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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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3,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 3990
Reviews: 1372
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite a total lack of 'hiss' upon prying the cap and a remarkably lifeless looking pour, a bounteous and deep brown head blossomed in the time it took me to inspect the label. Though not all of it held up, a good chunk of it remains splattered across the glass. The black liquid beneath it looks as solid as marble and could not possibly be any darker.

The aroma showcases enough coffee that I can already feel my right eye starting to twitch and my left foot starting to tap at hummingbird speed. There's enough alcohol that my blood feels to be thinning out just through contact with the fumes. Mind you, it all comes across as incredibly delicious and overwhelmingly decadent. Gentlemen, start you engines!

Blindfolded, I might guess that I was fed some kind of 95% dark cocoa chocolate-infused coffee. There isn't much roasted grain but rather an astringent, oily coffee flavour as well as a sooty, bitter cocoa taste. It's actually a bit thin-bodied, albeit immensely flavourful. It possesses hints of vanilla and splintering wood spice normally found in barrel-aged offerings.

My first few times having Speedway Stout I was hung up on the beer's apparent strength, a decidedly 'hot' characteristic that can be almost inevitable when dealing with alcohol in the 12% range. That quality never seems to fade entirely, although even limited aging will smooth it out. I don't recommend excessive aging, however, as the beer doesn't have the breadth of malt that do many other stouts in its category.

Short of traveling to Ethiopia, seeing a lady handpick the beans, roast them in a pan in front of your eyes, ground them by mortar and pestle and then have you drink them from a traditional clay and straw pot, Alesmith Speedway Stout is probably the most unique and decadent coffee consumption experience you're bound to have. Although acquiring a bottle can be a hassle, whatever the price, it's still cheaper than a plane ticket to Africa!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:22:34 | More by biegaman
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grassrootsvt for sharing this bottle...
Appears a pitch black with a dark tan head that slowly fades out. Plenty rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is roasty, with caramel, coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas maybe toned down slightly in a nicely contained mix that is addictive.
Mouthfeel is sweet, full bodied, with coffee bitterness and sugary complexities.
I really enjoyed this. The only problem was that the 12% abv was well noticable, which makes this more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 18:04:28 | More by weeare138
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tap version of this excellent beer has started to show up in the SEPA area, which is a pleasure to see.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get considerable coffee, vanilla, light leather and chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent beer, with the vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors dominating. The is moderately sweet, but with a hint of coffee grounds and light bitterness in the finish (that helps to balance the sweetness). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, slightly gritty finish.

I think I prefer the bottled version, but regardless, this is still a delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 15:03:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as hell, small roast coffee brown head forms, great lacing and legs on this one. Smell is floral hops, coffee, slight alcohol, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate coffee roast, hoppy floral middle, sweet malt and a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily, very thick, really dry, carbonation is low. I'm indebted to you for this one DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 17:06:10 | More by Viggo
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4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Well damn. Just when I thought I knew what my favorite stout in the world was. Going into the end of my second bottle, its all up in the air.

How many ways can you say thick jet black w/ cherry cola head appearance. Amazing lacing, retention, even keeps the tan and red head stuck to the side of the glass after the black liquid is long gone.

Big chocolate and coffee nose. Boozy for sure. That will really be your last impression of booziness.

Taste, immaculate, you won't know 12% was the abv. Thick, no bad aftertaste, just mild coffee melded with a big chocolate malt roast (no bitterness or astringency to it). Just enough sweetness to make it smoother, without sweetness being a hallmark flavor that makes this beer. It never fades, even to the last sip. So coating, every drop, mouthfeel never stops, never fades, you just get sip after sip of heaven. This was drank Saturday, in 90 degree weather around the pool. Yeah, not what many would consider ideal conditions to drink a stout.

