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

The beer pours dark brown/black. The head is nice and big. It is at least an inch in height. Its color is a creamy light brown/tan. There is also quite a bit of lacing going on according to the sides of my glass. Good head retention as well.

To the nose this beer smells wonderfu. Lots of roasted smells in the aroma. I can also smell some chocolate/coffee aromas. There is a faint smell of alcohol as well.

In the taste of this beer I don't detect any bitterness (well none that I could account to the hops). I taste the complexities of the malty character of this beer first and foremost. The beer is strong. It has a strong taste of both coffe and chocolate. The coffe taste lingers in the aftertaste for a bit and then eventually becomes a dry roasted taste in the back of the mouth. Bitterness is percieved early on by the heavy roasted flavor that bombards the palate. There is also, as in the smell, a detectable alcohol presence. It is in the background of the beer's flavor, and its presence adds a bit of a kick to the overall effect of the flavor.

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite good as well. There is a low amount of carbonation and alcohol warms a bit as it goes down. It also warms the stomach once it has been in there for a while. It has a nice full body and is heavy on the palate. This beer is not hard to drink. I feel that this is one that must be sipped. It could make me real sick real fast if I drank this too fast. Its a good deal and I'll probably buy it sometime in the future again but I'm just not sure when. In my opinion Storm King is a better deal. For the 12$ I spent on this bottle I could have had a six of Strom King and had a buck or two to spare. However I believe that this beer is available year round.

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

Happy New Year! I am not sure, but I believe this is the 2009 variety.

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Dark, dark black with a solid two inches of head.

The smell combines a load of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, some hoppy/grassyness, and maybe some soy sauce. Very powerful and intoxicating.

Taste is delicious bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee all the way with maybe some more soy sauce. Maybe not the most complex, but really delicious.

Terrific silky creamy mouthfeel, and a fairly easy drinker for such a high ABV.

Awesome stout.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark brown almost black oily brew. It appears slowly but there is a nice thin .5 inch head with nice dense bubbles and some bigger to medium sized bubbles on the top. The head is nice and tan with some slight dark sandy colors.

S - Delicious sweet caramel first, that is quickly overtaken by some great fresh roasted coffee. The coffee is delicious and robust but with some slight mocha hints. Nice toasty and roasted malt hints with slight coffee and slight vanilla spice as well. Nice cocoa powder and the booze is not as apparent initially.

T & M - Delicious Wow! Roasted and toasty sweet chocolatey hints. Very nice sweet brown sugar hints as well. The roasted coffee flavor is up there as one of the best in a stout in my opinion. There is great complexity around this brew and each of the flavors are very interconnected and well represented. There is a slight warmth at the end that really adds to the sweetness as well probably from the 12% ABV. Nice oily and viscous with a lower carbonation fell that is very delicious and compliments the rich full body perfectly. There is some slight spice and some woody and smokey flavors as well and the nice roasted and dry finish is very exciting. Absolute MVP of the ADS in my book.

D - High ABV but dangerously hidden. One of my favorite Double Stouts.

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Photo of tpd975
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A couple of these bad boys came from genog. Thanks I am blessed to have this beer. Now on to the review.

After a long vacation back home in Indiana I returned to Florida only to drive 11 hours to the race in Bristol I saw some good racing both Busch and Cup, sweated my ass off, and drank tons of beer that is not worthy of mentioning.

Now that I am back home I am craving some good beer, Craft beer. As I stood in my garage and looked over my beer fridge which is packed with the world's best brews one and only one was screaming my name. There it was sitting in the outside of row three. A green bottle that looked black due to the wonderful contents. This baby was wrapped on top with foil, silver in color blazing like an eternal flame. I knew what the bottle was, hell who wouldn't.

It was AleSmith Speedway Stout. The only brew worthy of a review after 22 hours of driving and 500 laps on the fastest 1/2 mile in the world. Bristol Baby.

A: Dark black....Oil Black, the color of the black flag which I wish was displayed to the Busch brothers each and every race. The track is loud... so loud. It has been called the thunder dome, and trust me when 43 cars circle the oval; it is louder than any thunder ever known to man. Speaking of thunder the head on this baby is thunderous. Big and rushing. Millions of tiny bubbles band together like the Jr nation and rise to the top. They stay and stay trying to hold on like Dale Jr. to the chase for the championship. It does die down, but fear not. Like Dale Jr. It will hang around until the very end.

