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:
#270
Reviews:
1,722
Ratings:
6,938
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
924
Gots:
2,205
Trade:
150
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Ratings: 6,938 |  Reviews: 1,722
Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/22/13 and aged since purchase on 10/13/13 in my own personal cellar.

a: Opaque black with a huge two inch plus tan head which receded slowly to heavy thick surface foam and dense lacing. 4.75

s: Cold black coffee. Later mellows out to more of a dark chocolate. 4.25

t: More complex than the aroma, some black coffee, dark fruit and smoky malt. Good hop bite. Finish is slightly sweetish to dry. High ABV (12%!) is amazingly well hidden. 4.25

m: Medium to full, quite smooth, considerable carbonation tingle. 4.5

o: Haven't had this fresh to compare, but at a year and a half old it is a little fruitier than most stouts. Rich, flavorful and incredibly easy drinking for a 12% ABV. 4.25

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
2.42/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a mocha head that leaves chinks of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted notes along with some sweetness.

Tastes of the deep roasted notes rounded out by some sweetness and earthy hops. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses lead off with some dark brown sugar sweetness to it. Chocolate lingers on with some roasted and earthy bitterness rounding it out. Booze is present, but pleasant.
Chocolaty sweetness continues to linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is delicious and a must try for any big stout fan.

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Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of Gemini6
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can 4 months after date. Not super alcoholic for 12% but also not as complex as I expected. Decent stout.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jwswigs
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Westyn
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of NJB145
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date but I have cellared this one since 6/07. The body was completely opaque and intensely brown. The deep tan head was huge and fine.

Smell was espresso puck grounds. Malted milk balls. Chocolate and creamy malt. Faint cocoa powder. Incredibly well hidden alcohol.

Taste was rich creamy coffee. Lightly brandy-like. All aspects of this beer work wonderfully together. Very drinkable, well hidden alcohol. Not too sweet, wonderfully balanced and gone way too quickly.

Mouthfeel was full and dense (without being too thick). There was a subtle carbonation and alcohol sizzle.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JDizzle
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Held on to this in the cellar for 4 months. The coffee probably faded but....WTF. Poured from a 750ml bomber bought from Jungle Jims in Cincy.

Pours jet black/slight brown with a nice thick brown head. Really good presentation.

Smells delicious!!! I am blown away by how good this one smells. Far exceeded my expectations.
Big chocolate and espresso with nice roasted malts. Didn't really smell alcohol?

Flavors of Dark chocolate and coffee bitters hit you right away. This is one tasty SOB! Alcohol is there, but doesn't seem like 12%. Great roasted malt and a tad of vanilla can be detected. I would love to try the BA version of this!

Very thick beer, huge body, oily, with a nice aftertaste. Carbs are spot on.

One of my favorite RIS's so far. Well done Ale Smith. Now please distribute in Indiana!

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Photo of ksimons
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-almost black in color with two fingers worth of thick tan head, looks like a milkshake

S-big roasted malt smell with espresso and dark chocolate, also getting a bit of molasses

T-the taste on this one did not disappoint! Big rich roasted malt flavor with espresso and dark chocolate with a bit of molasses and you are left with a nice alcohol warming

M-amazing full body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasted flavor left over

Overall amazing, amazing beer. The richest, fullest body I have ever had. All the flavors blend together perfectly.

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Photo of jrob21
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev -8.7%

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,938 ratings
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