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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,258 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,258
Reviews: 1,444
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 786
Gots: 1,484 | FT: 141
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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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Split with trep and other friends at our stout tasting.

Pours jet black with a motor oil consistency and a thin cap of gingerbread-colored foam. Nice head retention, even with the 12% ABV, but not much in the way of lacing. If they made air fresheners with the aroma of Speedway Stout, I'd put one in every room, car, and office I ever owned--and I hate air fresheners! Smells of rich, doughy sweetbread, brown sugar, dark cocoa nibs, and chocolate liquor. The booze is sweet and inviting--can't wait for the first sip.

Insanely complex flavor, as this stout delivers a vinous, port-like chocolate flavor backed by melted milk chocolate bars. A hint of roasted malts and a blast of booze seals the deal. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, thick but not overly viscous, and perfectly carbonated. As weird as it sounds, I don't want to swallow this beer. Each sip is more complex than the last, unfolding across the palate beautifully. Easily one of the best Double Stouts out there, and I cannot wait to cross paths with this brew again.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle (with a huge cap) poured into pint glass.

A: Very slight creamy brown head. Pours black as all hell. Leaves faint lacing behind.

S: Smell is more present than most stouts. Definitely smells of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Tastes more and more of coffee as it warms up. This one's hot! HUGE warming alcohol sensation after every sip... some don't like this, but I love it! I would also like to try this one with a few years on it for sure. This one would be ideal for a cold winter's night. I get an almost plum-like sweetness as well as slight chocolate in the aftertaste.

M/D: This one's got a very full body, definitely one of the thicker stouts I've had, but goes down well if you don't mind the boozeyness.

Overall, this is an exceptional stout... as it should be for the price!

Photo of NitroGen
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for my 100th review.

P: 750 ml. Brown bottle

A: Pours a jet black with one finger of dark chocolate foam head that quickly settles

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and grains with feint alcohol fumes.

T: Myriad of chocolate and roasted coffee with creamy sweetness and huge alcohol fumes.

M: Wow is this a big! Well balanced throughout the tasting, and the aftertaste keeps on going and going...

D: Since this is in a 750 ml. and nobody else will imbibe I will make the sacrifice and drink this lovely brew by myself!
Will be having another long before my 200th review!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade. This definitely fits the bill as a Big Beer. Pours almost sludge-like out of the champagne bottle. Thick and black with a miniscule beige head. Next to no lacing. The aroma is all roasted coffee. The body is big and bold and the flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol really pack a whollop. It never becomes too much though. The beer remains smooth throughout. This is one of those beers that you wouldn't know was 12% by the flavor, only by the effect. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Superb.

Photo of Beervis
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle a dark black with a very attractive thick, lasting tan head. In just the glass, this brew is amazing.

Smell is incredible, chocolate, caramel, and a boatload of coffee. Taste follows right along with chocolate and strong espresso up front, followed by a very creamy coffee taste, almost like a coffee with cream was poured into a strong stout. Full body with amazingly complex flavor notes. Hops are perfectly balanced, and a wonderful alcohol spice finishes it off perfectly. This beer is all about balance, and with every sip, I taste something new. As it warms, it's magical, every sip delving deeper into the already complex.

As for drinkability, I think that kinda goes without saying. I drank this bottle without any problem at all, and could have gone on to another, if not for the alcohol. It's more of a sipping beer, and one to savor.

Absolutely incredible!!

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to pint glass. Thanks to Br3wmeister for sharing this one and LilMatrix for hookin him up with it!

A: Pours almost black with a beautiful light brown two-finger head that becomes full of craters. The body can't be seen through at all. The head retains pretty well and leaves a bit of thick, spotty lacing.

S: Very sweet scented, smells of fairly strong bittersweet chocolate and strong roasted malts, dark fruit, possibly figs and cherries. It's pretty complex but you're able to pick up all of whats going on.

T: Bitter chocolate and malts hit upfront and the chocolate quickly becomes sweet, followed by dark fruit (figs, prunes) turning into a semi-bitter coffee finish that leaves a strong coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Hops are apparent at the front and back of the palate. Pretty complex overall, which is something I love to see in this style. Alcohol becomes apparent after it becomes room temperature but I never would have guessed 12% abv, I didn't look at the bottle and my guess was about 9%.

M: Fairly carbonated especially for the style, It's pretty thick though and very smooth.

Overall: Amazing! I'm very happy that this didn't dissipoint me at all, I'm always afraid when I try a beer thats in the top 30. Very drinkable and absolutely delicious! Get this by any means you can.

Photo of Martyrob
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Aethien
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black with a formidable caramel coloured head, it leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

Right up front there's already a strong smell of pure chocolate and coffee goodness, definitely a very powerful smell, bittersweet, lovely roasted malts, toffee and caramel, some hints of dark fruits and just the right amount of booziness to let you know there's alcohol in there. Big and bold on the nose, absolutely delicious even before the first sip.

