AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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pDev: 8.94%
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California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of bashiba
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ultra dark black with inches of thick dark creamy head with tremendous lacing and and retention.

Smell's like freshly made expresso with hints of molasses.

Taste is nice a great mix of bitter dark coffee flavors along with a good taste of burnt malts with some nice alcohol and malty sweetness to balance it out. Has a nice earthy hop prescence that keeps it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and a touch warm.

Overall a very tasty beer, and dangerous at 12%. (497 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Papago Brewing at the end of October for $12.99. Original review 5-28-06.

Having had this on tap several times, I have been wanting to try it out of a bottle. Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that is hanging around nicely 4.5.
Nose is of coffee, cream, and chocolate malts 4.5.
Taste is a perfect complex medley of creamy chocolate malts and a beautiful chocolate hop finish. Alcohol was a little warming with the first sip but not noticeable after 5.0. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth 5.0. Overall drinkability is near perfect. The abv, though perfectly masked, eventually sneaks up and kicks one upside the head! This is a awesomely brewed beer, an absolute try for the stout lovers 4.5!

Re-review 11-13-11.
Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine(Received 10-22-09) in early December 2009. This has been sitting in my wine fridge for nearly 2 years. Cant wait to give it a spin!

Beer poured black as night with a smallish brown head. 4.0
Nose is mocha, cream, hints of faded coffee, and cocoa - very nice. 4.5
Taste is still perfect, the roasted malt backbone is just right- not to burny but not unnoticeable. Dark cocoa and cream with hints of coffee that has faded over 2 years are wonderful compliments. 5.0
Mouthfeel seems thinner over time, it is smooth but not as satisfying when fresher. 4.0
Overall this is a great beer that has aged surprisingly well. Pick it up and try it if you have not already. (1,473 characters)

Photo of jerrymiller
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is midnight black with a dark brown head. No light could possibly penetrate through the glass.

The big smell of roasted coffee is clear, strong and welcome.

The taste is is definately an acquired one! Rich and absolutely caffeinated. The indisputable presence of a pronounced, strong coffee (with alcohol). Bold doesn't begin to describe this monster.

Mouthfeel is velvet smooth and intensely thick.

Drinkability—I found it heavy and a little outrageous. I drank an entire bottle and had a hard time falling asleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was glad I had three more bottles.

Find it, buy it and drink it, you won't regret it. (668 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - absolute black, with a chocolate milk colored head 1/4 of a finger thick and rocky, obviously too dark to see any carbonation

S - can't smell much else other than coffee, but its a rich, high quality coffee aroma, there is an alcohol kick to the aroma as well

T - wow, this really tastes like cold coffee, a very thick, rich coffee taste, it overpowers any other flavors, right through to the aftertaste, did i mention theres a coffee taste to this

M - smooth and thick from the coffee sweetness, balanced very well too

D - must like coffee, if so, high, very high, sweet and easy down, the higherish ABV and the easy sweetness could get one in trouble easily (675 characters)

Photo of cheers2beers
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Boolshot, for a trade gone well.

Appearance: This magnificant brew cascades a solid black hue with a light brown head in the center, yet the edges of the head are slightly darker.With the carbonation being relatively high,the head stacked up an outstanding three fingers high. This beer produces lots a laceing with huge slick alcohol induced legs. Simply irresistable, I must taste it!

Smell: Seems complex, and yet I can almost easily describe each aroma with ease. Has some dark chocolates and/or fudge brownies, coffee, woody and nutty, brown sugars with a touch of maple syrup, a slightly sweet and roasty maltiness that makes this beer to die for. This would be awesome on a scratch and sniff card.

Taste: Wow! I am almost at a loss for words. This beauty of a stout is big and expressive in all aspects. Dark chocolate and vanilla are right up front. Coffee, wood, brown sugar and some leafy hop edges mid palate. The finish see's a bit more of that bitter chocolate coming back. Nice hopp bitterness and an alcohol punch that bring up the back in a wonderful and long lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: This is just soo lucious and slick. Its leaving a thick film behind, even with the 12% abv this bad dude is meaty! Good carbonation for a beer of this size and magnitude.

