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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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,127
Ranked #5,446
4.17 | pDev: 5.52%
Apr 08, 2022
Aug 11, 2021
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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Ratings by RyanK252:
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RyanK252 from California

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
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4.25 by RMW66 from Australia on Apr 08, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
4.28 by Taenim from New Jersey on Mar 14, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by KT3418 from Colorado

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.

Mar 10, 2022
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

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
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 10, 2022
3.85 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 08, 2022
3.99 by nataku00 from California on Jan 29, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

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
4.34 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Dec 28, 2021
3.99 by BarrelAgedG from California on Dec 23, 2021
4.14 by socon67 from New York on Dec 19, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

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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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

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
4.25 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by gooddaydiablo from Texas

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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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

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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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

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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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BigGinge from New York

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
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Nov 06, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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
4.25 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2021
4.23 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by morimech from Minnesota

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
4.18 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Oct 22, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sjrider from California

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
4.3 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Oct 20, 2021
4.22 by jakecattleco from California on Oct 19, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by minterro from California

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
4.43 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Oct 09, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by beerguy04 from Illinois

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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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

great chocolate lightly strong stout drink slow and enjoy

Oct 08, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

10/03/21 can @ home

Oct 03, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DIM from Pennsylvania

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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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

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

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
4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Sep 20, 2021
Speedway Stout - Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt And Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 45 ratings