Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American 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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Photo of JulieRFoster
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, wow. Now THIS is a stout. This is the kick-ya-in-the-balls kinda stout that I've been dreaming of. TONS of flavor, and some nice hop bitters. Very smokey, chocolatey and coffee. Deep and powerful flavors mask the high alcohol content, although alcohol is certainly present in the nose, if not that aftertaste. Great w/ bbq. Tried this on tap at Redbones several times. One of the top 5 best stout I've ever tasted. Well balanced, but it also kinda knocks you out of your seat. However, the mouthfeel is light enough to make it very drinkable (despite the abv). A wonderful stout that packs a whallop.

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Photo of Zorro
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver foil top so this is the 2005 vintage.

This is a beer I have traded several times but just never got around to trying it myself. Sort of like living in Anaheim California and never going to Disneyland.

As the beer is poured in to the glass this is a jet black colored beer with a short brown head. This is in fact very slightly transparent to light at the very edges but for all practical purposes this is black as coal soot.

Smell is strong coffee liqueur with some fig and prune aromas. The aroma is only what I can describe as super Kahlua. After you warm this with your hands chocolate and pepper aroma fully develop along with some fainter brandy aromas.

Taste is sweeter than expected with a good strong coffee bite from the very start. Strong chocolate flavors are the equal of the coffee here and are not overwhelmed. Despite the power of this beer it stays completely away from harshness. The more subtle flavors here hide in the after taste in the shadow of the coffee and chocolate. Vanilla and walnuts are the major sub flavors here. I tried to find the "Licorice" flavor in this one and it just isn't there for me.

Mouthfeel is not as full as I would have expected for such a big beer.

Drinkability is very good but this isn't any easy to chug lager on a hot day. This is like Turkish coffee, strong and powerful and best consumed in small cups. Definitely a beer to share with someone, a great substitute for after dinner coffee.

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Photo of bignick
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Linwood.

Lovely appearance: pitch black with a nice head in the glass. There is a very nice smell of dark malt, very much like dark chocolate. The carbonation and body are just about right. This is a rich brew, and the abv is very well-hidden, but it is overbearing. It is very enjoyable to sip.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.9oz Dark green bottle. No freshness date.
Inky, oily black, with a smallish tan head on top, along with some sticky lacing.
Rich, potent aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, dark malt and piney hops are released upon first pour. A whiff of dark rum lingers in the background throughout.
A strong earthy dark malty body lays a solid foundation for a variety of complex and distinct flavors. Espresso, dark chocolate, buttered biscuits, cherries, white grapefruit, spruce, burnt caramel, vanilla, cream, and rum all mingle quite separately, then, as it warms, blends into a wowingly balanced Imperial Stout extravaganza.
Almost anyone can make an extreme beer. Many brewers lose sight of the purpose of their extreme creations by concocting a sea of over-the-top flavors and aromas with no clear direction in mind. AleSmith Owner/Brewer, Peter Zien understands the complex art of brewing beers that are full flavored and highly drinkable while maintaining high-quality beer-related foundations. Simply put; He gets it! And when a brewer "Gets it" we all get it. Get it?

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

This beer pours a jet black color with a thick brown head. The head fades kind of fast, leaving many laces.

This beer has a very rich chocolate aroma. It has, to a lesser extent, a coffee aroma. There is a nice hop aroma to it also. The alcohol is slightly present in the nose.

This beer has a more hoppy flavor than I thought it would. It is nice. I also taste a massive chocolate foavor. Coffee and licorice are present also. The alcohol content is present in the flavor.

This beer is quite aggressive, and very full bodied. However, it goes down surprisingly smooth. It leaves a sweet chocolate aftertaste.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is quite aggressive, and the alcohol content is high. It is a very good beer though. This is the firts time I have had it on cask. It was very nice.