Drinkability: Even at 12% abv and being huge in all other aspects this beer was not cloying at any point. I find myself sad now that its gone, thats how good it is. In my opinion this edges out Stone IRS by a hair. Its soo easy to drink and absolutley stunning. Obtain this beer at any and all costs!

Cheers2Beers (1,625 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml obtained from OStrungT about 6 months ago and aged in my cool dark cellar since then. Thanks for the opportunity! BTW, my bottle does not look like the one presently pictured on this website...mine is silk-screened white and gray on a green bottle. Also, I just reviewed a Westy 12, so the Speedway Stout is following a tough act.

Served cellar temperature in a tulip glass, just as the the directions on the bottle recommend. Pours a one finger clingy brown head over a pitch liquid. No edging when held to a bright light. Smells coffee and roast during the pour. To the nose, strong cherry sour (from black patent), cirusy hops, perhaps some grassy fuggles hops, too. Caramel is way beneath the roast and comes across more as a toffee smell. Gentle alcohol carries licorice and dry chocolate. Also some burnt grains.

Tastes peppery alcohol sting to start that's quickly washed away by a delicious roast and chocolate. Could be dry from the coffee, but the chocolate holds a wet until the ending. Aftertaste is dry and hanging coffee and roast. Wow, that first sip was delicious. In further sips, the coffee stands premium in the middle of the taste and is supported by a sweet caramel. What sticks to my tongue is sweet molasses and fights the dry or the other characters. Some alcohol burn, but far below the malty characters. Hop flavor is minimal but I do get dances of grassy co-humulone. Woody and weedy grassy, I'd say. I think I get a bit of hop bitter and fallen apart hop citrus flavor late that persists into the aftertaste. Now I'm kicking myself for aging this one, rather than trying it fresh. If this beer has a citrusy hop flavor when fresh (similar to Gonzo from Flying Dog) it would add a stunning new dimension to this beer. Anyway, as the beer warms the smell becomes a bit more boozy, but the flavor is relatively the same. The alcohol is a bit more noticable. Not because it's risen stronger, but because it's become a bit fusel. The fusel and grassy co-ho mix in a drying and (IMO) unpleasant way. Still a damn good beer.

Medium mouthfeel and creamy body. Moderate carbonation is a bit too heavy and distracting. It contributes to a woody dry aftertaste that I wish could be a bit more subdued. This beer doesn't have lacing...it has sheeting. Gorgeous.

This is not a beer of a million flavors blended perfectly (like the Westy 12 that I just had). This is a beer of a few characteristics that come across as plush, deep, and brooding. Glad I'm drinking this during a crisp spring night rather than during a summer heat blanket. Wow, I drank the whole damned bottle. Yum. (2,614 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown. Real brown. Like black brown. Dessert style head of chocolate milk colour. Looks like a treat on its own. Of course there is also some lace to add visual appeal.

Smell: Heaps of chocolate. Chocolate syrup. A bit of a grainy base. Mild alcoholic whiffs slide through here and there. Low profile hop character is barely noticeable with all of this dark malty chocolate activity.

Taste: Chocolate would be a good guess. Yes, it has a chocolate syrup feel going on. This even seems to be a bit dairy influenced. There is an undertone of malty raw grain character that keeps this from feeling completely like a dessert drink. This and also a vague bitterness gently cut the sweetness to keep things palatable. Rich is the word here. Tightrope hijinx.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. No chunks. Dreamy.

