1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,986 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3986
Reviews: 1371
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 3,986 | Reviews: 1,371 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of meathookjones
meathookjones

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ML bottle, with notes on the label about being brewed with ryan bros coffee. This is as dark as it gets, definatly has the old motor oil look to it. Not much carbonation or head to be seen, even with an aggresive pour that was trying to wake it up. The aroma coming of this beer is nice with coffee, chocolate and dark fruits being at that front and notes of slight sweetness and alcohol are present as well. The taste starts with a strong coffee and alcohol flavor that gives way to smooth chocolate and nutty tones. Very rich and complex in flavor with more flavors standing out as it warms. At 12% it hides mopst the alcohol well, you can definatly taste it but it adds to the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is a medium body, definatly thinner than I would expect from such a large imperial stout. Very drinkable considering the alcohol the is present. A excellent all around brew that has a great complex taste. I will lay my other bottle down for atleast a year before trying it to see what other flavors may emerge.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 16:37:02 | More by meathookjones
Photo of silenius
silenius

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this while watching the Indy 500.

Drewbage gave me this a couple months ago.

It pours an impenetrable brown black with really no head to speak of. Yes, there was some carbonation, but not much. Looked like used motor oil.

Smell. How interesting. Espressso, raisins, and dark chocolate with a definite alcohol scent. Interesting. This beer is strong.

The taste doesn't end with this one. I keep tasting it minutes after taking a sip. It is a bit sharp. The taste is continuously the same. A blender mix of dark chocolate, dark cherries, raisins, old coffee and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is sharp and slick. Not as syrupy as I thought it would be.

This got me drunk faster than I would have liked. A treat every once in a while, but not something that I would go for again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 19:41:37 | More by silenius
Photo of Wildman
Wildman

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured darkly out of the champagne style bottle and no light was making it through the inky black darkness. Even with a hard pour, only a small dark tan bubby head formed, which quickly fled, leaveing circular lace around the glass. Very little carbonation seems to be present. An aroma of malt with a heavy chocolate aspect followed by coffee notes of course and molasses. The flavor was of malt with a heavy dark cocoa aspect with expresso notes. Some of the alcohol present could also be detected, yet it does not impact it's drinkability. It had a medium to light body with some bitterness in the slightly silky finish. While boasting coffee beans, I still feel it holds it's own as fine imperial style. Thanks again to lou91.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:08:22 | More by Wildman
Photo of Jables
Jables

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to Gusler for this one, the positive beer karma around that guy is probably swirling like a cloud of fresh hops!

Poured absolutely pitch black with very, very little carbonation and an oily like pattern of film residing on the top of the glass.

Aroma is heavily roasted with chocolate malts and definite java notes. Also some distinctly rich notes of nuts, so rich in fact its like peanut butter. Slightly peppery leather also.

Flavor starts off heavy with roasted flavors which subside for a time to rich chocolate notes. That rich nutty tone that I detected on the nose also comes into play in the middle part of the experience. It's a really intriguing nutty flavor too, something like a warm unsalted almond. The finish is distinctly dark roast coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is maybe a touch thin but is cool with a slick, oily sensation which I enjoyed.

Overall feeling is that this is a tremendous brew worthy of much praise. I am thankful to have received it, and will be looking forward to the next time I have an opportunity to hoist one of these, Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 03:18:08 | More by Jables
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this bottle as part of a trade with HopJack13 and have been sitting on it (well...not literally) for about a year. Our annual gathering for a Cleveland Indians seemed like the perfect time to share this rare gem of a beer.

Appearance: Poured a pitch-black, can't-see your-hands-in-front-of-your-face, where's-the-damn-flashlight-blackness that allows no light to pass through it. "Used motor oil" would be an accurate description. "Cool Whip"-thick tan-colored head persists for eons and creates and wonderful lace portrait on the glass.

Smell: This beer is brewed with Ryan Brothers coffee beans (note to self: must try Ryan Brothers coffee if ever possible). This beer teems with "stouty" aromas: chocolate, roasted malts, freshly-ground coffee. Caramel squares wrapped around dark fruit. I see Bill Cosby pitching an ad for Jello chocolate pudding...

Taste: Gang....this is amazing. Smoked chocolate, freshly-brewed coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of alcohol. Up-front sweetness, followed by a chocolate-slathered hops middle, and finishes with a alcohol-laced Hershey bar. Alcohol is there, but not over-powering. Finished with a toffee-roasted bitterness. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I'd be curious to see how this tasted "raw" instead of aged one year. It is stellar at this time. Huge body. Wrapped my palate in velvet and sang Barry White songs to me all night. The 12% ABV feels more like 8% and makes it so much easier to keep on drinking. Smooth like a baby's bottom and laughably drinkable.

