AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged)AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 386
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 265
Gots: 94 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Smarty_Pints on 06-01-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely black color, with a small, light brown head.

Full of fudge and ground coffee on the nose with lots of dough cream and a warming barrel appearance. Coffee is extremely well pronounced, revealing a flowery berry quality, gently wrapped up into fudge and charred malts.

Drinks outstandingly smooth, very soft on the tongue with an intense barrel infusion, creating a hot bite during the finish, together with bitter coffee.

Tastes of sweeter fudge, immediately coated up by earthy, silk coffee with a faint berry quality to it. This foundation gets joined by a prominent, vanilla heavy, warming barrel, adding smoky oak, camp fire warmth, resin and a whiff of hazelnuts to the taste. Finishes with present, hot, dry bourbon among cream, coated by coffee and fudgy booze.

Features a full bodied beer, surprisingly fudgy, with flowery, berry infused ground coffee. Extremely smooth, almost easy drinking if it wasnt for the prominent barrel. (960 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith taster glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep black, inky body with a dark, mocha brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a little lacing and decent retention.

Aromas are rich with delicious vanilla bean, freshly baked cake, fudge brownies, bourbon whiskey, coffee. Very inviting, very pleasing.

On the tongue the nose is matched, vanilla and milk chocolate, roasty coffee on the finish, chocolate and caramel, finish is roasty and rich. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with low carbonation.

What an awesome beer, one of the best coffee stouts I've ever tasted, so rich and full bodied, complex and balanced. Seek it out! (677 characters)

Photo of KaeF
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge coffee bomb with a nice smooth bourbon backbone. Combined with tastes of chocolate and roasted malt. A very nice beer that I was lucky enough to encounter! (160 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer #1,500. Worth the wait, as most others pale in comparison. It's deep, dark and has one of the most amazing smells of any beer I've ever had. Flavor is almost as perfect. Nearly flawless. (191 characters)

Photo of joemetric
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a big surprise. The appearance is typical for the style. Black, small tan head. Extremely aromatic with coffee and bourbon taking center stage. The taste is exceptional. The vietnamese coffee gives way to chocolate and barrel character. Sweetness was perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was luscious. An epic brew. (325 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've read a few reviews from people and enjoyed it and found a few issues and the great thing about beer is there is plenty for everything. I personally got a nice coffee nose and bourbon notes. The Vietnamese coffee stout on it's own was very creamy, with a great lactose feel and I got that same character from the barrel aged version. The beer remained very creamy. As it warmed the coffee nose seemed to dissipate and the beer became "hot." But overall, for my taste a fantastic beer. (493 characters)

Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'd copy and paste the review from PlineyBeMiney but that'd be plagiarism. It's not a terrible beer by any means, but it tastes like cheap whiskey and I barely detect the coffee. I'm not a fan of overpowering flavors so I appreciate that the coffee is more subtle than certain contemporaries (I'm looking at you BCBCS). Unfortunately the barrel dominates and this particular flavor is off putting. It's actually surprisingly thin too. Much preferred the regular Viet version. Kind of pissed at myself because I really wanted to trade this but happen to agree with the try-it-first approach. It has been out of the fridge for an hour but if it improves by room temperature will report back. (689 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

for me, this is it. this is, in my opinion, one of, if not the single best beer i have ever had. its in the best handful of coffee beers ever, and in the top handful of barrel aged beers too. i dont think it has any equal, and if it does, bring it to me! a heartfelt thank you to my dear drlovemd87 for unearthing this one from his impressive cellar. it will never be forgotten. people often over hype beer, make it more than the liquid, exalt it to status and even godliness. well, im not sure i can elevate this one adequately with words. the coffee is so well integrated into this lush polytextured dark chocolate colored brew that it produces this insane aroma where the notes of everything from blueberry to those chocolate covered pomegranates you buy at the airport from brookstone, to cocoa nibs in raw form, to hershey syrup, to the best whiskey ive ever tasted all sing loudly together. i have no idea what barrels this sits in, but whatever it is, the synergy just makes it. its not like a journey where one flavor comes after the next, like, taking turns entertaining my palate or whatever, it goes on and on but its all at once. the whiskey doesnt overtake either the coffee or the base beer, which i think is super hard to do, and very very uncommon. its thick but it isnt sticky, it coats the palate like latex paint, but rather than asphyxiating me, it somehow liberates my senses and capacities, like a performance enhancing drug of a beer. i almost never give a 5 of 5 overall. if ever there was a nectar of the gods, this is surely it. (1,554 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
3.08/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I know I'll get flack for my review, but there is something about the Speedway Varients that doesn't sit right with me. The beer looks fine, just as a good imperial stout should. The smell is nice, bourbon is subtle as is the coffee, but definitely expected with it being aged. The taste is what really didn't do it for me. It's the generic vanilla flavor I get from it. The bourbon isn't as well done as I've come to expect from others such as BT or BCBS, it's very weak and almost represents a "blended" taste. The coffee is nothing special as I think t was what was supposed to be the main point of this variant. I think that it just gets lost in the barrel aging process, which sucks cause a cup of Vietnamese coffee sound good right about meow. Feel is just as you would expect, nothing special. Sorry for the hate, but I do not love this beer. (849 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, quite an experience. One of the best smelling beer, prepares you for an awesome complex beer. Tasting coffee, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, bourbon notes, smooth mouthfeel and light alcohol burn going down. (231 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 5.9.15

