Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 6,972 |  Reviews: 1,733
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a thick, foamy creme colored head. A bit of spotted lacing gets left behind as the beer disappears. Really, it looks close to perfect. The aroma is highlighted by coffee, which is incredible. Toasted and roasted malts sit behind. Great aroma. The taste features a blast of coffee, with toasted malts, and chocolate in the background. Absolutely stellar. Mouth feel is sublime, with it's thick, robust feeling, while still remaining smooth and easy to gulp down (it's almost tough to not gulp it). Overall, a beer that delivers on every front. I traded for it after reading about it in coffee beer reviews. So glad I did. I was disappointed to see the bottle was from early 2015 (consumed/reviewed on April 1st, 2016 - but this beer is no joke) as I thought the coffee notes would've faded away, but I was dead wrong. They are there and in force. It's an absolute delight to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Bias: I love coffee.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | 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.

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4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +14.2%

Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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