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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,687 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,687
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 747
Gots: 1,318 | FT: 131
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)
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wyllder

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Excellent.

I haven't written a review in a while, but for this I'll make an exception.

Speedway pours the expected opaque deep chocolate brown, bordering on black. A caramel colored head forms but dissipates rather quick. As you go, it leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing on the sides of your glass.

The smell is top-notch. Notes of roasted chocolate, caramel, coffee and molasses are all here.

Taste is bliss. Smoothly comingled flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee play out on the palate. Only slightly hoppy, with plenty of malt to smooth things out, this comes in somewhere between a Russian Imperial and an American Double stout: a really tasty place.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, not resinous or viscous but just thick enough to warn you of its potency. The alcohol is there, but never overwhelms as it provides a nice warming tone going down.

Drinkability. Send me more, much more. Keep it coming. Thank heaven I had two friends help me with the bottle or I might not have remembered much of the evening.

Having tried their IPA and Yulesmith previously, Speedway has put Alesmith firmly on the top of my favorite brewers list. A trip to San Diego is in order.

UPDATE: Had a second bottle of this about 6 months after the first. Every bit as good as the first. And, after some consideration, I've decided to get it over with and make it the first beer I 5-out. I love this stuff.

Wyllder-

02-07-2005 17:07:39 | More by wyllder
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

I am a Clevelander, and an unabashed Great Lakes Brewing Company fanboy. Their year-round selection and varying seasonal brews are enough to satisfy my love of beer. We don't have a tremendous number of retailers with a big microbrew selection, so I am lucky that I can stop at any supermarket in the area, buy a sixer of Great Lakes, and enjoy a good craft brew.

All that said, the AleSmith Speedway Stout is the second beer experience I have ever had that has given the lie to my delusion that GLBC can be the sole provider of my craft beer. (The first was Stone Double Bastard Ale.)

Speedway Stout tastes better than the best coffee or espresso I have ever had. This beer's refinement is absolutely immediate: it doesn't require any kind of contemplation, its lovely, balanced bitterness comes so naturally that it hardly tastes like the result of brewing science: it FEELS like coffee, like the synthesis of pure water and the most sublime flavor that nature has to offer.

It is bittersweet, deep, nuanced, and drinkable. I cannot come up with a single flaw, and I am a profoundly pessimistic individual. This brew is truly one of the most outstanding craft brew offerings I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.

02-06-2011 05:43:13 | More by JoeOfParma
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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,687 ratings.