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Photo of ddarden
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber - thanks deaconbluez for sharing this bad boy

Poured a jet black with nice head that falls pretty quickly. Very nice looking beer. The smell is wonderful...coffee, nicely roasted malts, and not much alcohol coming through. The first sip hits me with coffee, deep roasted malts, and finishes with a bitter aftertaste...half from the roasted malt and half from hops. Excellent beer! Mouthfeel is heavy and thick and the drinkability is excellent with such a high abv. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of krantul
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer, if you're willing to loosen the purse strings. This was my first AleSmith purchase, and the quantity supplied a healthy sample amongst myself, my wife, and a friend.

Appearance: Cool champagne-style bottle (crown-capped) with a foil-wrapped stem. Pours dead black with a thin layer of chocolately head.

Smell: Rich malty smells and freshly ground espresso zing. I'm hard to impress with the smell of beer, but this was interesting.

Taste: This was VERY well-balanced for a 12% abv beer. I'm a big fan of big beers, and I'm always trying the imperial stouts and barleywines; personally, I can deal with some pervasive alcohol flavor, but it was very muted in Speedway. The coffee flavors really mitigate any over-sweet maltiness that often creeps into beers of this gravity.

Mouthfeel: Again, a very balanced body for a high-gravity beer. Some big stouts coat your system like motor oil, but this was just fine. Mild carbonation at best.

Drinkability: I could certainly drink a whole bottle of this. Personally, I've yet to experience any noteworthy effect from caffeination in coffee-beers. Without knowing the alcohol content in advance, I could have easily missed my guess on this one by 3-4 percent. Usually big beers have some aspect that discourages consuming them in quantity, but with this one it's only the price tag.

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Photo of ColForbin
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AleSmith Speedway Stout pours a thick black color with a dark brown head that quickly fades. Aroma is coffee, some sour fruit, hops, and a hint of alcohol. Just a perfect balance of aromas. Taste is outstanding; caramel, smoke, coffee, molasses with a nice warm feeling while it goes down. Hoppy coffee aftertaste, sounds weird, but it works. Maybe a bit too carbonated for my liking, but I'm striving to find a fault with this beer. Very drinkable for its strength, but halfway through the bottle you will be feeling it.

An excellent beer from a brewery that I have overlooked, somehow. I'll have to check out some of their other offerings.

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Photo of instrumentality
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, I didn't follow the instructions and wait 6 to 24 months before opening this. I waited less than a week (although it may have sat at the store for awhile beforehand). If it even has potential, I'll buy more and treat it the way it wants to be treated.

This one looked like thick red wine as it glumped its way out of the bottle and into my pint glass (beer foul #2: supposed to be a tulip glass, but I don't have one). Once in the glass, half of it was a frothy brown head, the other very dark brown (almost black) opaque body. It smelled like coffee and chocolate with a hint of fruit. This reminded me of the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout I had last night, only the head wasn't as intense.

Then I took my first sip. It no longer reminded me of the Sam Smith, which I loved. It was much better. Less of the red wine taste, more of the chocolate and coffee, very rich, very heavy, just a fantastic flavor. The aftertaste was a bit like red wine only more fruity and less bitter, and it didn't leave any bitterness caked on the roof of my mouth, which was my main criticism of Sammy. The finish was a resurfacing of the coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp/bitter, but only for a moment. The carbonation is mellow, and the alcohol doesn't burn too much, although I can definitely taste it. The aftertaste, again, is pretty tasty, mainly of coffee beans, and while it sits on the palate long after taking a sip, it's very subtle and non-intrusive.

Apparently, this beer is brewed with "Ryan Bros. Coffee Beans," which would explain the coffee taste. This is the most coffee-intense beer I've had since the Red Hook Double Black Stout, which, if I recall correctly, was brewed with Starbucks beans. AleSmith is WAY better. And I don't even really like coffee.

This is a pretty strong beer. The alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV, but that's not saying much at 12%; it still packs a punch. The heavy coffee flavor isn't something you can exactly chug either, but I don't think that's what Alesmith intended. This is a beer best consumed slowly, so it might make sense to bring it down to more like 45 degrees instead of the 50 to 55 they recommend, and then allow it to evolve as it warms without getting too, too warm.

