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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 781
Gots: 1,416 | FT: 139
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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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Blind Lady Ale House as a comparison to Dog Fish Chicory Stout.

A - Wonderful thick head with dark brown to black notes.

S - Coffee notes along with lots of roasted grains.

T - Killer coffee notes come thru quickly, supported by the robust grain bill. No hint of alcohol despite being 12%. More flavor comes with warmth, but still little alcohol coming thru.

M - Nice full feel that I'm looking for in a stout...shocking while A/Bing with the Chicory.

D - High, as long as you only have 1! This is a wonderful example of Imperial Stouts and a go to for any stout lover in San Diego. Improves with a little warmth. Watch out for that 12%...

Dijeriduster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of juhl31
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

-good and dark with a nice looking tan head

-i am getting a lot of chocolate cake smell. cant get past it really. there is some coffee pulled out in there too

-again...chocolate cake, even to where a good chocolate cake is moist. very sweet. i wish the coffee were more apparent

-very smooth all the way through

-definitely one of the sweeter imperial stouts that i have had. i usually like more bitterness and boldness with the style. that being said, this is a very good beer and am glad i have more bottles for the future

juhl31, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml magnum poured into a tulip.

A- Pours out really slow and thick looking. A smallish one finger head thats a deep brown forms and fades leaving lacing all around. The beer is deep black. pretty heavy looking.

S- Nose full of coffee and chocolate some oatmeal and a slight roasty bitterness. Its really nice.

T- Big on the chocolate malts, the coffee isnt nearly as strong as the nose would have you believe. There is a lot of roastiness which lends some bitterness. Theres also notes of oatmeal and a grassy hop presence.

M- Really low carbonation, really slick and silky. Finishes semi-dry.

D- The ABV is big but it doesnt show. This is a pretty good stout, I feel like I've had better though.

MbpBugeye, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of drowland
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa this is nuts. Aroma is a hint of sourness, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, prunes/raisins, hints of cooked and oatmeal, and so much more. Flavor hints on a great malty sweet and sour with a roasty malt lingerness with touches of coffee that add just the right amount (not gross overuse of coffee like some), and so much more! Yum!

drowland, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MASPuros for this one. 750ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with some red highlights. Sparse tan head. Chocolate in the aroma along with a bit of sourness that had me worried. Also thought I detected some cinnamon. Full bodied, rich and smooth. Roasted malt predominates, not as much coffee as I would suspect. Fair amount of hop bitterness to balance the malt. Long dry malt finish. Also some alcohol in the finish. Not a lot of carbonation.

homebrewhawk, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a recent bottle of this...

- Dark black stout... with a huge thick mocha head... lacing all over the place.. a very pretty stout.

- Nice smooth mild smell.... slight coffee... grain, oats, and light bitterness... chocolate malt.

- Fantastically smooth for a 12% brew... perfectly balanced chocolate malt, lightly sweet, with a great light touch of coffee... some extra bitterness.... creamy...

- A little chalky, but overall very nice... not too dry, and certainly not chewy.

- One of my favorite imperial stouts to date... very smooth and very drinkable compared to many others that are just too strong to handle. With a 12% Alc. content, it drinks like one that is 7%.

Docer, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pitch-black body. No head at all.

S: Dark fruits and roasted malts.

T: Strong fruity flavors. Becomes roastier as it warms up. I can't really detect any coffee. Alcohol is definitely detectable, but it isn't boozy.

M: Surprisingly light.

D: Not bad, but a bit of a letdown. To be fair, though, it was served way too cold. I'll have to try it again when I can serve it at my preferred temperature.

BarrelO, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of kbutler1
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this beauty from fbm115 (thanks!)
Pours a deep, dark black with a HUGE froathy tan head. Smells just like the bottle says: Roasty, toasy, and coffee with a subtle sweetness in the nose.
Sweet up front with an aggressive bitterness in the back end. Very drinkable. Slight alcohol taste in the end, glad I have another in the cellar as it might mellow out with some age on it.

kbutler1, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of muttyd
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

Jet black with a thick foamy tan head. Coffee, roasted malts and molasses aroma. Slight citrusy/florally hop aroma too.

Flavor is of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts and caramel. Very thick and sticky beer.

