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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 | website

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
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1,626
Ratings:
6,449
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,626 | Ratings: 6,449
Photo of Viaduck
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark & not much of a head. Smells like chocolate & coffee & molasses. Salty & sweet & complex flavors hide any alcohol flavor. It's low carbonation doesn't detract from the enjoyment of this excellent beer.

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Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black with an off whitr, slightly tan head that slowly dissipates.

Smell: a swirl of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate deliciousness hits the nose. This smells amazing.

Taste: starts off with coffee bitterness, but then a bit of cacao comes charging through. Boozy notes simmer underneath.

Mouthfeel: bitter aftertaste.

Overall: yum. Very yum. Totally going to get more of this.

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Photo of scott
3.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2006-My shop just got this is in today, so it's straight off the boat, and I am looking very forward to my introductory taste of this Alesmith SS.

Pours beautifully, with black as pitch body, and 1/4 inch tan head at the rim. Literally georgeous in a tulip. Art. Very nice under light.

Strong coffee upfront, which I love for my stouts. Chocolate syrup not far behind in the nose. Burnt and almost powerful.

Taste is average, at best. I want to love this beer. It's not simple enough to be perfect, not complex enough to make think another glass will drive me to insanity. Think Black Hole meets LH Milk Stout. Drinkable, yes. Outstanding?! 92 points?! Big beers are my thing, and this just doesn't justify the hoopla, nor the $12.99 tag.

Syrupy, with minimal tang. Not very expressive.
Yet, everytime I look at it, I want another pull. I wish it could deliver.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in Darkness tulip.

A: Pours noticeably viscous and near black. Zero light getting through. Cappucino colored head rises up and settles down quickly, leaving a film of multi-sized bubbles.

S: Bold dark fruit. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee in the background. Hints of sweet cherry.

T: Big doses of chocolate. Waves of bitter chocolate smoothed out with milk chocolate. Dark fruit is present briefly, but not to the same extent as in the aroma. Coffee is understated, but very tasty. This is a coffee stout that will appeal to non-coffee lovers as well.

M: Lovely viscous feel. Silky & smooth. Perfect.

D: Good. I don't find this to be tremendously complex, but it is very interesting. At 12% abv this is clearly a sipper. Something that I can't quite put my finger on, keeps me from wanting multiple servings.

Very nice beer. I really wish Alesmith was available in the Pittsburgh market, as everything I've had from this brewery is world class. Luckily, a short trip to Vintage Estates is all it takes to replenish my Alesmith stash. If you haven't had Speedway be sure to put it on you "to do" list.

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Photo of squaremile
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the AleSmith taproom in San Diego. Pours a smooth dark black with a brown head that stays for half of the pour. Smell is wonderful: coffee, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Taste is more of the same and very well blended. The bottle can be a bit over coffeed, but this is not. Great smooth mouthfeel, no harshness at all. Beautiful.

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Photo of BZero007
3.37/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Vendomere in CA

Poured a extreme black color void of any light. no head formation at all. The aroma nice with a sweet coffee background twirled around. The smell was not very strong but was nice and plesent. The taste was of a well balanced coffee, roasty, dark fruit flavor. Honestly they all seemed to match very well, but the biggest problem was no carbonation. The carbonation in this brew was way to low and hard to find honestly. I felt for this flavor profile it needed just a dash more to tie everything together. I am hoping I had a bad bottle but this was my second bottle both of which were different years. So I am just chacking this up to not my style. Don't get me wrong this a good Stout just not something I will seek out again. If it was sold in m area I would probably pick it up from time to time. The body was great as a medium/thick style but again the lack of carbonation hit this brew hard for me.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Inky black with some mahogany hints - dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Does not appear to be strongly carbonated.

S - The aroma is complex - dark chocolate and coffee notes, along with some alcohol as well. Molasses seems to be in the mix as well.

T - Similar to the nose - the coffee notes seem to come through a bit more, and the bitterness is a bit pronounced. The alcohol is well blended and not overpowering.

M - Very smooth - glides right across the tongue.

O - Overall, this is a great Imperial stout - I'd be curious to taste the barrel aged version.

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

Pretty delicious stuff! Both the aroma and the taste is a punch to your senses!
A: Midnight black with a thin, mocha colored head.
S: Raisins, roasted malt, subtle coffee, milk chocolate
T: Creamy milk chocolate both mid sip and aftertaste. Some light coffee and roasted malt flavors.
M: Very smooth, almost silk like with a little bit of carbonation and bitterness.
O: Very good….excellent on all fronts!!

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Photo of jordanmiller
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first indepth review. Since turning 21, I've been trying many beers of many different varieties.

Appearance: Well, there is no way in hell that anyone who is into beer can't tell this is a stout. With a slightly vigorous pour, it gave off a good two finger, lightly chocolately malted head. I found the appareance very appropriate for a stout of this magnitude (from what I've heard before tasting)

Smell: Instantly, you know you're in for something big. Something pretty complex. The aroma is quite beautiful, but I almost want to give the word "dangerous" to it as well, because it smells almost gorgeously, but with a harsh note of darkness that I can't quite attribute to it.

