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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 745
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 131
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2013 04:50:55 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

05-16-2013 03:24:07 | More by Boilerfood
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

05-10-2014 17:06:48 | More by craft_shannie
Photo of DaveHS


4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

A-Deep mocha brown/black with a thin ring of cappuccino colored head and moderate, sticky lacing.

S-Cold coffee, pretzels, baking chocolate, condensed milk sweetness.

T/M-Very rich and roasty coffee flavor, kept in check by subtle chocolate sweetness. Soft, lush, mouth coating. Full bodied. Alcohol is hidden well, but still provides a pleasant thinness on the back end.

D-One of the best uses of coffee beans in an imperial stout. Top notch.

02-13-2011 05:36:36 | More by DaveHS
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-06-2013 19:57:20 | More by topdown
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-09-2013 21:08:20 | More by xdefeatsy
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-25-2013 22:22:29 | More by johnyb
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

02-06-2014 15:07:08 | More by rdooley
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

05-11-2012 22:57:17 | More by wdarcy77
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-15-2013 05:40:09 | More by wyatt13
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New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%

A bottle I received as a gift from a friend doing a cross country trip. This was bottle in April of 2013 and cellared for six months.

The beer makes a big chugging sound as it pours from the bottle and pours dark as night. The head appears a bit delayed in forming, but then builds up a crest of about two fingers of foam. The foam is bubbly and thin.

The smell is simply delightful and offers a lot to contemplate. Surprisingly, the first notes I get are those of sweet dark fruit like raisins, prunes and dates. Coffee, chocolate and maltiness intermingle beneath the fruit aroma and a sweet caramel or toffee pops up too. On smell alone this beer has me blown away.

The coffee finally hits you as you'd expect on the taste, coming in with an initial roast been flavor that cedes to the sweet fruitiness reminiscent of red wine and malt profiles.

The mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth and creamy and aside from a slight burn and coffee bitterness at the finish, this beer drinks smooth and easy.

A great beer this is and I'm determined to track down more and get a hold of some of the variations.

11-02-2013 02:14:56 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

01-23-2014 23:40:59 | More by Casey3236
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

08-19-2014 01:19:07 | More by DerrickW
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Speedway pours with a nice big billowy just off white head with sheets of lacing. Big coffee mild chocolate aroma. The taste is mildly roasty with lots of coffee and a bit of sweetness. There is also some coco that emerges as it warms. The alcohol is really well hidden. Smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly light for such a big beer. Really awesome beer.

07-17-2011 04:52:19 | More by Agold
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

08-17-2014 01:18:49 | More by hayesjw
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-24-2014 07:51:38 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of azdback


4.4/5  rDev 0%

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. A deep all light sucking black color. No hint of a highlight on this. Head is a massive three fingers and dark mocha color with a velvety smooth texture. Head does recede quickly to reveal a beautiful lace that is sticking from the get go and going do so all the way to the end.

Smell is dark roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and charred wood. There is a hint of the huge amount of alcohol too but very subtle.

Taste is amazing. Lots of roasted flavors of wood, coffee and malts. There is also some great milk chocolate flavors here as well. Some molasses and dark brown sugar sweetness are there too. I also get a hint of alcohol from the taste like I did from the nose.

Mouth is smooth and velvety with delicate and creamy carbonation. Body is full and heavy and the finish is everlasting and very wet.

Overall I love this beer. I am lucky enough to be within AleSmith's distro so I have been able to enjoy this for years. This is the first time I have put my thoughts to paper though. I must remark that this is very smooth and fairly easy drinking for a 12% brew. It warms well and just keeps getting better.

03-11-2012 04:36:55 | More by azdback
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, Speedway is almost black, with a thin off-white head and almost no lace. The smell is almost all roasted malt and mocha, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone. The true beauty of this stout comes out in it's flavor. The coffee is very prominent, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and molasses. The mild hop bitterness shines through on the finish. Speedway Stout is not as full-bodied as I expected it to be, despite it's 12% ABV. It is medium bodied, and very drinkable. It could be dangerous to those who taste this beer and crave more.

