AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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:
6,814
Reviews:
1,692
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
917
Gots:
2,183
For Trade:
149
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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob17
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of h4ger
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shaymus
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nuggetlover
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint can (!!!)
Slick jet black motor oil with lingering coffee tan head
I'm getting the coffee and the 12% abv is barely noticeable, but it's not the same nose I've gotten out of bombers in the past. The can tho... yo! I love it in the can!
Taste is great. All of the expected layered chocolate, coffee but SO smooth.
Did I mention so smooth?
It's an all timer, a gold standard for big coffee stouts.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hophead7117
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Despite what is stated on the packaging, I strongly suggest drinking this at ~62 degrees.

L -- This is the darkest beer I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. 1,000 lumens (roughly the power of a car headlamp) passed through the glass reveals... nothing. Nada. Absolutely no light passed through the pitch blackness that is this brew. 2-finger tan head produced with moderate pour. Great retention and moderate lacing.
S -- Coffee, well-roasted barley malts, bittersweet chocolate, fruity yeast esters, caramel, toffee, and vanilla
T -- A perfect balance between a molasses/caramel/toffee sweetness and intense flavors of espresso, dark chocolate, and a rich earthiness. Tastes like a well-made coffee ice cream that's been melted and turned into a 12% ABV beer.
F -- Thick and chewy, yet immensely drinkable thanks to the perfect levels of carbonation and sweetness.
O -- From start to finish, this is hands down the best stout I've had. Blows Breakfast Stout, Old Rasputin, etc. out of the water. In Massachusetts, though, it's pretty damn pricey at ~$9 for a 16 oz. can.

91/100

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Photo of Randy92592
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gooseman80
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mike22ne
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, sometime 2015.

The smell is not as strong as I remember in a fresher one I've had, and the coffee flavor has definitely faded somewhat. It's more dominated by dark bitter cocoa and roasted chocolate, with some dark caramelized fruits. The feel is sweet, boozy, slick and full, but without being too dense - it has a somewhat dry bitter finish.

Overall a great beer! Noticeably different with age, it's worth keeping a bottle or two for a while. Now I've got to go find a fresh one to compare again!

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Photo of mmoriarty
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dbl_delta
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 02-01-17 into pint glass. Pours a thick, viscous, inky black with a minuscule medium-tan head. Initial impression is sweetened coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is very light. Finish is more of the same, with a noticeable alcohol afterburn.
This could easily be a recipe for a sticky, cloying, syrupy mess, but it never approaches that. Alesmith has somehow produced an almost perfect balance of complementary flavors that play extremely well together.
I have a second can that's going to be cellared for a year or so. Looking forward to sampling that one!

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Photo of cvandette
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dadthew
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chackman151
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/15/15.

Poured straight down into the glass there's almost no head. Almost pitch black with the exception of the dark brown tinge near the top when held to light.

Smells like coffee and malt mostly.

Given that this bottle is over a year old, the taste is definitely different, but only in a subtle way. The strong coffee flavor from the original fresh Speedway is more subdued in this older bottle, and the roasted malt comes out more. As it warms there's a lot of sweet chocolate and brown sugar, among other similar flavors.

On the palate it seems the same as the fresh bottle: thick and chewy, but not completely syrupy.

Overall, I like the year-old bottle, but surprisingly not as much as the fresh. The coffee and chocolate have slightly faded (not much, though). Despite this, it's still a wonderful beer that's well worth buying and experimenting with aging.

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

This was fantastic. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have tried.

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Photo of Miska
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of donaldgarner
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thgreatrandini
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,814 ratings.
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