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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,274
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 791
Gots: 1,491 | FT: 139
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  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Platinum Liquor served in a pony glass.

Pours jet black with a tan head of foam. Not a lot of lacing, but goid head retention as it sat at about half a centimetre for an eternity.

Smell is mostly of coffee, still strong after around a year of ageing. Also roasted malt and dark chocolate there later to provide good balance.

Taste is a good mix of roast coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate, all brilliantly working together. Just a little bit of heat detracts.

Mouthfeel is soft and velvety early and hops and coffee adds late bitterness. Just a little heat in the middle is the only sign of booze in this big beer.

A very impressive, drinkable, big Imperial Stout. Justified the hype and held up well.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sporr
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aged and sent to me via a friend and I would to thank Odeed ahead of time for allowing me to give this a try.
The pour was very dark and absent of any head so I gave it a agressive pour into my tulip glass. Only ended up with a very slight coating head about 1/2 way across the top. That is to be expected with the 12% ABV.
Aroma wasa nice blend of chocolate, carmel, coffee, malts, and a sweetness of hazelnut.
Fantastic mouth feel and all the notes I was picking up transferred into taste. A extremely smooth and easy beer to drink and the flavor lingers in the mouth.
As it warms more flavor comes out and makes this excellent beer even better.
I fell honored to be able to enjoy such a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness tulip.

Thick two finger two tone head sits atop a neat black pour. Dark and light mocha. Fades quickly to some heavy duty lacing.

Coffee and roast. Upon first whiff I had a hint of black licorice. Malt for sure. Nothing is overpowering.

Medium thickness and creamy. Nice well rounded coffee flavor. Dark chocolate nestled up in there. I was expecting a drier finish but thankfully it never came.

Pleasant beer. I was far happier with this, this time around.

Photo of claspada
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I purchased around a year ago. Let's see how it's held up.

Pours midnight black with no escaping light, little-to-zero head. I tried to arouse some via a quaff with no success; small soapy cap with light spotty lacing. I question the quality of this immediately because this is really still for a non-barrel aged beer.

Aromas begin with very rich and full of roasted malts and baker's cocoa. As it warms the strong ground coffee notes intensify and become dominant. Really smells like a nice freshly brewed cup of black iced coffee.

The tastes begin with dark roasted maltiness coupled with full flavors of dark chocolate. Lightly bitter coffee mixed with black strap molasses and even more robust coffee. Flavors never reach dark espresso levels of darker coffee which I really enjoy. A flickering of sweet dark caramel in amongst the heavier flavors. Not a drop of alcohol is detectable which is stupid considering this is 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with way lower than I expected carbonation, which I usually dislike, but works with the overall big body and coffee flavor profile. Finish is fairly dry and roasty thanks to the coffee additions, but still definitely full and slick on the palate and lingers thanks to the massive flavor profile. Once again I question the quality of this particular bottle because this is really still for a non-barrel aged beer, luckily it doesnt detract from the taste.

Overall, this is the definition of how a coffee beer should be made. No other coffee beers rival this... period! You can really taste how the recipe for this beer was tweaked numerous times (back when it was being formulated) to create this well made beast of a stout brewed with coffee. Not a beer just blended with coffee, but a highly crafted example of amazing American craft brewing ingenuity. A must try for any fan of coffee beers or Imperial Stouts.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at Hamilton's Tavern for 2nd saturday w/ Alesmith. 2011.

A - 10 oz pour with a small dark brown head. Doesn't look as thick as I expect it.

S - Definite roasted malts, strong coffee, and a good hint of booze. Nice little hint of chocolate.

T - Everything I mentioned above is also in the taste, BUT the booze is too into your face. Heavy on the roasted malts, good hit of coffee and a small dose of chocolate.

M - Typical imperial stout thick and rich coating, but I still wish there could have been more thick oily-ness to it.

At 7 dollars a pop I could have expected a bit more, but to be fair this was probably a very young batch because I've had this before and its met all my expectations and leaving little doubt that it's one of the best California-brewed imperial stouts. Oh, and since I had the BA-version before this one just happened to pale in comparison. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone getting into the American Imperial Stout craze.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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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  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to FosterJM for sending me this big-time Want.

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a very inviting 1 finger mocha head. Head settles to leave a thin cap plus ring around the edge. Although the viscosity of the pour and appearance of the head hinted at creaminess..it looks to be on the oily side. Some lacing evident.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice and roasted black malt.

T: Delicious. A creamy cup of coffee but with so much more. Chocolate and vanilla is in there...the dark fruit is in there. The unfermented malt provides a slight sugary sweetness but it’s far from cloying. Finishes with lovely roasted black malt and a touch of cinnamon.

M: Very balanced. Body is above medium and the carbonation is pleasing.

O: I’m forced to compare this to my all-time favorite coffee stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, and this delivers. It’s got all the flavor of FBS but slightly less bitterness and it just feels more luxurious. Easy to drink for such a complex beer...although I’d prefer it to come in a more manageable size....especially at 12% ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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