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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,342
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 799
Gots: 1,535 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to SirRuss for bringing this back east on his recent trip --

A: Big, black and nasty. A generous pour yields a cascading 2.25 finger head. Killer rentention and gobs of lacing rim the glass.

S: Toasty. A heavy dose of char, freshly brewed coffee and a surprising amount of hop oil.

T: Damnit if this isn't delicious. Rich, creamy chocolate up front evolves into a hot booziness on the mid. The finish is crisply charred, and it must be noted that there's a pretty hefty hop kick too.

M: Extremely viscous. You can cut this with a Ginsu knife and still need help getting through it.

O: I now feel much better about my eventual move to the West Coast. AleSmith's Speedway Stout immediately struck me as the Left Coast answer to Founders Breakfast Stout, which is one of my all-time fav's. I really regret not getting into a bottle of this sooner. It's one that I'll revisist, and often.

Easily recommended, and heartily so.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1Pt 9.4 Fl oz bottle with no freshness date. Bottle recommends aging for 6 to 24 months....well....then give us a starting point for crying out loud! I bought this about 5 or 6 months ago, but I have no idea how old it was before that.

Poured into my La Fin Du Monde glass. Black in color with a chocolate brown head that stood about 2 fingers tall. It has since settled to a thin layer covering the top of my beer. Nice lacing and head retention on the glass.

Bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. I'm also getting some molasses, burnt sugar, and chestnut honey. Very nice.

Nice roasted coffee flavor up front provides a little bitterness. Chocolate flavor is definitely there as well. Hops are noticeable, but in the background for sure. A touch of sweetness near the end, but it's balanced out by the coffee and the hops.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a creamy texture. Low level of carbonation.

A top notch IS overall. I like this more than FBS and WnB.

Morey's Bottom Line: If you like IS's and bold coffee, then this beer is for you. I would have never guessed that this is 12%!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heard good things about this beer, and have yet to try it, so this seemed a natural for my first ever BeerAdvocate review. Looking forward to this one.

Poured into Brooklyn tulip glass, leaving 1'' of dense brown foam which dissipated fairly slowly. Thick lacing remained on the glass.

Nose has chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, with an inviting undertone of serious booze. This should be fun.

Delicious. Chocolate/cocoa predominate with sweetness balanced by serious bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy, and really adds to the richness of the beer.

A memorable first experience with this beer, likely to be repeated in the future.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,342 ratings.