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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Photo of Auror
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a mocha head that leaves chinks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes along with some sweetness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes rounded out by some sweetness and earthy hops. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses lead off with some dark brown sugar sweetness to it. Chocolate lingers on with some roasted and earthy bitterness rounding it out. Booze is present, but pleasant.
Chocolaty sweetness continues to linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is delicious and a must try for any big stout fan.

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Photo of Brabander
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this beer at the Zeebra Extreme Beerfestival in Holland on may 4th 2013. Zeebra was held for the first time with lots of very very very great beers like this one. As a matter of fact the BA version of this beer was also there....

This one was poured in a Zeebra glass, a small tasting glass. I did not really know what to expect from this beer but the expectation were higher than the taste i got.

No head and no carbonation. Just a normal Imperial stout where i made the remark that this is good one for the beginners in this style. Not bad but i have had way better ones....

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Photo of bonkers
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. On the pour it is a non translucent black, no highlights, with a bigger than expected tan head. A great smelling beer, chocolate and coffee infused gin. SS is suprisingly balanced taste wise. Coffee and chocolate dominate, with a sweeter coffee winning at the finish. The high ABV is noticeable, but adds a nice layer to the flavoring. This is a creamy, full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A really good stout that deserves its high reputation. Thanks to Boltz7555 for this one!

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

big bottle into a pint glass. bottled 12/15/15, so 10 months old.

body is black as the blackest night. generous oatmeal colored head leaving excellent lacing.

strong malt background stout aroma, not getting the chocolate or coffee. does smell damn good though.

an excellent tasting imperial stout. coffee tones appeared after the beer had warmed a little. not bitter or overly roasted, pretty smooth. the 12abv is incredibly well hidden, but i took my time with this one and only mildly buzzed.

somewhere between medium and full on the mouth, a faint alcohol burn in the back of the mouth, and a lingering stout finish. Rolls beautifully around the tongue.

all in all a top notch imperial stout, extremely drinkable, but must be treated with respect. looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of amalburg
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thick and frothy dark mocha head that retains very well, pitch black color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla

T: Strong coffee flavor, dark chocolate, roasted and toasty malts, bit of caramel, touch of bitterness (not sure if from coffee, hops, or both)

M: Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, warming, okay carbonation, pleasant aftertaste

O: Very good Imperial Stout, was happy to find this on vacation to drink one and bring one home

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Photo of Mattyb79
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beer4B
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ksimons
4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-almost black in color with two fingers worth of thick tan head, looks like a milkshake

S-big roasted malt smell with espresso and dark chocolate, also getting a bit of molasses

T-the taste on this one did not disappoint! Big rich roasted malt flavor with espresso and dark chocolate with a bit of molasses and you are left with a nice alcohol warming

M-amazing full body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasted flavor left over

Overall amazing, amazing beer. The richest, fullest body I have ever had. All the flavors blend together perfectly.

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Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/22/13 and aged since purchase on 10/13/13 in my own personal cellar.

a: Opaque black with a huge two inch plus tan head which receded slowly to heavy thick surface foam and dense lacing. 4.75

s: Cold black coffee. Later mellows out to more of a dark chocolate. 4.25

t: More complex than the aroma, some black coffee, dark fruit and smoky malt. Good hop bite. Finish is slightly sweetish to dry. High ABV (12%!) is amazingly well hidden. 4.25

m: Medium to full, quite smooth, considerable carbonation tingle. 4.5

o: Haven't had this fresh to compare, but at a year and a half old it is a little fruitier than most stouts. Rich, flavorful and incredibly easy drinking for a 12% ABV. 4.25

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle of regular Speedway and I think I needed bottle #2 for a more objective review. Bottle #1 put me off primarily because it was too chewy and bitter-tasting to me IMO. So easy to meander up to Wisconsin, though, and snag this for $10.99 a bomber so I owed this WC beer another try and this time I was not disappointed. The rich, deep, and dark chocolate/coffee influence I experienced was outstanding. Definitely thick and chewable to me but that is part of experiencing this beer when you bring it to the table. Toasty and roasty? Absolutely. I would recommend it and support it as a world-class beer which is very reasonably priced (a luxury these days).

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Photo of Modernrickk
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

a deep brown/black with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head which dissipated slowly leaving behind a ton of great lacing. smells of chocolate, coffee, raisinets, vanilla, cedar, licorice. the flavor is mostly chocolate and coffee with a nice roasted grain bitterness. there is a harsh boozy feel up front but that mellows out as the drink warms up. molasses, caramel, nutty, bitter roastyness lingers.
full body with a silky smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. a really nice all around imperial stout. definitely lives up to the recent hype (even though this beer seems to have been around forever!).. definitely worth trying at least once (and i'd suggest picking up an extra bottle to age)

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Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Opaque, deep black with a thin topping of beige. Despite the thin head, there's quite a lot of lacing on the glass.

Booze, molasses and coffee dominate the aroma. The coffee is somewhat sharp, way at the top end of the aroma, with the alcohol permeating throughout. A bit of american hop sharpness, but the smell is mainly malt driven with some pretty heavy alcohol overtones.

Very dense in texture and flavor. This one sits on your tongue pretty heavily, like a black brick. Laconic molasses and coffee, with a pronounced boozy bite in the finish. Quite a bit of bittersweet black malt. Some hop bitterness in the finish, but it's mostly alcoholic warmth and a trace of fine-toothed clove esters. Relatively clean, without the bevy of dark fruit esters that you'd commonly find in a stout of this size. The coffee is evident, but blends well with the heavy malt. I like that the coffee isn't screaming through the beer. It's sort of an added statement. Super dense body, with surprisingly vibrant carbonation that keeps it from getting sludgy. I bet I can taste this beer on the back of my tongue hours later. The hops are buried under the malt, but there's really quite a lot of bitterness here. The boozy finish starts to feel really hot after a 12oz glass, and I'd decline a refill in favor of something mellower. This is a well-made fancy bottle that I associate with mid-aughts west coast brewing. I think that the rest of the country has caught up with this style of brewing and offers a fresh new take, but this beer was good in 2005 and continues to be. It just isn't at the top of the heap with so much competition from around the world now. A bit one-dimensional and pretty heavy handed. It seems like criticism, but singularity has a place.

I've certainly had straight imperial stouts with more coffee present, despite the fact that no actual coffee was used in the brewing process. In this beer, the coffee was used judiciously as an accent to an already bold brew. I tend to avoid coffee beers, as they simultaneously make me lethargic and alert. I'm glad to have tried this, but I doubt I'd crave it again.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,865 ratings.
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