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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,508 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,508
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 738
Gots: 1,258 | FT: 122
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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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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown. Real brown. Like black brown. Dessert style head of chocolate milk colour. Looks like a treat on its own. Of course there is also some lace to add visual appeal.

Smell: Heaps of chocolate. Chocolate syrup. A bit of a grainy base. Mild alcoholic whiffs slide through here and there. Low profile hop character is barely noticeable with all of this dark malty chocolate activity.

Taste: Chocolate would be a good guess. Yes, it has a chocolate syrup feel going on. This even seems to be a bit dairy influenced. There is an undertone of malty raw grain character that keeps this from feeling completely like a dessert drink. This and also a vague bitterness gently cut the sweetness to keep things palatable. Rich is the word here. Tightrope hijinx.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. No chunks. Dreamy.

Drinkability: Good considering. This is going to require some insulin. It also has the potential to smack your noggin. It doesn't put up a fight, so be thee wary. Solid. Overpriced too.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 17:47:09 | More by SupaCelt
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts as a sweet malt and roasted coffee, smooth, finishes with a smokey caramel flavor; the high ABV is not noticeable. Excellent Imperial stout. Serious yeast in bottom of glass. $12.85 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 23:07:18 | More by jdhilt
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith Speedway Stout is best served cool at 50-55F for the best character. This "high performance" Imperial Stout pours up much like 40-W motor oil. There's very little carbonation and the head retention suffers a bit from the higher alcohol content and from the coffe bean oils. The deep, jet-black color is almost impervious to light making clarity irrelevant. The nose is powerfully rich & vinous with lots of darker malt complexity. The aroma is very enticing and choc full of coffee liqueur, dark chocolate, plum pudding, and figish notes. The flavor is very refined & surprisingly smooth for such a strong beverage with plenty of roasted barley and rich chocolate flavors with hints of cocao, mocha, dark rum and vanilla notes that are balanced by just a touch of hop bitterness. After a few sips, the cheek warming Kahlua alcohol notes make this stout more akin to a fine liqueur or vintage port than a beer.

This is a strong, full-bodied stout that has lots to offer the beer aficionado. Cellar a few bottles for safe keeping, because this "high performance" brew gets a checkered flag! Enjoy Speedway Stout in perfect solitude or after a special dinner among appreciative guests. Suggested pairings include fine imported chocolate, coffee-swirled cheesecake and/or a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream. Gentlemen, start your engines!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 06:37:44 | More by Beertracker
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PuckLSHS

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, what can I say about Alesmith Speedway Stout? Or, as I like to call it, a gift from the gods. I have had this in the bottle, on-tap at Pizza Port and on a nitro-tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach countless times. It never ceases to make me happy each and every time.

The appearance is a dark black stout with a creamy finish at the top. I usually get about a 1-2 finger head that dissipates at a slow rate. Just beautiful and mighty.

The smell and taste are great. The taste is coffee, chocolatey goodness that lingers on the palate.

Wonderful mouthfeel as it goes down quite creamy and smooth. The drinkability is exceptional. When you first look at the ABV and the size of the bottle, you take a step back and wonder how you would ever get through it with your buddy. Well, I can tell you, it can be done. You could probably even do it yourself with a lot of patience and some good company to keep your eye on the prize.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-04-2006 18:14:10 | More by PuckLSHS
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pjwilson

California

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from notes. I drank this badboy stout down in the heat of palm desert. Somehow the plan to lay a bottle down quickly morphed into drink immediately. Oh well.

Appearance: poured into a wine glass, the head is a dark tan, not white at all, with lots of lacing. The beer is deep dark black and the head held for as long as can could be excepted for the 12 percent, but would have liked a bit more. Still hands down the darkest foam I've ever seen.

Mouthfeel: a freakin' 6, how can such a dark beer be this light drinking? I've had ESBs that drank thicker than this. Could it be the coffee that makes the mouthfeel this thin? So nice drinking this beer, so easy.

Drinkability: yeah it's super easy to drink. The alcohol sort of made the last 5 ounces take some time but I was going good until then. Really ace.

Taste: Ok, I started this colder than recommended, but shit it's Palm Desert. Extremely tasty sheets of coffee and chocolate hit the tongue. Not "like" coffee and chocolate but dead on in fact. Deep slurps bring on just a hint of booze. A respectable bitterness holds it own and there is a slight sweetness.

Smell: Saved smell for last thinking it might improve but no. The smell is way more boozy than the taste and the coffee and chocolate flavors, which are there but hover in the background. Still pretty good though, and the beer taste's and drinks so well, one hardly cares. A "must buy" again and again.

