Speedway Stout - Orange Rum | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DarthKostrizer on 11-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by pmarlowe:
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's, leftover from 2011 Million Zillion. 10oz thin glass.

A: Pours viscous black, with a solid cover of head. Good retention and some lacing. Recedes to a ring and thin cap.

S: Orange Starburst, medium roast coffee underneath. Melds together a little better once it warms, after which some spiced rum comes to the surface.

T: Orange sherbert flavored coffee, some spiced rum (I'm having a Bacardi O flashback), finishing dry with (finally) some coffee coming out.

M: Creamy moutfeel, light carbonation and full body.

O: Flavors work pretty well together, and bonus points for novelty. Drinkable enough. A bit too orangey overall, this would have been well served to incorporate the orange a little more subtly. Can say with confidence that regular Speedway is better.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

The aroma is the most successful aspect of the beer, and it's really quite nice. It combines a strong orange liqueur aroma with the usual divine, rich roast and coffee notes from the base beer. There's certainly a bit more of an alcohol presence here compared to other variations of Speedway.

The flavor isn't quite as successful as the aroma, though it is a unique and worthwhile variation of the base beer. The sharp, vibrant orange character is a lovely addition to the base beer, though there's a liquor/booze/alcohol sharpness that isn't particularly welcome. While good, and certainly unique, I couldn't drink a ton of this.

Thick, somewhat oily, mouthfeel with low carbonation.

An interesting and unique variation.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens during Night of a Million Zillion speedways

Look: Black and totally opaque with a 1/8 inch tan head and good retention for a small pour. Some spotty lacing

Smell: The nose carries a orange liqueur note with some alcohol and chocolate

Taste: The taste reminds me of chocolate covered orange cordials. The kind of candy with the alcohol in the middle. When you take a sip the orange is very present and then out of nowhere the rum hits you right in the back of the mouth like out of nowhere. Very interesting taste

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation and a bit of alcohol sting

Overall: This was actually one of my least favorite of the night. I found it a bit hard to drink. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of badbilly30
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Black pour with an expresso head. Aroma is sweet candied orange with chocolate. Smells like the holiday chocolate that is shaped like an orange with pre-cut wedges. I do not get much if any rum or barrel in the aroma and certainly no roast or coffee. Taste is orange with some rum spice, chocolate, and lingering orange sweetness with spicy sugar into the finish. Clean and smooth mouthfeel. Stunning to me how this "variation" of speedway is a beer unto itself and has so little in common with the base beer..

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Photo of wattershed
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alesmith

A: Black with a very thin tan head.

S: Smells like an orange creamsicle. Freshly picked oranges with hints of vanilla and roasted malt as well. Oranges are definitely the star of the show here.

T: Tons of orange flash and orange peel with dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. I loved how fresh the orange flavor was here, but I felt like the Speedway didn't really shine through here. Still pretty tasty though.

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Photo of FreightTrain
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of HopHead84
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2


On tap at Alesmith.

A: The beer is black with a small creamy light brown head and good retention.

S: This definitely smells like orange liqueur, like a mixture of Cointreau and Grand Marnier. Chocolate and light coffee are present and go nicely with the orange rum. Roast is pronounced but subservient to the orange profile.

T: The orange works better in the aroma. This tastes like drinking Cointreau. It's very boozy. Beneath the prominent orange rum I find the typical Speedway chocolate and earthy coffee notes. The finish is painfully alcoholic and very harsh.

M: The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and smooth with notable alcohol warming.

Overall: Probably the worst Speedway variation I've had.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nanobrew
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Speedway Stout - Orange Rum from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 11 ratings