Speedway Stout
AleSmith Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #94
Ranked #336
4.4 | pDev: 8.41%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Speedway StoutSpeedway Stout
Notes: Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!
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Reviews: 1,773 | Ratings: 7,110
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 9/13/15 @ the Palace.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; a curtain of lace.

Coffee, milk chocolate & banana notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh roasted coffee bean & milk chocolate flavors up front; banana notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A balanced, delicious dessert treat.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can - from San Diego trip in late winter - split two ways. Pours a deep black with creamy tan head.
Aroma dark chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, vanilla.
Taste follows chocolate, vanilla note, touch of licorice, and just a bit of coffee/espresso bitterness to offset the sweetness.
Amazingly smooth, silky mouthfeel - 12% ABV shows but does not scream at you; carbonation perfect - finishes with a kiss of bittersweet. Great.

Tried several varietals in tap room - exceptional base beer with wonderful enhancements.

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Photo of WebbFlyer
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet Black In Color. Charred roasty malts on the nose followed by some hints of Vanilla. Semi- Sweet at the front. roasted malts and sweet dark chocolate on the palate. Finishes warm with a creamy mouthfeel.

Wonderful stout balancing sweet chocolate notes and booze. One of my favorite Non- BAs out there.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well slap me on the ass and call me Wilbur. Raul finally tries regular Speedway? Let’s go.

Right off the bat, well, it’s a bleeder back to the mound. I don’t really get much out of the aroma. That’s more disappointing than that a Demi Moore nudie scene. Next.

Taste is pretty big. Like, that damn Randy’s donut ‘big.’ Damn sucker slaps you harder in the face with rich stout and coffee notes like Oprah attacking her morning porridge.

Body is nice. Bridget Bardot for you geezers. But for the young bucks (like Raul) think Margot Robbie pouring you a cup of joe in her best dainties - Yeah, I like dat.

Not the best Stout. Pretty damn good for being year round, but I don’t really see myself craving it like a my baby mama in her Sunday best.


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Photo of VoodooBear
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The thin, tan colored, sliver of a head stays around until the end and leaves behind a lot of patchy lacing. It's a deep, pure black color.

Smell: There's some sweet, brown sugar and vanilla at first. That transitions into darker aromas of coffee, cocoa and charred oak. A faint pure alcohol sweetness comes through in the background as well.

Taste: It's sweet at the beginning, with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and molasses. The dark, bitter flavors of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa come through sharply and quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's thick and creamy but not overwhelmingly so. It stays light enough to be manageable. Carbonation is medium-low.

Overall: The well balanced texture and a milder flavor profile that skews more towards the sweet side, make this surprisingly easy to drink. Which is not something that's often said about beers clocking in at 12% ABV.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought two cans bought, bit under a year old to have with my mom. special beer here. dumped into a pint glass a pitch black with a pretty impressive tan head. HUGE coffee and chocolate on the nose with hints of roasted malts and earth. excells expectations there, with a great balance of malty goodness and booziness. flavor follows, initial notes of an espresso shot followed by a bitterness and sweetness that sits between dark chocolate and that beer flavor we all know. as it warmed the coffee and a sweet note came flying to the front more, eliminating that 12% and making this seem like more than a sippable beer. hot at first but in the end just leaving a black coffee mouthfeel, this is the first beer my mother has ever liked! wish i could find it more often. fantastic and smooth for its weight

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle with a friend (am I a great guy or what?). Started off great after being stored at 50 degrees and just got better as it warmed. Incredibly smooth and balanced with the alcohol well hid. I don't know if I can find variants but more of this would work too.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2016 vintage bottle, consumed 8/23/17.

A: Dark - essentially black - and opaque. Forms a small tan head, and has minimal if any visible carbonation.

S: Coffee, roasted malts, the darkest of cacao. Notes of caramel, vanilla, and leather. A mild char to the malt roastiness. Very nice.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, mocha. Dark, dark roasted malts, dry tobacco and still the mild char. Notes of vanilla and caramel, and the caramel increases as the beer warms through the drink. A modest hop and roast bitterness at the swallow, but ultimately outlasted by chocolate-sweet malts.

M: A good heft to the body for an Imperial stout. Low but as-expected carbonation, and the alcohol is very, very well-hidden.

O: Wow. Very nice and complex flavors, of which most (other than the coffee) are not additive-derived. A very solid beer that lived up to the years of accolades.

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Photo of MercInc
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Allowed to attain a temp of 55 to 60 Degrees. Poured with a thick dark tan head. no light from my 500 lumen E2D Surefire could penetrate the Stout goblet. Pronounced coffee notes, roasted malts. not boozy. Smooth body. Great flavors.

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Photo of pants678
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with tan foam.

Easy, earthy coffee.

Real balance between malt and coffee. Slight fruit, milk chocolate as opposed to dark -- lower percentage cacao. Cake. Not much in the way of alcohol.

Not cartoonish viscous but fine carbonation.

