AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway Stout - HammerheadAleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead
BA SCORE
99%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 384 ratings
AleSmith Speedway Stout - HammerheadAleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by BMMillsy on 11-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#437
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
384
Liked:
380
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
5.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
62
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 384 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I thought this was a spectacular coffee stout, probably in my top 5. Surpringly enough, it is not the best Ethiopian coffee stout I've had, but top 2. I think Would stray towards the Ethiopian coffee stouts. I think the coffee bean adds to the flavor well in most stouts, but also this the bean adds to the body and mouth feel of the beer!

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

Picked up a bottle at new brewpub during Beer safari with my son when visiting SD. Yet another outstanding Speedway variant. Enjoyed the slightly more jagged coffee bite accompanied by the Ethiopean beans deep coffee flavor. Nice job! ...again :)

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Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful Speedway variant that'll really open your eyes. The caffeine that's in this must be off the charts - I wish my boss was cool enough that I could drink this in the morning instead of coffee.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep brown body with a light coffee colored head that reduces to a ring of foam and leggy lacing.

Aromas of coffee and espresso, roasted malt and a lightly metallic aroma that I get in all speedway variants. Light booze on the nose. Aromas stay the same as it warms up.

On the tongue is a good amount of freshly ground coffee, milk chocolate, finishing with bittersweet chocolate and leaving a roasty coffee flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a nice silkyness, medium low carbonation.

Overall my favorite non-barrel aged speedway stout variant. Good coffee flavor.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $26.00
Purchased: March 8, 2016
Consumed: April 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: Bottled in Feb. 2016

Bought this way back in March of 2016 for a trading partner in Colorado. We weren’t going to be able to meet up, however, and I got to have it all to myself. Gave it a 4.50 and called it “marvelous” back in March of 2016 with a 4-oz. taster. Hopefully this review follows that lead.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. No bubbles underneath, a very serene setting. Excellent spotty foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, espresso, anise, chocolate syrup, vanilla and hints of bourbon (even though I know there isn’t any in it). (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted better in all aspects than the nose. Got espresso, dark milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans, woody anise, semi-char wood, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, plum, tobacco, raisins, figs and hints of toasted toffee. Warming overall, but smooth for 12 percent ABV. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was very good. Maybe not quite as good as the last time I had it on draft, but still delicious. (Overall - 4.25)

4.38 | 97 | A

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle from Patrick

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Absolut
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at wades wine

Poured into a 5 ounce tasted

Smell and taste is bitter black coffee, malt and espresso bitter coffee mocha.

Could drink this everyday and be happy

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moodyxc9
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

had this on tap. great looking stout. notes of milk and dark chocolate, smooth vanilla, creamy marshmallow like thing, immense roast, coffee notes, dark malt, subtly bitter espresso. sharp roasty booze on the finish but it comes through smooth and round due to the sludge like texture.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Hammerhead from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99% out of 100 with 384 ratings
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