AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +8%
I've been sitting on a bottle for about a year and then I happened to come across another while in Cleveland for Christmas. So I've decided to have one to celebrate my new car - a VW GTI.
The most elegantly bottled beer I've had the pleasure of opening. A brown 750 mL bottle with silver screen printed label. The silver plastic "foil" over the cap peels off easily unlike real foil found on Avery's big beers, for example.
Served cold and poured into a large wine glass. It is extremely dark, even on the pour there is barely any color. It has great espress crema-colored that settles very slowly leaving some thick lacing on the side.
The aroma is full and robust. There is great dark chocolate and espresso in the nose.
Flavor is simply excellent. For someone who loves stout and coffee in almost equal measures, this has got to be the ultimate. It starts with sweet melted dark chocolate and a hint of caramel. As it lingers in my mouth, the intense coffee flavors come forth with some very strong bitterness. Hops play a big part with this beer as well bringing an herbal, minty flavor.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with creamy smooth carbonation. The only down side is the strength of alcohol and bitterness. Drinkability is difficult to judge as well. Although it's a fantastic tasting beer, it's simply too strong in flavor and alcohol to enjoy much more than a glass.
This is up there with some of the best beers I've ever had. Great coffee flavor without taking over the beer. This was certainly worth the wait and the space in my suitcase.
02-13-2010 03:55:57 | More by GilGarp
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
750 from tustin total wine.
A - Pours black with 2 fingers of dark chocolate head, leaves beautiful lacing.
S/T - Dark roast coffee, chocolate, some roast caramel flowery hops, and light bittering hops. So dreamy and lucious.
M - Full-bodied, slightly malt dominated, so good.
D - More please! Notice no alcohol in notes, and this is a 12% beer. Very dangerous to session.
02-12-2010 02:55:54 | More by MisterClean
4.4/5 rDev 0%
A: The pour is viscous and black with a thin layer of mocha colored foam.
S: The nose is full of rich dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and alcohol.
T: While the nose wasn't quite as good as I remember it being, the flavor is still top notch. Great coffee and roasted malt flavor with bitter dark chocolate on the finish.
M: The body is incredibly full with low carbonation which leads to a nice creamy feel on the tongue.
D: Even with the boozy nose, this is still one of my absolutely favorite stouts. Great fresh or with age, and this bottle was no exception.
02-11-2010 06:41:00 | More by womencantsail
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
I am afraid that I might have a bottle of the infected batch, so I crack this open with some trepidation. 750ml bottle, silver foil, silver lettering. I have no idea how old this is, but by my estimation, it's at least a year old.
Poured into a tulip as suggested on the bottle, served at proper temperature. Does it look like a top shelf stout? Absolutely yes, it does. Lots of creamy foam, good lacing. A lot of stouts this big begin to take on that "big beer" appearance, with little head retention, but NOT this one! This foam sticks, sticks, sticks! Little to no light penetration with this dark liquid.
Aroma is of hot buttered caramel mocha latte. Good, but actually not as intense and mind-blowing as I thought it'd be. Not crazy-good, just good.
Unsweetened chocolate and carob flavors hit up front, with a hefty dose of bitter roasted coffee and charred malts. This beer is not all about the coffee, though....indeed, this is actually a much more balanced coffee stout than I thought it would be. I was hoping for more of a coffee bomb, if I'm being honest, but I cannot knock the beer for being this tight and balanced - obviously a product of a very good base beer. It is damn good....obviously I did not end up with the infected batch! The 12% ABV must be aged out, because I really do not taste it. I think this drinks like an 8% stout!
Feel doesn't disappoint. Almost has the smooth feel of an oatmeal stout, even though this isn't one. It certainly slides down with ease.
AleSmith. What else can be said, other than that I wish their beers were more available to me? As it stands, this will have to serve as an occasional indulgence, when I feel like paying for shipping. For such a big beer, it is by no means a chore to drink. Maybe the added caffeine from the coffee makes it that much easier, who knows.
02-07-2010 21:42:15 | More by Patrick999
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a massive tan head, which was well retained with incredible sticky lacing throughout. The body was a seemingly uncarbonated opaque dark brown- almost black. Picture perfect.
S- Pungent smoky, roasty, coffee and crystal malt aromas, complimented by a mild hop aroma. Bold and enticing.
T- Starts off with sweet crystal malt and chocolate flavors... then some roasty coffee hits in the middle, before being overtaken by some substantial hop bitterness and some peppery alcohol. A bit of a flavor rollercoaster.
