AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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5,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 784
Gots: 1,444 | FT: 138
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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:
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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Photo of Harvey98
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DrewZ926
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- black as night, great lacing and a finger of nice mocha head

S- dark malt, dark fruit, very roasty coffee, a hint of smoke

T- coffee beans, raisonettes, bitter chocolate

M- superb, just enough carb, very coating and creamy, not hot at all

O- while i was expecting more of an in your face coffee presence, i'd say i'm quite surprise and pleased with how well balanced this brew is. great flavors and a robust, lingering flavor. high gravity but you would never know. perfectly priced and great for the season especially.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger mocha colored head, nice retention and lots of lacing. It is thin, but covers most of the glass.

S: Lots going on in the nose with some chocolate, molasses, licorice, brown sugar and a little bit of coffee – not as much as I was expected, and for me not a problem at all. Could be from age, no idea how old the bottle is. There is a little bit of dark fruit as well.

T: A good bit of roasted malt and chocolate, with coffee undertones. A little bit of nondescript dark fruit shows up. Very light smokiness and underlying vanilla and cream.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight warming in my stomach from the alcohol, but for 12%, hidden very well. Drinks very smooth.

O: Very nice beer, lived up to reputation. Again, not sure on bottle age, but the coffee really was not as strong as I expected, which is a good thing for me.

Photo of Thingus
5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of CurtisLoew
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to my California trading buddy.

Pours dark brown/black. Brown cream colored head. Great looking beer. Smell is heavy on the coffee, chocolate, bitter, very roasty. Taste is more of the same, a little sharp. This is a really great big coffee beer. Would really enjoy trying this again.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, capped and foiled. no date, but I purchased a few months ago.

pours black, with 1/4" dark tan head. some lacing left by the thin collar that stays. definitely strong espresso aroma, mixed with dark chocolate, booze, & molasses.

taste is complex - caramel, vanilla, coffee, mildly acidic. almost a salty aftertaste, good balance of sweetness and bitterness. no trace of the 12% ABV. medium body, subtle carbonation, a little oily feeling.

definitely improves in aroma and taste as the beer warms. heed the bottle label's suggestion to serve at 50-55 degrees.

Photo of bkny27
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Bottled: unk

A: black, opaque. Oddly, no foam on pour, but a few seconds later, a sheet of mocha foam, then falls to a really cool surface foam that is really interesting to me - like globs of pain on a canvas that were allowed to slowly run together.
S: coffee, smoke, leather, licorice, some dates. Rich nose here.
T: Coffee, cocoa, leather, umami, licorice, molasses, raisin. I dig it.
M: medium bodied with lower carb and an overall velvety feel, not as dry as I would anticipate.
O: a sincerely good stout with surprising characteristics. Next time I'm in CA, I will need to snatch up a few bottles.

Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into NB Globe.

A: this stout looks sexy, pitch black viscous appearance, generous 2 fingers of cocoa colored head, nice retention and tons of lacing. No light passes through.

S: nose is rich with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a hint of licorice. A quick flash of earthy hops present themselves towards the finish. The coffee seems tame, not sure if this bottle has some age on it or not, but I would imagine the coffee has faded a bit.

T: the taste is smooth, starts with huge roasted malts and dark chocolate, subtle coffee is present throughout along with cream accents. The taste finishes with roastiness. Great balance.

MF: thick, creamy, smooth, low carbonation

O: at 12%, this beer is big, but it is also damn tasty and incredibly well balanced. Delicious.

Photo of LittleDon
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a short lived tan head and plenty of lace. Earthy chocolate aroma. One of the softest mouthfeels I've had from a bottle. Rich body. Lots of dried fruit throughout. The alcohol middle to finish overwhelms the malt. Nice bitterness with a bit of burnt sugar and coffee present in the aftertaste. I let this sit about 9 months before I opened it. It could have used more time to mellow.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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