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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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Reviews: 1,526
Hads: 5,868
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 856
Gots: 1,786 | FT: 156
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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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Reviews: 1,526 | Hads: 5,868
Photo of KellyScottMad
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looked and smelled amazing once I poured it in the glass. The taste was good, but it didn't overwhelm me with flavor. Don't get me wrong...this is a good beer, but it didn't even crack my top 5 for Imperial stouts.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with thick tan head; thick lacing; foam turns reddish tan as it reduces-nice. Chocolate and roasted malt nose;whisper of coffee bean as liquid warms. Flavors of toasted cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and a plum finish with a little coffee on the back end. Medium, smooth creamy mouthfeel; warming and a little alcohol bite on the tongue. Overall, this is very good. Alcohol is very well hidden and yet present in each savory sip. Haazaa!

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep dark black with a thin mocha colored head, spotty thick lacing.

S — Richly roasted chocolate and malt notes, coffee, licorice, cinnamon.

T — Sweet, rich, roasty, dark, boozy, malty, complex.

M — Full bodied, long lingering finish, quite nice.

O — One of the best stouts available, very nice balance and quite flavorful.

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Photo of raidertony
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If u really don't like this beer u really need to quick the craft beer game and go bye your self a 40oz of miller highlife cuz this is hands down the best imperial stout out there and for 10.99 it doesn't get much better then that,u really are a pussy if u don't like it or your pallet is just not ready yet..sorry but it is my opinion..

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aged about 2 years. Pitch black in the glass with some ruddy brown highlights along the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Being an aged bottle, I'm getting more chocolate on the nose than coffee, more dark fruit than I remember a fresh bottle having, some burnt caramel, roasted malts. Taste follows the smell very well. Very roasty with bittersweet chocolate along with a fully rich, decadent mouthfeel. As good as this one still is, I wouldn't recommend aging it.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, bottled on 11/19/14. Pours black with a small-sized tan head. Smells of strong roasted malts, coffee, and hops. Taste follows the nose with some added hints of chocolate and caramel. Ends quite bitter, really showing off its 70 IBU's. Low carbonation and moderate body. No alcohol burn. It you like bitter and roasted imperial stouts, give this one a try. Cheers!

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Photo of gregb13
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A nice, heavy coffee stout. Extremely strong at 12% - some alcohol but no heat to speak of, a sipper for sure. Not very complex and a bit overbearing on the coffee. Insanely full-bodied and sticky beer. Totally coats the palate, coffee will overwhelm the meek. Pretty solid, but was expecting a bit more honestly, especially at $13 for 25.4 oz. bottle, at least in terms of complexity. It's enjoyable but would hesitate to recommend.

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Photo of khmel
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, opaque. Thin, tan head. Dissipates quickly to a ring. Mild lacing.

S: Coffee noticeable, bourbon hint in the nose. Chocolate and oakey notes.

T: Dark malt, dark cocoa, cream, slightly smokey notes. Amazing!

M: Creamy, rich, smooth. Very low carbonation. Really great.

O: An excellent imperial stout! True to its style and very well executed. A must repeat!

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Photo of LoganMcGeehan
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decent head, medium thick mouthfeel, deep chocolate and coffee flavors, dark chocolate after taste. Not much boozy taste to it, very smooth the whole way through.

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Photo of Sintech
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

First time enjoying a Speedway. Jet black. Nose is dark chocolate. Taste is sweet malt and dark chocolate. High attenuation, a little thin. Very nice beer.


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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yields a slick viscous black color, with a unique, very bubbly mohagony head.

Smells big times of cocoa, fudge and coffee, wrapped up by syrup and toffeeish malts. Has a whiff of alcohol underneath, providing a caramel burn. The aromas exhibit an interesting interplay between milk chocolate and coffee, leaning even more on chocolate.

Has a fitting, lower carbonation, complimenting the beers medium body.

Tastes of bakers chocolate and smooth coffee, accompanied by bready malts, also revealing glazed caramel. Drinks throughout smooth, coffee comes along with lots of cream, adding a dry bitterness, which gets countered by alcoholic, biting molasses. Finishes with a well pronounced boiled coffee bitterness, while chocolate adds depth, including a subtle sourness.

The beers convinces by its smooth coffee mouthfeel, which gets a lot of depth, due to the luscious chocolate, commuting between sweet and dry. The beers finish is unusually long and complex, revealing crushed coffee beans, toffee, mousse au chocolate among a coffee milk sourness.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had three time, twice from the bottle and once on tap. All three times tasted the roasted malts, but man, the coffee was just not there. Once OK, but three times?

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Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this beer on tap. A very reliable stout at my favorite spot. Thin, off white head in a 16 oz Tulip glass. Heavy toasty flavor with a sharp finish. My "go to" stout.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet as recommended, approx 50 degrees at pour.

