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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,504 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 739
Gots: 1,256 | FT: 123
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:
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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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with the color and viscosity of motor oil. Darker in fact. Coaxing a head out of this baby was next to impossible but once I stopped pouring, a tiny swirl of mocha bubbles came forth from the depths of the jet-black elixir. Smell was intense to say the least. Deep, dark, chocolate, sweet, overripe cherries, scorched toffee, chocolate-covered peanuts, dark-roast coffee, and a kiss of anise. Sublime. Taste... holy crap, it's as good as I imagined. Hella chocolatey up front, intermixed with the darkest, sweetest, ripest of fruits. Brandy-like at times as a result. Nicely peppery in the middle. Finishes of over-sugared, bitter, dark-roast coffee that hangs in the back of your throat until you're ready for your next sip. Shit, this stuff tastes like morning and night. Immediately warms the insides yet the ABV is masked as well as anyone could mask in such a monstrosity of a beer. Carbonation is practically non-existent. Mouth is full and silky. Am I dreaming? A godlike offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 00:36:58 | More by oxmasterscream
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful coal black with a dark brown head that fades. No light can penetrate it. In fact, I think it makes the whole room darker.

Smells like a mecca of roasted delights. As it warms up, the smell of the booze becomes much more apparent.

Tastes wonderfully rich and complex, waves of roasted goodness among some fruity undertones. The alcohol presents itself as it warms. Extremely delicious.

BIG, rich body. Like drinking a meal. Very satisfying.

Because of the monster size of the is beer, it's not one I could drink every day. However, I could definitely drink it regularly. This is a fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 13:28:02 | More by MaltyGoodness
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GClarkage

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/01/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle poured into my Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. No date on the bottle.

Appearance- One of the most black colored pours I have seen. No light getting though this one. 3/4 inch ultra dirty brown head. Lacing could have been a bit better.

Smell- More coffee than anything. A touch of dark chocolate and some sweet roasted malt in the nose. Definitely some alcohol presence as well.

Taste- The nose does not lie my friend. Nice ground coffee flavor to go with a darn sweet average toasted malt background. About perfect...not to weak, not to over the top. A touch of bittersweet chocolate rounds the taste out. Some hops lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel- After nursing this one over about 3 hours, at the finish it's semi creamy, low carbonation and nicely warming.

Drinkability- Had no idea this was 12% until I looked at the label. Drained the last 2oz and dregs right out of the bottle into my mouth and thought maybe about 9% at first, then looked at the label! Very deceiving alcohol. Didn't hit me that hard. Quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 05:21:43 | More by GClarkage
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DogFood11

California

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

Thank goodness westwood brewery scrapped their meeger brewing operation and put good beer on tap instead. The big winner is me as they now have speedway stout on tap....Oh Myyy.

Poured into a chalice that is one of those that feels heavy , looks huge, but only holds 8 or so ounces. whatever it was sweeeet.

not much head but a nice ring lacing and jet black. Rich chocolate smell w/ some burnt malt...Deeep aroma's. excellent mouthfeel, rich, medium body, slight singe at the end. Chocolate was what came across to me the most but it finished burnt and actually a slight hop was barely felt beneath this beheamoth to cleanse. I've been a fan of this beer but never rated it and now that its on tap its all over but the crying.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2005 01:03:58 | More by DogFood11
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far333

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks thick coming out of the bottle, pours dark opaque brown with a finely bubbled light brown head. Arms of lacey foam rise up the sides of the glass.

Aroma is strong and far-reaching, chocolately with coffee bitter and plum, some spiciness, a bit of fresh moist bark.

Flavor is sharp and pungent, bitter and smokey, some charred bark followed by cocoa and coffee, a fine hop backbone, and a spicey fennel freshness that sparkles on the tongue. A coffee bitter lingers. The ABV is barely noticeable, wouldn't guess it packs such a wallop if I didn't already know.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, moderate to low carbonation. Decent drinkability, but a definite sipper. Great beer. Many thanks to nrrd for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 03:17:09 | More by far333
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This rather pricey Alesmith beer pours a thick dank black color with a large cocoa tan head. Head maintains itself well before residing down to a skim layer atop the liquid.

Aroma is somewhat coffeeish but more chocolatey and nutty. A hint of alcohol in there as well.

Flavor is lacking on the coffee for my liking. There's coffee in there but it doesn't really come out like the Founder's Breakfast Stout does. It blends in with dark bitter chocolates and a sweet cookie dough flavor. Finish is bitter but not hoppy and very strong on the alcohol. Too strong personally. I struggled to drink half of this while splitting the other half with a friend.

Mouthfeel is nice and really creamy. Smooth transition of flavors until the end. Do they put oats in this? Good beer but not great imo.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 17:05:39 | More by granger10
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lostbearbrew

Georgia

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

750ml bottle - so thick it made a glug glug sound pouring out slowly. Apeeared a dark black with very little, if any, light shining through. About a 1/2", dense tan head.

