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 Oxymoron
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer a couple of times, not sure why it took me so long to rate it. The pour is a rich midnight color that has a very nice viscous quality to it. Nice to see the glass change colors as you drink it. The head is a darker tan color that remains around the edges of the glass but limited lace. More viscous then lace.

The nose is malty but limited for being as big as it is. Mostly darker malt notes such as chocolate, roast and a touches of coffee. Some lactic quality that blends nicely with the alcohol/solvent esters. Some coca cola smells as well. There is a touch of tropical fruits, figs and raisins mostly, but some feint woody characteristics as well, vanilla comes to mind.

The taste is rich and full flavored. The initial tastes come out nicely with an expensive dark chocolate taste. This is followed up with a more roast like flavor that isn't as astringent as would have expected, rather smooth and silky. Some sugary notes, molasses and alcoholic warmth to it. There is a smooth finish that isn't quite like a milk stout but has the feel to it. Some bonus flavors of vanilla and mocha finish off a great taste.

The body is noticeably big and chewy. The rich flavor adds to the silkiness almost like a oatmeal stout. Some oily textures that are a bit of a deterrent but overall a great beer to race to get.

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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 94fl.oz.bottle. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pure black & black to the light. Creamy, brownish beige in color, lasting crown. Aromas of roasted malts –chocolate & black patent- cocoa, ripe fruit, bread crust & toffees. Creamy roasted malt with chocolate hues at first sip then an increasing bitterness arises & lingers into the finish with a kind warming sensation. Flavorful , creamy & voluptuous palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Black coffee on the aftertaste. ABV flavor perfectly hidden. Everything dances in a perfect balanced performance. Smooth & quiet. Drinkability? Well, I ,was by myself, enjoying it when I realized only three fingers were left on the bottle so…I just finished it.

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Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Ultimate
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
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 VaTechPhilly
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

First time enjoying a Speedway. Jet black. Nose is dark chocolate. Taste is sweet malt and dark chocolate. High attenuation, a little thin. Very nice beer.


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Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle that isnt as colorful as the one pictured courtesy of brokenleadedcask at DLD. poured into an over sized snifter. pretty excited about this one. no freshness dating, although the back says "age for 6-24 months."

A- black body with a finger of coffee colored head. the head is full of large bubbles and lasts a long time, leaving large rings of sticky lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- very intense. lots of dark roasted malt. loads of coffee. some darker fruits in here as well. figs, plums, raisins/tobacco, and maybe some cherry. wow lots of coffee. milk and dark chocolate as well.

T- the taste is equally intense. the coffee is out of control. very dark and roasted tasting. the dark fruits i could smell are very diminished in the taste. small amounts of raisins/tobacco and figs. strong chocolate element in here too.

M- this is the worst aspect of this beer. its a huge beer, but the mouthfeel isnt as thick as i would like or expect. good levels of carbonation, and they did a great job of hiding the alcohol. the only way i can tell its in there is the warming sensation as it enters my belly.

D- very easy to finish, and im left wanting more after my bottle is empty. it probably wouldnt be a good idea being as strong as it is. probably my favorite coffee infused beer, and ive tried a bunch. check this one out if you get a chance, i wish i had easy access to it.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one with an IPA and a Yulesmith (Winter) in an order from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Another delicious beer from AleSmith. Amazing deep brown color with a tan head that lingers, and the monstrous chocolate, caramel, some toffee, molasses, and other dried fruit flavors. Big body, as expected. I will say this this one didn't quite distinguish itself from some of my favorite Imperial Stouts like I expected, but certainly a delicious stout.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rdooley
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Gemini6
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jp32
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a small tannish colored head.

Aroma is of dark malts and they're heavily roasted. Also a touch earthy and boozy in the nose.

A very nice, silky stout that boasts flavors of roasted malts and chocolate. As the beer warms I begin to pull out a boozy molasses character.

This is a BIG stout that does not disappoint!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store in SF, CA
No noticed bottled on date
Poured into a tulip glass

AleSmith's Speedway Stout is, perhaps, the richest imperial stout I've had in memory. While it boasts an intense roast and chocolate character, the obvious ethanol detracts a bit from my total enjoyment of this beer. Still, quite good, and one I would gladly seek out again if it were available.

Pours a 1cm head of very dark tan, fine bubbles. Head recedes within a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass. Ample lacing along sides of tulip glass, complementing the totally opaque, black body. Carbonation streams slowly along sides of the glass.

Aroma is very rich, expressive in roasted character, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee beans, and ethanol.

Taste follows scent closely, offering strong roasted malt flavors, creamy milk chocolate, mild roasted coffee beans, and perhaps a hint of vanilla. Ethanol is noticeable from mid-palate onwards, and is actually rather obvious to me. This detracts somewhat from my enjoyment of the beer, as my goal isnt to necessarily drink ethanol flavor. Still, this packed an immense amount of rich, delicious flavor into each sip and I am impressed by this.

Beer is extremely thick and heavy, perhaps one of the heaviest beers I've drunk. Carbonation is moderate, but still can't truly penetrate this highly viscous brew. Pretty incredible, thick and smooth, somewhat silky, mouthfeel results. Drawback is ethanol burn and heat, felt clearly in the nostrils and the back of the throat. Finish is dry and slightly sticky from small amounts of residual sugars.

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Photo of polishkaz
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of FBarber
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

On cask at the taproom. Beautiful solid tan lacing, pitch black ale. Coffee/chocolate combo is deliciious! Great balance is neither bitter nor sweet. The mouthfell on cask and at a milder temperature was remarkable - creamy, but certainly not highly carbonated.

This was one of those one sip and WOW, another sip and WOW. Everything from the aroma to the follow-through taste was special. Somewhat better than my previous review from bottle (although previously highly pleasing).

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.66/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
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