1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

Not Rated.
AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,759 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,759
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 753
Gots: 1,331 | FT: 126
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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of AleSmith Speedway Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,759 | Reviews: 1,398 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich blackstrap molasses color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and archipelago but leaves splotches of lace around the chalice

Smell: Coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of citrus hops

Taste: Starts out with a mouthful or rich, sweetened espresso that builds in molasses and chocolate flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness kicks in and is accompanied by some fruity character

Moutheel: Medium to full body with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: One of the most wonderful tastes in beerdom

brentk56, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light tan head that is merely moderate. Lacing is mostly absent. The smell has deep roated malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate aromas as well as atouch of vanilla at the finish along with a deep bitterness. The taste exhibits that same deep bitterness, particularly on the finish. Dark fruit and bitter chocolate are prevalant along with a nice creaminess in the flavor and mouthfeel. A tiny bit of vanilla sweetness rides along with the other flavors, but it is definitely a subtext. Surprisingly drinkable given the high abv. Very, very good, but not the best RIS. I haven't had Dark Lord, but besides that my vote goes to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Regardless, Alesmith's version is wonderfull, as are so many of their beers.

Georgiabeer, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I want to start off by saying that this may be the greatest beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Any, even mildly, negative comment or questionable word uttered about or even in the general vicinity of this beer should result in immediate blacklisting and exile; and that's for a first offense. Repeat offenses are punishable by death.

This American Double Stout from the fine people at AleSmith pours a deep, thick, near-black with light brown/red highlights and a dense brown head that diminishes into a great lace.

Its aroma is deep and complex with an appetizingly strong black coffee aroma and strong notes of dark malt and a slight bitterness at the tail end. The aroma is amazing, but surprisingly does not do the flavor justice.

The initial earthy coffee and cocoa flavors are robust and all encompassing. Its flavor dominates the palate. There are heavy hints of raw milk and malt in the finish; creamy. Thick and decadent: caramel, chocolate, molasses. A more than formidable albeit delicious challenge in a glass.

The mouthfeel is expectedly thick and silky but with a nice natural carbonation that attempts to keep everything in check, but again this beer can not be suppressed. Judging from many of Speedway's qualities, you may not guess that has a 12% abv.

Simply put, this creation should be regarded as one of the very top beers in the world. I have yet to try Darklord (and I hope to very soon), but I can't imagine it can get much better than this. Seamlessly crafted.

letsgopens, May 22, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Poured a completely opaque black with a very frothy tan head that was lasting and left great lacing. The aroma was dominated by coffee and roasted malts. The taste was a great roasty blend of coffee, malts, and a touch of very bitter dark chocolate. The beer was certainly heavy and the alcohol was mostly present, but not overbearing. This is a very special beer that should be sipped and enjoyed for everything that it is.

atsprings, May 22, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the trade.

Pours completely, absolutely, utterly opaque with a teeny weeny brown head.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and BURNT malt. Offsweet. A little burny, a little bit like red wine. Much more like a Russian Imperial than a double stout.

Tastes, once again, like an RIS. Very big, burnt, and syrupy malt giving way to a middle of solid coffee and dark licorice and and a slightly sweet ending with big nodes of black chocolate. Its hard to throw so much complexity out there and not have one flavor overwhelm the others--this one succeeds.

A wonderful beer, to say the least.

mynie, May 12, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to try this for ages. Gorgeous black color-huge tan/cocoa head on top that seems to last in some way shape or form forever. Big, deep burnt rainey aroma to it. Huge roasted mouthfeel backed with a definate alcohol bite. Quite grainy. Huge hop bitterness though the roasted bitterness can be found in the backround. Bold body though the alcohol adds a slight harshness that knocks it down for me. Very, very drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

lackenhauser, May 03, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours like used motor oil with very little head despite some effort on my part. black as hell, no light gets through.
it's got a rich chocolate and coffee aroma, with a certain creamy quality that is brings coffee ice cream to mind. beneath that is a somewhat grainy malt richness, with just a bit of anise, and a booziness that has a slightly gin-like character. with warmth it develops a burnt smokiness.
the flavor is much like the aroma with the rich coffee and chocolate. There are hops in this that weren't evident in the aroma... there is a nice earthy dose of hops towards the end. this has got caramel, and soft nutty flavors accompanying the coffee flavors. the flavors meld into a cohesive unit well.
full bodied with a fine, but relatively active carbonation.
good drinkabilty, it goes down alarmingly fast, but it'll knock you on your ass. a finely crafted stout.

kmo1030, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of mjgardner
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a tan head that dissapates somewhat quickly.

Aroma - A big coffee and toffee aroma. I also picked up a bit of the alcohol in the aroma.

Taste - A bit smokey malt taste. Almost a sweet expresso coffee finish with some heat from the alcohol.

