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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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1,547 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,547
Hads: 5,972
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 865
Gots: 1,831 | FT: 155
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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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Reviews: 1,547 | Hads: 5,972
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours black with a thick, dense two finger mocha head. Great retention and a leaves beautiful complete lacing.

S - Rich, roasty aroma. Some bitter coffee, vanilla, and sweet milk chocolate.

T - Very bold flavor. Lots of coffee and dark fruit sweetness. Significant bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the throat at the beginning, but this fades over time.

M - Good carbonation and a medium feel.

O - I have been waiting a while to try this one. I was impressed by the aroma and found the flavor to be very good. There was nothing that really set this one apart from the vast sea of double stouts out there. Very good, not exceptional.

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Photo of JamesMcPolin
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gas release upon cracking open. Poured from the 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Beautifully black. Great head at first plus pretty good head retention. Its mocha colored head at first, while thick, but gets lighter and more tan as it dissipates.

Coffee is most upfront and obvious. Smells delicious. Dark caramel, roastyness of course, chocolate is tantalizingly in the background of the nose but is still there just enough to segue into the taste where it's more present

The 12% is buried deep into in this massive brew. Had quite a few sips before even thinking about the fact that this had a higher abv and that's with barely even giving it any time in the fridge to chill from room-temp storage before cracking.

Full-bodied, viscous, warm and syrupy in the best way as it returns to room-temp.

A solid imperial stout. Love the 12%, love the 750ml bottle, love the 'only' $10 to acquire. If you already love the imperial stout style and you dig the heavy coffee versions, this one is definitely more at the coffee end of the style's somewhat subtle spectrum.


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Photo of chalsk
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally experience this fine brew. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet start with coffee spice. Chocolate notes on the finish. A nice big stout with some bold flavor. Aging would help but one good brew.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 750ml bottle procured and shared with my brother. In all, this is exactly what I thought this stout should be. Now that the carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on, the alcohol fades to the back and dark roasted malts and coffee notes are very prominent. This is still a beast, but its a very good Imperial coffee stout.

Old Review (1-30-12)
A: 4
S: 4.5
T: 3.5
MF: 3
O: 4
Old Score: 3.78

Speedway Stout. From a trade with FosterJM waaay back in the day. Decided to break this one out earlier rather than later to salvage as much of the original coffee flavors as possible. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Jet black. A hard pour produces not head, just some big bubbles. No lacing...though there is some alcohol legs.

S: Big nose as it warms; roast, sweet chocolate, coffee, hint of caramel and vanilla, and a decent amount of booze. Coffee is still there but has probably faded a touch...right now it has a nose of sweetness and booze and some bitterness all mixed together.

T: Smooth malt presence...roast and coffee and chocolate. After this long it has still retained an espresso-like bitterness. Booze...finishes with a flash of chicory and molasses. Sweet and syrupy.

MF: Absolutely no carbonation. Medium-full mouthfeel, cut & thinned by the alcohol presence. Pretty syrupy.

O: I still liked it a lot but the taste and mouthfeel suffered because of the lack of carbonation. I read about that happening to some batches about the time I picked this one up, so I'm glad I pulled this out of the cellar instead of sitting on it for another year. I believe that carbonation would have cut the boozy, syrupy feel of this beer.

I'll look for another bottle of this to re-review.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into goblet on 3/8/09. Thanks to sholland119 for sharing.

A - Poured pitch black with sparse carbonation and a creamy, burnt mocha head that settled to about a quarter inch of retention and left thick lacing around the glass.

S - Complex and inviting aroma featuring roasted malt, toasted oats, hints of chocolate and coffee, mixed nuts, cocoa, milky notes and a hint of alcohol heat.

T - Roasted coffee and nuts with some sweet milky and bitter chocolate notes. Very roasty flavor overall with a bit of an astringent character. Finish is quite bitter with an abundant earthy hop presence.

M - Medium to full bodied with a rich, creamy texture that was almost chewy. Warm mouthfeel overall. Finish is quite earthy and bitter on the palate.

D - Very good imperial stout that was heavy on the roast but not so much the chocolate or oatmeal as the aroma suggested. It was a bit astringent, but still extremely drinkable for a 12% brew.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lacing is tremendous. Body is medium but solid. Coffee is prominent on both ends, with a bitter finish. Sweetness is a little more detectable than roast is. It's a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very thick and velvetty. Jet black in color. There is no foamy head though and looks flat.
Smells of rich and roasted malts with coffe and vanilla some chocolate.
Taste is rich and complex with lots of roasted malts and black coffee. Hints of bittersweet chocolate works in perfect harmony.
Thick and heavy on the palette with a velvetty smooth flow.
Quite decadent and rich. A sipper.
At 12% ABV its almost an after thought. You won't notice it until well into the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pours a black viscous liquid, with no head except for a dark tan, almost brown colar. Completely opaque in the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, earth. There was a slight metallic aroma when first poured, but this faded as the beer warmed.

