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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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5,259 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,259
Reviews: 1,444
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 787
Gots: 1,484 | FT: 140
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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 DNICE555
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

M: Light carbonation. Big thick chewy mouthfeel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Pabs311
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beer pors a deep dark black color with a nice tan head.

S- aroma is mostly of chcolaty roasted malts. there's also some coffee notes coming through but muted at best.

T- very similar to the nose, mostly choclaty roasted malts, with a hint off coffee to it. the lack of coffee surprised me considering that coffee beans are added to this beer.

M/D- full bodied, thick with low carbonation. good mouthfeel and the drinkability on this is very easy. no alcohol detected at any point. good beer but dissapointed with the lack of coffee characteristics though.

Photo of hu5om
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split in duvel tulips with newk340
big thanks, evan.
a-very black, pillowy tan foam. sparkly foam that leaves gorgeous lacing.
s-biiiig dark chocolate. oatmeal. coffee. almost a burnt toast
t-dark chocolate. again a burnt toast vibe. coffee, heavy on the oats. robust. licorice. a bit of spice and heat. who cares? delic.
m-a bit boozy but mostly creamy and smooth.
d-very very good. one of my fav non-barrel aged stouts. wish i had another bottle! could have laid this one down for a while, but oh well. still great!

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

Appearance - Pitch black, deep tan head.
Smell - Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, oak. Tremendous aromatic combination.
Taste - Cocoa, coffee, some bitterness towards the end.
Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with low-medium carbonation.
Drinkability - Very enjoyable and although it is a very filling, strong beer, it manages to remain easy to continue drinking. The biggest problem I ran into was a bit more bitterness than I would like on the end of this one.
Overall - A tremendous nose and great drinkability really set this one apart. I'm looking forward to trying this one again.

Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one with an IPA and a Yulesmith (Winter) in an order from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Another delicious beer from AleSmith. Amazing deep brown color with a tan head that lingers, and the monstrous chocolate, caramel, some toffee, molasses, and other dried fruit flavors. Big body, as expected. I will say this this one didn't quite distinguish itself from some of my favorite Imperial Stouts like I expected, but certainly a delicious stout.

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

A: Obsidian Black. Fairly little head, what is there is a nice dark brown color, and dissipates into large bubbles.

S: Huge chocolate, and malt scent. Bitter coffee in the back. Big and bold, you can sense a hint of the booze in there.

T: Rich, smooth, and loaded with coffee. There is a big bite at the end full of bitterness and coffee. Wonderful and roasty, big malt flavor. This is definitely a big beer.

M: Rich, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation is low, but it works with the style.

D: Overall quite good. Very enjoyable, rich, bold, and tasty.

Photo of bs870621345
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a 1/2 inch of mocha head. Leaves lacing around the glass.

Smells of coffee, alcohol, dark fruits.

Tastes of coffee, fruit, molasses and caramel. It has a low hop bitterness and the bitterness is from the coffee.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and creamy. Its truly remarkable.

Drinkability is high, except for alcohol. At 12% its a hefty brew, but extremely drinkable for that much.

Overall a great beer, I'm really enjoying this and the second bottle I have stashed away.

Photo of snpub540
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty much black void with a hint of dark brown around the edges. No head at all even with a vigorous pour. Pretty much no lacing at all but I wasn't expecting any from such a big beer.

Smell is a nice blend of coffee and roasted malts. Hints of raisins and other dark, ripe fruits create a very vinous like nose.

Taste is exceptional. It is a very complex mix of coffee and roasty goodness with hints of nutty malt flavors. There is the ripe fruit flavor along with a strong bitter woody finish and the slow warmth of alcohol as it slides down your throat. Definately a sipper but incredibly smooth.

The mouthfeel is very velvety and smooth. I enjoyed every sip of this and it would be perfect on a cold night. Drinkability is pretty good for such a big beer, but its definately better to share this bottle. A winner here for sure.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pitch black appearance with a two finger dark tan head that dissipates pretty slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Chocolate and coffee to the nose. Nothing too complicated but very inviting.

