AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,172
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 782
Gots: 1,447 | FT: 138
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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:
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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Photo of moonknight31
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Blanco
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with light brown head. Excellent lacing. Head looks almost sea-foamy. Smell is of rich chocolate immediately with coffee in the background, though weaker than I prefer in coffee stouts. Alcohol is present in the nose as well, indicating this is a very strong beer. Bitterness in the taste but still smooth. The chocolate is the first bit you get but the aftertaste is straight coffee. Some minimal grassy (that's the best way I can describe it) notes are also there. Slight charred quality as well with some hints of dark fruits and metal. No taste of the alcohol. Medium bodied, actually thinner than I expected.

Overall, this is decent for an imperial stout, but the coffee was disappointing. I actually wasn't aware of this until someone noted at the counter it was a coffee stout and was excited.'s still pretty well-made the heavy cost is somewhat offset by the fact it's a 750 and not a bomber.

Photo of wiltznucs
3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a CCB snifter. Smell is typical of a stout with malty goodness. Pours an inky black with no head. I don't pick up any coffee notes and a bit thin for my liking. A bad bottle perhaps? Overall, pretty good but better stouts can be had. If free forming I'd give it a 3.75. Overall quite nice...

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Bottled sometime last year. Managed to break the edge off the top of the bottle and drop it into the beer. This will make for a fun scavenger hunt.

Pours about as black as it gets. That said, there is still an edge of slow beading that frames the beer. Big, swelling medium brown head that leaves a boat load of lacing. A beer couldn't look much bigger than this.

Massive nose. Rich dark chocolate notes barely suffocate a toxic bitter coffee. Divine. A dessert beer to end all dessert beers. Tons of rich roasty bits... evolving coffee, dense chocolate, raisin, brown sugar, a bit of booze is buried way beneath all the dessert notes. Yum.

The coffee has definitely taken a bitter turn. What was once fresh and aromatic has turned bitter to compliment a ton of dark chocolate. Nice. Drinking at cellar temp, there is hardly a suggestion of alcohol. What's there is perfectly incorporated with the coffee and chocolate.

Hardly drinkable but what did you expect? It's about as easy drinking as a 12% imperial coffee stout could be (which, admittedly, isn't saying much).

A fantastic beer. What else can I say?

Photo of scottoale
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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 !

Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a thick black with a 1-2 finger khaki colored head. Sticks around for a few minutes before retreating to a thin covering. Leaves some real nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light barely gets through on the edges.

S: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts A lot more chocolate than I expected. Can get some of the alcohol. Certainly some hop too.

T: The coffee comes through a lot more in the taste. Still with chocolate and roasted malt but also decent hopping in the background. Real great roastiness and coffee blend that lingers after you take a sip. Booze comes out more as it warms up.

M: Creamy and velvety smooth. Not too thick of a body, but by no means thinned out. On the low end of carbonation. Real drinkable, especially considering the ABV.

Overall very impressive. Steps up to the plate with an authentic straight to the point imperial stout that has some pleasant coffee added.

Photo of SawDog505
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a midnight black, with a sticky mocha head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is roasted expresso, dark chocolate, and carmel. Taste is all about the strong expresso flavor, the nose is awesome, but can't compare to the flavor. Body is medium large, a good amount of life, a little dry, and very drinkable for the size. This is a awesome stout worthy of its place on the top 100.

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifters. Beer is pitch black and cannot see anything through it when held up to the light. A half finger of light brown khaki colored head dissipates quickly to the surface, leaving a decent amount of lacing and a lot of alcohol feet.

Nose is a fruity coffee, not a bitter dark french roast, but maybe something Kona roast style, medium roast and brewed to show off the other qualities of a good coffee. Some dark chocolate and roasted malt comes through as well, but the coffee aroma is just amazing, the best stout with coffee that I've ever smelled.