Taste: Bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight burnt toast flavor. Sweetness at the front of the tongue yields to a coffee bitterness in the finish. Booze is noticeable in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Goes down pretty easy for 12% though.

Overall: Really good imperial coffee stout, but I don't think it quite lives up to its lofty ratings. It's worth picking up if you can find it, but I wouldn't recommend going to any great lengths to obtain.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i didn't get much on the nose. it's dark and thick. lots of coffee and molasses. low on the carbonation. i can't taste the 12%abv. it's masked very well. overall a wonderful stout.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought the bottle almost a year ago but god knows when it was bottled.

A: Pitch black with a huge mocha-colored head. Beautiful looking stout. Thick and great head retention.
S: Eww licorice? I hate licorice. Some roasted coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not the best smelling beer out there.
T: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Thank god there's no licorice in here. A little chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Hint of alcohol at the end.
M: Full bodied, medium carbonation. A bit sticky.
O: This is a great coffee stout. Even though I'm not a huge fan of coffee I enjoyed this quite a lot.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its been over a year and a half... figured I should finally review my namesake beer. 2010 vintage only because I remember when I bought it. Poured from a foiled and capped 750ml. bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger frothy mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is an opaque black though it looks a bit on the thin side. Lacing is stringy and layered with very good cling. Nice legs too. A pretty beer overall though it lacks a certain viscosity.

S: Nose is a sharp espresso bean first and foremost. Chocolate, liquorice, and roasted malt plays around in the background hidden by the coffee and slight booziness. Aromatic and pungent overall but I've smelt better. A bit one-dimensional.

T: Opens milk and dark chocolate sweetness which is quickly complemented by coffee bean bitterness along with a smoothing roasted malt character. Very robust throughout. Coffee tingles in the background towards the middle while a hint of liquorice appears. Coffee powers forward towards the finish, ending with a nice crescendo of spiciness, slight coffee bean tartness, and a touch of dark fruit. Cocoa powder and coffee beans in the finish. Like the aroma, a bit one sided, but that side is done very very well.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. This one drinks much better than it looks. Silky and smooth in the mouth with a touch of spiciness going down. Sticky and viscous throughout. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: I've had this beer fresh before and I can say that with a year on it, there's no comparison. The aged version is far better. More balanced and not so intensely coffee forward. I'm not a huge fan of imperial stouts with a heavy coffee persuasion, but this is a very solid offering from alesmith. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aged about 2 years. Pitch black in the glass with some ruddy brown highlights along the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Being an aged bottle, I'm getting more chocolate on the nose than coffee, more dark fruit than I remember a fresh bottle having, some burnt caramel, roasted malts. Taste follows the smell very well. Very roasty with bittersweet chocolate along with a fully rich, decadent mouthfeel. As good as this one still is, I wouldn't recommend aging it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml green bottle. Pours a dark, deep black with absolutely no highlights. No light can get through. Thick tan creamy head, which stayed for a while, and turned into a thin wispy ring. Not much lace on the sides of the glass. Strong roast smell, combined with alcohol. The taste is a strong roast, almost burnt, combined with a rich coffee aftertaste. Some bitterness, mainly due to the strong roast flavors. Full body, with very low carbonation. The alcohol is noticable, as this beer warms you up quickly. Overall, a fantastic stout. I am not sure that it was worth the $13 we get charged currently here in Ohio, but certainly worth trying once.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Large tan billowy head on a black as night beer.

Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, sweet malt, and alcohol.

tastes of espresso, dark cocoa, and roasted malt. Hints of licorise as well.

Mouthfeel is full, malty sweet, with cocoa and coffee. Not cloying, but sweet.

drinkability - will finish the bottle, but anot a session beer by any stretch. Begs for more, but it'll kick your ass if you have more than one.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Rich and black. From an aggressive pour, a frothy head emerges with a solid base. The head dissipates quickly, leaving a few bubbles on the surface.

S: Light coffee, not so rich but still noticeable, dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of something else, almost like cinnamon. Not as complex as I'm used to for the style but I think I like that the coffee is less aggressive than I'm used to. Overall, the nose is very faint.

M: Light and frothy, finishing clean. The carbonation bubbles up quickly and then disappears but overall very pleasant. Smooth, very smooth. Just above Guinness like wateriness.

T: Bitter chocolate and light coffee flavors dominate. Nice roasted maltiness and some hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden and is very well done. Some dark fruit as it warms but not all the way there yet.

