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:
6,867
Reviews:
1,707
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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920
Gots:
2,190
For Trade:
149
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Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a luscious coffee head into a snifter. Dissolves into a thin layer shortly after the aggressive pour.

Aroma is strong of coffee with some roasted malts, oak and a little earthiness.

Coffee plays the leading role in the flavor. The initial palate hit is of strong bitter coffee rounding into an earthy hop bitterness. Presence of oak and a slight bit of vanilla I also detect.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy. This is a coffee stout no doubt about it. Not even remotely close to too sweet. Low carbonation levels and it got better as it warmed.

I don't like a whole lot of AleSmith brews with the exception of this. Always glad when a bottle of Speedway comes my way as it's way way too drinkable for a 12% big stout. It tastes better than the coffee I have every morning, but would probably get me fired from work if I make it my normal go to beverage.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: jet black. Thick mocha head that sticks around despite the 12%.
smell: I gotta borrow ChainGangGuy's line, "chocolate cake (topped with a cherry)". That nails it. Coffee to be sure and chocolate with dark fruit. What a nose. Classic Imperial Stout with a unique twist (topped with a cherry).
taste: And the taste delivers. All the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 10/16/13. Poured 11/16/14. I got this in Wisconsin in July. Finally cracked it open.

Appearance: Aggressive pour brought on a slow forming brown head that wound up being three fingers in height. This stout is pitch black with nothing getting through the glass. The lacing is really great -- plenty of it all over the glass.

Smell: Everything you'd want from an Imperial Stout: lots of chocolate and roasted malt. There's some coffee character in there, but that aroma accents more than anything. I don't get any kind of dark fruits on the aroma, but I do get a caramel quality and a plain cake doughnut sort of smell that I usually pick up in high ABV stouts -- especially BBA'd ones. I know, I'm weird.

Taste/feel: Absolutely delicious. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma, and I have zero problems with that. The mouth feel is fantastic... not super heavy, but pretty full-bodied, with a light carbonation. It feels like chocolate milk in beer form. Lots of smooth milk chocolate flavors coming through in this beer with caramel malts... the finish is some roasted malt and coffee with a little much needed bitterness that balances out the initial sweetness. I don't really get any dark fruit flavors to speak of... this reminds me of a more balanced Chocolate Manifesto. Speedway Stout still remains a somewhat sweet Imperial Stout overall, but then again it is 12% ABV.

Excellent, and the best I've had from the style (as of this review, of course). Worthy of every bit of the praise it receives.

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Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

This beer pours a perfect black with a large, fizzy head. The aroma is almost elusively coffee based, jumping out strongly from the large and fizzy head. The flavor is heavily influenced by the coffee, as well as some associated smoke and licorice notes. The mouthfeel is fizzy and surprisingly light bodied. Overall this is a very powerful coffee beer, perfect for spicy food.

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

Photo of codynevels
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rihup
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of drone
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Wow. Amazing stout. From the recommended tulip glass. Pours out to a jet black color with a small head of brown foam. Lower carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, rich toasted malts and cocoa are present, blending well and hinting at the richness that this beer offers. Flavors of rich full bodied roasted malt, smooth java, a touch of dark fruits, cocoa, and a dryness likely from the hops. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and dense. Magnificent. Drinkability is only average, as this is one once in awhile brew, not intended for or enjoyable on a regular basis. Special thanks to Himerman for the sample.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super dark brown. Almost black, but no, it's the darkest of browns. Head is minimal and what does linger does so as a tiny dark khaki collar. Some carbonation is present. Pours nice and viscous without looking syrupy.

Smell: Leather, dark fruits, baker's chocolate, bitter cocoa, and day old coffee. All the right aromas are there. Deeply roasted, burnt, and a touch of char. Scrape the bottom of the burnt malt barrel. Big coffee notes with a syrupy booziness rounding out the back. Chocolate covered espresso beans.

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Taste: Super burnt. Over extracted coffee and the harsh bite of fresh espresso. Loads of bitter chocolate. Roasted malts are crazy huge and push well in to charred territory. Lingering hints of fresh pipe tobacco and licorice. Some minor hints of milk chocolate layered throughout. As it warms some rich fresh-brewed coffee notes pull through, but it reminds me a lot of chocolate covered espresso beans.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that pushes toward full but never makes it. Carbonation is minimal, but comes through just enough to break up the body. Mildly creamy and super smooth.

Overall: Solid. Loads of flavor and it's all in the right place. Loses a little overall as the malts are a bit heavy on the burnt char lacks any balancing sweetness. Solid and worth finding, drinking, and cellaring.

