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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,688 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,688
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 748
Gots: 1,317 | 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!

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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +3%

750ml poured into a weiß glass.

Pours a pitch black oily color with a huge fluffy thick dark brown head it's awesome. Nose is chocolate, smoke and bitter coffee, it's very rich and nice.

Taste is fairly roasty, chocolate and rxh complex tasty malt. It's super rich and tasty and just gets better Jen it warms. Easily one if the best stouts I've had, it's really good.

10-09-2010 01:15:02 | More by kingcrowing
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glid02

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Had on-tap at Hollingshead in CA.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, creamy dark chocolate, and fresh coffee. The coffee was a bit less intense than I remembered from the bottle.

Tastes great. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by understated unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors. The sip ends with a small amount of hop flavor that quickly becomes more evident with a crisp bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very creamy thickness with just the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the main difference in the tap version is the strongness of the coffee flavors. The hops may have been a bit more biting as well. Anyhoo, either version is recommended.

07-31-2009 20:42:18 | More by glid02
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pwoods

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +3%

750ml brown bottled purchased from Dilly Deli poured into a pint and a snifter. No dating but it was recently received about a month ago.

A: Pours a pure black with much viscosity. In both vessels, I get a very weak head even after an above average pour. Head is a deep mocha color with a bit of staying power before it disappears completely. I get thin wisps of lacing after each sip in the pint but next to none in the snifter.

S: I originally poured this into just a pint but the smell was a bit too subtle. After pouring the rest into my large snifter, I get the full powered goodness. Big coffee notes, just as deep as Founders BS but not as pungent or abrasive. Nice background of bitter chocolates and a nice hidden sweetness. Smells like the dark cherry(and chocolate) juice into those little chocolate.. things, lol. Very good and complex. Glad I poured the rest into my snifter.

T/M: Taste is spot on the smell. The sweetness is a bit darker and rawer than the smell.. more of a molasses. Quick change from strong coffee notes, to subtle sweetness and back with a perfectly controlled raw coffee bitterness at the end. Body is very full and creamy. Alcohol is 100% completely hidden, even after warming past 65 with ease.

D: Everything just seems right with this brew. Before I knew it, the 750 was gone. Only draw back is $13 a beer. This is something that I would bring to any and all occassions(like my expedition stout, even though it's pretty expensive, yet in singles) but the price makes it a rare treat.

11-13-2007 01:57:24 | More by pwoods
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timc100

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3%

AleSmith to IL, hallelujah!

A: Gorgeous, delicious perfection. For the style and in general one of the best looking beers I've seen. Pours dark dark brown and sits midnight black. Huge, tight bubble, pillowy, creamy mocha head. Incredible retention and lacing.

S: FRESH coffee jumps out and does not assault, but courts the nose - taking it on a journey through rich milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, roasted fresh oily espresso beans, gooey toasted caramel and very slight dark fruits. The balance is incredible.

T: Incredibly rich and perfectly balanced. 12abv!? only in granger. MIlk chocolate, incredibly fresh coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts.

P: Full bodied and outlandishly smooth. Frightfully drinkable. Velvet carbonation.

O: The best coffee stout and top 3 non-BA imperial stout I've had. A true desert beer with the coffee and chocolate intensity. It is not extraordinarily complex, missing some of the dark fruit qualities, but hey, can't have everything. Just an incredible beer, need to have one around at all times.

03-04-2013 17:54:39 | More by timc100
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Great Stout - estimated around 2-3 months old...bought right before Christmas.

A - Jet back, excellent lacing in the Delirium Tremens snifter I poured it in. Nice 2 finger head of mocha mocha mocha coloring from a not too agressive pour which was more impressing.

S - A bit muted but opened up well when approaching room temp. Chocolate and Vanilla up front, almost Oatmeal cookie like. Yum. Backed up by a nice roasty coffee as it should but the nose told me straight up this one will have a velvety, silky mouthfeel which I'm looking forward to.

T - Follows nose 100%. Finishes a bit bitter from the hops but it works so well becuase it makes it an easier drinker. Chocolate and Vanilla Oatmeal cookie, roast coffee, and soft on the palate that finishes a roasty bitter...very good. 12% nowhere to be found. Very very well balanced stout at 12% leaving me impressed, very impressed.