M- A huge creamy body- lots of silky textures- and the carbonation is incredibly soft. Impressive. I suppose a little more chewiness would be desired.
D- Goes down damn smooth, particularly given the ABV... the alcohol gets to you quickly though. This is a big beer, and certainly is as intoxicating as it is delicious.
02-06-2010 01:25:54 | More by jgasparine
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
Served from a 750ml bottle acquired in a trade with davidsk (Thanks man!) into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/30/10).
A: Pours an extremely dark and mildly thick motor oil black with a lighter than expected two-finger head with nice retention leaving some sticky lace.
S: Potent aroma of coffee and roasted malt with just a faint hint of dark, bitter chocolate. A one dimensional, but very solid.
T: Coffee is certainly the dominating force with this Imperial Stout and it does so in a very effective way. Seems quite fresh with some espresso-like qualities with a great degree of roasted malt and some hints of chocolate in a dark and bitter form.
M: I must say that the mouthfeel was a bit thin at times with slightly hire than expected carbonation. Medium-bodied, but lacked some thickness and viscosity.
D: Quite easy to drink especially for a 12% Imperial Stout.
To be honest, I felt a bit let donw from this beer, but it was still quite enjoyable just not nearly what I expected from an Imperial Stout with such a high ranking. Solid beer, just did not live up to the hype for me. Thanks again David!
02-01-2010 17:29:34 | More by Lunch
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. pours black with a thin tan colored bubbly foam on top. The head settled out and stuck to the sides of the glass but left good lacing on the sides as I drank it.
Not surprisingly coffee is the first thing that hits you in the aroma, but it also gives off some bitter chocolate and roasty flavors. Taste, much like the nose is coffee dominant but is also somewhat balanced out with the chocolate and roasted flavors.
Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and slightly creamy. Carbonation is moderate. It's very drinkable for being 12% abv, I didn't even think it was that high until I checked the bottle for the review. It's a very smooth and easy drinking coffee beer.
Overall one of the best stouts I have had, the coffee flavor is very present but not overdone. It's very surprising that it can be over 12% and have virtually no alcohol bite. It really drinks like it could be a 6% stout. I will be buying this one again as long as Southbay keeps shipping them to me.
01-30-2010 00:57:23 | More by billab914
4.72/5 rDev +7.3%
A- Darkest brew I've ever looked at. It truly is a sight to behold. Barely made a head at all, even with a sloppy pour. head theat arose was dark brown in color. It's an intimidating looking brew to say the least.
S- I detect alot of fruit flavor and coffe and carmel. It smells like wine almost, a funny thing to say about a beer, but it really does remind me of a merlot. It smells alot stronger than it tastes
T- Bitter, with alot of coffee and carmel flavoring. Reminds me of raisins almost. The taste and texture remind me of stone russian imperial stout. The beer goes down almost syrupy. It's beautiful in texture. It has a wine-like aftertaste, most likely from the 12.0% ABV, but nonetheless, very pleasant.
M- Definitely powerful, not recommended for big brew drinkers! Sits strongly on the tongue, but is much less offensive than the smell would let on.
D- Lovely going down. It's a great drinking beer. It would be great with red meat or even a dessert like carrot cake or some kind of cheesecake. I recommend it to anyone for any reason. A definite must-have beer!
01-29-2010 01:50:34 | More by iamnitrox
3.58/5 rDev -18.6%
Poured at 50-55 degrees into pint sized tulip. 09 Bottle.
A Pitch black. Decent darker tan head with good retention with a few swirls. Bubbles form like pancake batter on a griddle after swirling. Thick viscosity.
S Roasted malts. Strong oak characteristics dominate. Hints of bitter chocolates. Theres more going on here but I can't pull it out...
T/M Wow! Really thin. Was not expecting this. Almost disappointing. Mouthfeel is a little chocolate/creamy. Complexity is not as deminsional as its smell. Kind of boozey with an odd burn. Dark chocolate shines through on the finish. Aftertaste is sticky and not all that great. Actually im not liking it at all.
D Everything was great until I actually drank the beer. Taste was average with nothing that stood out. Decent beer for sure but I was expecting more out of this. Maybe I will put this down for a year or two next time I get it.
01-27-2010 03:43:14 | More by bargerking
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
Shared by CrellMoset--thanks Chris!
A: Pours a midnight black which lets no light through but for the chocolatey dark brown two fluffy fingers of head, and the slight mahogany glow around the edge of the glass when the light hits it. Many crisp, extremely fine carbonation bubbles stream to the top of the glass, where the head has by now subsided into a chocolatey latte-like foam. Nice lacing around the edge of the glass, and an uneven foamy ring that looks like a chocolate snowdrift in some places.