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black and looks very thick. The dense, tan head is about an inch and lasts for a couple minutes with good lacing.

S: 5 This is probably the best smelling beer I’ve encountered. Immediately, there is so much going on: hazelnuts, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, roasted malt, mild coffee, bourbon, molasses, and caramel.

T: 4.75 The flavor starts off a bit sweet the moves quickly to similar flavors from the nose mixing into the roasted malt background and more sweet coffee. The beer is a bit harsh when cold, but as it warms it mellows out dramatically. Like the nose, there’s a lot of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon, but on the palate, cinnamon and some dark fruits show up too (similar to regular Vietnamese Speedway). Coffee lingers on the finish with a touch of bitterness leaving you wanting another sip.

M: 4.75 Super thick, almost chewy with perfect carbonation that keeps the beer feeling lively. The only flaw is that this beer is so rich and thick it hinders drinkability slightly.

O: 4.75 The whole speedway series is really exceptional and adding barrel presence takes this to the next level. There are so many terrific flavors and aromas while still being balanced. This is a nearly perfect beer. (1,275 characters)

Photo of lupercmda
4.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite variant so far. Pours dark black with about 2 finger head. Smell is of roasted coffee and bourbon. Taste starts with the strong coffee forward taste but not very bitter. Then rolls to a smooth bourbon finish. As this warmed much more of the oak character came out. Aging the normal great regular beer did wonders for this beer. (339 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm. I expected a bit more. Kind of disappointed. Love Vietnamese coffee but this lacks the best of those flavors. Tastes pretty much like regular BA Speedway. Great beer, but fell short of expectations. (204 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a Bourbon County snifter. Enjoyed on 4.17.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.


The beer pours a nice, deep, jet black color, viscous and thick, intensely opaque with a thick, finger of caramel head, low retention but a few spots of lace persist. The aroma is wonderful, huge marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, stone fruits, barrel char, bourbon, light coffee, very balanced, very complex. The flavors echo the nose, so rich and decadent, but dangerously drinkable, loads of marshmallow and chocolate, coffee roast is mild, nice fruit profile, bourbon, charred barrel, chewy oak, vanilla bean, toffee sweetness lingers. The mouthfeel is fantastic, silky, incredibly smooth, low carbonation, coating, warming, super easy finish.


Verdict: An amazing beer from AleSmith, super complex, rich, decadent, delicate, but it hides the ABV masterfully and is so approachable. Definitely one of the better barrel aged beers I've had the pleasure of enjoying lately. (981 characters)

Photo of smb
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating #550. 750ml, bottled 2014.

L: Almost entirely pitch black with a dark red hue when held to the light. A slightly aggressive pour yields about a 2mm mocha head that stays, with some light carbonation, but just enough to stir up that beautiful bourbon barrel aged imperial stout swirl. Impressive for a beer aged in barrels 13 months.

S: Ridiculous aroma on this beer. Huge oak... I have never smelled more oak character in any other barrel aged beer before including BCBS, Parabola, etc... chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla and butterscotch also come through, all with their own separate and unique character. One of the best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Right up there with Bourbon County and BVDL.

T: Massive oak, milk chocolate, almonds, toasted coconut, subtle coffee and vanilla flavor that becomes much more prominent as the beer warms. Very cohesive, impressive and just insanely enjoyable.

F: Smooth and just slightly sticky. A little bit harsh of a finish when refrigerator-cold, but when warmed to around 50-55 degrees, it's almost pristine. Hard to believe it's 12%. It coats the mouth nicely and the oak, toasted coconut and vanilla flavors really linger, lining you up for the next sip.