M - Soft, velvety almost as if were aged and then the finish comes...reminding you it's young from the bitterness the hops provide. Carbonation = PERFECT. I'd assume mouthfeel unreal with age.

O - Age will smooth this bad boy out some but if the coffee fades, I feel this stout will lose it's edge. I must say though...it's so good that age would only make it softer on the palate, and I've never had an aged one so shit...I need to go out and buy more to find out! Great Beer and at $12.99, it's "about" right on the money these days.

*EDIT* Barrel Aging this one...I could only imagine!!! ISO ISO

01-06-2012 02:43:02 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a corked bomber into a tulip- pours a thick black color with a very dark mocha colored one-finger-plus head that recedes moderately into clusters of large bubbles. leaves a few spots of lacing. Beautiful.

Smells almost exactly like cream liquor- definitely very creamy, coffee, and some alcohol. Very inviting.

Robust coffee flavors- very dark, and pretty sweet but a little bitter from the coffee. Of course a little alcohol pokes through considering the 12% abv but it is very well concealed.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable considering the style- it is very thick but not too syrupy. It is very full bodied and has a tiny bit of carbonation at the onset at at the end. If you like bold beers, seek Speedway out.

02-21-2012 03:26:44 | More by Hopdaemon39
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bashiba

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Poured a ultra dark black with inches of thick dark creamy head with tremendous lacing and and retention.

Smell's like freshly made expresso with hints of molasses.

Taste is nice a great mix of bitter dark coffee flavors along with a good taste of burnt malts with some nice alcohol and malty sweetness to balance it out. Has a nice earthy hop prescence that keeps it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and a touch warm.

Overall a very tasty beer, and dangerous at 12%.

05-29-2006 17:23:40 | More by bashiba
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1-finger cafe au lait head. Medium lacing.

Smell is very strong of quality, black coffee with dark chocolate and some slight dark fruit; delicious. The taste is overwhelmingly rich coffee, but there are some dark cocoa flavors and even a hint of herbal hops. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated--small, intense bubbles. It's surprisingly not full-bodied; somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Smooth, not oily.

This is so smooth and delicious that I can look past the high ABV, which is apparent. Share it with another beer lover, and you'll both be happy.

05-29-2010 03:09:46 | More by theghost3
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to zoso1967 for supplying this tasty brew. Also among the blessed were TCHopCraver and TCgoalie.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color, with a one-finger head. Retention is not amazing, but the lacing is good. The head is a dark tan in color and remains as a film on top after receding.

Smell: My first thought after inhaling was that this beer smelled like a hair salon that had a pot of coffee on and also happened to be across the street from a chocolate factory. Also vying for attention are dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and lots of malty sweetness.

Taste: Lost of nutty dark bitterness. Roasted malt and coffee with a creamy texture and an almost sweet/sour finish. Bitterness is up front in the taste and the sweetness subtly makes its way in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture and lots of bitterness, but it seemed just a tad thin.

Drinkability: Very complex with lots of delicious, subtle nuance. A very dynamic tasting experience that evolves from start to finish.

01-05-2011 01:07:38 | More by BuckyFresh
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer looks beautiful! There is a massive light brown creamy head sitting atop a pitch black, oily-looking body. It's amazing that a 12% abv beer could produce a head like this, especially when I didn't even give it that rough of a pour. You just gotta love bottle conditioned beers. The nose is a bit muted (perhaps my beer is a little too cold). I'm getting very faint notes of chocolate, coffee, and leather.

Wow! This beer tastes great! There are big, sweet, roasted malt and chocolate flavors in the front of the mouth joined by nice bitter coffee flavors at mid-palate. There's not much of a hop presence, but I wouldn't look for it in this beer. Moreover, for a 12% abv beer, the alcohol hides itself extremely well. The only time I detect it is right in the back of my mouth as I swallow, and then it's not an unpleasant booziness but rather a nice warming finish. I think it complements the flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is firm and creamy and divine. It's amazing how easy this beer is to drink.

Two things really distinguish this beer. First, the balance of flavors between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee is exceptional. It's so rare to find a beer with intense flavors that has the balance to make it super drinkable. Second, I love the slightly warming touch of alcohol on the finish. It reminds me of those expensive brandy-filled chocolates. For me, this is a darn near PERFECT American Double Stout. As long as it is available year-round and not too hard to get, it will always have a place in my cellar.

