AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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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Reviews: 1,659 | Ratings: 6,678
Photo of Bulabeers
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch Black with a short lived brown head, lots of lacing stuck to the glass as you drink
S: Alcohol, chocolate, raisins, caramel
T: Chocolate, raisins, coffee, roasted malts, and alcohol
F: Smooth creamy sticky and thick
O: This is a very big beer at 12% alcohol. This is one I find myself coming back to again and again over time. It's one of the very best widely available Imperial Stouts I've ever tried. I like it fresh and with age.

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Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, AleSmith now available in Jersey. Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pitch black in color, topped with a dark-khaki head. Some fine-looking lacing after the head fades. Astringent, fresh ground coffee hits the nostrils first. Mocha-tinged caramelized sugars follows, suggesting this could be somewhat sweet. Faint notes of vanilla, along with just a hint of alcohol.

Speedway tastes at least as good as it smells. Balance between bitter and sweet is just about perfect, as far as I'm concerned. Very coffee forward, but it doesn't utterly dominate the flavor profile. Beyond the coffee notes, bittersweet dark chocolate with hints of caramel are present. The 12% ABV is well-hidden, with only traces of fusel alcohol. In short, an absolute top-notch imperial stout with coffee. Now I can't wait to try one of the barrel-aged versions.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - nice brown black completely opaque beer with a mocha head that leaves nice lacing
S - coffee, espresso, some milk chocate and cream in there too, roasted malts, dark chocolate, char, burnt marshmallow/sugar, very non boozy for 12%
T - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate, burnt marshmallow, smores, cream on the back end, it's almost smoky too
M - big beer, very thick, alcohol covered extraordinarily well, aftertaste is roasted malts, espresso, coffee, chocolate
O - great beer. One of the best of its genre... I'd love to put this and Sump next to each other

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage, pours dark black and thick like motor oil. Balanced for a big stout and not hot or boozy at all. First time to try and this and it was very good.

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

Super roasty, this is a huge beer, licorice, chocolate and subtle coffee on the nose and the mouth,thick and creamy mouthfeel, this is a standard of imperial class

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Photo of stortore
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Have had many times, first written review.

Pours near black, really opaque, with a one finger head and lots of foamy cling. Smell brings lots of roasted malts and coffee. some chocolate and vanilla. Great aroma. Taste also leads with the malt- not as roasty as the nose, strong coffee, more chocolate than the nose, vanilla, a little molasses. Very smooth for the ABV, creamy, full bodied, well carbonated, a real tongue coater.

This is a real favorite, and it's even more of a treat on tap. So well blended and bursting with flavor and aroma. This is one everyone should try, if you have the chance.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great Stout especially on draft. I had this in a 8oz pour and it was awesome. I will definitely have to pick this up sometime when I'm feeling a quality dark chocolate stout sensation. Great chocolate scents and massive finish in flavor

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap. Solid black body with a cream colored head, periodic swirls of the glass renew a layer of foam on top of the beer. Good amounts of foamy lacing. Smell is huge: some alcohol, dark coffee, and rich dark fruits. Taste is similarly huge, with dark chocolate and coffee at the forefront. Slight amount of burned/charred bitterness with a boozy bite. Other notable flavors are detectable on the finish: raisins, plums, tobacco, leather. Long lingering charred and roasted flavors on the aftertaste. Booziness is apparent but not as strong or unpleasant as I expected, overall the feel is still relatively creamy and full. A very nice stout!

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/18/15. My first Speedway, so not sure if it is the aging, but I am getting as much dark fruit (raisin) as coffee in both nose and taste. Incredible dark black pour with nice tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, molasses, raisin. Taste is the same, but as big and bold as advertised, complex. If I had this blind, I might have thought it was a Quad or Alt beer. Very smooth mouth feel. So much going on here, that the 12ABV is pretty well hidden in layers of flavor. Definitely world class.

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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
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Edit :

Another bottle, aged 1 year. Taste isn't as great, but the mouth is still there. Smells like licorice and roast malts, and tastes a bit more like burnt coffee and ash but the Imperial is there with a capital I. Awesome. Scores adjusted a little, but it's still one of my favorite grabs.

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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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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,678 ratings.
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