Notes: If you want a great beer, seek this one out. It will be worth any trouble...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 02:34:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of Billolick
Billolick

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle, pours DARK and gooey, Licorish, chocolate and coffee grinds in the nose. Velvety on the tongue, strong, intense,smooth flavors expected in a strong stout such as this one. My first try of Alesmith beer. Yeeha I love trying new stuff, learning about a new brewery. This was greatly enjoyed. Very high quality and tasty product. Seek out and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 11:38:37 | More by Billolick
Photo of Rastacouere
Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Tasting, Thanks tiggmtl Pitch black pour with almost no head. Aroma consists of an hazelnuty malt profile with coffee and dark swiss chocolate notes. Very intense grapefruity hops also come into play in here. Palate is dry altogether. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruity although alcohol shows more and more as it warms, then it becomes more on the vinous side. Medium to full bodied, silky, round mouthfeel. Warming for sure, but definitely not close to my expectations. In fact, in the blind tasting, I never came close to guessing this was the speedway. I expected it to burst in my face with coffee flavors and frankly, this doesn't have so much coffee flavors, it's in fact only in my notes regarding the aroma and I insisted far more on the hazelnut. That being said, after the 10th imperial stout, I was sure the last one (11th) would be the speedway, it passed that anonym. It remains very well done though with all the elements you look for in an impy including a big roasty character, but you've got to be in the mood for alcohol and a very long west-coast hoppy aftertaste. My friends, without being chauvinist, this ain't no Péché Mortel. In fact, next time I have the Péché Mortel, I expect to raise its rating some..

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 18:36:37 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of beergeek279
beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the green 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. The color is black, with a film of tan head. The smell is a rich chocolate and coffee mix. The taste is very chocolatey and coffeeish, with only a slight alcohol noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated. As for drinkability, for a 12% beer this drinks simply amazingly.

Wow, another fantastic beer from Alesmith! I love Imperial stouts, and this is amongst the best out there, with a deep rich coffee and chocolate taste that's a dessert in and of itself. I really hope to get this one again...hopefully Alesmith will increase their distribution area!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 00:05:24 | More by beergeek279
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light doesn't have a chance at making it through this black hole abyss, it's a solid dark roasted murky dark black color with a thin large bubbled head, lacing comes packaged in tiny specks amazing. Aroma: A coffee chocolate combo backed with a deep brandy alcohol infused tone fruit lies there in the complexity these aromatics are amazing. Taste: Coats the palate with the lbs. of coffee beans added to the boil, than comes whopping you with the alcohol and chocolate. Mouthfeel: Full bodied this is a meal within itself so much complexity, with a mild carbonation. Drinkability: Each sip wants you to taste more and more, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 01:09:36 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of rkhaze
rkhaze

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours...no glugs out a solid black. No color escaping the edges. A few bubbles but no head to speak of. I can smell this from a couple feet away. BIG aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Red fruit, sweet heavily roasted malt, spicy hops and alcohol.
Wow...intensly flavored! Tastes like someone dropped a bittersweet dark Belgian chocolate truffle in a triple espresso, added a couple shots of Armangac and stirred it with a black licorice stick. The smoky/roasted malt character was great. Unfortunately it seemed a bit out of balance due to the bitterness and medicinal alcohol that really came through in the finish.
Thick, sticky viscous mouthfeel. Rich, oily and creamy. The richness, over the top alcohol presence and mild alcohol burn in the back of the throat really hurts the drinkability. But on the other hand, how many 12%Abv beers in 750ml bottles are you going to drink in one night? Definitely a sipper.
A real tongue number and belly warmer. Can't wait to try my other bottle down the road to see if age mellows it out a bit. Has the potential to be a classic.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 02:15:23 | More by rkhaze
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very lightly carbonated, it forms a wispy brown head. Deep black in color. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and burnt grain waft from my glass. It is quite thick, this is definitely a sipping brew. Luckily, despite its thickness, this beer is not syrupy, which I don't really like in a beer. Definitely tastes of coffee, with chocolate and alcohol in the finish. Reminds me of a good creamy dark chocolate bar. A definite malty sweetness is here, it is controlled by the roast flavors though. A certain restrained fruitiness is here, the closest analogy would be burnt raisin. This is quite good, and though I was disappointed at first, the carbonation is just about perfect for this heavy beer. The roasted - coffee notes of this beer just linger in your mouth, it is quite wonderful. This is a dark, black beast that is thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 20:01:04 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of drewbage
drewbage

California

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml

Black as sin with a strong brown head that holds well through the pint.

Aroma is of strong fine grind coffee with licorice and roasts nose.

