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RATINGS: 2573   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Bottle conditioned.
Speedway Stout’s ominous, pitch-black appearance has become a hallmark of this modern-day classic. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the flavor, supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee, and caramel. A healthy dose of locally-roasted coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee, Inc. added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink. This beer ages very well and will continue to mature for many years to come.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire brune et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de café noir, de chocolat noir, moyen de mélasse, léger de caramel toffee (faibles notes terreuses), de houblon herbeux (notes florales) et d’alcool ainsi que des notes fruitées (prunes, traces de raisins vineux) de vanille et boisées. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et aux petites notes liquoreuses. Goût légèrement fruité (prunes, notes de raisins) aux notes boisées avec un léger goût de vanille et de faibles notes de crème et de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti (légèrement brûlé), de café espresso intense, de chocolat noir et moyen de mélasse ainsi qu’un léger goût de caramel toffee parallèlement à un goût d’alcool moyen légèrement réchauffant puis en finale l’on assiste à un léger regain d’amertume grâce à la présence de houblon herbeux et de café noir accompagné de faibles notes de noix. Post-goût très long, amer de café, de malt rôti et brûlé, de chocolat noir d’alcool moyen et de houblon herbeux avec un léger goût fruité (moût de prunes).

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2007 This is a massive beer, actually posessing the body and mouthfeel that most stouts brag about on their labels. Smells slightly sweet, very roasty, chocolate and coffee. Black, with tan head. Caramel, oak flavors, even though this is not the barrel aged, lots of coffee, alcohol is present but not distracting from the other flavors. Rich, bittersweet, with a long finish like very good espresso, without the thin sour taste of mediocre espresso. Everything an Imperial stout should be. The only potential criticism is that some people will find the coffee too strong. I’m not one of them. Thank you AleSmith.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (522) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Thick crema like head, aroma is not very apparent. Palate is extraordinarily smooth. 12%? where did it go? Alcohol is very well masked. Complex flavors. Some nice hoppy bitterness with coffee coming in at the end at the end. Not sure if this ranks as #11 in the world but solid.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Deservant of the 100 percentile that it is honored with. This beer lives up to its hype and then some. Had on tap at its birth place AleSmith brewery, also purchased a vintage 2004. Excellent beer, maybe my absolute favorite. Full of roasted coffee and caramel flavors, packs a big ABV but very well hidden and extremely balanced. Full bodied and a smooth operator....lethal combo. This beer is first across the finish line.....checkered flag!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle. Thick rich dark stout. Motor oil. Taste was complex. Dark roasted beans and malt. Big coffee taste but not over powering. Smooth, delicate, but yet with a little bite. Chocolate, and coffee flavors dominate but there is more to be discovered. Great beer. Highly recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
I had a taster at the brewery and it was smooth and chocolatey. I bought the 2004 vintage bottle and it was not as good as the tap. Thick black pour with no head. Aroma is alcohol and dark chocolate. Tasting the sweet alcohol hits hard, then gives way to coffee, roasted malt, chocolate. Sticky feeling in mouth, flavor stays for a long time. Complex but everything seems blended together. I like the non-aged version better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2010 Wow. Amazing. Had a taster of this at the Stone Brewery. Honestly Im torn between the Stone Imperial and the AleSmith. But in all honest, this stout is .2 better than the Stone Imperial and now ranks as my favorite beer. 12%? Can even taste it! Wow, im truly impressed. Doesnt have the soy sauceish tate of the stone, thick, and smooth, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and smoooooooooooooooooooth ness. Will buy again

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (971) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Review #100! had this saved for 7 months. had had it on tap a bit before that and it knocked me out with richness and subtlety. this is fine but not aspanormaic. roma of roasted malt, sponge cake, caramel, cold coffee. opaque black with a modest dark head. silky and light int he mouth, graceful,. flavors of chocolate, coffee. alcohol, licorice. schizoid finish of high and low notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Poured black in color with a khaki head. Had a nice roasted coffee aroma. Very smooth when it hits your palate. Warm alcohol taste when it goes down. A very nice stout. Thanks to vyvvy for sharing this at one of his beer tastings

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (699) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Black in color with medium, diminishing light brown head with little lacing. Aroma and flavor strong of typical roasty and caramel notes. Strong hop flavor also, and the alcohol was fairly evident. It reminded me of Expedition, but not as strong of flavor and a bit easier to drink. Honestly, this didn’t blow me away, or differentiate itself from most of the other decent imperial stouts out there.

I’d like to re-rate some time, but I really don’t want to spend $13 on another bottle.

I think people are intimidated by the high rating and feel insecure about rating it anything less than a 4. Maybe I’ll start the trend away from rating every IS a 4.5


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