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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

4,415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,415
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 729
Gots: 1,235 | FT: 119
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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Beezee

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-02-2013 21:36:18 | More by Beezee
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -9.1%

11-21-2011 05:09:19 | More by Callmecoon
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prisdefer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-01-2013 21:50:29 | More by prisdefer
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akttr

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-14-2012 03:20:35 | More by akttr
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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
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger orangey head, dark brown body, some lace.

Coffee in the rich, sweetish nose. Some brown sugar?

Coffee in the taste, quite nutty with rather a bit of burn. Slightly piney. Possible prune in here.

Fine mouthfeel, not too carby. Some burn though.

Good imperial stout, could probably stand aging well.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:38:32 | More by zaphodchak
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

10-07-2013 20:15:34 | More by lonewolfcry
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ant880

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

01-19-2013 16:40:36 | More by ant880
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jriggins6

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-28-2013 18:08:57 | More by jriggins6
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-09-2013 01:23:31 | More by pearljam118
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8%

06-26-2013 15:23:09 | More by ahbithwabm
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Poured like old oil that was just drained. Nice brown-tan head formed

smell - Roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses.
and coffee.

taste - Mix of what I smelled above all rolled into one. Nice warming taste of alcohol at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body

drinkability - Slow drinker for me. Something i have heard about but never got my hands on. Very rich stout. yumo.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 05:30:33 | More by auxiliary
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Large tan billowy head on a black as night beer.

Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, sweet malt, and alcohol.

tastes of espresso, dark cocoa, and roasted malt. Hints of licorise as well.

Mouthfeel is full, malty sweet, with cocoa and coffee. Not cloying, but sweet.

drinkability - will finish the bottle, but anot a session beer by any stretch. Begs for more, but it'll kick your ass if you have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 05:31:38 | More by JamnesCameron
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 16:29:07 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a amber to dark tan massive head that cascades while pouring and then slowly recedes. Twangy like acidic roastiness, chocolate and a little bourbon booziness in the aroma. Taste at room temp is a soft and silky mixture of coffee and chocolate, very nice. There is also some cola flavor in the taste and some acidity in the finish as the roast flavor grows stronger and mixes with a decently dry finish. There is a small peppery bite and alcohol warmth in the finish as well. Body is medium to heavy, not overly syrupy but very rich and smooth feeling. I especially enjoyed the chocolate and roast mix of flavors that worked quite well with the body.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 02:43:59 | More by hoppymeal
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of coffee and dark roasted malts.

Taste is of coffee and sweet roasted malts. Very nicely balanced. More going on in here but will have to expand with my next bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and a dry aftertaste.

Overall, a very good beer. It is amazing that I didn't detect any of the alcohol....amazing at 12%. Glad I bought several of these...I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:17:27 | More by atigerlife
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-22-2012 20:43:53 | More by FickleBeast
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-05-2013 09:10:39 | More by HumphreyLee
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark murky bodied brew, negligible deep mahogany hues barely gleam through the slightest edge. The pour was less than heavy handed yet still managed to produce a surprisingly ample head. Nearly three full fingers before the pour hand to be cut short for fear of spilling over the top of the snifter. Cafe au lait colored head retains is stature surprisingly well and as it fades leaves the snifter slathered in moth eaten lace.

Robust aroma ignites the senses. Imposing amounts of bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malts and freshly ground dark coffee are interwoven. The initial complexity is astounding when considering we are talking of limited characteristics. The subtlety of the molasses and slight booziness lose their appeal as I am completely engrossed by the more dominate smells.

Luscious bittersweet chocolate flavor hits the palate when almost immediately overtaken by the dark roasted malt. Burnt sugar and slight char give way to a full espresso flavor with lingers on the back of the palate. A substantial bitterness is noted and rather complimentary. Incredible balance of flavor, each aspect is allowed to flourish while being held in check and not overpowering. At 12% I am shocked there is not more of a burn, beers half the size are easily more harsh.

Earlier in the day I commented about the perfection of mouthfeel provided by Ten Fidy. Speedway not only equals but surpasses. Viscous and impressive, full thick body avoids crossing over into the realm of syrupy. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation levels are low but incredibly appropriate.

The more top tiered stouts I enjoy the more I appreciate their beauty. This beer is a privilege to enjoy. Disturbingly easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticed until your head gets just a little bit lighter. I believe my bottle is still on the younger side and there is absolutely no harshness. The idea that this may smooth out more with age is absurd. I have thoroughly enjoyed many great brews this year but this one certainly leaves me in awe. A tremendous way to send out 2009. Cheers!

Once again I am very grateful to Spdkilz, a generous BA for providing this brew in trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:17:07 | More by kzoobrew
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-16-2013 18:29:18 | More by kkrez
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-31-2012 16:01:26 | More by phingdong
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throwback

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 17:40:23 | More by throwback
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2014 00:12:00 | More by MNBeer1017
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Speedway Stout

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is an inky black brew. A steady pour produce a big dark tan head. This settled to a frothy collar. Decent lacing too.

S) Quite surprised at the amount of dark fruit I got out of this aroma. In particular cherry. Less surprised at the roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T) I found the flavor to be very near the nose. The coffee is more pronounced, and the 12% ABV is also noted. Nice finish+aftertaste.

M) Not as thick as it looks, but still a very supple creamy brew. Mild carbonation here. Very smooth, with just a little alcohol tingle.

O) This is a very enjoyable and complex imperial stout. Glad to have AleSmith available in the Badger State. Glad to recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:57:29 | More by RoamingGnome
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,415 ratings.