Flavor is chocolate and sinnamon with a large sweet chewy and a growing flavor of a demi cup of espresso.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 04:42:10 | More by drewbage
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An Imperial stout that's also brewed with coffee? This must be the beer designed just for me!
Dark as the blackest night, with a head that, on this pour, stays small, but lasts for the duration as a fine, brown-tinged ring.
Aroma is thick and viscous, a twisted, motor-oily smell, wrapped up in licorice, molasses, dark rum. Deeep, dark, delectably intoxicating. Potent stuff, wicked, but delicious: I love it!
Taste: an intensive barrage boards the senses, thick, chewy, immense, the flavor quickly dominates the senses, slays any opposition, rearranges the furniture, makes itself completely at home in the mouth. There's a new King in the Castle! Devastating! Amazing!
Coffee flavor is there, for certain, but isn't dominant, rather it seems to be the skeleton that holds this incredible flavor together. And a never-flagging flavor it is, too, every element continue to roll luxuriantly in the mouth. I was in a state of beery blissdom, brought on by this bottle.
Alcohol is so well-concealed by the flavor, it's largely unfelt until halfway through the bottle. And I made a mistake, not realizing that it's a whopping 12%, until I was well into it. My sobriety took a definite hit in this sampling!
A most impressive stout. If I were a very good boy indeed, I'd love to sink into one of these every night, as my reward.

Great big thanks to BierRiese for this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 22:46:33 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of tavernjef
tavernjef

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color pours out a typical leathery brown to settle a thickly burnt black with a purply-brown plum-like hint in tone, absolutely no head produced, just a few bubbles from a vigorous pour, no real lace either.
Aroma is absolutely lovely! Lots of deep dark chocolate, freshly baked chocolate cake, buttery, moist, and chocolately with a nice little espresso on top. Just loved the smell of this, so chocolatey and absolutely yummy on the nose. Makes your mouth water - so time to quench!
Taste starts with a smooth chocolate tone thats very dark and rich, stays mellow for a good portion of its stand, oh then the finish, oh the finish! Everything is noted here starting strong with espresso and some hoppy bitterness. Then gets quite complex with warming alcohol, molasses, tangy dark roastyness thats bittering deep and long; turning to a slightly burnt chocolate cake with espresso and chocolatey drying lately lingering for a good while. Absolutely amazing great finish!
Feel is full and hefty, good little help of creamyness with some major finishing of both a strong chocolatey dryness and some espresso/coffee bittering, souring sweetness on the tongue. This is some amazing sh*t! A major sipper all the way and extremely enjoyable to the fullest.

Thanks Gusler!!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 05:28:17 | More by tavernjef
Photo of hyuga
hyuga

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the 2002 bottling. Pours jet black with very little head, which is almost brown. That's understandable for a beer with this much alcohol. Roasted coffee beans are definitely in the aroma, as well as massive blackened chocolate and a little caramel along with some faint hoppiness. Faint alcohol presence. Extremely rich and robust flavors, and an absolutely creamy mouthfeel. Massive rush of dark chocolate and coffee, all burnt to a crisp. A little charred caramel and molasses here and there. Leafy and slightly rind-like hops provide the small amount of balance this needs. They come out more in the back and definitely in the finish. No alcohol is detectable after it's in your mouth. Just the way an imperial stout should be. It really doesn't need a head to add anything to the mouthfeel. Very well done, the coffee beans added to this brew are not out of place at all, they add quite a bit to it. A must-try for imperial stout lovers! My second favorite imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 07:57:08 | More by hyuga
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 02:20:23 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer literally glugged out of the bottle. In the glass, it looks black. Very black. Black Hole black. Ink black. A tight yet bubbly brown brown head of minimal height graces the surface and recedes to a thin coating gradually. Big chocolate, java, cocoa powder on the nose. Also get a whiff of some milky sweet lactic tones. And some dark, roasted malts come to mind as well. Great nose. The mouthfeel is oh so creamy, but the body isn't as viscous as I like Imperials to be. It's about medium-full. Maybe a little better. I'd rather it was full with no question about it. Good nonetheless, just not exceptional. Upon tasting, I ask, "This can't be 12% a/v, can it?" It's hidden very nicely. The every so slight ethanol I do detect blends beautifully with the roasted bitterness and burnt malt tones of this beer. The chocolate qualities are delicious....as are the coffee tones. I love an Imperial Stout with a big bitterness and this one has it. Lovely. Burnt malt bitterness. Hop bitterness. Oh yeah. This one is a gem.

Thank you Sir Bum for the Liquid Gold.

I'm gonna go fold kids' clothes now. And I'll have a great time doing it with this beer to accompany me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 04:15:47 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Mustard
Mustard

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 25oz. dark green bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning on the label; I know this particular bottle dates to the later part of June 2003, however, as I witnessed its packaging in person; purchased for $10 directly from the AleSmith brewery.