IMHO, don't worry about anything else, this stout makes the conditions around you ideal. I wouldn't argue with you if you said this was the best stout in the world.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 21:33:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer literally glugged out of the bottle. In the glass, it looks black. Very black. Black Hole black. Ink black. A tight yet bubbly brown brown head of minimal height graces the surface and recedes to a thin coating gradually. Big chocolate, java, cocoa powder on the nose. Also get a whiff of some milky sweet lactic tones. And some dark, roasted malts come to mind as well. Great nose. The mouthfeel is oh so creamy, but the body isn't as viscous as I like Imperials to be. It's about medium-full. Maybe a little better. I'd rather it was full with no question about it. Good nonetheless, just not exceptional. Upon tasting, I ask, "This can't be 12% a/v, can it?" It's hidden very nicely. The every so slight ethanol I do detect blends beautifully with the roasted bitterness and burnt malt tones of this beer. The chocolate qualities are delicious....as are the coffee tones. I love an Imperial Stout with a big bitterness and this one has it. Lovely. Burnt malt bitterness. Hop bitterness. Oh yeah. This one is a gem.

Thank you Sir Bum for the Liquid Gold.

I'm gonna go fold kids' clothes now. And I'll have a great time doing it with this beer to accompany me.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 04:15:47 | More by Bighuge
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alesmith Speedway Stout

Pours a jet black color with a mocha colored head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. In the taste, premium coffee with a little residual bitterness. Roasted malts are heavy. Mild anise like notes arise, coupled with coffee and roasted malts give it a refined "classic" stout taste but more vivid and lively than most. Full bodied feel, smooth, and very easy to drink despite the big abv. I would like to have a few of these in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:45:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with no visible highlights and a dark brown head. Beautiful lacing and good retention, though the pour left the head a little thin. Also apparent were "legs" from the higher abv, especially when the beer was swirled. Plenty of different malts in the aroma, balanced roast, coffee, milk chocolate, a bit vinous with light hoppiness and dried fruits. Light hop bitterness peeks through the powerful maltiness, with a good deal of roasted and coffee bitterness, dark chocolate and fruit. Coffee really shines in the dry, roasted finish. Full body, slick and oily, very fine bubbles from the low carbonation. Alcohol only makes itself known in the warmth at the finish. This was a real treat and a world class stout. I'll be looking for more of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:13:40 | More by DrJay
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Hollingshead in CA.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, creamy dark chocolate, and fresh coffee. The coffee was a bit less intense than I remembered from the bottle.

Tastes great. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined quickly by understated unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors. The sip ends with a small amount of hop flavor that quickly becomes more evident with a crisp bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very creamy thickness with just the right level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the main difference in the tap version is the strongness of the coffee flavors. The hops may have been a bit more biting as well. Anyhoo, either version is recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 20:42:18 | More by glid02
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District of Columbia

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

Alesmith Speedway Stout is opaque black, except for a tiny hint of brown at the top of the liquid when held up to the light. A thick beige head sits atop the blackness and leaves ample lacing in its wake. Aromas consist of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Upon the first sip, I notice everything in the aroma is present and accounted for, but there is also a slightly lactic, bitter note, perhaps from the coffee beans. The feel is very smooth and creamy, with an ever so slight warming burn in the finish. Great beer. The 750ml bottle is perfect for splitting a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 15:50:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, what a site the paradigmatic deep and dark brooding monster of a beer sitting in it’s chalice, the perfectly sized head lovely in its chocolate brown coat with a creamy rich texture. As the head slowly and painfully dissolves, it leaves a sensuous covering of fine lace to caress the glass. Aromatic is the nose with its aromas of Starbucks coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted grain, and a most exquisite nose it is. Fully malt sweet at the start, the top thick and chewy, the finish perfectly hopped, pleasingly acidic, sweet chocolate dry after taste that is also alcohol bitter as the 12 percent ABV makes it’s presence felt on your palate and as it warms “Tummy” in a quite pleasing manner. Personally I class this “Stout” as “World Class", and another "Magnificent Beer" from a “World Class Brewery”, which much to my delectation will be available here quite soon, hopefully by Christmas as my stash is gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 05:31:49 | More by Gusler
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4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on Nitro pour at Al's of Hampden served in a snifter.

