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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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Reviews: 1,683 | Ratings: 6,779
Photo of flyingpig
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle from 2014, bought from (£15.25):
Great stuff from AleSmith again here & a beer that was every bit as good as I'd hope for going in; it was definitely worth the wait in cracking this bottle open. The beer was kicked off by a lot of darker, roasted malts & coffee flavours but it was also a touch sweeter than expected thanks to the sugars & chocolate, but also the darker fruits & vanilla that featured too. The beer was quite rich & complex with good carbonation & only a little of the 12% abv. showing nearer the end of the nose & taste, something that helped the beer down very easily. The beer was very much a moreish offering with some dry touches nearer the end & some subtle darker fruits coming through to keep things interesting at times.; I really enjoyed drinking this one & it seemed to go down slightly better than the Vietnamese Coffee edition that I tried on-tap last year; an excellent beer that you definitely need to try, it's one that I'll be on the hunt for again now.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one was incredible,, super thick appearance with a brownish foam just like the one I love in stouts. The perfect amount of coffee and an incredible flavor. Loved it.

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Photo of leantom
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More fruity than I was expecting, but good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Pitch-black with a huge, slow-to-build, chocolatey head. Leaves a lot of lacing as well. Perfect.

S: Slight scents of charred coffee bean and chocolate give way to a concoction of sweet plum, figs, and raisin. Very complex and sweet. Very little in the way of hops.

T: Follows the nose. Hints of chocolate followed by robust dark fruit. Back of the pallet is pure fruit; there's a lingering taste of licorice, raisin, and plum. Tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout - very similar to Old Raspy.

F: Good.

O: A nice stout. A little overrated, but it's worth the purchase price.

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

Tastes like a stout should taste. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Chocolate and coffee dominate the palate. This is probably my favorite stout that is easily accessible. This is one lives up to its high rating.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the black foil wrapped 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on December 24, 2016.

It pours a dark brown color with a modest, short lasting tan frothy head.

All kinds of aromas including dark sweet malts, coffee grinds, rich malts, fig, plum, char, but a low hop profile. Booze is buried.

Full body and smooth.

This is the kind of stout flavor that other brewers try to emulate. Bold and rich dark malt, dark bread sweetness, dark fruits, vague coffee, wood, slightly smoked, and a mild but easy to handle earthy hop finish. Through and through you would never know this is 12% ABV because the booze is integrated beautifully into this beer. Although my head will feel it later.

I usually have to think carefully about spending $15 on a single bottle of beer but this is worth that.

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Photo of darktronica
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not much to add that countless other reviews haven't covered, but from my experience, this is best with about two years of age on it. I've had fresh bottles from multiple batches that were a bit unbalanced, with too much dark-roasted bitterness, but after some time in the bottle, it really smooths out. The coffee is still prominent at that point, but it brings out more earthy nuttiness and subtle dark chocolate notes to balance the bitterness.

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Photo of senglish7
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan. Jet black in appearance. Sweet almost plum smell. Similar on the mouth with some coffee and a bitter finish. Had always heard good things, now I can vouch.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice solid stout. Nice dark color. Has a nice coffee and chocolate taste. Still has a little boozy taste going on. But the booziness is not that bad for such a high ABV.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$9.99 for a 22oz bottle. No ingredients listed per the website. Brewed with ryan brothers coffee. 12% ABV, 70 IBU, OG=1.114

Pours out to an inky black, forming a tall dark tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Lots of prune juice, soy sauce and black walnut in the nose, with some dark chocolate and mild roast. Mouthfeel is rich, oily and dense with a big body. The taste is a recap of the nose. Prune juice, soy sauce, black walnut, then chocolate, and moderate roast, some vanilla and a little leather in the finish. Earthy moderate bitterness, roast lasting in the finish and a black pepper heat of alcohol. Quite boozy, more than I would anticipate for 12%.

A nice imperial stout, although its a bit hot and boozy for me, with some mild fusels and finishing very dry. I'm not inclined to buy it again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a nice tan foamy head that really laced the glass. I get aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. When you drink it you can defiantly taste the alcohol, there is a nice sweetness of chocolate and dark fruits that is followed with the long bitterness of coffee, roasted malts, and hops. The dryness is not overwhelming and the beer is smooth and mouth coating.

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Photo of jmd88
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had low expectations because I've seen this in stores everywhere, but this really is a good beer. Pours with a light brown head that doesn't fade quickly. Smells and tastes barrel aged, although this version wasn't. Felt very well balanced and didn't have any flavors that overwhelmed.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beer for cold days, dark days, rainy days. And not so bad on a beautiful fall afternoon, music playing, book in hand, the day's work accomplished. It's like going back to the earth where there is a party waiting, thrown in your honor.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black color, two finger brown head, nice lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Raisins, dark chocolate, sweet coffee.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, booze.

F: Medium to full bodied, yet very smooth. Lots of booze but highly drinkable.