Aroma: Next to rubber on concrete, this is one of the best aromas on earth. Coffee...check, Chocolate....check, Toffee...check, wonderfully roasted malt....check... Tighten your belts boys cause boogity boogity boogity were going racing.

T: Man if the gods of NASCAR were to band together to create a brew for the man... Dale Jr. to savor in victory lane this would be it. There is a wonderful marriage of coffee and chocolate. There is milk and sugar, malt and hops. When you're drinking this bad boy its checkers or wreckers baby... and as you can see on the front of the bottle its nothing but checkers.

M: There is no need for wedge or a tire pressure change this baby is perfect. Full bodied and thick. Like the oil in the engine of the man himself Dale Jr. It flows down the throat and thru the chambers like purified oil the life blood of a DEI (soon to be Hendrick engine). The alcohol warms you without overheating or breaking down the critical parts of your system.

D: Very. One of the best Stouts in the World.

Overall: If you ever find yourself between the mountains of northeast Tennessee in a little place known as Thunder Valley... Bristol... the fastest half mile in the world, you may want to have a bottle or two of Speedway Stout on hand. No matter if your driver wins or loses you will be happy. Even if you end up with wreckers, you still have the checkers as you look at the bottle.

The Saturday night shootout ended up with Jr in 5th, not a bad night for a guy driving a Budweiser car. I forgive him; it's only for a few more months. To Dale Jr. I salute you, and to all of those who like to drink the best brews grab a speedway stout. It's killer man. If you can't get it give genog a holler. He came thru for me 2 times... Oh wait we can't mention 2. That's the other beer car which is driven by that big eared cry baby known as Kurt Busch. There are still 2 races to go until the chase. Hopefully it's wreckers for the 2 car and checkers for the 8.

No matter what may victory come to Dale Jr. God love Bristol Motor Speedway...and all hail AleSmith the makers of Speedway Stout. Go Driver 8!

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

I vigorously poured Speedway into a standard pint, eventually getting nice cascading that left with me with a khaki inch of foam. The smell is dominated by java with some burnt sugar. Aged < 24 months.

Speedway is a fast spinning kaleidoscope of flavor. Just the alcohol alone had three distinct flavors moving as the beer warmed. At first, the hot spicy alcohol reminded me of bourbon with hints of vanilla. Next, the alcohol turned astringent reminding me of some vodka and cola. Then the alcohol turned vinous reminding me of port. While java and bittersweet chocolate form this beers core and host of other characteristics come to light and transform. I found Speedway tangy, rich, malty, and smoky all at different times. Clearly, this thinner and less carbonated (for the style) recipe helps Speedways flavor change so much. A beer that’s hard to find, catch, and enjoy but worth the effort.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with some tan hues along the edge, and with a big tan colored head that leaves lots of lace as it disappears. Aroma is of cocoa and coffee. It sounds simple but it is very good.

Taste doesnt disappoint what the aroma promised. The flavors are great. There is a lot of sweet chocolate, along with fresh roasted coffee. The coffee doesn't dominate like some coffee beers but its definitely there. The finish is of slightly bitter, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full and viscous, with a great carbonation level. The sweetness brings the drinkability down just a touch for me as its a bit sweeter than I prefer. This is great stout, too bad its not available here.

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

AleSmith coffee Speedway Stout
Smell: coffee, chocolate, malt and toffee.
Taste: roast coffee, chocolate, plum, and light booze but not bad for 12%.
Appearance: jet black no light passing through here. Tan colored head, and carbonation that quickly settles.
Mouth feel: nice viscosity, but not that of your big Imperial Stouts
Overall: this is definitely a top 10 coffee stout!

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

750ml bottle: I believe this one dates to 2004: paper label and black foil. This one pours an inky very dark brown. There was a thin tan head that didn't linger. Rich aroma. Mainly Roasted coffee and chocolate, with hints of sweetness and some dark fruits. WOW: is the taste smooth. It is very full bodied, roasty chocolate caramel, definitely some hops to balance it out, but they are masked. Excellent.

