AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
97
world-class
1,636 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,636
Ratings:
6,523
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
16.93%
 
 
Wants:
902
Gots:
2,093
For Trade:
156
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,636 | Ratings: 6,523
Photo of baiser
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dessert in a glass. Pours pitch black, with a dark brown, foamy head. Intense coffee/chocolate aromas along with a hint of alcohol. Very roasty, rich, full and sweet. Amazing after dinner drink. $10/bottle at the brewery is worth every penny. Probably my favourite imp stout.

 275 characters

Photo of jdklks
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this beer rivals the abyss (my favorite beer) on both look and smell. nothing shines through this black beauty, not even on the fringe when held to light. a milk chocolate head about a finger deep that graces the surface of what must seem to it an abyss below. the smell is out of this fucking world. huge chocolate presence along with a nice, roasted coffee scent and some sweet dark fruits. incredible.

the flavor is fruity sweet and very hot up front. lots of alcohol all the way through, accompanied by chocolate in the middle. a bitter roasted coffee finish that lingers on the palate with "parasitic tenacity" (Woolf) well after a sip has been taken. very dry throughout. overall, coffee and alcohol are dominant, though after the initial shock other flavors begin to appear, especially that dark fruit sweetness characteristic of so many great imperial stouts. im almost inclined to give this a 5, but the roasted coffee bitterness at the end is perhaps a little too intense.

mouthfeel is extraordinary. thick and chewy, like it should be, and perfectly carbonated. drinkability reflects the 12%, and the ass-kicking my palate is taking.

 1,146 characters

Photo of Greggy
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great thick fluffy 2 finger head, great head retention, nice black body, and great lacing. The head really doesn't recede much during the pint.

S- Nice deep choc, dark fruits (raisin), coffee, a tiny hint of alcohol. Nice balance. Definitely isn't green.

T- Nice dark fruits and balanced hopiness. Excellent dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, cream. The finish seems never ending, but eventually turns dry.

M- Great smooth feel and great balance.

D- This was an incredible beer. The 12% is well hidden. It's not sessionable, but I will drink it again.

 557 characters

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

750 from tustin total wine.

A - Pours black with 2 fingers of dark chocolate head, leaves beautiful lacing.

S/T - Dark roast coffee, chocolate, some roast caramel flowery hops, and light bittering hops. So dreamy and lucious.

M - Full-bodied, slightly malt dominated, so good.

D - More please! Notice no alcohol in notes, and this is a 12% beer. Very dangerous to session.

 377 characters

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Nov 2007, Thanks Miguel!
Poured kind of cold into my New Belgium snifter.
No apparent head. Just a small ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass.
Smell was of chocolate , coffee. I sat enjoying the aroma until the beer warmed up to a suitable temperature, i.e. it didn't give my fingers frostbite.
Taste: Strong coffee taste, lots of roastiness.
Kind of sweet. It tastes just like an iced coffee that you would get at Starbucks.
As the beer warms there's more complexity coming out. I get some dried fruit, fig, raisins, etc. No alcohol burn 12% you say? Hah!
Mouthfeel: spot on for a stout. Not as thick as one would expect, despite there being quite a bit of sludge at the bottom of the bottle.
Drinkability: Yes it is. Very drinkable. I would be able to put a bottle of this away by myself, although it would take an entire evening.

One of the best stouts out there and aging it fo r a year or two definitely helps.

 942 characters

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

Appearance
Pours out thick and black, with only a small tan head forming; film resides throughout

Smell
Robust coffee and dark fruit

Ttaste
Maybe my favorite RIS from the get-go. LOVE the coffee component of this beer as it really shines and tastes great. It absolutely adds to the profile. Next comes some chocolate syrup-like flavors that wrap around all that coffee and bitter hops to help balance it all out--yum! Some heat in the finish, but it's not overwhelming. Extremely drinkable for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel
Luscious body; tight carbonation (much like Old Rasputin) yields a wonderful airy and silky texture; so smooth while still being full.

Overall
Wonderfully complex, balanced, and flavorful. I had no trouble drinking this big bottle all by myself. This lives up to the hype!

