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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,939 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 4,939
Reviews: 1,408
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 772
Gots: 1,385 | FT: 135
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

SuperMartino, Oct 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

One of the best stouts I've ever had. Dark in color with vanilla notes. Great finish too. Top notch beer.

PPIV, Oct 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Opaque, deep black with a thin topping of beige. Despite the thin head, there's quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Booze, molasses and coffee dominate the aroma. The coffee is somewhat sharp, way at the top end of the aroma, with the alcohol permeating throughout. A bit of american hop sharpness, but the smell is mainly malt driven with some pretty heavy alcohol overtones.

Very dense in texture and flavor. This one sits on your tongue pretty heavily, like a black brick. Laconic molasses and coffee, with a pronounced boozy bite in the finish. Quite a bit of bittersweet black malt. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but it's mostly alcoholic warmth and a trace of fine-toothed clove esters. Relatively clean, without the bevy of dark fruit esters that you'd commonly find in a stout of this size. The coffee is evident, but blends well with the heavy malt. I like that the coffee isn't screaming through the beer. It's sort of an added statement. Super dense body, with surprisingly vibrant carbonation that keeps it from getting sludgy. I bet I can taste this beer on the back of my tongue hours later. The hops are buried under the malt, but there's really quite a lot of bitterness here. The boozy finish starts to feel really hot after a 12oz glass, and I'd decline a refill in favor of something mellower. This is a well-made fancy bottle that I associate with mid-aughts west coast brewing. I think that the rest of the country has caught up with this style of brewing and offers a fresh new take, but this beer was good in 2005 and continues to be. It just isn't at the top of the heap with so much competition from around the world now. A bit one-dimensional and pretty heavy handed. It seems like criticism, but singularity has a place.

I've certainly had straight imperial stouts with more coffee present, despite the fact that no actual coffee was used in the brewing process. In this beer, the coffee was used judiciously as an accent to an already bold brew. I tend to avoid coffee beers, as they simultaneously make me lethargic and alert. I'm glad to have tried this, but I doubt I'd crave it again.

UnionMade, Oct 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -8%

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Photo of Tele
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3.27.14
Consumed: 10.18.14

A: 4.75 Pitch black and looks silky pouring into a snifter. The two-finger tan head is dense and lasts about three minutes.

S: 4.25 The aromas are actually a bit subtle for a coffee stout. Of course, there is some dark roasted coffee and dark malt in the forefront, but other aromas are subtler. There’s some vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, and a tiny bit of blackberry. While very pleasant, it all seems sort of muted.

T: 4.25 Similar story as the nose, but the coffee and chocolate flavors come forward more. The balance between the bitterness of the coffee and roasted malt is very well done and the chocolately sweetness helps to smooth everything out. The coffee flavor is very fresh tasting and not at all harsh, although the finish is rather bitter, but in a nice way for a stout.

M: 4.5 The body is fairly thick, though not as rich as I was expecting based on the pour. The carbonation is just about perfect and the bitter finish is also a bit dry which helps balance out the sweetness you get at first.

O: 4.25 Speedway stout goes down as a classic coffee stout and deserves its recognition. The beer is made very well and is complimented by quality coffee flavors that don’t overpower the base beer. There are also some unexpected flavors that take this beer from just another coffee stout to something special.

Tele, Oct 19, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Dimos23, Oct 18, 2014
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,939 ratings.