AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
6,809
Reviews:
1,692
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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918
Gots:
2,182
For Trade:
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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky black with satisfying gloop-gloop-gloops. The head dissipates into a nice, lacy cap.

The nose is dense coffee oils, sweet tobacco, a touch of brown sugar, chocolate, and dark, sticky bread. The taste follows, breathing a little warming booze and malt-nut into the finish. Perfect balance between bitterness, sweetness, creaminess and carbonation. This has got to be as good as it gets for a barrel-free stout.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From miguel. In Teku glass. Playing 8 Bit Adventures. Really smooth, creamy, balanced and the 12% ABV is completely hidden. Very pleasanat vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Deserves all the hype

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fathercharles
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. No details about the bottled date so not sure about the aging but shouldn’t be an issue for this big Stout.

Murky black in color with thick frothy khaki head as a showcase, the head retains very well with good retention and slowly dissipates to a long-lasting bubble film on the surface also leaves lots of sticky lacing here and there.

In a nose, rich and dark milky chocolate, black coffee, mocha, cocoa, toasted and roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark bread, charred nut, tobacco, modest sweetness, mild dark fruit, licorice, and a slight hint of spicy alcohol, all you could imagine from great big Stout, they are all packed here.

The taste is dominated and led by all kinds of chocolate and roasted malt at first. Then it is supported by coffee, cocoa, toasted nut, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark bread, dark fruit, licorice, sweetness from both malt and alcohol, boozy spice with some warming touch, and strong bitterness mostly from roasted and toasted profile. The end is wrapped up and lingering with intense roasted flavor.

Full body with creamy smooth mouthfeel and some sticky touch through the palate, the feeling is not too hefty while being not too watery despite holding rather low carbonation. In fact, it is crisp enough and proper to carry all the things well. Finish is very dry.

This one is totally blow me away. It is among ones of the best Stout available out there. For me, I think from tap is more mellow and smooth while from bottle is more aggressive and intense. Anyway, it is great in whatever you choose.

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

Wonderful, thick, full-bodied stout bursting with flavor. Has a little bit of a funky nose to it.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nugget40
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [4.25] The can lists the ABV (12.0%) and there is a canned date (01/31/2017). The beer is black and forms 1/2 a finger of khaki colored head. It seemed thick while pouring. The head has good retention.

S: [3.75] Bourbon, cherry, dates, tobacco. The nose is prominent and forward. Start to get the coffee as it warms.

T: [3.75] Marshmallow, chocolate, charred wood.

M: [4.25] Thick and chewy. It is dense. But it has more carbonation tingle than I expected. There is also some alcohol that stacks up if you sip too many times too quickly.

O: [4.00] For 12% it is really well hidden. The body is thick. You have to sip it. I got a lot less coffee than I expected. The flavor overall is nice along with the nose. This is something that you need to save for a special occasion. I am not a cigar smoker but I predict this would pair really well. As this warms and mellows it continues to get batter and better.

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Photo of Ale_Lover
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. Bottle poured into a snifter.

The appearance is thick and black with a compact 1 finger mocha head that lasted well. Alcohol is barely noticeable and it goes down smooth.

The aroma is very vibrant with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and roasted malts. Some alcohol spice starts to creep in at this point.

The taste as you would expect follows the nose with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and a nice bready malt sweetness.

This is such an excellent beer that has stayed very consistent. Can't wait to try a barrel aged version of Speedway.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark mahogany body with beige head

Smell - roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel

Taste - much like the nose, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, coffee, hint of booze

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, roasted flavor upfront from the malts/coffee, low amount of sweetness frim the chocolate, roasted malts in the finish, slight hint of booze - this beer is smooth for the ABV

Overall - this is a really good example of an Imperial Stout, good balance of flavor and the booze is present yet restrained. My only gripe with this beer is the price point - too high to drink on a regular basis.

Price Point - $7.99/16 oz can

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of drstalker
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slim_720
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joshs555
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of degueulasse
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark with a deep tan head. It smells like rich coffee and tastes like dark chocolate, managing to be both delectably sweet and powerfully bitter at the same time. Another paradox: it's both creamy and carbonated, the bubbles clashing with the smooth consistency in a surprising and impressive manner.

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