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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,660
Ratings:
6,683
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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910
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Reviews: 1,660 | Ratings: 6,683
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review number 200. Props to augustgarage for the bottle, this one has been sitting for a while. Poured into a wide snifter.

A- Jet-black, incredibly dark, not much in the way of head, but that's the ABV/glassware combo. Still, incredible, rich coloration.

S- Chocolate, smoky malts, coffee (as in freshly-brewed dark roast)... very nice. A bit of an astringent quality, not sure if it's the high ABV or the extreme dark roast aromas. Either way, not offputting.

T- Very good. I've been on a coffee stout kick recently. This one takes the cake... I'd digging through my mind to name a stout that does more or does it better and can't find one. Tastier, truer to a stout, and richer than any I've had before. I'm really impressed. I've heard great things about this beer, and am glad to confirm them to be true, for the most part. A bit of alcohol, but it's overpowered by the rich chocolate-chip-brownie batter and robusto supremo Columbian coffee kick. Fantastic! Really grows on you as you sip.

M- Heavy, but not cloyingly sweet or drifting too far away from its beer roots... damn near perfect. Alcohol is there, but is not a nusance, and blends well with the bitter coffee. Very impressive.

D- For what it is, high. Had no problem drinking a 750 to my face.... Yes, it's a celebration, and I'm glad I saved this one to drink!

Thanks again, augustgarage!

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Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml green bottle with a silver foil wrapped over the neck & cap. 12% abv.

I could have sworn the bottle was brown (or black) before I poured it out...but when I noticed the bottle was actually green, I realized how damn dark this beer really was. The head was chocolate brown and left thick tan lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was rich chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. The bittersweet taste of coffee beans mixed with chocolate kept the alcohol pretty well hidden, and it's truly hard to believe this is 12%..
The mouthfeel is very thick and the carbonation is fairly low..creamy and rich to the end.. drinkability is ok, but there's no way I'd be able to have more than one 750ml of this...I had some help from a couple friends and it still took us quite a while.

Very similar to Dark Lord..but the Lord takes the crown, in my opinion. Speedway Stout is a gigantic beer and an Imperial Stout that's well worth trying if you get the chance.

Bottle courtesy of Jetsbeer.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage, pours dark black and thick like motor oil. Balanced for a big stout and not hot or boozy at all. First time to try and this and it was very good.

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

Pours black with a thick, creamy, large bubbled cappuccino head. The aromas promise a dandy; juicy dark fruit ester, roasted coffee, pineapple, chocolate powder and molasses, and hints of bubble gum. A silky mouthfeel, slightly oily, and a sharp carbonation that doesn't bite too hard is quite enjoyable. Dark fruits, plum, sweet tobacco notes and some coffee and cocoa but not like the nose indicated. A heavy dose of fruity, piney, citric hops is little off balance and lingers in the aftertaste. Alcohol starts hot but softens as it warms allowing for easy drinking.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black almost motor oil, two finger brown head.

S-Chocolate, some coffee, good deal of roasted malt.

T-Roasted malt, good deal of coffee, chocolate, slight bitterness, more coffee in the finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied, thick and creamy.

O-A solid stout, not sure on the freshness as the lack of a bottle date. Or maybe it was that I had it beside the BA Speedway. Would gladly try again though.

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Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, milk chocolate colored head and your standard stout colored liquid. Lacing is sticky and sparse.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, toastiness and lightly like coconut.

Taste is immediately strong with some nearly overwhelming alcohol but it fades in time to allow the dark bitter chocolate to shine along with a bit of coffee and some nuttiness before the astringency circles back around.

Finishes sticky and just a touch sweet

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Photo of meathookjones
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ML bottle, with notes on the label about being brewed with ryan bros coffee. This is as dark as it gets, definatly has the old motor oil look to it. Not much carbonation or head to be seen, even with an aggresive pour that was trying to wake it up. The aroma coming of this beer is nice with coffee, chocolate and dark fruits being at that front and notes of slight sweetness and alcohol are present as well. The taste starts with a strong coffee and alcohol flavor that gives way to smooth chocolate and nutty tones. Very rich and complex in flavor with more flavors standing out as it warms. At 12% it hides mopst the alcohol well, you can definatly taste it but it adds to the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is a medium body, definatly thinner than I would expect from such a large imperial stout. Very drinkable considering the alcohol the is present. A excellent all around brew that has a great complex taste. I will lay my other bottle down for atleast a year before trying it to see what other flavors may emerge.

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Photo of ms11781
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a fairly thick looking solid black. A healthy looking dark brown head develops and reaches about a finger and half to two fingers before settling in as a thin tan cap. There is some nice lacing left on the glass. It's wispy and doesn't really cling to the glass but it covers pretty well.

The nose is very roasty, even a bit of char. A nice coffee aroma comes through, especially as the beer warms. When the beer is chilled a bit there is a bit of some dark chocolate that comes through. As it warms it the coffee and roasted notes seem to take over and they make the beer seem really big, which is something I usually get from taste and mouthfeel, rather than the nose.

