AleSmith Speedway Stout - Nibs & Beans | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DarthKostrizer on 11-13-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
74
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.38%
 
 
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 74
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Photo of dwagner003
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Typical Speedway pour. Black in the glass, but pours a bit thin. Smell is a tons of coffee, with some additional chocolate notes and a lot of sweet vanilla. Taste is very sweet (not overly), with a lot of vanilla and a great, rich coffee finish. Very easy to drink for 12%.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at York River Landing.
Black color, small tan head.
Chocolate aroma. Nutty, some fruit.
Sweet chocolate taste. Nuts. Raisins.
Medium-bodied, sweet taste.

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Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although a good tasting beer, served in a four ounce glass four six bucks... Not worth the price. Would pay that four bourbon barrel aged.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

This is a heavenly trip for lovers of chocolate. This has incredible notes that can only be described as gooey, rich, fudge brownies just out of the oven. Complementary to the chocolate is a touch of roast and a bit of earthy sweetness, but the chocolate aromas coming from this beer are simply spectacular.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. The chocolate flavors throughout are authentic, rich, deep, layered and complex. This is perhaps the most chocolate flavor in a stout I've ever had.

Thick, oily, luscious, decadent mouthfeel.

An incredible variation of Speedway Stout, though I still prefer the coconut and vanilla variation just a bit more.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of whatname
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Flaherty's Three Flags Inn in Macedon, NY.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells way more chocolatey than the regular Speedway, which is not all that surprising. It's got a really wonderful deep chocolate flavor, both reminiscent of cocoa powder, and true Belgian dark chocolate. There's the rich coffee aroma as well, but no vanilla on the nose.

The coffee takes a bit of a backseat, but it's still there, and still delicious as it always is in Speedway. The vanilla takes an even further backseat, as there's only a slight hint as it warms up a bit. This is still richly roasty and deep like the base, with slight fruitiness. Like stated above for the aroma, the chocolate on this is super intense and nice.

This is medium bodied, doesn't seem quite as thick as the regular Speedway. It's pretty creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

It's Speedway, so it's gonna be good. This is however not the absolute best of the many Speedway variants I've tried. I'd take the base, Vietnamese, BA Vietnamese, and Hammerhead over this, but this is somewhere after those.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On cask @ the source for the Grand Pre during SDBW. Cocoa nibs and Vanilla beans.

A: Pours black with a lingering dark mocha head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Boozy notes with rich, dark chocolate and faint vanilla.

T: Prominent alcohol heat is surprising, perhaps from the cask. Some vanilla on warming and melds well with the cocoa.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich and very creamy with a smooth coating finish.

O: A bit too much boozy for me, but the mouthfeel was great.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Briens night of a million zillion speedways

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and great retention and some nice circular lacing

Smell: Very unique cocoa nibs that create a fantastic chocolate brownie smell

Taste: The chocolate character in this beer might be the best chocolate notes I have ever had in a beer. Just perfect

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and a silky smooth feel that is just fantastic

Overall: Along with the vanilla coconut variation is my favorite variation of speedway they took a great base beer and made it exceptional

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Photo of Eman17
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cask during SDBW at Alesmith, reviewed from notes.

A- Poured from a cask but really wouldn't know it from the apperance. Midnight black with a dark head with good retention. Thick, creamy ring deposits nice lacing.

S- Decent amount of vanilla and cocoa lend more of a dessert feel than the usual Speedway but the vanilla isn't quite as well done as other brews using it. Maybe a bit too much or the type of vanilla, not really sure. Reminds me of decadent muffins in a way. Roasty, cocoa Speedway base.

T- Cocoa and vanilla here too but not the best I have experienced in stouts, the vanilla isn't as smooth as say Aphrodite but the cocoa powder feel is on par with any great chocolate beer. Some dark fruit comes out and detracts from the great brew a bit.

MF- Low carbonation cask body. Thick oily feel as usual but the lower amount of bubbles hurts just a bit for me.

The cocoa is great but the vanilla falls a bit short for me. Still a brew I would recommend trying but comparing to other Speedways I have had it is not my favorite.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMothaLova
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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