The color is black as pitch with small medium brown cap with ultra fine bead, the head returns with a swirl and retreats again. Clarity is opaque and lace sticks decently. The smell is luscious dark chocolate mixed with espresso and some vanilla with light hints of dark sugar. The feel is very good, not bad on Nitro with thick viscous creamy body and mild alcohol with subtle bitterness and smooth roast essence, the finish is medium dry.

The flavor is rich like brownie batter with spiked coffee and vanilla with slight rum-like dark sugar tinge. The flavor of the coffee is well blended with the smooth mildly sweet dark malt which is slightly cocoa-like and has a hint of earthy peppery hops to back up the light caramel. Overall I loved this and didn't want to stop, but alas a 12% stout that is this drinkable is dangerous. I think this is one of the best of this style a must try if you can get it on tap or in this case Nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-07-2012 14:17:19 | More by Slatetank
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4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You know, I could have traded for this but picked some up in MA. Turns out, it's sold in VT now. Lucky break. I can buy more if I like it.

Pours the perfect shade of black with a thin brown head into my glass. Can't see for shit, which tells you that they value quality.

Very roasty with a awe-inspiring dose of cocoa. Very desirable. Sweet on the nose.

Lots of roasted coffee that mingles with cocoa, booze and a bit of cream. Despite the strength, the alcohol is a supporting player here. This bodes very well for the style. In the case of an imperial stout, drinkability is key and you sometimes have to wait years to get that.

Lingering cocoa and cream notes here. Very nonchalant. It's not trying to hit you over the head here. If anything, it's comparable to DFH Worldwide Stout in the drinkability department.

Go for it! As for the naysayers that complain about it lingering on shelves? At 12%, is that a bad thing? This is the kind of beer that is only supposed to get better with age!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:53:05 | More by Brad007
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light tan head that is merely moderate. Lacing is mostly absent. The smell has deep roated malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate aromas as well as atouch of vanilla at the finish along with a deep bitterness. The taste exhibits that same deep bitterness, particularly on the finish. Dark fruit and bitter chocolate are prevalant along with a nice creaminess in the flavor and mouthfeel. A tiny bit of vanilla sweetness rides along with the other flavors, but it is definitely a subtext. Surprisingly drinkable given the high abv. Very, very good, but not the best RIS. I haven't had Dark Lord, but besides that my vote goes to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Regardless, Alesmith's version is wonderfull, as are so many of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 20:48:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a tulip glass. Out it comes slightly thick from the bottle dark walnut, but also typical dark walnut body. However, there is NO head at all to be made on this beer at all. Nevertheless, though the beer keeps a very large bubbled collar through out drinking. It looks like a pour of potted coffee.

A real good simple quality coffee smell. Hints of milky chocolate comes through, sweet with malty backbone. Hint of heat and roast also.

Taste is big overall. Enormous quality roast coffee with a big thickness and density. Milk chocolate feel, but none of the coffee bitter finish or astringency. Has an enormous coffee sensation more than beer. Incredible roast mellow character but malt character gets lost over time, but keeps the feel of malt chew throughout drinking.

Overall this might be the most favorite coffee style stout I have ever had, it's just great. Just solid and great!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 23:40:56 | More by smakawhat
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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith.

A: Near black in the snifter with dark brown showing at the edges. Light brown head with good retention and lacing.

S: Big coffee notes with a moderate roasted quality and a decided nuttiness. Dark chocolate is potent. Intensely aromatic.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and a dry roasted quality. There's a touch of dark fruit in there. The chocolate complements the coffee nicely. A subtle nuttiness is detectable. Alcohol flavor is noticeable in the roasted coffee rich dark chocolate finish. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level.

M: Full in body and lower moderate in carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and sticky. There's a slight astringency.

