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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From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,138
ABV:
12%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,891
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 5.26%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
23
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 03, 2022
Added:
Aug 11, 2021
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SCORE
92
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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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Rated: 4.24 by NappyB from Illinois

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by pulse from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is my last and final can of this... I saw that it had some pedestrian scores across the Internet and wondered why, since I happened to enjoy it a lot. Now it's time to put that to the test and finally review it.

First off, it pours black with a creamy, khaki head. I happened to get a large head this time that I don't remember from earlier pours, which might just be from digging out the old stout glass. The head fades into a thin ring with some lacing. The smell is not strong, which could be from its age. I still think I get some bits of malty chocolate and salt. The taste is the star, though - bitter chocolate with a kick of salt. The coffee is more subtle but chocolate and coffee are two of the greatest things ever created and are superstars together. With repeated sips, you can really get the coffee undercurrent. It hits harder than you first expect. I don't even like bitter things that much and I love this. Malty and dry, mid-full body and moderately carbonated. It is a bit warming at the end.

Pouring one out for your AL Central champs the Cleveland Guardians and also still wishing I had a chance to try the other Speedway variants.
Sep 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a thick jet black with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- smells of peppery coffee with a bit of a green pepper note, cinnamon, chocolate, caramel, roast, char and licorice

T- herbal and peppery coffee up front follows the nose, followed by a bold chocolate note. Mid-palate gives some cinnamon, along with that signature Speedway charred malt. The finish gives more coffee and a hint of vanilla. Lingers of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish
Jun 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very dark body with a modest tan head. Pleasant aroma of da ark chocolate, coffee & roast grain. Nicely balanced between bitter, salty & sweet. Flavors are pretty much as advertised: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits & toffee. Medium viscosity with a smooth feel. The 12% is well hidden. Very drinkable, more like a coffee than a beer. Excellent!
Jun 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by RMW66 from Australia

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of dark chocolate, saltiness, roasted coffee and toffee. Great spicy taste with chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee and some saltiness.
Mar 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by Taenim from New Jersey

Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Surprised I found this in Ohio, it was definitly good and I don't mind the price on this one, pretty affordable. Tastes were just too subtle to me but not bad.

I guess that's my issue with the OG as well. Just not enough.
Mar 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Inky black pour, enjoyable aromas and flavors of coffee abound, pretty rich and creamy, minor impressions of cacao nibs or bakers chocolate and the faintest impression of salinity. Mildly warming but overall solid and enjoyable.
Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by nataku00 from California

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Creamy and viscous, ample billowing mocha foam, a halo of lacing.
Aromas of brownie crust, dark roast coffee, tiny bit of milk chocolate sweetness.
Rich creamy chocolate and coffee, bitter earthy roast, warming finish.
Medium bodied and fudgy, dry finish, mild lingering bitterness.
No perceptible salt.

Overall it’s very tasty and well integrated, very creamy and smooth.
Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.99 by BarrelAgedG from California

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by socon67 from New York

Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
De Labirratorium. En copa Basqueland. Estudiando. Perfil cafetoso con un toque muy ligeramente picante que no se si sera sugestion por lo de mexican. Esta buena pero no al nivel de la Speedway base. La sal no la noto
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Alesmith Brewing 'Speedway Stout' Mexican Dark Chocolate , Sea Salt , Mexican Coffee @ 12.0% , served from a 4 pack of 473 ml can's (special order from Vessel Liquor)
A -pour is a dark cola brown from the can to a black in the glass with a small tan head , leaving a fine spotty lace along the tulip
S-dark roasted coffee with some chocolate notes
T-hints of chocolate at the start , dark roasted coffee thru out & bitter sea salt swallow
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer , kinda
prost LampertLand
Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
look: black all the way, with off-white thin foam

smell: coffee, chocolate, maybe some sea salt?

sea salt def. in the taste, also massive roast malt, coffee,

feel is thick af and chewy, silky smooth and very balanced

overall: good stuff! only the salt is a bit over powered in my opinion, cheers!
Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown, nearly black, motor oil. An aggressive pour yields just short of a finger and and a half of khaki foam. A great looking brew. Clean. Picture perfect.

Nose is roasted malt, bakers chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, toffee/caramel. I can tell, just from the nose, that this is not a sweet brew. Upon warming, brown sugar comes through and dark fruit grows in strength.

Taste absolutely confirms this. The roasted malt floods your tastes buds with a dark and bitter roasty profile. This is accompanied by the coffee and dark chocolate and a touch of cinnamon. Not quite the heft that a Russian Imperial has, but strong nonetheless. The bitter hits hard at first, but fades rather quickly and the taste of salted caramel and dark chocolate lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a considerable amount of carbonation for a 12% stout. It's got a nice density with an almost cleansing quality. It doesn't cling that much, especially compared to those Anchorage beasts I've been drinking recently.

Overall this an enjoyable brew. I feel like it is less an expansion upon Speedwau Stout and more of its own thing. It definitely sets itself apart from the base stout.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The speedway stout series is always on my list anytime a new one is released. This variant highlights black cocoa and extra salt to create a beer that is not sweet at all. It is a truer stout in that it focuses on the dark chocolate and bitter notes.
Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by BigGinge from New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pitch black with a foamy dark tan colored head.

Smell: Sour and metallic. Raisin, burnt toast, vanilla, brown sugar.

Taste: Tons of roasted malt, light coffee, molasses. Bitterness cuts through the sweetness really nice. The chocolate and coffee aren't taking over the malt at all. This doesn't taste like a barrel of chocolate syrup with a splash of stout added. I'm not big on a bunch of adjuncts added in to a stout, but this one tastes good.

Feel: For a 12% stout it feels kinda thin. The alcohol warmth is very mild too. Dangerous.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer.
Nov 12, 2021
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can poured into a Bell's Brewery snifter

A: Pours very nearly black with a frothy tawny brown head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee run the show, roasty, earthy, a touch of spice, light herbal notes, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, big dark chocolate, rich coffee, earthy, a nice touch of spice, subtle underlying herbal notes, faint hint of salt, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, creamy smooth with a little pleasant alcohol warmth.

O: Maybe not as complex as some of the other variants, but everything comes together so nicely. As a lover of dark chocolate and coffee, I'm all about it.
Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can. Can bottom is stamped '07/26/21' for canning date.
Deep brown colored body, with red mahogany back lit edge. Creamy and fluffy light tan head. Leaves loops and spots of lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, with coffee, cream, and a little chocolate.
Taste definitely has more chocolate than in the nose, along with coffee, and the roasted malts. Not sweet, with a bitter edge of coffee/chocolate. No heat, but with a cinnamon like spice note. The salt is there to liven the taste, but not to create salinity. Dark chocolate and espresso coffee continue in the aftertaste.
More than medium mouth feel, and quite creamy. Okay carbonation.
Good variation on the original, with added spiced chocolate and coffee.
Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16oz can dated 07/26/21. Looks gorgeous but unfortunately that is the best part of this beer. It is very sweet with a hot boozy finish. Not getting much from the adjuncts besides the chocolate. Definitely not enough coffee for my liking. Good body and carbonation.
Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Can pour- used motor oil with big chocolate milk head leaving scattered lacing and lots of foamy bubbles. Nose is subdued roasty malt with a hint of salty brine. Taste follows with dark chocolate and coffee- all fairly mild. Finishes with lingering bitter espresso notes.
Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by jakecattleco from California

Oct 19, 2021
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Reviewed by minterro from California

4.22/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 4.43 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by beerguy04 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
great chocolate lightly strong stout drink slow and enjoy
Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
10/03/21 can @ home
Oct 03, 2021
Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 49 ratings