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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,154
Reviews: 1,429
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 787
Gots: 1,431 | FT: 140
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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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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Photo of mechamifune
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into sifter.

Pours with almost no head to speak of.... some light pleasant lacing but thats it. Beer is close to jet black with almost no hint of carbonation.

Smell is lots of coffee and notes of chocolate.... more muted than, say, FBS, but still very enjoyable.

Taste is coffee upfront, followed by a lingering tartness and almost no sense of hops. Still its a pleasant taste, not world class, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is where it really falls flat to me... this is a beer with almost no carbonation.... it still is relatively creamy and thus not totally unpleasant, but it just gets a little difficult to drink after a while. But for a 12% beer, it has a very minimal sense of alcohol, and the taste and flavors are enjoyable enough that I feel I can still rank this as a good beer....but relative to other "big" stouts, this one doesn't really match up.

Photo of HopJ
2.78/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a real let down for me. I will look to taste again in case my taste buds were just crazy this night. The smell was heavily weighted towards chocolate. Leaning toward bitter chocolate. But for me it was distractingly so. The aromas were powerful but it would depend on how the flavors worked with it. Really no head on this. My first sip confirms that this is totally flat. With its heavy mouthfeel and dominating chocolate flavors, I needed some carbonation. With no carbonation, this got old fast for me.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a (basically) black tone with a nice deep tan head that took a while to dissipate to the thin ring it remained at until the beer was through. OK lacing. Smell was a bit muted, with notes of coffee and chocolate; I was certainly expecting a bit more.

The taste is not really what I was expecting from a brew that is this highly regarded. Notes of coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Everything was nice and worked well together, but the overall flavor was a bit subdued for an imp stout. No WOW factor imo.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with a bit of carbonation to keep it alive. This was a nice stout, just not worthy of the hype.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

Half a finger creamy beige head. Ptich black body. dies down to a ring of foam around the edge. Oilly legs pull any lacing back into the brew.

Rich nose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate cake. A hint of dark cherries, and a whiff of alcohol. Really rich and decadent smelling.

Taste follows smell almost exactly except more of the dark cherries come through than in the nose. The coffee flavor is also really rich and complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick with lower carbonation. Really smooth. A real treat.

The coffee presence is much more complex and delicious in the fresh on tap version of this beer compared to the bottle (which is one of my favorite beers anyway). Too drinkable. Is this alcohol? Just the slightest warmth in the belly

Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lots of coffee and unsweetened chocolate in the malt, with a rather unusual lactic tartness lurking in the background, somehow related to the lactose sugar notes in the beer. Mouthfeel seemed a little thin for the style, with a little wateryness. The substantial alcohol content was well integrated into the flavor. Where sometimes the inclinatin is to rate a well-regarded beer high, here I found my self a bit letdown. A very nice beer, no question, but not outstanding in the class.

Photo of scottyshades
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrmiles!
A: Pours a viscous looking pitch black color. The head is massive and chocolate color, retention is excellent.

S: Coffee, chocolate, raisin, fig, slight lactose, roasted and toasted malts. Hops are also apparent. Awesome.

T: Tastes better than it smells...big bittersweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, raisin, fig, and just awesomeness. Really one of the best stouts I've tried. Alcohol is completely masked, and only adds body and a little warming feeling.

MF/D: Very viscous, but I have seen thicker. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel from the lactose. Carbonation is right on the money. Amazingly drinkable for 12%

Notes: This is absolutely deserving of the rating. I got too excited to try this, so I'll be ISO for another one to cellar. Thanks Miles, this made my interest in stouts come alive again!

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in Darkness tulip.

A: Pours noticeably viscous and near black. Zero light getting through. Cappucino colored head rises up and settles down quickly, leaving a film of multi-sized bubbles.

S: Bold dark fruit. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee in the background. Hints of sweet cherry.

T: Big doses of chocolate. Waves of bitter chocolate smoothed out with milk chocolate. Dark fruit is present briefly, but not to the same extent as in the aroma. Coffee is understated, but very tasty. This is a coffee stout that will appeal to non-coffee lovers as well.

M: Lovely viscous feel. Silky & smooth. Perfect.

D: Good. I don't find this to be tremendously complex, but it is very interesting. At 12% abv this is clearly a sipper. Something that I can't quite put my finger on, keeps me from wanting multiple servings.

