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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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Black as night color. Two fingers of thick creamy light brown head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

5.0 S: Wow. This is a great smelling brew. At first, it smells like a thick chocolate milkshake. Sweet milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and a touch of bourbon. Awesome, truly.

4.5 T: Thick and sweet, but balanced nicely with bitterness from the hops and coffee. More bitter than I would have expected. Flavor profile consists of dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, heavily roasted malt. Alcohol is apparent and some fusels. Burnt flavors and coffee in aftertaste.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Thick and creamy and smooth. Could use a bit more carbonation though.

4.5 D: This beer lives up to expectations. Well done and glad I have another 13.4 oz.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Notes: 3/29/09
Alesmith Brewing Co.
Speedway Imperial Stout
12% Abv.
750ml bottle into Allagash Snifter

Appearance= Initial pour into snifter yields a mild 2 finger brown head. Good clinginess on the sides of the glass as the beer goes down.

Smell= Wow, instantly after I pop the cap, coffee, choco awesomeness! The smell almost floats to your nose!

Taste= Really good. Coffee and a fat red fruit of some kind?? Chocolate

Mouthfeel= Awesome Mouthfeel. Thick and delicious.

Drinkability= Abc @ 12% is really not noticeable. Taste is awesome. I could drink this all day. In fact, it was my breakfast. Don't judge me.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a thick, foamy creme colored head. A bit of spotted lacing gets left behind as the beer disappears. Really, it looks close to perfect. The aroma is highlighted by coffee, which is incredible. Toasted and roasted malts sit behind. Great aroma. The taste features a blast of coffee, with toasted malts, and chocolate in the background. Absolutely stellar. Mouth feel is sublime, with it's thick, robust feeling, while still remaining smooth and easy to gulp down (it's almost tough to not gulp it). Overall, a beer that delivers on every front. I traded for it after reading about it in coffee beer reviews. So glad I did. I was disappointed to see the bottle was from early 2015 (consumed/reviewed on April 1st, 2016 - but this beer is no joke) as I thought the coffee notes would've faded away, but I was dead wrong. They are there and in force. It's an absolute delight to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Bias: I love coffee.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours a deep black color with a tan one finger head that lingers for a long time. It is very aromatic with a strong coffee and deep boozy scent. Taste is bold chocolate and high quality coffee beans. There is a slight spiciness on the finish. I keep waiting for the same blast of alcohol I got on the nose, but it never comes. It just finishes smooth as can be with no burn (surprising given the ABV). Feel is that also, smooth and velvety/creamy with an adequate level of carbonation. Overall, a super impressive brew. Wasn't sure I'd want the whole bottle to myself, but halfway through my first glass I'm already looking forward to the second. It's a bit pricey, but not out-of-this-world expensive, and certainly worth picking up now and then.

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Photo of suspect
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Founders Snifter.

A: Pours a thick black color. Aggressive pour leads to a rising mocha colored 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky lacing down the sides of the glass that don't ever go away.

S: Toasted malts, cocoa, coffee, dark fruits.

T: Big complex cocoa/coffee flavors bringing the house down with complexity. Such a mix of malts, coffee bitterness, cocoa nibs and black licorice.

M: Pretty medium bodied for an Imperial stout. Coats the mouth pretty significantly.

O: Very very good beer. One of the smoother Imperial Stouts I've had.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There I was wondering through the beer aisles when I saw stacked boxes of this “much read about, but never tried” beer. My penknife came out & I opened the stores box for them, and quickly loaded one of them into my trolley. As such, this must be the 2003 batch.

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle with a rather racy looking label that has two chequered flags set about a large Pint glass. Labelled as a 12% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with Ryan Bros. Coffee Beans.

Appearance: Highly viscous black-tar pour offers little head. It settles almost flat with a very thin brown halo ring head. It’s a shame really because the appearance is probably slightly spoiled by the complete lack of any head.

Nose: Massive and a mix of Dark Bourneville Chocolate and Coffee beans.

Tastes: Quite awesome. Deep roasted coffee beans lead you into a dark bitter chocolate middle that lingers on the tongue. Every sip accentuates a different aspect of this mighty beer; bitter, roast, silky, toasted malts, alcohol, dark chocolate all wrapped up in lovely cocoa milk smoothness.

Mouthfeel: Impressive silky chewy dark chocolate toffee bitterness. It lingers in the mouth just to remind how damn good this beer is.

Drinkability: Considering its strength, I found this to be a highly quaffable brew. Very moorish.

I’m getting some more of this monster to cellar.
A great beer to finish Saturday night with (or did it finish me?).

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/1/2013. Bought this beer with the intention of holding onto it for a special occasion. My wife and I closed on our first house today. It's an incredible feeling and an exciting change in our lives for both of us. What better time to crack this monster of a beer and celebrate?

