AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
6,816
Reviews:
1,692
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
918
Gots:
2,183
For Trade:
149
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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmh21
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled in January of 2016
it's been sitting in my fridge forever

pours oil black with a dark creamy head, looks amazing actually

smell is sexy as hell. tons of coffee, smells super fresh tbh

taste is strong, not boozy strong but coffee and heavy malt strong. big flavor and feel here. yet the body is velvety and smooth

pretty damn good. clearly a BIG beer at 12% but also the bottle is fucking massive. i'm only a few beers in (2 Nugget Nectars) and this beer might be my night ender

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Photo of Timc32
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kirock
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akopczyk
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Noles9585
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mctnoyes
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz into Spiegelau Stout glass. Canned on January 24th 2017.

L: Deep dark black. Finger width tan head with good retention. Spotted lacing.

S: Rich coffee, wood smoke, sherry, booze.

T: Wow. I was expecting an overwhelming alcohol bite as this is very fresh but its very smooth. Lots of coffee and chocolate, hints of wood smoke and sherry, very tasty.

F: Medium-Full body, decent carbonation. Super super smooth.

O: This is an absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mamaraza
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CMC73
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Markyg21
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Total Wine, Fredericksburg. Pours super dark brown, probably black from the growler. Small brownish head. Chocolate, malt and coffee in the nose. The mouth is assaulted by the roasted malt, toffee, etc. Killer!

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spoild
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scarter82
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrex68
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bwood06
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of this to share with a buddy of mine who, like me, is a huge dark beer fan. I've been wanting to try this one for a while now and finally got the chance to do so.

This beer pours a pitch black, opaque hue which results in not being to make note of the carbonation level present. he head is a khaki color and creamy in appearance, dissipating to a thin lacing with a neck that is retained. 4.25/5 The aroma is exactly what I expected with dark chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a dark fruity sweetness all coming out in concert together. The aroma is heavily balanced toward the malt with no noticeable ho profile. There is a touch of booziness on the nose, but it is not overwhelming by any means, and it really goes to show just how strong this aroma is. 4.25/5 The flavor is every bit as awesome as the aroma with toffee and dark chocolate leading the way, transitioning into a dark roasted malt with a touch of espresso as well as vanilla. A bit of earthy grain, hay, tobacco, and hay notes come out in the middle but a dark fruitiness quickly envelopes them. There is light bitterness on the back end as well as a bit of booziness, but nothing overwhelming and neither linger after swallowing. 4.5/5 This is a very full bodied beer and a very heavy one at that with a light carbonation tickle on the front end that quickly subsides to a full mouth coating and creamy mouthfeel that really wets everything down nicely. There is really no dryness to speak of and no lingering dryness. 4.25/5 This is really an awesome imperial stout that brings out its flavors wonderfully well. Needless to say, my buddy and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will be returning to buy another one in the near future. 4.25/5

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Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably still my favorite beer. Bottled on 5/12/2014 and poured into a snifter.

The appearance is pitch black with a super compact 1 finger mocha head that lasted well. Alcohol legs on the glass as well.

The aroma is huge with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, a bready malt sweetness and roasted malts. Some alcohol spice creeps up as well.

The taste follows the nose with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and a big bready malt sweetness. Also a slightly subdued roast comes through afterwards.

The palate is full with a viscous creamy finish that lingers rediculously long. So substantial. Has just enough heat that lingers slightly.

This is such an amazing beer that has held up wonderfully. I am happy that I have a couple more aging. Hopefully I can try the barrel aged version eventually.

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Photo of Moestavern
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,816 ratings.
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