Mouth - Quite full bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a big beer and I would recomment drinking with a friend. Definitely a good brew.

mjgardner, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml green bottle into a small tulip. The label is painted on and gives a description of the beer and brewing process.

Appearance: Pours with a huge head, probably about 2 inches. The head is dark brown and takes awhile to settle. Finally settles into a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a nearly opaque brown.

Smell: Thick and sweet smelling, like rum raisins and molasses. Tangy bitterness of coffee is also very present.

Taste: Alcohol bite upfront, followed by oily coffee and chocolate flavors and a long, lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: I split this some friends, to celebrate a special occasion. The beer is strong and very flavorful, but more suited to sipping on a cool winters night than a warm April afternoon. Overall, I like it.

beveritt, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the best stout i've ever had. thanks to bennetj17 for this wonderful west coast beer!

appearance: black, with a gorgeous 2 finger tan head.

smell: chocolate and roasted coffee as is expected.

taste: rich chocolate, but not too sweet! balanced BEAUTIFULLY with the coffee beans. one sip you will get deep dark luscious chocolate, the next you will get a more roasted coffee flavor. some stouts, one flavor or the other dominates, this double stout, is meshed perfectly.

mouthfeel: thick and chewy, you can really sink your teeth into this one so to speak. a joy to savor each sip.

drinkability: i could finish a whole big bottle of this stuff on my own no qualms. this is very high ABV, but drinks like an 5% oatmeal stout. great dessert beer, or have it anyway you like, just give it your full attention and respect one of the best beers in existence!

OutlawJoseyWales, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of isubsmith
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this at the Stone Brewery Distro while I was in the area for a conference. I have been lusting after this beer for a while since it is one of the few on the BA Top 100 I hadn't had. Seeing it on the Stone beer list made me very happy.

Anyway...

Appearance: Extremely dark, opaque body. Fairly substantial dark brown/orange head that lingers much longer than anticipated.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Some fruity notes. A little hops buried in there. As it warmed up the alcohol definately came out.

Taste: mmmm yummy. Some sweet malt tastes upfront but quickly overwhelmed by the roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate tastes.
A bit of hops at the end along with a reminder of the huge alcohol (especially as it warmed up)

Mouthfeel: Thick meaty goodness. Mmmm yummy. Low carbonation, full bodied, creamy, excellent mouth coating. Basically what you'd expect for an imperial stout.

Drinkability: Well... One 750ml bottle was plenty, especially after the Stone sampling... Not the sort of thing you chug down several of in a night, but who would do that to such a fine beer anyway? Now, if I had several bottles to spread out over a week that would be awesome. Too bad for stupid TSA carry on rules. :(

isubsmith, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a stark black into my snifter. The head was substantial and was a toffee color. The smell was a little roasted coffee. The taste was decent with slight coffee notes and a good roasted character. Not much chocolate going on here. Alcohol was missing in action until after the glass was gone. Decent RIS/Double but I was expecting a lot more from this beer. I'll cellar my other bottle for a couple years and see what happens. Old Numbskull is next!

Update 02/29/2008

Bottle aged for about a year. Smells like super malty grains and coffee. the flavor is strong coffee and molasses, then a heavy maltiness. This is actually pretty delicious and the mouthfeel is nice.

ArrogantB, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this awhile back and just going through my notes decided to write up the review. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a black as night an thick as oil. Caramel colored one finger head has thick coated retention and fantastic thick lacing. Roasted malt and barley in the nose with a touch of oats that smooth everything out. Big coffee kick with a slight hop twang--leafy hops.

Spicy abv kick noticeable right after the first sip. Big roasted malt flavors and a big coffee bitterness. Coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate flavors dance on the tongue. Bitterness from the coffee lingers on the palate well into the finish, though it's still surprisingly smooth. Coffee notes are held in check by a sweet caramel flavor--excellent balance on all flavors for this brew. With such a high abv, this is one sipping or sharing brew. Easily drinkable even with a slight spicy abv nudge.

bjohnson, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of sloejams
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally getting around to reviewing this beer, my favorite stout.

Certain beers get to me sometimes and it becomes almost all I can think about. Usually with me it's an IPA or a Belgian ale, but every once in awhile it's a fine crafted stout. Speedway Stout is one of those beers.

This special beer works best in a snifter I've found (or perhaps a large red wine glass). The snifter allows the beauty of the deep, viscous blackness as it pours along the curve of the glass, leaving a creamy lace. The espresso frothed head is glorious in the small mouth of the snifter.

The aroma is wonderful - rich coffee, sweet malt and an almost vanilla flavor. It takes awhile to get around the complexities but it's very rewarding. The texture is thick and creamy - exactly what I like in a big stout. You can almost chew it.

