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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,509 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,509
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 737
Gots: 1,262 | FT: 123
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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Ratings: 4,509 | Reviews: 1,392 | Display Reviews Only:
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-30-2013 01:44:06 | More by eagles22
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TheBaumer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-30-2013 01:06:49 | More by TheBaumer
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Strelnikov

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-29-2013 20:34:58 | More by Strelnikov
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-29-2013 14:10:26 | More by fdig23
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Cazlo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-29-2013 14:04:45 | More by Cazlo
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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-29-2013 03:51:25 | More by Dicers
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crnipeter

Slovenia

1.53/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm repeatedly surprised how poorly American craft brewers mask alcohol in their high-ABV beers when compared to European brewmasters, and Speedway Stout only confirms the rule.

Apparently thin dark brown body with a short foamy head that instantly dissipates.

Good dosage of coffee and some red wine underlain by roasted malt qualities - chocolate in particular - are completely overwhelmed by fusel alcohol.

This sludge tastes like a week old coffee sediment washed down with cheap vodka + there's unexpected cherry-like tartness fuelling my fears the bottle might be infected, which is not - it's simply a bad beer. Finish is medium dry.

Rather thin for the style and burning hot on the palate.

Sadly even adding loads of advertised coffee couldn't mask the shittiness of the base beer. Can't believe this drainpour found it's way into top 6 on the Ratebeer. (Bottled on 02/14/13, into a snifter.)

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:51:52 | More by crnipeter
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VaTechPhilly

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8%

09-28-2013 23:32:57 | More by VaTechPhilly
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

09-28-2013 19:43:49 | More by EB1
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BeerMeInStl

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-28-2013 16:50:26 | More by BeerMeInStl
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nzerbe

New York

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

09-28-2013 16:48:16 | More by nzerbe
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-28-2013 16:25:47 | More by JeffTheJuice
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-28-2013 14:35:03 | More by splendidsplinter
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spoony

Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (bottled on August 15, 2013) into a snifter.

A-A normal to aggressive pour produces nearly two fingers of medium-brown foam. The retention is decent with the head dropping to a thick cap after a minute and to a patchy cap in the minute thereafter. The lacing on the glass is thick and substantial. The beer is pretty much opaque black.

S-The scent is smooth, but intense, with dark chocolate, a milky-mild sweetness, a touch of smoke, and, obviously, nicely roasted coffee. This brew is unique for the freshness and smoothness of its coffee flavor. It really smells like coffee...not old, burnt coffee or Sanka or whatever. Alcohol is incredibly well-disguised. I get just a bit of warming sensation; nothing more.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. I taste smooth, lightly bitter, Italian/French roast coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of milk, some burnt caramel, and a bit of warming alcohol. The brew is nicely concentrated with a real coffee flavor and very light hops. Alcohol is really well integrated and provides just a bit warmth to an otherwise smooth brew.

M-The feel is lighter than many of this style, but it works. The carbonation is mild to moderate and the presence on the palate is pleasing and substantial, but not overly syrupy.

O-This beer falls into the the do-one-thing-well-and-do-it-really-well category. The coffee flavor here tastes the most realistic and least acidic/burnt/fake of any coffee stout (or double stout) I have ever had. Although the brew is not as complex as some, I will happily trade that artificial complexity for a beer as focused and well-done as this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:38:46 | More by spoony
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tsatem

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-28-2013 02:32:04 | More by tsatem
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-28-2013 02:06:48 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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BlackNote

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

09-27-2013 12:18:48 | More by BlackNote
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

09-26-2013 03:33:49 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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Tauroe

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-26-2013 02:01:20 | More by Tauroe
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dth4lf

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

09-26-2013 00:11:17 | More by dth4lf
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AGust82

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-25-2013 21:09:53 | More by AGust82
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.1%

09-25-2013 18:17:48 | More by quine
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Beaver13

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 9/3/13. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is roasted, grainy, fudgy, chocolate with a little coffee.

The flavor is bitter roast, grains, chocolate, black licorice, a little dark fruit and some light roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, solid imperial stout. This bottle seems lighter on the coffee than other samples I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 05:41:38 | More by Beaver13
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA a little while back. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Basically black like oil with a 1/2" thick frothy tan head and good lacing on the sides. Head fizzled to 1/8" while I let this one warm up a bit.
AR: Chocolate, roast malt, black bread, molasses and roast coffee, though the coffee aroma isn't as prominent as I was expecting from a Coffee Stout. Soft hints of dark fruits and vanilla in the background.
T: Like the nose, the coffee isn't as prominent as I was expecting. It's there, but a subtle way. The main flavours are molasses, bitter chocolate and roasted malts. It has secondary flavours of German chocolate cake and vanilla cream. Mellow note of coffee roast on the finish with a slight bitterness that makes me think of those little baking Hershey Kisses that weren't the regular ones. A tasty Stout with the 12% ABV well hidden, so well done on those counts, but I'm not getting enough coffee for a Stout that says on the label "Imperial Stout with coffee".
M: Low carbonation, nice thick fairly full body with a creamy texture and mouthfeel. A bit silky on the palate and a pretty clean finish for an Imperial Stout.
OV: Pretty much everything about this beer was spot on expect for the coffee flavour, which if you're going to spell out 'with coffee' on the label then IMO it should be bolder in the taste. Plus I love coffee flavour so I like a good amount of it, but it's at best a subtle mild addition here. A very well done and solid Imperial Stout, just not totally what it was advertised to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 04:25:37 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,509 ratings.