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9. AleSmith’s Speedway Stout

Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Origin: San Diego

Formed in 1995, Alesmith is an artisan microbrewery that specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles. Speedway Stout is an imperial stout that weighs in at an impressive 12 percent ABV. Coffee is added to provide a little kick, before the beer is aged for a year in bourbon barrels. Jet black, with an off-white head, it starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel.

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