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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

3,990 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3990
Reviews: 1372
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)
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Joshpu

California

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 Months old. Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a finger of tan head.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. A little booziness.

T: Big chocolate and coffee. A lot of roasted characteristics. There is some caramel sweetness as it warms, but the roasted characteristics really tame the sweetness. Slight booziness, but its very well hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied. It's actually a little creamy and very smooth for such a big beer. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall a great stout, such a big and bold beer, and yet still very drinkable. If you like a big roasty stout, this is it. Love how well the roasted characteristics tame the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 06:56:53 | More by Joshpu
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raynmoon

California

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 7/01/13

a: black, very black, cannot see through it, with a tan, mocha like head that is clinging around.

s: tons of hazelnut, vanilla, coffee beans, roasted malt. Not too strong, very sweet.

t: very balanced, not too much coffee (i've never been one to detect much coffee anyway), bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little tinge of some heat, which works nicely with the rest of the beer.

mf: very silky, very light carbonation.

Overalll, I quite like this a lot. Nothing too crazy since I had a few bottles of the Stone Espresso IRS back in the spring. This tastes very similar to that, but just more well executed. I can tell a bourbon barrel aged version of this would be awesome. A great vessel beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 07:06:00 | More by raynmoon
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MagicJeff

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into my RR tulip.

Appearance: Deep black with a nice mocha head. Looks great and head is retained for a while with nice lacing afterwards.

Smell: Boozy coffee notes. Slight roasted chocolate and toffee

Taste: Delicious slightly dark chocolate with a coffee finish--initially sweet but a pleasantly bitter aftertaste; some dark fruits, plum and raisin mid taste. Slight alcoholic burn on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Why the hell am I drinking this in August? Would be ideal for a post holiday dinner beer. I'm not complaining though, this thing is great. Goes down the hatch smooth for 12% ABV.

Overall: An awesome stout well worth seeking out. It is a task to drink by one's self, but is still very delicious and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:30:05 | More by MagicJeff
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look – This pours dark as to be expected, flawless example of the style; light is not passing through this one. Pretty good head, brown about an inch and lacing holds for a good time.

Aroma – Smell is maybe the only thing, which could be improved. However, I don’t think it’s that the aroma is lacking, it’s that every other characteristic is flying sky high.

Taste – WOW, just WOW!!! I taste dark chocolate, almost like dry chocolate, like used in baking. Coffee / toffee flavor, are there with unparalleled balance. ABV is in incognito and you only get a little, very little at that, burn on the back of the palette in the finish; careful ladies and gentlemen.

Mouthfeel – It’s silky, with spot on body. This was the first think that really impressed me.

Overall – This is amazing, as it’s one of the best, perhaps best imperial stouts I’ve ever tried. Have faith, this won’t disappoint and if it does, it’s time to check in the taste buds and start a new hobby.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:31:31 | More by InVinoVeritas
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a medium tan four finger head.

Smell is light coffee, roasty, chocolate, right amount of sweetness.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasty, grainy, creamy. A lot like Founders Breakfast Stout, but more balanced.

Very well carbonated, bit of a chalky mouthfeel, but easy enough to drink. Cool that I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:37:48 | More by Smurf2055
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socon67

New York

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Impressive black pour that is syrupy thick and adheres to the glass. Mild foam head shrinks and stays. No lacing; more of a sticky coating.

S - Dark and roasted malts come to the nose. Strong chocolate smell. There is a bit of roasted coffee.

T - Rich chocolate favor and some hearty doses of dark malts. Some brandy notes give this a cordial flavor. Finish has a slight bitterness.

M - Very heavy and thick. This one was thankfully a bottle share. Enjoyable but a heavy stout for dessert.

