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 Cubatobaco
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml magnum poured into a tulip.

A- Pours out really slow and thick looking. A smallish one finger head thats a deep brown forms and fades leaving lacing all around. The beer is deep black. pretty heavy looking.

S- Nose full of coffee and chocolate some oatmeal and a slight roasty bitterness. Its really nice.

T- Big on the chocolate malts, the coffee isnt nearly as strong as the nose would have you believe. There is a lot of roastiness which lends some bitterness. Theres also notes of oatmeal and a grassy hop presence.

M- Really low carbonation, really slick and silky. Finishes semi-dry.

D- The ABV is big but it doesnt show. This is a pretty good stout, I feel like I've had better though.

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Photo of zac16125
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
no born on date or other distinguishing numbers, but was purchased in 2011

A: Pours a viscous opaque black with 1 fingers width of espresso colored head. Moderately good retention down to a thin film, leaves a decent amount of patchy lacing.

S: Big aroma, dark fruits(fig and plum) at first then the roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate aromas come out. A subtle smokey character as well, and maybe a touch of oak, with the alcohol making itself known as the beer warms. Complex, deep, and very strong aromas. Superb.

T: The first sip is big milk chocolate with roasted malt on the backend then coffee lingering in the aftertaste. Other flavors noted are dark chocolate, bold roast coffee, a nutty character, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness, and a hint of vanilla. The alcohol starts to make itself known towards the end of the bomber, but acts as a balancing agent to add to rather than distract from the palate profile. The flavors are so strong, particularly the chocolate and coffee (this coming from someone who enjoys drinking black coffee of the boldest roast he can find). Finishes a little harsh, with the alcohol coming out pretty strong, but prior to that it was bordering on perfection so it still gains high marks.

M/D: So smooth. Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, silky smooth oily mouthfeel to let the flavors coat the palate, and a wet finish. Nice job of masking a whopping 12%ABV. Quite drinkable considering the huge flavors and big ABV.

O: Overall, what a fantastic RIS. Amazing aroma, which is backed up by a fantastic palate profile, silky smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. World class, neck and neck with the Abyss as my all time favorite RIS.

Re-reviewed on 6/22/13. Dozens of Imperial stouts later has this one is les epic than I remembered, but still excellent. Repeat rankings were:
A: 4.75
S: 4.5
T: 4.5
M/D: 4
O: 4.5
Probably a truer reflection of this beer than my overly high noob-ish rating. But for now I am going to leave the original ranking. Ill try it again soon and give it a best 2 out of 3.

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Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Special thanks to my friend Mike for bringing this bottle back fresh from San Diego. Thanks, Mike.

I was a little disappointed in the appearance for a lack of a good head. Of course, it is not necessary, nor is it expected for an Imperial Stout to have much of a head at all... and sometimes, people prefer their imperials without a head. It's just that mine had absolutely no head on it at all, and I usually like at least a trace of carbonation.

The aroma was nice. A pretty neutral aroma considering the strength of the beer, with no fusel alcohols or crazy esters from the yeast. The mark of a well-crafted imperial...

The taste... I was pretty damn impressed. A perfect balance, the perfect amount of black patent malt and roasted barley, and a nice accomplishment with the addition of coffee beans.

I gave a 5.0? I hardly ever give 5.0s, as they should be rare. But let's face it... this beer had one of the most interesting mouthfeels I've ever tasted. It was silky and smooth like an oatmeal stout, yet full-bodied like an imperial. And the coffee beans must have given it a subtle complexity my palate could understand but my writing cannot articulate.

I will definitely recommend this beer to any imperial lover.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black, FAT head of sandy brown. Sticks around for a long time, spotty lacing over the edges.

S: Beautiful espresso aroma, dark chocolate. Almost like a fine mocha capuccino. A very nice choice of coffee... I'd like to try that, as well!

T: Roasty coffee bean - a bitterness of both unsweetened chocolate and espresso bean. Some black currant flavours nestled in there. Not a lot of subtlety here, as I find in many other of the style... but big flavours of finer quality.

M: Thick, rich, and heavy... then, like magic, it finishes incredibly dry, like it spontaneously vaporizes.