The taste follows closely with the nose. When chilled it's very roasty with a ton of coffee and hints of some dark chocolate. The roastiness come across at the beginning and, like the nose, it's almost a burnt or charred character. A slight sweetness and a chocolate note seem to level it out before a huge coffee presence and a good bitterness take over the finish. Really nice.

This is a pretty big stout. There is very little carbonation and it works really well here. There is some nice bitterness with each sip but nothing that lingers.

This is an excellent beer. It's the rare stout that seems to be better a bit chilled. Normally a chilled stout that has a pronounced coffee note defeats the purpose but the roasty qualities are more dominant than the coffee. When the beer is chilled it mutes the roast a bit and allows the coffee to show through.

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

Inky. Oily black. Nice small tan head.

Chocolatey aroma. Some sweetness. Touches of roast. Nice.

Really rich chocolate. Interesting roast and cacao. Touches of bitterness.

Complex and rich malt. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

Nice beer. Really good complex flavour. Works well.

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

Yields a slick viscous black color, with a unique, very bubbly mohagony head.

Smells big times of cocoa, fudge and coffee, wrapped up by syrup and toffeeish malts. Has a whiff of alcohol underneath, providing a caramel burn. The aromas exhibit an interesting interplay between milk chocolate and coffee, leaning even more on chocolate.

Has a fitting, lower carbonation, complimenting the beers medium body.

Tastes of bakers chocolate and smooth coffee, accompanied by bready malts, also revealing glazed caramel. Drinks throughout smooth, coffee comes along with lots of cream, adding a dry bitterness, which gets countered by alcoholic, biting molasses. Finishes with a well pronounced boiled coffee bitterness, while chocolate adds depth, including a subtle sourness.

The beers convinces by its smooth coffee mouthfeel, which gets a lot of depth, due to the luscious chocolate, commuting between sweet and dry. The beers finish is unusually long and complex, revealing crushed coffee beans, toffee, mousse au chocolate among a coffee milk sourness.

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

L: Pours pitch black with a decently-sized khaki head for the style that retains itself in large bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S: Semi-sweet with musty coffee, caramel, bready malt and some dry cacao. A nice roasted character that breaks through the malt and maintains a good balance.

T: Very balanced but certainly on the sweet side, particularly in the finish. Lots of caramel and toffee, with fairly restrained coffee flavor for a coffee stout. Thick and rich, with just enough coffee and hops keeping the rest from getting out of hand. Sweet, syrupy finish with plenty of roasty coffee and a decent amount of booze.

F: Medium-plus body – surprisingly light for this beer’s strength – with light-to-medium carbonation and a substantial amount of lingering warmth in the finish.

Thoughts: A classic for a reason. At 12% abv and with it’s sweetness it’s not the most drinkable beer I’ve come across, but it’s a very well crafted imperial stout. The relatively light body adds some drinkability, and the coffee definitely adds some balance and complexity.

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Photo of newk340
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Duvel tulip and bottle split with hu5om.

A: thick black pour, voluptuous tan 2-finger head that left excellent lacing.

S: a pleasing blend of chocolate and coffee.

T: a blast of coffee that sizzles for a few seconds before fading to a bitter chocolate with the swallow, oddly still leaves a coffee aftertaste with hints of caramel and malts.

MF/D: a brief sizzle of carbonation with a nice smooth swallow.

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

Super dark brown opaque liquid with a large light brown, bubbly topping. It fades in reasonable time leaving fine stringy webbing all over the glass. Sticky sticky... Aroma is about a pound of chocolate and roast coffee beans, caramel glazed, with soft vanilla, berries and nuts, musky wood, and a little bit of something wine-like. Very fun dark sniffings with a bright fruity edge... And time for a sip. Thick dark chocolate, roasty malt, blackstrap molasses, tobacco, meat seasonings, leather, smoke, all smooth and heavy with a sharp and elongated bitterness that works its way in at the end of each sip, then holds on until the next. Pretty big guns here... This is not meant to be consumed quickly. A lot of flavor to behold and very aromatic. Slight alcohol warming, otherwise its strength is not conveyed by the taste or sense of alcohol. This however does feel like an extra strong beer due to the intensity of all its flavors. Definitely worth having, perhaps not regularly or in large amounts. Nicely done.

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

12-23-07
4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4
From a bottle. Chocolate, roast, coffee blend in aroma. Cocholate in the very end of the sip, and then sweet coffee after that in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is a pretty amazing blend of coffee and chocolate.

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3-1-2007
4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4
Served in a goblet at the Stone Bistro. Appearance was a midnight brown with a caramel colored head that had great retention. Smell was chocolate and coffee. Taste was of strong chocolate and lots of coffee for the most part with a nice mellow roasted character as well. Alcohol was well hidden. Moutfeel was thick and full, carbonation very low for a nice smooth drink.

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Photo of dd43
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This will be a two part review, starting with a relatively fresh bottling and concluding with a bottle I intend to age for 6 months.