03-10-2012 21:39:59 | More by deadonhisfeet
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BradBLR

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: Very Dark Brown bordering on black. Can not see through it even holding it up to the sun. Very brown head that lasted the entire beer with very thick lacing.

Smell: A chocolaty coffee smell with hints of sweetness and fruit. Possible faint licorice smell as well.

Taste: Very strong chocolate coffee smell balanced with toasted malt and hints of sweetness. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. Very smooth, CO2 was perfect for an imperial stout.

Drinkability: Very goods beer that I would buy again and the best imperial stout I have every had.

08-20-2007 19:38:20 | More by BradBLR
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%

On tap. I ordered this and the tap kicked after I got my glass. Well almost a full glass...it was 3/4 full so the gave it to me for free! Tasted at the Pizza Port in Solana Beach.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Nice chocolate and subtle coffee aroma with some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and caramel. Creamy and smooth body. 12% well hidden.

I've had this numerous times out of the bottle, but the one that I will always remember, is the first time on tap...

Notes from and tasted on 11/30/04

11-05-2008 01:08:34 | More by hopdog
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superspak

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3%

750 ml bottle with silver foil into snifter; no bottle date, but I picked this up last fall. Pours viscous pitch black color with a nice thick and creamy 1 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, molasses, biscuit, herbal spiciness, smoke, and earthiness. Amazing aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of huge dark roasted chocolate, coffee, black roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, smoke, earthiness, vanilla, and herbal spice. Very light amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and biscuit on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible considering the 12%, with only a faint warming well after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing imperial stout brewed with coffee. Big and lush flavors; with great balance and no booziness at all considering the alcohol level.

03-03-2012 08:27:50 | More by superspak
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%

2009 version i believe

A-jet black, no light comes through even with a large mag lite pointed directly at it, extremely dark tan head that is rich and creamy, tons of it come out, the head lingers for quite a while, very long indeed, and leaves huge lace on the glass...perfect!

S-the aroma is nice, not huge, dark roasted coffee and espresso come through with some milk chocolate that gives way to a faint dark berry fruit aroma, blackberries or dark cherries.

T-the taste is big and follows the nose but with greater magnitude, it starts with the roasted coffee bean and some refined espresso to smooth out the coffee taste, there is some dark chocolate in there that comes next giving way to a light sweetness of dark cherries. The finish adds a hint of herbal hops and a touch of bitterness. the alochol shows a little at the back, but for 12% is very well hidden.

M-this beer has a full body and is extremely smooth and creamy and seems to thicken as it moves to the back of the throat. you could take a bite of this stout. it is well carbonated and dries the throat slightly towards the finish with a biting feel from a low (perfect) hop balance

D-this beer is delicious and big, just how i like it. i'm glad i have 6 more, intend on aging and it can only get better from here. it is utterly beautiful to look at but the smell was slightly misleading as it was not very powerful.

12-29-2009 01:24:13 | More by cpetrone84
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cptierney

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a 750ml Alesmith bottle into a North Coast nonic pint glass.

Sweet Molasses Batman a black, black, motor oil beer with two beautiful fingers of caramel brown foam.

This nose says malt to me. Lovely hints of chocolate and blackened grains. There are sweet notes of caramel as well, maybe the smell of melted sugar, the kind you glue ginger bread houses together with.

Phenomenal mouthfeel! Not as thick as I had anticipated, especially in relation to the other imperial stouts I've drank. The carbonation really plays out in this creamy stout, terribly enjoyable.

It is truly a privilege to drink this beer. There is a wonderful balance of bitter notes, not only from the hops, but also a wonderful taste of bitter dark chocolate. A residual sweetness pervades, this sweet flavor reminds me of some of the milk stouts I've had in the past. More like a cappuccino than black coffee. Little to no alcohol bite.

This beer is dangerously drinkable considering its ABV. Give me another soon please.

10-02-2009 03:59:08 | More by cptierney
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OlieIPA

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Picked up a growler of this stuff at Alesmith earlier today on a quick and spontaneous pilgrimage to all the SD breweries. Served at roughly 55 degrees in Bruery tulip glasses.

