was served in a tulip.
Jet black color with no light penetration whatsoever. Thin film for a head which was dark mocha colored. Visually this is a very appealing stout.
Aroma is predominantly of coffee; lots of espresso and roasted coffee. Hints of licorice, molasses, chocolate malt come through.
Taste likewise is predominantly of coffee with hints of sweetness upfront and some licorice and ends with hints of bitterness.
This is a BIG stout with lots of flavor and a lot going it's way.
Very impressed by this imperial stout and was lucky to get it at a decent price on-tap.
Very highly recommended and if you like imperial stouts this is a 'must-try'.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DaBears1985
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dark black licorice in color. pours with little brown head. seems to leave little to none lacing residue, good taste, hint of coffee at end, good damn beer if you're into stouts..not as tangy as i would like with a stout, however i prefer more of a tang in the mid-taste range myself. overall smooth drinking stout with lots of flavor. a little pricey at $12 a pint, however you're getting what u pay for

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick looking solid black. A healthy looking dark brown head develops and reaches about a finger and half to two fingers before settling in as a thin tan cap. There is some nice lacing left on the glass. It's wispy and doesn't really cling to the glass but it covers pretty well.

The nose is very roasty, even a bit of char. A nice coffee aroma comes through, especially as the beer warms. When the beer is chilled a bit there is a bit of some dark chocolate that comes through. As it warms it the coffee and roasted notes seem to take over and they make the beer seem really big, which is something I usually get from taste and mouthfeel, rather than the nose.

The taste follows closely with the nose. When chilled it's very roasty with a ton of coffee and hints of some dark chocolate. The roastiness come across at the beginning and, like the nose, it's almost a burnt or charred character. A slight sweetness and a chocolate note seem to level it out before a huge coffee presence and a good bitterness take over the finish. Really nice.

This is a pretty big stout. There is very little carbonation and it works really well here. There is some nice bitterness with each sip but nothing that lingers.

This is an excellent beer. It's the rare stout that seems to be better a bit chilled. Normally a chilled stout that has a pronounced coffee note defeats the purpose but the roasty qualities are more dominant than the coffee. When the beer is chilled it mutes the roast a bit and allows the coffee to show through.

Photo of JDizzle
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Held on to this in the cellar for 4 months. The coffee probably faded but....WTF. Poured from a 750ml bomber bought from Jungle Jims in Cincy.

Pours jet black/slight brown with a nice thick brown head. Really good presentation.

Smells delicious!!! I am blown away by how good this one smells. Far exceeded my expectations.
Big chocolate and espresso with nice roasted malts. Didn't really smell alcohol?

Flavors of Dark chocolate and coffee bitters hit you right away. This is one tasty SOB! Alcohol is there, but doesn't seem like 12%. Great roasted malt and a tad of vanilla can be detected. I would love to try the BA version of this!

Very thick beer, huge body, oily, with a nice aftertaste. Carbs are spot on.

One of my favorite RIS's so far. Well done Ale Smith. Now please distribute in Indiana!

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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

Growler purchased at the fridge 5/20/12, opened 1 hour later. Notes take then.

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter

Pours a very nice creamy, frothy ¼’, dark tan head, with brief length, and good lace.

The aroma has a very, very light hop character which is followed by very distinct, rich malt, with medium chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Vinous and yeast smells, with black bread.
A very enjoyable malt dominated nose.

Medium crisp, vinous, and rich entry on the palate of very, very light hops, followed by very distinct, deep, exceptionally rich malt, refined, caramel, chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Rich mouth presence with bitter chocolate. Black ale yeast and dark bread.
Very full bodied, creamy, and viscous, with a fine balanced carbonation and an off dry sweetness.
Smooth rich drink, dry and bitter.

Medium long acceptable finish, with no hop presence, but a rich malt presence dominates. Surprisingly dry finish.

A very good ale, with good complexity and nice dryness. Flavorful malt, smooth.

This Sixtal had been disconnected and reconnected, so may have lost something? I don’t know.
A very, very good ale but not exceptional.
Recommend a test drive non the less.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,352 ratings.