Or maybe I'm just a wuss and you guys would take this down much faster.

Definitely one I'll try again. This is way beyond simply having "potential." If it's this good now, I'm ready to rise to the challenge of waiting 6-24 months to try another. Better yet, I'll buy 4 or 5 of them and have one every 6 months, assuming they can survive in my oven of an apartment.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Wow. Amazing stout. From the recommended tulip glass. Pours out to a jet black color with a small head of brown foam. Lower carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, rich toasted malts and cocoa are present, blending well and hinting at the richness that this beer offers. Flavors of rich full bodied roasted malt, smooth java, a touch of dark fruits, cocoa, and a dryness likely from the hops. Nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and dense. Magnificent. Drinkability is only average, as this is one once in awhile brew, not intended for or enjoyable on a regular basis. Special thanks to Himerman for the sample.

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

pours a deep, inky black with a half inch of thick dark reddish brown head. the head lasts for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer on top of the beer and a ring around the glass.

the aroma is rich and malty. bittersweet chocolate. espresso.

taste is fantastic. wonderful malty background, with bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and just a bit of alcohol in the finish. as it warms a bit more fruityness comes out. slight raisin notes, and maybe just a hint of apricot. the bitterness and malt come out a little more too, so it still manages to stay pretty well balanced.

mouthfeel is good. a 12% double stout, it's expectedly thick and chewy.

drinkability is good. it's very well balanced, so nothing is too overpowering. it certainly doesn't taste like 12%. however, a 750ml bottle at that ABV is probably best shared with a friend (or two!)

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Photo of bashiba
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ultra dark black with inches of thick dark creamy head with tremendous lacing and and retention.

Smell's like freshly made expresso with hints of molasses.

Taste is nice a great mix of bitter dark coffee flavors along with a good taste of burnt malts with some nice alcohol and malty sweetness to balance it out. Has a nice earthy hop prescence that keeps it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and a touch warm.

Overall a very tasty beer, and dangerous at 12%.

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Photo of arizcards
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at Papago Brewing at the end of October for $12.99. Original review 5-28-06.

Having had this on tap several times, I have been wanting to try it out of a bottle. Beer poured black as night with a beautiful tan head that is hanging around nicely 4.5.
Nose is of coffee, cream, and chocolate malts 4.5.
Taste is a perfect complex medley of creamy chocolate malts and a beautiful chocolate hop finish. Alcohol was a little warming with the first sip but not noticeable after 5.0. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth 5.0. Overall drinkability is near perfect. The abv, though perfectly masked, eventually sneaks up and kicks one upside the head! This is a awesomely brewed beer, an absolute try for the stout lovers 4.5!

Re-review 11-13-11.
Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine(Received 10-22-09) in early December 2009. This has been sitting in my wine fridge for nearly 2 years. Cant wait to give it a spin!

Beer poured black as night with a smallish brown head. 4.0
Nose is mocha, cream, hints of faded coffee, and cocoa - very nice. 4.5
Taste is still perfect, the roasted malt backbone is just right- not to burny but not unnoticeable. Dark cocoa and cream with hints of coffee that has faded over 2 years are wonderful compliments. 5.0
Mouthfeel seems thinner over time, it is smooth but not as satisfying when fresher. 4.0
Overall this is a great beer that has aged surprisingly well. Pick it up and try it if you have not already.

Re-Review 9-29-2017.
Picked up a 16 oz can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 7-8-2017 for $7.99. Canning date MIA.
Appearance - 4.25
Nose - 4.5 wonderful chocolate and coffee.
Taste - 4.75 - has all the elements desired in an impy stout.
Mouthfeel - 4.5 - Full and very smooth
Overall this beer still rocks!! 4.5

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Photo of jerrymiller
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is midnight black with a dark brown head. No light could possibly penetrate through the glass.

The big smell of roasted coffee is clear, strong and welcome.

