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RATINGS: 2907   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Speedway Stouts 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 beers dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stouts 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.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10300) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
Tasting with Casey, Traci, Craig, Stella and Loz 27-09-08 this bottle brought along by Casey I was outside cooking and trying to cook and rate such a highly regarded beer was quite an art and required great dexterity and juggling skills with cooking utensils and pen. Pours black but moving to gravy brown at the edges with just a few brown bubbles trying to big it up as a head. Creamy and soft in the mouth, indulgent, rich and oodles of dark, dark chocolate, ooh eck the chicken is catching thatll have to do, stunner of a beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Oxidationfest Tasting at illinsmittys. 2004 vintage. My first exposure to alesmith. Pours an oildy black with no head. Great roasty aroma somewhat hot on the end. Flavor is sweet and chocolatey. Tastes like a dark chocolate candy bar. What a way to pop my alesmith cherry! Watery and almost no carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle, big thanks to Hophead22. Poured A very dark black with a brownish red head. Aroma is very coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, and malt. Flavor is delightful! Coffee is very present along with chocolate, with light caramel and slight alcohol taste. Finishes very smooth, almost glides down. A very delicious stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 ml. bottle. Pours a dark black color with a creamy brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, lots of coffee, a touch of bitterness, and a touch boozy. Flavor is good, sweet, I get a ton of coffee from this, roasted malts, some chocolate, and a slightly bitter finish. Smooth on the palate, slightly alcoholic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
m4rest88 (389) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Pours a very black hue with a good sized light brown head. Aroma is very sweet, with lots of coffee, molasses, and some chocolate. Flavor starts off sweet, then finishes off with a hoppy bitter flavor that lingers in the mouth for a while. However, caramel dominates the flavor! Syrupy mouthfeel, with lively carbonation. Hands down the best stout I have ever tasted!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Black with a big brown head. The aroma is very roasty with coffee and light sweetness. Lots of roasted and burnt malts, coffee, sweeter dark malts, chocolate, then a nice hoppy bitterness which moves back into roasted coffee and charred malts. Smooth, layered, complex. Awesome at 12%. Glad I finally rated this one. Don’t know why it took so long.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
From paper label 750ml, silk screen would be minus 0.3 probably. Bigger richer, more intense, still bring acidity alc and balance keeping it high toned with a seemless lengthy finish. Enjoyed with dinner and friends, needed about 20 minutes to wake up. An outstanding brew. I look forward to my 1 other paper label and barrel aged ones. Also enjoyed this the same night from keg. Keg was a bit softer and more femenin. Different batches and years apart. I’d take the paper label for special occasions, the keg and new bottle versions are outstanding "everyday" type beers.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Pours a solid black with a virtually nonexistent tan head. Not the best looking stout around. Aroma is a little understated. Coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of booze. Ok, more coffee as the beer warms up. The flavor is AWESOME. Tons of delicious coffee, butterscotch, chocolate, molasses, buttery biscuit. The finish is fantastic as well - the flavor trails off into a very nice bitter coffee bitterness, with a hint of boozy warmth from the 12%. Thick, smooth mouthfeel, but not quite as creamy as I would have liked. Clearly this beer rules, but I would say there are a few better imperial stouts out there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head. Strong coffee in the nose. Naturally, there’s some chocolate there too. Flavor is where it’s at. Licorice and chocolate. Smooth caramels. Interestingly, the coffee isn’t as noticeable here, but is definitely still there especially coming across smooth and strong in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice, full, and creamy, but there are definitely more velvety thick and smooth impy stouts out there. Overall, really solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 9/9/2008 bottle received in trade 9 months prior. I AM RATER #1000. Very little head. Quite a bit of coffee and toasted malts in the aroma. Aroma is good but not fantastic, mainly due to some caramel that aint so great. That same component is caramel, and very butterscotchy in the flavor, but not in a diacetyl way. In a pretty good way. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety with low carbonation, but slightly too thin. The finish is superb with a lot of chocolate and enough dryness to get your tongue zipping around your mouth. Some alcohol. 8/4/9/5/17-4.3 Bottle purchased 1 month prior. Very similar beer to before except there was a lot more fruitiness and some more vinous character. Just not as good. Palate definitely not a 5 this time. 8/4/8/4/17-4.1


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