The taste immediately gives me chocolate and coffee but neither is overpowering. In the aftertaste, the coffee dominates. Plenty of roasted malts. Delicious. Not as much alcohol heat as I expected.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel and pretty low carbonation. This is a pretty filling beer.

The low carbonation makes it easier to drink, but this is definitely still a sipping beer.

Photo of newk340
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Duvel tulip and bottle split with hu5om.

A: thick black pour, voluptuous tan 2-finger head that left excellent lacing.

S: a pleasing blend of chocolate and coffee.

T: a blast of coffee that sizzles for a few seconds before fading to a bitter chocolate with the swallow, oddly still leaves a coffee aftertaste with hints of caramel and malts.

MF/D: a brief sizzle of carbonation with a nice smooth swallow.

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

A- Pours jet black with dark tan 1-2 finger head, good retention with lace clumping all over my glass.

S- Nice almost dark fruit with roasted malt and tons of dark chocolate coffee flavors, followed by a slight warming cherry sherry scent.

T- Very similar to the smell which is very nice, however this bottle is still young and has a slight bitter hop finish which will die in 1-2 years of cellaring.

M- Full body beer with tons of flavors a slight warming alcohol presence and almost too much carbonation on this beast, let it mellow for 1-2 years and re-review is best.

D- For being 12% alcohol, I finished a 750ml and started on some Stone Self Righteous, with some age this would be fantastic.

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

2008 Vintage poured into a tulip glass

Style: Chocolate and molasses scents emanate from a rich, two toffee brown fingers of frothy head crowning a viscous, opaquely black body; superb head retention with blankets of lace.

Plums in the nose with undertones of dark roasted coffee. Sherry like notes, cherries, cinnamon, hint of vanilla extract. Creamy, silky coffee middle mixed with caramel. Chocolate upfront with a roasted malt finish. Moderate bitterness with alcohol warmth throughout. A touch of grassy hops flavor as well.

Opinion: Sweetness is not cloying and the body is surprisingly not as full bodied as I expected. Couple that with an overall balanced flavor profile. Fantastic!

Photo of GJ40
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in my DFH snifter. No date on the bottle but I've been aging it for a year or so. Started at 50 degrees then it warmed from there.

A - A deep, dark black with no light coming through. Topped with a big, tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. It looks like something you could fall into and never be seen again.

S - Cocoa, molasses, vanilla and coffee. I was pleasantly surprised that the coffee didn't overpower it. I was a bit worried when I realized it had actual coffee in it.

T - Smooth and creamy. The coffee is there but it's joined by plenty of other flavors including cocoa, vanilla, molasses and a hop bitterness. Everything works in perfect harmony. There's no harshness or imbalance at all. And the 12% alcohol is completely hidden except for a gradual warming feeling.

M - As silky as any beer I've had. The low carbonation makes it slide right down.

D - A great beer to sip slowly while unwinding at the end of the day.

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

Pours a deep dark near black with adequate cap of brown, creamy head, leaving a nice cap and decent lacing. Smell brings a mellow but good scent of fresh roasted coffee beans with a light touch of cream. A faint nuttyness from the roast and malts is also present along with a bit of boozy cherry liqour. Initial taste brings a quick touch of warm, cherry liqour like boozyness (my first hint that this 2010 release should have aged longer), as it sits the flavors develop into a smooth creamy taste of dark roasted (but not burnt) espresso beans with nice touched of chocolate and cream. Faint hints of spice, like cinammon on the palate as well as minor notes of vanilla from the oak. Full bodied, rich, creamy without being too heavy, perfect carbonation. A great tasting beer that could only improve with age.

Photo of regspeir
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this thanks to a trade with Snojerk321. 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Poured a dark brown to black with a one-finger black head that settled into a spotty large-bubbled coating. Lacing is pretty heavy and lasting. Nose is coffee, vanilla, roasted malt and bourbon. Taste is roasted coffee, chocolate and bourbon up front, with notes of vanilla and dark fruit. Finish is both dry and sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, creamy with good carbonation. Not much that would give away the ABV. It's not difficult to understand why this is universally considered a great coffee stout and I would love another!

