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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,350 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,350
Reviews: 1,458
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 799
Gots: 1,541 | FT: 142
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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:
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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Photo of greenmonstah
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Raw espresso beans. Enormous coffee aroma. Little else.

T - Intense coffee flavor with a strong coffee finish. Chocolate and lots of caramel as well. Really tasty. Relatively simple, but just stupendous. The perfect coffee beer.

M - Thinner than expected, feels slightly dry. A bit sweetly cloying. Yum!

O - So so easy to drink and so enjoyable. I love it so much. What a perfect coffee beer. Well worth the wait and the hype. Glad I picked it up on my KBS run to Cleveland.

Photo of Devi0us
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer that started my hunger for bigger and better craft brews.

A- Pours a midnight black. A 1 1/2 finger mocha head that quickly dissipated into a ring leaving small traces of lacing. 

S- Coffee dominates the nose up front but chocolate soon follows.

T: Coffee once again dominates up front but backs way to caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes better as it sits and accompanies you in whatever you are doing.

M: Full bodied and thick with light carbonation. Despite the 12% AVB, this drinks well. Alcohol is unnoticed.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The 750ml bottle is big enough to share with a couple of friends or a solo session watching the afternoon football game. Definitely worth trying again.

Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The appearance is midnight black with ruby colored edges while a small tan head sits one top.

Smell - Starts off with a strong coffee and dark chocolate aroma to it and ends with hints of hazelnut and toffee.

Taste - Starts off with huge coffee espresso and burnt caramel flavors and calms down to a light vanilla and dark chocolate taste to it.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and had a nice thickness. This also had the perfect amount of carbonation to it.

Overall - A fantastic beer to sip slowly on one of those lazy ass days.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

into a snifter

Pours pitch black with an incredibly thin purplish brown head that fades really quickly to some lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate and coffee.

Taste follows the aroma strongly. Mild hop bitterness rounds out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with some decent carbonation.

Overall is amazing. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had. Up there with Stone IRS for me. The only thing that fell short for me was the head, there just wasn't much there.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dolfan84 for this one!

A - Black as night. Half finger tan head, lacing is spot on.

S - Caramel, sweet sugar, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate

T - Sweet chocolate hits the lips and a nice espresso is to follow. Caramel, raisins, and oak linger.

M - Medium carbonation and full bodied. Despite the big ABV this drinks well.

O - Really enjoyed this one. I heard that it was a coffee stout and that's what I was expecting but I was pleased to see that it played a secondary role in this big beer. Very complex, enjoyed it!

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark brown. Pours with a 1 finger mocha colored head. Average retention but no lacing

S: Interesting nose, but not quite what I was expecting. Mix of roasted malt and creamed coffee. Definitely more roast then coffee. Some bitter chocolate

T: Ah, there is the coffee I was hoping for. Coffee presence is much larger, but still has the accompanying roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Small alcohol presence

M: Medium bodied, bordering on full. Super smooth with light carbonation. Roasted coffee aftertaste

D: A good beer that lived up to my expectations. Nice coffee beer and I wish I had more of it.

Photo of JamisonM
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage

A: black black black no light getting through creamy looking head and its thick too! brown head, great looking beer.

S: sweet coffee and chocolate with a creamy quality to the smell.

T: Nice coffee and rich sweetness up front very drinkable I do not taste any of that 12% are you kidding me? some chocolate in the taste as well. The finish is slightly dry.

Overall: The best coffee beer on the planet, don't mess with the best.

Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

Deep, dark aromas of coffee and espresso beans, rich chocolate, some biting hop presence. It's all here. Very nice.

Incredible flavors. Rich, melting, decadent luscious combination of coffees and chocolates, definite hop bitterness, roasty, sweet, bitter; nearly perfect. No alcohol burn whatsoever. I was shocked to come home, look this beer up online, and learn that it was 12% ABV; great beer!

Thick, oily, luscious, decadent, divine, full, melting mouthfeel.

A nearly perfect big stout. Certainly a sipper, but it's so delicious I can hardly help but gulp it. Delicious beer!

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A - a nice jet black body poured heavily gives an ok finger thick brown head. the head was mildly disappointing but it does lace brilliantly.

S - strong aroma of sweet chocolate coffee molasses and a tiny bit of alcohol in the back. this nose is gorgeous.

T - the taste is no let down from the smell. strong tastes of coffee and chocolate hit up front. there is a pretty good bitter bite on the back end to compliment. this is one world class tasting stout.

M - full bodied with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. the bitterness leads to some puckering and there is definitely a note of alcohol felt on the throat.

O - wow this is probably the best imperial stout i've had to date. its amazingly in just about every way. just can't seem to put it down (which may be a problem at 12%).

