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.

Added by BMMillsy on 11-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#527
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
412
pDev:
5.71%
 
 
Wants:
35
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Reviews by LanePerson:
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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
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 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 t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

On tap at CBC 2016. Pitch black, nice espresso head. Chocolate, coffee, thick and nice.

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Photo of FlaviusG
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Zonian1
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | 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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

15cL pour at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood.

Smells like Speedway Stout. Coffee and vanilla. A sweet and milky spice aroma faintly shows. Chai? Cinnamon?

Okay, so much sweeter and less bitter than regular Speedway. Creamier too. From the coffee, toffee, nuttiness and dark fruit show. Maybe it's the base beer. Who knows? Good either way.

Smooth and creamy with a faint solvent note but no heat. Light bitterness on the finish but nothing like the regular.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Snoopy488
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | 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 412 ratings