Drinkability: Good considering. This is going to require some insulin. It also has the potential to smack your noggin. It doesn't put up a fight, so be thee wary. Solid. Overpriced too. (1,014 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts as a sweet malt and roasted coffee, smooth, finishes with a smokey caramel flavor; the high ABV is not noticeable. Excellent Imperial stout. Serious yeast in bottom of glass. $12.85 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (402 characters)

Photo of Beertracker
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith Speedway Stout is best served cool at 50-55F for the best character. This "high performance" Imperial Stout pours up much like 40-W motor oil. There's very little carbonation and the head retention suffers a bit from the higher alcohol content and from the coffe bean oils. The deep, jet-black color is almost impervious to light making clarity irrelevant. The nose is powerfully rich & vinous with lots of darker malt complexity. The aroma is very enticing and choc full of coffee liqueur, dark chocolate, plum pudding, and figish notes. The flavor is very refined & surprisingly smooth for such a strong beverage with plenty of roasted barley and rich chocolate flavors with hints of cocao, mocha, dark rum and vanilla notes that are balanced by just a touch of hop bitterness. After a few sips, the cheek warming Kahlua alcohol notes make this stout more akin to a fine liqueur or vintage port than a beer.

This is a strong, full-bodied stout that has lots to offer the beer aficionado. Cellar a few bottles for safe keeping, because this "high performance" brew gets a checkered flag! Enjoy Speedway Stout in perfect solitude or after a special dinner among appreciative guests. Suggested pairings include fine imported chocolate, coffee-swirled cheesecake and/or a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream. Gentlemen, start your engines!

CHEERS! Beertracker (1,376 characters)

Photo of PuckLSHS
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, what can I say about Alesmith Speedway Stout? Or, as I like to call it, a gift from the gods. I have had this in the bottle, on-tap at Pizza Port and on a nitro-tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach countless times. It never ceases to make me happy each and every time.

The appearance is a dark black stout with a creamy finish at the top. I usually get about a 1-2 finger head that dissipates at a slow rate. Just beautiful and mighty.

The smell and taste are great. The taste is coffee, chocolatey goodness that lingers on the palate.

Wonderful mouthfeel as it goes down quite creamy and smooth. The drinkability is exceptional. When you first look at the ABV and the size of the bottle, you take a step back and wonder how you would ever get through it with your buddy. Well, I can tell you, it can be done. You could probably even do it yourself with a lot of patience and some good company to keep your eye on the prize. (933 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from notes. I drank this badboy stout down in the heat of palm desert. Somehow the plan to lay a bottle down quickly morphed into drink immediately. Oh well.

Appearance: poured into a wine glass, the head is a dark tan, not white at all, with lots of lacing. The beer is deep dark black and the head held for as long as can could be excepted for the 12 percent, but would have liked a bit more. Still hands down the darkest foam I've ever seen.

Mouthfeel: a freakin' 6, how can such a dark beer be this light drinking? I've had ESBs that drank thicker than this. Could it be the coffee that makes the mouthfeel this thin? So nice drinking this beer, so easy.

Drinkability: yeah it's super easy to drink. The alcohol sort of made the last 5 ounces take some time but I was going good until then. Really ace.

Taste: Ok, I started this colder than recommended, but shit it's Palm Desert. Extremely tasty sheets of coffee and chocolate hit the tongue. Not "like" coffee and chocolate but dead on in fact. Deep slurps bring on just a hint of booze. A respectable bitterness holds it own and there is a slight sweetness.

Smell: Saved smell for last thinking it might improve but no. The smell is way more boozy than the taste and the coffee and chocolate flavors, which are there but hover in the background. Still pretty good though, and the beer taste's and drinks so well, one hardly cares. A "must buy" again and again.

New review 11/20/10
Pretty, pretty, pretty good

a: pours like black cough syrup, forming a dark tan head. It's like a black hole, can't see any light through it. Kind of hypes you up.

smell: major coffee. but sweet coffee, not bitter. nice

taste: just yum. Doesn't really taste like "beer" but that's okay. So rich and coffee like. Can't taste but a hint of alcohol. I taste chocolate and coffee so who can complain.

mouthfeel: yeah, it's thick. But really, with this alcohol level you need it to be.

drinkability: between a siper and a drinker. For my money a top notch stout. (2,010 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool looking bottle with silver foil.
Undated 750ml bottle, no freshness date.
Poured into a snifter glass.

