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Speedway Stout - Hammerhead | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some would argue that Speedway Stout, easily one of the finest coffee-infused imperial stouts in the world, needs no embellishment, that this burly yet beguilingly smooth and easy-drinking beer is perfect on its own. We’re not ones to disagree, but a thirst for experimentation leads us to tinker with our recipes—even those of the highest order. In the case of Hammerhead Speedway Stout, we endeavored to maximize java intensity as baristas do with the classic coffee-house offering, the “hammerhead,” in which a shot of espresso is added to a cup of coffee. For this beer, we take our already coffee-rich Speedway Stout and add a plentiful dose of crushed Ethiopian and espresso beans. The result is a sultry, velveteen beer with eye-opening bite.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#547
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
413
pDev:
5.71%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
61
Trade:
9
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Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Republic. Poured an opaque, jet-black hue with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of rich mocha, chocolate, roasty coffee and toffee. Strong coffee flavor with chocolate, molasses and toffee.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 10/16/18
Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 11.5oz snifter, black with a broken layer of suds, thickening up at the edge and reaching up onto the glass to create a wall of lacing with small spots where it breaks up.

Smell - The aroma is simple but strong; coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of booze.

Taste - Follows the nose. Deep coffee character that's complimented by sultry dark chocolate bittersweetness. Aftertaste rings with light coffee ground earthiness and the dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low-to-fair carbonation. Silky, creamy texture that goes down smooth as hell before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Kind of a two-note beer, but those two notes run deep, and damn is it smooth and creamy. I don't know if I like it more than OG Speedway, but its certainly different.

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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duckworths Southpark 062516 Draught
So much coffee. Delicious and velvety smooth.

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4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a fat mocha head that fades to leave nice lacing and super thick blanket and legs.

S - Big aromas of fudgy chocolate and super intense coffee notes. Nutty, earthy coffee, very nice roast. Not really acrid or bitter. Super aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big bright fudgy notes. Huge dark chocolate and bakers chocolate. Almost coconut like. The coffee is excellent, nutty, earthy, rich. Light caramel, little bit of vanilla on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, silky, alcohol hidden shockingly well.

O - Overall this was a very solid coffee stout. Just excellent beer with stupendous coffee notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud, 2018
Pours a giant pillowy off-white thick frothy head that never seems to fade, great retention and lacing too, pitch black beer, no light getting through that, super dense legs too

Nose is great from a couple feet back, nose is loads and loads of fudge and coffee, freshly roasted coffee and espresso, earthy nutty coffee, some caramel and nougat sweetness mixed with loads of dark chocolate and fudge, flash of vanilla, earthy baker's chocolate, roasted coffee and roasted malts but not burnt acrid roast, a nice balance, sweet smelling

Taste starts a bit sweet, with loads more fudge, some coffee although not as much as the nose had, freshly roasted coffee beans and some brewed coffee out front, good roast flavor without burnt or acrid again, thick dark chocolate, earthy baker's chocolate and heavy heavy fudge, raw cocoa bean fruity and earthy notes, smooth rich creamy malt base, very little alcohol with a touch of tingle later, some espresso later with earthy nutty coffee notes, a flash of raw vanilla again as well, mild bitterness mostly from roasted coffee and some roast, raw chestnuts on the back of the tongue

Mouth is med to fuller bod, thick rich velvety creamy with decent carb and only a touch of tingly booze, maybe not quite as heavy as something like original Chocolate Rain, maybe the only thing preventing a 5

Overall this was incredible, only a few points away from being phenomenal

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivyman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grapeshops
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppie82
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Two different experiences. Once it was a good bit of coffee with some cinnamon and gingerbread man at the end. The other time was loads more coffee (no gingerbread/cinnamon thing) and the end tasted like burnt coffee, which was unpleasant.

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Photo of ccozzi
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spark3148857
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a creamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around there edge of the glass

S- bold aromas of espresso with some earthy notes, along with dark mocha cream & charred malt. Undertones of vanilla and a bit of floral notes popping out of the coffee

T- dark roasted malt up front mixes with bold notes of espresso, that adds both earthy and floral elements. Mid-palate brings out some notes of chocolate & vanilla cream. The finish brings out more bitter espresso and chocolate

M- heavy viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continued into a silky, velvety, warming finish, perfect mouthfeel

O- another solid Speedway variant, only downside is that it seems a bit more dimensional compared to some of the other variants.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Speedway Stout - Hammerhead from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 413 ratings