Black as midnight with a huge, thick, tan head. Lacing all over the place. Legs on the glass when you give it a nice swirl.

The aroma is huge. I will try to describe what's going on, but it might be too complex to describe. Tons of coffee, chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, raisin, fig, and port. You could tell me there are hops in this beer, but I wouldn't believe you. Stellar!

Full-bodied, slick mouthfeel, and flavor that lasts forever. It's drinkable, but it's an absolute beast. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason, I was expecting somewhat of a more mild stout. I was very wrong. An incredible beer by a brewery that (so far, from what I have tried) can do no wrong. An east coast boy giving some love to a west coast brewery? You betcha.

This beer is world class and deserves every accolade it has received. Bold in every sense of the word and not for the faint of heart. Worth seeking out if you are a lover of strong stouts.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im going to break away from my typical reviewing pattern and just go at... this dark blackbrown behemoth looks great... smells amazing, tastes phenomenal and feels like a champ.... this beer truly unlocked everything that an american imperial stout has to offer

the coffee beans lend its self to a rich, and delicate flavor full of everything dark and grand... chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, ... smooth like it should be this beer is a king... love it. love it. love it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

Half a finger creamy beige head. Ptich black body. dies down to a ring of foam around the edge. Oilly legs pull any lacing back into the brew.

Rich nose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate cake. A hint of dark cherries, and a whiff of alcohol. Really rich and decadent smelling.

Taste follows smell almost exactly except more of the dark cherries come through than in the nose. The coffee flavor is also really rich and complex.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick with lower carbonation. Really smooth. A real treat.

The coffee presence is much more complex and delicious in the fresh on tap version of this beer compared to the bottle (which is one of my favorite beers anyway). Too drinkable. Is this alcohol? Just the slightest warmth in the belly

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Photo of impending
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours brown bear at midnight dark. One finger big bubble head, I can see myself wave in the largest yet leaves sticky lacing.

Top of the line aroma, big, dark and rich, as fine as there is. Easy to linger, a delicious smell.

The taste exceeds what the nose promised. The best single word description is rich. The dark chocolate bitter aftertaste is unmatched. This is a big beer, a special occasion beer, a sipping beer, ultimate cold winter night in front of a fire beer, a damn fine beer on a Sunday afternoon beer.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Callenak
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer I've had many a time and will always enjoy...

Pours a jet black with a nice beautiful mocha head.

Smell is nice and roasted. Roasted barley, coffee, etc. Everything a big boys stout should be. Hint of alcohol and chocolate.

What can be said about the taste that hasn't been already. A nice sweetness to it followed but roasted barley and you guessed it coffee. In my opinion coffee and big stouts go together like bullets and guns. Just meant to pair. Coffee is much more subdued than say Founders breakfast stout, but a great balance with the grain bill.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick with a mild carbonation. Chewy and delicious.

If ever had on tap it's even better. Even had it on nitro a couple times at Naja's but really didn't notice a big difference than just plain co2 dispensed. God bless AleSmith for adding to California's already great line up of amazing beers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you need a stout in a serious way, this is the beer for you. After pouring, it looked as if some wiseguy had filled my pint glass with a melted tire. It's every bit as black as anything goodyear would slap around your rims. The head was a very thin blanket of fuzzy brown foam. The appearance would be perfect were it a little bigger.
As for the smell, well remember that Folger's comercial? The one where they throw the pot of coffee on and the entire family ends up coming down the stairs because they smell the coffee? I could see that happening with this one. The coffee wafts upward to your nose while you're trying to take in the sight of this beer. Try as you might to focus on the eye candy aspect, you WILL notice the aroma. Lots of cocoa, followed by the unmistakable coffee smell. The taste is chock full of bitter chocolate, that's followed by more chocolate but more reminiscent of Hershey's syrup. The back trails out with coffee. For as strong as this one is, I found myself jolted with energy, probably from the actual coffee beans added to this brew. Mouthfeel was thick and viscous, spot on for a stout.
For me I couldn't see drinking more than a glass or so of this, not because of the ABV but because the taste is so immense that no thoughts of another could be entertained. Its beers like this that put the craft into craft beers.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and iconoklaztor just opened one and was generous enough to give me a taste.

Pours a very dark brown, slightly transparent but still very dark. Head is dark tan and robust with very fine lacing that clings to the glass for quite some time.

Smell is amazing, so deep, thick, and rich. Everything I was hoping for. Taste invades the palate. A strong chocolate taste, with an immense alcohol flavor that persists long after the mouthful is swallowed.

This is my first Speedway Stout, an '06, so I can't comment on how well it ages, but it seems like it has done quite well in the bottle.

Great beer. Try it if you can get one. A classic.

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Photo of jordanmiller
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first indepth review. Since turning 21, I've been trying many beers of many different varieties.