The taste is is definately an acquired one! Rich and absolutely caffeinated. The indisputable presence of a pronounced, strong coffee (with alcohol). Bold doesn't begin to describe this monster.

Mouthfeel is velvet smooth and intensely thick.

Drinkability—I found it heavy and a little outrageous. I drank an entire bottle and had a hard time falling asleep. When I woke up the next morning, I was glad I had three more bottles.

Find it, buy it and drink it, you won't regret it.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - absolute black, with a chocolate milk colored head 1/4 of a finger thick and rocky, obviously too dark to see any carbonation

S - can't smell much else other than coffee, but its a rich, high quality coffee aroma, there is an alcohol kick to the aroma as well

T - wow, this really tastes like cold coffee, a very thick, rich coffee taste, it overpowers any other flavors, right through to the aftertaste, did i mention theres a coffee taste to this

M - smooth and thick from the coffee sweetness, balanced very well too

D - must like coffee, if so, high, very high, sweet and easy down, the higherish ABV and the easy sweetness could get one in trouble easily

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Photo of cheers2beers
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Boolshot, for a trade gone well.

Appearance: This magnificant brew cascades a solid black hue with a light brown head in the center, yet the edges of the head are slightly darker.With the carbonation being relatively high,the head stacked up an outstanding three fingers high. This beer produces lots a laceing with huge slick alcohol induced legs. Simply irresistable, I must taste it!

Smell: Seems complex, and yet I can almost easily describe each aroma with ease. Has some dark chocolates and/or fudge brownies, coffee, woody and nutty, brown sugars with a touch of maple syrup, a slightly sweet and roasty maltiness that makes this beer to die for. This would be awesome on a scratch and sniff card.

Taste: Wow! I am almost at a loss for words. This beauty of a stout is big and expressive in all aspects. Dark chocolate and vanilla are right up front. Coffee, wood, brown sugar and some leafy hop edges mid palate. The finish see's a bit more of that bitter chocolate coming back. Nice hopp bitterness and an alcohol punch that bring up the back in a wonderful and long lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: This is just soo lucious and slick. Its leaving a thick film behind, even with the 12% abv this bad dude is meaty! Good carbonation for a beer of this size and magnitude.

Drinkability: Even at 12% abv and being huge in all other aspects this beer was not cloying at any point. I find myself sad now that its gone, thats how good it is. In my opinion this edges out Stone IRS by a hair. Its soo easy to drink and absolutley stunning. Obtain this beer at any and all costs!


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Photo of mentor
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml obtained from OStrungT about 6 months ago and aged in my cool dark cellar since then. Thanks for the opportunity! BTW, my bottle does not look like the one presently pictured on this website...mine is silk-screened white and gray on a green bottle. Also, I just reviewed a Westy 12, so the Speedway Stout is following a tough act.

Served cellar temperature in a tulip glass, just as the the directions on the bottle recommend. Pours a one finger clingy brown head over a pitch liquid. No edging when held to a bright light. Smells coffee and roast during the pour. To the nose, strong cherry sour (from black patent), cirusy hops, perhaps some grassy fuggles hops, too. Caramel is way beneath the roast and comes across more as a toffee smell. Gentle alcohol carries licorice and dry chocolate. Also some burnt grains.

Tastes peppery alcohol sting to start that's quickly washed away by a delicious roast and chocolate. Could be dry from the coffee, but the chocolate holds a wet until the ending. Aftertaste is dry and hanging coffee and roast. Wow, that first sip was delicious. In further sips, the coffee stands premium in the middle of the taste and is supported by a sweet caramel. What sticks to my tongue is sweet molasses and fights the dry or the other characters. Some alcohol burn, but far below the malty characters. Hop flavor is minimal but I do get dances of grassy co-humulone. Woody and weedy grassy, I'd say. I think I get a bit of hop bitter and fallen apart hop citrus flavor late that persists into the aftertaste. Now I'm kicking myself for aging this one, rather than trying it fresh. If this beer has a citrusy hop flavor when fresh (similar to Gonzo from Flying Dog) it would add a stunning new dimension to this beer. Anyway, as the beer warms the smell becomes a bit more boozy, but the flavor is relatively the same. The alcohol is a bit more noticable. Not because it's risen stronger, but because it's become a bit fusel. The fusel and grassy co-ho mix in a drying and (IMO) unpleasant way. Still a damn good beer.

