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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,419
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 145
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:
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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Ratings: 5,419 | Reviews: 1,471
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour at the 2nd Street Brew House in Philly.

Alesmith Speedway Stout pours in the glass a pretty thick coat of dark black with just a touch of dark brow foam up top that leaves some gunk. Some swirls bring out some more life, a lot of activity for a 12% stout. Smell is all about the roasted malt with roasted coffee mixed in. It's bold and smells like the pure Columbian kind. Some faint chocolate and earthy hops, but this is all about the COFFEE. Taste is extremely roasty and some bitterness comes with the coffee. The main ingredient delivers. Small traces of vanilla and a small hop bite at the end. This must be a fresh keg. Pretty creamy and a nice full feel, carb is light, just like the bottles that I have had, but it works for this type of beer. Not a lot of alcohol or heat as well. I drank this quicker than most huge stouts which speaks for it's ease of drink. Not the most impressive stout in terms of balance, but one of the more impressive ones that's main ingredient is coffee.

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

So I drank this on tap at Al’s of Hampen right after KBS and Habanero Sculpin. I didn’t need this beer but I just had to try is since it was available. I am glad I did. This beer absolutely lives up to its rating on BA. It was so tasty that I bought 4 bombers for my cellar. It certainly isn’t as good as KBS but I think it is a well-blended stout. I get lots of roasted malts and coffee. It is smooth and yet bitter… I thought this would be a let down after the KBS but it wasn’t at all. Its masks the booze well but there is a hint of the booze in the finish as it warms. I plan on cellaring the 4 bottles that I bought and breaking them out over the next few years. I will report back with my findings.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Served in a snifter

A - I'll just call this one black. There is no light getting through. A rather aggressive pour yielded very little mocha head.

S - I'm getting anise and molasses. I get a little coffee. This is a cellared bottle.

T - The taste is similar to the aroma. Anise seems to be the theme here. Although I get plenty of roasted malt flavors. The coffee has seemed to have faded.

M - Viscous as tar.

O - I'm thinking I should have had this beer fresh and not messed with aging it.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thick and frothy dark mocha head that retains very well, pitch black color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, roasted and toasty malts, bit of caramel, touch of bitterness (not sure if from coffee, hops, or both)

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, warming, okay carbonation, pleasant aftertaste

O: Very good Imperial Stout, was happy to find this on vacation to drink one and bring one home

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 poured into a tulip
Appearance: True black color with a 1.5 inch coffee-mocha head that rolls and dances up from the bottom. Lacing sticks to the glass all night.

Nose: Molasses, sweet malt, coffee, and hints of very dark chocolate.

Taste: Coffee, burnt malts, and roasted grain like a bite of burnt toast and a dark chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and yet velvetty and flowing on the tongue, the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall: This is a truly excellent stout, especially for the price.. outstanding

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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