Again it's the bittersweet cacao and strong coffee flavours that run the show with roasted and charred malts, dark fruits and toffee playing a great supporting role. More bitter than the nose but still enough sweetness in there to keep it balanced. There's a nice touch of warming alcohol in the back as well.

The mouthfeel that accompanies it all is just perfect, super smooth and creamy, it almost feels like whipped cream or molten ice cream at times. Medium bodied and some subtle carbonation that allows you to just enjoy the flavours and the lovely creamy feeling.

In short, this is a really, really good imperial stout. Not crazy or weird or experimental or otherwise especially fancy, nothing unexpected but just executed really damn well. It paired brilliantly with some Belgian chocolates as well.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black body with a small brown head. Powerful aroma of coffee, alcohol with a hint of underlying sweetness. Taste was unexpected. Heavy dark fruit blended very well with the coffee flavor. I was looking to be over powered by coffee, this was not the case at all. Coco finish with that alcohol warmth you need in an imperial stout.

Photo of prokopt2
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kudos200
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Thanks to FosterJM for sending me this big-time Want.

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: Opaque black with a very inviting 1 finger mocha head. Head settles to leave a thin cap plus ring around the edge. Although the viscosity of the pour and appearance of the head hinted at creaminess..it looks to be on the oily side. Some lacing evident.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, licorice and roasted black malt.

T: Delicious. A creamy cup of coffee but with so much more. Chocolate and vanilla is in there...the dark fruit is in there. The unfermented malt provides a slight sugary sweetness but it’s far from cloying. Finishes with lovely roasted black malt and a touch of cinnamon.

M: Very balanced. Body is above medium and the carbonation is pleasing.

O: I’m forced to compare this to my all-time favorite coffee stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, and this delivers. It’s got all the flavor of FBS but slightly less bitterness and it just feels more luxurious. Easy to drink for such a complex beer...although I’d prefer it to come in a more manageable size....especially at 12% ABV.

Photo of Padron4KM
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/30/04
Bottle served at 55 degrees.
This stuff is dark! I held a flashlight up to the glass and no light penetrated.
Medium sized dark brown head that disipates quickly and leaves behind a patchy, chunky lace.
Aroma was rubbing alcohol and coffee. maybe a little prune juice in there.
Flavor is milk chocholate, coffee and dark fruit with a sweet caramel finish.

Surprisingly soft and smooth for a beer so high in ABV. kind of went down like a kahlua and cream. or a chocholate milk with chocholate syrup, heavy cream, coffee and a shot of everclear.
This was a great beer.
I am buying a bottle tomorrow to put in the wine chiller/beer cellar. This is definitely the Padron Anniversario Maduro of beers.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml foil wrapped capped bottle aged for approx. 6 months and served at cellar temperature in a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very deep dark black oil like liquid with a large two finger head of tannish brown foam on top. Very nice thick poured on this one as it seemed to just ooze out of the bottle and plop down into the glass. There was no way to vigorously pour this one; rather you just kind of had to let it slide down. Nice retention initially as it took a good few minutes before the head settled down to just a thin film of brown across the top. After five or more minutes even this was gone as the only thing remaining were some small amounts of tan suds clinging to the side and a thick black oil looking liquid taking up residence in the glass.

S – The aroma was very rich and full of roasted malts and hints of coffee. It was rather strong and pungent with hints of dark baker’s chocolate also easily apparent as you took in whiff or two. Some strong hints of the alcohol were also easily found even in the aroma, giving you a hint at what lies beneath this 12%abv monster. As it warmed you were able to start picking out some aromas of sugary lactose and even a hint of caramel or vanilla adding some great depth and profile to the smell.

T – The flavor was very full and rich and really made me very pleased to be able to try it. With all the hype surrounding it, it was nice to not be let down and to see this one hold up to the loft goals I had set for it. The rich flavor awaiting me was touched off by a storm of dark baker’s chocolate laced in between rich Smokey roasted malts a touch of alcohol creating almost a wave of just dark delights that rolled over you and warmed you from the inside out. The deep flavor gave way to a subtle sweetness mingled in were the nice lactose flavor and the hints of vanilla which only served to deep its profile and increase its grip on me. The finish was strong with a long lasting hint of chocolate and a boozy like quality that dragged it out.

M – A very full bodied ale this one came across as thick as molasses with a rich oil like coating across the entire inside of your mouth. A very big rich creamy feel this one simply would not let go. It was truly the dessert beer, not really reach out and grasping that feeling of shake like consistency, but more relying on the just full bodied assault of the sense. Very nice.

