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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,163
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 786
Gots: 1,433 | FT: 139
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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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter glass on Christmas Day. Speedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! Pours jet black, with a toast-brown head with beautiful lacing that lasts throughout. Aromatics of coffee, roasty chocolate, hints of cococa nibs, and caramels. The flavor begins with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying. Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. What an excellent huge beer!

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a sticky mocha head.

Smells like a chocolate covered coffee bean.

Strong coffee and milk chocolate flavors. Lingering chocolate and freshly ground coffee finish. Coffee is on the bitter side which is probably why its hard to detect the 12% ABV. Dangerously drinkable.

Thick body and moderately carbed.

This is a great stout that is always on shelves around here. But there are too many comparable local options at half the price for me to justify paying $20 per bottle for this one. I prefer this one fresh.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor served in a pony glass.

Pours jet black with a tan head of foam. Not a lot of lacing, but goid head retention as it sat at about half a centimetre for an eternity.

Smell is mostly of coffee, still strong after around a year of ageing. Also roasted malt and dark chocolate there later to provide good balance.

Taste is a good mix of roast coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate, all brilliantly working together. Just a little bit of heat detracts.

Mouthfeel is soft and velvety early and hops and coffee adds late bitterness. Just a little heat in the middle is the only sign of booze in this big beer.

A very impressive, drinkable, big Imperial Stout. Justified the hype and held up well.

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4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged and sent to me via a friend and I would to thank Odeed ahead of time for allowing me to give this a try.
The pour was very dark and absent of any head so I gave it a agressive pour into my tulip glass. Only ended up with a very slight coating head about 1/2 way across the top. That is to be expected with the 12% ABV.
Aroma wasa nice blend of chocolate, carmel, coffee, malts, and a sweetness of hazelnut.
Fantastic mouth feel and all the notes I was picking up transferred into taste. A extremely smooth and easy beer to drink and the flavor lingers in the mouth.
As it warms more flavor comes out and makes this excellent beer even better.
I fell honored to be able to enjoy such a beer.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 5,163 ratings.