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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,626
Ratings:
6,449
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,626 | Ratings: 6,449
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: pours black with a 2 finger brown head
S: coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt
T: very nice. The flavors are well balanced between the coffee, chocolate and dark roasted malt. There is an overall sweetness which I'm a fan of.
F: very smooth and easy drinking. No alcohol burn and a thick feel.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big frothy head and totally opaque beer. The nose is strongly of coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of toffee, and lots of chocolate. This is a stouts stout.

Definitely would buy again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick and tan, with solid lacing and a body none more black. Its like the album cover for "Smell the Glove".

I smell a generous helping of the coffee mentioned on the labeling, along with caramelized malts and a mildly noticeable boozy-ness.

Tastes like the three components of the aroma, with the addition of dark fruits, dark chocolate, toffee, and tobacco. Quite the "big" taste alright.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is heavier with very little carbonation. Its deceivingly smooth with no alcohol bite or immediate warmth.

Overall, I'll rate AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company with a very solid 4.75. I can definitely understand why this keeps getting praises as one of the best U.S. made stouts around.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AleSmith Speedway Stout brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company, with an ABV of 12.00% This stout pours out a deep brown color with a nice golden brown head. This brew has the look of cola, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Speedway Stout is rich roasted grians , malts, and hops. Really this brew smells like coffee. Now for the taste , it is rich coffee flavors, roasted grians and malts. There is a nice mildness of hops to this brew. AleSmith Speedway Stout, has a lot going on in if. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, this brew has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel of AleSmith Speedway Stout is rich, bold clean , and refreshing. You really can"t pick up on the 12.00 % ABV in this brew. It is just that smooth. For being a hevery brew this one gose down smooth. Overall I'm giving AleSmith Speedway Stout a 5.0 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank you AleSmith Brewing Company.

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Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Black color with a thick beautifully velvet like moka head that lingers
S-Sweet alcohol with coffee chocolate toffee caramel and dark roasted malt
M-Full bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation to cut through and release the flavours of the beer
T-Dark and burnt bouquet with a floral note as well. Sweet malt upfront with a mellow bitter balance that just eases the palate
O-An incredible beer that should be savoured like a fine scotch

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Photo of anon
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty stout on the pour; thick, opaque black, with nice carbonation, a fluffy finger-width head that leaves a ring of tan foam and some spotty lace.

Smells very roasty and malty, with the coffee being a bit subtle, along with some molasses, vanilla, chocolate and booze. Taste is very heavy on roasted malt, grains and molasses. Rich and lush chocolate presence coalesces with the light coffee roast, vanilla, toffee. Both of these attributes didn't quite hit the mark for me as in my opinion they were a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, velvety and creamy. Only a light note of bitterness from the coffee and cacao. No alcohol presence. This is where this one shines for me.

Was expecting more, but overall this is still an amazing brew from a brewery that never disappoints.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/07/15, opened 5/9/16. Aged for roughly a year and a half.

Dark black, but not inky. Mocha head.

Aroma: toffee, coffee, sweet/milk chocolate, faint caramel. Belgian-esque dark fruits, faint raisin.

Taste: rich!, roasted, dark chocolate, black coffee, thick mouthfeel.

This stuff is fantastic.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Black as night with a one finger off-white head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, anise, molasses, some light coffee in the distance.

T: OMG! Roasty, toasty dark chocolate intermingled with anise, molasses and leather. I get a pop of coffee on the finish that's smooth with low bitterness. Even a hit of vanilla Then the 12% slides in for the kill. Smile and sip again.

M: Medium to high with medium, thick carbonation.

O: A superior stout that overwhelms the taste buds in the best way possible. Sexy, sultry, smooth and decadent. It only improves with some warmth. Sip and savor. Share with friends. Find!