A: An extremely black and viscous liquid that formed a beautiful light mocha colored head. The lacing was a bit thinner than what I had anticipated, as was the head retention.

S: Strong coffee presence that is backed up with tons of dark chocolate features. The alcohol is a little noticeable on the nose, but seems to bring out more of the dark fig and fruity characteristics.

T: Coffee (in a form similar to espresso), burnt-dark chocolate, hints of caramel and vanilla, and perhaps some dark fruits at the tail end. The finish is a bit weird...the coffee seems to linger on the palate too long, therefore creating this an almost overly done hop bitterness quality you tend to find in an IPA.

M: Creamy, full-body, and mild carbonation; perfect.

D: A dangerously delicious Imperial Stout to say the least. The alcohol and huge flavor punch can be over the top at times, so that's why I can't give this beer a perfect score in this category.

Overall: This is my feeling regarding this beer: Great on tap and out of a growler (not many Imperial Stouts top this one), but when it comes to the bottle...this beer is only a shadow of it's true self. A must try. ..especially fresh and straight from the source. Cheers!

11-22-2009 18:37:04 | More by OlieIPA
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3%

A- Pours black with a very dark head. The 2-finger head that forms quickly recedes to a thin ring around the rim of the glass and doesn't leave much lacing.

S- The aroma is very sweet for a coffee stout. Milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, and sweet alcohol are all very prevalent. A roasty aroma from the roasted malts and the coffee comes through as well.

T- Again, this is much sweeter than I expected. The sweetness in the nose that I thought was coming from the alcohol must be coming from somewhere else because there is virtually no alcohol taste at all, which is extremely impressive for a 12% abv beer. Coffee and chocolate (unsurprisingly) come through very strong. Stone fruits and a mild smokiness come through as well. The malt is very intense in the aftertaste.

M- Very fine carbonation and exceptionally creamy.

D- This is a dangerous one. No alcohol flavor or burn at all makes this almost too easy to drink. The carbonation also balances the heavyness of the stout.

10-08-2008 14:11:06 | More by JoeMayo
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tony223366

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

A: Extremely dark brown. No light can make it through this baby. Tan head that's extremely fluffy. Great lacing. This is a beauty.

S: Nice roasted coffee aroma followed by some dark fruits. Some chocolate. I don't actually get as much booze as I thought I would.

T: Tons of coffee! So good. Beautiful roasted coffee flavor. Bitter dark chocolate flavors. Still getting the dark fruit. Some bite of alcohol on the finish.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. About a medium-full body.

O: Smooth and delicious. Beautiful tastes of coffee and rich and delicious.

11-06-2011 06:41:36 | More by tony223366
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JFazekas

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3%

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.

04-01-2007 01:32:59 | More by JFazekas
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cavedave

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3%

This exits the bottle in languid drip that rouses itself to a half hearted attempt at liquidity, finally filling the snifter with an almost black, almost opaque beauty of a petroleum pour that is topped by an incessant and brown one-finger head of thick foam that finally settles to a thick cap. If there was an imperial stout beauty contest this baby makes the finals for sure.

The smell is a full aroma of rounded yeast notes, dark caramel, roasty-toasty scents, and pulling through it all is delicious coffee. Alcohol vapors are in the back of it, and give the bouquet a warm boost.

Oh my, where to start? The taste of this is exceptionally fine. It is very full of all the wonderful flavors in the nose, but there are burnt notes in there, dark chocolate, a subtle sweetness, sort of an herbal taste as I swallow, and a finish that is pure bitter, and herbal, half-dry, and luscious. Coffee is in there strongly, blessedly, make no mistake, the clean flavor of it is in the beginning, middle, and end of the sip. But here it is a partner with all the other flavors to blend into a magnificent stout. Sort of like the overture to Nozzi di Figaro, full of soprano, baritone, alto, and basso,containing many themes which all are tied together by irony, but combined through the magnificence of a genius composer to a work that is transcendental. The "composer" of this brew is Alesmith, worthy here of comparison to Mozart. Missing completely from the flavor profile is alcohol. This stout f***ing rocks.

The feel of this belies the look. It is creamy and surprisingly light on the tongue. It looks chewy, and is quite viscous, but it is low carb, clean cling, and easy on the palate. How they accomplished this is something worth learning.