Tasting it starts with an espresso flavor that gets a bit bitter before rounding out with a sweet malt backbone. There's a bitterness of dark chocolate with a sweetness of vanilla bean and hint of cherry wood. It's difficult to put a finger on all of the flavors, but it's enjoyable to try.

At 12% ABV, this is not for everyday / all day consumption. At that level it is rather remarkable how easily it does go down. The alcohol warmth makes this perfect for a colder night. Living in Los Angeles, I've enjoyed this just as much at bbqs and even for a nice weekend breakfast sipping.

sloejams, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to orfeu I finally get a chance to have this brew,poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black with a very tight formed 1 1/2 finger mocha colored head that leaves globs of lace as it ever so slowly settled.Aromas of bitter chocolate,dark roast coffee a very definitive fruit essence,even a hint of tree bark.Starts out quite dry with big French Roast coffee flavors with notes of earth and wood after awhite a sweeter rummy like flavor comes thru that lingers after the finish.The alcohol creeps but never really rears its head just a nice little burn,wow this is a masterpiece stout its huge and packed with intense flavor,a gem no doubt and probably my new favorite stout of any kind.

oberon, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of JFazekas
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Painted 750ml foiled but with a cap

Appearance: Deep black with decent head retention in a tulip glass.

Smell: Very sweet and a syrup smell with a note of roasted nuts. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: Deep roasted malt attacks the pallet. The malt mellows out into into a rich balanced flavor, yet there are little hop characteristics. The beer was young still, only aged roughly one year so the alcohol flavor was still very present in the after taste. You think you're finished tasting then another round of aftertaste hits with a delicious dark roasted coffee and nut flavor that is more present as the beer warms.

Overall: A truely great beer. At first taste I wasn't sold but as it warmed up it quickly became a delicious treat. I have another bottle saved that I plan on aging, but I can't wait to see how it turns out. As it is this falls into my top 10 all time beers.
put in my all time top 10.

JFazekas, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a friend, 2006 vintage. We'll be splitting another one of these in a year or so. Oh man, I can't wait.

APPEARANCE: Absolutely pitch black with NO light getting through this. An incredibly dark brown head sits atop my Unibroue chalice, but lightens up somewhat as it sits. The head is still one finger large even 5 minutes after pouring. RIDICULOUS lacing. I'm very impressed.

SMELL: Incredibly intense. HUGE flavors of caramel and chocolate and interestingly nutty. Not as coffee-like and no particular hop aromas detected. Alcohol is very present. Very different from many other big stouts I've had.

TASTE: Wow. Chocolate, caramel, some coffee, and the nuttiness is really present. As it crosses the palette, bitterness becomes more apparent, but no hop flavors specifically. The finish starts as alcohol, but then the nutty and caramel flavors return for a 2 stage finish. Wonderful.

MOUTHFEEL: The thickest, chewiest beer I've ever had. The texture of a milkshake. The carbonation is a bit more than you'd find in most big stouts, and to me, that's perfect.

DRINKABILITY: It's so hard to determine drinkability for a beer as big as this. It's huge and you can't have a lot of this, but what I've got is so damn good and so easy to drink. I'm very impressed.

Believe the hype. This beer is that good. I can't wait to taste it in a year.

jmalex, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of poundboy
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from the dwindling selection at The Table and Vine. I had heard great things about this beer but sadly was a bit disappointed. Imperial Stout is one of my favorite styles, and this one, while quite good, lacks the complexity of secondary flavors which the truly great ones, such as Yeti or Rogue have in abundance.

Appearance: Beautiful packaging, Fancy 750 capped bottle with white, black and grey lettering. Poured with a think brownish head. Black, Black, Black. More lees in the bottom of the bottle than I have ever seen on anything, even homebrew. Props.

Smell: Rich coffee and roasted malt with alcohol and slight hop undertones.

Taste: Its got the roasted notes, its got the slight pleasant alcohol burn. Perhaps a bit less hop flavor than I go for. And none of those complex vinous and raisiny complex yeast flavors you often get with the a well brewed malt bomb, which as I mentioned was slightly disapointing

Mouthfeel: thick, tingly

Drinkability: All things are relative I suppose. Not one you have three of while your grilling, but good for the style. For the price I paid for it however, I could have two or three Smuttynose RIS's and be much more satisfied. A very good beer, but a top 10 beer, not to me.

poundboy, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed with this one.. It's definitely a good, better than average beer, but nothing really stood out one way or the other...so here it goes...Appearence is a thick almost black with a huuuuge head...three fingers tan and creamy. Smell is fairly thin for as thick as the beer appears coffee, vanilla, molasses. Tastes of roasted malt with coffee notes and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, which sets the beer apart a bit..otherwise this beer, while being a high quality stout just doesn't seem to have any one quality that stands out more than any other.

greenbeaner, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to HimerMan for trading me this bottle a few months ago.

