Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#287
Reviews:
1,742
Ratings:
7,011
pDev:
8.45%
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Photo of Ahypercube
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For one of the big famous Imperial Stouts in the world of craft beer, I don't think this guy is a serious competitor. As with Dragon's Milk, this is fairly bland for a RIS, but it's widely distributed and available year round, which I believe heavily contributes to its fame and fandom.

L: Very boring pour: even with a heavy hand, it barely produces a half-centimeter film of pale mocha brown head, and dissipates rapidly enough to evoke a nostalgic twinge of disappointment.

S: Smells tasty, but closer to a barleywine than a RIS. Milk Chocolate is the main player and he has his dudes, vanilla and coffee, backing him up. Some sour prunes and dried cherries try to make themselves known, but they get buried in toffee/caramel sweetness and roast. Licorice and a touch of perfumey leather lend a dryness to the finish.

T: Personally, I've never had an RIS that I couldn't taste alcohol in, but I agree some of them hide it better than others. This is the former, without a doubt. Unfortunately, that's about the only great aspect of this beer, flavorwise. Very sugary, very forgettable. There's a bit of a cantaloupe melony aspect to the sweetness , but it needs more roast, and really lacks complexity overall. Perfect salt level though, with a lovely pretzel note for the finish.

F: Even among imperial stouts, this has a syrupy texture and a cloying finish. It has a bit of dryness that helps, but it's not enough to balance with the sugar.

O: A very nice RIS, but I absolutely would not rank it as one of the world's 10 greatest stouts, nor even the world's 100 greatest. It's better than Dragon's Milk, at least.

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

Inky black body; dense, creamy, light tan head; curtains of foam along the glass. Roasted grain aroma infused with a mildly fruity component; dates; cocoa. Milk chocolate and charred grain flavors; muted booziness; dates; a bit of coffee. Heavy body; mostly smooth but also delivering a low-key crisp and dry abrasiveness in the background; alcohol warmth.

A big, powerhouse stout, that does an excellent job of blending dense, dark grain sweetness with an edgy alcohol note.

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

Photo of wati47
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jripley97
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRap
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TH28
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Appearance: deep dark brown/Black, opaque, with a low lying khaki head and nice lacing
Aroma: All malt, with rich dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, and light roast
Taste: Rich dark chocolate with a light toffee and roast. Beautifully balanced with just enough bitterness to balance
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light creaminess and a light carbonation
Finish: Roasted malt and bitterness lingers on the finish with a touch of dark chocolate
Overall: Beautifully balanced for an imperial story with coffee. Profile is insanely smooth throughout, from aroma thru the finish. Dark chocolate and toffee are most prevalent, but a lightly roasted coffee note balances while remaining smooth. A light creaminess tonthe body helps blend the flavors together. This beer has 2 years of age, and stands upbas a top notch imperial stout

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

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

Photo of Justincredble
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Jet black with a couple fingers of tan foam that sticks around. Retains some lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Dark roasted malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and it's a bit earthy. Wee bit of alcohol, and a little leather and tobacco, as well.
TASTE: All of the above, with a very mild, but, lingering bitterness. Actually, well balanced between sweet and bitter.
FEEL: Full body, average carbonation level, a little sticky, and dries up on the finish, a bit.
OVERALL: Damn nice stout.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/1/17, consumed 7/14/18

L: Deep, dark black with a nice thick dark tan head that left a good amount of lacing.

S: Big, well-rounded aroma blend of roasted malts and coffee, with slightly lesser tones of chocolate and caramel.

T: Follows aroma with a noticeable level of sweetness, delicious and again just wonderfully blended.

F: Wow, absolutely standout amazing - medium, smooth & creamy, NO TRACE at all of the high level ABV (seriously this stout hides alcohol better than ones with half the ABV). Little bitterness that fits in very nicely. Just a perfect feel that immediately invites another sip.

O: This beer certainly deserves every piece of recognition that it gets. Very refined in all aspects. It's pricey, but it's a noticeable level up over your everyday imperial stouts.

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Photo of dafla67
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fitzy01
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lastmango
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Has just above average body,slight oily feel
Aroma is black coffee,dark chocolate, roasted malts
Taste is very similar to aroma,maybe some dried fruit and vanilla also. It's barely sweet and that works perfect with the slight coffee/chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is somewhat hidden but still clearly there. Overall it's excellent, definitely worth a try

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

Photo of StephenBechler
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skiking70
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueKurenai
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jrjr0891
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dentist666
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 7,011 ratings