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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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4,881 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,881
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 770
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 129
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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!

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Photo of iSrALE
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Labellas Pizza in Chula Vista 25oz mug for $8.

Appearance: Looks like motor oil, dark coffee, coca cola, seems thick.

Smell: Fresh coffee, biscuity, like a very well crafted brew, very good.

Taste: Wow! This is the best part, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molases, cocoa, licorice all combined in an artisanal way, my taste buds are having a party right know! Very drinkable for an Impy Stout, and the 12% is very well masked on this puppy, I could sip this all night long especially on a cold one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it gets better as it warms up.

Overall. This beer is fantastic I remember the first time I had it and the last time and everything in between including a 2003 barrel aged versioh. This is my favorite Imperial Stout, I will put this over the Abyss, but that's just my humble opinion. An overall Excellent Beer from a local brewery. Thank's Alesmith.

iSrALE, May 14, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours dark as night black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate malt, rich espresso, molasses, dark fruits, and a faint hint of booze. Very complex yet enjoyable nose.

T - Plenty of rich coffee right off the bat slowly giving way to a sweet mix of chocolate and molasses. The feel is very creamy, how all stouts should be in my opinion. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast. This is one awesome beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a rich, bold, body. The finish is all sweet roast, lingering for some time.

O - I love this beer. It is complex yet easy to drink. I can only imagine what the BA version tastes like. Someday I will get one!!

orangesol, May 12, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Out it comes slightly thick from the bottle dark walnut, but also typical dark walnut body. However, there is NO head at all to be made on this beer at all. Nevertheless, though the beer keeps a very large bubbled collar through out drinking. It looks like a pour of potted coffee.

A real good simple quality coffee smell. Hints of milky chocolate comes through, sweet with malty backbone. Hint of heat and roast also.

Taste is big overall. Enormous quality roast coffee with a big thickness and density. Milk chocolate feel, but none of the coffee bitter finish or astringency. Has an enormous coffee sensation more than beer. Incredible roast mellow character but malt character gets lost over time, but keeps the feel of malt chew throughout drinking.

Overall this might be the most favorite coffee style stout I have ever had, it's just great. Just solid and great!

smakawhat, May 09, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 3-finger light mocha-colored head that slowly recedes to a thick foam ring and clumpy nest sitting like an island atop a sea of black. The body is perfectly black with no traces of color when held to light. Light, sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass in curtains.

A strong mocha aroma flows off the head with notes of cream and caramel.

Milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans merge with dark malts. Slight notes of dark fruit add a nice sweetness. An almost unnoticable alcohol warmth is present at the back of the throat, but is not indicative of the 12% ABV.

Full bodied with great carbonation, this is one creamy beer. Enjoyable in sips and capable of being gulped, this has amazing drinkability.

output01x, May 08, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a thin rim around the edge that shows some lighter brown and redness when held to the light. A brown cap of froth is composed of large bubbles. A film of lace forms across the top of the brew once the head has dissolved. A light swirl revives the cap and leaves light patches of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is roasty with chocolate malt that is roasty yet sweet smelling all at the same time. Plenty of fresh roasted coffee character fills the nose accenting the roasty quality of the malt and adding a bit if citrus element to it as well that really works with the hops. There is a bit of solvent alcohol comin through the back which is understandable considering the abv.

The taste of this brew is roasty and bitter with the level of roast to the grain. There are citrus hops included in the flavor that mixes with a citrus offer element. The aftertaste includes chocolate that is semisweet. Some residual grainy sweetness is pleasant and keeps the roasted bitter quality to this brew in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and very roasty. The abv is very well incorporated, I could seemingly drink this all night but end up with quite a buzz in no time (either from the coffee or bold abv.)

stakem, May 06, 2011
Photo of jag21
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle. Thanks to HuskyinPDX for hooking me up with this.

A: Pours dark black with very little head but with large soapish bubbles. With a vigorous pour some brown carbonation bubbles coat the very top layer of the beer.
S: Smells very nice when it warms up, coffee, roasted malts
T: Taste is coffee first, then roasted malt with a nice hop finish
M: Coats the mouth, but a bit thinner than some of the style, and I like my stouts thick
O: I could drink a lot of this, well balanced

jag21, May 04, 2011
Photo of nasty31
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep black with a small hazlenut brown head.

