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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,885 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 771
Gots: 1,372 | FT: 131
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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!

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Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass (as per instructions on the bottle):

Pours black with a huge tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover, leaving webs of lacing. Awesome retention for the abv/style, or for any beer in general.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Dark breadiness is there that fades to the background as it progresses.

The taste is of coffee (very fresh - no burnt or overdone "bitter" edges"), chocolate, dark fruit and a liqueurish sweetness. The sweetness is balanced by a hint of roast and a piney/resiny bittering touch. Peppery alcohol is warming but not hot. It has a semi-drying, long finish.

This is truly full-bodied - velvety and silky with a thickness that is hefty without being too syprupy because there is just enough carbonation to let it glide over the palate. Perfect for the style, IMO.

This is dangerously drinkable, indeed! Coffee-accented, and wonderfully so (would like to get a hold of the coffee used in this one!) but with other "dark" complexities going on in wonderful harmony. A thrill to drink!

jwc215, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of jdklks
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this beer rivals the abyss (my favorite beer) on both look and smell. nothing shines through this black beauty, not even on the fringe when held to light. a milk chocolate head about a finger deep that graces the surface of what must seem to it an abyss below. the smell is out of this fucking world. huge chocolate presence along with a nice, roasted coffee scent and some sweet dark fruits. incredible.

the flavor is fruity sweet and very hot up front. lots of alcohol all the way through, accompanied by chocolate in the middle. a bitter roasted coffee finish that lingers on the palate with "parasitic tenacity" (Woolf) well after a sip has been taken. very dry throughout. overall, coffee and alcohol are dominant, though after the initial shock other flavors begin to appear, especially that dark fruit sweetness characteristic of so many great imperial stouts. im almost inclined to give this a 5, but the roasted coffee bitterness at the end is perhaps a little too intense.

mouthfeel is extraordinary. thick and chewy, like it should be, and perfectly carbonated. drinkability reflects the 12%, and the ass-kicking my palate is taking.

jdklks, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of zeledonia
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigTomZ for the sweet extra. 2011 vintage, I believe. Tasted 19 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very deep brown, black in the glass. Two fingers of thick coffee-brown head, a delicious color, slowly relaxing to a long-lasting foamy cap. Little peninsulas of lacing reaching out in the glassy ocean. Doesn't get much better than this.

Smell is awesome. Big, rich, and dark. Dominated by smooth, nutty coffee, and backed by chocolate. Reminds me in many good ways of Founders Breakfast Stout.

Taste is delightful as well. Lots of depth, very chocolatey. Coffee flavor is present, but subdued enough that other things can shine through. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but generally smooth and mellow with a chocolate punch.

Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, chewy, and mouth-filling. Medium-low carbonation, lots of little bubbles, turning it into tasty foam. Yum.

This is a really delicious, rich, sweet big stout. If it weren't so strong, I could drink a whole lot of it. And that reminds me, there's not even a hint that it's 12% - I'd believe it if someone told me it were half that. A very impressive beer, and one I wish I had consistent access to.

zeledonia, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of suspect
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Founders Snifter.

A: Pours a thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a rising mocha colored 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass that don't ever go away.

S: Toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits.

T: Big complex cocoa/coffee flavors bringing the house down with complexity. Such a mix of malts, coffee bitterness, cocoa nibs and black licorice.

M: Pretty medium bodied for an Imperial stout. Coats the mouth pretty significantly.

O: Very very good beer. One of the smoother Imperial Stouts I've had.

suspect, Jan 13, 2013
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 Beerzebub
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared for 6 months, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Black with thick tan head. Finely textured lace in wide solid rings and thin tendrils.

Smells rich and complex, changing in the glass, with rich coffee, caramel, chocolate cake, Oreos, peanut butter, black cherry, and concord grape. Even some salami and roast chicken skin reveal themselves fleetingly. Characterful, cohesive, and great.

Tastes rich, sweet, smooth. Gobs of dark caramel and chocolate, with deep underlying coffee. Mild alcohol. Balancing bitterness develops: roasty burnt sugar and then a suggestion of candied orange peel. Long bittersweet roasty finish. Exceptionally tasty.

Wonderfully viscous, but bordering on overly fizzy despite some swirling. Quite drinkable.

Great beer.

