AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
97
world-class
6,849 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
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
Ratings:
6,849
Reviews:
1,704
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
921
Gots:
2,187
For Trade:
149
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 6,849 |  Reviews: 1,704
Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance had a one finger tan foamy head that dies within thirty seconds maintains a slightly thick lacing. The smell had roasted coffee up front, raisin tries to come in fairly strong along with the coffee, but mainly stays just a tad behind, black licorice also tries to power its way through, but is just a tad more subdued then the other two aromas, for the most part I’m impressed how all three are coming through as powerful as they are. The taste was a dry roasty coffee, slightly sweet through the raisins and leaves a dry roasty yet also kinda toasty sort of coffee aftertaste, dry bitter coffee finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium to heavy, actually probably closer to heavy, sessionable - not really but makes a good sipper. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me - dry and slightly smooth, coffee-like coating the tongue and mouth. Overall, wow, this is a pretty good American Double / Imperial Stout.

 948 characters

Photo of TR_Severance
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 Pint CAN (right??). Can recommends to drink from a gobblet at 50-55 F, but I can't wait to let it warm up: going in blind.

Pours an oily black color with a dense caramel, khaki-colored head. Head dissipates into a thin ring around the glass after a minute or two, traces of bubbles cling to the glass...it's like a cave formed from bubbles.

Smell: At first, didn't smell too much (probably too cold), but the more I sniff the better it gets: lots of dark fruits and coffee, faint caramel.

Mouthfeel: Too busy savoring the taste to even notice mouthfeel.

Taste: Sweet Mary and Joseph! If there is a coffee wine, this might be it. First, almost no alcohol taste. That in itself is impressive for a 12% beer. (Impressive... and dangerous, but I LIKE DANGEROUS!)
Speedway goes down like a tsunami of roasted coffee, deep, savory dark fruits and smoky caramel. Bazinga!

If this is your first stout/imperial stout, don't drink it! You'll ruin every other stout you touch. For real. This is one of those beers that having swallowed a mouthful if you breath in again, you can still taste it in your mouth. It's a jealous beer that takes up every single tastebuds from first sip to last.

I don't know why it's called "speedway;"
I think "sideways" is more appropriate.

What a beer. Woof.

 1,305 characters

Photo of dubnation
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kyledover
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth considering the abv which is very well hidden in this stout. Lots of roasted malts and a little bit of of vanilla and coffee in the finish. Great overall stout!

 172 characters

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

Pours black with a big two finger head that fades slowly. Awesome lacing. Aroma of coffee and vanilla. Taste of coffee, vanilla, light heavy cream, molasses with a light bitterness at the end with a coffee grind finish. Excellent stout. Look forward to more from them. Not sure why I passed it over so long. Definitely will keep a bottle in stock.

 347 characters

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stoffystouts
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGB
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can 4 months after date. Not super alcoholic for 12% but also not as complex as I expected. Decent stout.

121 characters

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

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

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky black with satisfying gloop-gloop-gloops. The head dissipates into a nice, lacy cap.

The nose is dense coffee oils, sweet tobacco, a touch of brown sugar, chocolate, and dark, sticky bread. The taste follows, breathing a little warming booze and malt-nut into the finish. Perfect balance between bitterness, sweetness, creaminess and carbonation. This has got to be as good as it gets for a barrel-free stout.

 422 characters

Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Allurex
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

From miguel. In Teku glass. Playing 8 Bit Adventures. Really smooth, creamy, balanced and the 12% ABV is completely hidden. Very pleasanat vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Deserves all the hype

 194 characters

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of fathercharles
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. No details about the bottled date so not sure about the aging but shouldn’t be an issue for this big Stout.

Murky black in color with thick frothy khaki head as a showcase, the head retains very well with good retention and slowly dissipates to a long-lasting bubble film on the surface also leaves lots of sticky lacing here and there.

In a nose, rich and dark milky chocolate, black coffee, mocha, cocoa, toasted and roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark bread, charred nut, tobacco, modest sweetness, mild dark fruit, licorice, and a slight hint of spicy alcohol, all you could imagine from great big Stout, they are all packed here.

The taste is dominated and led by all kinds of chocolate and roasted malt at first. Then it is supported by coffee, cocoa, toasted nut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, sweetness from both malt and alcohol, boozy spice with some warming touch, and strong bitterness mostly from roasted and toasted profile. The end is wrapped up and lingering with intense roasted flavor.

Full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel and some sticky touch through the palate, the feeling is not too hefty while being not too watery despite holding rather low carbonation. In fact, it is crisp enough and proper to carry all the things well. Finish is very dry.

This one is totally blow me away. It is among ones of the best Stout available out there. For me, I think from tap is more mellow and smooth while from bottle is more aggressive and intense. Anyway, it is great in whatever you choose.

 1,578 characters

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,849 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.