Smell is sensational - sweet toffee and chocolate slightly behind the wafting aroma of coffee and some hops, as well.

First taste to hit my tongue and be deciphered was chocolate, with coffee and caramelly flavors close behind. Rich, dense brew seems to sit on your tongue much like some DIPA's. Almost a velcro on the taste buds effect. Multi-layered treats each time you sip, and as it warmed, it made a nice long evening treat. Alchohol is present, but it is not at all overpowering - just adds to the depth of flavors and mouthfeel.

Tremendous for sipping, and as nice background music was Garcia crooning out "New Speedway Boogie" as the last sips were taken from this monster bottle of a massive and completely satiating stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 16:48:27 | More by lostbearbrew
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with no visible highlights and a dark brown head. Beautiful lacing and good retention, though the pour left the head a little thin. Also apparent were "legs" from the higher abv, especially when the beer was swirled. Plenty of different malts in the aroma, balanced roast, coffee, milk chocolate, a bit vinous with light hoppiness and dried fruits. Light hop bitterness peeks through the powerful maltiness, with a good deal of roasted and coffee bitterness, dark chocolate and fruit. Coffee really shines in the dry, roasted finish. Full body, slick and oily, very fine bubbles from the low carbonation. Alcohol only makes itself known in the warmth at the finish. This was a real treat and a world class stout. I'll be looking for more of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:13:40 | More by DrJay
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours black as hell, small roast coffee brown head forms, great lacing and legs on this one. Smell is floral hops, coffee, slight alcohol, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate coffee roast, hoppy floral middle, sweet malt and a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily, very thick, really dry, carbonation is low. I'm indebted to you for this one DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 17:06:10 | More by Viggo
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Beervis

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle a dark black with a very attractive thick, lasting tan head. In just the glass, this brew is amazing.

Smell is incredible, chocolate, caramel, and a boatload of coffee. Taste follows right along with chocolate and strong espresso up front, followed by a very creamy coffee taste, almost like a coffee with cream was poured into a strong stout. Full body with amazingly complex flavor notes. Hops are perfectly balanced, and a wonderful alcohol spice finishes it off perfectly. This beer is all about balance, and with every sip, I taste something new. As it warms, it's magical, every sip delving deeper into the already complex.

As for drinkability, I think that kinda goes without saying. I drank this bottle without any problem at all, and could have gone on to another, if not for the alcohol. It's more of a sipping beer, and one to savor.

Absolutely incredible!!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 13:31:59 | More by Beervis
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baiser

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dessert in a glass. Pours pitch black, with a dark brown, foamy head. Intense coffee/chocolate aromas along with a hint of alcohol. Very roasty, rich, full and sweet. Amazing after dinner drink. $10/bottle at the brewery is worth every penny. Probably my favourite imp stout.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2005 20:07:02 | More by baiser
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a thin dark foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee notes though not as dominating as I was expecting from reading all those ratings. Taste is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and coffee with a real creamy texture that I enjoyed. Bitter ending but not as hops explosive as I was expecting from other reviews. Overall, this is a good imperial stout but to me it doesn’t match Bells Expedition or even Storm King; but then again, I’m not the most avid stout drinker out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 19:17:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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paterlodie

Belgium

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

Almost no head coming up on this brew as for a tiny lace with very fine and lasting bubles. Black beercolor.
Nose is sweet caramel in coffee with Chops and malty slightly burnt. Drinking this brew you get a taste of sweetchocolate-coffee, caramellic wit a heavy bitter and burnt aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very oily and with this taste overwelming and heavy. Drinkability was very good while drinking this 750 sitting dry outside and watching a great thunderstorm at night, perfect combination.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 18:14:21 | More by paterlodie
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HardTarget

Texas

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

Bottle Inspection: Green champagne bottle with the label silk screened on and foil topped. Only after we were done did we note the 12% abv. I never would have believed it.

Aroma: Stunning. Rich chocolates, hot chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate. I wish to bathe in this. A fair alcohol waft comes along late in the bottle.

Appearance: Dark tan head of multi-sized bubbles faded to a trace cover and firm collar. Pitch black glass. Very odd head, the collar lasted throughout each pour leaving chunky lace, and even seemed to grow as the beer was agitated with each drink.

Flavor: All the smells with a sharp brace of hops. Alcohol comes out a bit heavy but not bad and not at a 12% level. Bitter coffee is deep in the finish, otherwise it’s just the best rich chocolate stout my lips have ever touched.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, great low level carbonation and thick texture allow you to savor each sip. Finishes dry.