Very nice beer. I really wish Alesmith was available in the Pittsburgh market, as everything I've had from this brewery is world class. Luckily, a short trip to Vintage Estates is all it takes to replenish my Alesmith stash. If you haven't had Speedway be sure to put it on you "to do" list.

Photo of samie85
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep, midnight black with a three finger, dark brown, dense, crater-y head into a snifter. This one leaves thick, sticky rings of lacing.

S-Roasted malt with smooth coffee notes and some vanilla with chocolate malt and some alcohol.

T-Chocolate upfront with some deep, roasted coffee notes, some light traces of vanilla, and finishes dry, roasty and with the smallest hint of booze on the finish.

M-This could be the thickest, creamiest stout I've had. The only ones I can think of that might touch it's mouth-feel are BCS and Darkness. The carbonation level is low, and the beer finishes dry and with a warming quality from the alcohol.

D-This has to one of the easiest drinking high alcohol beers I've had. Almost no indication that this beer is 12%. The mouth-feel blew away as did the taste. I wish I had regular access to this damn near perfect specimen of a coffee stout.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well damn. Just when I thought I knew what my favorite stout in the world was. Going into the end of my second bottle, its all up in the air.

How many ways can you say thick jet black w/ cherry cola head appearance. Amazing lacing, retention, even keeps the tan and red head stuck to the side of the glass after the black liquid is long gone.

Big chocolate and coffee nose. Boozy for sure. That will really be your last impression of booziness.

Taste, immaculate, you won't know 12% was the abv. Thick, no bad aftertaste, just mild coffee melded with a big chocolate malt roast (no bitterness or astringency to it). Just enough sweetness to make it smoother, without sweetness being a hallmark flavor that makes this beer. It never fades, even to the last sip. So coating, every drop, mouthfeel never stops, never fades, you just get sip after sip of heaven. This was drank Saturday, in 90 degree weather around the pool. Yeah, not what many would consider ideal conditions to drink a stout.

IMHO, don't worry about anything else, this stout makes the conditions around you ideal. I wouldn't argue with you if you said this was the best stout in the world.

Photo of BA23598
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me three days to finish this bottle...really wanted to get the feel of this beer... So recorked it after a glass every night... It was mind-blowing on the final night... Drank after dinner.

A. Black. Thick. Bootylicious. Nice body and legs..
S. Dark chocolate, brown sugar...slightly maple syrup.. Expresso
T. Just like the smell... On the last day, lots of creaminess and powdered chocolate came out.
M. Thick.. Not for a beginner...may scare some beer drinkers... But conosiurs will love the effort that went into this beer... Definately for those that have tried and enjoyed KBS, Darklord, Black Tuesday, Tokyo*, Weasel, DFH WWS, etc.
D. If you've tried any of the above, u know what I'm talking about...

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 into Welch's mini, my glass of choice for the style. (It's a makeshift tulip.)

Not much head but man this is a seriously DERK brew, no ruby highlights here. Anarchy. Punk rock. Nascar?

The vapors on this are mellow but robust and balanced. Classic wafts of RIS between disfamiliar invitations speaking thick-ass coffee and espresso. To be honest (and retarded), this smells like a coffee "tree" that has been brutally felled by a bourbon wielding chocolate snowman.

Jesus Christ if you haven't *warmed* a beer yet let this one be your first. Twelve percent (12.00 %) alcohol?? Might as well be twelve percent Ghiradelli chocolate for how smooth and lusciously delectable this drink is.

Finishes smoother than a 90's R&B artist. I could drink this all night and I will, fuck Sunday!

Photo of velosuds
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful 750 ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Son bought this for my birthday and I am sharing it with him.

A-Black beauty. Prettier than any stallion. Pours a midnight black. Very dark. No light gets through this beauty. A one and a half finger, creamy tan head with good retention and lacing ensues. A gorgeous craft beer.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and patent malts, roasted barley, and coffee beans. And, just the slightest hint of alcohol, though not unwelcome in a beer this big at 12%ABV. Aroma is intense and prominent. Very nice.

T-Velvety chocolate, as in the sweetest, most delectable fudge, espresso coffee, black-strap molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of rum. The depth and complexity is amazing. Taste definitely improves as it warms. I imagine this will also improve as it ages.

M-Robust, but very smooth with medium to full body. Alcohol is not noticeable.

