AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
6,896 Ratings
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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Ratings: 6,896 |  Reviews: 1,713
Photo of bestpoop
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of homersapien619
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EgadBananas
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Inky black pour, with a beautiful mocha-colored two fingers worth of frothy head. The aroma is huge, with coffee, big velvety chocolate, roast, slight charring, slight dark fruits and no alcohol. Chocolate is massive in the taste; rich, dark, milky and creamy. Coffee plays a lessor role in the taste, but it's still wonderful. Lots of roasted malts and hints of sweet dark fruits are subtle. It's just stellar. Naturally the feel is thick, chewy, coating and filling. This is exceptionally drinkable, and one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had...

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - nice brown black completely opaque beer with a mocha head that leaves nice lacing
S - coffee, espresso, some milk chocate and cream in there too, roasted malts, dark chocolate, char, burnt marshmallow/sugar, very non boozy for 12%
T - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate, burnt marshmallow, smores, cream on the back end, it's almost smoky too
M - big beer, very thick, alcohol covered extraordinarily well, aftertaste is roasted malts, espresso, coffee, chocolate
O - great beer. One of the best of its genre... I'd love to put this and Sump next to each other

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Photo of pda22
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BSecaida
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jarryd
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best stouts i've ever had.

A Black beer with a short tan/brown head less than a quarter inch.

Definitely used roasted barley and maybe even a high crystal malt for this brew. A definite coffee flavor as well as chocolate which hides the alcohol very well. This is truly an awesome brew by yet another awesome San Diego brewery.

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Photo of MadLatvian
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Seadog20000
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Pours black but clear yielding a two finger, medium looking dark tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some bits of lacing down the glass. Still looks good.

SMELL: Roasted notes with band aid and rotten cabbage. Light cream notes but the coffee addition has come out like band aids and vegetables. Pretty rotten.

TASTE: Better than the nose, but still lousy. Cabbage and perfume with some roasted grain and coffee up front. Bolder finish of roasted coffee, sweet cream and lots of band aid and cabbage again. This is also rotten, though not as rotten as I'd expected from the nose.

PALATE: Medium-fully body, heavy on the palate, with medium to lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. Great mouthfeel for the style; big and mean.

OVERALL: The only saving grace of this is that I didn't have to drink my full share. The drain was in a good mood that day. The feel is still a menace and the look is good, but something went horribly wrong with this batch. Rotten vegetables and band aids all over the place. Nasty. The Kopi was a touch better and BA Kopi was the best, though that's not saying much.

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Photo of trippnwo
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of timmy2b
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jwhancher
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle back in September from the brewery on a trip out to San Diego. Had been saving it for a special occasion, so yesterday being New Year's Day I shared the bottle with my big brother.

A: Great presentation- descriptive notes on the back of the bottle, nice foil presentation, but couldn't find a bottled on date. Pours jet black with minimal head. Was a little disappointed that the head wasn't bigger. Gave it a vigorous pour into a large snifter glass.

S: Smells awesome. Aromas of chocolate, roast, candy bar, coffee/espresso beans. A pure joy to savor. Hops hide behind all the dark malts, chocolate & roast character.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Excellent. Reminds me of being a kid and biting into a giant chocolate candy bar. Or being older and walking into a coffee store with excellent roasty aromas in the air. Can hardly tell this one is 12% ABV.

M: Feels velvety soft & cream-like. I wish the head was bigger. No hot alcohols. Not too sweet or bitter. Drinks way too smooth.

O: A pure joy. Glad to have tried this one again. Would like to try this on tap again (perhaps at the brewery), but not sure when that will ever happen again. An excellent beer from a great brewery!

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4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, with no head and nothing but little brownish bubbles at the top of the beer. Just looking at it, you can tell this is one thick beer. Smell is HUGE amounts of coffee. Oh man, so much coffee in the aroma, and a very nice chocolate smell to compliment it. Taste is just like the Really good coffee though. Very little hops or bitterness to it, just smooth coffee and chocolate. Absolutely delicious. This is by far the best coffee stout I've had. Mouthfeel is very oily and think...not a lot of carbonation, but it works pretty well as this is a huge beer. The alcohol is not even noticable. Fantastic beer.

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4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color pours out a typical leathery brown to settle a thickly burnt black with a purply-brown plum-like hint in tone, absolutely no head produced, just a few bubbles from a vigorous pour, no real lace either.
Aroma is absolutely lovely! Lots of deep dark chocolate, freshly baked chocolate cake, buttery, moist, and chocolately with a nice little espresso on top. Just loved the smell of this, so chocolatey and absolutely yummy on the nose. Makes your mouth water - so time to quench!
Taste starts with a smooth chocolate tone thats very dark and rich, stays mellow for a good portion of its stand, oh then the finish, oh the finish! Everything is noted here starting strong with espresso and some hoppy bitterness. Then gets quite complex with warming alcohol, molasses, tangy dark roastyness thats bittering deep and long; turning to a slightly burnt chocolate cake with espresso and chocolatey drying lately lingering for a good while. Absolutely amazing great finish!
Feel is full and hefty, good little help of creamyness with some major finishing of both a strong chocolatey dryness and some espresso/coffee bittering, souring sweetness on the tongue. This is some amazing sh*t! A major sipper all the way and extremely enjoyable to the fullest.

Thanks Gusler!!

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Photo of JTDay
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DrKarl
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dewey0603
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black with a giant tan foamy head. A very impressive looking beer with great head retention and lacing. The smell is chocolate,dark fruit and coffee. A pungent brew,but not as much as other imperials. The taste is a creamy rich chocolate,coffee, and dark fruit masterpiece. An outstanding beer and at 12% alcohol it's very drinkable. The m/f is heavy with all the flavors mixing extremely well. I never thought I would give a beer a "5" in taste, but this beer is incredible. Run out and get this now. Cheers.

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4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

I've been sitting on a bottle for about a year and then I happened to come across another while in Cleveland for Christmas. So I've decided to have one to celebrate my new car - a VW GTI.

The most elegantly bottled beer I've had the pleasure of opening. A brown 750 mL bottle with silver screen printed label. The silver plastic "foil" over the cap peels off easily unlike real foil found on Avery's big beers, for example.

Served cold and poured into a large wine glass. It is extremely dark, even on the pour there is barely any color. It has great espress crema-colored that settles very slowly leaving some thick lacing on the side.

The aroma is full and robust. There is great dark chocolate and espresso in the nose.

Flavor is simply excellent. For someone who loves stout and coffee in almost equal measures, this has got to be the ultimate. It starts with sweet melted dark chocolate and a hint of caramel. As it lingers in my mouth, the intense coffee flavors come forth with some very strong bitterness. Hops play a big part with this beer as well bringing an herbal, minty flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with creamy smooth carbonation. The only down side is the strength of alcohol and bitterness. Drinkability is difficult to judge as well. Although it's a fantastic tasting beer, it's simply too strong in flavor and alcohol to enjoy much more than a glass.

This is up there with some of the best beers I've ever had. Great coffee flavor without taking over the beer. This was certainly worth the wait and the space in my suitcase.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,896 ratings
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