Medium mouthfeel and creamy body. Moderate carbonation is a bit too heavy and distracting. It contributes to a woody dry aftertaste that I wish could be a bit more subdued. This beer doesn't have lacing...it has sheeting. Gorgeous.

This is not a beer of a million flavors blended perfectly (like the Westy 12 that I just had). This is a beer of a few characteristics that come across as plush, deep, and brooding. Glad I'm drinking this during a crisp spring night rather than during a summer heat blanket. Wow, I drank the whole damned bottle. Yum.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown. Real brown. Like black brown. Dessert style head of chocolate milk colour. Looks like a treat on its own. Of course there is also some lace to add visual appeal.

Smell: Heaps of chocolate. Chocolate syrup. A bit of a grainy base. Mild alcoholic whiffs slide through here and there. Low profile hop character is barely noticeable with all of this dark malty chocolate activity.

Taste: Chocolate would be a good guess. Yes, it has a chocolate syrup feel going on. This even seems to be a bit dairy influenced. There is an undertone of malty raw grain character that keeps this from feeling completely like a dessert drink. This and also a vague bitterness gently cut the sweetness to keep things palatable. Rich is the word here. Tightrope hijinx.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. No chunks. Dreamy.

Drinkability: Good considering. This is going to require some insulin. It also has the potential to smack your noggin. It doesn't put up a fight, so be thee wary. Solid. Overpriced too.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger, light brown head that slowly fades to a ring leaving a good lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Starts as a sweet malt and roasted coffee, smooth, finishes with a smokey caramel flavor; the high ABV is not noticeable. Excellent Imperial stout. Serious yeast in bottom of glass. $12.85 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

AleSmith Speedway Stout is best served cool at 50-55F for the best character. This "high performance" Imperial Stout pours up much like 40-W motor oil. There's very little carbonation and the head retention suffers a bit from the higher alcohol content and from the coffe bean oils. The deep, jet-black color is almost impervious to light making clarity irrelevant. The nose is powerfully rich & vinous with lots of darker malt complexity. The aroma is very enticing and choc full of coffee liqueur, dark chocolate, plum pudding, and figish notes. The flavor is very refined & surprisingly smooth for such a strong beverage with plenty of roasted barley and rich chocolate flavors with hints of cocao, mocha, dark rum and vanilla notes that are balanced by just a touch of hop bitterness. After a few sips, the cheek warming Kahlua alcohol notes make this stout more akin to a fine liqueur or vintage port than a beer.

This is a strong, full-bodied stout that has lots to offer the beer aficionado. Cellar a few bottles for safe keeping, because this "high performance" brew gets a checkered flag! Enjoy Speedway Stout in perfect solitude or after a special dinner among appreciative guests. Suggested pairings include fine imported chocolate, coffee-swirled cheesecake and/or a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream. Gentlemen, start your engines!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of PuckLSHS
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, what can I say about Alesmith Speedway Stout? Or, as I like to call it, a gift from the gods. I have had this in the bottle, on-tap at Pizza Port and on a nitro-tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach countless times. It never ceases to make me happy each and every time.

The appearance is a dark black stout with a creamy finish at the top. I usually get about a 1-2 finger head that dissipates at a slow rate. Just beautiful and mighty.

The smell and taste are great. The taste is coffee, chocolatey goodness that lingers on the palate.

Wonderful mouthfeel as it goes down quite creamy and smooth. The drinkability is exceptional. When you first look at the ABV and the size of the bottle, you take a step back and wonder how you would ever get through it with your buddy. Well, I can tell you, it can be done. You could probably even do it yourself with a lot of patience and some good company to keep your eye on the prize.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

from notes. I drank this badboy stout down in the heat of palm desert. Somehow the plan to lay a bottle down quickly morphed into drink immediately. Oh well.