O - A stout for the big boys. Not anything on the barrel aged, or infused with coffee or maple; this is just a big rich stout that is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:32:41 | More by socon67
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MCain04

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up from BostonRyan when he swung through town, reviewing from tasting notes. Pours out dark with a big tan head. Coffee smell is nice but not as big as I expected. The taste is coffee but a lot of sweetness too, which is a big unbalanced. The mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated and not as full and chewy as I'd like. Still a huge fan of the beer but overhyped IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:37:22 | More by MCain04
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 17:42:25 | More by JMScowcroft
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BigPapa

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer overall, seems a bit over rated. I would agree with beer bros rating on it more so. Doesnt have the strong coffee taste I expected and is a little more bitter than I would like. A little surprised on the lack of head with the poor as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:11:42 | More by BigPapa
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This will be the second most expensive beer I ever purchased at 14 dollars a bomber, somehow I justified the 7 dollar 12oz pours, and also wanted to make this my Forth of July review. Also wanted to mention dispite the huge ABV this beer has excellent lacing.

A - Into my Unibroue tulip it pours well over an inch of deep creamy looking mocha head. Beer itself is a respectable pitch black very thick and also creamy.
S - First thing that jumps out at me is the interesting tango between anise and roasted coffee. Leading the back of each sniff I get some vanilla bean, espresso, and a strong sense of bakers chocolate.
T - Well damn it took forever for the head to go down a note not to pour so hard. First taste A very strong nip of anise and roasted malts, sort of stingy I never tasted anything like it. As I dive deeper I do get a pronounced dark chocolate, very rich and bitter coca, and fresh ground up coffee beans which in turn are also bitter. I do like after a few sips the acidic tone of the coffee rounds out a bit. As it warms though the flavors of anise take a backseat, the coffee also looses some sting, and the chocolate seems a bit sweeter. Really complex.
M - Very creamy and smooth. Goes down very smooth once it warms. Very velvety flavors.

Overall I could see how this would deserve such praise the coffee is strong and acidic like sting yet rounds out perfectly with the chocolate malts and anise after it warms. The ABV is so smooth I have had 7% stouts heavier in alcohol than this. Get it again though? Not sure I would justify a second since I am not rich but I would totally love to try it again on tap in the future. Just to see it taste even better.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 03:44:36 | More by DrDemento456
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice dark tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark chocolate, some coffee/espresso and dark roasted malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, roasted malts, some molasses and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 19:41:11 | More by SebD
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep black with a 2 finger dark khaki colored head. This looks absolutely beautiful.

S: Smells of dark chocolate and some malts. I also catch some coffee, which is totally expected seeing as it says it's brewed with coffee on the label. I also pick up a slight alcohol smell. I also smell some dark fruits which are quite delightful.

T: Strong chocolate and coffee overtake my pallet. There's a slight warming alcohol burn. Also, there's some roasted malts and maybe a hint of vanilla. There's a sweet finish with a little bitterness from the coffee. This is definitely a delicious tasting beer.

M: A smooth, but heavy mouthfeel on this. This is definitely the epitome of a Russian Imperial Stout. There's some lingering effects from the alcohol which could improve, but I'm not one to complain. Especially since everything else was awesome.

Overall: This beer is definitely top 10 in its style, maybe even top 5. The chocolate and coffee work extremely well together as opposed to some other brews that allow both to stand alone. I mentioned a bit about some alcohol burn, but for 12% this is extremely impressive. There's nothing overbearing about this beer. When it comes to non-barrel aged imperial stouts, this definitely is right up there with the best of them. I now really want to get my hands on the different coffee variants and the barrel aged versions of this. For right now though, I'll stick with the deliciousness of the original. Alesmith has themselves a quality product on their hands.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 01:08:14 | More by RichD
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Yesac

Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle.

A- Jet black opaque in color, desert sand tan head colored head. Nice even fine lacing on the glass.

S- Powerful dark roasted malt, hints of chocolate and espresso.

T- Along with smell, nose is dark delicious roasted malt, roasted coffee bean, dark bitter (and very delicious) chocolate with an espresso type bitter finish. The finish is outstanding. Even more rewarding as it warms.

