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Speedway Stout - Hammerhead | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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:
#553
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
413
pDev:
5.71%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
61
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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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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More User Reviews:
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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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 DJChaseTheBase
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a 8oz tulip on draft at Pub Royale in Chicago. This bad boy packs a serious punch of bite for a stout with definite popping coffee flavors and a great creamy splash to the palate. It is big, delicious and has you craving for more. I would love to find this in bottle form!

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Photo of wellsnb
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is basically an extra coffee speedway. The espresso adds an heightened bitterness that you don't get from beers that are brewed with cold brewed coffee. It certainly is good addition to the regular speedway stout. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rudzud
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 HippieDave56
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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 tim007007
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of kjkinsey
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris-1911
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | 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 izzyismyrott
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jae61
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Cpmitchno1
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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