New review 11/20/10
Pretty, pretty, pretty good

a: pours like black cough syrup, forming a dark tan head. It's like a black hole, can't see any light through it. Kind of hypes you up.

smell: major coffee. but sweet coffee, not bitter. nice

taste: just yum. Doesn't really taste like "beer" but that's okay. So rich and coffee like. Can't taste but a hint of alcohol. I taste chocolate and coffee so who can complain.

mouthfeel: yeah, it's thick. But really, with this alcohol level you need it to be.

drinkability: between a siper and a drinker. For my money a top notch stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:12:05 | More by pjwilson
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool looking bottle with silver foil.
Undated 750ml bottle, no freshness date.
Poured into a snifter glass.

Inky black in color. Absolutely no light could pass through. A nice two finger thick, tan colored head forms. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Big aromas of dark fruits, mostly prunes, dark chocolate and alcohol. Coffee smell is not present. Taste starts with big roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness combined with the warm alcohol feeling. This stout does have a great coffee aftertaste. Super enjoyable, for such a big beer. Rich, smooth and creamy descibe the mouthfeel. This beer is going down way too good and way too fast. I cannot believe how easy this beer is too drink. I knocked down the drinkability due to the 12% abv. Other than that, this is near perfect. My second offering from AleSmith and another fine example. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 02:23:40 | More by BigDaddyWil
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SethB2

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a coffee color with a huge deep tan head that last several minutes before settling, leaving a web like lacing in it's aftermath. Smells of sweet malty fruit and some coffee. Something else a little bitter in there too, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe some hops. Tastes is of strong, bitter malts, coffee and some hops. High alcohol content is well hidden, but you know it's there. It's a warming beer, for sure. Mouthfeel is the very definition of full and thick. It has a nice aftertaste too, something that I don't normally associate with Stouts. Drinkability is somewhat hindered by the high alcohol content and the fact that is is such a dominating, stong flavor. More that one at a time might leave your pallet in shambles.

Very nice beer. Many thanks to westsidethreat.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:34:20 | More by SethB2
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klewis

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a big foamy tan head. Broad rings of thick lacing are left on the tulip.

S: Despite the "pounds and pounds of coffee beans added to the brew" (as the bottle advertises), I don't detect any coffee aroma. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate instead.

T: A smooth taste with flavors of burnt chocolate, carmael, and alcohol. Very long taste duration.

M: Heavy and viscous as motor oil and just as sticky. The carbonation is mroe active than expected for a beer like this.

D: A very good double stout. The price tag makes this seem a bit pricey, but when I compare it to a bottle of wine of the same quality, it becomes well worth what it cost. Don't be a hero - drink this one with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 00:45:24 | More by klewis
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black beer with thick tan head. Thick sticky lacing coats the glass after each sip.

Huge nose of alcohol, roasted coffee beans (as the bottle warns) and some bitter chocolate.

WHOA! This beer hits the tongue with LOADS of flavor. Roasted coffee exlodes on the tongue. Lots of bitter chocolate and slight hop presence balance out the sweetness. Alcohol warming follows as this one finishes dry. The huge creamy thick feel makes this one overly pleasant to sit down with.

If only I could come across this one more often. Many thanks to Jetsbeer for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 01:43:51 | More by timtheenchanta
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scottoale

California

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa ! Served in the 12oz. plastic cup at the source, this is a dark black...maybe brown (it's hard to tell it's so dark) with a light brown frothy head. Good lacing that sticks.

Smells of dark, rich roasted espresso , bitter-sweet chocolate and some alcohol, oh my!!

First taste wakes the tastebuds, post-haste! Strong powerful, bitter, eye-opening coffee fills the mouth, goes down easily, then lingers and lures you to please, have some more ! Don't have to twist my arm, this stuff is delicious and very potent ! At 12.0% ABV, I think this is a one-of-a-kind, definitely the strongest stout I have ever tasted.

A full-bodied beer that hits hard at first, subtly mellows and lingers in a most pleasant way...what a stout ! Creamy, smooth mouthfeel...nice !

The best stout I've ever had on tap, highly recommended...try it !

