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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,348 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,348
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 800
Gots: 1,537 | FT: 141
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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

New 750ml bottle procured and shared with my brother. In all, this is exactly what I thought this stout should be. Now that the carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on, the alcohol fades to the back and dark roasted malts and coffee notes are very prominent. This is still a beast, but its a very good Imperial coffee stout.

Old Review (1-30-12)
A: 4
S: 4.5
T: 3.5
MF: 3
O: 4
Old Score: 3.78

Speedway Stout. From a trade with FosterJM waaay back in the day. Decided to break this one out earlier rather than later to salvage as much of the original coffee flavors as possible. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Jet black. A hard pour produces not head, just some big bubbles. No lacing...though there is some alcohol legs.

S: Big nose as it warms; roast, sweet chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel and vanilla, and a decent amount of booze. Coffee is still there but has probably faded a touch...right now it has a nose of sweetness and booze and some bitterness all mixed together.

T: Smooth malt presence...roast and coffee and chocolate. After this long it has still retained an espresso-like bitterness. Booze...finishes with a flash of chicory and molasses. Sweet and syrupy.

MF: Absolutely no carbonation. Medium-full mouthfeel, cut & thinned by the alcohol presence. Pretty syrupy.

O: I still liked it a lot but the taste and mouthfeel suffered because of the lack of carbonation. I read about that happening to some batches about the time I picked this one up, so I'm glad I pulled this out of the cellar instead of sitting on it for another year. I believe that carbonation would have cut the boozy, syrupy feel of this beer.

I'll look for another bottle of this to re-review.

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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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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,348 ratings.