S: Notes of dark chocolate and dark coffee are immediately apparent, but there's a definite raspberry syrup in the nose as well. There's also fairly dominant toast and smoke notes, and a subtle nutty note. The raspberry note is definitely strongly present, but only noticed at first when agitated. Quite sweet and nice as it warms, and evens out nicely.
T: Very bitter and predominantly full of coffee, smoke, and toast, though these are blended with cream, nuts, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. A little bit of raspberry in the aftertaste, but nothing like was in the nose. Hints of apples and then anise as it warms. The fruit notes come out a bit more as it warms, but they aren't particularly coming across like raspberry as in the nose. The aftertaste is very much coffee, smoke, and hops. Very nicely balanced, and wonderful for how simple it is.
M: Somewhat crisp and very smooth. Not hot in the slightest, and I would never guess the ABV was anywhere near 12%. It seems almost a bit like sparking water to me, and while I would like to knock it for that, I'm thinking of ways it could be improved, and coming up short. I would like for it to be a bit creamier than it is, but this would inhibit the drinkability--it's already extremely smooth--and fewer bubbles would make it fall flat. As it warms, the mouthfeel evens out quite a bit and it's near perfect--as it's warmed I've had to bump it from a 4 to a 4.5 and now to a 5, and by the time it's finished, perfection.
Did someone steal my alcohol? So very highly drinkable. I don't know what I'd guess the ABV on this is--from the taste and lack of heat, I'd probably guess around a 6%--only half of what it is. I don't know how they did it. Pick up as much you can, drink it slowly, and allow it to reach its full potential as it warms!
01-25-2010 19:44:02 | More by afausser
4.55/5 rDev +3.4%
Black, or the darkest possible brown, body, nary a highlight, topped by three fingers of dense dark tan foam. No lace.
Aroma heavy on roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with dark fruits soaking about.
Coffee leads the way across the tongue, quickly pursued by milk chocolate. Some well soaked dark fruits bubble along behind. No alcohol sense anywhere.
Thick, rich, though not quite the super lush of some imperial/double stouts.
Drinkability is superb, both for today and tomorrow.
A terrific stout, highly recommended. Start your engines.
01-24-2010 05:24:53 | More by RonfromJersey
3.88/5 rDev -11.8%
Gift from a friend, sourced from Wallys. 750ml
I removed the capsule and popped the cap. I got an old man's sigh, suggesting low carbonation. I poured aggressively and got just a token show of bubbles. I saved half in the fridge with a vacu-vin cork and mini-vacuum, but the next day the bubbles were almost entirely gone.
This stout is really really black and opaque. Intimidating. Maybe a ring of dark brown when you shine a light on it. Again, little to no head.
The nose is basically a raspberry dark chocolate truffle.
On the tongue, this is a heavy syrup-like concoction that starts off oily, hits you with a heavy (not bright) raspberry liqueur flavor. I struggle to get past it, and there's some thick dark chocolate. Really heavy. Like drinking bittersweet chocolate. Coffee is there but it's in the shadow of the chocolate. I kinda wish this was more burnt. Alcohol is there, though I didn't think it was 12%! The finish is surprisingly not that cloying.
Overall: I don't really like fruit liqueur infused chocolate because of the fruit part, but if you like that sort of thing, this is right up your alley.
01-23-2010 16:44:26 | More by oggg
2.68/5 rDev -39.1%
Bottle received in a trade with fatboyjim1 in a trade long ago. Thanks, Jim!
Have had this one cellared for about a half a year. Poured into a snifter. Not sure the vintage of this as there is no stamp on the bottle.
Pours a jet black; allows no light to penetrate. Starts off with a huge creamy mocha head on top. Good retention; left some nice lace on the glass. Scents of roasted malts and chocolate. A bit of drying scent in there, not sure what that is specifically.
Decent body on this beer. A tad crisp, but it still retains some creamy smoothness that I like in this style. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer. It's not noticeable in the flavor at all. Doesn't taste "hot." This is a really bland Imp. Stout. Flavors of some mild cocoa, and finishes really charred and burnt. There is no sweet balance in this beer at all. There's some hops there, but this is too roasted and grating. Unbalanced and unpleasant. Sorry, Jim, but this beer fell short for me.