O: World-class beer, not question about it. Could have this any day!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big bottle into a pint glass. bottled 12/15/15, so 10 months old.

body is black as the blackest night. generous oatmeal colored head leaving excellent lacing.

strong malt background stout aroma, not getting the chocolate or coffee. does smell damn good though.

an excellent tasting imperial stout. coffee tones appeared after the beer had warmed a little. not bitter or overly roasted, pretty smooth. the 12abv is incredibly well hidden, but i took my time with this one and only mildly buzzed.

somewhere between medium and full on the mouth, a faint alcohol burn in the back of the mouth, and a lingering stout finish. Rolls beautifully around the tongue.

all in all a top notch imperial stout, extremely drinkable, but must be treated with respect. looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wooo! This is making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 750ml poured into a snifter, a deep brown with a tan head. At 12% there is a heavy presence of booze on the nose, obviously along with coffee. The taste doesn't nearly have the alcohol taste as it did on the nose. Dark chocolate and a big presence of coffee dominate the taste without taking away from having the malt and original stout flavor. Overall this is very well balanced and one of the best if not the best coffee beers I've had.

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Photo of ntanner83
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 2.5 years after bottling, coffee had mellowed significantly and some strong alcohol cane through. Very good, but would like to try newer or other coffee varieties.

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

22 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Black, light does not go through, brown foam
Smell: fragrant, not boozy even with high alcohol content
Taste: excellent low, bitterness long follow through
Feel: long finish, creamy, good follow through and lingering aftertaste
Overall: excellent beer, repeat: yes, look for: yes

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Photo of RichardRankin
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is very dark brown, medium head with a bit of lacing.
Smell is strongly coffee, this will probably be less prominent in the one I'm still aging.
Taste was heavily roasted coffee, yielding to traditional malty stout. Not overly boozy.
Mouthfeel is smooth, not quite as complex as an aged BCBS but very nice.

A very good stout to find if you haven't tried one.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, Brown head
Aroma: Lots and lots of coffee, burnt malt, bitter chocolate brown sugar.
Taste: oily, coffee, bitter chocolate, little vanilla, little boozy,

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Photo of Taybeh
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber (about a year old) into a Yeti snifter. Pours a deep black with edges of beautiful dark walnut and a thin crown of khaki head that leaves fairly good lacing. Nose has nice layers: toasted and roasted nutty malts, chocolate malts, an edge of bitter roasted coffee/espresso bean, and a little licorice...not a huge nose, but lots to enjoy. Taste brings everything in the nose home, and ups the game...really delicious. I'm also getting a little more dark fruit in there...maybe some dates or figs. There's a lot going on here, and I find that each sip can bring out a different dimension of the profile...I don't find that one feature dominates as ever-present/prior. The power of the alcohol come through for sure, but it isn't really hot. Mouthful is full and creamy and smooth, though for the abv, I wouldn't say it is super heavy. Really great stuff. It has been awhile since I've had a great imp stout, so hard to know how it compares with others, but...this definitely belongs in the conversation.

(With this profile and approach, I can guess how the Vietnamese coffee version might make a lot of really great sense...note to self.)

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Photo of Radcpa
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage This product is so watered down. Thin dark appearance with some head and carbination. Aroma very mild coffee and chocolate. Taste is also very mild and not what I expected from previous years

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle. good but not great. coffee notes have faded considerably, leaving only a faint reminiscent roastyness. nice balance of sweet flavors and burnt malts, a slight bitterness present as well. overall definitely good but i dont think its excellent or exceptional in any way, maybe ill need to try it fresh.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a reddish tinge when held to the light. Topped with a finger of chocolate milk coloured head. Can't see any carbonation, and can't see through it.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, black liquorice, toasted notes, and sweet like tiramisu.

Chocolate, coffee, hints of black liquorice, quite sweet, quite boozy. Sort of freezer like quality that Peche Mortal has. Very similar to Peche Mortal. Sweet with a green bean like quality.

Thick and slightly oily, it has a little, foamy carbonation.

I got this one at Mikkeller Bar, Bangkok tonight. I'm having it at Green View Hotel in Ekkamai 10, Sept 12, 2016. Really impressive beyond my expectation. Really enjoying this brew.l

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those occasions where the hype is justified... This pours opaque black with brown head that fades to a clingy ring. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate and mild roast. No alcohol to be detected. Flavor is similar. Sweet notes of chocolate coat the tongue... I'm so burned out on coffee stouts I was hesitant about this one... but the coffee flavor is mild and delicious in the background. It's so smooth and clean-finishing. I'm going to stock up more bottles in the cellar.

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

From tap at Bocktown in Robinson. First day of school date with Leah. 12 oz pour. Definitely high alcohol, but of course... It's an imperial. I like this offering because it isn't too sweet. A very warming offering for a cold winter day... Although this is still summer ;-) Anyway, this is a top notch beer for sure

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