Very drinkable, alcohol not present at all.

muttyd, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a ruby highlights. It had a small, caramel-colored head of bubbly foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses and orange/citrusy hops.

T - Nice sweet stout with hints of molasses and toffee. Touches of caramel, too. There was a mild bitter hop bite with an orange peel kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium to full-bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a great stout. I'm glad I finally got a chance to taste some Speedway.

zeff80, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of HiAIPA
3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from b/w/grey silkscreened 750ml bottle. This black stout had a medium body and poured with minimal head. Robust aromas of bread, coffee, tar and roasted caramel malts were prominent. The coffee and roasted flavors were good, but there was this acidic high note kinda like a lactose or sweet stout thing that detracted from this. This should be a heavy thick brooding stout, and the sweet thing wasn't ideal.

HiAIPA, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this stuff at Alesmith earlier today on a quick and spontaneous pilgrimage to all the SD breweries. Served at roughly 55 degrees in Bruery tulip glasses.

A: An extremely black and viscous liquid that formed a beautiful light mocha colored head. The lacing was a bit thinner than what I had anticipated, as was the head retention.

S: Strong coffee presence that is backed up with tons of dark chocolate features. The alcohol is a little noticeable on the nose, but seems to bring out more of the dark fig and fruity characteristics.

T: Coffee (in a form similar to espresso), burnt-dark chocolate, hints of caramel and vanilla, and perhaps some dark fruits at the tail end. The finish is a bit weird...the coffee seems to linger on the palate too long, therefore creating this an almost overly done hop bitterness quality you tend to find in an IPA.

M: Creamy, full-body, and mild carbonation; perfect.

D: A dangerously delicious Imperial Stout to say the least. The alcohol and huge flavor punch can be over the top at times, so that's why I can't give this beer a perfect score in this category.

Overall: This is my feeling regarding this beer: Great on tap and out of a growler (not many Imperial Stouts top this one), but when it comes to the bottle...this beer is only a shadow of it's true self. A must try. ..especially fresh and straight from the source. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was a very worthwhile beer. Some good friends of mine were kind enough to open this one with us. Fantastic:

A: Very Dark in color with a thin medium brown beautiful head

S: Smell was slightly hoppy with hints of chocolate

T: Taste was awesome! Perfect amounts of coffee with hints of chocolate. Coffee flavor beer lovers, such as myself, will find this one MIGHTY tasty.

M: Thicker than expected. The taste of this one hangs onto your tastebuds long after you've finished. Tried in succession with another beer and the taste of this one couldn't help but still come through.

D: Despite the thickness, this goes down super easy. Definitely recomended.

steve8robin, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of noslenwerd
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black, need night vision to have any chance of seeing through this stuff. Amazing how thick and dark it was.

S: Smelled amazing. Not sure how to describe it, but it made me want to drink it.

T: Wow.. Heaviest beer I have ever consumed. Left your lips sticky from the sugars. Smoky, Coffee, Sweet are the three main adjectives I would use to describe this one.

Summary: This is without a doubt a sipping beer. Also something I would not be able to drink everyday as I would feel guilty, almost like I ate a giant piece of chocolate cake. But this is a beer everyone should try once as it is so different from any other stout I have ever tried.

noslenwerd, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of slaintemhor
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this stout was jet black with absolutely no head whatsoever! The aroma was teeming with brown sugar, coffee and dark Swiss chocolate. On the palate, there was more chocolate, essence of bourbon, dark coffee, toffee, caramel, treacle and molasses. Gad! What a treat! And a heck of a deal for the 750ml bottle format!

slaintemhor, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with a small brown head. Nose was roasted, coffee and a slight chocolate hint. Taste followed the nose well. Lots of roastiness, chocolate and coffee beans with a the 12%ABV hiding pretty good. Mouthfeel was roasty and cocoa hiding but evident, coffee and creaminess mmm.

barleywinefiend, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mlaroche for providing yet another one of my wants.

Pours dark dark brown/black color, no light being able to penetrate, good amount of tan colored head, fades slowly

Smell is a nice mixture of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and a slight bourbon aspect.