01-23-2010 06:08:52 | More by Onenote81
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
This is a massive beer! Generally served in smaller portions because the 12 plus alcohol % will knock you down. The great thing about this beer isn't the high % though. This beer is so damn flavorful! Very roasty and loaded with chocolate and carmel highlights. This is definitely a beer that I always try to keep stocked at my bar.
01-20-2010 15:38:02 | More by SDHoffers
4/5 rDev -9.1%
2008 bottle. Lots of rich sweet yet bitter black strap molasses character with a shot of espresso. There's some milk chcoclate that comes out in the middle and it finishes with a long bitter black coffee finish. There was a hint of soy I didn't care much for though. The body is sticky and full with moderate carbonation.
01-18-2010 21:43:16 | More by punkrkr27
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.
Pours jet black with thick tan head. Flavors are mainly of coffee, but there are also lots of chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Extremely rich and robust flavors, and an absolutely creamy mouthfeel. Some of the alcohol present could also be detected, yet it does not impact it's drinkability. Superb and one of the best american double/ imperial stout I have tried.
01-15-2010 23:22:29 | More by slasher007
2.73/5 rDev -38%
bottle from jessethehutt - atleast 4months old
pours jet black with 2 finger tan head that has good retention and left plenty of lacing
smell is coffee chocolate milk and some roasted malts behind all that
taste - wow kind of a big let down - coffee then sour milk - has some roast and chocolate but that sour milk flavor is awful
mouthfeel is watery thin - thinner then nitro guinness!!
drinkability is ok - does not taste 12% abv but on the other hand the flavors are not good
01-03-2010 02:08:20 | More by jsh420
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Dark murky bodied brew, negligible deep mahogany hues barely gleam through the slightest edge. The pour was less than heavy handed yet still managed to produce a surprisingly ample head. Nearly three full fingers before the pour hand to be cut short for fear of spilling over the top of the snifter. Cafe au lait colored head retains is stature surprisingly well and as it fades leaves the snifter slathered in moth eaten lace.
Robust aroma ignites the senses. Imposing amounts of bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malts and freshly ground dark coffee are interwoven. The initial complexity is astounding when considering we are talking of limited characteristics. The subtlety of the molasses and slight booziness lose their appeal as I am completely engrossed by the more dominate smells.
Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor hits the palate when almost immediately overtaken by the dark roasted malt. Burnt sugar and slight char give way to a full espresso flavor with lingers on the back of the palate. A substantial bitterness is noted and rather complimentary. Incredible balance of flavor, each aspect is allowed to flourish while being held in check and not overpowering. At 12% I am shocked there is not more of a burn, beers half the size are easily more harsh.
Earlier in the day I commented about the perfection of mouthfeel provided by Ten Fidy. Speedway not only equals but surpasses. Viscous and impressive, full thick body avoids crossing over into the realm of syrupy. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation levels are low but incredibly appropriate.
The more top tiered stouts I enjoy the more I appreciate their beauty. This beer is a privilege to enjoy. Disturbingly easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticed until your head gets just a little bit lighter. I believe my bottle is still on the younger side and there is absolutely no harshness. The idea that this may smooth out more with age is absurd. I have thoroughly enjoyed many great brews this year but this one certainly leaves me in awe. A tremendous way to send out 2009. Cheers!
Once again I am very grateful to Spdkilz, a generous BA for providing this brew in trade.
01-01-2010 02:17:07 | More by kzoobrew
4.58/5 rDev +4.1%
Happy New Year! I am not sure, but I believe this is the 2009 variety.
Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark, dark black with a solid two inches of head.
The smell combines a load of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, some hoppy/grassyness, and maybe some soy sauce. Very powerful and intoxicating.
Taste is delicious bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee all the way with maybe some more soy sauce. Maybe not the most complex, but really delicious.
Terrific silky creamy mouthfeel, and a fairly easy drinker for such a high ABV.
01-01-2010 01:46:48 | More by webmanspidey
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
The ale is a black oily color. Absolutely nothing cuts through the darkness of the ale. There is a small ring of cappucino colored head in the glass. A pour generates a 1.5 finger sized head. The stout has a deep roasted malty aroma that has a vinous depth. The alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Some hops add a floral florish without detracting from the malts. The stout has a big bold taste. The first flavors to hit the tongue are heavily roasted, almost burnt malts. The intensely roasted flavors border on a very dry chocolate flavor. As the beer warms in the moith, a distinct, intense alcohol flavor emerges that is astringent. Back to the malts, this beer has a fairly subtle acidity that belies the coffee beans. Finally, the stout ends with a sweet flavor that finishes long and brings back hints of the roasted malts and coffee.