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

Another first for me...at the Stone 7th Anniversary fiesta. I still would like to try this from a bottle. But from the tap, this monster was Penzoil black. I mean it was like black rubber from the tire of a "speedway" race car. Hahahaha! Hilarious. Anyway, nice-sized brown head. Smell was, as expected, complex. I caught whiffs of sweet malts, sherry, roastiness, plums, raisins, and plenty of the good stuff--yep, alcohol. Taste was much the same as the smell. Velvety smooth, for such a high abv brew and yet another exemplary imperial stout. I like imperial stouts.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 22oz snifter; opaque jet black with a medium fizzy brown head that fades after a bit into a nice ring of thick foam. Leaves incredibly fine lacing coating as the liquid level falls.
Smell is slightly metallic, dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweeter notes like caramel and toffee, and slight dark fruit.
Taste is big and sweet at first, with chocolate and dark fruit; it soon moves through roasted malt and coffee and finishes bittersweet with hints of alcohol (nowhere near the 12% that it is) and the bitter chocolate/coffee aftertaste mingling with sweet chocolate and toffee.
Mouthfeel is huge and creamy, good carbonation.
Overall, this is a benchmark for imperial stouts. It's a perfect example of imperial stout flavor, without any fancy accouterments. It's simple, but it's very good at doing what it does. Delicious!

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

Poured into a snifter. Dark, almost black color. Brown billowy two finger head. Pretty decent retention and ok lacing. Big aromas of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Coffee up front in the taste, with a bit of dark bitter chocolate, molasses, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost viscous. Nice carbonation, and even though this was a 12% beer, the alcohol was not overly strong. This is one of my favorite non barrel aged stouts - just a great beer.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing! Didn't know much about this brewery and went on recommendation from friends. ALL said GET IT! so I did and am glad I did. rich taste, nice soft head. I wound up buying 3 more bottles for those special occasions that I want to share with friends here at the house.

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Photo of CHickman
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with hints of brown near the top where the light hits the beer and a huge foamy 2 finger light brown head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing and a foamy ring around the top of the beer. Textbook imperial stout look, right on.

Wow, a strong initial blast of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and cocoa hits hard but then settles down and becomes really enjoyable; a lot going on, including molasses, anise, medicine, dark fruit like raisin, dark chocolate, roasted grains, booze like a really sweet rum, and some light herbs. The chocolate, bourbon/booze and coffee are rich and powerful and smell excellent, making the strong ABV/booze blend in and not seem intimidating.

Tastes hits hard at first like the nose, and damn does it assault the palate in a good way. Flavors include coffee, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, anise, cocoa, medicine, dark fruits, raisin, dark chocolate like bakers chocolate, roasted grains, charcoal, light vanilla, tea leaf, floral hops, mild booze and then some more chocolate; it almost seems the coffee used described on the bottle was chocolate dipped coffee beans, which almost completely hid the alcohol and made it dangerously smooth to drink. This is still a slow sipper, but not many 12% ABV beers taste like desert and only leave a minor burn. Masterfully done, this stout dances on too sweet and one dimensional, while still allowing a massive amount of complexities and variations of chocolates and roasted malts to slide over your tongue and improve as it warms up. The hops and yeast get lost in the chocolate sweetness, but it really didn’t matter because the taste was exceptional.

Mouthfeel is so creamy and almost milky smooth, with very light carbonation, a very heavy chewy body that is so thick it could make a straw stand up, and a minor alcohol burn followed by more chocolate and roasty coffee notes that are on the dry side and slightly bitter side. The aftertaste has burnt wood or charcoal lingering, but the sweetness mellows it out for a gradual fade to dark chocolate.

I thought that this would be overhyped, but I am so glad that it lived up to its reputation as an outstanding imperial stout. It was pricy, and I only let it age for 2 months, but it was an excellent overall beer and one that I highly recommend trying. It is worthy of the hype and its ranking among the best in this style.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It comes deep black with a nice big tan head.

The aroma is lovely with sweet chocolate and big roasted malt. There's some alcohol and coffee.

In the taste, it has a bittersweet chocolate and a chunky milk chocolate. A touch of alcohol, although that falls out with aging. The coffee is medium minus and not obvious as other coffee stouts. In general, there's huge huge molasses, savory umami, and palate covering roasted malt.

The beer drinks decently well for its ABV. It has a full mouthfeel. However, the savory and molasses on the back end interferes with the beer slightly.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,608 ratings.
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