S- The smell of coffee is a for sure with a bit of chocolate also snuck in there.

T- Very well balance of coffee and chocolate. Wish more coffee would have been present but i think the bottle we shared was a little older and the coffee had wore off a tad.

M- Thick and creamy like a good stout should be.

Overall this was an excellent stout i would do again. Would love to do a vertical of this seeing how the coffee diminishes over time and more of the other flavors come through.

nasty31, May 04, 2011
Photo of dannydetox
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Speedway stout is a massive beer from AleSmith. 12% abv and you can feel it after a 750 of this beast. Pours a viscous black with a brownish head. Loads of coffee and roasted malts - more coffee than I like, but that is just my personal taste aversion I developed after downing some 60 oz of Denny's coffee in an hour when I was a younger lad...

Let's get back to the beer. I love the full mouthfeel on the Speedway Stout. Viscosity again comes into play here. Plenty of toastiness and rich, rich malts throughout the finish. The booziness isn't super pronounced, but you get a bit of heat on this one. This is a good after dinner drink and pairs well with hazelnuts, gorgonzola dolce (or any other sweeter blue cheese), and Barely Buzzed from Beehive Cheese Co. in Utah.

dannydetox, May 04, 2011
Photo of cpmichael
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at Dark Lord Day, poured into a 8 oz. Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a jet black, with a mocha colored foam that has good retention.

S: Smells of prebrewed, ground coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. A little booze in the nose.

T: ground coffee, that high quality shit, with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

M/D: Thick and creamy, with good carbonation. This thing is very tasty. Pretty well balanced and very smooth for 12%. Not sure if ours was an older bottle or not, but it wasn't hot at all.

cpmichael, May 02, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade with Tieman. For some reason I had not made the time to drink it. Now I did and let me tell you: It was worth the wait.

Shared a 750ml with Jeffo and my wife.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out black. Not quite as thick as I expected. It gave a nice one finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors on this one. A light alcohol burn and a nice biterness to it.

I was a little surprised by the medium body and good amount of carbonation. Not that it's a bad thing just diffrent from what I expected. (bitter) Flavors that linger forever.

Overall a great beer. I'd drink this every day if I could. Which I can't becuase I go broke buying this all the time on my end of the planet. If this is available where you live you should always have one on hand. Thanks Tieman for sending this my way.

doopiedoopiedoo, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Has a very thick, pitch black pour. Hard to see much through this at all. It has a slow-developing tan head, which eventually grows to about a finger and half. Good retention with very generous lacing.

S - Big coffee notes in this, vaguely similar to Beer Geek Weasel in the boldness. Bittersweet chocolates and malts, smells sweet and smooth.

T - As in the nose, the first rush is full of bitter coffee. It's a bit sweeter than I would've expected, but its still very nice. It's not incredibly complex, but the flavors here are solid. Lots of chocolate as well. Bitter finish with no alcohol taste.

M - Moderately heavy-bodied with pretty good carbonation. Thick and coats the palate, and leaves a long aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A very solid beer, not the most amazingly complex stout, but tasty and hides its alcohol well.

nhindian, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with a nice brown head. Retention isn't great but it laces nicely.

S: The smell is really sweet, chocolate mostly up front. Coffee though is the dominant smell here.

T: Sweet and roasty chocolate start it off much like the smell. Similarly so, the coffee comes next. It's even bigger than you'd expect. Very dry finish.

MF: A little lighter than I wanted it to be, but the carbonation is on point. No hit of the alcohol.

O: Pretty good beer. Not a lot more than coffee but the 12% is non-existent. It could use perhaps a bit more balance but no complaint here!

russwbeck, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml foil topped bottle into a snifter glass. This one was ages maybe 2 years.

A: A jet black with a 2 finger medium brown head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark roastiness and coffee with dark chocolate and dark fruit smells. Sweetness is picked up along with some alcohol.

T: The roasted malt flavor starts off. As the beer warms, more of the coffee flavors come through with a decent amount of milk chocolate moreso than the dark chocolate. Funny because I smelled the darker choc but it is sweeter on the flavor. The fruits are prunes and some cherry with some soy sauce flavor. Not as much coffee as I thought, but as I said this was aged probably close to 2 years so that could affect it. The huge caramel sweetness turns sugary at finish and lingers. No hops detected at all.

M: Full, coating, sweet and cloying after awhile.

