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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,349
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 799
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 142
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with silver foil into snifter; no bottle date, but I picked this up last fall. Pours viscous pitch black color with a nice thick and creamy 1 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, molasses, biscuit, herbal spiciness, smoke, and earthiness. Amazing aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of huge dark roasted chocolate, coffee, black roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, smoke, earthiness, vanilla, and herbal spice. Very light amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and biscuit on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible considering the 12%, with only a faint warming well after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing imperial stout brewed with coffee. Big and lush flavors; with great balance and no booziness at all considering the alcohol level.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of xdopiex
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into a tulip

a: 2.5 finger dark mocha head, decent retention leaving a seemingly permanent thick lace as it recedes. beer is an opaque black

s: strong alcohol presence, with coffee and burnt undertones.

t: decently strong alcohol presence with a think malty body and smooth mouthfeel. non-existent carbonation with a slightly sweet front end. the alcohol coats the mouth and makes itself known, with a faint cameo of roasted malt and coffee as the beer leaves.

o: solid stout. whereas the others i've tried are usually thin in body and light on the mouthfeel, this one sticks to your gums but lets go in due time. alcohol presence is a bit strong for my taste and would rather the coffee undertones be more prominent.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

750 ml bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with some dark brown tinges at the edges. Topped with an inch of mocha brown head.

S- Sweet melted chocolate chips, bitter coffee, some vanilla, the aroma is powerful and chocolatey, it smells great.

T- Coffee and chocolate flavors are massive, lots of espresso and roasted coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate and sweet chocolate chips. Some vanilla and mild dark fruit sweetness. Some alcohol warmth in the finish but nothing remotely harsh, for 12% ABV it's pretty easy-drinking.

M- Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low with a thick, chewy feel.

O- What a beer! This has got to be one of my all-time favorite coffee forward beers, it's delicious and easy to drink, if this were easier for me to get I would drink it all the time.

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 22oz bottle imported from Escondido, CA.

A - Motor oil black, with 1 finger of head and sticy lace all over the glass

S - Sweeet. Chocolate notes, and coffee hit the nose

T - Smooth and sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. So well balanced. d

M - Rich and creamy, full bodied, well carbonated

O - This Stout is so smooth, well balanced, and ABV completely hidden. This is an Imperial Stout at its best

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

750mL bottle poured into my abnormally large CBS snifter

Pours a used motor oil color with a creamy two+ finger dark khaki cap. Some dots and lines of lace strewn about. The head falls to form a thin layer of foam.

Bitter roast coffee, licorice, molasses and some dark fruits. A touch of ethanol, but not as much as you would expect from a 12% beast.

Full of roasted malt, bitter, astringent coffee, fudgy chocolate, and some ethanol in the finish. This is a big, bold stout. The coffee dominates as advertised. All of the flavors blend together so well.

Full body, low carbonation. Rich, lush, velvety feel. The lingering roast/coffee is never overpowering and although the 12% is barely noticeable, it can catch up with you in a hurry.

This is a damn fine AIS. Clean through the middle, with boatloads of coffee and fudge. Full, rich flavors. This is a winner on all fronts.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into a tulip- pours a thick black color with a very dark mocha colored one-finger-plus head that recedes moderately into clusters of large bubbles. leaves a few spots of lacing. Beautiful.

Smells almost exactly like cream liquor- definitely very creamy, coffee, and some alcohol. Very inviting.

Robust coffee flavors- very dark, and pretty sweet but a little bitter from the coffee. Of course a little alcohol pokes through considering the 12% abv but it is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable considering the style- it is very thick but not too syrupy. It is very full bodied and has a tiny bit of carbonation at the onset at at the end. If you like bold beers, seek Speedway out.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Amanda for lugging these beers back from LA!

Jet black body, frothy mocha foam in the glass that slides down slowly around the edges. Some sticky lace is left behind, though there's not much head retention save for a swirl of skim on the surface.

Roasty black malt, bitter unsweetened chocolate, mild coffee aromas. A healthy amount of char that lends a toastiness in the taste, intertwining seamlessly with dark chocolate and mellow coffee notes. Body is creamy and silky smooth. 12% abv is nowhere to be seen. Top class Imperial Stout, all the best characteristics of the style rolled in together.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,349 ratings.