O: One of the best bourbon barrel aged beers... period. It would be hard to get any better than this really. The coffee is almost non-existent, but I feel like it could subtly be what's keeping it all from ending up too sweet. Now I just need more... (1,491 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a thick black color with some dark brown head.

The beer hits of dark chocolate and cacao, and some coffee cake up front, along with some fudge chocolate flavor, yet slightly missing on the thick mouthfeel. Then loads of vanilla with a slight oak drying.

The vanilla is quite forward and makes this beer slightly different from the regular BA Speedway. The beer inches ahead of that brew. (407 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A very smooth, enjoyable BA coffee stout. The taste and smell are typically alesmith good, but that finish was oh so smooth that made you wanting more and more. (161 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Kinda nutty. Chocolate. I don't get a ton of coffee, though.

Taste - Now I get coffee. Lots of bourbon too. Both are sharp flavors. Bourbon and nutty malts. Bright coffee flavor. Oak comes through in the back end. It has a different sort of flavor in the finish. Has a little bit of a sharp flavor, like a bit of red wine.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent. The finish is just a bit odd, but otherwise fantastic. (574 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage. Tulip glass. Thanks to nanobrew for picking this up.

A: Pours black with a thin film of dark brown head. Somewhat largish bubbles. Recedes fairly quickly to a very persistent collar. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark coffee, cream, vanilla bean, light oak, a bit of roast, a touch of cocoa powder.

T: It’s got that rich, creamy Vietnamese coffee up front, supported by the perfectly integrated, slightly sweet bourbon, along with notes of cola, char, oak, roast, and vanilla bean. Just a touch of sweetness which really works well. Dark sweet chocolate as it hits room temp.

M: Full bodied, creamy, with medium, slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Absolutely delicious, maintaining the rich, creamy character of the Vietnamese Speedway, but adding notes of the bourbon and oak which really elevates this to another level.

This is my favorite BA version of Speedway, and tied with the Vanilla/Coconut and Nutella among all Speedway variants. (960 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was surprised the label showed the same abv despite it being a bourbon barrel aged beer! Darker pour than the regular Vietnamese coffee with a very nice one-finger mocha head. That bourbon booze was definitely detected in the nose, slight coffee - not as overpowering like the regular version. Reminds me of the barrel-aged Old Raspy, hints of vanilla and oak throughout the flavors. This was definitely a smooth tasting beer - keeps the regular Vietnamese coffee flavors intact along with roasty marshmallows as well. Medium bodied and good thickness throughout. (563 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply one of the best stouts I've ever had. Intensely fudgey with a bit of sweetness (from the Bourbon barrels or the coffee?) that isn't present in regular BA speedway. (170 characters)

Photo of pmangold
4.77/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

lived up to the hype. great overall smell and taste, plenty of bourbon, coffee and easily supplanted a few others to become my favorite coffee BA stout. I need more. (167 characters)

Photo of clay23
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- super dark with a light brown foamy head that laced around
Smell- oak, vanilla and coffee
Taste- amazing combo of creamy coffee and bourbon with chocolate overtones, all the tastes are present throughout
Feel- this is exactly what you want a barrel aged stout to feel like- full but not chewy
Overall- excellent for the style and absolutely worth seeking out. You would be hard pressed to find a better beer in the world. Excellent (439 characters)

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: I read a thread recently pointing out that rating a stout's "look" can seem arbitrary, since there's often little to no head, and on most the color can't be elaborated on beyond "black". This is a great looking beer, with a creamy light-mocha head that sticks around as long as the heads on far lighter beers.

Smell: Fantastic nose, creamy vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate. Anchoring the flavors together is the Vietnamese coffee, which is truly a perfect match for bourbon barrel aging; the creamy sweetness of this style of coffee blends so well with the aromas imparted by the barrel. Roast malts combo with the coffee to impart some balancing bitterness.

Flavor: Follows the nose. Wonderful. All the flavors meld together so well, instead of presenting themselves in waves or varying levels, everything greets the palate as a smooth, cohesive whole. Definitely sweet and boozy, but with enough bitterness to maintain balance.

Feel: Silky smooth, with a perfect touch of carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: Incredibly good, A+ level beer. Definitely belongs in the top tier for the style. Would love to see this bottled again, it's definitely worth seeking out. (1,190 characters)

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. Flavor profile is that of cookie dough. Really unique and tasty. As it warms up, the coffee becomes more prevalent and the overall taste actually improves. (167 characters)

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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