O: A sweeter stout for sure that got sweeter on warming and I honestly found it a struggle to finish the bottle. This is highly rated but I just didn't get it personally.

I love a good Impy Stout, but this one missed the mark for me. It seemed a bit too cloying sweet with no balance of hops to keep the sweetness down. A well crafted beer for sure, just not my type of Impy Stout that I really enjoy.

Kadonny, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of sharkboy
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass

A - Black as twilight, with a thin lacing of medium brown around the sides, unlike the prominent head of creamier stouts like Guinness.

S - Mysterious, alcohol is surprisingly absent, coffee is present but toned down, traces of dark fruit and milk chocolate.

T - Like the smell, the coffee and chocolate is present but not overpowering; not like syrupy Starbucks, but a IHOP roast. Alcohol is craftily scaled back for a strong stout, and hints of Pinot Noir are present.

M - Thinner than most Imperial Stouts, but not watery. Little to no alcohol burn while sitting in mouth or after swallowing. Big flavor, but a pleasant aftertaste.

O - Very drinkable for a Imperial Stout, carries the characteristics of its style, but slightly of the beaten path. Not a revelation, but elegantly crafted and tasty.

sharkboy, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, used motor oil brownish black with nice creamy, mocha head. 2.5 fingers. Dissipates very slowly. Great looking stout.

S - Good amount of dark chocolate and coffee beans, not so much that burnt coffee smell, but rather the smell of a sweet iced mocha. Hints of vanilla and cream.

T - Tastes of roasted coffee and that bitter baker's chocolate. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, raisins and other dark fruits. It blends very, very nicely.

M - Pretty much a perfect mouthfeel. Smooth and silky, alcohol blends very well for how much is in it. Leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth.

Overall - Absolutely delicious. I felt the blend of this beer was what was best. There wasn't anything that stood out incredibly to me, but it speaks to the balance of the beer. It was equal parts everything good. Great beer.

BeerBuckeye, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Included as an extra from a very generous BA named kirok1999.

Pours a very murky black near oil like consistency. Not often do you find one so dark and with such a strong head. Mocha latte head rises up with a good three fingers. Slowly seeps down with a solid film. Lacing is near perfection. What a beautiful imperial stout.

Coffee is muted. Was wanting more bit perhaps it has aged a bit. Coffee notes are backed by a very impressive and solid imperial stout base. Fruity and dark with a very rich dark chocolate and roasted character. Lovely and not overpowering at all. Very approachable.

Stared off with a rich and smooth base. Fruit and chocolate notes dominate the profile. Coffee is well played and serve a supporting role which is nice and enjoyable. Deep dark and smooth. Fruity nature is dominate throughout. Hops are mildly present in the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and milky. Mildly resonate though slides down so very easily. Incredible for the abv.

Wow what a great beer. Incredible to say the least, I love this beer. Beyond impressed this is a stand alone in a world of super overdone and repitive styles. A star shines bright.

Cheesemoose, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Verecund
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened on April 18, 2011. The last day of classes for the year.

Black, with a large four finger tan head. Recedes to a finger of froth. Thick lacing.

EDIT: PZ generously sent me a replacement bottle, which was more in line with my expectations. A very solid coffee stout. Thanks!

Verecund, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Speedway Stout pours out nearly black and appears completely black in the glass. About 1.5 fingers of dark espresso colored head form that have nice retention and decent lacing. Pretty good looking beer, although I don't think it is going to be an overly viscous beer judging by how it pours out.

Smell: Lots of coffee show through immediately. Also a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate. A bit of alcohol, but remarkably little considering how high in ABV this is.

Taste: I get a lot of roasted malts up front, followed by a great deal of coffee flavor and lesser chocolate. Virtually no alcohol burn which is impressive. Really, this is one of the better balanced coffee stouts I've tried. It finds a nice balance of coffee with the roasted malts and chocolate. Not overly complex, but still extremely pleasing. This was the highlight of the beer for me.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is very creamy with great fine carbonation. A bit surprising, because I find it to be a bit thin overall. I'd say it's a bit over medium bodied, but nothing overly thick. Overall, I think it's a pretty damn solid imperial stout, and one of my favorite coffee infused stouts. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles of this to enjoy.

zhanson88, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of NorthsideFred
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nickd717 for this bottle which I've cellered for almost a year. Shared with Deadm8 and a couple other guys.

