Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee
AleSmith Brewing Company

Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican CoffeeSpeedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,374
Ranked #12,837
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican CoffeeSpeedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee
Notes: Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is an expertly honed rendition of AleSmith’s original Speedway Stout, which is widely beloved for its chocolate and roasted malts bolstered by notes of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink, yielding the perfect canvas for Head Brewer Ryan Crisp and his team of creatives to produce unique blends and variants that exemplify what makes their imperial stout so popular, while incorporating complexities that rev up the tasting experience.
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minterro from California

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Height's Market in San Diego, CA. ~$6 for 16oz can. Canned 07/27/21, consumed 10/08/21.

A&S: Almost a finger of tan foamy head. Great lacing clinging to the sides. Dark chocolate-colored beer. The aroma is very weak initially. On last sips, I get a ton of alcohol. I also get sweet, spicy chocolate, almonds, and smoke.

T&M: Very rich and robust. Reminds me a bit of a more alcoholic Founder's Porter with some additional spice. The finishing bitterness is really on point, it heavy on coffee. The mouthfeel is creamy and full with a light touch of carbonation.

Overall: I found this beer excellent! Aroma is the weak point, but everything else was pretty darn good. I would say underrated based on its current score of 88.

Oct 09, 2021
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with light tan head. Head and lacing is heavy. Smell is heavy on the coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Taste is opposite with heavy on dark chocolate and hint of coffee in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is drinking melted dark chocolate. Overall, just as good as original.

Oct 09, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a one finger dark khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, bakers chocolate and a little vanilla. Flavor is dry, dark toasted malt with a little char, drip coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and a little salt. Coffee and bitter chocolate finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A solid coffee stout on the dry side of the spectrum. Chocolate tastes like a high cacao bakers or only slightly sweetened chocolate, flavorful, but unlike the cinnamon, lightly sweet Mexican chocolate I'm familiar with. Coffee is somewhat generic, but a clear note.The salt is a distinct component. The base malt leans to a dry stout profile, which is a pleasant alternative to the typically sweet chocolate stouts. Complex and interesting, delivers on its flavor promises. I'm not such a big fan of the salt, not sure if that adds positively to the flavor for me, but makes sense for a dry, rather than sweet stout.

Oct 06, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't found many variants of Speedway one of my favorite imperial stouts since a festival three years ago. This variant is distinct dark chocolate very evident along with a bit of sea salt which seems like overkill but again I dig it because it is like a different take of salted caramel everyone seems to enjoy.

Overall a really cool at Vintage Estate I have another variant but it will probably not be as distinct. Worth picking up!

Oct 05, 2021
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm digging this. There is so much bitingly bitter dark cocoa and it really works well with the robust coffee notes. So much roastiness! The finish adds a bit of a salt and pepper bite that works well, but I'd be fine without it. The bitter roast still dominates throughout.

In the world of sticky sweet pastry stouts this bitter bomb is a wonderful change of pace.

Oct 01, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/27/21. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; fluffy khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of chocolate and vanilla frosting. The aromas are on the subtle side and the coffee basically goes unnoticed. The flavors are bold but balanced. The sea salt really comes through and is very prominent. More chocolate and vanilla. Some dark fruits. Subtle coffee notes. The cinnamon and chili notes are mild, but I don't think that they're supposed to be the stars. They become more pronounced as it warms though. Mild heat. Low bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, creamy, velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid imperial stout. It's not quite as bold or adventurous as it might sound on paper, but it's still pretty enjoyable stuff nonetheless. The sea salt is pretty memorable without dominating. Not bad at all. I do like it.

Sep 23, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from ABV.

Black with a dark brown head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose has chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, a little toasted red chili and the rather excellent Speedway base of roast, bitter dark chocolate and burnt sugar. The palate opens bitter with dark chocolate, creamy and bitter with spices - cinnamon, chili and dark brown sugar, almost jaggery like. Excellent bitter coffee on the finish. Medium full in body, softly carbonated, this is really good.

Sep 20, 2021
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with finger of dark tan tight bubbly head.
Aroma of espresso, chocolate, caramel malt, and a cinnamon spice note - roasty slightly woody.
Tastes of slightly bitter dark chocolate, espresso, sweet caramel malt with a spicy cinnamon heat - bittersweet and slightly roasty.
Medium full mouthfeel - thinner than anticipated - 12% ABV well hidden - creamy and bittersweet, but think not strongly improving on base beer.

Sep 18, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can at fridge temp. Pours jet black with a good amount of light brown head. Nose is spice, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and roasted malts. The taste is quite bitter upfront. Mix of burnt wood and Mexican spice. Peppery spice. Coffee grounds. Not too much in the way of sweetness. Very dark chocolate. I get the salt as well. It's just a bit too harsh on the bitterness. Not something I would buy again, but interesting. Mouthfeel is fairly thick-bodied.

Sep 02, 2021
Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 16 ratings