AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
6,893 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: 6,893 |  Reviews: 1,713
Photo of BryanH69
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I totally dig this beer. it is everything to me that a really good stout should be and serves well by itself or along side a properly cooked steak.

It isn't a harsh coffee...or chocolatey beer...but manages to hit it perfectly while throwing in some vanilla. Honestly the most important to me is it doesn't end up tasting like a chemical mess like some of the others I have had.

Drinking this is really a little too easy for a 12% beer.

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Photo of TheLefty1616
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shy5
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersmith90
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greene94
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Azfieldphx
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very chocolatey and sweeter stout with a great light feel. Starts and finishes extremely well. Checks almost every box in what you want in a stout.

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

Photo of wjbent
3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DioS
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kricks77
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Two plus year-old beer pulled from my cellar, bottled in Aug 2015. It pours jet black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal spotty lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar with the addition of dark roasted malts and a hint of vanilla. Good heat from the 12% ABV. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, not as thick as some, but far from watery. Excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cozmo
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treefig33
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of TylerJ
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnnyrafer
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Bottled on 8/28/15; 2 years of age in a 750ml bomber.

Pours black in color with almost no head/ head retention. The little head there is coffee colored.

Aroma smells like a slightly booze-forward mocha. Tons of chocolate and coffee. Undertones of vanilla and a kiss of booze.

Taste is creamy in mouthfeel; it's not super thick and chewy (i.e. Ten Fidy) but definitely not a watery stout. More unsweetened chocolate and cold brewed coffee. Absolutely delicious.

Overall, this is a phenominal beer. It compares easily to that of ten fidy and FBS. I would buy again. I see this pairing well with chocolate dipped strawberries. It gets a 92/100.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well looks like I finally got my hands on AleSmith Speedway Stout, and this thing is monolithic at 12% ABV - I mean it’s going to be a BIG (Bearing Immense Gusto) brew. Plus as a coffee stout it has some epic competition in the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout and my recent favourite Omnipollo Selassie Stout... it almost makes you wonder “If I was a brewer would I even want to throw my hat into the coffee stout ring”? It’s like placing your head inside the lions jaw (to borrow another circus metaphor). AleSmith are no slouches though - they know how to brew a BIG one. Time to bring out my “big book of words that describe the colour black” again... obsidian? Yeah we’ve heard that one before!

Poured from a 473ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents an opaque stygian atramentous [see, I found an even more complicated word to describe obsidian!] body with a pretty decent mocha head that hangs in there like a champ (given the 12% ABV). This doesn’t look as motherf__king ominous as other American Imperial Stouts, but perhaps this is the calm before the shitstorm? 8/10.

S: Nose is quite a bouquet of rich coffee bean, chicory, charred wood, oak, dark fruits (prune/plum), and a touch of brandy... and this next statement feels very Douglas Adams-like but: what a fragrant beer this speedway is. Look it’s a damn epic aroma - there’s no escaping it - it’s a black hole of an aroma: sucking in my olfactory senses into it like a dying star. 10/10.

T: Mmmmm-f__king-tastic! Creamy AF, but we’ll get to that, all of the above: coffee bean, chicory, charred wood, oak, prune, plum, touch of brandy, yes please sir! Plus, PLUS: it doesn’t taste anything near 12% ABV (‘cept for a little warming in the aftertaste). Pure genius AleSmith! [insert a bit more hyperbole here] Now some bad points: finish is slightly more bitter than wanted/warranted, and the coffee character isn’t as prominent as in FBS or Selassie... but damn this: spot hit. 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied, reasonably viscous, not quite Founders body (but nothing I’ve found yet beats Founders body), creamy-super-dense carbonation. 9/10.

D: Was not expecting this to come close to FBS but Speedway really does manage to come close, were it not for that bitter edge and the coffee flavour being less than prominent I might have been able to crown my new favourite coffee stout - but sorry FBS still claims that title by a narrow margin. 8/10.

Food match: I feel like smoking cigars in a totally non-exclusionary club right now.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(bomber bottle, bottled 01/27/1? - last number mangled, but it looks like a 5 or 6 - wouldn't surprise me if it is a 5, given that the store from where I purchased this routinely has old bottles on the shelves... poured into a teku)

L: nearly jet black liquid; buff brown, flighty foam... little foam retention, leaves almost no collar

S: deeply malty, over-baked cookie, bitter black chocolate... coffee barely pokes thru, very little booze... floral phenol, hints of dark fruit (vinous)

T: moderate, bordering on assertive roasted grain, supported and tamed by an underlying semi-sweet toffee flavor... mellow bitterness, citrus peel-like in its flavor, possibly some faint black tea... touch of ash and molasses in the aftertaste, later some subtle menthol and nuttiness emerges... malt is fairly dense throughout

F: medium-bodied, not quite edging toward full/thick - thinned out well by understated yet enlivening ethanol

O: good - nothing distinct/memorable flavor-wise... rather mellow and refined (by age?) for its ingredients and listed strength... seems like it's in a faded state (which is great for drinking), but I'd prefer to try this more fresh next time

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pitch black with a creamy light brown head. A massive head is produced that leaves a surprisingly lasting creamy brown cap that leaves copious sheets of lacing.

S: Tons of umami/soy sauce, fudge brownie, cinnamon/clove spice, dark chocolate, gingerbread, fruitcake, date, fig, raisin.

T: Gentle waves of milk chocolate, cocoa, and malted milk balls upfront, which then immediately leads way to a MASSIVE punch of increasingly complex malts and roast. Dark chocolate, fudge, gingerbread, snickerdoodle cookies, caramel, and spice cake. A light espresso roast, a burnt edge, an earthy bitterness that keeps the chocolate and cake roast in check. There's a mild soy sauce note pervading the beer, but it's not as prominent as the nose suggests; but it's still there. Finishes lightly sweet but with a touch of dryness, and an almost green pepper vegetal bitterness, perhaps from the coffee. Fantastic.

F: Pretty much full-bodied. Smooth and creamy, super rich and bready. Feels a little thin on the mid-palate. It's not quite as chewy and milkshake-like as Ten Fidy and some other contemporary imperial stouts, but it's still pretty thick. A moderately high carbonation makes it super easy to drink.

O: An absolutely fantastic imperial stout. The coffee character was barely detecable, but I don't know how old this can is. Regardless, this is fantastic, world-class stout.

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

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