Taste: Pretty much what I gathered from the nose. It comes in with a very dark, but very inviting taste, it almost clings to your tongue as it wants your whole pallette to just absorb all of the intricate flavors. In the very finish, I honestly just feel a great coffee stout.

Overall: This is a beer to sip lightly on throughout the night. Those harsh hints of chocolate and coffee are fantastic on the tongue, but if you try to take too much of it, you're going to miss what this beer is about. Grab it for a nice evening that you can afford sipping on a larger bottle for over a period of time, or save this for a sharing with friends. Amazing beer,

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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 ColForbin
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith Speedway Stout pours a thick black color with a dark brown head that quickly fades. Aroma is coffee, some sour fruit, hops, and a hint of alcohol. Just a perfect balance of aromas. Taste is outstanding; caramel, smoke, coffee, molasses with a nice warm feeling while it goes down. Hoppy coffee aftertaste, sounds weird, but it works. Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking, but I'm striving to find a fault with this beer. Very drinkable for its strength, but halfway through the bottle you will be feeling it.

An excellent beer from a brewery that I have overlooked, somehow. I'll have to check out some of their other offerings.

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

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a huge mocha head that subsides to an eighth. Nice lacing.

S - Roasted coffee, with some sweetness.

T - Sweet up front then coffee all the way to the finish. Alcohol warmth in the finish

M - Smooth and slick. Lightly carbonated.

D - The alcohol is very well hidden,

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Photo of 321jeff
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost jet black with plenty of mocha head at first that quickly withers away leaving nothing... no lingering bubbles, not really any lacing, just nothing.

Aroma is nice with some roast malt and coffee, nice, but not quite as strong as I was expecting.

In the taste, things start to take a turn in a positive direction... Mostly roast flavors and dark chocolate, some hints of dark fruits coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is just amazing, it enters smooth and goes down smooth. No excessive bitterness and it totally masks the 12% ABV. So smooth it's almost silky, might be the smoothest beer I've ever had. It definitely goes down way too easy, I'll be searching for some more of this one.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this O'briens with the Kopi Luwak speedway stout for a side by side comparison

A - Pours jet black with a thin, mocha colored head. There is nice lacing on the glass as you drink the beer

S - Roasted malt, slight hint of hops, coffee, slight hazelnut tones as well

T - Roasted malts mixed with black coffee. Not as sweet as the Kopi Luwak, but a good coffee tone - if you like coffee, you will like the taste of this stout

M - Light carbonation with a thick body

D - This would go great with a brunch, and, can possibly pass as a beer you could easily have with breakfast. Or, if you have a coffee flavored ice cream or cake, this would be a perfect night capper.

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Photo of scifan
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pours almost black with a nice mocha colored head into my tulip glass. Quickly fades to a small wispy ring and leaves some nice lacing.
Smells nice. Not as quite as much coffee as I expected with this. It's there but its there as kind of an afterthought. I'm getting mostly dark roasted malts, with hints of dark bitter chocolate, and some fruity notes as well.
The first sip reveals sweet dark fruit flavors, plum, and fig come to mind. Then there's some nice roasted flavors, and a touch of coffee at the end for some bitter balance for all that sweetness. Also the alcohol provides a nice warming sensation at the end.
A little thick and chewy but not in bad way. A beer this big is gonna be. But the alcohol is well hidden and it goes down nice and easy. To be honest I'm a little disappointed in this one, it's still a great beer but I was hoping for more coffee. Like founder's BS

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ones almost black with very little carbonation, almost none at all really until it sits for a few minutes or is swirled in the glass. A very roasty aroma burnt smelling with licorice.
The taste has plenty of alcohol and a chocolate flavor, bitter chocolate not sweet. There is some sweetness but it is a syrupy sweet laced with ass-loads of alcohol, kinda like cough syrup.
The mouthfeel is full and slick with a touch of oily.
I like this alot but frankly I don't know what to do with this huge bottle.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at the fridge 5/20/12, opened 1 hour later. Notes take then.

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter

Pours a very nice creamy, frothy ¼’, dark tan head, with brief length, and good lace.

The aroma has a very, very light hop character which is followed by very distinct, rich malt, with medium chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Vinous and yeast smells, with black bread.
A very enjoyable malt dominated nose.

Medium crisp, vinous, and rich entry on the palate of very, very light hops, followed by very distinct, deep, exceptionally rich malt, refined, caramel, chocolate and dark unsweetened chocolate. Rich mouth presence with bitter chocolate. Black ale yeast and dark bread.
Very full bodied, creamy, and viscous, with a fine balanced carbonation and an off dry sweetness.
Smooth rich drink, dry and bitter.

