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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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours like the night, incredibly dark and completely opaque. The best way I could describe it is used motor oil. Brownish-black with an awfully dark tan head that rose to just above a finger's length.

Smell: Strong alcohol scent with strong malts and chocolate.

Taste: What a roasted feel of chocolate and alcohol. Strong and a little heavy, just drinking it you can tell this bottle isn't mean to be shared. Strong alcohol feel, bitter and very bitter but the alcohol and roasted chocolate is what offsets this beast of a beer.

Mouth: What you feel most is the bitter chocolate, coming off like toasted chocolate cake. A little dry, with medium and f'n ridiculous stickiness to it.

Overall: The worst part about this is finishing the bottle and trying to get every drop out of it. I have seen this in the store numerous times and till head out and grab a bottle again and again. At the time of this writing i haven't had many AleSmith (this might be my first) beers drinking this one in particular is the gateway to others. Salud!

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

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2/11/15 and enjoyed 3/14/15. Poured an extremely dark brown, almost black, color with mocha cap and spotty lacing. Aroma was full of coffee, some chocolate and slight toffee. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and strong coffee. Very nice velvet texture, creamy feel and warmth from the alcohol. In summary, this was the first AleSmith brew I've had and probably in my top ten favorite stouts to date. Highly recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date but I have cellared this one since 6/07. The body was completely opaque and intensely brown. The deep tan head was huge and fine.

Smell was espresso puck grounds. Malted milk balls. Chocolate and creamy malt. Faint cocoa powder. Incredibly well hidden alcohol.

Taste was rich creamy coffee. Lightly brandy-like. All aspects of this beer work wonderfully together. Very drinkable, well hidden alcohol. Not too sweet, wonderfully balanced and gone way too quickly.

Mouthfeel was full and dense (without being too thick). There was a subtle carbonation and alcohol sizzle.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 22oz bottle imported from Escondido, CA.

A - Motor oil black, with 1 finger of head and sticy lace all over the glass

S - Sweeet. Chocolate notes, and coffee hit the nose

T - Smooth and sweet. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. So well balanced. d

M - Rich and creamy, full bodied, well carbonated

O - This Stout is so smooth, well balanced, and ABV completely hidden. This is an Imperial Stout at its best

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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

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

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick looking solid black. A healthy looking dark brown head develops and reaches about a finger and half to two fingers before settling in as a thin tan cap. There is some nice lacing left on the glass. It's wispy and doesn't really cling to the glass but it covers pretty well.

The nose is very roasty, even a bit of char. A nice coffee aroma comes through, especially as the beer warms. When the beer is chilled a bit there is a bit of some dark chocolate that comes through. As it warms it the coffee and roasted notes seem to take over and they make the beer seem really big, which is something I usually get from taste and mouthfeel, rather than the nose.

The taste follows closely with the nose. When chilled it's very roasty with a ton of coffee and hints of some dark chocolate. The roastiness come across at the beginning and, like the nose, it's almost a burnt or charred character. A slight sweetness and a chocolate note seem to level it out before a huge coffee presence and a good bitterness take over the finish. Really nice.

This is a pretty big stout. There is very little carbonation and it works really well here. There is some nice bitterness with each sip but nothing that lingers.

This is an excellent beer. It's the rare stout that seems to be better a bit chilled. Normally a chilled stout that has a pronounced coffee note defeats the purpose but the roasty qualities are more dominant than the coffee. When the beer is chilled it mutes the roast a bit and allows the coffee to show through.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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