Speedway Stout | 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: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#458
Reviews:
1,759
Ratings:
7,052
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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925
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2,241
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Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lebriarjr
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deg
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.16/5  rDev -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 +8%
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 drrone
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +1.4%
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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4.38/5  rDev 0%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Nass
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrenc
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of daeds_714
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of southsidejoe8089
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 7,052 ratings