Medium long acceptable finish, with no hop presence, but a rich malt presence dominates. Surprisingly dry finish.

A very good ale, with good complexity and nice dryness. Flavorful malt, smooth.

This Sixtal had been disconnected and reconnected, so may have lost something? I don’t know.
A very, very good ale but not exceptional.
Recommend a test drive non the less.

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Photo of beerbully
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured into HF stemware

A-Black as midnight.....3/4 inch toffee colored head, decent retention, thick lacing that slides down the side of the glass (4.25)

S-Chocolate, coffee, anise, (4.25)

T- Lots of dark chocolate out of the gate..........slight anise, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, some booze but not 12% worth, very sweet, booze is more like rum than whiskey.......finish is like dark chocolate covered coffee beans soaked in rum (4.5)

M-Thick full bodied beer, 12% ABV is noticeable but not dominant.....just enough to provide some warmth......lots of flavors, well balanced (4.5)

O-Good full bodied beer to be sippin on a cold, damp afternoon. (4.5)

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours pitch black with two finger mocha head. The nose is rich with mocha, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, booze, roast malt. Delicious. The flavor is very nice. Big and roasty. Toffee. The coffee seems a bit mellow, could be the age of the bottle. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Great stout.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nearly identical on draft and in the bottle, and a great stout.

Inky black liquid with a brown foam cap. It really isn't beautiful but it certainly is impressive.

Nice aroma of coffee and roasted malts.

Excellent flavor that improves as the beer heats up. Roasted malts and coffee, just like the nose, and also chocolate, balanced by bitterness that could be a touch stronger. Really great flavor though.

Thick but not overwhelming. A little frothy at times.

Staggeringly drinkable for a 12% stout. Or any beer for that matter.

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Photo of beesy
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a small Founders snifter.

A - pours a deep brownish black (not inky black) with two finger medium brown head. Slight waterfalling. Head halves in size quickly, but had good staying power. Looks thin.

S - lots of alcohol - straight whafting a bottle of isopropyl, which is surprising. Roast and chocolate also come through.

T - very nice - noticeable alcohol but not as strong as in the nose (hopefully the bottle I've had in the cellar for the past two years has mellowed). Tons of chocolate from start that changes to dark chocolate on the late palate. A very pronounced roast on the back end paired with a firm hop bitterness.

M - medium bodied. Barely enough to hold all the flavor. I think if they used a less attenuation yeast, it might add some mouthfeel and reduce the hot alocohol present.

D - actually fairly drinkable when cooler, but not so much as it warms. The roast paired with the hot alcohols reduce drinkability as it warms.

Overall - an excellent stout that I am glad I can pick up off the shelf anytime I want in Ohio seeing how so many people seekl this one out. Curious to see how it ages-will add tasting notes to an aged bottle once it's broke open. Beat up on it a little for the hot alcohol aromas.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle in a trade with Tieman. For some reason I had not made the time to drink it. Now I did and let me tell you: It was worth the wait.

Shared a 750ml with Jeffo and my wife.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out black. Not quite as thick as I expected. It gave a nice one finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.

Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors on this one. A light alcohol burn and a nice biterness to it.

I was a little surprised by the medium body and good amount of carbonation. Not that it's a bad thing just diffrent from what I expected. (bitter) Flavors that linger forever.

Overall a great beer. I'd drink this every day if I could. Which I can't becuase I go broke buying this all the time on my end of the planet. If this is available where you live you should always have one on hand. Thanks Tieman for sending this my way.

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Photo of laketang
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter pitch black with burnt butter head

chocolat notes as well as cake batter and gingersnap

like drinking a chocolat bar! a bit bitter (in a good way)some anise, alcohol is noted, but not overly tho

full mouth rich with a slight bitter linger

can I have another one please

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep black with a nice tight brown head that drops quickly, but laces pretty well throughout. i like my impy stouts in a snifter, and this one is a ton of coffee, chocolate and alcohol with a touch of earthy hops in the nose. flavor is much of the same. mostly roasted espresso flavor, but also some strong chocolate as well. nice hoppy and coffee bitterness lingers long after the swallow. mouthfeel was the only thing disappointing in this beer. too thin for my liking in this style, and very resinous. it's just too flavorful for the alcohol to hinder much, but you will feel it by the end of the 750. overall, a top notch impy/coffee stout, but not at the echelon of my list. two more bottles will get some age and more reviews in the future. good fresh, but i'm betting this one will age well.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at Pizza Port ontap into a pint glass (12-03-07). Poured a midnight jet black with a nice thick tan head. Smell is of fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt. Taste is rich coffee, chocolate, and a slight carmel malt hidden in there. The alcohol is well hidden but at 12% you still get that warmth. The mouth feel is full body but still retains a creamy feel with a help of moderate carbonation level. For the alcohol this is a very drinkable beer. I have had this beer both in bottle and tap for the last five years and have to say it is one of my favorite beers in the world and I am so happy to live so close to the source.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.
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