Overall: A great beer but a potent one. A small sample is all I ever need. The quality of this beer is more readily apparent when it's not apposed alongside the Kopi Luwak version.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 02:46:37 | More by HopHead84
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness snifter...

A slight aggressive pour yields almost 3 fingers of head. Wow the head is really dark, a nice mocha chocolate tan color. Nice lace rings. Amazing retention! Lasts the entire time! Color is a deep oil black... speedway.. makes sense right?

Aroma: Wow, I get a mix of fresh coffee combined with a ton of earthy hops. Damn, the coffee is mixed so well into this beer. A ton of chocolate blends in. I am diggin' the aroma. Very sweet.

Taste: Huge roasted malt flavor right of the top. Then comes the coffee, chocolate, and earthy hops. Nice toffee in the background with a touch of caramel. I am enjoying this, but it packs some heat. Hard to give it a 4.5, but it is better than a 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a little bitter. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. A little boozy here. Ends with a sticky aftertaste. Very dry.

Overall, this is a really damn good stout. Very nice coffee notes. Pretty drinkable. I really like the complexity of this one. I'd easily drink more. Keep those fresh coffee beans comin'!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 03:39:51 | More by mothman
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4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with silver foil into snifter; no bottle date, but I picked this up last fall. Pours viscous pitch black color with a nice thick and creamy 1 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, molasses, biscuit, herbal spiciness, smoke, and earthiness. Amazing aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of huge dark roasted chocolate, coffee, black roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, smoke, earthiness, vanilla, and herbal spice. Very light amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and biscuit on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible considering the 12%, with only a faint warming well after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing imperial stout brewed with coffee. Big and lush flavors; with great balance and no booziness at all considering the alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 08:27:50 | More by superspak
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a thin dark tan (almost mocha) colored head. The head reduces to absolutely nothing. Light amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Wonderful aromas of coffee and dark chocolate with subtle hints of dark roasted malts. There is that bitterness to the smell that I associate with freshly ground coffee beans (like minutes after completing the grinding).

T: Really rich flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and heavily roasted (almost burnt) malts. There are some slighter hints of oak. There is a wonderful espresso bitterness in the finish that lasts and lasts.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. Wonderful coffee aromas and flavors (something I really enjoy in a stout) make this beer top notch and one of the best coffee beers that I have had. Great beer and please let me have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:06:43 | More by dbrauneis
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Black with a tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Big aroma of chocolate, coffee & a little hop spicing.

T: Coffee, chocolate, molasses & a light fruitiness & spice. Very warming alcohol, but surprisingly not harsh.

M: Moderate body & carbonation, slightly chalky with a touch of roasted acidity. Incredibly well-attenuated for it's strength (to the point that it's almost not stout-like).

D: Insanely drinkable for its strength, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 02:09:20 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 23/4/13 cheers Rutager for the long time want

A black liquid with a dark cola edge a fingernail deep, plenty of bubbles floating up the side of the glass and they keep a two finger mocha foam going for quite a while leaving a couple partial rings followed by random patches

S all sorts of chocolate on the nose, coco, fudge, bakers chocolate and syrup, coffees hard to miss and the roast is dark, there's a little booze, smoke and charred wood but its faint, just a little over ripe plum and licorice with a slight nutty aspect, smell very rich and sexy

T the coffee I'm smelling more like burnt espresso in the mouth, much more dark roast with lots of char but not smokey, faint booze but I'd be guessing 8% not 12% so its quite well concealed, I like it but I loved the nose with more chocolate and less ultra intense roast the mouths offering

M thick and silky with just the right amount of carbonation, a little heat but less then one would expect from a beer this strong, very strong espresso and char on the finish lingers for ages and its just a little sticky on the lips

O big on coffee and chocolate and a very intense dark roast make for an intimidating brew, well concealed booze and I 'll be tasting this one tomorrow at this rate, pretty solid brew if your a coffee lover like me

No bottling date info that I can see but I'd be surprised if this ones fresh as they hide 12% pretty well, enough booze to close one eye and enough coffee to have the other wide open.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:24:51 | More by wordemupg
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into my Deschutes snifter, Speedway Stout is a pitch brownish black with a large tan head that is creamy and slow to subside, leaving heavy lace. Served at cellar temp, I put the rest of the bottle into the fridge as it smelled pretty thick. In spite of this, I had to let the first glass warm to room temp while I walked the dog, and found it to be more enjoyable when I returned.