Drinkability for an Imp Stout seems moot to me, but this stout can be consumed at an extremely self-destructive pace of sipping.

12-27-2009 17:06:29 | More by cavedave
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rye726

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +3%

'07 vinatge 750ml bottle poured at 45F into a snifter glass

Dark black color with a nice cedar tint. Thick espresso brown head that settles to a light foam around the glass.

The nose is strong of coffee and chocolate malts. There is also a nice mixture of roasted black malts with vanilla, ripe fruits, caramel and molasses/toffee. Finally, a light floral hop character keeps the sweetnes in balance.

The taste has a big coffee presence surrounded by dark chocolate and black malts. Complimenting these fine flavors are blackstrap molasses, vanilla, cherries, raisins, earthy nuts and a warming alcohol. Like the nose, it finishes with a nice bitter citrus hop flavor.

Creamy medium to full body and well carbonated. Passes very smoothly over the tounge.

Deliciously well balance and very complex. A huge beer that can be enjoyed any time.

12-06-2007 05:35:22 | More by rye726
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to milwaukeeclassic & moose 3285 for a couple bottles of this brew, one of which I cracked open to celebrate my lovely wife passing her nursing ICU test today!! Woohoo!

This beer is like falling into a fiery pit of chocolate with a rich, dark base. At 12% the alcohol is probably unavoidable, but it arrives only at the end of the party & brings nice presents. Did I mention the creamy, happy-mouth feel? For such a big beer it's nicely balanced & an excellent drinker. Keeping my nose in the pint glass while inhaling makes it even better. I'm going let it warm & hope things change again.

Yummy. Best American Double I've had to date.

09-27-2008 01:09:09 | More by maximum12
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adkirkish

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3%

A: At fridge temp = nothing really stands out, warms to coffee, and subtle roasted malt aroma
A: Pours black w/ a thin cocoa/tan colored head, no lacing.
F: I really, really, love the fact that I get chocolate milk upfront when drinking this beer and has a creamy espresso finish.
M: Creamy and smooth with light carbonation
O: I believe that Speedway Stout is a great breakfast /brunch/dessert stout. Delicate in aroma, smooth in taste and mouthfeel, and at 12% abv, it can creep on you if not careful. Be sure and share with friends. Good for any occasion.

05-22-2010 17:40:32 | More by adkirkish
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Pours absolute black with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around.

Smell is thick with chocolate, coffee, dark malt and bourbon aroma.

Taste is creamy chocolate up front, then a blast of coffee and hop bitterness. Mollasses, slight dark fruit notes, dark grain and burnt malt. Finish is dry and lingering with definite woody bourbon notes. Wonderfully large and complex without overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Quite smooth and a little lighter than expected. Very nice.

Overall I'm impressed. Alcohol flavor is present but I'm surprised that it is 12%. Mouthfeel is so smooth that it is easy to drink this 750ml in one sitting (I've pretty much finished mine off while writing this short review). Flavor is large but not obnoxius. This is a great stout.

Thanks Bashiba for passing this one along. I owe you one.

03-17-2006 23:33:51 | More by Blakaeris
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photomike

California

4.53/5  rDev +3%

Pours beautifully into my Great Divide tulip. Pure black, this is completely opaque under the thick, explosive tan head. Standing two inches tall, the cap refuses to dissipate. Insane retention and lacing. Absolute perfection, at least visually.

Scent is quite appealing as well. Roasted coffee and sourdough malts are in the forefront, with a vague raisiny fruitiness backing them up. The slightest hint of alcohol pokes through.

At its coldest, this beer is a unidimensional coffee bomb. As it warms, however, the flavors really open up and this beer becomes worthy of every bit of its strong reputation. Malty, roasty and slightly sweet, the coffee continues to dominate the flavor. Cocoa powder and dates layer over a tiny bit of blackberry and just the slightest hint of booze and roasty bitterness. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Slick and smooth with a medium-full body and light carbonation. Chewy finish and the lightest touch of heat from the alcohol.

Good lord. How could this be so drinkable. Great taste, with well hidden alcohol. An incredibly well crafted beer. Complex and delicious.

This is an incredible stout. Well worthy of its reputation.

08-27-2009 05:19:03 | More by photomike
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,688 ratings.