Appearance: Poured a viscous, sludgy black with little in the way of head, carbonation or lacing; the 4oz. sampler I had on tap down at Stone's 7th Anniversary showed a beautiful, cascading, cocoa-brown head with lots of lacing and good to very good retention; it is upon the latter experience that I have graded this beer's appearance; bottled version would merit a 2.5.

Nose: Largely of chocolate, coffee and sherry -- and all three pungently so.

Taste: Huge notes of sweet chocolate and dark, plum-like fruits upfront; predominant quality is of a deep, roasty coffee, however; thick, pleasing bitterness in the finish; strongly phenolic; unfortunately, the bottled version's lack of carbonation created a syrupy, liquer-like effect which was off-putting; mouthfeel score is again based on the aforementioned 4oz. sampler which was itself a tad thick for my tastes; bottled version would merit a 1.5.

Notes: Between the prohibitive $9-10 cost, stupor inducing 12% ABV and the above noted carbonation troubles, I will probably never buy this again; that said, the 4oz. tap sampler I had out in San Marcos was downright beautiful and one of the tastiest examples of an Imperial stout I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 11:25:27 | More by Mustard
Photo of TheDM
TheDM

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark brown head of large quickly disappearing bubbles and an uncarbonated black as night colored body. It has a very strong coffee alcohol aroma and a very strong alcohol flavor. This brew is one that should at least be on everyone's list of beers to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 13:16:39 | More by TheDM
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at 48F. The body is black with a mahogany glint beneath the thin head of dense orange-ish tan cream. The head drops shortly but leaves some interesting lace and maintains a thin surface covering - which is surprising considering its 12%abv! Roasted malts and deeply caramelized sugars appear in the nose alongside a splash of fresh brewed coffee. The body is full, smooth, and exceptionally creamy due to a very fine and moderate carbonation from bottle conditioning. Alcohol and coffee appear upfront before it softens to reveal some sugary caramel and cocoa in the swallow. A solid bitterness rises in its long, dry finish. As it warms, the alcohol falls more into place and richer coffee notes appear - although it still remains a bit overdone strength-wise. An alcohol content more in the range of 9-10% might do wonders for this beer - particularily adding to its drinkability! Still, quite an impressive brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 03:08:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of francisweizen
francisweizen

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Capped Bottle. This beer pours an opaque black colour with a small beige head that is reminiscent of the infamous Expedition stout. The aromas are heavy and consist of coffee beans, alcohol, roasted malts, hops, yeast, and more. The taste is similar to the aromas and consists of coffee, alcohol, malts, hops and more. The mouthfeel is very thick and rich as well as creamy. The drinkability is excellent for a brew of this size (12%ABV) but this just isnt as well balanced or tasty as a Victory Storm King or Stone Imperial. This brew is "world-class" none-the-less though!

Cheers to JCalabre for giving me this chance to finally try this marvellous brew!

F

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 14:32:01 | More by francisweizen
Photo of BierReise
BierReise

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After lifting the cap off of this green 750ml bottle, vigorous pouring yielded a dense tan frothy head the width of my pinky finger. This deep ebony brew settled nicely into its stylish looking Alesmith pint glass sporting an etched logo on clear glass. The aroma wafting upwards was of an intense roasted malt, heavy with notes of coffee and alcohol. The texture of this stout is incredibly smooth, possibly the smoothest, creamiest stout I've had. The flavor is deep, dark, and delicious. Coffee, bitter chocolate and a warming alcohol sensation leaves the finish only slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. This is one hell of a big stout. Full of flavor and strong, yet remarkably easy to drink. This stout will not dissapoint. Kick back with some soothing sounds and enjoy the ride. I plan on putting one of these away for next winter to see how it improves.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 17:11:59 | More by BierReise
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now here's a stout I can get in to. This reminded me a lot of Expedition, only I think this is even better. Thick, black pour, little head, no retention. Smells and tastes of strong (good) coffee. Has that nice, warming feel from the first sip. Full, oily body, not thin like some of the other renowned imperials. One bottle of this and it's off to bed, but what a drinking experience! This may be the greatest beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 12:32:09 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
TheLongBeachBum

California

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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?).

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 22:42:50 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eclipse black color. Large tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. A very full-bodied stout. Thick and rich, nearly chewy. Flavors are mainly of coffee, but there are also lots of chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, vanilla and cherries. Its amazingly complex and the flavors are at the same time very separate and blend well together in an amalgam of flavors. Extremely smooth. Excellent sipping beer. Hides the 12% alcohol very well. A WORLD CLASS stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. The 750ml bottle disappeared all too quickly. Thanks to Herbjones for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 19:57:00 | More by beerguy101
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,986 ratings.