D – Well for 12%abv you could barely tell I will give it that. It was very filling, really putting a hurt on you and filling you up pretty quickly. Now I took my time with this one to be honest, really enjoying it and taking almost 3 hours to drink the bottle. I just thought it was better this way as it really let me take in the flavors and see the changes occur as it went from the 50 degrees of my cellar to almost room temperature.

Overall I thought this was great. Really a very fine and high quality ale here. I would have no issues getting this one again as it really embodies a strong stout in every sense of the word. Very full big flavors with a long dry finish. What more could you ask for. Completely deserving of its spot on the list, a really fine ale indeed.

Photo of RyanK252
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of baiser
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dessert in a glass. Pours pitch black, with a dark brown, foamy head. Intense coffee/chocolate aromas along with a hint of alcohol. Very roasty, rich, full and sweet. Amazing after dinner drink. $10/bottle at the brewery is worth every penny. Probably my favourite imp stout.

Photo of OrangeMen
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aged 1 year, bought fresh and properly cellared at home

Appearance- Deep black, opaque. Gorgeous thick mocha/cinnamon, deep khaki head, frothy, hangs around awhile but settles down. Beautiful lacing on sides of glass. A truly beautiful beer.
Aroma- Decadent dark chocolate, some sweet chocolates, molasses, caramel as well. Rich espresso, wonderful dark fruits, some tartness created. Roasted malt rounds everything together.
Taste- Intense, rich dark chocolates, incredibly decadent, dessert like. Bitter roasted malts, rich mocha/espresso flavors as well. Slight fruity tartness, nice warming alcohol on finish.
Feel- Incredibly thick and even more creamy. Full bodied as they come, decent amount of carbonation as well.
Overall- Such a beautifully balanced beer, incredibly intense but calm and smooth at the same time. Tastes like a rich gourmet chocolate cake with a nice cup of coffee on the side. Dark chocolates are so rich and decadent, sweet caramel/vanilla/chocolate come through, then everything is balanced nicely with bitter roasted malts and rich espresso notes.

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a one finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts as a sweet malt and roasted coffee, smooth, finishes with a smokey caramel flavor; the high ABV is not noticeable. Excellent Imperial stout. Serious yeast in bottom of glass. $12.85 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Ok, I have had this before, but it was a 4 year old bottle, this bottle is a fresh new arrival at my local store. Happy to see Alesmith again!

Pours a deep flat black color with a huge tan head. Looks wonderful.

Nose is of dark heavily roasted malts, a fresh cup of coffee, and some dark chocolate.

First sip, wow... This is full flavored! Lots of coffee, more so than a lot of coffee beers I have had before, but it's not overly strong. I taste what reminds me of those chocolate covered coffee beans, some dark sugar, cream, and some bitterness on the finish. No hints of heat from the alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is quite good, this is a bit viscous, but not to thick. It's actually quite smooth too.

Overall, an outstanding beer. I think it's much better than the aged one I had a few years ago. I think this is a beer best consumed fresh. I'm impressed, but that is something that Alesmith does often to me while drinking their brews.

Photo of Greggy
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great thick fluffy 2 finger head, great head retention, nice black body, and great lacing. The head really doesn't recede much during the pint.

S- Nice deep choc, dark fruits (raisin), coffee, a tiny hint of alcohol. Nice balance. Definitely isn't green.

T- Nice dark fruits and balanced hopiness. Excellent dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, cream. The finish seems never ending, but eventually turns dry.

M- Great smooth feel and great balance.

D- This was an incredible beer. The 12% is well hidden. It's not sessionable, but I will drink it again.

Photo of IPeteA91
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There I was wondering through the beer aisles when I saw stacked boxes of this “much read about, but never tried” beer. My penknife came out & I opened the stores box for them, and quickly loaded one of them into my trolley. As such, this must be the 2003 batch.

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle with a rather racy looking label that has two chequered flags set about a large Pint glass. Labelled as a 12% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Ryan Bros. Coffee Beans.

Appearance: Highly viscous black-tar pour offers little head. It settles almost flat with a very thin brown halo ring head. It’s a shame really because the appearance is probably slightly spoiled by the complete lack of any head.

Nose: Massive and a mix of Dark Bourneville Chocolate and Coffee beans.

Tastes: Quite awesome. Deep roasted coffee beans lead you into a dark bitter chocolate middle that lingers on the tongue. Every sip accentuates a different aspect of this mighty beer; bitter, roast, silky, toasted malts, alcohol, dark chocolate all wrapped up in lovely cocoa milk smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Impressive silky chewy dark chocolate toffee bitterness. It lingers in the mouth just to remind how damn good this beer is.

Drinkability: Considering its strength, I found this to be a highly quaffable brew. Very moorish.

I’m getting some more of this monster to cellar.
A great beer to finish Saturday night with (or did it finish me?).

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 5,258 ratings.