M- Very well balanced here, a perfect weight body for this style (medium/heavy) and it lingers well and covers the palate without being too dry. The carbonation level is medium and dialed in to perfection. It leaves you wanting to frequently pick up the glass for another sip.

O- One of the best stout's I've ever had. This has it all. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are the highlights for me. Such a delicious and well rounded beer overall. Complex and flavorful without being too heavy and too big, it's just right. And the ABV is very well hidden at 12%. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 22:22:15 | More by Yesac
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Black as night with a colossal creamy tan head.

S - A very pleasing and complex aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Light alcohol fumes.

T - Milk chocolate, black coffee, roasted malt, and sweet toffee. Incredible balance throughout. Hints of dark fruit and vanilla cream. Finishes bittersweet with some roast and coffee notes.

M - Silky smooth, creamy, full bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O - Simply a delicious stout. The bold chocolate and coffee flavors were the highlight for me, but everything fits together so well. This is an outstanding beer and stands as one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 03:46:51 | More by mooseo
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heygeebee

Australia

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 18 months ago from Platinum.

A - Two finger perfect formed head, over a jet black body

S- Vanilla in oodles.

T - Vanilla, coffee, licorice , mild bitterness on back palate gives perfect balance

M - Medium not oily, amazing. Warming alcohol creeps up on you

O- World class.... Dangerous beer goes down all too easily. This truly is a beer with a Wow factor.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:26:59 | More by heygeebee
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ivandm13

California

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter

Appearance: jet black with a thin tan head which subsides to an archipelago of lone bubbles

Smell: coffee, dark roasted malt, alcohol, and a light note of vanilla

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Alcohol is definitely present up front but smoothed and balanced by the other flavors but subsides and let you know it's still present while the coffee and malt linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel: smooth and full bodied but still quite light

Overall: extremely drinkable and smooth while still packing a potent dose. an amazing go to for me in the realm of year round and readily available imperial stouts. For me it rivals the best.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:20:08 | More by ivandm13
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WelshBrewer

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle

Appearance: Beautiful black with tan head, Nice head retention

Smell: chocolate, alcohol,

Tastes: Coffee, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, just right on the hops

Overall: This is one of my go to beers in the Imperial Stout realm, it is readily available almost everywhere and the price is right up my ally, I keep a few on hand.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 16:12:14 | More by WelshBrewer
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into weizen

Appearance: Jet black with beige head, four fingers. Excellent head retention, wonderful lacing

Smell: coffee, alcohol,

Tastes: herbs, coffee, cola, hop, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Thick

Overall: Outstanding beer, well worth having in your fridge. Pairs great with savory foods, by the way!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 04:40:54 | More by BierStein711
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SteveTheDog

California

4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am admittedly more a fan of dark beers and had the fortune to be introduced to this one by a friend who cellars stouts (it was also upsold to me as being amazing before I ever tasted it so that's my only bias).

While pouring it, I felt like I was in that syrup-chugging scene from Super Troopers - I don't really know how to explain it more. It was so dark it was like looking into Ray Liotta's soul. The aroma oozed out of the snifter - chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, maybe a little vanilla. In contrast to my opening remark, the mouthfeel was not that of syrup or caramel but I'd more liken it to a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. This is just a fantastic beer. I saved this one for a night when I could just chill out and enjoy a sunset and a beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:01:37 | More by SteveTheDog
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utopiajane

New York

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with the viscosity of motor oil. Mocha colored head of thick foam that dwindles to a small island of bubbles and a thin film. Laces like a champ. Nose is chocolate, roasted coffee, dark roasted malts and a touch of cherry. A little alcohol on the nose but it is 12% after all. Malt goes doughy and deep as it warms and there is bread in this. Taste is huge alright. Greets you with espresso and plenty of roasted coffee flavors, then smooth doughy malt mid palate with some faint floral from the hops, unsweetened cocoa and the dark fruit, then a hint of the molasses aspect of the malt and a grainy feeling on the tongue. It finishes dry and toasted with the chocolate coming in again only sweet this time and with a delectable oily hop bitter. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with good carbonation. Some alcohol on the palate. It’s the coffee that makes this one stand out and it’s done to perfection. This is truly an impeccable stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:00:30 | More by utopiajane
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pitch black with a thick caramel colored, creamy, sticky head, and sticks to the glass.