D-This is a great beer. Best enjoyed by sipping. Very glad to have finally given this a try. I'll be back for more this fall and winter, which seems to be coming early in Oregon this year.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, murky colour, red-tinged up to the light. Head is ochre-hued with large bubbly texture on top, modest but retaining extremely well. Lace is very nice, sticky. Yes, a very good-looking beer indeed.

A lot of coffee on the nose. Rich, dark robust espresso flavours. Nice cocoa underlying and some touches of oak, vanilla and caramel as well. Nice bitterness that isn't overdone; certainly appealing.

Very dark flavour, lots of roastiness on that. Very syrupy mouthfeel is the first thing I notice, plus I'm sipping small amounts, yet getting a huge amount of flavour. Pleasant espresso bitterness with lots of that cocoa-rich chocolate, touches of wood and brown sugar as well. Definite heady strength to it, I mean it sort of feels heavy but doesn't taste it. There's an imperial-stout heaviness that doesn't compare to other alcoholic heaviness but this is also crazy drinkable. Bitterness is noticeable but pleasant and earthy. Sweet characters pop up here and there just for my enjoyment. The finish has a bite to it, but more like a lovebite, really.

This is a damn nice beer. Perhaps just a whisper of gritty bitterness hangs around, rendering it just slightly imperfect.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter (and later into a perfect pint).

A - Beee-lack. Just black. Two full fingers of mocha-colored head, with some serious staying power. Not a lot of lacing but wow, that head sticks around.

S - Lots of coffee, coupled with a chocolate sweetness. Cocoa, toast, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Wow. This has all the components that I look for in a stout. Leading off is an oat-y note that reminds me of breakfast cereal, followed closely by strong coffee flavors. Once the coffee fades the sweetness comes in, along with some milk chocolate. The finish is more coffee, and it goes a while. This is an awesome beer.

M - Smooth and creamy, substantial yet light. Carbonation is just right, and the finish is not too dry. I'm not aware of a better beer in this area.

D - Okay, the ABV is high, but if I had another bottle I'd be popping the top right now. RIGHT NOW.

O - This is truly a world-class beer. I may not live here on the left coast much longer, but I can tell you that I'll be buying a lot more of this while I'm still here.

Photo of philbe311
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Just shy of two fingers worth of dense creamy batter-like head that is medium to dark khaki to color... Minimal retention gives way to a thick slightly uneven lacing... An absolutely opaque standard black color... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Chocolate and coffee... Coffee and chocolate... Roasted malts... Minor notes of licorice... A very subtle booziness... Very straightforward and very effective...

T - Cocoa... Roasted malts... Coffee... A touch of gooey caramel... The coffee really emerges and the finish and remains through the after taste along with a very faint alcoholic warmth lingers in the back of the throat...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly thinner than expected, but not "thin" by any means... A roasted chalkiness permeates... Slightly intensifies from start to finish, but otherwise very even and consistent...

D - Some big stouts are just too overbearing and detract from the overall enjoyability of otherwise terrific brews... That's not the case with Alesmith Speedway, this is a seriously big stout, but it fairly easy going and easy to workthrough... A truly world class offering...

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown almost black oily brew. It appears slowly but there is a nice thin .5 inch head with nice dense bubbles and some bigger to medium sized bubbles on the top. The head is nice and tan with some slight dark sandy colors.

S - Delicious sweet caramel first, that is quickly overtaken by some great fresh roasted coffee. The coffee is delicious and robust but with some slight mocha hints. Nice toasty and roasted malt hints with slight coffee and slight vanilla spice as well. Nice cocoa powder and the booze is not as apparent initially.

T & M - Delicious Wow! Roasted and toasty sweet chocolatey hints. Very nice sweet brown sugar hints as well. The roasted coffee flavor is up there as one of the best in a stout in my opinion. There is great complexity around this brew and each of the flavors are very interconnected and well represented. There is a slight warmth at the end that really adds to the sweetness as well probably from the 12% ABV. Nice oily and viscous with a lower carbonation fell that is very delicious and compliments the rich full body perfectly. There is some slight spice and some woody and smokey flavors as well and the nice roasted and dry finish is very exciting. Absolute MVP of the ADS in my book.