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Photo of basaywhat
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours an opaque jet black color with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with coffee and cocoa

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Photo of GregA135
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I definitely want to drink this right once I purchase it just to compare to the aged bottle I drank.
Poured a jet black with a nice tan head
Smells of roasted nuts, hints of coffee, chocolate and vanilla
I was kinda disappointed in the taste - I got mostly a ton of smoke with very little coffee and chocolate. A little bit of vanilla in the aftertaste.
I definitely want to give this beer another go, just because of that smoke flavor I got.

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Photo of SiepJones
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours out pitch black with about two fingers of tightly packed brown head on top.

S - Coffee with cream flavors up front, dark chocolate follows with a hint of dark fruit (fig/plum) on the finish

T - Coffee is the predominant flavor with some chocolate, and a slight licorice. Some boozy warmth on the finish. The flavor begins with the robust coffee and ends with a complex warm and somewhat bitter finish.

F - Chewy with a crisp carbonation tingle on the tongue.

O - Very enjoyable beer for the Imperial Coffee Stout lover. A well balanced beer.

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Photo of hman43
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: It has a jet black appearance with a long lasting tan head.

Smell: There are aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are hints of citrus aromas as well.

Taste: There are flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a very slight burnt character. There are hints of citrus was a strong bitterness with it. There is a strong presences of alcohol.

Feel: It has a full body with a slight creaminess. It has a moderately strong alcohol warmth. It has a moderately strong bitter dry finish.

Overall: This is a strong example of a stout with a superior taste and finish.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a midnight black with a mocha head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts with some coffee. All flavors are in great balance. Has a silky mouthfeel and overall this is a great stout.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally gonna crack this after 6 months of waiting, aging, and letting my excitement grow from my last trip to Seattle.

Appearance : Coca-Cola brown from the bottle, forms into a dark chocolate to pitch colored body. Head is reddish-beige-almond, stays at a couple fingers and then gradually fades to a nice creamy ring.

Smell : Aromas of chocolate covered raisin, some walnuts, dark chocolate nibs, and a touch of day old coffee. It's a trail mix of sorts in character but pretty faint in volume.

Taste : Strong coffee-mocha punch right to the kisser. Lots of bittering hops swirling around, taking turns scraping your tongue of all dignity. A melted dark chocolate Hershey's kiss melts right in the middle of this swath. A destructive path of coffee and dark bath of acidity is left on your palate, utterly shredding it to pieces.

Feel : First thing I noticed, first thing that struck me, first thing I fell in love with here. Total mouth destruction. I love it. Creamy, blissful, full.

Overall : Um....this stout is like utterly amazing. I'm not much on coffee-based stouts, but this thing dominates in so many ways and presents so much depth and complexity in flavor that it's impossible to not fall in love with this. Total artistic brewery perfection. Can you improve on this? Possibly not.

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Photo of MrG-
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

OHHHHHHHHH mmmmmyyyyy GGGGoosh this is soooo freakn strong. I had 3 sips and almost hit the floor. very strong.

This is delichiosho for ya'll that don't speak Spanish this delicious.

Coffee is obscured
dry and slightly bitter
full taste
strong lingering vibration felt in your mouth.
speedway is the perfect name, this beer will put you one a race to get drunk.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 01/04/2016... Just a couple months old.

Look is dark mahogany, thick, with a fluffy tan head from a hard pour. film sticks around the top with a thin ring and spotty lacing.

Smell is strong roasty malts and notes of coffee.

Taste is coffee first, wonderful and not too bitter or acidic. Cocoa is next and very good, finally the roasty malts carry it home. Lots of layers here, complex without trying to do too much.

Feel is off the charts, thick and creamy, enough carbonation to make it lively on the tongue, and a long finish that brings out the bitterness. Excellent feel, don't even want to swallow except to get another drink!

Overall, this is one of the best stouts of any variety I've had. Everything is rich, without being too over the top or smacking you in the face. Drinks really smooth and there's no signs of the big abv.

