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
Ranking:
#283
Reviews:
1,733
Ratings:
6,973
pDev:
8.45%
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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adidaswp
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JCarey
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Duncian
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amguerra305
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am writing this review on the basis of a two year aging experiment. Pours a touch thin and has a light khaki head around the edge of the glass. Considering the age it smells like stale roast and alcohol. Taste is heavily milk chocolate. Feel is just the slightest tad carbonated. Overall this beer is better fresh with the strong coffee notes. Those notes devolve in to mills chocolate but the stale roast flavor predominates throughout and detracts from the aging experiment. Definitely better fresh.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is not very syrupy when pouring, was expecting a bit more for the given alcohol contents. The body is pitch black and the head is beige to faded yellow. Not much retention nor lacing.
S: The aroma is very very roasty, with tons of chocolate, coffee, caramel and even a bit of vanilla. The aroma is pure awesomeness.
T: Following the aroma, starts off with a vanilla-like and caramel sweetness profile. Right after, a milk chocolate and sweet coffee is present with a very prominent style. In the end, a slight sweet end turns this beer so awesome and drinkable.
M: Body is medium high, carbonation is high, sweetness is high but alcoholic contents are too prominent.
O: It's true, this is classic beer. Truly awesome.

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Photo of km02600
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MMOSNN
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
3.53/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark beer with imperial alcohol aroma is a bit watered down with flavors of mild chocolate and booze. Can't detect any coffee, cream, or caramel. Not bad for a RIS, but after having had many better RIS's this just doesn't do it for me but I'm all for it being 12%.

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to The CANQuest (tm), Sppedway Stout! This was a relatively spendy CAN, but since I have been spending the day drinking & reviewing Stouts, I decided to bring this one into the fore.

From the CAN: "Speedway Stout's ominous, pitch black appearance has become a hallmark of the modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer's dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout's fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come."; "This beer's great balance makes it a very food-friendly imperial stout. Pair its roasty flavors and robust mouthfeel with rich beef dishes and char-grilled foods. Both chocolate and vanilla desserts also pair well, as do salty blue cheeses like Stilton or hard nutty cheeses like aged Gouda and cloth-bound Cheddars."

I Crack!ed this bad boy open, but as much as I wanted to do an inverted Glug, its price tag & quantity (16-fl. oz.) held me back from anything more than a slow pour. It did not matter as its intense carbonation immediately led to the formation of two fingers of dense, foamy, light-brown head with great retention. Color was absolutely Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Jeez-O, man, this was sucking the light out of the room! Nose smelled intensely of rich, black coffee, the kind that must be coaxed into my coffee pot each morning as the filter clogs due to the amount of grounds that I use. I am a retired U.S. Navy sailor & I still run on smokin' coffee. Sure, there was also dark chocolate, light smoke & the dried, dark fruits that they mentioned, but coffee was the star of the show. Mouthfeel was thick, full & creamy, just what I had been missing this afternoon. The taste was an instant jumpstart to my heart! Coffee came on strong, followed closely by dark, bittersweet chocolate and then the fruitiness began to open up along with the toffee & caramel flavors. Whee! OMFG. Phew. What a riotous beer! I almost CANnot believe that they deigned to CAN such a beast, but I am not CANplaining. Finish was dry and very coffee-like, just what I had hoped for. Phew! It is only its price point that slows me down from buying additional CANs.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is sometime in 2017, but otherwise illegible.
Pours a pure black body, with bubbly, thick tan head, extensive coverage of lacing.
Smells of dark roasts, coffee, chocolate, and slightly sweeter caramel.
Taste bursts with dark chocolate and coffee, with roasty and caramel malts at the end. A slight alcohol burn in the noise.
Silky, medium, coating mouth feel.
Excellent example of an imperial stout with coffee.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can. It pours jet black with a finger worth of tan head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate with some nice sugary and caramel-like sweetness to it. The taste is of espresso, dark chocolate, and some roasted grains. Very viscous and it coats the tongue nicely. Little in the way of booziness despite the fairly high ABV.

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gardner254
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of f-k
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tobi797
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,973 ratings