Beerzebub, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

AleSmith Brewing Company - AleSmith Speedway Stout, poured into a goblet.

Look - Pours dark oil black but not the absolute thickest I have seen, which doesn't really matter but is an element of look I felt I would mention. Nice soapy mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Tons of glorious chunky lacing.

Smell - Cola, rich chocolate, roasted coffee, barley, and a touch of piney hops.

Taste - Rich roasted coffee and a wave of velvety chocolate that is absolutely decadent. Alcohol taste is apparent.

Mouthfeel - Packs a punch! Hearty and heavy, throat and tummy hot from the 12% alcohol. All told it is still quite drinkable . I had no problem putting this one down (my gullet).

Overall - Let some of this warm! Hell this would age nicely as well. I see this particular brew all over, snag it once and give it a shot, I don't think you will regret it if you are into this style. Cheers!

JMScowcroft, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of fiver29
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a quick dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark roasted malts. Not overpowering. Its got a realy nice balance to the aroma. This is a bold beer. It has lots of flavor with roasted malts and coffee. Follows the nose very well. Very smooth texture with a nice long finish. I wish all beers drank like this one. It goes down way to easily.

fiver29, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark brown/black. The head is nice and big. It is at least an inch in height. Its color is a creamy light brown/tan. There is also quite a bit of lacing going on according to the sides of my glass. Good head retention as well.

To the nose this beer smells wonderfu. Lots of roasted smells in the aroma. I can also smell some chocolate/coffee aromas. There is a faint smell of alcohol as well.

In the taste of this beer I don't detect any bitterness (well none that I could account to the hops). I taste the complexities of the malty character of this beer first and foremost. The beer is strong. It has a strong taste of both coffe and chocolate. The coffe taste lingers in the aftertaste for a bit and then eventually becomes a dry roasted taste in the back of the mouth. Bitterness is percieved early on by the heavy roasted flavor that bombards the palate. There is also, as in the smell, a detectable alcohol presence. It is in the background of the beer's flavor, and its presence adds a bit of a kick to the overall effect of the flavor.

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite good as well. There is a low amount of carbonation and alcohol warms a bit as it goes down. It also warms the stomach once it has been in there for a while. It has a nice full body and is heavy on the palate. This beer is not hard to drink. I feel that this is one that must be sipped. It could make me real sick real fast if I drank this too fast. Its a good deal and I'll probably buy it sometime in the future again but I'm just not sure when. In my opinion Storm King is a better deal. For the 12$ I spent on this bottle I could have had a six of Strom King and had a buck or two to spare. However I believe that this beer is available year round.

becktone, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 3 fingers of tan head that eventually fades to a thin cap that leaves great lacing

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, anise, and a hint of dark fruits. Very deep and complex

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty, with big notes of chocolate and coffee, with some nice anise and vanilla notes in the background. Alcohol provides a slight estery kick but goes great with the roasted malts and packs almost no heat or booziness

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: One of the best coffee stouts out there, hands down. It's also dangerously drinkable at 12%. I'd recommend splitting this one because this is one HUGE beer. Definitely worth the price

BEERMILER12, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New Year! I am not sure, but I believe this is the 2009 variety.

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark, dark black with a solid two inches of head.

The smell combines a load of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, some hoppy/grassyness, and maybe some soy sauce. Very powerful and intoxicating.

Taste is delicious bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee all the way with maybe some more soy sauce. Maybe not the most complex, but really delicious.

Terrific silky creamy mouthfeel, and a fairly easy drinker for such a high ABV.

Awesome stout.

webmanspidey, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A couple of these bad boys came from genog. Thanks I am blessed to have this beer. Now on to the review.

After a long vacation back home in Indiana I returned to Florida only to drive 11 hours to the race in Bristol I saw some good racing both Busch and Cup, sweated my ass off, and drank tons of beer that is not worthy of mentioning.

Now that I am back home I am craving some good beer, Craft beer. As I stood in my garage and looked over my beer fridge which is packed with the world's best brews one and only one was screaming my name. There it was sitting in the outside of row three. A green bottle that looked black due to the wonderful contents. This baby was wrapped on top with foil, silver in color blazing like an eternal flame. I knew what the bottle was, hell who wouldn't.