 802 characters

Photo of paytoplay
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From paper label 750ml, silk screen would be minus 0.3 probably. Bigger richer, more intense, still bring acidity alc and balance keeping it high toned with a seemless lengthy finish. Enjoyed with dinner and friends, needed about 20 minutes to wake up. An outstanding brew. I look forward to my 1 other paper label and barrel aged ones. Also enjoyed this the same night from keg. Keg was a bit softer and more femenin. Different batches and years apart. I'd take the paper label for special occasions, the keg and new bottle versions are outstanding "everyday" type beers.

 572 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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

 710 characters

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

Big frothy head and totally opaque beer. The nose is strongly of coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, lots of toffee, and lots of chocolate. This is a stouts stout.

Definitely would buy again.

 194 characters

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

A - Poured a pitch black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet chocolate malt goodness

T - Is a lot like the smell but even better with some coffee taste and a touch of alcohol

M - This beer is creamy smooth with light carbonation to it

D - I loved this beer I wish I was able to have here in Texas its definitely worth hunting down to have sometime

 372 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a red solo cup on the golf links.

Appearance- Thick, viscous motor oil with a substantially bubbly head. Looks like a fresh poured double espresso with brown bubbles.

Smell- Roasty espresso malty notes, a hint of boozy kahlua vibes. Awakens the senses with its robust richness.

Taste- Big coffee attack, followed by a very strong dark chocolate swell. A dark fruity raisin and brown bread note precedes a slightly boozy finish. Roasty charred chocolate and coffee notes remain on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy, like a heavy cafe au lait. Thickens up your saliva and gives you brown spits.

Overall- Possibly the best "breakfast" beer out there. I drank this one at 9 AM, and found it quite enjoyable. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I love coffee stouts, so it isn't uncommon for me to get into a stout like this in the morning on weekends. The perfect storm of coffee, chocolate, creamy texture, and well-hidden alcohol make this a great stout all around- no matter what time of day! This would be an excellent beer to pair with a creamy dessert.

Cheers.

 1,102 characters

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!

 401 characters

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

Had on tap at the AleSmith taproom in San Diego. Pours a smooth dark black with a brown head that stays for half of the pour. Smell is wonderful: coffee, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Taste is more of the same and very well blended. The bottle can be a bit over coffeed, but this is not. Great smooth mouthfeel, no harshness at all. Beautiful.

 342 characters

Photo of larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, dated 1/27/14, poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger dense mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, rich chocolate, caramel malts, some vanilla.

T- Coffee, rich milk chocolate, some dark fruits and vanilla, roasted malts, some caramel.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great coffee stout, very well balanced and alcohol well hidden. If you like big coffee stout this is a must try. Definitely will pick this again when I get a chance.

 458 characters

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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

 675 characters

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

definitely some dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee.... very easy to drink for a 12%er.... usually avoid coffee stouts and coffee beers, but this one is very good (and so was Modern Times' Sea of the Dead yesterday also!). definitely some alcohol burn in the background, but not up front and present. very smooth, very dark, very nice. the ratings are, more or less, justified.....

 382 characters

Photo of SaucyA
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe it's a 2008, purchased from the Andersons in Toledo.

A - Pours an almost pitch black, with a slight, tight, tan head. Deep walnut highlights kiss the edges of the snifter. Carbonation isn't visible, and head retention isn't a strong suit, yet lacing is somehow present.

S - Poured slightly under cellar temperature, I was expecting more aromatics. A nice mixture of alcohol, baking chocolate, mocha, and a small hop profile in the background. It would've gotten a five if everything were a little more pronounced.

T - It's a giant brew, with milk chocolate and coffee playing huge roles in the taste. Also, a nice coffee and hop bitterness takes over the backend. Wonderfully warming on this 28 degree day, yet the alcohol is hardly noted in the mouth. Sweet at times, and bitter at others, it's just a stellar imperial stout.

M - Thick, big, and oily without being too syrupy and gloppy. A wonderfully even, small, ALMOST sparkly carbonation smoothes it out and makes it a real winner.

D - I'm really looking forward to enjoying the rest of the bottle.

Notes: Hands-down the best coffee stout I've ever had, excluding anything in a barrel. A great brew that actually is worth its spot on the Top 100. Can't wait to get into the Barrel-Aged version in my cellar :)

 1,280 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Black as night with a one finger off-white head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, anise, molasses, some light coffee in the distance.

