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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:
#269
Reviews:
1,720
Ratings:
6,925
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
924
Gots:
2,200
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,925 |  Reviews: 1,720
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a thin dark foamy head. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee notes though not as dominating as I was expecting from reading all those ratings. Taste is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and coffee with a real creamy texture that I enjoyed. Bitter ending but not as hops explosive as I was expecting from other reviews. Overall, this is a good imperial stout but to me it doesn’t match Bells Expedition or even Storm King; but then again, I’m not the most avid stout drinker out there.

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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a ruby highlights. It had a small, caramel-colored head of bubbly foam that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, molasses and orange/citrusy hops.

T - Nice sweet stout with hints of molasses and toffee. Touches of caramel, too. There was a mild bitter hop bite with an orange peel kick.

M - It was soft, smooth and somewhat creamy. A medium to full-bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a great stout. I'm glad I finally got a chance to taste some Speedway.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with silver foil into snifter; no bottle date, but I picked this up last fall. Pours viscous pitch black color with a nice thick and creamy 1 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, molasses, biscuit, herbal spiciness, smoke, and earthiness. Amazing aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of huge dark roasted chocolate, coffee, black roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, smoke, earthiness, vanilla, and herbal spice. Very light amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of big dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and biscuit on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty much invisible considering the 12%, with only a faint warming well after the finish present. Overall this is an absolutely mind blowing imperial stout brewed with coffee. Big and lush flavors; with great balance and no booziness at all considering the alcohol level.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Black and opaque like espresso, quarter inch head that coats the walls of the glass and remains until the beer is gone.

Smell: Quite a nose on this one. Burnt sugar/molasses in the forefront, undertones of dark roasted coffee. A bit of alcohol in there as well. Reminds me ever so slightly of dark, aged rum.

Taste: Coffee and dark chocolate come through pretty strongly in the flavor, like an alcoholic mocha. Molasses and just a touch of hops give it a lingering, bitter finish that lasts until the next sip. This is surprisingly smooth and sweet for such a robust beer. It looks intimidating, but it's actually pretty drinkable.

Mouth: To call this "full-bodied" is an understatement. Thick and syrupy, minimal carbonation. It coats the mouth in the way that only an imperial stout can.

Drinkability: Good for the style, but it's still so heavy that a glass or two should be enough for most people.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Darkness snifter...

A slight aggressive pour yields almost 3 fingers of head. Wow the head is really dark, a nice mocha chocolate tan color. Nice lace rings. Amazing retention! Lasts the entire time! Color is a deep oil black... speedway.. makes sense right?

Aroma: Wow, I get a mix of fresh coffee combined with a ton of earthy hops. Damn, the coffee is mixed so well into this beer. A ton of chocolate blends in. I am diggin' the aroma. Very sweet.

Taste: Huge roasted malt flavor right of the top. Then comes the coffee, chocolate, and earthy hops. Nice toffee in the background with a touch of caramel. I am enjoying this, but it packs some heat. Hard to give it a 4.5, but it is better than a 4.0.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a little bitter. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. A little boozy here. Ends with a sticky aftertaste. Very dry.

Overall, this is a really damn good stout. Very nice coffee notes. Pretty drinkable. I really like the complexity of this one. I'd easily drink more. Keep those fresh coffee beans comin'!

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at 48F. The body is black with a mahogany glint beneath the thin head of dense orange-ish tan cream. The head drops shortly but leaves some interesting lace and maintains a thin surface covering - which is surprising considering its 12%abv! Roasted malts and deeply caramelized sugars appear in the nose alongside a splash of fresh brewed coffee. The body is full, smooth, and exceptionally creamy due to a very fine and moderate carbonation from bottle conditioning. Alcohol and coffee appear upfront before it softens to reveal some sugary caramel and cocoa in the swallow. A solid bitterness rises in its long, dry finish. As it warms, the alcohol falls more into place and richer coffee notes appear - although it still remains a bit overdone strength-wise. An alcohol content more in the range of 9-10% might do wonders for this beer - particularily adding to its drinkability! Still, quite an impressive brew!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a thin dark tan (almost mocha) colored head. The head reduces to absolutely nothing. Light amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Wonderful aromas of coffee and dark chocolate with subtle hints of dark roasted malts. There is that bitterness to the smell that I associate with freshly ground coffee beans (like minutes after completing the grinding).

T: Really rich flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and heavily roasted (almost burnt) malts. There are some slighter hints of oak. There is a wonderful espresso bitterness in the finish that lasts and lasts.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. Wonderful coffee aromas and flavors (something I really enjoy in a stout) make this beer top notch and one of the best coffee beers that I have had. Great beer and please let me have it again.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had as part of the mini Whale Stout tasting back in mid December. '09 vintage.

Big fluffy dark head fades slowly with some lacing over a pitch black no light escaping beer.

