AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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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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Photo of Frudel
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, aged 1 year and a half. The bottle serves a black liquid with a quite big brown head. Aromas are coffee, brown sugar, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate. Amazing taste, the complexity of this liquid is Wow! Medium sweetness, roasted malt , chocolate, with a nice coffee presence, it is very good, the alcohol content isn't a problem at all, we barely feel it. Creamy, full body. One of the best Imperial Stout you can find out there!

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Photo of Virby44
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Poured out of a fairly fresh 16oz can bought at Coastal Wine in Branford. Super thick and inky black, small head. You can tell just by appearance this is one boozy brew. Illustrious aroma that has tons of malt, roast, coffee, chocolate, and toffee but somehow hides the ethanol burn that typically defines higher ABV beers. Flavor is a sledgehammer of dark malt, all the descriptions from the aroma come in over the tongue. Very espresso like but with a good amount of sweetness, too. Silky smooth feel and heavy body leaves you feeling quite satiated about 2/3s of the way through. It's definitely a sipping beer. Bought another can to hang onto for next winter. See you in 10 months!

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Photo of Isarnan
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark beer with a minimal brown head. Aroma is weak for a bigger stout. Faint smells of coffee but, compared to other stouts not very provocative. Tastes fantastic. Low carbonation, a fully body, and smooth to a slight bitter finish.

Really tastes like I expect a great stout to taste. It doesn't mask flaws with strange flavors or overpower you with the flavor of the month. Just a quality beer with staying power.

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Photo of jams1220
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Everything a stout should be. Pours dark brown/black with a medium brown head and some lacing towards the top of the glass. Aroma is the weakest part of this brew - dark chocolate with slight hints of espresso and dark fruits. Taste is more coffee than chocolate with vanilla and some dark fruits. I felt that the light carbonation worked perfect. A bit silkier and this would have gotten a solid 5. Overall, if the coffee aromas came through a bit more, this really would have been a knock out of the park for me. Still though, an excellent stout. I'd love to have this aged in bourbon barrels or with any sort of a twist Alesmith throws on this. Also would be interesting to age for a year or 2.

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Photo of alucard6679
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is just a fantastic beer and I'm having a hard time thinking of a better coffee Stout that isn't barrel aged.

Look: pitch black with a nice tan head that came up about two fingers and yielded some excellent lacing.

Smell: Very pungent roasted coffee and chocolate on the nose.

Taste: The ABV is just so well hidden, just lots of coffee, toasty chocolate, bit I'm vanilla and maybe fig(?) throughout, and what disntinctly reminds me if cold brew coffee in the finish.

Feel: creamy and full without ever feeling overbearing. Some heavy dark beers are very easy to take your time with because​ of how hefty they are but this one begs you to take that next sip.

Overall: If you see it and you like stouts, buy it. Hell, buy two!

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 6,845 ratings.
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