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Photo of AlFergie
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Still one of my favorites since I first had it at the original brewery off Miramar. The taste and feel remain exceptional. It's my birthday beer, that I treat myself to every year with NEVER a disappointment.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

AleSmith Brewing 'Speedway Stout' @ 12.0% , served from a 750 ml bottle
A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass with a small dissipating tan head leaving a minimal lace ring
S-chocolate , coffee
T-smooth & creamy chocolate start , coffee takes over especially on the bitter finish
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer , great no
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Riff
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich black color with a creamy, light tan head. Smell is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a hint of pine hoppy bitterness throughout. Creamy body almost chewy. Delicious beer, nice sipper for a cold day. Hides the booze well, good, blended layered flavors.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Speedway Stout is one of the very finest non-barrel aged stouts being made. It's rich, has wonderful coffee and chocolate notes, and it has a surprisingly thick body. It's a fantastic base and is one of my go-to stouts if I have the option.

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Photo of ShortStoutMan
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great, big beer. I first tried the 2016 about a year ago, and while I liked it, I thought it was a little over hyped. Since then I have experimented with many beers, always tending toward stouts and porters. I don't know if this bottle has cellared better or if my pallet is more refined, but this beer goes right to the top. I'm no beer snob, but drinking this makes me feel like I am better than everyone else.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black thin syrup with a slight disappearing head
Smell - Rich caramel vanilla coffee licorice
Taste - Rich caramel roastiness with some coffee chocolate taste, very strong
Feel - full body almost like syrup with a pretty light carbonation
Overall - pretty tasty

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Nice roasted chocolate aroma. Slight java. Smooth and creamy taste. Roasted with chocolate and stronger java bitterness at the end. Heavy bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black with a cappuccino colored head. Retention is pretty good and the lacing too.

S: Smell is pretty faint with espresso, vanilla, mineral and licorice. Exactly what you'd expect for a coffee imperial stout.

T: Tastes like a coffee imperial stout should. There is strong espresso notes, dark cocoa, licorice, vanilla, mineral and even some dark toffee. Really solid flavors and very coherent. Absolutely no alcohol notes too, which is mighty impressive at 12% ABV.

M: Round and smooth with a little bit of carbonation that livens the beer a bit. I would have slightly preferred a smoother carbonation to give the beer a really luscious feel but this is really good too.

O: This is a really really good beer. It's nothing really groundbreaking, but it does everything perfectly. I would have loved a more fragrant smell though. What I didn't expect about this beer is how crazy drinkable it is. It's a 12% coffee imperial stout, it has no right to be as drinkable as this is.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a thick jet black color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind

S- chocolate and roasted malt mix with herbal and earthy espresso notes, followed by caramel, dark fruits & malted milk

T- charred malt and dark chocolate notes up front, immediately followed by rich herbal espresso notes & mocha cream. Mid-palate gives some dark fruit notes, as well as molasses and more charred malt. The finish gives more coffee that gives a long linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- a classic stout that has stood the test of time, big, bold and roasty

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Photo of Nass
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours thick & viscous in the snifter. Big maltiness lingering on the palate with some big notes of dark baker's chocolate amalgamate with some faint coffee notes although there are no adjuncts in the version that I am drinking. Nothing hits the spots during the cold winter time better than a well made Imperial Stout & the 12% alcohol is hidden well. This is a well made stout. I highly recommend this beer although it is a little pricey. This is a World Class beer. Cheers! A

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Photo of warrenc
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a finger height of brown head. Aroma of smoke, oak ,cherries and chocolate. Taste is very much in line with the smell, liquorice and espresso, alcohol is there but intertwined and melded with so much body and flavors. Nice work here.

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Photo of pmoersch
3.51/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For those who love stouts this is an easy choice. Not too aggressive but with a rich smoothness and excellent flavor. Head is good and creamy bitter notes highlight this stout.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious, impressive beer that lived up to its high expectations. Jet-black, oily color with a little lingering tan head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes similarly, along with caramel, vanilla, molasses, plum and malt. Very smooth, moderately creamy mouthfeel, not too much bitterness at all. High ABV is quite well-hidden. Good mild carbonation. An outstanding beer and I am trying to get my hands on others from this amazing brewery!

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Photo of samuelp23
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank with my buddy Shom in Chicago. Aged for 5 y ars in basement (60-70F). Very smooth for a big stout. The booziness that is usually present with this beer is gone and replaced with a sourness and stone fruit. . Chocolate. big coffee flavor that lingers. Orange peel. Get more grain smell as it warms. A little thin in texture which is not typical for this beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2014

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense two finger light tan head which retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of intense roasted malts, dark chocolate and espresso
T: Taste is nice roasty malts with some bittersweet dark chocolate, italian roasted coffee, slight oxidation, hints of charred wood. Swallow is more roasted malts, charred wood, espresso, and dark chocolate.
M: This beer has a thick and silky body that's a little chewy. Carbonation is light but adequate for the style which contributes to a creamy mouthfeel while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is rock solid. It represents the style well and has great flavors. It drinks really well and has some nice complexity going for it. It's definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 7110 ratings