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

Picked this up a few months ago
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a two finger of rich, rocky, creamy, mocha colored head. Head retains nicely and leaves clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is roasted, burned, and charred malts, licorice, milk chocolate, and a minor hint of alcohol.

T: Taste starts with a dose of milk chocolate that quickly moves in to a bitter baker's chocolate. Licorice and dark fruit then start to creep in to fill out the middle, come cherry and...can't figure out the other flavoring though. Charred, burnt malts really finish this out with a bit of espresso, and some smoked oak flavoring. Some alcohol burn on the way down.

M: Full body, low carbonation, rich, silky, creamy body.

D: Somewhat filling, great kick, great representation of style, this is a phenomenal stout that I wish I had a few more bottles of!

Photo of Axic10
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with two fingers of mocha colored head that settles down to about a finger for the rest of the drink.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted malt, roasted coffee, cocoa and some molasses. As it warms the aroma has a hint of alcohol burn but the aroma is just amazing.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cocoa balanced together nicely. Slight alcohol burn, but nothing offensive.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Wow, while I can't drink more than a bottle of this in an evening, I giving this a 5 for drinkability, because I will definitely be buying this again. Such a tasty stout. I would really love to try the BA version of this and compare.

Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big bottle all to myself to celebrate my last night in the land of incredible beers (southern California).

Completely black with a thick mat of light brown head that never considers yielding.

Dark roasted malts abound. Bitter chocolate, espresso, dark caramel, and coffee...and the coffee is smooth and vibrant, soft and full-flavored, creamy and never bitter. Speaking of bitter, the hops take care of that, balancing this load of malt and sweetness and contributing to the overall complexity with a dose of earthiness.

Just a supreme stout. And so far, the best beer I've had that has incorporated coffee.

Photo of impending
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours brown bear at midnight dark. One finger big bubble head, I can see myself wave in the largest yet leaves sticky lacing.

Top of the line aroma, big, dark and rich, as fine as there is. Easy to linger, a delicious smell.

The taste exceeds what the nose promised. The best single word description is rich. The dark chocolate bitter aftertaste is unmatched. This is a big beer, a special occasion beer, a sipping beer, ultimate cold winter night in front of a fire beer, a damn fine beer on a Sunday afternoon beer.

Photo of perrymarcus
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip.

pours a silky, deep blackish brown with a thin mocha/tan toned head that quickly disspiates into a collar around the glass.

smell is alive with roasted malt, coffee, chocolatey goodness - wow! smells decadent... taste follows the nose, but less so than i had presumed; a bit disappointing considering the promise of the aroma. there's a bitterness to it that is not entirely pleasant... strong coffee flavors from the nose pull through; molasses; dark chocolate. 12% ABV very well hidden.

has a silky mouthfeel, a bit thin, with low carbonation. i would definitely have another, and a finely crafted brew this is, though in the final analysis i'd put it a step behind my favorite imperial stouts... IMO not sure it lives up to the substantial hype.

Photo of GregSVT
3.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2009 Vintage

A: Pours a deep black with ruby tinges on the side and a small dark tan head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. I poured this pretty vigorously and it barely produced a small head...I'd like to see more than that otherwise great.

S: The nose is amazing. Roasted malt leads to a coffee aroma with vanilla and cocoa in the background. I literally said "oh my god" when I took my first whiff.

T: The taste is much different from the nose. It starts slightly sour with a lot of dark fruit and that leads to a vanilla and coffee flavor. Not as impressive as the nose led on but not bad either.

M: The feel is pretty thick and oily. Not a whole lot of carbonation which isn't a bad thing for an Impy Stout.

D: I'd like to try this again before I give my final verdict. Perhaps I'll get the new 2010 vintage and have it fresh.

I can't even imagine what the smell and taste would be on the barrel aged version...must be out of this world.

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,259 ratings.