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:
#283
Reviews:
1,736
Ratings:
6,993
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
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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

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeIquiades
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black. Small fingers worth of tan head from a careful pour, with some glass lacing.
Smell: Big aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel and dates. Slight coffee presence on the nose accompanied by a slight booze burn. As it warms, the coffee and dark fruit comes out a little more. Chocolate is huge component of the smell.
Taste: Follows the nose. Roasted malt and chocolate are the big players in the taste. Dark fruit flavor is in abundance. Slight notes of caramel and butterscotch. The initial taste is chocolate and malt, and the finish is semi-sweet with slight bitterness. Residual flavor is sweet yet smoky. The booze is overall well hidden, but is slightly detectible. Coffee is prevalent in the taste, but isn't as strong as I would have thought.
Feel: Smooth and pleasant on the tongue. Medium in body and weight, with moderate to high carbonation for the style. Easy to drink.
Overall: A fantastic stout, and one that I would repeatedly come back to. It has just the right amount of sweetness without becoming overly sweet. I am very grateful to have tried, and would happily recommend. Cheers!

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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally I try this beast which was waiting for me for a year and a half in the cellar. I was waiting for a special occasion. But I think a nice spring day is an occasion enough.
Actually I was waiting for someone ti share it with, I didn't find someone worthy enough.

As i pour from the easy looking 1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. I can see a a gorgeous pitch black body. As it goes it forms a nice beige head

Now I can make an aproach with my big white nose and smell the beauty.
I can tell you right now, this is the best part of the beer. What's amazing is that vanilla is all around in this coffee imperial stout. Ok coffee is there too. In a latte form. Caramel, chocolate, and a certain je ne sais quoi.

As my tongue comes across the ale, it shows its balance with a soft sweetness. The roasty bitterness does the rest. The hops are still present with a bergamote/earl grey presence alongside blueberries.

The smooth mouthfeel brings just what you need to compliment the flavours.

This is one of the first coffee imperial stout. It's nothing compared to what coffee beers are right now. This is no pastry stout. This is a beer. This a much refined beer.

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

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kyle1234
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Complex, sturdy delicious stout. First class beer. Oakland CA, May 2018

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

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of adamr2424
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could give this beer a 6 I would. My opinion is that this beer is the best beer I have ever drank!! No after taste. The flavors of coffee and Malt are well balanced. It is not extremely heavy like other 12%’ers are. So it’s not going to make you feel full. This beer is well balanced in every aspect. I recommend this beer to everyone no matter what your preference is. Cheers!!! And thank you Ale Smith!

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4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant black pour with white pillowy head for days. Aromas of dark chocolate and French roast coffee. Flavors of coffee, toffee, and dark fruit flavors. Theres also faint plum flavors and hoppy bitterness balance this beer’s malt backbone. This beer is truelt about the coffee thought. Masterfully done. Extremely creamy mouthfeel.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,993 ratings