A: Jet Black, very little head. Absolutely no lacing.
S: roasted malts, coffee pronounced
T: following the nose but a little more chocolatey and then progresses to some hop bitterness, a little too much on the bitter for me. Woody-chocolate on the finish, not dry enough but the alcohol warmth is there
M: fairly flat, slick but not too watery but certainly not carbonated enough.

O: monstrous disappointment for me, possibly a bad bottle, but at the price I will not try again. The label touts balance, carbonation and pair-ability with food and it really offers none of this. There are far too many other stouts that out perform this. I'm stunned at the high ratings really, it's good, but certainly not THAT good.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little slicker, oiler mouthfeel than I expected. Lots of mocha on the nose, very even & smooth flavor with the roasted coffee, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and some vanilla as well. Robust but easy to drink, though I cannot say it pops out from the field of excellent stouts readily available nowadays.

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Nice beige, 2-finger head that sticks around quite a while. Perfect nose for the style - coffee and roasted malts with hints of brown sugar and toffee. Near perfect body as well - heavy enough to such staniate the beer but not overly chewy. The sweetness has started to show signs of a shift toward a more roasty, bitterness, but I don't see this ever melding into something I wouldn't still consider sweet. Still, by and large, the standard deviation by which all non-BA coffee stouts should be compared (just hairs above FBS, imo). I'd be curious to know if lactose and/or oatmeal were used, because this shows great characteristics of each. Cheers!

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Photo of Jackolope
3.72/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to have an astringent aftertaste. It has a nice nose and looked good but when it came to the flavor I found this beer to be lacking in subtlety. It poured thick and had a nice mouthfeel, but missed some of the creaminess I like with a stout clocking in at 12% ABV. My overall experience with the beer went through a couple of phases initially i thought the flavor was lacking in sweetness, but as i sipped the carmel flavors started to build and i thought the beer was starting to round out as it warmed, however as i continued to drink the alcohol seemed to overpower the overall flavor of the beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a: super dark black. like the color of motor oil. real nice tan head thats pretty solid on top. it poured around 3 fingers, then settled at around 1/2 finger

s: richly roasted malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of sweet vanilla, very very faint smoke. smells very rich. makes the mouth water

t: roasted malts, sweet caramel, alcohol, brown sugar all punch you in the face right away. as the mouth begins to adjust, you can start to pick up some of the coffee notes (roasted coffee beans, coffee bitterness). there is a sweet generic dark fruit flavor in here. i can't pick up a specific fruit, but it is lending a sweetness to this that i am detecting. finishes with big roasted malts and alcohol

m: super silky mouthfeel. its great. carbonation is a little beyond medium. very nice mouthfeel for a stout

o: the bottle i'm drinking from is a few weeks old. its got lots of alcohol in the taste, and i honestly wish the coffee would be featured a bit more in the flavor. with the exception of the alcohol heat, its a pretty nice beer. big, luxurious, and definitely a sipper. that being said, i don't think its quite worthy of all the hype it gets (especially given the price), and i believe there are better beers out there

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Photo of Dnayew
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic baseline imperial stout. It's not the special craft of a Hunapuh or Abraxas, but it's in that Top Tier of Imperials w/ Ten FIDY and Marshall Zhukov.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/11/15 and enjoyed 3/14/15. Poured an extremely dark brown, almost black, color with mocha cap and spotty lacing. Aroma was full of coffee, some chocolate and slight toffee. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and strong coffee. Very nice velvet texture, creamy feel and warmth from the alcohol. In summary, this was the first AleSmith brew I've had and probably in my top ten favorite stouts to date. Highly recommended!

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Photo of jooler
3.66/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eggshell thickness. Not really a smell to it. Initial thoughts are that it is pretty damn smooth for a stout at 12%. A hell of a lot smoother than modern times monsters park. Aside from that, it sort of has a lager taste to it. There is a faint hint of chocolate with coffee up front

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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled 11-22-13
Exceptional aromas of hops and vanilla paired with a marinated flank steak. Other tasters noted roasted raisiny notes. In a word- Phenominal!
Mouthfeel was dreamy. 12% hotness subtle but yet prevalent. The wow-factor happened.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lacing is tremendous. Body is medium but solid. Coffee is prominent on both ends, with a bitter finish. Sweetness is a little more detectable than roast is. It's a very good coffee stout.

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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

definitely some dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee.... very easy to drink for a 12%er.... usually avoid coffee stouts and coffee beers, but this one is very good (and so was Modern Times' Sea of the Dead yesterday also!). definitely some alcohol burn in the background, but not up front and present. very smooth, very dark, very nice. the ratings are, more or less, justified.....

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Photo of OneEye78
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a thick khaki head 2-3 fingers. Smell has some hints of chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Taste starts with a sweet chocolate burst, followed by some vanilla, an astringent coffee flavor and some serious alcohol burn. Coats the toungue, leaving a dry finish and a tingle of alcohol. Overall, I would call this a good stout, but a let down given its lofty reviews.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,526 ratings.