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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of raynmoon
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 7/01/13

a: black, very black, cannot see through it, with a tan, mocha like head that is clinging around.

s: tons of hazelnut, vanilla, coffee beans, roasted malt. Not too strong, very sweet.

t: very balanced, not too much coffee (i've never been one to detect much coffee anyway), bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a little tinge of some heat, which works nicely with the rest of the beer.

mf: very silky, very light carbonation.

Overalll, I quite like this a lot. Nothing too crazy since I had a few bottles of the Stone Espresso IRS back in the spring. This tastes very similar to that, but just more well executed. I can tell a bourbon barrel aged version of this would be awesome. A great vessel beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Poured from a bottle into my RR tulip.

Appearance: Deep black with a nice mocha head. Looks great and head is retained for a while with nice lacing afterwards.

Smell: Boozy coffee notes. Slight roasted chocolate and toffee

Taste: Delicious slightly dark chocolate with a coffee finish--initially sweet but a pleasantly bitter aftertaste; some dark fruits, plum and raisin mid taste. Slight alcoholic burn on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Why the hell am I drinking this in August? Would be ideal for a post holiday dinner beer. I'm not complaining though, this thing is great. Goes down the hatch smooth for 12% ABV.

Overall: An awesome stout well worth seeking out. It is a task to drink by one's self, but is still very delicious and balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of lic217
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: black
Aroma: coffee and chocolate
Taste: same as aroma plus vanilla, starts sweet and ends bitter
Feel: thick and creamy
Overall: solid stout with complexity

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look – This pours dark as to be expected, flawless example of the style; light is not passing through this one. Pretty good head, brown about an inch and lacing holds for a good time.

Aroma – Smell is maybe the only thing, which could be improved. However, I don’t think it’s that the aroma is lacking, it’s that every other characteristic is flying sky high.

Taste – WOW, just WOW!!! I taste dark chocolate, almost like dry chocolate, like used in baking. Coffee / toffee flavor, are there with unparalleled balance. ABV is in incognito and you only get a little, very little at that, burn on the back of the palette in the finish; careful ladies and gentlemen.

Mouthfeel – It’s silky, with spot on body. This was the first think that really impressed me.

Overall – This is amazing, as it’s one of the best, perhaps best imperial stouts I’ve ever tried. Have faith, this won’t disappoint and if it does, it’s time to check in the taste buds and start a new hobby.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,849 ratings.
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