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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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4,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,499
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 740
Gots: 1,255 | FT: 121
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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4.75/5  rDev +8%

04-01-2013 02:04:41 | More by mjw1200
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood CA.

A: The beer is a pure black void, not much else to be said. Head is about 1.5 fingers and has ok retention and is dark tan. Great looking beer.

S: Heavy on the roasted malt, as expected. Very much dominated by espresso and some dark chocolate. There is a slight hint of wood in there as well as a touch of vanilla and some slight spiciness, but mostly it is roasted malt and coffee. Very nice.

T: Roasted coffee dominates, as well as a slightly burnt character and some woodiness. Nice mocha-like character with very dark bittersweet/baker's chocolate and coffee. A touch of creaminess in the middle, but finishes very strong with roasted notes.

Overall an excellent beer, and I feel great that I had the luck to run into this on tap. Definitely lives up to the hype. Definitely recommended. Cannot disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 08:45:44 | More by BucBasil
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3.33/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter - 2009 Vintage

A: Pours a deep black with ruby tinges on the side and a small dark tan head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing on the glass. I poured this pretty vigorously and it barely produced a small head...I'd like to see more than that otherwise great.

S: The nose is amazing. Roasted malt leads to a coffee aroma with vanilla and cocoa in the background. I literally said "oh my god" when I took my first whiff.

T: The taste is much different from the nose. It starts slightly sour with a lot of dark fruit and that leads to a vanilla and coffee flavor. Not as impressive as the nose led on but not bad either.

M: The feel is pretty thick and oily. Not a whole lot of carbonation which isn't a bad thing for an Impy Stout.

D: I'd like to try this again before I give my final verdict. Perhaps I'll get the new 2010 vintage and have it fresh.

I can't even imagine what the smell and taste would be on the barrel aged version...must be out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:34:55 | More by GregSVT
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2014 00:12:00 | More by MNBeer1017
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +8%

07-19-2014 23:19:02 | More by BigGingDrinker
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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

05-10-2014 17:06:48 | More by craft_shannie
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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 750 ml capped and foil wrapped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured an inky black body that looked chunky when it came from the bottle. It presented a nearly 2 finger head that was dark brown and receded slowly to a nice cover over the liquid. It laced nicely clinging even curtains to the side of the glass.

S: It hit the nose with a shot of straight black espresso then offered bakers chocolate and hints of smoky nuts and dark fruits.

T: The roasted malts had a smokey and nutty flavor that came from the nearly burnt malts. The coffee flavors were distinct and more pronounced early. After sitting the chocolate and dark fruits came more into play.

M: IT is full bodied with a thick presence on the tongue and a very warm and clean finish. Nearly no carbonation.

D: It is a bit heavy and has a touch too high an ABV to be a session brew...but it is a great RIS...one worth having....and even more so one worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 03:11:51 | More by dnichols
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

01-16-2013 21:49:22 | More by jbuddle
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

07-06-2013 14:31:58 | More by Andreias21
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

04-06-2014 04:07:13 | More by RayUF07
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-31-2013 18:20:45 | More by leschkie
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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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4.08/5  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%

06-24-2014 19:48:12 | More by ThreeFishes
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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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4.75/5  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
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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
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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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-14-2012 03:20:35 | More by akttr
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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
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,499 ratings.