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice stout, got it at a brutal markup, though, coming in at $19.99. I was very curious about this flagship beer from AleSmith, though, so I went ahead with it. I think to do it/my wallet justice I should have been a little more patient before drinking.

A really nice coffee stout that lost points for a somewhat hollow body. I wanted a little bit more gravity here, but really enjoyed the notes that were represented. I also think that even though the body is light for my tastes, it complements the coffee notes really well. This would be a fantastic beer at $12/bottle.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip glass.

Appearance - Motor oil black with a tan head that forms only on the edges.

Smell - Strong coffee scents, some chocolate.

Taste - Smooth coffee and chocolate.

Drinkability - Low carbonation. Not as sweet as many stouts, which is a good thing.

Overall - Dropped the bottle and it started to leak, so I cracked it open. I enjoyed it.

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

Appearance: Pour is a dark mahogany brown, almost black body with a smallish head with a little lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, cappuccino, cream and sugar coffee, fudge, and red velvet cake

Taste: Dark, sweet creamy coffee with bittersweet chocolate, fudge and red velvet cake. A touch of alcohol/booze. Very tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body (towards full). Good carbonation.

Overall: Quality imperial stout, one of the better ones. I was surprised having not liked the variations as much.

Photo of avaldivia
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from City Beer in San Francisco and poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance: Incredibly dark. Held it up to the light and no light could be seen through.

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, Malt. You definitely get whiff of alcohol as well

Taste: Whoa. Strong. Absolutely wonderful coffee and chocolate flavor. Bit of an alcohol kick on the back end but nothing too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Not very carbonated. Thick but not chewy. Definitely coats your palate.

Overall: One of the best Stouts available. AleSmith is one of the best breweries in California and this is a great representation of it. A must for fans of this

Photo of BZero007
3.37/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Vendomere in CA

Poured a extreme black color void of any light. no head formation at all. The aroma nice with a sweet coffee background twirled around. The smell was not very strong but was nice and plesent. The taste was of a well balanced coffee, roasty, dark fruit flavor. Honestly they all seemed to match very well, but the biggest problem was no carbonation. The carbonation in this brew was way to low and hard to find honestly. I felt for this flavor profile it needed just a dash more to tie everything together. I am hoping I had a bad bottle but this was my second bottle both of which were different years. So I am just chacking this up to not my style. Don't get me wrong this a good Stout just not something I will seek out again. If it was sold in m area I would probably pick it up from time to time. The body was great as a medium/thick style but again the lack of carbonation hit this brew hard for me.

Photo of iSrALE
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Labellas Pizza in Chula Vista 25oz mug for $8.

Appearance: Looks like motor oil, dark coffee, coca cola, seems thick.

Smell: Fresh coffee, biscuity, like a very well crafted brew, very good.

Taste: Wow! This is the best part, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molases, cocoa, licorice all combined in an artisanal way, my taste buds are having a party right know! Very drinkable for an Impy Stout, and the 12% is very well masked on this puppy, I could sip this all night long especially on a cold one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, it gets better as it warms up.

Overall. This beer is fantastic I remember the first time I had it and the last time and everything in between including a 2003 barrel aged versioh. This is my favorite Imperial Stout, I will put this over the Abyss, but that's just my humble opinion. An overall Excellent Beer from a local brewery. Thank's Alesmith.

Photo of orangesol
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours dark as night black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate malt, rich espresso, molasses, dark fruits, and a faint hint of booze. Very complex yet enjoyable nose.

T - Plenty of rich coffee right off the bat slowly giving way to a sweet mix of chocolate and molasses. The feel is very creamy, how all stouts should be in my opinion. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast. This is one awesome beer.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with a rich, bold, body. The finish is all sweet roast, lingering for some time.

O - I love this beer. It is complex yet easy to drink. I can only imagine what the BA version tastes like. Someday I will get one!!

Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Out it comes slightly thick from the bottle dark walnut, but also typical dark walnut body. However, there is NO head at all to be made on this beer at all. Nevertheless, though the beer keeps a very large bubbled collar through out drinking. It looks like a pour of potted coffee.

A real good simple quality coffee smell. Hints of milky chocolate comes through, sweet with malty backbone. Hint of heat and roast also.

Taste is big overall. Enormous quality roast coffee with a big thickness and density. Milk chocolate feel, but none of the coffee bitter finish or astringency. Has an enormous coffee sensation more than beer. Incredible roast mellow character but malt character gets lost over time, but keeps the feel of malt chew throughout drinking.

Overall this might be the most favorite coffee style stout I have ever had, it's just great. Just solid and great!

Photo of output01x
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 3-finger light mocha-colored head that slowly recedes to a thick foam ring and clumpy nest sitting like an island atop a sea of black. The body is perfectly black with no traces of color when held to light. Light, sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass in curtains.

A strong mocha aroma flows off the head with notes of cream and caramel.