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 03:58:52 | More by scottoale
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Chadbrew

Delaware

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ones almost black with very little carbonation, almost none at all really until it sits for a few minutes or is swirled in the glass. A very roasty aroma burnt smelling with licorice.
The taste has plenty of alcohol and a chocolate flavor, bitter chocolate not sweet. There is some sweetness but it is a syrupy sweet laced with ass-loads of alcohol, kinda like cough syrup.
The mouthfeel is full and slick with a touch of oily.
I like this alot but frankly I don't know what to do with this huge bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 22:46:39 | More by Chadbrew
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You don't get darker or opaquer as this demonstrative stout races out to the gripping taste of supported roast.

Speedways masculine color is matched with a viscous appearance or motor oil as a blanked of heavy whipping cream seems to stand in for its head character. The foam will eventually give way to the beast of a beer underneath and leave moderate lace to start, but oily legging to finish.

A focused scent of espresso and cocoa-rich chocolates are backed with the scent of burnt caramel, malted milk, and slight coffeeish sourness.

Deliciously dedicated to the espresso and bittersweet chocolates as well. The simplified palate is supported by complementary malted milk candies, slightly scorched caramel, and a berry-like acidic twang that signals closure to the beer. Without much complexity, the beer relies heavily on roasted malt to carry the session.

Full bodied and robust throughout, the malty oily early palate is rounded by the richer malt texture of heavy cream and bread. A slow fade to firm alcohol warmth and roast bitterness finishes the beer with a long linger of roast and chocolate.

I like the fact that the beer isn't muddled with tertiary flavors just for the sake of complexity. This beer is complex because of it's sheer bigness and not because of it's variety of conflicting taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 16:50:43 | More by BEERchitect
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Graham21

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thick pou,r with a coffee color. very dark. two finger head. good retention, good lacing.
nose was a sour chocolate with a hint of smoke and coffee beans. smelled very good.
Taste; bitter, alcoholic, chocolate, dark chocolate, bitter baking chocolate, lots of coffee, and roasted malts
Great stout
too much alchol;got me drunk

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 04:54:30 | More by Graham21
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obsidian. Other than a mere sliver of pecan shell brown along the bottom edge of the glass, this beer is a complete black hole. The coffee-with-cream colored head looks nearly as thick and as meaty as the liquid on which it sits. Its moonscape surface contains multiple bubbles of various sizes that create pits and craters as they burst. Lace is in relatively short supply, but then I wasn't expecting much given the ABV.

The aroma was amazing as I poured and is no less amazing now that I'm concentrating on it for real. The three major components are ridicously roasted black malt, bittersweet chocolate and espresso. I can pick up the slightest hint of alcohol, though it's more than welcome in a beer as big as this one is.

AleSmith Speedway Stout is better than expected... and I expected no less than greatness. This is one of the hugest, most full-flavored, most mouthfilling ales of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Words fail me when attempting to describe the sheer massiveness of the malt backbone. Each sip explodes with the force of a daisy cutter, sending great gouts of melted, coffee bean-flecked chocolate fudge up, down and sideways until my mouth seems unable to contain it all.

SS tastes blacker, meaner, more menacing than most other American double stouts that I've run across. It's more along the lines of an RIS in that regard. It's as sweet and as chocolatey as any other ADS, but it's also impressively bitter and has a huge blackstrap molasses vibe goin' on. In fact, the flavor profile contains the entire gamut of stout flavors and still manages to combine them into a beautiful, seamless whole.

I don't like coffee and I'm not usually a fan of coffee-dominant beer. I had a few qualms about this one when I read the back label and found out that 'pounds and pounds of coffee beans' were added during the brewing. Surprisingly, the flavor isn't overwhelmingly java-like. The finish is freakishly long and leaves the mouth and tongue coated with a 'bitter hop cones (mixed with fire-roasted black malt)' layer of scum that one doesn't usually find outside the biggest IPAs/DIPAs.

That brings us to mouthfeel. Simply put, this beer has one of the three biggest mouthfeels in all of beerdom. It's easily the equal of Dark Lord (I'm leaving the third spot open because nothing else comes readily to mind). If you've ever drunk eggnog or heavy cream, you'll have some idea of what it feels like. It's velvety smooth and impossibly creamy. In other words, it's mouth candy for those of us whose attach more importance to mouthfeel than to anything other than flavor.

I've just realized that I haven't even commented on the ABV or the noticeable alchohol yet. That's because this is one of the most well-masked high alcohol beers in existence. Whether that has more to do with its age (an estimated 1 year) or to its brewer's skill, I couldn't say. As noted in the nose, the alcohol is an integral part of the whole and is a more than welcome contributor. Completely burying the beast just wouldn't be right; a little controlled snarl is just what this beer needs.

