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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,804
Reviews: 1,401
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 756
Gots: 1,350 | FT: 130
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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Photo of blabaer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

blabaer, Oct 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

mkennedy119, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Skunkdrool, May 31, 2013
Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

prisdefer, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Booner818, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Quackus
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev -8.9%

schmidtmattsays, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of SuperHop18
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

SuperHop18, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

BigGingDrinker, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of rjp217
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

IS with coffee version poured into a tulip glass. No bottle date found...

A - Pitch black with a full frothy one finger head. Nice lace left around the glass throughout. Perfect looking stout

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, toasted marshmallow

T - Follows the nose. Has a milkshake type quality. The 12% ABV sneaks up on you ever so slightly. I would recommend splitting this between friends.

M - Very frothy, milky, creamy. Rolls off the palate ever so smoothly. Follows with a bitter aftertaste

O - This is an excellent stout. I only wish I knew the bottle date because of the coffee being added. I would love to compare a fresh bottle and aged bottle. I've heard good things and this lives up to the hype

rjp217, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of PatandDavid
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

David and I shared a bottle of the 2006 version at Redbones. My review is all over the map, I think one of the reasons as this one would most likely benefit with some ageing (it's actually recommended to do so on the bottle). Initial impression after the bottle was opened was that it was a boozy monster with a syupy mouthfeel. I was actually a little nervous and thought, I hope some of our fellow bar patrons can help us finish the bottle if we aren't able to. Well, guess what, we had no problems finiishing the bottle, so let's see what we had. Poured into tulip glasses, it had a nice coal black color with mahogany highlights in the light. I loved the deep rich coffee crema head, but it dissipated and only left me with some small skim coat on the sides. The aroma was initially boozy, but as we became accostomed to it, the coffee came to the fore, and some depth was provided by some stone fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel was initially syrupy, however as we made our way through the bottle, it became rougher, with fine prominent carbonation. Tastewise, there's a ton of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted notes from both. I enjoyed it, and it did become easier to drink as we made our way through the bottle. Actually did not feel intoxicated at the end, but that's where a big meal, and tons of water help out. Would love to try again in six months.

PatandDavid, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of andrewinski1
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Nice 2 finger thick creamy mocha colored head. The lacing is super sticky. I can't imagine one better looking than this.

The battle between coffee and fruity aromas is barely one by the latter. A hint of dark cherry is noticed. Nice chocolatey undertones.

Well starts out nice and chocolatey and finishes with a huge coffee bitterness. This is dryer than I expected, aiding its drinkability.

Thick, creamy, velvety, perfection. The mouthfeel in big stouts is key, and this hits spot on.

A great beer. I should sip this, but I'm not sure I'll be able to.

andrewinski1, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought a bottle back from San Diego to share with my man Kiddwhiz, poured to NBB Globe the beer arrives a deep dark black, with black edges, looks like motor oil, thick. 1.5 finger tan head, excellent retention and lacing. Really looks great. The nose is a pleasant blend of roast, coffee, bakers chocolate, without even a hint of the alcohol. The flavor builds upon the nose with an initial rush of the roast and coffee. The chocolate mellows the beer out well. Mildly bitter with a hint of heat, but very appealing. Smooth and creamy, viscous. Full bodied and well carbonated. The flavors linger forever, terrific. Overall, this beer lived up to the hype from the bottle shop in Escondido, wish I had more!

hopfacebrew, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

johnyb, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers, but was purchased in 2011

A: Pours a viscous opaque black with 1 fingers width of espresso colored head. Moderately good retention down to a thin film, leaves a decent amount of patchy lacing.

S: Big aroma, dark fruits(fig and plum) at first then the roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate aromas come out. A subtle smokey character as well, and maybe a touch of oak, with the alcohol making itself known as the beer warms. Complex, deep, and very strong aromas. Superb.

T: The first sip is big milk chocolate with roasted malt on the backend then coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Other flavors noted are dark chocolate, bold roast coffee, a nutty character, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness, and a hint of vanilla. The alcohol starts to make itself known towards the end of the bomber, but acts as a balancing agent to add to rather than distract from the palate profile. The flavors are so strong, particularly the chocolate and coffee (this coming from someone who enjoys drinking black coffee of the boldest roast he can find). Finishes a little harsh, with the alcohol coming out pretty strong, but prior to that it was bordering on perfection so it still gains high marks.