A: Damn - this looks great. Pours black, with a nice dark brown head.

S: Coffee is the alpha male in this glass, overpowering all other scents. I can't imagine how strong this would have been fresh.

T: This is good, real good. The coffee is there, but roasted malts and bitter chocolate also come through nicely.

M: Medium bodied with a wonderful silky smooth texture.

O: Overall, this is an excellent beer (even though the coffee smell is a bit too strong) and very drinkable. I'm glad I was able to try it.

NorthsideFred, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. Weird head. Lots of big bubbles rather than the usual foamy head.

Smells like dark roast coffee, black licorice, and overripe dark berries.

Taste is a little disappointing. A lot of coffee and thin. As it warms, the licorice and fruit come through more. But something seems off. Just not quite balanced right and too much alcohol without the body to support it. Still good and enjoyable but it's good parts don't add up to be the greatness it could be.

birderbeerer, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split into Maine Beer Company glasses. Consumed about 2 months ago

A: The beer is dark brown. Pours with a 1 finger mocha colored head. Average retention but no lacing

S: Interesting nose, but not quite what I was expecting. Mix of roasted malt and creamed coffee. Definitely more roast then coffee. Some bitter chocolate

T: Ah, there is the coffee I was hoping for. Coffee presence is much larger, but still has the accompanying roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Small alcohol presence

M: Medium bodied, bordering on full. Super smooth with light carbonation. Roasted coffee aftertaste

D: A good beer that just didn't quite live up to my expectations. Nice coffee beer but not much also stood out. Worth trying if you happen upon it

Brez07, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased about 1 month ago; no bottle date.

Slowly develops a 1-finger dark tan head after pouring. The beer is a very dark brown, near black.

The aroma has some roasty coffee notes, but also a medicinal note and some green wood. It's not particularly appealing, but not off-putting either.

The first sip is an explosion of coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately, it's chased by that same green, medicinal flavor and a bitter woody finish. The mouthfeel is heavy and coating, but a bit chalky. Almost no carbonation.

Overall, this is a bit of an enigma to me, though. It's better than the sum of its parts and I keep being pulled back for another sip.

kscaldef, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a oil black, huge two fingers of sticky mocha head. Smells of fresh-brewed coffee, roasted malts, a wee bit of vanilla. Taste has a great balance of sweet and bitter coffee, has some vanilla and rum notes. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous but does not last, easy drinking for a thick 12%. Overall, great stout!

gskitt, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Tulip glass. Thanks a lot to BillyBoKnowsBeer
for sending me this bottle.

2009 Vintage at fridge temp

A- Pours solid black with a huge 2 finger frothy light brown head that isn't going anywhere. Solid lacing and some nice alcohol feet when the head finally dissipates.

S- Strong roasted darker malts up front with TONS of high quality smelling coffee notes. Some slight dark chocolate in there as well and some alcohol notes in the background as well as a slight metallic smell but fades as it warms.

T- Up front you get faint coffee but mostly hit by a strong roasted malt flavor. After it goes down the fancy bitter coffee dominates the palate pretty much taking over. Not sure if it's the coffee or the malts they used but the finish kind of has a lager like finish. Maybe just me haha. Definitely some slight chocolate flavors in there and suprisingly for the high ABV you don't taste any alcohol at all.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

Overall this is a great imperial stout that is definitely worth trying. Really smooth and full of a unique coffee flavor I haven't found anywhere else.


Arenbeer, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at AleSmith tasting room 3/31/11. Served in a sample cup.

A: Pours very dark brown with two finger thick, rich, creamy, brown head. Extremely inviting for a double stout.

S: Smells of dark roasted malt and coffee. Small hop profile is a background player. If I were blindfolded, I'm not sure I could differentiate this from a standard cup of iced espresso.

T: Tastes like the most wonderful, full bodied cup of coffee you will ever have. The flavor of french roast without overpowering bitterness. A strong malt profile lends exactly the right amount of sweetness to this brew. Mid-palate some hops are noticeable, but this is all coffee flavor, all the time. As a huge black coffee drinker, this was an excellent brew.

M: Full bodied and rich. Soft and velvety with the perfect amount of creamy carbonation. This one is a winner.

O: A fantastic stout that is easy to drink and full of flavor. I couldn't ask for much more in this beer.

dmsohyea, Apr 01, 2011
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,881 ratings.