D: I could drink this all day. I was expecting this to be a bit more rich, but I don't think it takes away from the overall quality of this brew. Not very complex, but this is a young bottle and may take time to realize its potential.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: super dark black. like the color of motor oil. real nice tan head thats pretty solid on top. it poured around 3 fingers, then settled at around 1/2 finger

s: richly roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of sweet vanilla, very very faint smoke. smells very rich. makes the mouth water

t: roasted malts, sweet caramel, alcohol, brown sugar all punch you in the face right away. as the mouth begins to adjust, you can start to pick up some of the coffee notes (roasted coffee beans, coffee bitterness). there is a sweet generic dark fruit flavor in here. i can't pick up a specific fruit, but it is lending a sweetness to this that i am detecting. finishes with big roasted malts and alcohol

m: super silky mouthfeel. its great. carbonation is a little beyond medium. very nice mouthfeel for a stout

o: the bottle i'm drinking from is a few weeks old. its got lots of alcohol in the taste, and i honestly wish the coffee would be featured a bit more in the flavor. with the exception of the alcohol heat, its a pretty nice beer. big, luxurious, and definitely a sipper. that being said, i don't think its quite worthy of all the hype it gets (especially given the price), and i believe there are better beers out there

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, small hops, roasty coffee, and hints of chocolate. In the taste, big coffee and chocolate maltiness and a nice small hoppy presence of hops. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a clean coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Body a bit lighter, but big flavor, quite nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: deep thick oil lack with a little bit of brown on the edges

s: very mild coffee; sweet syrupy chocolate; raisins;

t: deep dark chocolate; light coffee; mild sweet cocoa powder; smooth and mild; almost menthol;

m: smooth and creamy; very mild carbonation

d: a good beer that is worth a try; flavorful yet smooth

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Photo of Murrhey
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a 10oz glass at Neighborhood in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half light brown-orange head. Several minute long retention. Black as night. No light breaks through. Lord have mercy.

S- Mocha, chocolate and heavy coffee scents. Scents and earthy smells.

T- Dark, heavy and sweet at first, but finishes bitter. Vinous taste as the alcohol pokes out. The mocha flavoring hides the 12 % quite well.

M- Vinous and wet, a product of the booze.

O- Wow. The hype wasn't far off. This is a powerful example of a delicious beer.

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Photo of bmanning
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with thin brown head.
S: Espresso aroma along with vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and hint of almond and licorice
T: The great thing about this beer is that the coffee flavor doesn't dominate like many other coffee stouts. It's got a great balance between coffee flavor and typical roasted malt stout flavors. The only negative in the taste is the slight astringency of the coffee which leaves a slightly sour and bitter taste.
M: This is one of the thickest stouts I've had in a while - very similar to Dark Lord in it's heavy, cream like thickness that coats the mouth very well.
D: Good drinkability, but it's definitely a sipper.
Overall, while isn't not the best coffee stout, it's definitely up there. The bold, thick flavor and mouthfeel certainly make it a beer to remember.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sharing a bottle with my buddy CarbonIS(Bill). Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a black color, but partially clear. Leaves an incredibly thick and frothy deep tan head. Leaves great sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is pretty much coffee...and a nice blend of coffee at that. Malty, and only slight booze. Other than that...nothing else really...just coffee!

This is a great solid beer. The reviews are absolutely correct. Flavor for flavor and considering complexity...this isn't the best stout out there. But for what it is, non-barrel aged...and labeled a coffee stout: it's awesome! Extemely drinkable, and you'd never know it's 12%! Booze is barely detectable. Medium body, low carbonation, semi-malty, and a ton of coffee flavor(with cream and sugar). Again, awesome and solid beer/stout!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a big beer as expected. and something to be had when your ready to sit around in lethargic warmth. the abv is sneaky. pour is nice with a good head of two fingers... yest delayed. opaque black with a mocha head. nose of all the expected things in a american russian imperial. but then again its big and its american. its a treat it big done right. in all its subtleties. expected but perfect. licorice, coffee, cocoa., and cherry liquor candy.

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Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic at 50 degrees, this beer sat in my cellar for 6 months.

Appearance: A nice 2 finger dark tan head that is creamy and foamy. The head has really good retention, leaving a nice dark tan lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown with a touch garnet highlights. The clarity is opaque and there is some carbonation in the beer.

Nose: A rich roasted dark malty aroma with chocolate, coffee, espresso, molasses, and oak. There are more notes of bread, yeast, toast, caramel, solvents, phenols, a touch of floral, and some grapefruit note.

Taste: A bold dark roasted malt, with cocoa, espresso, oak, vanilla, molasses, caramel and a nice rounded toast. The other notes are bread, yeast, solvents, grapefruit, lemon, floral bouquet, and a nice subtle smokiness.

The mouth feel is creamy, rich, astringent, and coating.

Overall. The body of the beer is medium full and the finish is full. This beer has a really deep flavor profile, contrast, and finish. What a wonderful tasting beer. The alcohol is masked very well, the age on the beer gave it a smooth finish that just make your palate beg for more. Thank You Alesmith.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Larger 3 inch head of deep mocha color that sticks around for a while and leaves a very nice lacing. Body is pitch black and needs maybe 2 mm to see through. Aroma is on the sour milk side. nice chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Pretty simple and boring. Flavor is huge with a sweet coffee hitting you right up front. This goes to a bitter chocolate and nice coffee finish. Simple, strong, and delicious. Also has hints of vanilla and caramel. Creamy in flavor but not as much on the tongue. Mouth feel is a little lacking, the carbonation is good but body seems a bit weak. Overall a very good beer with great coffee tones, probably the best coffee I've had.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.