S - Coffee, vanilla, cream, dark roasted malt, alcohol, and some roasted toffee.

T - Flavor is even from start to finish with coffee, dark roasted malt, toffee, black anise, alcohol, and dark roasted chocolate. The alcohol warms the back of the throat on the way down and the dark roasted malt and coffee hang on for a lingering, dark chocolate bitter finish.

M - Full body and thick, sticky on the lips; coats the mouth with dark chocolate, light coffee, and some dark fruit.

O - Roasty, warm, and solid. If I would have any complaints it would be the significant alcohol presence in the flavor and mouthfeel and would rather have that intensity as a product of barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:15:35 | More by jzeilinger
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Vixie

Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a bit of a dark tan head that quickly reduces to some nice lacing.

Big smell from this one, could smell it as soon as the seal on the cap was broken. There's coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, and brown sugar.

Starts out with a big taste of coffee, and strong coffee at that. There is chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Also reminds me a bit of a rich chocolate cake in liquid form. The alcohol is well hidden, just perceiving it as a warming at the finish.

Smooth and solid, one of the smoother beers going down I have tried.

This is a big beer, and one I describe as amazing, as each sip brings out different layers of flavor. It is also very drinkable for how big it is and how potent it is. I'd say this one very much lives up to it's reputation, well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:11:39 | More by Vixie
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jordanmiller

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first indepth review. Since turning 21, I've been trying many beers of many different varieties.

Appearance: Well, there is no way in hell that anyone who is into beer can't tell this is a stout. With a slightly vigorous pour, it gave off a good two finger, lightly chocolately malted head. I found the appareance very appropriate for a stout of this magnitude (from what I've heard before tasting)

Smell: Instantly, you know you're in for something big. Something pretty complex. The aroma is quite beautiful, but I almost want to give the word "dangerous" to it as well, because it smells almost gorgeously, but with a harsh note of darkness that I can't quite attribute to it.

Taste: Pretty much what I gathered from the nose. It comes in with a very dark, but very inviting taste, it almost clings to your tongue as it wants your whole pallette to just absorb all of the intricate flavors. In the very finish, I honestly just feel a great coffee stout.

Overall: This is a beer to sip lightly on throughout the night. Those harsh hints of chocolate and coffee are fantastic on the tongue, but if you try to take too much of it, you're going to miss what this beer is about. Grab it for a nice evening that you can afford sipping on a larger bottle for over a period of time, or save this for a sharing with friends. Amazing beer,

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 07:30:50 | More by jordanmiller
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Slackerville

California

4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Speedway Stout has been around for a while and is one of the easier 10+% ABV stouts to find in So Cal. As long as you are in the right mood this is one of the better Imperial Stouts you will find. AleSmith has a history of making very strong flavorful beers and this is no exception.

Pitch black in color with amazing aromas of coffee and mollasses. A thick mouthfeel as is appropriate for the style but not too chewy. Certainly sneaky on the alcohol front since the array of chocolate and other dark malts and slight residual sweetness balance the beer nicely. A good beer to enjoy in small glasses, great as a substitute for dessert or a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 16:31:12 | More by Slackerville
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a deep brown/black with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head which dissipated slowly leaving behind a ton of great lacing. smells of chocolate, coffee, raisinets, vanilla, cedar, licorice. the flavor is mostly chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted grain bitterness. there is a harsh boozy feel up front but that mellows out as the drink warms up. molasses, caramel, nutty, bitter roastyness lingers.
full body with a silky smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. a really nice all around imperial stout. definitely lives up to the recent hype (even though this beer seems to have been around forever!).. definitely worth trying at least once (and i'd suggest picking up an extra bottle to age)

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:49:02 | More by facundoCNB
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 3,990 ratings.