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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.38/5
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AleSmith Speedway StoutAleSmith Speedway Stout
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
Ranking:
#269
Reviews:
1,719
Ratings:
6,922
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
922
Gots:
2,199
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,922 |  Reviews: 1,719
Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Speedway Stout, 12% ABV, 70 IBU. Pours blackish and thick with a foamy tan two finger head that left incredible lacing. Nose is alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows with sweetness, before a moderate bitter close. Fairly smooth, decent mouthfeel. Overall excellent, though a bit more bitterness than I prefer. It is improving as it - and I - warm.

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Photo of meich75
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nace4
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau stout glass.

Look is a pitch black with a razor thin tan head.

Aroma is crazy boozy like an old school imperial stout.

Taste is a nice blend of coffee chocolate roast and a little alcohol twinge.

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Photo of aurorabeerealis
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kwazilla
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of RBuckley73
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a slightly brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, and with some alcohol. Medium-heavy in body and medium in carbonation, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall it's a delicious imperial stout. Only complaint is the alcohol is a little more prevalent than I'd like, but with age I bet it would be perfect.

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Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Junior
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mando31
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chipotle
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Seems to pour jet black but when you hold a thin layer to the light it is a dark red-brown. Very little head, nice sticky lacing. Aroma hits you primarily with coffee, and secondarily with chocolate, vanilla, and a tiny bit of sarsaparilla, nutmeg, and malty sweetness. Taste consists of all of the above, as well as a bit of roasted malt, brown sugar, slight spice, a bit of hops. Nothing too dry/bitter/burnt, not overly attenuated but not cloyingly sweet either. Full bodied with light carbonation. Just a perfectly crafted, scrumptious and practically chuggable 12% ABV stout. My only criticism would be a bit heavy on the coffee - but that's the point, I guess.

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Photo of Mrnickatnite
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mistro
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of overlyk
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of braican
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cbenson
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mouthfeel has a balance of nitro softness and the traditional thick heaviness of a stout. The entry is very dry as well as the mouth-coating finish. The malt character is dry and granular like nine grain bread. There are notes of coffee, cherry and chocolate in the taste. There are also notes of herbal teas with cinnamon and basil. The taste covers up the alcohol very nicely. From the smell I mostly get chocolate. Extremely well rounded stout with a complex profile.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHEFD1214
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch Black
Smell: Liquorice, Coffee, Chocolate
Taste: Coffee, Anise, Chocolate, Roasted Malts
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with great carbonation

The alcohol is hiding very well for being 12%, I could crush this. Really nice stout! Cheers

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a one half inch tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring and left a little lacing. Smells and tastes of coffee, deep, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel and dark fruits. ABC barely noticeable at 12%. Thick, creamy mouth feel. Full bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of Grizzarky
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance had a one finger tan foamy head that dies within thirty seconds maintains a slightly thick lacing. The smell had roasted coffee up front, raisin tries to come in fairly strong along with the coffee, but mainly stays just a tad behind, black licorice also tries to power its way through, but is just a tad more subdued then the other two aromas, for the most part I’m impressed how all three are coming through as powerful as they are. The taste was a dry roasty coffee, slightly sweet through the raisins and leaves a dry roasty yet also kinda toasty sort of coffee aftertaste, dry bitter coffee finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium to heavy, actually probably closer to heavy, sessionable - not really but makes a good sipper. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me - dry and slightly smooth, coffee-like coating the tongue and mouth. Overall, wow, this is a pretty good American Double / Imperial Stout.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,922 ratings
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