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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: 1,484 | 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:
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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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top notch Imperial stout to be sure. Had on tap at the brewery but glad to see this is all over NYC now as well. Opaque, black, with a brown head that settles fairly quickly, leaving strong lacing up and down the glass. Aroma is full of freshly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and deep dark malt.

Super tasty. All the coffee, chocolate, and malt from the nose are there in the taste in spades. Big, delicious flavor hits all the right notes for the style to be sure. Slight booziness but overall pretty well hidden underneath everything else. Coffee is dominant, moderate sweetness adds to the overall tastiness. A hint of fruitiness as well.

Full bodied stopping just short of thick and chewy. Creamy, sticky, with low-medium carbonation giving it just enough life without getting fizzy or prickly. A bit dry in the finish. I’d actually prefer a little fuller body but I’m nitpicking here. Powerful sipping stout.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-23-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Appearance is jet black and opaque. The thin, tan head only lasts a little while, but with this much ABV I'm not surprised. A little lacing clings to the glass.

Aromas are a big wow moment! Rich notes of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, vanilla and roasted malts.

Flavors carry over from the nose, with bold taste of chocolate malts, coffee, caramel and strong alcohol. I get some bittersweet chocolate - slightly sweet and a little bitter as well.

Feel is smooth, think and full-bodied. Carbonation is on the low side. Nice warming effects.

Overall this is an incredible beer. At 12%, its a slow sipper you can sit back and slowly savor.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

A- this pours a jet black with a big rocky dark brown head and sticky lace that sheets the glass.

S- at first it is a very rich milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla, then the darker roasty notes come in, sweet but roasty seems to be the theme. Not much coffee.

T- I found the coffee! Lots of of dark roasted coffee is the big note here, mostly present at the end of the palate. Chocolate and a faint coconut come through also.

O- this is an incredibly well made beer that still features a strong coffee character as I'm having this in January.

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

Alesmith Speedway Stout is a delicious coffee stout that really packs a lot of coffee flavour in. Delicious.

A. Black colour and a big 3 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S. Coffee aroma. I can smell that coffee bitterness already. 4

T. Malty with coffee and strong coffee bitterness. Tastes like a yum cup of coffee. Didn't notice the alcohol. Delicious. 4.5

M. Foamy. 4

O. 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A syrupy pitch black obsidian brew with a big frothy brown head. Great head retention and good legs too. An indication of things to come with this one?

S - Notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate cake batter. Some fusel alchohol too. Fragrant but a bit muted.

T - Flavorful but nothing is overpowering. Everything is in balance and there is a roundness, a smoothness to it all. The coffee notes certainly do come through but they blend well with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of licorice. The vanilla balances the coffees biterness perfectly. Slightly roasty but not astringent. Some warming booziness.

M - Body is slightly less than full. Fairly low carbonation level keeps things smooth. Very nice.

O - It's not bold, but it's not intended to be. A smooth, balanced, flavorful brew. Superb.

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