It was AleSmith Speedway Stout. The only brew worthy of a review after 22 hours of driving and 500 laps on the fastest 1/2 mile in the world. Bristol Baby.

A: Dark black....Oil Black, the color of the black flag which I wish was displayed to the Busch brothers each and every race. The track is loud... so loud. It has been called the thunder dome, and trust me when 43 cars circle the oval; it is louder than any thunder ever known to man. Speaking of thunder the head on this baby is thunderous. Big and rushing. Millions of tiny bubbles band together like the Jr nation and rise to the top. They stay and stay trying to hold on like Dale Jr. to the chase for the championship. It does die down, but fear not. Like Dale Jr. It will hang around until the very end.

Aroma: Next to rubber on concrete, this is one of the best aromas on earth. Coffee...check, Chocolate....check, Toffee...check, wonderfully roasted malt....check... Tighten your belts boys cause boogity boogity boogity were going racing.

T: Man if the gods of NASCAR were to band together to create a brew for the man... Dale Jr. to savor in victory lane this would be it. There is a wonderful marriage of coffee and chocolate. There is milk and sugar, malt and hops. When you're drinking this bad boy its checkers or wreckers baby... and as you can see on the front of the bottle its nothing but checkers.

M: There is no need for wedge or a tire pressure change this baby is perfect. Full bodied and thick. Like the oil in the engine of the man himself Dale Jr. It flows down the throat and thru the chambers like purified oil the life blood of a DEI (soon to be Hendrick engine). The alcohol warms you without overheating or breaking down the critical parts of your system.

D: Very. One of the best Stouts in the World.

Overall: If you ever find yourself between the mountains of northeast Tennessee in a little place known as Thunder Valley... Bristol... the fastest half mile in the world, you may want to have a bottle or two of Speedway Stout on hand. No matter if your driver wins or loses you will be happy. Even if you end up with wreckers, you still have the checkers as you look at the bottle.

The Saturday night shootout ended up with Jr in 5th, not a bad night for a guy driving a Budweiser car. I forgive him; it's only for a few more months. To Dale Jr. I salute you, and to all of those who like to drink the best brews grab a speedway stout. It's killer man. If you can't get it give genog a holler. He came thru for me 2 times... Oh wait we can't mention 2. That's the other beer car which is driven by that big eared cry baby known as Kurt Busch. There are still 2 races to go until the chase. Hopefully it's wreckers for the 2 car and checkers for the 8.

No matter what may victory come to Dale Jr. God love Bristol Motor Speedway...and all hail AleSmith the makers of Speedway Stout. Go Driver 8!

tpd975, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew a while back on my first trade from MaxStout. Thanks John!

A: How could anyone possibly say that this brew is anything other than black, black, and even more black? The slight mocha head (maybe 1 finger +?) made it even more worthwhile!

S: Deep, dark coffee (more mild than I would have thought), molasses, and tons of dark fruit. The chocolate additive was quite interesting.

T: Full, full, bodied and them some more! The balance between the coffee, chocolate elements, and the malt was astounding! Some dates in there for balance, and I've gotta say that this was not an out and out "coffee beer" which I appreciated!

M: Very thick, creamy, with pretty good carbonation, ABV not detected. Honestly, I could not give a person a better example of this style in terms of mouthfeel.

D: I've had this one on my shelf for months and have been staring at it for quite a while. Finally, after I've tried it, I'm totally impressed!

Chaney, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with some tan hues along the edge, and with a big tan colored head that leaves lots of lace as it disappears. Aroma is of cocoa and coffee. It sounds simple but it is very good.

Taste doesnt disappoint what the aroma promised. The flavors are great. There is a lot of sweet chocolate, along with fresh roasted coffee. The coffee doesn't dominate like some coffee beers but its definitely there. The finish is of slightly bitter, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, with a great carbonation level. The sweetness brings the drinkability down just a touch for me as its a bit sweeter than I prefer. This is great stout, too bad its not available here.

hckyfn9999, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BA_Berto
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith coffee Speedway Stout
Smell: coffee, chocolate, malt and toffee.
Taste: roast coffee, chocolate, plum, and light booze but not bad for 12%.
Appearance: jet black no light passing through here. Tan colored head, and carbonation that quickly settles.
Mouth feel: nice viscosity, but not that of your big Imperial Stouts
Overall: this is definitely a top 10 coffee stout!