Inky black in color. Absolutely no light could pass through. A nice two finger thick, tan colored head forms. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Big aromas of dark fruits, mostly prunes, dark chocolate and alcohol. Coffee smell is not present. Taste starts with big roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness combined with the warm alcohol feeling. This stout does have a great coffee aftertaste. Super enjoyable, for such a big beer. Rich, smooth and creamy descibe the mouthfeel. This beer is going down way too good and way too fast. I cannot believe how easy this beer is too drink. I knocked down the drinkability due to the 12% abv. Other than that, this is near perfect. My second offering from AleSmith and another fine example. A must try! (900 characters)

Photo of SethB2
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a coffee color with a huge deep tan head that last several minutes before settling, leaving a web like lacing in it's aftermath. Smells of sweet malty fruit and some coffee. Something else a little bitter in there too, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe some hops. Tastes is of strong, bitter malts, coffee and some hops. High alcohol content is well hidden, but you know it's there. It's a warming beer, for sure. Mouthfeel is the very definition of full and thick. It has a nice aftertaste too, something that I don't normally associate with Stouts. Drinkability is somewhat hindered by the high alcohol content and the fact that is is such a dominating, stong flavor. More that one at a time might leave your pallet in shambles.

Very nice beer. Many thanks to westsidethreat. (835 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a big foamy tan head. Broad rings of thick lacing are left on the tulip.

S: Despite the "pounds and pounds of coffee beans added to the brew" (as the bottle advertises), I don't detect any coffee aroma. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate instead.

T: A smooth taste with flavors of burnt chocolate, carmael, and alcohol. Very long taste duration.

M: Heavy and viscous as motor oil and just as sticky. The carbonation is mroe active than expected for a beer like this.

D: A very good double stout. The price tag makes this seem a bit pricey, but when I compare it to a bottle of wine of the same quality, it becomes well worth what it cost. Don't be a hero - drink this one with a friend. (729 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black beer with thick tan head. Thick sticky lacing coats the glass after each sip.

Huge nose of alcohol, roasted coffee beans (as the bottle warns) and some bitter chocolate.

WHOA! This beer hits the tongue with LOADS of flavor. Roasted coffee exlodes on the tongue. Lots of bitter chocolate and slight hop presence balance out the sweetness. Alcohol warming follows as this one finishes dry. The huge creamy thick feel makes this one overly pleasant to sit down with.

If only I could come across this one more often. Many thanks to Jetsbeer for this one. (575 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa ! Served in the 12oz. plastic cup at the source, this is a dark black...maybe brown (it's hard to tell it's so dark) with a light brown frothy head. Good lacing that sticks.

Smells of dark, rich roasted espresso , bitter-sweet chocolate and some alcohol, oh my!!

First taste wakes the tastebuds, post-haste! Strong powerful, bitter, eye-opening coffee fills the mouth, goes down easily, then lingers and lures you to please, have some more ! Don't have to twist my arm, this stuff is delicious and very potent ! At 12.0% ABV, I think this is a one-of-a-kind, definitely the strongest stout I have ever tasted.

A full-bodied beer that hits hard at first, subtly mellows and lingers in a most pleasant way...what a stout ! Creamy, smooth mouthfeel...nice !

The best stout I've ever had on tap, highly recommended...try it ! (838 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ones almost black with very little carbonation, almost none at all really until it sits for a few minutes or is swirled in the glass. A very roasty aroma burnt smelling with licorice.
The taste has plenty of alcohol and a chocolate flavor, bitter chocolate not sweet. There is some sweetness but it is a syrupy sweet laced with ass-loads of alcohol, kinda like cough syrup.
The mouthfeel is full and slick with a touch of oily.
I like this alot but frankly I don't know what to do with this huge bottle. (512 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You don't get darker or opaquer as this demonstrative stout races out to the gripping taste of supported roast.