T: OMG! Roasty, toasty dark chocolate intermingled with anise, molasses and leather. I get a pop of coffee on the finish that's smooth with low bitterness. Even a hit of vanilla Then the 12% slides in for the kill. Smile and sip again.

M: Medium to high with medium, thick carbonation.

O: A superior stout that overwhelms the taste buds in the best way possible. Sexy, sultry, smooth and decadent. It only improves with some warmth. Sip and savor. Share with friends. Find!

 671 characters

Photo of diomz88
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coffee, right away smells good coffee, with chocolates, vanilla, toasty, roasty, smells great! Black, black and black. With minimal brownish head. Lacing is present too. So much going on with this beer. So smooth, compared to some other imperial stouts i've tasted before. Coffee, dark chocolate flavors, with some other flavors in it like hints of vanilla, and a little sweetness to it. I don't mind the bitterness because it is very appropriate for this kind of beer. Full bodied, very slick and smooth and clean, especially at the finish. This is a very enjoyable beer, great beer! Can't wait for the next one!

 613 characters

Photo of NitroGen
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for my 100th review.

P: 750 ml. Brown bottle

A: Pours a jet black with one finger of dark chocolate foam head that quickly settles

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and grains with feint alcohol fumes.

T: Myriad of chocolate and roasted coffee with creamy sweetness and huge alcohol fumes.

M: Wow is this a big! Well balanced throughout the tasting, and the aftertaste keeps on going and going...

D: Since this is in a 750 ml. and nobody else will imbibe I will make the sacrifice and drink this lovely brew by myself!
Will be having another long before my 200th review!

 606 characters

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

Bottled shared with fisherman34 on a bright and cold saturday morning. Pours out dark espresso with a nose of espresso and dark chocolate. Thick body on this but not cloying in the slightest. Someow seems dry and viscous at the same time. Little ash in the taste, but also nicely balanced with the chocolate malts. Drinkability is very high given the potency of this brew. Excellent stuff.

 389 characters

Photo of SLeffler27
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The black beer and two-inch, dark walnut, rocky-to-creamy head cascades within a Dogfish Head snifter before quickly dropping to a dense, quarter inch after leaving a thick coating of lace.

Mellow, dark roasted malt with dark chocolate forms a backbone to the aroma profile. Warmth brings out malted milk, coffee ice cream, and alcohol fumes.

The flavor profile follows the nose, however focuses on coffee ice cream. Mellow, roasted bitterness makes this an exquisite sipping beer that unfolds with warmth, adding hints of cigar smoke and leather. The long, pleasant finish returns light bitterness.

This is a full, almost dense, bodied beer with warm, yet controlled, alcohol, soft carbonation, and a velvety texture. The finish brings out a hint of astringency.

Speedway Stout is a superb compliment to reading on a warm Saturday afternoon in January.

 857 characters

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, non-transparent, thick dark brown head, and lots of lacing down the side of the glass. There is some sediment at the bottom but you can't see it when the glass is full.

S - Lots of heavy roasted malts, coffee, and a slight sweetness like molasses and malts.

T - Tons of roasted malts up front, pretty apparent coffee flavor, and lots of sweet dark sugars. It finishes with a mix of slight tartness and a modest alcohol burn/flavor.

M/D - Thick and heavy body, surprising amount of carbonation, but still creamy and velvety on the palate. High alcohol content so it's definitely a sipper.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had, although I don't mind the coffee flavors like some people do. Lots of flavors, not too sweet from the malts...definitely a special occasion beer!

 806 characters

Photo of dank203
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this thing pours black with some fluffy head. the aromas have a lot of stouty notes and some coffee. the flavor gives an abundance of dark chocolate, like chocolate milk, with coffee. its a really outstanding thing and its beyond comparison, like a chocolate coffee milkshake

 275 characters

Photo of Jtburns777
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan foamy head. First Taste gives strong hints of dark French roast coffee and dark chocolate. Has a resinous hop bite under that, all the while unbelievably smooth. Mouthfeel is soft and velvety. This is one if the best dark beers I've ever had. My new favorite imperial stout. This is a luxurious winner.

 329 characters

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,523 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!