BA_Berto, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

Half a finger creamy beige head. Ptich black body. dies down to a ring of foam around the edge. Oilly legs pull any lacing back into the brew.

Rich nose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate cake. A hint of dark cherries, and a whiff of alcohol. Really rich and decadent smelling.

Taste follows smell almost exactly except more of the dark cherries come through than in the nose. The coffee flavor is also really rich and complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick with lower carbonation. Really smooth. A real treat.

The coffee presence is much more complex and delicious in the fresh on tap version of this beer compared to the bottle (which is one of my favorite beers anyway). Too drinkable. Is this alcohol? Just the slightest warmth in the belly

billshmeinke, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another first for me...at the Stone 7th Anniversary fiesta. I still would like to try this from a bottle. But from the tap, this monster was Penzoil black. I mean it was like black rubber from the tire of a "speedway" race car. Hahahaha! Hilarious. Anyway, nice-sized brown head. Smell was, as expected, complex. I caught whiffs of sweet malts, sherry, roastiness, plums, raisins, and plenty of the good stuff--yep, alcohol. Taste was much the same as the smell. Velvety smooth, for such a high abv brew and yet another exemplary imperial stout. I like imperial stouts.

alexgash, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of WheelsPSU
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce pour on tap at St Gambrinus in Boerum Hill.

Jet black pour with an average khaki colored head with extremely good lacing for a such a high alcohol beer.

Smell produced a massive amount of the locally roasted coffee beans as well as both dark and milk chocolate, or something that gives it a touch of sweetness. There is also a bit of caramel and plum. This beer has an overall hefty and dense smelling quality to it suggesting you might need a fork and knife to consume it.

Dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and a bit of caramel sum up the initial taste. As the beer warmed, it started to release a sweet vanilla flavor that reminded me of a butterscotch/creme brulee type dessert. Burnt sugar and bittersweet chocolate round out the finish. This beer is thick but not cloying or syrupy. Extremely well done.

Very easy drinking 12% beer that uses coffee to highlight its other great smells and tastes instead of disguise them. Well done Alesmith.

WheelsPSU, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of egajdzis
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003: Poured an opaque black color with a nice tan head and lacing as well. Rather mild chocolate, but a HUGE coffee aroma. Dark fruits were also noticed in the aroma. Taste of roasted malt, chewy hops, lots of coffee and some alcohol. Full mouthfeel, but I feel this might be a little young.

egajdzis, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a snifter glass on Christmas Day. Speedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! Pours jet black, with a toast-brown head with beautiful lacing that lasts throughout. Aromatics of coffee, roasty chocolate, hints of cococa nibs, and caramels. The flavor begins with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying. Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. What an excellent huge beer!

CuriousMonk, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge three finger mocha colored head. Leaves lace high up the glass.

S: The smell isn't as big as I remember, but it's really fantastic. Smooth dark roasted coffee mixed with just a trace of booze. A rich blend of milk chocolate, Whoppers, caramel, earth and toffee.

T: Ohhh myyyy! Luscious dark roasted coffee mixed with intense dark chocolate. There's some brownie/fudge sweetness in the middle before a big espresso note. Just a hint of toffee as well in there before a finish of pure dark roasted coffee beans. The coffee flavor in here isn't as intense as a beer like KBS, but I think it's more refined. There's just a hint of warmness and a drying sensation on the finish that reminds you this is a big boy. I highly recommend drinking this just below room temp. It's a totally different animal when it's cold.

notchucknorris, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes made on 12-11-10. Thanks to zoso1967 for bringing the bottle from PA, cheers to TCGoalie for his marriage, and salut to BuckyFresh for his excellent company.

Speedway Stout appears very black and opaque with just a hint of a dark brown tint around its edges. This 750 mL bottle was split five ways, so the head was not huge, but it was attractive with its medium to brown colored froth and it retained like a champion. Dainy, spotty, sticky, vertical lacing covered the glass after each sip.

The bouquet of this beer is magnificent. The coffee component is perfectly blended with smells of plum, dark cherry, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted malts. Of all the aromas, though, bitter, dark chocolate asserts itself with the most clarity. This smell is amazingly rich and full and I am blown away by how well all of the separate aromas come together.