Taste doesn't not disappoint, excellent coffee flavor greets your tongue right away. Some roasted notes follows through but the coffee is the star of this stout. Slight bitterness at the back of the tongue helps mask a light alcohol taste of this six month old bottle.

Rich full bodied beer has just a very small amount of carbonation, but at 12% abv, I wasn't expecting too much carbonation. Creamy and lush on the tongue, coating the inside of your mouth with excellent flavor with each sip. The finish is medium in length, mostly a light roasted bitterness note with the chocolate, enough to remind you for the next sip but not as lasting as some barrel aged stouts.

Very good imperial stout, something I need to buy more bottles of.

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rdooley
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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..

Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapped over the neck & cap. 12% abv.

I could have sworn the bottle was brown (or black) before I poured it out...but when I noticed the bottle was actually green, I realized how damn dark this beer really was. The head was chocolate brown and left thick tan lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. The bittersweet taste of coffee beans mixed with chocolate kept the alcohol pretty well hidden, and it's truly hard to believe this is 12%..
The mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is fairly low..creamy and rich to the end.. drinkability is ok, but there's no way I'd be able to have more than one 750ml of this...I had some help from a couple friends and it still took us quite a while.

Very similar to Dark Lord..but the Lord takes the crown, in my opinion. Speedway Stout is a gigantic beer and an Imperial Stout that's well worth trying if you get the chance.

Bottle courtesy of Jetsbeer.

Photo of yeaprolly
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Bnoise11
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of udubdawg
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle

pours a nice viscous, glossy black, with a good creamy-looking but fleeting brown head. Light struggles to show even at the edges of the glass. Spotty lace over parts of the glass. Quite the looker.

Aroma is very strong, and full of robust coffee. The malt seems so heavily roasted and even charred. Wonderful. Chocolate is probably pretty strong here, but relatively speaking is in the background to the java. Really nice!

Hard to find fault with this flavor. I don't even drink much coffee, but sometimes I love it in my beer. Big coffee and chocolate flavors, plenty of charred malt and hop bitterness. Huge - there's so much flavor here! Wonderful complex sweet profile. Really carmelized and full of molasses. My palate dries from the wonderfully long and heavily roasted coffee/bitter hop finish and demands that I take another sip. I quickly acquiesce to the request.

Excellent, but not quite spectacular in mouthfeel. Still, there's little to complain about. Carbonation is soft, the texture creamy, and it's generally just about perfect. Body is on the high side of medium, but needs that extra bit of fullness to make this truly one of my favorites. I'm probably looking too hard to find fault with this one, but I'll stick with a 4.5 for now.

Definately a sipper...but I'm sipping it awfully fast! Really satisfying. Expertly hidden alcohol. Hey, what's the caffeine situation with this beer? - will I be up all night now? Whatever - it was worth it. Highly recommended!

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of tclipse
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kirok1999
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How over the top can you get? Here's the answer. Dogfishhead WWS is fantastic but totally different. No date on the bottle but judging from the age of the Wee Heavy next to it, it's at least 04. It's the 4th of July so I decided to break open the only bottle I have of this.

Appearance- Very dark and thick, dark tan head that is minimal and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Dark and sweet, coffee blasts through, caramel, coffee, nice hop presence, coffee, and coffee too.

Taste- Started at around 45 degrees for the first sip and was bowled over. Almost no carbonation, which is fine as it would only distract from the huge taste. Sweet coffee dominates till the finish, which is a decent hop note and more coffee. As it warms the sweetness and coffee become even more dominant. This is one sweet mother of a brew, not for the timid. Very close to Dark Lord, not in taste but in quality. I'm going on a buying spree soon and getting as much of this liquid gold as I can. I'm expecting a caffeine buzz pretty soon, not to mention the 12% ABV buzz which is soon to follow.

Drinkability- Absolutely love it. So over the top, but it's so smooth it just flows down with no effort at all. One of my top 5.

Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -31.7%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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