Nose is loaded with coffee, chocolate, caramel, heavy and rich, lots of dark chocolate, a little vanilla, a bit of a bitter earthy hop, light oatmeal, pure dark malts and a slight velvety like aroma.

Taste is creamy luscious dark malts, lots of roast and coffee, black patent malts, chewy oats, dark earthy bitter baker's chocolate, vanilla, caramel, very complex. Some earthy hop bitterness and even bitterness from the scorched malts, light chocolate milk. The sweetness fades to a light dry feel on the finish, mouth coating, with a long bitter coffee roast and chocolate and light tingly booze.

Mouth is thick and creamy, velvety, decent carbonation.

The drink is decent, it def drinks smoother than 12% as all the heavy malts, sweetness, and bitterness as well as complex flavors balance out pretty well, although there is a slight sticky mouth coating on the finish but a beer this big you can't blame it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 release poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character up front followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee. There are touches of dark fruit and smokiness in the background. The hop presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time, but there are several other big stouts that I would choose first.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to orfeu I finally get a chance to have this brew,poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black with a very tight formed 1 1/2 finger mocha colored head that leaves globs of lace as it ever so slowly settled.Aromas of bitter chocolate,dark roast coffee a very definitive fruit essence,even a hint of tree bark.Starts out quite dry with big French Roast coffee flavors with notes of earth and wood after awhite a sweeter rummy like flavor comes thru that lingers after the finish.The alcohol creeps but never really rears its head just a nice little burn,wow this is a masterpiece stout its huge and packed with intense flavor,a gem no doubt and probably my new favorite stout of any kind.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to azbucfan for this one.

A: Near black with a smallish tan head and decent lacing.

S: Lots of espresso mixed with very dark malt and some hints of dark chocolate.

T: Lots, and I mean lots, of roasted espresso flavors, creating a sensation of dark, tart cherries. This is paired with some mild dark chocolate as well as pale malt sweetness and a hint of bittering hops.

M: Very smooth with a medium-full body and a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is definitely a sipper, but a good one at that. Like my morning espresso, only with a lot more complexity and definitive hints of alcohol. Very delicious.

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

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has sweet malt and chocolate pralines with coffee liquor. Taste is quite malty and sweet at first but the coffee bitterness and roasted malt takes quickly over. Medium body and carbonation. Quite boozy for a coffee stout, kind of overhyped.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours pitch black, even in the light, with a two finger mocha head, pretty fast to some floating spots and a sticky lace.
Smells awesome, salty roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, rich coffee bean, rich strong Italian espresso, some vanilla and raisin/plum, dark spices and the faintest warm alcohol (really cool).
Coffee and caramel up front, bit of toffee and some nice dark chocolate, something like a stronger cappuccino. Still sweet for a few seconds with a sprinkle of vanilla, licorice and cinnamon and some juicy plum, dark cherry and fig, subtle. Gets roastier, with rich dark malts, some nut peel and some more robust coffee bean, plus cocoa powder. It's also woody, a weird (nice weird) kind of whisky barrel feel (placebo, maybe?), probably from the greatly handled alcohol and the rich malts. Roast and some mild bitter hops close this up.
But tons of choco-coffee richness gets through to the aftertaste, tempting you to renew the flavors with another sip, and then another, and so on. The beautifully hidden alcohol also helps, but it will hit eventually. Medium body, smooth and easily drinkable.
LE: Gets a bit boozier later on. I guess it's normal, tho.
This deserves to be a classic, especially for the rich flavors and the stealthiness it has. Not a very complex beer, but it excels at what it advertises. Very tasty stuff.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought bottle in 2011, opened October 2013.

A - Thick coffee black body. Tall, creamy, dark cocoa head. Great retention and lace.

S - Bourbon, coffee grinds, oak, caramel, honey, white booze.

T - Thick coffee, worcestershire sauce, dry oak, burnt molasses. Dry, 80% cocoa dark chocolate finish.

M - Thick, creamy, full body. Soft finish.

O - An excellent double coffee stout. The worcestershire note is the only thing holding this beer back.

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Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. pours black with a thin tan colored bubbly foam on top. The head settled out and stuck to the sides of the glass but left good lacing on the sides as I drank it.

Not surprisingly coffee is the first thing that hits you in the aroma, but it also gives off some bitter chocolate and roasty flavors. Taste, much like the nose is coffee dominant but is also somewhat balanced out with the chocolate and roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side and slightly creamy. Carbonation is moderate. It's very drinkable for being 12% abv, I didn't even think it was that high until I checked the bottle for the review. It's a very smooth and easy drinking coffee beer.

Overall one of the best stouts I have had, the coffee flavor is very present but not overdone. It's very surprising that it can be over 12% and have virtually no alcohol bite. It really drinks like it could be a 6% stout. I will be buying this one again as long as Southbay keeps shipping them to me.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 6,925 ratings
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