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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
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
Ranking:
#268
Reviews:
1,716
Ratings:
6,909
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to The CANQuest (tm), Sppedway Stout! This was a relatively spendy CAN, but since I have been spending the day drinking & reviewing Stouts, I decided to bring this one into the fore.

From the CAN: "Speedway Stout's ominous, pitch black appearance has become a hallmark of the modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer's dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout's fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come."; "This beer's great balance makes it a very food-friendly imperial stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound Cheddars."

I Crack!ed this bad boy open, but as much as I wanted to do an inverted Glug, its price tag & quantity (16-fl. oz.) held me back from anything more than a slow pour. It did not matter as its intense carbonation immediately led to the formation of two fingers of dense, foamy, light-brown head with great retention. Color was absolutely Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Jeez-O, man, this was sucking the light out of the room! Nose smelled intensely of rich, black coffee, the kind that must be coaxed into my coffee pot each morning as the filter clogs due to the amount of grounds that I use. I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor & I still run on smokin' coffee. Sure, there was also dark chocolate, light smoke & the dried, dark fruits that they mentioned, but coffee was the star of the show. Mouthfeel was thick, full & creamy, just what I had been missing this afternoon. The taste was an instant jumpstart to my heart! Coffee came on strong, followed closely by dark, bittersweet chocolate and then the fruitiness began to open up along with the toffee & caramel flavors. Whee! OMFG. Phew. What a riotous beer! I almost CANnot believe that they deigned to CAN such a beast, but I am not CANplaining. Finish was dry and very coffee-like, just what I had hoped for. Phew! It is only its price point that slows me down from buying additional CANs.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is sometime in 2017, but otherwise illegible.
Pours a pure black body, with bubbly, thick tan head, extensive coverage of lacing.
Smells of dark roasts, coffee, chocolate, and slightly sweeter caramel.
Taste bursts with dark chocolate and coffee, with roasty and caramel malts at the end. A slight alcohol burn in the noise.
Silky, medium, coating mouth feel.
Excellent example of an imperial stout with coffee.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can. It pours jet black with a finger worth of tan head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate with some nice sugary and caramel-like sweetness to it. The taste is of espresso, dark chocolate, and some roasted grains. Very viscous and it coats the tongue nicely. Little in the way of booziness despite the fairly high ABV.

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Photo of lewith
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gardner254
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of f-k
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tobi797
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottsoileau
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaneb818
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirTD
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BryanH69
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally dig this beer. it is everything to me that a really good stout should be and serves well by itself or along side a properly cooked steak.

It isn't a harsh coffee...or chocolatey beer...but manages to hit it perfectly while throwing in some vanilla. Honestly the most important to me is it doesn't end up tasting like a chemical mess like some of the others I have had.

Drinking this is really a little too easy for a 12% beer.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greene94
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Azfieldphx
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very chocolatey and sweeter stout with a great light feel. Starts and finishes extremely well. Checks almost every box in what you want in a stout.

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Photo of ale_addin
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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