Taste starts out great with a strong coffee and roasted malt kick, slight alcohol presence but overall it is very well hidden, one thing though is I think the mouthfeel is a bit thin compared to others and could be more viscous.

I think I'm going to age the other bottle for awhile, I'm sure this beer will age with the best of them.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this O'briens with the Kopi Luwak speedway stout for a side by side comparison

A - Pours jet black with a thin, mocha colored head. There is nice lacing on the glass as you drink the beer

S - Roasted malt, slight hint of hops, coffee, slight hazelnut tones as well

T - Roasted malts mixed with black coffee. Not as sweet as the Kopi Luwak, but a good coffee tone - if you like coffee, you will like the taste of this stout

M - Light carbonation with a thick body

D - This would go great with a brunch, and, can possibly pass as a beer you could easily have with breakfast. Or, if you have a coffee flavored ice cream or cake, this would be a perfect night capper.

Kaiser81, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into a chalice, 10oz at a time. Nibbling on some gouda and a dark chocolate hazelnut toffee candy bar.

A: thick and dark, like an Oreo cookie milkshake made with chocolate ice cream and chocolate milk, with a thick brown rocky foam, a solid 2 fingers. The foam settles into a good ring with full surface coverage. Strong lacing forms with each sip that slides back into the foam, but yet enough clings to the glass.

S: as it pours I get a waft of bourbony alcohol, but only for a fleeting moment. As I dive into the chalice for a big whiff, I detect sweet milk chocolate combined with bitter coffee, well balanced on the nose. Also catching subtle notes of vanilla and something else I can't quite put my finger on, maybe maple syrup, but not quite. Now that I've poured glass #2, I believe what I'm sensing is the rich caramel malt with a hint of butterscotch.

T: Many of the stouts I've enjoyed recently have been heavy on the bitter coffee flavor with accents of chocolate. Not Speedway, this baby has dominant chocolate flavors with well-balanced hints of strong dark coffee, caramel and hazelnut. As it warms, the sweet chocolate gives way to a bitter flavor, with that sweet chocolate taste still present. Part of that bitterness seems akin to an Imperial IPA the way it coats the tongue, suggesting a hops presence I normally don't detect in these big stouts. The alcohol is well masked for such a big brew, but by glass #3 I'm definitely feeling it even if I can't really taste it.

M: full bodied and rich, smooth and creamy, as I would expect given the appearance and style. A perfect amount of carbonation dances on the tongue as the flavors of chocolate, coffee, and caramel fill the mouth. Bit of a dry kick on the back end along with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

D: Speedway Stout is an unbelievably drinkable brew- dangerously so at 12% ABV! I am enjoying the hell out of this beer. I think this is the longest review I've written, which I attribute to the wonderful complexity of this brew. Heaven in a bottle, a best-in-show caliber beer. I bought 2 bottles with the intention of drinking 1 and putting the other in the cellar for at least a year. After drinking this one, the challenge will be to wait 12 months to drink the other.

jhoban19, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Freethyhops
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split between two. served in my sweetwater pint.

Thanks Ryan011235 for the bottle

A- pours jet black with 1/2 finger of fluffy tan head. no light penetrating this one.

S- the aroma isn't the most overwhelming ever, but it has some very nice roasted/coffee notes. with some sweet cocoa floating in the backround. some molasses/licorice possibly in there as well.

T- the first sip is absolutely awesome. same as the aroma, the roasted malts/coffee flavors lead the charge but the chocolate is quite heavy as well. more bitter than your average stout, even a coffee stout. the aftertaste is pure espresso, making this one all around fantastic. The beer is very well balanced as well.

M/D- not the creamiest of Impy stouts but it's definitely not thin by any means. a nice subtle carbonation blends in perfectly with the beer. 12%??? this beer drinks as smooth as any imperial stout out there. with that extra couple percentage points it scores some points as a dangerously easy drinking stout.