D - High ABV but dangerously hidden. One of my favorite Double Stouts.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many bottles and draughts over time. Old bottle from notes (2006). Wow! Pours with a small, ultra creamy, light brown head with some great lacing. Pitch black body. Amazing aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes of morning fresh french roast. Perfect mouthfeel, ultra creamy and so easy to drink (even at 12%), just amazing, nice alcohol warming. Nice and sweet mocha plays with your taste buds.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Had this one many times and finally going to review it.

A- Pours a dark black color. No light getting through this one. One finger mocha colored head fades rather quickly. No lacing as it just falls back into the glass.

S- Big time coffee smell. Light baker's chocolate (bitter) in the background. A light roasted malt backbone to this. Alcohol tingles the nose as you sniff. Hint of vanilla with this as well.

T- Chocolate malts come off first in bitter start. This is interesting as I expected the coffee to start this. The coffee kicks it into high gear though and that is all you can taste in a espresso like middle. The alcohol shines for a minute as it transends into a light roasted malt mixed with chocolate again. The ending has more alcohol but it is hidden throughout the beer so well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Very chewy and slick as it cover the palate. Coffee flavors left on the palate and chocolate covered coffee beans make up the aftertaste with a kiss of alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are so well blended it's kind of crazy.

D- This is a fantastic beer that really is drinkable. Although, having more than a couple pints of this could be bad news. The high ABV lmits the drinkability on this to be honest.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this bottle for a year and a half, and finally opened it. Consumed from my Trappist Rochefort goblet.

A- Pours almost pure black, very dark, no light passes through. Nice healthy tannish head, good retention too.

S- Coffee predominantly, with some notes of caramel. Also smell some dark fruit and some booziness.

T- Tastes mostly of dark coffee and caramel. Nice malty backbone swoops in for a second, and then fades to a nice coffee aftertaste.

M- Very nice mouthfeel. It is more carbonated than most beers of this style, but it works. Gets better as it warms...

D- Pretty heavy but the mouthfeel keeps drawing me back. The initial flavor was good, but the coffee aftertaste got to be a little much after a while.

A tasty coffee stout, and always a safe bet. It has a touch too much coffee in it for it to be perfect for me, but I'd buy it again. The Barrel Aged version is perfect, as the barrel aging mellowed out the coffee.

Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to oversized wine glass

Had this bottle aging since early '10, and I've had this on tap several times, so I thought I'd crack it open and see if I could detect any changes

A: Pours coffee-black with not a trace of light passing through as I hold it up to the light. There's plenty of carbonation here, but only a small, mocha-colored head forms, I assume from the the viscous complexion you would expect from a 12% stout. As I lightly twirl the beer, a small layer of lacing is left behind which slowly cascades down the glass.

N: Sweetened espresso and chocolate fill the nose. This isn't the chocolate-like aromas you pick up from many stouts which are almost molasses or carob-like. No, this is straight-up dark, unsweetened chocolate. Alcohol is also present, but not overpowering as you might expect given the ABV.

T: Italian roasted coffee and dark chocolate are immediately prevalent. As the bottle states, "brewed with Ryan Bros. coffee beans", so you're expecting the coffee notes, but this brew is so chocolaty I'm surprised Ghirardellii didn't have a hand in this. A slight orangey citrus is noted as the sip progresses, and the finish is bitter chocolate and warming alcohol. The alcohol is damn well hidden for the strength of this ale, but does become noticeable as the glass warms. Nothing is out of balance here, and it really contains all of the rich flavors you might crave in a stout, yet more pronounced.

M: Creamy, chewy, oily, delicious. The rich complexion induces slow sipping, making this brew a nice pair to a rich desert or an after-dinner digestif.

D: This one really goes down nicely, especially given the 12% ABV, which is remarkably and dangerously hidden. The coffee/chocolate notes are far more pronounced than the alcohol, but the alcohol does add a nice warmth, especially as the beer warms.

Notes: This was aged a little longer than 6 months and I didn't notice a huge difference than when I've had it on tap in the past. I'm going to pick up another and forget about it for a couple of years and see if the flavors change or relax at all.

Photo of DNICE555
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in the beer fridge for so long. First weekend in the new apartment not having to move anything. Humidity and heat finally left and it's a nice early Sept cool night. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

A: Wesley Snipes body with a Bunny Rabbit chocolate milk head.

S: Coffee front, chocolate, big badass stout smell that filled up the whole room.