Fresh bottle:

Poured at 49 degrees. What, you don't temp your stouts? Given the flavor/aroma profile of this beer and the readily apparent booziness, I was somewhat surprised that the body of this beer wasn't more substantial. Big dark chocolate notes up front, as well as roasted coffee and almost a vanilla like presence. Flavors follow suit, roasty and toasty malts with a chocolate fudge character. Good amount of hop bitterness coupled with the bitter touch from coffee. The heat from the alcohol is pretty big here, there's really no getting around it. That vanilla thing in the bouquet really came to mind because of the alcohol, and I found myself exhausting it through my sinuses after swallowing. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but like I said a bit more thin than what I was expecting on the initial pour. The legs on the inside of the glass and the coffee colored foam on top were appealing. This is a yummy beer that I recommend sharing with someone that appreciates big time imperial stouts.

Aged bottle:

It turns out that six months on the shelf at 65 degrees didn't do much to quell the heat. However, I actually enjoyed this beer more the second time around. Perhaps my palate evolved somewhat. This really is a great beer. I chose six months out of fear that a longer aging period would cause the coffee and chocolate notes to subside, but after this experiment I think a year would have been more appropriate.

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

A: Pours jet black with a thin, brown head that dissipates quickly. This clings to the side of the glass nicely.

N: Dark chocolate, coffee beans, toffee, hints of grapefruit, some slight booze and maybe anise?

T: Rich coffee flavors run throughout this beer along with rich dark chocolate, toffee, some woodiness and perhaps some vanillla.

M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

O: Beautiful dark flavors all around. Incredibly smooth with a slight bitterness in the finish. Extremely well balanced. Alcohol is hidden well.

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

750ml bottle pours dark very nice head smells of dark chocolate roasted barley and hints of alcohol but the prevailing smell is that of chocolate waiting for head to subside tastes of chocolate with a faint smoked woodiness and finishes smooth with hints of alcohol but leaves a smooth chocolated taste in your mouth feel is right for this style the only thing to say is a tiny bit too thin but that is over looked i could definitely drink a few glasses

i recommend this beer to any one that can obtain it and it is definitely worth for even a trade you cant go wrong with alesmith

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

Pours jet black with a large khaki head. Smell is a little muted, but has some coffee and cocoa present. The taste reminds me of founders breakfast stout, just way more well done. Tons of coffee, a little cocoa, and a nice roasted finish. Strong coffee lingering aftertaste. Pretty good, but I'm overall a little let down.

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

A dark black pour with a lasting tan rocky head , sticky jagged lacing left all down the glass . Aroma of coffee , coco, caramel,and earthy hops. Flavor is of coffee , sweet and dark chocolate , dark roasted malt , nice level of bitterness ,creamy mouthfeel , full body , medium carbonation . Nice warmiong effect ,with the alcohol flavor well hidden . Nice long sweet finish . Very drinkable , lucky to get to try this .

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

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pitch black appearance with a two finger dark tan head that dissipates pretty slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Chocolate and coffee to the nose. Nothing too complicated but very inviting.

The taste immediately gives me chocolate and coffee but neither is overpowering. In the aftertaste, the coffee dominates. Plenty of roasted malts. Delicious. Not as much alcohol heat as I expected.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel and pretty low carbonation. This is a pretty filling beer.

The low carbonation makes it easier to drink, but this is definitely still a sipping beer.

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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 ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little slicker, oiler mouthfeel than I expected. Lots of mocha on the nose, very even & smooth flavor with the roasted coffee, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and some vanilla as well. Robust but easy to drink, though I cannot say it pops out from the field of excellent stouts readily available nowadays.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in Darkness tulip.

A: Pours noticeably viscous and near black. Zero light getting through. Cappucino colored head rises up and settles down quickly, leaving a film of multi-sized bubbles.

S: Bold dark fruit. Chocolate and vanilla. Coffee in the background. Hints of sweet cherry.

T: Big doses of chocolate. Waves of bitter chocolate smoothed out with milk chocolate. Dark fruit is present briefly, but not to the same extent as in the aroma. Coffee is understated, but very tasty. This is a coffee stout that will appeal to non-coffee lovers as well.

M: Lovely viscous feel. Silky & smooth. Perfect.

D: Good. I don't find this to be tremendously complex, but it is very interesting. At 12% abv this is clearly a sipper. Something that I can't quite put my finger on, keeps me from wanting multiple servings.

Very nice beer. I really wish Alesmith was available in the Pittsburgh market, as everything I've had from this brewery is world class. Luckily, a short trip to Vintage Estates is all it takes to replenish my Alesmith stash. If you haven't had Speedway be sure to put it on you "to do" list.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to several BA's for helping me to acquire a couple of these bottles.

Poured a 750ml bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Speedway Stout pours a viscous India ink black with a huge dark beige head that left some serious legs when swirled around my tulip. The Aroma is a trifecta of smells. Huge notes of dark roasted malts, combined with strongly roasted espresso beans, and dark chocolate nibs. The flavor really follows suit with heavily roasted malts being the major flavor with bitter chocolate and some seriously cold pressed espresso beans. Also there are hints of vanilla and just a subtle booziness to it. Nothing over the top but all blended very well together. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Just like licking a 70's velvet of Elvis. Amazing. This is just the second beer I've had from Alesmith and they both lived up to their reputation.

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