AleSmith Speedway Stout deserves every accolade ever thrown its way. I'd love to scratch off the 2nd place ribbon shown on the rear label since this behemoth takes a back seat to no stout. No how, no way. This is a truly special beer brewed by a truly special brewery and is not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 22:56:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this over a year ago and couldn't stand it. I think the problem was that I drank it after four (or so) lighter beers during a poker game, and all I needed was to finish with more session beers. It was so thick and heavy...

Now I tried it again and found it to be really good. The appearance was nice, pitch black with a decent tan foam on top. It smelled appetizing too, coffee and malt and a little chocolate. The taste was mostly the same, very good but not my favorite coffeed stout (I like Two Brothers Imperial Stout and Founders Breakfast Stout more).

Maybe not worth the price for me, but it was nice anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 00:51:01 | More by TurdFurgison
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KingG for the bottle. My bottle has a different label than the one shown here on BA, so I'll assume it's kinda fresh, not that it would matter with this beer. Pours with a huge head, I've seen blacker stouts. On the third pour, I finally get some globs of lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste is fu#king amazing! Initial semisweet roasted malt, which quickly turns to burnt malt, coffee, milk chocolate for a tenth of a second, then dark, very dark chocolate. Even the foam tastes good, burnt to a crisp would be an accurate description. Mouthfeel is less oily than some imperial stouts, but as thick and chewy as any. Silky, smooth, and vinous. Incredibly drinkable, albeit very heavy and filling.

I have enjoyed this as much as any imperial stout, save for maybe Rogue Imperial Stout 01, and even then it's a tie.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 09:05:02 | More by Sephiroth
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HimerMan

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. This, to me, is an Imperial Cream Stout (and more speciffically, a burnt coffee, chocolate and cream stout with a nice/appropiate alcohol kick). Poured black as night with dark brown head. Mouthful is not for the faint of stout, especially due to its high alcohol content. Highly suggest having with cheesecake or after diner to relax.

Serving type: cask

03-22-2006 02:56:10 | More by HimerMan
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you need a stout in a serious way, this is the beer for you. After pouring, it looked as if some wiseguy had filled my pint glass with a melted tire. It's every bit as black as anything goodyear would slap around your rims. The head was a very thin blanket of fuzzy brown foam. The appearance would be perfect were it a little bigger.
As for the smell, well remember that Folger's comercial? The one where they throw the pot of coffee on and the entire family ends up coming down the stairs because they smell the coffee? I could see that happening with this one. The coffee wafts upward to your nose while you're trying to take in the sight of this beer. Try as you might to focus on the eye candy aspect, you WILL notice the aroma. Lots of cocoa, followed by the unmistakable coffee smell. The taste is chock full of bitter chocolate, that's followed by more chocolate but more reminiscent of Hershey's syrup. The back trails out with coffee. For as strong as this one is, I found myself jolted with energy, probably from the actual coffee beans added to this brew. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous, spot on for a stout.
For me I couldn't see drinking more than a glass or so of this, not because of the ABV but because the taste is so immense that no thoughts of another could be entertained. Its beers like this that put the craft into craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 02:49:55 | More by TheBungyo
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolute black with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around.

Smell is thick with chocolate, coffee, dark malt and bourbon aroma.

Taste is creamy chocolate up front, then a blast of coffee and hop bitterness. Mollasses, slight dark fruit notes, dark grain and burnt malt. Finish is dry and lingering with definite woody bourbon notes. Wonderfully large and complex without overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Quite smooth and a little lighter than expected. Very nice.

Overall I'm impressed. Alcohol flavor is present but I'm surprised that it is 12%. Mouthfeel is so smooth that it is easy to drink this 750ml in one sitting (I've pretty much finished mine off while writing this short review). Flavor is large but not obnoxius. This is a great stout.

Thanks Bashiba for passing this one along. I owe you one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 23:33:51 | More by Blakaeris
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's Liquors for $13.99, and damn was I glad to get one locally rather than having to trade for it. Consumed with my father while watching the extended version of "The Two Towers"... it sure made the movie somewhat more surreal.

This one poured out an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a tan two-finger head that persisted for quite a while. Quite a stout.

Aroma was a complex blend of roasted malt, toasted barley, coffee, and dark fruits, with alcohol pervading the whole nose underneath it all.

Flavor was of intense bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, almost burned barley, and coffee, with a definite alcohol presence making itself known. This was a rather bitter stout, and quite welcome.