T: Coffee, Iced coffee, Chocolate, cherries, molasses. I've been very patient storing this bigfoot. It has not dissapointed. The flavor is huge.

M: Light carbonation. Big thick chewy mouthfeel.

D: If you like coffee stouts, pick up this beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open with @LaitueGonflable and @thescotdownunder to celebrate my 800th beer review on BA. Purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco and carted back in my luggage to Sydney.

Pours with an amazing cascade effect -- the head forms backwards from what I expect, leaving some liquid darkness running down the inside of the glass, while the head forms downwards into the body of the beer. Quite spectacular to watch. It's a deep, heavy and opaque black colour, and the head, once it has formed, is a pleasant mocha brown. Lacing is very decent. Looks every bit the American Imperial Stout. Just wonderful.

Very dark on the nose, with huge roasted notes, but also a very distinct and spicy capsaicin note like freshly crushed chilli. Big oaky and roasted coffee notes as well -- I expect nothing less from the best Impy Stouts. Little coconut or vanilla, as I've had from many other examples, but the spicy notes give this its own edge, and its own unique character. Very, very good indeed.

Very smooth and slick profile on the palate; it's the first thing noticeable. It then delivers big roasted notes, but subtly leavened by good vanilla characters that almost evoke melted ice cream. Quite noticeable oak on the back, and it finishes surprisingly dry; that slight spice aroma gets revived in the dying moments. It's a lovely brew.

Oh yes, oh yes... this is an exceptionally good beer. Rich, full of character, dark and seductive, boisterous and aggressive in places. So much going on and so excitingly craft. I love it to bits.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to get to this one forever. Well it's an awesome cool crisp late summer evening so I think this fits the bill.

Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

A: Wow talk about a beauty. The beer is so black I think it's sucking light in from the room I'm in. Beautiful waves of cascading carbonation look like a waterfall of chocolate milk. Huge three finger mocha hued head sets up and refuses to leave. After an agonizing wait a thick coating of lace is left around the glass.

S: Sweet and rich milk chocolate are the first thing to greet my nose. Like melted chocolate ice cream. Plenty of roasted malt and black coffee are present as well. Just a hint of campfire. As it warms further I can pick up hints of dark fruit and molasses. This beer is giving the Abyss a run for it's money as my favorite big stout.

T: Bitter dark chocolate up front slowly fades into fire roasted coffee beans. Molasses and black cherries are present as well. The flavor isn't as spectacular as the nose but only by a slim margin.

M: full chewy body, thick like motor oil, light carbonation

D: Overall a wonderful beer. Well worth it's place on the top 100.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/19/10- Had this one out of a 750 mL bottle.
A: Black with a slow developing, nice caramel head.
S: Caramel, mocha, bananas, espresso, nice dark chocolate and molasses... very good.
T: Espresso and dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla character that is mild, roasted charred flavor and a strange cannabis green finish lingers.
M: Sticky, but with a nice cleansing frothiness.
D: Very good.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml of this from the deli next to my hotel when I was in San Diego about a month ago. I've been waiting for the right night to drink it, and I was in a stout mood tonight. Around $10. Into my Stone IRS glasses, split with my girlfriend.

A: Pours a deep inky black with a light brown head, a good two fingers worth that sticks around nicely. Excellent lacing as the head recedes into a good half inch of dense head. Completely opaque. Excellent here.

S: Lots of nice roasted flavors, fresh coffee, dark malts, and surprisingly no booze, which is great for a 12% beer. Underneath that are notes of molasses, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, and a few dark fruit flavors, maybe plums. Overall very nice here, but I've definitely smelled better stouts.

T: Follows over nicely from the nose, excellent coffee flavors as well as a little bit of booze. Tons of roasty flavors that add a nice bitterness to counteract the sweetness of the immense chocolate flavors. A few hoppy bitter flavors, and a bit of earthyness as well. Some brown sugar, and some caramel in there as well. Excellent flavors, very enjoyable.

M: This is almost perfect in the mouth, sticky, thick and rich, but a surprisingly dry finish which I think is really aided by the booze here. Decent amount of warmth in the gullet. Pretty much right on here.

D: Dangerous. for a 12% beer, I could see me sipping on this all night and eventually falling into a stout induced coma of satisfaction. Thankfully I only have one bottle, because if there was another in the fridge I would be all over popping it open tonight. Great beer, definitely lives up to the hype.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 5,154 ratings.