Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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

A: Pours a pitch black color with 3 fingers of tan head that eventually fades to a thin cap that leaves great lacing

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, anise, and a hint of dark fruits. Very deep and complex

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty, with big notes of chocolate and coffee, with some nice anise and vanilla notes in the background. Alcohol provides a slight estery kick but goes great with the roasted malts and packs almost no heat or booziness

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: One of the best coffee stouts out there, hands down. It's also dangerously drinkable at 12%. I'd recommend splitting this one because this is one HUGE beer. Definitely worth the price

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Not surprisingly, this is a dark and lovely looking beer. It pours with an electric and impressive rush that turns into an opaque black body. The head is a deep beige/chocolate milk head that is a tad darker than most other imperials. Bunches of head which just sits there. The lacing consists of foam which clings in columns to the glass. There is some sheeting as well.

Nose- A rich coffee been aroma hits you right off the bat. And as someone who doesn't really drink coffee, I am oddly intrigued by it. The coffee moves into chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. These fade and the espresso coffee notes return.

Taste- Coffee bitterness begins the palate then changes to some sour notes. The coffee begins to take over again along with some woody bitterness that has some cinnamon to it. Some heat on the finish which after a minute warms the belly. This is very dark and sensual beer with lots of balance.

Mouthfeel- Lovely. Creamy, smooth, and silky. Quite a heavy texture but what else would you expect?

Drinkability- It's so drinkable that it's scary. And at the price, it should be in my regular rotation.

Overall- Definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. This is a must try. Definite A+.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barnzy78
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, pours opaque black with a huge, frothy, milk chocolatey colored head, with awesome retention and leaves chunky lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet dark chocolate, creamed coffee, roasted malt. Tastes are bold, rich and well balanced with dark chocolate, coffee, booze, roasted barley, faint fruity esters, some bitter hops ride out the lingering dark chocolate. For 12% the booze is minimally noticeable and excellently concealed. Full bodied, super creamy and rich. Wow. Not a whole lot of complexity here, but it's brilliantly crafted. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 shared amongst friends in CCB snifters yesterday 3/27/13. Also based on tasting notes from a similar occasion one month ago.

Aroma: Some brewed coffee along with a decent bit of chocolate, roast and a bit of dark fruits making me think of how figs taste. Rather thick, pungent nose which is very enjoyable- a very good nose without much heat. (4)

Colour: Pours jet black, illuminates dark cola brown. Pours with thick 2cm brown head that actually takes more than a minute to dissipate which is impressive to watch. Also, the lacing is quite good, reflective of how sticky the beer can be. (4)

Flavour: Very nice! Follows the nose- lots of coffee and roast, chocolate flavours with a small bit of heat. There is also some dark fruit flavours as it warms- especially raisins, figs, dates. There's another flavour in there that I can't describe confidently, maybe its umami. The best characteristic of the beer. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, full-bodied and thick. It feels thick and sticky in my mouth which I love. Aftertaste is nothing too special, really consists of dark fruit and a little umami, and doesn't stay around for long. Decently carbonated, more than enough to satisfy me. (4)

Overall: Very, very nice imperial coffee stout. I have to agree with its reputation. Very smooth, silky, and a pleasure to taste. The heat is somewhat well-disguised within all the flavours of the beer which tells me a lot. I'll keep my final bottle to age a year and see how things turn out. But for its style, imperial coffee stout, and its price point, I have got to say that it's the best non-BA imperial stout with coffee I've had so far. (4.5)

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,958 ratings