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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 1,636 | Ratings: 6,525
Photo of kik
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on the lighter side for such a strong beer: more carbonated with only a faint smoky taste. Hints of coffee. Solid, but lacking the oomph of Dark Lord.

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Photo of tedvr
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin head with nice lacing. Coffee and malt smell. Mild carbonation and almost oily. Lots of coffee taste with a wonderful finish. Overall a great stout, but a little on the pricey side.

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

22 ounce bottle served in 2 pint glasses.

Pours a jet black color with 1 finger tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Yum!

Taste the same. More yum. A great beer!

Only gripe... these are expensive... $12 for a 22 ounce. And there are some 4-pack Imperial Stouts for the same price that are slightly better!

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Photo of Kraj30
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this pours almost jet black.. strong aromas of vanilla but not as much coffee as i hoped.. taste is same way.. great flavor... chocolate in their as well. this is a great year round shelf stout...

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a solo cup while tailgating. Black in color and viscous. Great lacing.

S: Aroma of coffee, malt, dark fruit and some other sugary sweetness.

T: Some chocolate and coffee notes are predominant....toffee, vanilla and roasted malts are there too. Really nice beer.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: Excellent beer! Not sure why it took me so long to get at one of these considering how readily available it is.

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

Poured into a snifter. Dark, almost black color. Brown billowy two finger head. Pretty decent retention and ok lacing. Big aromas of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Coffee up front in the taste, with a bit of dark bitter chocolate, molasses, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost viscous. Nice carbonation, and even though this was a 12% beer, the alcohol was not overly strong. This is one of my favorite non barrel aged stouts - just a great beer.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle (imperial stout with ryan bros coffee) into a goblet: black color; dense. Brown 1/2 inch head of foam. Bourbon and plum on the nose. It doesn't say so on the bottle but this must be a barrel aged beer- there is plenty of bourbon barrel aroma and taste. Plum, raisin, molasses are prominent. I am not getting much in the way of coffee or chocolate though. I don't mind - I think of this as a barrel aged imperial stout and a darn good one at that.

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Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A nice aroma of coffee, malt, dark fruit, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of a good amount of chocolate, some coffee (though not as much as I expected), toffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. A nicely complex flavor that has quite a bit of chocolate in it. It's not quite as powerful or forceful as I would have thought, but it's still very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: While this beer didn't quite live up to the hype for me, it's still an excellent stout. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chocolate brown going to black in the glass. 2 finger head is dark khaki colored and looks quite dense. Dissipates slowly and leaves heavy lacing behind.

Aroma is smooth, sweet coffee. Caramel, molasses, cream, and chocolate. Roasted malt. Just a hint of char.

Great coffee flavor. Sweet with just the right amount of bitterness, medium roast. Caramel. Molasses, a hint of vanilla, tobacco, and char. A bit of alcohol.

Full bodied with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Coffee flavor lingers. Some bitterness. Some boozy warmth.

Really solid coffee stout. Big flavors but very smooth. Good mix of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opaque Black pour.

Smell, lots of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, esspresso. Smells great

Taste, holy hell this is good. Perfect balance of sweetness and alcohol. Chocolate and coffee flavors shine through

Mouthfeel is great, has that exceptional slick feel. No thinness at all with this one.

I imagine the barrel aged version would be absolutely sublime.

God i wish i could buy this in my state.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a small tannish colored head.

Aroma is of dark malts and they're heavily roasted. Also a touch earthy and boozy in the nose.

A very nice, silky stout that boasts flavors of roasted malts and chocolate. As the beer warms I begin to pull out a boozy molasses character.

This is a BIG stout that does not disappoint!

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

Hey this looks like the standard super dark black and dark beige head on it, frothy. Smell is coffee. That's the biggest note, that and a bunch of roast.

Taste, luscious. Creamy. Thick mouthfeel. 12% comes across delicious and effortless. While the price on this seems to creep up a dollar or so every year or two, it still is a decent bargain. Hits the chocolate malt moreso than chocolate the adjunct. Great beer.

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

750 mL foiled wrapped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Dark black color with a brownish head on the beer. The beer is incredible smooth for the abv, with all the subtleties and right balance of coffee, chocolate, and toffee flavors. I had been wanting to try this beer for years, and finally got my hands on a bottle when they started distributed more in Virginia. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The description of this beer is spot on. I'm not very good at verbalizing what I taste but the description is exactly what I am tasting. Chocolate then roasted caramel. Finishes clean for a big beer which was a surprise. Truly a great example of the style done plain and simple.

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Photo of Reds76
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this! Solid stout but definitely let down. Smell was dark malts and coffee. Flavor was solid but not great - roster malts, dark fruit and coffee. It was just lacking in depth and balance. A bit too bitter. Still really good - maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of GStone899
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much better served at nearly room temperature. While cold you get a bit of the alcohol bite but at room temp u taste the full complexity of the beer.