12-31-2009 01:21:29 | More by Anthony1
4.6/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle aged 2 years. Coffee seems to fall more to the background after aging letting the flavors blend together for a smoother chocolate roasted malt flavor. I have not tried the new version of this but I guess they tweaked it a little. The vintage stuff is still damn tasty.
12-29-2009 03:04:33 | More by hrking
4.53/5 rDev +3%
2009 version i believe
A-jet black, no light comes through even with a large mag lite pointed directly at it, extremely dark tan head that is rich and creamy, tons of it come out, the head lingers for quite a while, very long indeed, and leaves huge lace on the glass...perfect!
S-the aroma is nice, not huge, dark roasted coffee and espresso come through with some milk chocolate that gives way to a faint dark berry fruit aroma, blackberries or dark cherries.
T-the taste is big and follows the nose but with greater magnitude, it starts with the roasted coffee bean and some refined espresso to smooth out the coffee taste, there is some dark chocolate in there that comes next giving way to a light sweetness of dark cherries. The finish adds a hint of herbal hops and a touch of bitterness. the alochol shows a little at the back, but for 12% is very well hidden.
M-this beer has a full body and is extremely smooth and creamy and seems to thicken as it moves to the back of the throat. you could take a bite of this stout. it is well carbonated and dries the throat slightly towards the finish with a biting feel from a low (perfect) hop balance
D-this beer is delicious and big, just how i like it. i'm glad i have 6 more, intend on aging and it can only get better from here. it is utterly beautiful to look at but the smell was slightly misleading as it was not very powerful.
12-29-2009 01:24:13 | More by cpetrone84
4.72/5 rDev +7.3%
Picked up in a trade with Kaiser81.
Beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is strong chocolate with a little bit of coffee and roasted malt. The flavor has more coffee than the aroma but the beer finishes with a nice chocolate flavor, which gets stronger as it warms. There is also a bitter chocolate note that really works well with this beer. You get a little alcohol in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is very creamy and makes this beer absolutely delicious. This is one of the best stouts I have ever had and I will definitely try it again.
12-28-2009 20:11:11 | More by Mora2000
4.7/5 rDev +6.8%
Such a well made and balanced beer. I'm surprised this beer doesn't get more hype.
Poured the deepest onyx black with a creamy tan head. No lace and the head disappeared soon after.
Lovely aromas of expresso, cocoa, toast, and blackberries. And this is reflected in the taste as well. No alcohol burn or anything. If I didn't know it was 12% I'd say it's maybe 8% max.
Velvety, smooth, and rich. Coats the palate nicely and gives a long, smooth finish. Simply divine and a pleasure to drink.
12-28-2009 18:13:41 | More by DmanGTR
4.53/5 rDev +3%
This exits the bottle in languid drip that rouses itself to a half hearted attempt at liquidity, finally filling the snifter with an almost black, almost opaque beauty of a petroleum pour that is topped by an incessant and brown one-finger head of thick foam that finally settles to a thick cap. If there was an imperial stout beauty contest this baby makes the finals for sure.
The smell is a full aroma of rounded yeast notes, dark caramel, roasty-toasty scents, and pulling through it all is delicious coffee. Alcohol vapors are in the back of it, and give the bouquet a warm boost.
Oh my, where to start? The taste of this is exceptionally fine. It is very full of all the wonderful flavors in the nose, but there are burnt notes in there, dark chocolate, a subtle sweetness, sort of an herbal taste as I swallow, and a finish that is pure bitter, and herbal, half-dry, and luscious. Coffee is in there strongly, blessedly, make no mistake, the clean flavor of it is in the beginning, middle, and end of the sip. But here it is a partner with all the other flavors to blend into a magnificent stout. Sort of like the overture to Nozzi di Figaro, full of soprano, baritone, alto, and basso,containing many themes which all are tied together by irony, but combined through the magnificence of a genius composer to a work that is transcendental. The "composer" of this brew is Alesmith, worthy here of comparison to Mozart. Missing completely from the flavor profile is alcohol. This stout f***ing rocks.
The feel of this belies the look. It is creamy and surprisingly light on the tongue. It looks chewy, and is quite viscous, but it is low carb, clean cling, and easy on the palate. How they accomplished this is something worth learning.
Drinkability for an Imp Stout seems moot to me, but this stout can be consumed at an extremely self-destructive pace of sipping.
12-27-2009 17:06:29 | More by cavedave
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.