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Photo of Joe_Boxer
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unbalanced as far as imperial stouts are concerned. The taste of alcohol is unmasked, I think the coffee could have been ramped up to help mute the alcohol. Lots of chocolate on the front, after which all I tasted was burn. The nose closely follows the taste. Pours dark with more head than you see with most imperial stouts.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

THE STANDARD when it comes to coffee stouts. Time to try it out for a rating.

750 mL bottle, undated, poured into Guinness stout glass

L: Pour brings big 3F+ soapy very light tan head with lots of retention, lacing, and a ring. Beer is midnight black.

S: Coffee up front, followed by roasted malts, with some vanilla, cocoa, cloves, and cinnamon in back.

T: Coffee and roasted malts forward, a hint of vanilla dairy creamer and a tiny bit of alcohol (no burn, a bit of drying). I expected slightly bolder, but it's very good.

F: Moderate to heavy bodied, light carbonation, alcohol content leads to a little bit of palate drying, but impressive cloaking of 12% ABV indeed.

O: A shade short of the true greats, but solid flavor and construction say this is a beer that has earned its status.

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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 WunderLlama
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass

Pitch black liquid , dense thick, rich, creamy taupe foam cap atop a brown foam layer, great lacings

Aroma of roast malts , coffee

Taste of coffee, roast malts , bit of bitterness

Low sudsing, hint of alcohol , bitterness on the back of the tongue

Great beet

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A black body, inky opaque, with a thin, light tan head that fades to a cast across the top and a ring at the edge. Minimal lacing, small dots scattered on the side of the glass.

S - Smashing hit of warm alcohol. It hides most else, but molasses, coffee and chocolate notes are behind.

T - The front is dark chocolate and molasses, a touch of coffee bitterness, and a bright malty middle, coming to a more acidic and alcohol note in the close.

M - Warm and slick, a touch sticky, but with enough burn on the close to clear the palate of the beer's definite weight.

O - A mighty fine stout, with lots of depth, and great feel. The nose is a bit too much alcohol, but fortunately the flavor is dialed in. I think I'll need to get this one again.

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Photo of Rawwie
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Really awesome, smooth, great smelling, grey tasting beer. Only thing that kind of bugged me is the thin mouthfeel. Other then that, really awesome beer. Cheers

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Photo of Myotus
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively at 53°F from a 750no bottle (no date) into a beer goblet. Consumed on 13Mar16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of cinnamon colored foam foams after being poured. The foam head changes color to khaki within 15 seconds. At 1 minute and 45 seconds, the foam head has halved itself in size, leaving behind a moderate amount of thick lacing from the dissipation. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong molasses, sweet chocolate, and sweet coffee aromas entangle with mild aromas plum, sweet black cherry, alcohol, vanilla, and bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Very strong molasses and sweet chocolate flavors first bombard the palate. This initial explosion of sweetness is welcoming yet leaves me yearning for balance. Some balance is brought as strong alcohol and mild vanilla, plum, and sweet black cherry flavors immediately follow. More balance is achieved as mild flavors of sweet coffee and subtle flavors of bitter roasted malts close out the final taste.
FEEL: Very full-bodied with subtle amounts of carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness. A great and nearly unwelcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: The alcohol flavors are personally off putting for me, but as I stated, they do bring some balance to the sweetness. This Stout is definitely not for those who love their alcohol hidden.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not tasting a lot of coffee here, but this is incredibly creamy. My goodness does this go down easy. I can't believe The ABV on this. No burning, just creamy smooth goodness going down. You get the coffee as the aftertaste, but it is subtle. Well done.

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Photo of hardysf
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really dug this beer and will definitely be buying more. Upon popping, Coffee and Chocolate filled the air. Hard pour created a lot of aroma and foam that tasted very nice. Taste was a chocolate and coffee delicacy; lots of sweetness including hints of caramel and toffee. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied with a dry finish. Wonderful.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.
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