Appearance: poured into a wine glass, the head is a dark tan, not white at all, with lots of lacing. The beer is deep dark black and the head held for as long as can could be excepted for the 12 percent, but would have liked a bit more. Still hands down the darkest foam I've ever seen.

Mouthfeel: a freakin' 6, how can such a dark beer be this light drinking? I've had ESBs that drank thicker than this. Could it be the coffee that makes the mouthfeel this thin? So nice drinking this beer, so easy.

Drinkability: yeah it's super easy to drink. The alcohol sort of made the last 5 ounces take some time but I was going good until then. Really ace.

Taste: Ok, I started this colder than recommended, but shit it's Palm Desert. Extremely tasty sheets of coffee and chocolate hit the tongue. Not "like" coffee and chocolate but dead on in fact. Deep slurps bring on just a hint of booze. A respectable bitterness holds it own and there is a slight sweetness.

Smell: Saved smell for last thinking it might improve but no. The smell is way more boozy than the taste and the coffee and chocolate flavors, which are there but hover in the background. Still pretty good though, and the beer taste's and drinks so well, one hardly cares. A "must buy" again and again.

New review 11/20/10
Pretty, pretty, pretty good

a: pours like black cough syrup, forming a dark tan head. It's like a black hole, can't see any light through it. Kind of hypes you up.

smell: major coffee. but sweet coffee, not bitter. nice

taste: just yum. Doesn't really taste like "beer" but that's okay. So rich and coffee like. Can't taste but a hint of alcohol. I taste chocolate and coffee so who can complain.

mouthfeel: yeah, it's thick. But really, with this alcohol level you need it to be.

drinkability: between a siper and a drinker. For my money a top notch stout.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cool looking bottle with silver foil.
Undated 750ml bottle, no freshness date.
Poured into a snifter glass.

Inky black in color. Absolutely no light could pass through. A nice two finger thick, tan colored head forms. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Big aromas of dark fruits, mostly prunes, dark chocolate and alcohol. Coffee smell is not present. Taste starts with big roasted malts and dark, bitter chocolate. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness combined with the warm alcohol feeling. This stout does have a great coffee aftertaste. Super enjoyable, for such a big beer. Rich, smooth and creamy descibe the mouthfeel. This beer is going down way too good and way too fast. I cannot believe how easy this beer is too drink. I knocked down the drinkability due to the 12% abv. Other than that, this is near perfect. My second offering from AleSmith and another fine example. A must try!

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Photo of SethB2
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a coffee color with a huge deep tan head that last several minutes before settling, leaving a web like lacing in it's aftermath. Smells of sweet malty fruit and some coffee. Something else a little bitter in there too, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe some hops. Tastes is of strong, bitter malts, coffee and some hops. High alcohol content is well hidden, but you know it's there. It's a warming beer, for sure. Mouthfeel is the very definition of full and thick. It has a nice aftertaste too, something that I don't normally associate with Stouts. Drinkability is somewhat hindered by the high alcohol content and the fact that is is such a dominating, stong flavor. More that one at a time might leave your pallet in shambles.

Very nice beer. Many thanks to westsidethreat.

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Photo of klewis
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a big foamy tan head. Broad rings of thick lacing are left on the tulip.

S: Despite the "pounds and pounds of coffee beans added to the brew" (as the bottle advertises), I don't detect any coffee aroma. Plenty of roasted malt and chocolate instead.

T: A smooth taste with flavors of burnt chocolate, carmael, and alcohol. Very long taste duration.

M: Heavy and viscous as motor oil and just as sticky. The carbonation is mroe active than expected for a beer like this.

D: A very good double stout. The price tag makes this seem a bit pricey, but when I compare it to a bottle of wine of the same quality, it becomes well worth what it cost. Don't be a hero - drink this one with a friend.

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Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 7,025 ratings