M/D: So smooth. Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, silky smooth oily mouthfeel to let the flavors coat the palate, and a wet finish. Nice job of masking a whopping 12%ABV. Quite drinkable considering the huge flavors and big ABV.

O: Overall, what a fantastic RIS. Amazing aroma, which is backed up by a fantastic palate profile, silky smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. World class, neck and neck with the Abyss as my all time favorite RIS.

Re-reviewed on 6/22/13. Dozens of Imperial stouts later has this one is les epic than I remembered, but still excellent. Repeat rankings were:
A: 4.75
S: 4.5
T: 4.5
M/D: 4
O: 4.5
Probably a truer reflection of this beer than my overly high noob-ish rating. But for now I am going to leave the original ranking. Ill try it again soon and give it a best 2 out of 3.

zac16125, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours almost completely black, a bit of red around the edges, opaque. Small brown head settles into a thick ring, leaving some very nice lacing

S - Chocolate, Dark fruit, coffee, leather. Complex and wonderful.

T - It's a bit lighter tasting than I expected, but it's got all the elements from the nose there. It's a bit dry, and coffee is the dominant taste, but it's well balanced and very enjoyable.

M - It's just super smooth and creamy. It's fairly viscous, but not to the point where it's chewy.

D - Perhaps the only thing detracting from it's drinkability is it's alcohol content. It's pretty drinkable, has a nice warming quality to it, and the dryness of the aftertaste makes you want another sip.

ColdPoncho, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!! Well sort of... I have quite the backlog of reviews, so this is my 200th entry. Had to make it a good one:

Big props to zozo1967 for sharing this on 12/11/10 with Matt, Kyle, and I.

Pours black with a tan head that recedes to a film. Bubbles regenerate and pop at the top of the glass. The lacing is great and reminds me of morel mushroom skin! Bubbly and crazy.

The smell is surprisingly fruity for a double. Plum and dark cherry are the main fruits. I also detect some coffee and chocolate.

Gentle chocolate malts lead to lots of dark chocolate and a coffee acidity bitterness. The aftertaste of the coffee bitterness lasts forever. This is extremely flavorful.

Medium-full in the mouth and very creamy. The slight drying in the end is a perfect end to this amazing feel!

Wonderful company for the tasting lends to a very drinkable 12%. That doesn't make much sense, but this stout is excellent. That is all.

TCgoalie, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of MiScusi
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4
From a bottle. Chocolate, roast, coffee blend in aroma. Cocholate in the very end of the sip, and then sweet coffee after that in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is a pretty amazing blend of coffee and chocolate.

4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4
Served in a goblet at the Stone Bistro. Appearance was a midnight brown with a caramel colored head that had great retention. Smell was chocolate and coffee. Taste was of strong chocolate and lots of coffee for the most part with a nice mellow roasted character as well. Alcohol was well hidden. Moutfeel was thick and full, carbonation very low for a nice smooth drink.

MiScusi, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of mrmanning
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Hogtownharry, thank you sir! Pours charcoal opaque black, with a creamy mocha froth. Head is sticky and structured. Massive aroma of freshly ground coffee beans, coffee, black coffee, coffee again. Vanilla seed pod extract, black cherries, toasty roasty malts, lactic milky-ish, and lots of assertive hops. The flavour profile is completely dominated by coffee, and since I am a coffee lover, this appeals to me greatly. Flavours are chocolate covered coffee beans,strong Ethiopian black coffee, cherries and plum, with vanilla, burnt caramel, roasted malts, and some fresy hoppy bitterness. Very dry and chalky, finish, great carbo level. Way too drinkable and creamy. This was certainly a treat! Thanks so much Harry!

mrmanning, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev -8.9%

ScaryEd, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

BColton1, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

Half a finger creamy beige head. Ptich black body. dies down to a ring of foam around the edge. Oilly legs pull any lacing back into the brew.

Rich nose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate cake. A hint of dark cherries, and a whiff of alcohol. Really rich and decadent smelling.

Taste follows smell almost exactly except more of the dark cherries come through than in the nose. The coffee flavor is also really rich and complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick with lower carbonation. Really smooth. A real treat.

The coffee presence is much more complex and delicious in the fresh on tap version of this beer compared to the bottle (which is one of my favorite beers anyway). Too drinkable. Is this alcohol? Just the slightest warmth in the belly

billshmeinke, Sep 30, 2010
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 4,804 ratings.