Milk chocolate and roasted coffee beans merge with dark malts. Slight notes of dark fruit add a nice sweetness. An almost unnoticable alcohol warmth is present at the back of the throat, but is not indicative of the 12% ABV.

Full bodied with great carbonation, this is one creamy beer. Enjoyable in sips and capable of being gulped, this has amazing drinkability.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a thin rim around the edge that shows some lighter brown and redness when held to the light. A brown cap of froth is composed of large bubbles. A film of lace forms across the top of the brew once the head has dissolved. A light swirl revives the cap and leaves light patches of lace on the glass.

The smell of this brew is roasty with chocolate malt that is roasty yet sweet smelling all at the same time. Plenty of fresh roasted coffee character fills the nose accenting the roasty quality of the malt and adding a bit if citrus element to it as well that really works with the hops. There is a bit of solvent alcohol comin through the back which is understandable considering the abv.

The taste of this brew is roasty and bitter with the level of roast to the grain. There are citrus hops included in the flavor that mixes with a citrus offer element. The aftertaste includes chocolate that is semisweet. Some residual grainy sweetness is pleasant and keeps the roasted bitter quality to this brew in check.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and very roasty. The abv is very well incorporated, I could seemingly drink this all night but end up with quite a buzz in no time (either from the coffee or bold abv.)

Photo of jag21
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2010 Bottle. Thanks to HuskyinPDX for hooking me up with this.

A: Pours dark black with very little head but with large soapish bubbles. With a vigorous pour some brown carbonation bubbles coat the very top layer of the beer.
S: Smells very nice when it warms up, coffee, roasted malts
T: Taste is coffee first, then roasted malt with a nice hop finish
M: Coats the mouth, but a bit thinner than some of the style, and I like my stouts thick
O: I could drink a lot of this, well balanced

Photo of nasty31
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep black with a small hazlenut brown head.

S- The smell of coffee is a for sure with a bit of chocolate also snuck in there.

T- Very well balance of coffee and chocolate. Wish more coffee would have been present but i think the bottle we shared was a little older and the coffee had wore off a tad.

M- Thick and creamy like a good stout should be.

Overall this was an excellent stout i would do again. Would love to do a vertical of this seeing how the coffee diminishes over time and more of the other flavors come through.

Photo of dannydetox
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Speedway stout is a massive beer from AleSmith. 12% abv and you can feel it after a 750 of this beast. Pours a viscous black with a brownish head. Loads of coffee and roasted malts - more coffee than I like, but that is just my personal taste aversion I developed after downing some 60 oz of Denny's coffee in an hour when I was a younger lad...

Let's get back to the beer. I love the full mouthfeel on the Speedway Stout. Viscosity again comes into play here. Plenty of toastiness and rich, rich malts throughout the finish. The booziness isn't super pronounced, but you get a bit of heat on this one. This is a good after dinner drink and pairs well with hazelnuts, gorgonzola dolce (or any other sweeter blue cheese), and Barely Buzzed from Beehive Cheese Co. in Utah.

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

Shared at Dark Lord Day, poured into a 8 oz. Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a jet black, with a mocha colored foam that has good retention.

S: Smells of prebrewed, ground coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. A little booze in the nose.

T: ground coffee, that high quality shit, with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

M/D: Thick and creamy, with good carbonation. This thing is very tasty. Pretty well balanced and very smooth for 12%. Not sure if ours was an older bottle or not, but it wasn't hot at all.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade with Tieman. For some reason I had not made the time to drink it. Now I did and let me tell you: It was worth the wait.

Shared a 750ml with Jeffo and my wife.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out black. Not quite as thick as I expected. It gave a nice one finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors on this one. A light alcohol burn and a nice biterness to it.

I was a little surprised by the medium body and good amount of carbonation. Not that it's a bad thing just diffrent from what I expected. (bitter) Flavors that linger forever.

Overall a great beer. I'd drink this every day if I could. Which I can't becuase I go broke buying this all the time on my end of the planet. If this is available where you live you should always have one on hand. Thanks Tieman for sending this my way.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Split with russwbeck.

A - Has a very thick, pitch black pour. Hard to see much through this at all. It has a slow-developing tan head, which eventually grows to about a finger and half. Good retention with very generous lacing.

S - Big coffee notes in this, vaguely similar to Beer Geek Weasel in the boldness. Bittersweet chocolates and malts, smells sweet and smooth.

T - As in the nose, the first rush is full of bitter coffee. It's a bit sweeter than I would've expected, but its still very nice. It's not incredibly complex, but the flavors here are solid. Lots of chocolate as well. Bitter finish with no alcohol taste.

M - Moderately heavy-bodied with pretty good carbonation. Thick and coats the palate, and leaves a long aftertaste.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A very solid beer, not the most amazingly complex stout, but tasty and hides its alcohol well.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,350 ratings.