Speedways masculine color is matched with a viscous appearance or motor oil as a blanked of heavy whipping cream seems to stand in for its head character. The foam will eventually give way to the beast of a beer underneath and leave moderate lace to start, but oily legging to finish.

A focused scent of espresso and cocoa-rich chocolates are backed with the scent of burnt caramel, malted milk, and slight coffeeish sourness.

Deliciously dedicated to the espresso and bittersweet chocolates as well. The simplified palate is supported by complementary malted milk candies, slightly scorched caramel, and a berry-like acidic twang that signals closure to the beer. Without much complexity, the beer relies heavily on roasted malt to carry the session.

Full bodied and robust throughout, the malty oily early palate is rounded by the richer malt texture of heavy cream and bread. A slow fade to firm alcohol warmth and roast bitterness finishes the beer with a long linger of roast and chocolate.

I like the fact that the beer isn't muddled with tertiary flavors just for the sake of complexity. This beer is complex because of it's sheer bigness and not because of it's variety of conflicting taste. (1,316 characters)

Photo of Graham21
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very thick pou,r with a coffee color. very dark. two finger head. good retention, good lacing.
nose was a sour chocolate with a hint of smoke and coffee beans. smelled very good.
Taste; bitter, alcoholic, chocolate, dark chocolate, bitter baking chocolate, lots of coffee, and roasted malts
Great stout
too much alchol;got me drunk (336 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obsidian. Other than a mere sliver of pecan shell brown along the bottom edge of the glass, this beer is a complete black hole. The coffee-with-cream colored head looks nearly as thick and as meaty as the liquid on which it sits. Its moonscape surface contains multiple bubbles of various sizes that create pits and craters as they burst. Lace is in relatively short supply, but then I wasn't expecting much given the ABV.

The aroma was amazing as I poured and is no less amazing now that I'm concentrating on it for real. The three major components are ridicously roasted black malt, bittersweet chocolate and espresso. I can pick up the slightest hint of alcohol, though it's more than welcome in a beer as big as this one is.

AleSmith Speedway Stout is better than expected... and I expected no less than greatness. This is one of the hugest, most full-flavored, most mouthfilling ales of any style that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Words fail me when attempting to describe the sheer massiveness of the malt backbone. Each sip explodes with the force of a daisy cutter, sending great gouts of melted, coffee bean-flecked chocolate fudge up, down and sideways until my mouth seems unable to contain it all.

SS tastes blacker, meaner, more menacing than most other American double stouts that I've run across. It's more along the lines of an RIS in that regard. It's as sweet and as chocolatey as any other ADS, but it's also impressively bitter and has a huge blackstrap molasses vibe goin' on. In fact, the flavor profile contains the entire gamut of stout flavors and still manages to combine them into a beautiful, seamless whole.

I don't like coffee and I'm not usually a fan of coffee-dominant beer. I had a few qualms about this one when I read the back label and found out that 'pounds and pounds of coffee beans' were added during the brewing. Surprisingly, the flavor isn't overwhelmingly java-like. The finish is freakishly long and leaves the mouth and tongue coated with a 'bitter hop cones (mixed with fire-roasted black malt)' layer of scum that one doesn't usually find outside the biggest IPAs/DIPAs.

That brings us to mouthfeel. Simply put, this beer has one of the three biggest mouthfeels in all of beerdom. It's easily the equal of Dark Lord (I'm leaving the third spot open because nothing else comes readily to mind). If you've ever drunk eggnog or heavy cream, you'll have some idea of what it feels like. It's velvety smooth and impossibly creamy. In other words, it's mouth candy for those of us whose attach more importance to mouthfeel than to anything other than flavor.

I've just realized that I haven't even commented on the ABV or the noticeable alchohol yet. That's because this is one of the most well-masked high alcohol beers in existence. Whether that has more to do with its age (an estimated 1 year) or to its brewer's skill, I couldn't say. As noted in the nose, the alcohol is an integral part of the whole and is a more than welcome contributor. Completely burying the beast just wouldn't be right; a little controlled snarl is just what this beer needs.

