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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 739
Gots: 1,252 | FT: 122
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 timtim

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

jet black with a dark tan head that held amazingly well and left tons of lace. this is what i want my stouts to look like. just a wonderful beer all around. coffee, followed by chocolate and earthy roasty malt in the nose. taste is superbly balanced and has a little hop kick in the finish followed by a nice warmth that ensues post finish. full bodied. insanely drinkable for being as high abv as it is. one of my favorite breweries of all time. beyond good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:07:45 | More by timtim
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-21-2014 01:35:47 | More by curlybird
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2013 13:47:50 | More by midlifec
Photo of Gushue3


4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Philly for this beer.

A. Pours dark brown and has an enormous brown head. Great retention thats very foamy. Body is black and has a few carb bubbles sitting on the side of the glass

S. Big coffee bean roast and sweetness. Somewhat bitter.

T. Coffee bean roast with sone sweetness behind it. Chocolate interlaced with the coffee. Theres some sweet dark feuits comming through as it warms up. Finish is slightly bitter roast that lingers a bit.

M. Nice full bodied feel with minimal carbonation, the way i like my stouts.

O. Nice beer here. Didnt really floor me bit i may have had too high expectations but maybe they were a little too high?. But either way, nice beer that i could get more often.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:24:03 | More by Gushue3
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

08-21-2012 23:24:46 | More by vicsju1991
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-16-2014 17:45:25 | More by Booner818
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-24-2014 19:48:12 | More by ThreeFishes
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-02-2013 23:08:07 | More by fehrminator
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-23-2011 19:57:41 | More by mmcnaughton
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

12-18-2012 00:56:00 | More by Goldfishman
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2014 00:12:00 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2013 15:23:09 | More by ahbithwabm
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-02-2013 21:36:18 | More by Beezee
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-04-2013 23:22:55 | More by AOShabaz
Photo of BlindPig


3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured black. Little head that faded quickly. Smell had a bit of coffee with other aromas I couldn't pin point. Couldn't smell to much alcohol if any though. Taste was quite good. Wasn't in your face of coffee but the aftertaste was. It was quite bitter at the same time (which is a big plus in my book). Chocolate came through quite a bit also. The mouthfeel was smooth and oily. It was very thick and low carbonation. I'm not a big fan of stouts due to the coffee flavor. I could easily drink it though but no more than half a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 19:26:36 | More by BlindPig
Photo of Lunch


4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle acquired in a trade with davidsk (Thanks man!) into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/30/10).

A: Pours an extremely dark and mildly thick motor oil black with a lighter than expected two-finger head with nice retention leaving some sticky lace.

S: Potent aroma of coffee and roasted malt with just a faint hint of dark, bitter chocolate. A one dimensional, but very solid.

T: Coffee is certainly the dominating force with this Imperial Stout and it does so in a very effective way. Seems quite fresh with some espresso-like qualities with a great degree of roasted malt and some hints of chocolate in a dark and bitter form.

M: I must say that the mouthfeel was a bit thin at times with slightly hire than expected carbonation. Medium-bodied, but lacked some thickness and viscosity.

D: Quite easy to drink especially for a 12% Imperial Stout.

To be honest, I felt a bit let donw from this beer, but it was still quite enjoyable just not nearly what I expected from an Imperial Stout with such a high ranking. Solid beer, just did not live up to the hype for me. Thanks again David!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 17:29:34 | More by Lunch
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4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark black. Nice tan head formed at the top that dissapated and left a nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells super toasty malts and coffee. Lots of coffee. Slightly sweet too.

Tastes wonderful. Lots of coffee and extra toasted malts. Almost some charred tasting malts. Semi tobacco taste too.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It is surprisingly not that thick and goes down smooth.

A very tasty brew. I am glad I have easy access to this brew. I will drink this alot of times as long as I have access to it. I feel I could session this brew too because it us not too heavy. But watch out the ABV will hit you because you don't really realize your drinking a 12% ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 07:08:19 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.75/5  rDev +8%

10-05-2013 01:32:01 | More by tsauce2
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3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

11-16-2013 04:48:19 | More by Adkins1203
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-25-2013 12:07:21 | More by mwbrady12
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-14-2012 03:20:35 | More by akttr
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-21-2011 05:09:19 | More by Callmecoon
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a nice 60°f temp.

A- Very dark with a two finger tan head. Nice looking lacing in the glass.

S- The smell is very potent from a two foot distance. I can smell a bourbon smell from that distance. Upon closer sniffing, I can smell toffee, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, anise, and the plethora of other good smells one would find when smelling a great Imperial Stout.

T- Coffee taste is very friendly, not too over powering and not too bittering like some stouts with coffee. The abv gives quite the tingle on the tongue when the brew escapes down your throat. A very warming feel. Some of the other smells that are listed above are very subtle when it comes to the tasting. It is nice and pleasant.

M- The feeling I get is sort of oily, but a thin oily feel, not a thick one like motor oil.

D- I feel this is a good drinking beer. Goes down smooth and feels good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 02:19:09 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of chcfan


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Dark as Charlie Murphy with a minimal tan head and a small amount of lacing.

Aroma of very dark roast coffee, with roasted malt and chocolate.

Tastes like a prototypical smooth, strong coffee stout.

Nice, thick mouthfeel. A little bit of alcohol warmth, but really not harsh at all for 12%. This bottle is not dated, but I would assume it's in the neighborhood of a year old, possibly 6-9 months.

Apparently, Alesmith is coming to my area soon, and I can't wait because I really love Speedway. It's a little pricey, but worth it every know and then.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 01:46:41 | More by chcfan
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This exits the bottle in languid drip that rouses itself to a half hearted attempt at liquidity, finally filling the snifter with an almost black, almost opaque beauty of a petroleum pour that is topped by an incessant and brown one-finger head of thick foam that finally settles to a thick cap. If there was an imperial stout beauty contest this baby makes the finals for sure.

The smell is a full aroma of rounded yeast notes, dark caramel, roasty-toasty scents, and pulling through it all is delicious coffee. Alcohol vapors are in the back of it, and give the bouquet a warm boost.

Oh my, where to start? The taste of this is exceptionally fine. It is very full of all the wonderful flavors in the nose, but there are burnt notes in there, dark chocolate, a subtle sweetness, sort of an herbal taste as I swallow, and a finish that is pure bitter, and herbal, half-dry, and luscious. Coffee is in there strongly, blessedly, make no mistake, the clean flavor of it is in the beginning, middle, and end of the sip. But here it is a partner with all the other flavors to blend into a magnificent stout. Sort of like the overture to Nozzi di Figaro, full of soprano, baritone, alto, and basso,containing many themes which all are tied together by irony, but combined through the magnificence of a genius composer to a work that is transcendental. The "composer" of this brew is Alesmith, worthy here of comparison to Mozart. Missing completely from the flavor profile is alcohol. This stout f***ing rocks.

The feel of this belies the look. It is creamy and surprisingly light on the tongue. It looks chewy, and is quite viscous, but it is low carb, clean cling, and easy on the palate. How they accomplished this is something worth learning.

Drinkability for an Imp Stout seems moot to me, but this stout can be consumed at an extremely self-destructive pace of sipping.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 17:06:29 | More by cavedave
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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