Freethyhops, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of stoutfiend27
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle sent by the very generous genghis22 big thanks to james for making our house warming truly special

a-pitch black..no head..espresso colored collar..decent lacing..no highlights when held up to light...

s-alcohol hits first and foremost..then some coffee residuals and a roasty character...a hint of sweetness in the nose..

t-again alcohol does not hide itself...followed subtly by coffee and roasted grains...sweet but overbearing...almost a fruity character there maybe from the choice of hops??..finishes hot and semi bitter

m-oily and thick...almost chewy...clings the mouth well and stays sip after sip..

d-due to the booziness of this brew a 750 would be too much for one sitting glad i had a friend to share this with..but it was enjoyable

overall a very good stout...the alcohol distracted me a little but i wish i could get more to age and see what that does to it...thanks again go out to james who truly outdid himself in our last trade..

stoutfiend27, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/13/09

A - Densely opaque brown; nearly black. Solid 1/4 inch of moderately dark tan foam that doesn't hold. The low retention isn't surprising. Lacing is decent but thins out toward the end.

S - Smooth & potent malt aromas. Roasted coffee is predominant with large swaths of chocolate & a wonderful toastiness.

T - The flavor of the beer is so intense that it simply dwarfs the nose which, while good, cannot hold a light to this darkness. Boatloads of coffee & chocolate aplenty to smooth it over. Excellent.

M - Smooth, creamy & somewhat slick (but not cloyingly so). Full bodied & dense. The 12% is masked very well.

D - Quite drinkable considering the magnitude of this beer. It is flavorful & fulfilling, this is a glorious after dinner mint. Easily recommended.

Ryan011235, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of blackdiamond
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers i have ever drank! This beer has a big taste but yet it is easy to drink! The color is very dark and has tastes of coffee. Probably should be in the top 5 beers of all time!! If you are in the San diego area I would recomend try it. Very good shit!!

blackdiamond, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Ah, at last. The elusive (to me, at least) Speedway Stout. This pours the expected jet black color. An easy pour produces a four-finger head of creamy, dense, dark brown colored foam. Retention is great. Lacing is thick and very sticky.

Huge nose, full of roasted malt notes. Loads of milk chocolate notes and traces of some dark chocolates in there, as well. Mild notes of dark coffee presence. Brown sugar sweetness and hints of toasted caramels. A very light touch of booze is detected, but not nearly the amount that one would expect far 12.00%abv beer.

Big notes of roasted malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee flavors, along with some dark chocolate notes that I'd say are somewhere in the 80% to 90% range. Very dark and with a slight touch of bitterness. Nice touches of toffee and caramels and a hint of brown sugar give this a mild sweetness that balances the dark roastiness out quite nicely. The finish, while on the dry side, is long and delicious.

This one is very full-bodied, almost qualifying as thick. Carbonation level is on the high-end of medium. This provides a great level of creaminess but, unfortunately, retains a slight roughness around the edges. If they smoothed it out just a touch more, it could be perfect.

The booze, which made a minor apearance in the nose, is nowhere else to be found in this beer. That, combined with the great flavor, make this a very tasty and drinkable beer.
Worthy of the hype and worth the wait and the effort to get it.

coldmeat23, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review number 200. Props to augustgarage for the bottle, this one has been sitting for a while. Poured into a wide snifter.

A- Jet-black, incredibly dark, not much in the way of head, but that's the ABV/glassware combo. Still, incredible, rich coloration.

S- Chocolate, smoky malts, coffee (as in freshly-brewed dark roast)... very nice. A bit of an astringent quality, not sure if it's the high ABV or the extreme dark roast aromas. Either way, not offputting.

T- Very good. I've been on a coffee stout kick recently. This one takes the cake... I'd digging through my mind to name a stout that does more or does it better and can't find one. Tastier, truer to a stout, and richer than any I've had before. I'm really impressed. I've heard great things about this beer, and am glad to confirm them to be true, for the most part. A bit of alcohol, but it's overpowered by the rich chocolate-chip-brownie batter and robusto supremo Columbian coffee kick. Fantastic! Really grows on you as you sip.

M- Heavy, but not cloyingly sweet or drifting too far away from its beer roots... damn near perfect. Alcohol is there, but is not a nusance, and blends well with the bitter coffee. Very impressive.

D- For what it is, high. Had no problem drinking a 750 to my face.... Yes, it's a celebration, and I'm glad I saved this one to drink!

Thanks again, augustgarage!

ShogoKawada, Nov 04, 2009
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 5,037 ratings.