a - pours black with a two-finger tan head with an orangish tint, surprising retention for such a big brew and great lacing

s - big scents of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, dark fruits, some black cherry, slight hoppiness, hints of alcohol

t - quick dark fruit sweetness right up front, quickly evolves into an intense coffee taste with strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt, a bit of hoppiness on the finish along with some black cherry and hints of alcohol, very complex, every sip brings new flavors

m - full-bodied, low carbonation, very creamy, coats the mouth well, pretty dry finish, nice warming effect

d - as drinkable as a big stout can be, the alcohol isn't all that evident in the taste, but you can definitely feel the warming, I could sip on this all night

Wow, this lived up to all the hype for me and has instantly become one of my all-time favorites. I waited for the right occasion to drink this bottle and tonight was the night. Incredibly complex brew that I wish I had a few more bottles of to enjoy tomorrow night and the night after that. Definitely worth seeking out.

WeisGuy, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of uberabr
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 750ml into a snifter

Pitch black, with a big, rich, creamy brown head that leaves rings of lace. Smells of deep espresso, honey, molasses and chocolate. On the phenolic side, some spices and a mild piney hop.

Taste is truly amazing. The overwhelmingly rich, creamy espresso and chocolate seem to predominate at first, but as your palate adjusts these bold flavors dissolve into subtle complexities. Hints of apricot, plums, cherries and white chocolate- even fresh spring water, cut vegetables, and asparagus- round out into a sweet caramel and molasses, walnuts, butter, and cream. Mouthfeel is great, but a tad on the oily, buttery side due to some diacetyl that would round out with age. Truly one of the beers I've ever had. Way to go, Alesmith.

uberabr, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of tanarm
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had this one cellaring for a few months now and decided I couldn’t wait any longer.

The head is a light brown and the body pure black. It smells of chocolate and coffee. It is the coffee taste that hits you right away, too. Hints of roasted barley and molasses, maybe even a little nutty flavor in there somewhere, but it is all lost to the coffee and chocolate overtones. The finish is pure dark chocolate goodness that continues to linger on the tip of the tongue for at least ten seconds.

As it warms, the bitterness extends to the back of the tongue and even the roof of the mouth and gets stronger on the finish. You can definitely taste the alcohol in the aftertaste more as it warms, but it never overpowers, as the other tastes become more profound as well. Mouthfeel is almost like carbonated melted chocolate, very creamy. It coats the palate completely.

This is a delicious beer, and I must say one of my favorites. I have another bottle that is cellaring and I am interested in how the tastes will age, but I think this can't get much better. For the style, it is hard to beat.

tanarm, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-23-07
4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4
From a bottle. Chocolate, roast, coffee blend in aroma. Cocholate in the very end of the sip, and then sweet coffee after that in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is a pretty amazing blend of coffee and chocolate.

___
3-1-2007
4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4
Served in a goblet at the Stone Bistro. Appearance was a midnight brown with a caramel colored head that had great retention. Smell was chocolate and coffee. Taste was of strong chocolate and lots of coffee for the most part with a nice mellow roasted character as well. Alcohol was well hidden. Moutfeel was thick and full, carbonation very low for a nice smooth drink.

MiScusi, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004 bottle opened and shared by fellow BA, KAME - thanks dude.

The beer poured a darker than dark coal black with no head. There was no pop when this beer was opened and it appeared flat.

The aroma of the beer was full of rich coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. The high alcohol helped carry the aroma brilliantly.

The flavor of the beer was full of intense flavors that seamlessly transitioned from one to another. Coffee - Chocolate - Rich roasted malts. There were also flavors of some rum soaked fruits, like plums, raisins, and figs. The hops were very subdued and in the background.

The mouthfeel was thick and heavy. It coated your mouth with a ton of flavor. I only wish the beer weren't flat. A little carbonation would've been nice. From what I understand, the dudes at Alesmith made a slight miscalculation/assumption with respect to bottle conditioning the 2004 bottling. Subsequent batches have this corrected. The beer had a great creaminess to it that helped all the flavors blend together very smoothly.

This is a world-class beer that should grace everyone's beer collection. Buy some now and age it for a few years.

SacoDeToro, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the highlights of a weekend full of tasting new beers. Wonderful aroma as soon as the cap is opened. Pours a deer rich black, with a very dark tan head. Seems bubbly and highly carbonated and you would think that this would be evident in the taste...But you would be wrong. Heady smells of coffee, chocolates, and malt as it swirlls around in the glass. The faintest smells of bourbon hinting at an alcohol bomb.

A wonderful taste that is eclipsed only my the marvelous mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee do indeed make their presence known, but the alcohol hinted at in the smell remains elusive. Impressive feat for its abv. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, yet creamy. That high appearing carbonation reveals itself here as only the slightest tickle. Very well done Alesmith. Quite possibly the best Imperial Stout I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Onibubba, Feb 20, 2007
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,759 ratings.