Smell is coffee along with an alcohol bite. Taste is coffee, rich malts, caramel, chocolate and a bit of smoke. After taste is pleasant and the coffee lingers. Looks beautiful when poured with a deep black color with moderate head. Overall a very enjoyable beer and lives up to the hype. The bottle is awesome too. It's thick, like almost two bottles in one. Have yet to be disappointed with an Ale Smith beer.

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Photo of ccg
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Typical oily, jet black look of a big stout. Got over an inch of tan-colored head when poured into a snifter. Large bubbles in the foam, not quite as dense as the foam on something like To Øl's Goliat. Above-average retention and lacing for a stout.
You can smell the coffee, but it's not dominant or bitter. Definitely also getting chocolate notes and something earthy or almost piney, probably the hops.
I can taste coffee, malt, and hops, but all well balanced. Slight smokiness too. The first few sips had a bitter, metallic finish, but as it warmed, that completely smoothed out. I think next time I'll have this one almost at room temperature.
Overall, one of the top non-barrel-aged coffee stouts I've had. Update: as it warms to room temperature, it definitely has more malty sweetness but without overwhelming the coffee character. Quite nice.

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

One of my favorite Imperial Stouts. It has a very silky taste and very nice flavor! Will get this on special occasions! Hopefully I will go to the brewery when visiting my in-laws in San Diego!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So now I got 999 unique beers at Untappd. Just GOT to try something beatiful for 1000!
Whith the upcoming Swedish Porterfestival in Gothenburg tomorrow I thougt a dark beer should be appropriate.

I chose AleSmith Speedway Stout from my beercellar. 100/100 at ratebeer is not bad...

The beer pours dark brown to black with a two finger high beige head.

Nose: Halleluja! Toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, fudge, caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, cookies and licorice.
Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet caramel, smoke, licorice and tobacco.
Body: Medium to full body. Light carbonated. Complex, smooth texture. Dry ending.

This is beatiful!

I'm glad this was my 1000 unique beer!

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent stout. very strong coffee notes at end. prominent alcohol presence at 12%. Not as good as some of the other stouts that I have had. I still need to try its variants. Maybe the barrel aging would round out some of its flavor profiles.

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

Super creamy imperial stout
Sweet with some roasted malts on the back end
A big beer that hides 12% alcohol
Looks pitch black with a big dark brown head
Love this beer, Ive had it BA and regular, Ive had multipe vintages and its just so smooth.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body, looks THICK. Mocha colored head is slow to form but looks dense when it does, fades to nothing, no lace. Smell is heavy with chocolate, coffee, roastiness. The flavor spreads out with flavors of sweet cream, dark chocolate, smoke, leather, earthiness, and, lastly, coffee. No acidity from the coffee (good), but healthy bitterness comes through on the finish, in stark contrast to the off-dry initial wave. The alcohol adds some spice to the flavor, akin to actual capsicum, and warmth down the chute, luckily not interfering at all with the other flavors. As many different things that are coming through on the palate, it isn't all that huge of a flavor explosion. Body is rich, thick, smooth, full, and heavy.
It's got hedonistic chocolate/cream, bracing bitterness and heat, and plenty in between. I was expecting more coffee, but it provided enough substitutes for me to be happy. This is the one of the biggest yet most drinkable stouts I've yet encountered. Not quite as incredible as I've been led to expect, but still dangerous and wonderful.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black with a big fan head. Coffee, chocolate with definite hop presence smell. Taste follows nose with the chocolate and hop bursting forward. What an awesome beer. Tons of taste in which the mouthfeel is not overbearing. Do not taste the alcohol, but if you wait a few seconds after sip, you know it.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Treated as an American Double/Imperial Stout, I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger's worth of a mocha head. A mild touch of stringy lacing slides into the beer.
The smell has rich dark chocolate along with sweet milk chocolate combining into subtle roasty coffee. Light smoke and black licorice fulfills the balance of its aroma.
The taste plays upon the sweet and the roast passing off to the smoke and sweetness of the black licorice. A mild sweet to roasty aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a great sipping quality about it. Minimal stickiness allows a subtle harshness from the carbonation to mildly hit my tongue. Feels really nice.
Overall, hot damn, what a mighty fine American Double/Imperial Stout. So glad I have another bottle to pull out this winter.

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

This beer pours a perfect black with a large, fizzy head. The aroma is almost elusively coffee based, jumping out strongly from the large and fizzy head. The flavor is heavily influenced by the coffee, as well as some associated smoke and licorice notes. The mouthfeel is fizzy and surprisingly light bodied. Overall this is a very powerful coffee beer, perfect for spicy food.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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