Smell is very rich, sweet caramel and malt, with this sharp, tangy, almost almond like malty aroma that I really don't care for, like a tripel milk stout or something. Colder (and perhaps once acclimated), it's mostly chocolate and alcohol, and more enjoyable then my initial, warmer pour.

Taste is very similar to the nose, this drinks more like a 12% milk stout then coffee stout to me. Perhaps my palate is skewed since I just had a Péché Mortel yesterday, which tasted as not if not more like coffee then beer. I'm not even sure if I would have called the coffee had it not been on the label! In fact, it's more along the lines of an über export stout then an RIS. Stylistic quibblings aside, it's a good stout that steadily won me over as I worked through the bottle, although it's strength only became more apparent on the palate.

Mouthfeel is still but not as thick and heavy as one might fear from such a big stout.

Drinkability started out rather slow, I'm not sure if it was because I served the first glass a bit warm or I just needed to warm up to it. The bottom line is I went from not in the mood / disappointed to really enjoying this sucker by the time I was facing the last few gulps. I think it's better served a bit colder, rather then warmed then room temp, but is pretty good for a big stout. I'll admit it's not my favorite style, and I much prefer their barleywine and IPA. A pretty decent big stout, as a big coffee stout, not so much, um...coffee!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 05:01:14 | More by ccrida
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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

7/27/06 Update: Imperial/Russion Stout Session...10th in line for myself, expatsteve, DaPeculierDane, and Golden2wenty1. Thanks Solomon420 for the winner.

750ml bottle split with blackie, thanks to lou91 for shipping me this one and then hounding me to drink it!

appearance: pours dark as night, very near black, a chocolate brown creamy head forms with a chocolate rim

smell: rich and creamy, smooth sweet chocolate, rich and dark coffee, some licorice, faint alcohol, chocolate covered cherry, other dark fruit

taste: creamy smooth...sweet milky chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, heavy licorice taste, alcohol is present but well disguised given the high percentage, cherry and other dark fruit soaked in alcohol then covered in chocolate, nice roasty dark malt backbone, only slight bittersweet hops...This one lived up to it's billing in my opinion

mouthfeel: wonderful, silky smooth, creamy, only slightly bittersweet

drinkability: 1/2 750ml is probably about all I can take in a sitting, but its smooth enough to be considered quite drinkable for the style

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 00:06:40 | More by dirtylou
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4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade. This definitely fits the bill as a Big Beer. Pours almost sludge-like out of the champagne bottle. Thick and black with a miniscule beige head. Next to no lacing. The aroma is all roasted coffee. The body is big and bold and the flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and warming alcohol really pack a whollop. It never becomes too much though. The beer remains smooth throughout. This is one of those beers that you wouldn't know was 12% by the flavor, only by the effect. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 02:20:23 | More by Dogbrick
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while out in Cali for the Bruery Reserve Society Party earlier this year. Big thanks goes out to womencantsail for shipping this one to me after I got back home. Shared this one with funkydelic, beeruser, and dbhall. 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and subtle acidity. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and coffee acidity. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I can tell that a lot of the coffee aspect on this one had faded as it sat in my cellar. However it was still very present and quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel on this one was spot on for what I would expect from a brew of this style. Got to try this one side-by-side with BA Speedway Stout as well, but found BA to be superior due to the added woodiness and sweet alcohol aspect. Still a really good brew that I would suggest to anyone I came across.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 14:08:36 | More by thagr81us
AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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