AleSmith Speedway Stout deserves every accolade ever thrown its way. I'd love to scratch off the 2nd place ribbon shown on the rear label since this behemoth takes a back seat to no stout. No how, no way. This is a truly special beer brewed by a truly special brewery and is not to be missed. (3,408 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this over a year ago and couldn't stand it. I think the problem was that I drank it after four (or so) lighter beers during a poker game, and all I needed was to finish with more session beers. It was so thick and heavy...

Now I tried it again and found it to be really good. The appearance was nice, pitch black with a decent tan foam on top. It smelled appetizing too, coffee and malt and a little chocolate. The taste was mostly the same, very good but not my favorite coffeed stout (I like Two Brothers Imperial Stout and Founders Breakfast Stout more).

Maybe not worth the price for me, but it was nice anyway. (635 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KingG for the bottle. My bottle has a different label than the one shown here on BA, so I'll assume it's kinda fresh, not that it would matter with this beer. Pours with a huge head, I've seen blacker stouts. On the third pour, I finally get some globs of lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste is fu#king amazing! Initial semisweet roasted malt, which quickly turns to burnt malt, coffee, milk chocolate for a tenth of a second, then dark, very dark chocolate. Even the foam tastes good, burnt to a crisp would be an accurate description. Mouthfeel is less oily than some imperial stouts, but as thick and chewy as any. Silky, smooth, and vinous. Incredibly drinkable, albeit very heavy and filling.

I have enjoyed this as much as any imperial stout, save for maybe Rogue Imperial Stout 01, and even then it's a tie. (867 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious. This, to me, is an Imperial Cream Stout (and more speciffically, a burnt coffee, chocolate and cream stout with a nice/appropiate alcohol kick). Poured black as night with dark brown head. Mouthful is not for the faint of stout, especially due to its high alcohol content. Highly suggest having with cheesecake or after diner to relax. (357 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you need a stout in a serious way, this is the beer for you. After pouring, it looked as if some wiseguy had filled my pint glass with a melted tire. It's every bit as black as anything goodyear would slap around your rims. The head was a very thin blanket of fuzzy brown foam. The appearance would be perfect were it a little bigger.
As for the smell, well remember that Folger's comercial? The one where they throw the pot of coffee on and the entire family ends up coming down the stairs because they smell the coffee? I could see that happening with this one. The coffee wafts upward to your nose while you're trying to take in the sight of this beer. Try as you might to focus on the eye candy aspect, you WILL notice the aroma. Lots of cocoa, followed by the unmistakable coffee smell. The taste is chock full of bitter chocolate, that's followed by more chocolate but more reminiscent of Hershey's syrup. The back trails out with coffee. For as strong as this one is, I found myself jolted with energy, probably from the actual coffee beans added to this brew. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous, spot on for a stout.
For me I couldn't see drinking more than a glass or so of this, not because of the ABV but because the taste is so immense that no thoughts of another could be entertained. Its beers like this that put the craft into craft beers. (1,358 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours absolute black with a surprisingly thick head that hangs around.

Smell is thick with chocolate, coffee, dark malt and bourbon aroma.

Taste is creamy chocolate up front, then a blast of coffee and hop bitterness. Mollasses, slight dark fruit notes, dark grain and burnt malt. Finish is dry and lingering with definite woody bourbon notes. Wonderfully large and complex without overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Quite smooth and a little lighter than expected. Very nice.

Overall I'm impressed. Alcohol flavor is present but I'm surprised that it is 12%. Mouthfeel is so smooth that it is easy to drink this 750ml in one sitting (I've pretty much finished mine off while writing this short review). Flavor is large but not obnoxius. This is a great stout.

Thanks Bashiba for passing this one along. I owe you one. (839 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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