AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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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:
#269
Reviews:
1,724
Ratings:
6,939
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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922
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Photo of Nutmegger
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Photo of ruzzal
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Steban
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Leag0002
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black in color with dark brown and ruby hues on the edges. Poured with thick, dense, dark beige foam that quickly reduces to a thick cap with good retention. Mellow, medium high, roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas. Medium light dark fruity esters of sweet fig and raisin. No hop aromas. Light, pleasant, boozy notes in the background as this warms. Full bodied with a creamy smooth, thick, viscous feel and light carbonation. Medium high flavors of sweet milk chocolate up front followed by dark roasted malts into the middle. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle along with dark fruity esters and a definitive, pleasant, boozy, warmth that slowly intensifies to the end. Finished dryly with a lingering, mellow hoppy and roasty bitterness. Incredibly drinkable considering the high abv. No hot boozy, solvent flavors or feel. Generally mellow flavors and aromas (for the style) that may be a result of a year of cellaring. Also, bo coffee characters were noted, flavor or aroma. Not sure if this was also a result of aging or si ply perceptikn. Fabulous balance between the sweet and roasty malts and hop bitterness. Pleasant, mellow, warm, booziness, despite the higher abv.

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Photo of Mattyb79
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tgoldian
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect stout

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:
The pour looks awesome. Color is pretty much black - can't see much light even through the edges. The tan head builds and sticks around. Lacing is pretty significant.

The nose is deep roasted notes, and most predominantly coffee, which is not a surprise given it is brewed with coffee. It's fairly straightforward with very little other scents punching through the roasted/coffee curtain.

The taste starts like the nose, by hitting you smack up front with dark roasted coffee. The other thing it hits with, however, is the burn of alcohol. In its straightforward nature, it is in line with what I expect in a highly rated coffee stout, as we tend to like bold flavors here. Letting the beer warm a bit smooths the edges some, but the main taste continues to be dark, mildly astringent coffee. The edges start to add in some milk-chocolate cocoa, but the coffee and alcohol erase these notes before mid-taste.

Especially early, this beer is a little rough on the tongue with alcohol (and some carbonation early, which fades before I finish the glass). The suggested temp is towards the higher end at 50-55, and by the time the beer smooths out considerably, it seems almost room temp (emphasis on seems).

So, this beer more or less delivers on its promise. It has bold flavors that are in line with what a coffee stout should probably be. The feel gets better and better with warmth, but never loses its alcohol/astringent bite.

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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bod 1/26/15 left in my cellar till now
Pours black with 2 finger light brown head in my yeti sniffer smells Of a little chocolate and dark roast coffee not tons on the nose T chocolate, coffee,toffee,Carmel F thick rich with slight carbination O so good on this cool crisp day I need try one fresh and aged longer

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

Pours a pitch black with copious tan head. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, leather, coffee, a hint of barn yard. Tastes sweet, roasted malts forward, molasses, cocoa, hint of coffee. Midnote there is a pleasant acidic, piney twang mid note culminating in a very clean palate . Not syrupy despite its sweetness, medium bodied, smooth almost milky profile.
Overall very well balanced, silky smooth, imperial stout with just a hint of coffee, easily one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had – thoroughly enjoyable – hopefully it will be produced in a 4 pack (maybe even. . . dare I say. . . a can?).

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Photo of MykeJ
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmartinger
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thebeerbeast
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cubbyZilla
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i didn't get much on the nose. it's dark and thick. lots of coffee and molasses. low on the carbonation. i can't taste the 12%abv. it's masked very well. overall a wonderful stout.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zatch90
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jbriggs7
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,939 ratings
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