Overall Impression: Just wonderful. Rich, smooth, complex; Winston Marsalis in a bottle. Chocolate hops. Alcohol is there but masterfully hidden. The coffee adds a great layer to a fantastic beer. Crack like addictive, I need to figure out how to get a case.
Weedchugger, I don’t know whether to thank or curse you. Like a taste of heaven only to be cast back to earth.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 22:18:04 | More by HardTarget
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.

Pours a very deep black with brownish hues. Head isn't all that impressive, but still a deep brown, one finger head in a 12% abv beer isn't that bad. Lacing isn't bad and collar is pretty impressive. There is a swirling ethereal quality to the slight lacing that sits atop this one.
Smell, wow. Intense cocoa aromas waft out of the glass. Followed closely by espresso coffee. Very slight wine like qualities as well. Definitely able to detect the 12% alcohol, but not nearly as "hot" smelling as I would have thought. Very slight hop aromas complement the other qualities of the smell quite well. This one just screams drink me at this point. So on I press.
Taste is very sweet up front, very much milk chocolaty. As this one sits around for a while, you can taste the naked espresso beans almost perfectly separated from the rest of the flavors. Sweet milk chocolate soon becomes a more bitter bakers or dark chocolate. Very wine like and dry at one point, somewhere near the middle-back of the tongue. Definite fruit flavors are present in this one (figs, cherries, grapes, dates). Balanced out very well in the finish by a pleasant hop character that is not too bitter, but certainly makes itself known. Alcohol is nearly undetectable, which is REALLY impressive for a beer of this stature. Even in the finish there is almost no trace of the 12%.
Mouthfeel is perfect, a little oilier than I usually like my stouts, but it works really well in this one. Carbonation is perfect.
Overall, I probably could give this beer all 5's but I don't think that at 12% alcohol the drinkabilty on this one should be a 5. The flavors are strong, well balanced, and overall excellent, but I know that I couldn't drink this one all night. That being said, this is still one of the best Double Stouts I've ever had. Definitely worth the price and definitely worth seeking out and selling your children for. This is better than Dark Lord by miles. Thanks so much Kevin for going out of your way to let me try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 02:03:20 | More by LuckySevens82
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ejquin

Illinois

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

This beer has long been a favorite of mine and I'm just getting around to reviewing it.

App: Black with a thick brown sticky head

Smell: One of the most unique and delicious smells of any stout I've had. Heavy coffee with some hop spice. Chocolate, alcohol, and sweet anise type smells. Some malt in there as well.

Taste: Heavy on the coffee upfront with a dry finish. Some hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with a slight alcohol sting. The alcohol is not too harsh, but the beer is very warming going down. There's a hefty dose of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Mouth: Thick and slippery. Very low carbonation which I love in a double stout of this magnitude.

Drink: Good for a 12%er.

Overall: As stated before this has been a favorite stout of mine for a while. A beautifully executed double stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 00:22:29 | More by ejquin
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axisjones

California

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

On tap at The Liar's Club in San Diego.

Pours as black as the flipside of a colon with a toasty brown head. Is it motor oil? Beer? Light lacing dissipates with the head.

Rich coffee aroma with chocolate, toffee, and malt in the nose. A rich inviting smell.

I am a man who can appreciate a black cup of coffee, and this beer takes the concept of coffee in beers and speeds down the track. Super rich espresso flavors with a roasted flavor and bitterness from both hops, roasted malts, and coffee. Toss in some alcohol and you have a very unique, warming beer.

I could drink this all night long. For a beer this big and with such a high ABV, it is smooth and easy going down.

A much hyped beer that manages to live up to the gossip. Rich and unique, Speedway Stout should be experienced by every beer drinker. I need to find some more... soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2005 09:19:52 | More by axisjones
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

top notch Imperial Stout here...one of my favorites...

Pours lout of the bottle like crude oil...very black with a small tan head...coffee, burnt malt and dark cocoa on the nose..also some caramel and vanilla really blend in nicely....mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied...

This is my idea of how an Imperial Stout should taste...very balanced...very good dark cocoa and coffee flavors...molasses with a hint of vanilla....sweet but a very nice juicy hoppiness balances nicely..a leafy, tobacco/canibus like hop finish..

Great beer here...ABV is very hidden...tasty, big and balanced....Much better than Storm King...easier drinking than Expedition while almost as flavorful....more balanced than Rogue and Stones efforts..

Top notch...I'm not a big fan of coffee or coffee beers but this one is great...almost a bourbon like feel to it....

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 04:40:50 | More by ZAP
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walleye

Michigan

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

sitting at my favortie brewery(kuhnhenns) with I know you won't like this but ratebeerians, wohlfs, scroff, styles, llgrgg, flemdawg and eyedrinkale. thanks go to eyedrinkale for bringing this in. poured black with brown head. aroma licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark cherries alcohol.. flavor coffee, malts, plums, raisins. this was good, with just a touch of alcohol. good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 01:29:05 | More by walleye
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beercollector

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was a dark black with a frothy head that quickly diminished. It had some lacing but did not stay. The first hit to my nose was molasses. There was no hop odor.