Appearance: Well, there is no way in hell that anyone who is into beer can't tell this is a stout. With a slightly vigorous pour, it gave off a good two finger, lightly chocolately malted head. I found the appareance very appropriate for a stout of this magnitude (from what I've heard before tasting)

Smell: Instantly, you know you're in for something big. Something pretty complex. The aroma is quite beautiful, but I almost want to give the word "dangerous" to it as well, because it smells almost gorgeously, but with a harsh note of darkness that I can't quite attribute to it.

Taste: Pretty much what I gathered from the nose. It comes in with a very dark, but very inviting taste, it almost clings to your tongue as it wants your whole pallette to just absorb all of the intricate flavors. In the very finish, I honestly just feel a great coffee stout.

Overall: This is a beer to sip lightly on throughout the night. Those harsh hints of chocolate and coffee are fantastic on the tongue, but if you try to take too much of it, you're going to miss what this beer is about. Grab it for a nice evening that you can afford sipping on a larger bottle for over a period of time, or save this for a sharing with friends. Amazing beer,

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Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

Deep, dark aromas of coffee and espresso beans, rich chocolate, some biting hop presence. It's all here. Very nice.

Incredible flavors. Rich, melting, decadent luscious combination of coffees and chocolates, definite hop bitterness, roasty, sweet, bitter; nearly perfect. No alcohol burn whatsoever. I was shocked to come home, look this beer up online, and learn that it was 12% ABV; great beer!

Thick, oily, luscious, decadent, divine, full, melting mouthfeel.

A nearly perfect big stout. Certainly a sipper, but it's so delicious I can hardly help but gulp it. Delicious beer!

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Photo of dbossman
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a fantastic head and lacing--I've never seen a stout this big with this good of lacing and head

S: Lots of roasted coffee and lots of alcohol and booze; a nice chocolate undertone with a wonderful roasted malt backbone; also faint dark fruits

T: So smooth with so much coffee; good god, that is a good coffee stout; roasted and malty; some boozy notes but not too bad

F: So creamy with absolutely perfect mouth feel

D: This is such a great beer--so much coffee and although its a bit boozy at times it is so drinkable

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/30/04
Bottle served at 55 degrees.
This stuff is dark! I held a flashlight up to the glass and no light penetrated.
Medium sized dark brown head that disipates quickly and leaves behind a patchy, chunky lace.
Aroma was rubbing alcohol and coffee. maybe a little prune juice in there.
Flavor is milk chocholate, coffee and dark fruit with a sweet caramel finish.

Surprisingly soft and smooth for a beer so high in ABV. kind of went down like a kahlua and cream. or a chocholate milk with chocholate syrup, heavy cream, coffee and a shot of everclear.
This was a great beer.
I am buying a bottle tomorrow to put in the wine chiller/beer cellar. This is definitely the Padron Anniversario Maduro of beers.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Okay, two things I really enjoy in life are beer (obviously, or I wouldn’t be doing this) and coffee. When I was in the service, I sometimes used to have a cup of coffee with the beers I had - especially when in Korea, a black hole for beer, IMO. So I’d have a beer in one hand, a cup of coffee in the other. Now, Alesmith has thoughtfully put the two together in one container for my drinking pleasure.
Sitting in the glass, Speedway Stout has a malevolent blackness to its hue, with a bubbly and blotchy espresso-toned head perched on top and looking like it wants to jump out of the glass. It slowly settles to a small brown ring. Placing a nose close to the glass reveals a darkly wonderful blend of espresso beans, black licorice, roasted malts, molasses, and a warning shot across the bow of alcohol. A taste yields a heavy dose of espresso and molasses while some bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt notes scurry around trying to find a place to hide from the all-consuming charred coffee bean flavor. The taste finishes off with a nice hops bite and another veiled warning as to this beer’s alcohol content in the form of a pleasing warmth and hint of ethanol. The feel was thick and chewy. It also had a real dryness that had me searching for some water afterward.
Those couple of warning shots about Speedway Stout’s %ABV are no joke and should not be ignored. At 12.5% this brew can definitely put a dent in your sobriety. That stated, the alcohol content is the only downside to this beer’s drinkability. If you love beer and coffee, Speedway Stout will hit the spot.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled 9 oz goblet

A: Black, very black; jet black x10. The brew poured with a rich, thick mousy head that looks amazing.

S: Smell is rich of coffee, currants, dark chocolate, raisins with hints of vanilla and alcohol.

T: Rich and very sweet with coffee and currants with a flavor that lingers for hours after your done drinking it. The flavor is also heavy on the alcohol but is balanced with the sweetness of the brew.

M: Thick and syrupy but so incredible declicous. I simply cannot get past the amazing flavor of this brew, it is just beyond incredible. I could bottle after bottle.

D: So delicious, it might just make you want to get a small militia together and raid the brewery and hold the brewers hostage. Its so awesome!