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

On cask at the taproom. Beautiful solid tan lacing, pitch black ale. Coffee/chocolate combo is deliciious! Great balance is neither bitter nor sweet. The mouthfell on cask and at a milder temperature was remarkable - creamy, but certainly not highly carbonated.

This was one of those one sip and WOW, another sip and WOW. Everything from the aroma to the follow-through taste was special. Somewhat better than my previous review from bottle (although previously highly pleasing).

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Photo of brystmar
3.3/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Been wanting to try this for awhile, so I was excited to see it offered at Rattle N Hum. The bottle we shared was served far too cold, so I let it warm up before getting critical.

A: pitch black, literally zero head, mild lace. Speedway Stout is purported to be a top-tier imperial stout, and I expected much more in this department.

S: smells *very* hot. Booze, chocolate, booze, and faint traces of coffee. Did I say booze? Zero aromatic complexity. Doesn't make me giddy with every whiff like the other top stouts in this category.

T: first sip was very cold, bland, and disappointing. Waited until it warmed up, then tasted again. Chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malts, mild coffee, and then plenty of booze. Lacks complexity and refinement, and doesn't hide its strength well. Reminds me of countless other mid-level imperial stouts. A decent beer, but wholly unimpressive.

M: its big, silky, smooth body is the only saving grace here. Definitely the best part of this brew.

D: about average for a 12% beer, but well below average in comparison with other top imperial stouts. Strong amount of alcoholic warmth as it goes down. Pretty heavy too, but this is usually not a point of contention for me. I'll be generous with a 3. Glad I shared this bottle.

I opened this bottle with high expectations and was let down every step of the way. This is in sharp contrast to a beer like Dark Lord: I again came in with high expectations, but was absolutely blown away on all fronts. My hopes for Cigar City's Marshal Zhukov were also high recently; that brew proved itself at least satisfactory on every level and excelled in mouthfeel. Can't say anything similar here.

Speedway Stout really let me down. I actually wish the bottle were musty or stale so I could chalk it up to those problems, but that was simply not the case. In two words, it's overhyped and unimpressive.

This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but expecting something special from this beer will leave you disappointed.

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Photo of tclipse
4.24/5  rDev -3%

Photo of MTKATL
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of impending
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours brown bear at midnight dark. One finger big bubble head, I can see myself wave in the largest yet leaves sticky lacing.

Top of the line aroma, big, dark and rich, as fine as there is. Easy to linger, a delicious smell.

The taste exceeds what the nose promised. The best single word description is rich. The dark chocolate bitter aftertaste is unmatched. This is a big beer, a special occasion beer, a sipping beer, ultimate cold winter night in front of a fire beer, a damn fine beer on a Sunday afternoon beer.
cheers
jd

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

Held on to this in the cellar for 4 months. The coffee probably faded but....WTF. Poured from a 750ml bomber bought from Jungle Jims in Cincy.

Pours jet black/slight brown with a nice thick brown head. Really good presentation.

Smells delicious!!! I am blown away by how good this one smells. Far exceeded my expectations.
Big chocolate and espresso with nice roasted malts. Didn't really smell alcohol?

Flavors of Dark chocolate and coffee bitters hit you right away. This is one tasty SOB! Alcohol is there, but doesn't seem like 12%. Great roasted malt and a tad of vanilla can be detected. I would love to try the BA version of this!

Very thick beer, huge body, oily, with a nice aftertaste. Carbs are spot on.

One of my favorite RIS's so far. Well done Ale Smith. Now please distribute in Indiana!

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Photo of djtomain
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of retry4z
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at room temperature, in the comfort and quiet of my room, into an AleSmith Decadence elongated Belgian tulip glass.

Pours black and viscous, as used motor oil, with a resilient three-finger chocolate head that settles to a half-inch.

Smells of roasted cocoa beans and coffee, some cinnamon spice and detectable sweet notes of dried fruit.

Very dense on the palate, with a nice tingly and warm alcohol finish.

Very little bitterness present despite AleSmith using the most hops on this beer (they balance it with sugars). Tastes of roasted cocoa beans, dried prunes, and cinnamon-like spices. A perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Overall, a very well balanced Imperial Stout. I'd say I would prefer this beer chilled by a few degrees for a refreshing complement. At 12% abv, a ton of different hops, and produced by the best microbrewery around, Speedway Stout is a brewer's masterpiece that will soothe even the savage beast.

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4.37 out of 5 based on 6,867 ratings.
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