It tasted warm and roasty. Moderately sweet a slight bitterness and the toasted coffee flavor. It has a creamy mouthfeel and very soft carbonation.

I like this beer but not as much as other stouts in my collection. I got two bottles so I'll put one down and try it in a year or so. I think this may mellow and blend together to be a bit richer. As this beer warmed up to room temp. It got fuller and richer. The bottle was not refrigerated. I took it form the cellar and poured. Digital temp is 71 degrees. I'll have to try a bottle at the 55 degrees they recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 02:30:06 | More by beercollector
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After many opportunities I have finally had one which really stood out to be worthy of review #500

This one pours to a deep brown with a creamy light-brown head. It leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is heavenly; deep roasted malts and fresh black coffee. The flavor is very roasty, with expresso-like flavors throughout. It finishes with a roasted malt bitterness. It is silky and creamy in the mouthfeel....very easy drinking for its strength. Beer and coffee....the perfect combo!

I have to thank the person who has been most anticipating what #500 would be for sharing this with me...Thank you fantome.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 00:20:36 | More by BeerBuilder
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IceAce

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as a moonless night, with a nose of English Toffee and alcoholic esters, this brew lets you know before you even take a sip that it's the real deal.

Carbonation caresses the top of the tongue as the first of many layers of chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee pile upon themselves with layer after layer of flavor through the midtaste.The finish is extraordinarily dry, leaving the tongue glued to the roof of the mouth as the elevated alcohol warms the esophagus.

Forget the fod, pair this with a roaring fireand a classic movie instead.!

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2005 07:10:00 | More by IceAce
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Dukeofearl

California

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 750 ml bottle with a couple of friends.

Pours a dark, thick, oily (seriously, motor-oil like) into pint glasses, with a brown, and I mean BROWN head that is moderate in size, and quickly collapses to brown oil spill cap over the beer. There is no way to see through this beer- not with sunlight, flourescent, flashlight, or even cell-phone glow (he-he-he). A gorgeous stout that tells other stouts what they should look like.

Aroma is rich, powerful, and oh so good. I am a big coffee-espresso fan, and this brings out the bitter aromatics of a fine expresso, with a dark bitter chocolate overlay.

Flavor follows through from the aroma. If I didn't know better, I could convince myself I was drinking coffee, not beer (ok, not really, but you get the idea). And yes, there is a strong alcohol presence sitting behind it all.

Mouthfeel is also wonderful- rich and creamy and just lingers oh so well.

Where this beer really falls down for me (in terms of scoring, but only slightly so) is in drinkability. We split the 750, so that was 250 ml each. I think that's more than enough of this beer. It's incredible, and I love it, but it should be in small quantities to be best appreciated. Much like you don't get a huge mug of espresso, I don't want to drink this as anything more than a small nightcap at the end of a day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 21:01:56 | More by Dukeofearl
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Black, interwoven with purple tar, crowned with a scattered tan patchwork.
Fills the room with molasses draped espresso, garnered with toffee, vanilla beans, black cherries, seared cedar, bourbon, and walnuts.
Begin the beguine. Full-bore, acrid jittery espresso roast. The beans here are not so much full of simple char as layered nuance. Vanilla bean, roots, smoked chocolate, and burnt maple. This is the real deal, as far as coffee is concerned. Below is an imperial stout worth its salt, ripe with prunes, currants, molasses, liquorice, toffee, burnt malts, and an eventually swelling red grape vinousness. Booze enters through bourbon clues, all full of toasted oak, hazelnuts, and vanilla-cedar-caramel, and it almost presents as barrel aged even when it is not. Wafts of burn barrels full of newspaper precede a blackened grass-filled hop closure. Coffee lingers, full of ash, char, chocolate, and roast nuts.
It rests just shy of full bodied, with an oozing, sluggish carbonation.
For java nuts, this is euphoric; a coffee stout to the nth power. And, thus, vies with my girlfriend (and several previous versions of such) as the prettiest thing I'd ever hope to wake up with. On the opposite end of the day, it works just as well. Sultry, silky, and gratifying.

Big props to kmpitz2 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 08:57:20 | More by cokes
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with oggg. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and foiled.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" of dark brown head over the totally dark brown/black brew. Head holds steady for most of the drinking experience, and exhibits excellent foamy lacing. Aroma is dark malts, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is creamy coffee with dark fruit tinges and the slightest alcohol notes. Funny, the booze is hidden over the tongue, because my chapped lips are stinging, and my throat is warm as all get out, so I know it's in there... For the style, mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Smoothness and not over the top alcohol presence (at least perceived), make this one a great one.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 23:29:12 | More by ppoitras
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.