I have to take a little away from its drinkability, both because of its power and its cost. Cost is prohibitive, and it made me reeeally sleepy. Although that could have been the movie, too. But not the pizza, had this before pizza.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 03:30:09 | More by connecticutpoet
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Crosling

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was unbelieveable. It poured pitch black. The head: light tan in size with a mostly diminishing head that left some lacing. Nice nose. Molasses and lots of toffee and coffee but mostly a sweet milk chocolate covered pot leaf that I loved. Starts out with vanilla, toffee and tons of cocoa. The mid-palate was full of chocolate but not the usual chocolate but more of a melted milk chocolate. The finish was amazing and hard to put into words. It was a tobacco laden coffee bean dripping with chocolate and it was very lingering. The coffee beans served there purpose, molding all the flavors together and eliminating a lot of the alcohol flavors. This was a 12% beer and I could barely taste any alcohol and I think it was the coffee beans than eliminated it. This beer was amazing and the past few days I have been sitting in the middle of class and I could swear that I tasted the tobacco laden coffee bean dripping with chocolate finish. Rerate: I’ve had several bottles since my first review above and each bottle still blows me away. One of the best Imperial Stouts in the world.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 23:06:06 | More by Crosling
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

David and I shared a bottle of the 2006 version at Redbones. My review is all over the map, I think one of the reasons as this one would most likely benefit with some ageing (it's actually recommended to do so on the bottle). Initial impression after the bottle was opened was that it was a boozy monster with a syupy mouthfeel. I was actually a little nervous and thought, I hope some of our fellow bar patrons can help us finish the bottle if we aren't able to. Well, guess what, we had no problems finiishing the bottle, so let's see what we had. Poured into tulip glasses, it had a nice coal black color with mahogany highlights in the light. I loved the deep rich coffee crema head, but it dissipated and only left me with some small skim coat on the sides. The aroma was initially boozy, but as we became accostomed to it, the coffee came to the fore, and some depth was provided by some stone fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel was initially syrupy, however as we made our way through the bottle, it became rougher, with fine prominent carbonation. Tastewise, there's a ton of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted notes from both. I enjoyed it, and it did become easier to drink as we made our way through the bottle. Actually did not feel intoxicated at the end, but that's where a big meal, and tons of water help out. Would love to try again in six months.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 13:34:43 | More by PatandDavid
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imblane

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Release in a 750ml bottle, brewery fresh. This is listed as an American Double Stout, but I feel the coffee overtones overpowered this beer. I love this beer, but IMHO it is not a double or IRS beer. It is in a class by itself. Black as the Ace of Spades with a big coffee kick upfront, a malty backbone and a smooth alcohol finish. The acidity was moderate and this beer was un-believably enjoyable and relaxing. Another huge effort from Ale Smith, I have a few of these in the cellar for a cool winter day!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 07:25:22 | More by imblane
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to write this one the morning after because I got a bit too drunk from that big bottle!

A: One heck of a dark beer - straight up opaque black. A bit disappointed that it poured with no head - maybe this was one of those issues AleSmith had been having with the beers sent to the east coast. In any case, the lack of head really detracted from the beer's appearance.

N/P: This really is a coffee stout. I think I started drinking this one a bit too cold so a lot of the flavors didn't come out very well. When it warmed up the coffee and roasted malts hit the palate hard. To be honest, I had a hard time pulling anything else out of this one - the coffee really dominates.

M/D: The alcohol I felt was a bit too much. I guess I should have expected it at 12%, but it was a definitely a bit stinging throughout the session. Other than that, the beer was fairly creamy and had a pretty good texture. Drinkability is fairly low, although I did manage to kill the bottle myself :)

All in all a good beer, but certainly it did not live up to my expectations. Perhaps this is a different beast on the west coast, but unfortunately, this is the only one I had to review.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 13:52:08 | More by Lnedrive14
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hero27

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapped over the neck & cap. 12% abv.

I could have sworn the bottle was brown (or black) before I poured it out...but when I noticed the bottle was actually green, I realized how damn dark this beer really was. The head was chocolate brown and left thick tan lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. The bittersweet taste of coffee beans mixed with chocolate kept the alcohol pretty well hidden, and it's truly hard to believe this is 12%..
The mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is fairly low..creamy and rich to the end.. drinkability is ok, but there's no way I'd be able to have more than one 750ml of this...I had some help from a couple friends and it still took us quite a while.

Very similar to Dark Lord..but the Lord takes the crown, in my opinion. Speedway Stout is a gigantic beer and an Imperial Stout that's well worth trying if you get the chance.

Bottle courtesy of Jetsbeer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 03:59:24 | More by hero27
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,508 ratings.