At the outset of the drink, roasted malts leap onto my palate, which is somewhat surprising as they were but a well blended piece of the smell. After the roastiness tapers off, coffee, chocolate, and sex just melt in my mouth. The dark fruit aromas that were quite apparent in the smell are very subdued in the taste and take a backseat to other flavors. The sweet, rich middle of the taste finishes with great taste of bitter coffee.

The mouthfeel is good, but is the weak point of the beer in my mind. It has a medium body, is fairly creamy, and has perfect carbonation for the style. However, I find it to be just a little light, as I generally prefer a bigger, more coating feel from an Imperial Stout.

The drinkability is awesome. This is one of the top IS's that I have had, and I will feel priveleged to have it again when next our paths cross. I was shocked to see that the a.b.v. is 12% when I logged on to review. It's just so smooth and flavorful that I did not notice the alcohol when I tasted it.

TCHopCraver, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another brew I've been dying to try. I lugged this one back from Dilly Deli in Ohio after my trip to Kentuky. It pours from the bottle a dark, inky black and thick liked used motor oil. A small, dark tan head appears atop the brew and slowly fades to a ring around the glass with some spotty lacing. Looks good. Aromas of rich, lush chocolate rise up off the bat surrounded by wonderful espresso, burnt coffee aroma. Roasty dark fruits and caramel sneak in as well. The milk chocolate and coffee really lead the way and draw me into the brew.

First sip brings a rich, decadant melding of deep roasty chocolate malt and big coffee flavors. Some vinous dark fruits lurk underneath along with sweet toffee and caramel notes. However, the focus remains on rich chocolatey, coffee flavors throughout. Finishes rich and smooth with only a touch of bitterness and a hint of the 12% abv. A damn tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, creamy and malty with mellow carbonation. Fills the mouth well and goes down super smoothly. This would really pair nicely with dessert...maybe some tiramisu? Each sip has me coming back for more. This is a heavy hitter at 12%, packaged in a 750ml bottle, but at the same time it's a joy to drink. I'll definetly be coming back to this one again and I wish it was available locally. Simply an awesome brew for the stout and coffee lover alike.

orbitalr0x, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle I received as a gift from a friend doing a cross country trip. This was bottle in April of 2013 and cellared for six months.

The beer makes a big chugging sound as it pours from the bottle and pours dark as night. The head appears a bit delayed in forming, but then builds up a crest of about two fingers of foam. The foam is bubbly and thin.

The smell is simply delightful and offers a lot to contemplate. Surprisingly, the first notes I get are those of sweet dark fruit like raisins, prunes and dates. Coffee, chocolate and maltiness intermingle beneath the fruit aroma and a sweet caramel or toffee pops up too. On smell alone this beer has me blown away.

The coffee finally hits you as you'd expect on the taste, coming in with an initial roast been flavor that cedes to the sweet fruitiness reminiscent of red wine and malt profiles.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth and creamy and aside from a slight burn and coffee bitterness at the finish, this beer drinks smooth and easy.

A great beer this is and I'm determined to track down more and get a hold of some of the variations.

ONovoMexicano, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks a million to tayner for sending this one my way.

Pours a thick impenetrable black with a gorgeous fluffy dark tan head that just sits there like a milkshake. lace sticks quite well as the head reduces while I wait just a bit longer for this to warm. head leaves a little quicker than I would like, I am sad to see it go. The nose is moslty coffee beans with some dark chocolate in it and good maltiness. The taste follows with coffee up front. A nice coffe ride in the beginning, not like breakfast stout that just slaps you in the face with a cold dead coffee fish. Just enough. roasted malt is apparent in the flavor next. roasty and toasty goodness. The hop bitternes comes last. The only part of the taste that I am not an immeadiate fan of is a slight metallic taste in between the middle of the swallow and the hop bitterness on the end. Just a bit of a copper twinge, but defenitely not enough to take much away from the amazing flavor of this wonderful stout. A nice alcohol warmth on the finish, in a good way. The mouthfeel is just a touch thinner than I would like, but still very very good. Drinkability is simply divine for a beer coming in at 12%. This is an incredible beer, and I must give much much respect to the alesmiths. keep on smithing you midevil bastards. I love it!

AKBelgianBeast, Mar 27, 2008
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,885 ratings.