11-01-2008 04:20:27 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Got 2 bottles of this, one from BA Tanger in the Secret Santa BIF, and another from a previous trade with BA jstassi. Thanks Joey and Jon!

Silver foil removed, cap cracked. Poured into a pint glass, this is pitch black and thick as motor oil. Sort of has a lack of head, but there is some brown sugar colored head. Leaves lacing on what little head is produced.

The nose is very strong, almost barrel aged. I was expecting much more coffee, but I got a more woody character. I get woody and vanilla like characters that I would assume came from barrel aging...but I'm fairly certain this wasn't -bal aged. Anyways, huge malt backbone, bitter chocolate and dark fruits come to mind. Bit booze character, definitely up there at 12%.

The taste is just like the nose, but even less coffee. For a beer that advertises it's brewed with coffee right on the bottle I'm a little disappointed. Then again, this bottle could be 2 years old, who knows, I can't find vintage information on the bottle anywhere. Alcohol isn't as noticable in the taste as it was the nose. Huge malt character, sweet and bitter, toasted malts, bitter chocolate, light coffee, molasses, vanilla, so complex.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick. It coats your mouth much like it coats the glass. Lingering bitter aftertaste is washed away with heat as it goes down my throat. Drinkability is great. I actually had no problem finishing the 750 myself.

Overall, a solid Imperial Stout. I wish there was a higher coffee portion, but I still enjoy this none the less. I think more time on this bottle would have made it better, so thankfully I have a second!

12-09-2009 08:11:36 | More by Mistofminn
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-10-2012 20:53:37 | More by sludgegnome
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2013 13:47:50 | More by midlifec
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Pours opaque deep black with a tiny khaki head, that receeds very quickly.

S - Fresh Coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, carmel and chocolate as it warms.

T - Roasted barley's and malt with a good dose of chocolate, sweet bitter coffee ,some slight char flavor, hints of anise as well, great tasting stout.

M - Medium carbonation with a dry finish

O - Great beer that I got lucky to get my hands on being in NYC. Another strong beer from AleSmith.

09-26-2011 15:12:24 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-13-2013 01:10:15 | More by appetiteforparis
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

This poured from the bottle a deep light absorbing black. Virtually no head developed on the top of the beer. The aroma is a great blend of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, mild coffee, and burnt toffee. The flavor has a ton of the chocolate covered cherries. Rich dark espresso, and a finish of orange from the hops. This has a smooth rich mouth feel. Amazing drinakibility although there is a mild alcohol warming. This is a world class stout.

12-19-2005 00:48:57 | More by carln26
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3.63/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured from a 750ml foil topped bottle into a snifter glass. This one was ages maybe 2 years.

A: A jet black with a 2 finger medium brown head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Dark roastiness and coffee with dark chocolate and dark fruit smells. Sweetness is picked up along with some alcohol.

T: The roasted malt flavor starts off. As the beer warms, more of the coffee flavors come through with a decent amount of milk chocolate moreso than the dark chocolate. Funny because I smelled the darker choc but it is sweeter on the flavor. The fruits are prunes and some cherry with some soy sauce flavor. Not as much coffee as I thought, but as I said this was aged probably close to 2 years so that could affect it. The huge caramel sweetness turns sugary at finish and lingers. No hops detected at all.

M: Full, coating, sweet and cloying after awhile.

O: A sweeter stout for sure that got sweeter on warming and I honestly found it a struggle to finish the bottle. This is highly rated but I just didn't get it personally.

I love a good Impy Stout, but this one missed the mark for me. It seemed a bit too cloying sweet with no balance of hops to keep the sweetness down. A well crafted beer for sure, just not my type of Impy Stout that I really enjoy.

04-25-2011 13:22:03 | More by Kadonny
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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