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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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
Ranking:
#268
Reviews:
1,715
Ratings:
6,907
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
923
Gots:
2,200
Trade:
150
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Ratings: 6,907 |  Reviews: 1,715
Photo of Mistro
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of overlyk
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of braican
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cbenson
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mouthfeel has a balance of nitro softness and the traditional thick heaviness of a stout. The entry is very dry as well as the mouth-coating finish. The malt character is dry and granular like nine grain bread. There are notes of coffee, cherry and chocolate in the taste. There are also notes of herbal teas with cinnamon and basil. The taste covers up the alcohol very nicely. From the smell I mostly get chocolate. Extremely well rounded stout with a complex profile.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHEFD1214
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch Black
Smell: Liquorice, Coffee, Chocolate
Taste: Coffee, Anise, Chocolate, Roasted Malts
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with great carbonation

The alcohol is hiding very well for being 12%, I could crush this. Really nice stout! Cheers

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one half inch tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring and left a little lacing. Smells and tastes of coffee, deep, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel and dark fruits. ABC barely noticeable at 12%. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Full bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TR_Severance
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of dubnation
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kyledover
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of Boccu
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stoffystouts
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGB
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of vincechan
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nrod
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Nose is dense coffee oils, sweet tobacco, brown sugar, chocolate; dark, sticky bread. Taste breathes warming booze and malt-nut into the finish; light hoppiness/licorice, too.

The perfect balance between bitterness, sweetness, creaminess and carbonation. This has got to be as good as it gets for a barrel-free stout.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,907 ratings
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