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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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Reviews: 1,668 | Ratings: 6,720
Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Quick Review: Tan and foamy two finger head on the pour. Smell is strong on the coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Big coffee at first with roasted malts and dark chocolate making for bitter start. The bitterness is balanced by a softer finish which has vanilla and milk chocolate show up. Verges on being to bitter at times, but it mostly manages to remained balanced especially as it warms. Very good for the style.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber into a snifter, pours black with a finger of dense tan head whose top is dotted by frothy, larger bubbles. Head dissipates but never leaves completely. Lacing is moderate but lasting. Holding this beer to the light reveals a deep, rich ruby-brown along the edges--the middle is still impenetrable. Beautiful stuff.

Smells are initially dark fruits--raisins and black cherries--with coffee and chocolate mixing in. After warming a bit, roasty malts and caramel toffee appear as well.

Taste is roasty, dark fruit with evolving layers of complexity. Sweetness is balanced well by the bitter roasty flavors. Feel is dang near perfect. Rich and full without being overly viscous. The carbonation comes in just when you want to liven things up.

This is an outstanding Imperial Stout, worthy of its world-class rating.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in Oct., 2013
Pours a viscous complete black with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted coffee, prune and raisin, leather and a touch of must.
Taste is coffee and chocolate right up front, a hit of sweet milk chocolate-covered raisin in the middle of the swallow and a lingering dark chocolate finish with a touch of underlying char. Also, just a smidgen of molasses and leather. Not even a hint of booze on this two-year-old vintage.
Mouthfeel is thick and exceptionally creamy

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Photo of spacecake9
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking at this beer for over 6 months, not sure why I hesitated.
A - Pours black. Really really black. With 1 inch of beautiful tan head.
S - The aroma is not strong but it is coffee.
T - Great balance of coffee and stout. And a touch of sweetness.
M - Smooth, creamy, soft mouth feel. Perhaps the creamiest beer I've ever had. Is there any carbonation at all?
O - This is an awesome coffee stout. I don't get any other flavor notes beyond coffee. But there is something else going on here because there is NO coffee harshness. Really nice.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 11.99/25.4 oz + $ 4 shipping = $ 0.629/oz from the Craft Shack
Bottled 9/24/15, served at 42 degrees into snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma weak, roasted malt
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and partial thin layer with a few rocks
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor weak, can’t taste the coffee, just roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into snifter

A: pitch black body big fluffy looking head a tan color laces on the glass as the head recedes

S: some coffee, bakers chocolate, licorice, smells a little like cocoa powder and some metallic

T: coffee is huge, lots of chocolate, anise the coffee is actually making the beer have a bitter finish

M: very light carbonation nice oily slick feel on the tongue which turns to a nice fullness

O: Great drinking beer I remember really being taken with this beer I am not as blown away as I was the first time but the beer is good. The coffee is much more pronounced in the taste then in the nose.

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Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark black color. Nice nose but didn't find a lot of coffee here as I expected. The taste is smooth but the coffee is still hindden by the nice roasted malts. A really good stout just not with the coffee flavor I expected.

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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 jp32
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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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,720 ratings.
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