By far, the one of the greatest beer I have ever had in my life to this point. I cry thinking about how good this beer was. Words cannot fathom the complexity and deliciousness of this hefty and mighty brew. This beer will make you believe in god.
Enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers!

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Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass (as per instructions on the bottle):

Pours black with a huge tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover, leaving webs of lacing. Awesome retention for the abv/style, or for any beer in general.

The smell is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Dark breadiness is there that fades to the background as it progresses.

The taste is of coffee (very fresh - no burnt or overdone "bitter" edges"), chocolate, dark fruit and a liqueurish sweetness. The sweetness is balanced by a hint of roast and a piney/resiny bittering touch. Peppery alcohol is warming but not hot. It has a semi-drying, long finish.

This is truly full-bodied - velvety and silky with a thickness that is hefty without being too syprupy because there is just enough carbonation to let it glide over the palate. Perfect for the style, IMO.

This is dangerously drinkable, indeed! Coffee-accented, and wonderfully so (would like to get a hold of the coffee used in this one!) but with other "dark" complexities going on in wonderful harmony. A thrill to drink!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge three finger mocha colored head. Leaves lace high up the glass.

S: The smell isn't as big as I remember, but it's really fantastic. Smooth dark roasted coffee mixed with just a trace of booze. A rich blend of milk chocolate, Whoppers, caramel, earth and toffee.

T: Ohhh myyyy! Luscious dark roasted coffee mixed with intense dark chocolate. There's some brownie/fudge sweetness in the middle before a big espresso note. Just a hint of toffee as well in there before a finish of pure dark roasted coffee beans. The coffee flavor in here isn't as intense as a beer like KBS, but I think it's more refined. There's just a hint of warmness and a drying sensation on the finish that reminds you this is a big boy. I highly recommend drinking this just below room temp. It's a totally different animal when it's cold.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BigTomZ for the sweet extra. 2011 vintage, I believe. Tasted 19 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very deep brown, black in the glass. Two fingers of thick coffee-brown head, a delicious color, slowly relaxing to a long-lasting foamy cap. Little peninsulas of lacing reaching out in the glassy ocean. Doesn't get much better than this.

Smell is awesome. Big, rich, and dark. Dominated by smooth, nutty coffee, and backed by chocolate. Reminds me in many good ways of Founders Breakfast Stout.

Taste is delightful as well. Lots of depth, very chocolatey. Coffee flavor is present, but subdued enough that other things can shine through. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but generally smooth and mellow with a chocolate punch.

Mouthfeel is solid. Thick, chewy, and mouth-filling. Medium-low carbonation, lots of little bubbles, turning it into tasty foam. Yum.

This is a really delicious, rich, sweet big stout. If it weren't so strong, I could drink a whole lot of it. And that reminds me, there's not even a hint that it's 12% - I'd believe it if someone told me it were half that. A very impressive beer, and one I wish I had consistent access to.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this awhile back and just going through my notes decided to write up the review. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a black as night an thick as oil. Caramel colored one finger head has thick coated retention and fantastic thick lacing. Roasted malt and barley in the nose with a touch of oats that smooth everything out. Big coffee kick with a slight hop twang--leafy hops.

Spicy abv kick noticeable right after the first sip. Big roasted malt flavors and a big coffee bitterness. Coffee beans and unsweetened chocolate flavors dance on the tongue. Bitterness from the coffee lingers on the palate well into the finish, though it's still surprisingly smooth. Coffee notes are held in check by a sweet caramel flavor--excellent balance on all flavors for this brew. With such a high abv, this is one sipping or sharing brew. Easily drinkable even with a slight spicy abv nudge.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

AleSmith Brewing Company - AleSmith Speedway Stout, poured into a goblet.

Look - Pours dark oil black but not the absolute thickest I have seen, which doesn't really matter but is an element of look I felt I would mention. Nice soapy mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Tons of glorious chunky lacing.

Smell - Cola, rich chocolate, roasted coffee, barley, and a touch of piney hops.

Taste - Rich roasted coffee and a wave of velvety chocolate that is absolutely decadent. Alcohol taste is apparent.

Mouthfeel - Packs a punch! Hearty and heavy, throat and tummy hot from the 12% alcohol. All told it is still quite drinkable . I had no problem putting this one down (my gullet).

Overall - Let some of this warm! Hell this would age nicely as well. I see this particular brew all over, snag it once and give it a shot, I don't think you will regret it if you are into this style. Cheers!

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Photo of fiver29
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a quick dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark roasted malts. Not overpowering. Its got a realy nice balance to the aroma. This is a bold beer. It has lots of flavor with roasted malts and coffee. Follows the nose very well. Very smooth texture with a nice long finish. I wish all beers drank like this one. It goes down way to easily.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,720 ratings.
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