D: With the big flavour, it becomes something of a mellow sipper, but the alcohol is incredibly well hidden - maybe a little on the finish, but otherwise, quite unnoticable and buried under the other flavours.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking stout. Black as can be with a dense, thick head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruits. Lots of roasted notes as well. Flavor was very heavy on the dark fruits I smelled- dates and black currants. A healthy dose of chocolate. IT really seemed to lack the intense coffee flavor I was hoping for. I am thinking that cellaring for over a year was probably a bad choice as the adjuncts have become somewhat subdued, resulting in a loss of balance. Lots of roasted bitterness.

Overall, pretty good. I suggest drinking fresh.

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Photo of dgherm
4.5/5  rDev +3%

2012 on draft. Excellent stuff. Best imperial sout I've had to date. Smooth and creamy going down. Nice roasty coffee flavors. Impressive.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

I have had this beer a couple of times, not sure why it took me so long to rate it. The pour is a rich midnight color that has a very nice viscous quality to it. Nice to see the glass change colors as you drink it. The head is a darker tan color that remains around the edges of the glass but limited lace. More viscous then lace.

The nose is malty but limited for being as big as it is. Mostly darker malt notes such as chocolate, roast and a touches of coffee. Some lactic quality that blends nicely with the alcohol/solvent esters. Some coca cola smells as well. There is a touch of tropical fruits, figs and raisins mostly, but some feint woody characteristics as well, vanilla comes to mind.

The taste is rich and full flavored. The initial tastes come out nicely with an expensive dark chocolate taste. This is followed up with a more roast like flavor that isn't as astringent as would have expected, rather smooth and silky. Some sugary notes, molasses and alcoholic warmth to it. There is a smooth finish that isn't quite like a milk stout but has the feel to it. Some bonus flavors of vanilla and mocha finish off a great taste.

The body is noticeably big and chewy. The rich flavor adds to the silkiness almost like a oatmeal stout. Some oily textures that are a bit of a deterrent but overall a great beer to race to get.

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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 94fl.oz.bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pure black & black to the light. Creamy, brownish beige in color, lasting crown. Aromas of roasted malts –chocolate & black patent- cocoa, ripe fruit, bread crust & toffees. Creamy roasted malt with chocolate hues at first sip then an increasing bitterness arises & lingers into the finish with a kind warming sensation. Flavorful , creamy & voluptuous palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Black coffee on the aftertaste. ABV flavor perfectly hidden. Everything dances in a perfect balanced performance. Smooth & quiet. Drinkability? Well, I ,was by myself, enjoying it when I realized only three fingers were left on the bottle so…I just finished it.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Ultimate
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 SinjaminBentek
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

First time enjoying a Speedway. Jet black. Nose is dark chocolate. Taste is sweet malt and dark chocolate. High attenuation, a little thin. Very nice beer.


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Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jlabs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Gemini6
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle that isnt as colorful as the one pictured courtesy of brokenleadedcask at DLD. poured into an over sized snifter. pretty excited about this one. no freshness dating, although the back says "age for 6-24 months."

A- black body with a finger of coffee colored head. the head is full of large bubbles and lasts a long time, leaving large rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very intense. lots of dark roasted malt. loads of coffee. some darker fruits in here as well. figs, plums, raisins/tobacco, and maybe some cherry. wow lots of coffee. milk and dark chocolate as well.

T- the taste is equally intense. the coffee is out of control. very dark and roasted tasting. the dark fruits i could smell are very diminished in the taste. small amounts of raisins/tobacco and figs. strong chocolate element in here too.

M- this is the worst aspect of this beer. its a huge beer, but the mouthfeel isnt as thick as i would like or expect. good levels of carbonation, and they did a great job of hiding the alcohol. the only way i can tell its in there is the warming sensation as it enters my belly.

D- very easy to finish, and im left wanting more after my bottle is empty. it probably wouldnt be a good idea being as strong as it is. probably my favorite coffee infused beer, and ive tried a bunch. check this one out if you get a chance, i wish i had easy access to it.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TBonez477
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one with an IPA and a Yulesmith (Winter) in an order from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Another delicious beer from AleSmith. Amazing deep brown color with a tan head that lingers, and the monstrous chocolate, caramel, some toffee, molasses, and other dried fruit flavors. Big body, as expected. I will say this this one didn't quite distinguish itself from some of my favorite Imperial Stouts like I expected, but certainly a delicious stout.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,846 ratings.
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