Alesmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & Coconut - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +0.2%
On-tap at Naja's for The Full Pint's 5th Anniversary
As with all Speedway: the beer is black and has a tan head. Wow, what a nose. Lots of raw coconut and vanilla which play very nicely with the intense roast, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas of Speedway. The flavor is almost like chewing on fresh shredded coconut. Tons of vanilla to it as well. A nice sweetness of chocolate and toffee, plenty of roasted malt and coffee, too. Just a fantastic beer.
08-13-2012 03:53:42 | More by womencantsail
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a slippery, pitch black. Phenomenal nose. Sweet and intense interplay of bakery like aromas of vanilla, almond, coconut, and dark chocolate seamlessly blend the roast coffee of Speedway. Flavor is intensely coconut, reminds me somewhat of Rare DOS in that regard. The coconut and vanilla take over the flavor a little more than they do the nose, but who cares. Still a strong dark chocolate, roast coffee, and toasted malt presence throughout. Nothing artificial or cloying, far surpasses any of the Funky Buddha treatments that come to mind. Perfect body, medium thick, soft and silky. Dinging the flavor and overall half a point since it didn't quite transcend or match the clearly inflated memory of my first Rare DOS in my mind (and also, it's not HF Ann, but what is?). Regardless, pretty amazing.
11-09-2012 06:14:05 | More by yourefragile
4.65/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Deep brown in the glass with an impressive head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.
S: A blast of vanilla with accompanying coconut. Smells amazing when combined with dark chocolate, coffee, and roast. Trace of earthy hops. Basically speedway with vanilla and coconut. Wow.
T: Similar to the aroma. Blend of vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, roast, and coffee. I liked both the vanilla and coconut speedways I tried at O'Brien's, but the combination of the two elements is stellar.
M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy, and viscous.
Overall: Outstanding. I hope to see this again at some point.
06-15-2011 23:06:49 | More by HopHead84
5/5 rDev +4.4%
Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
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.
This is one of the finest smelling beers I've ever experienced. There is tremendous amounts of toasted coconut character along with lots of authentic, earthy yet sweet, vanilla. The typical roast and coffee notes are laying just underneath. Spectacular.
The flavor, if at all possible, is just as good as the aroma. The coconut and vanilla are so incredibly rich yet complementary. Other beers have paired these two flavors together before, but none have been quite as successful as this one. It's stellar. Incredibly drinkable, even at 12% ABV. A true feat, and a perfect imperial stout.
Thick, oily, luscious, decadent mouthfeel.
A mind-blowing beer. Phenomenal.
11-14-2011 01:46:09 | More by ehammond1
5/5 rDev +4.4%
Had on tap at the 2011 BA speedway stout release
Look: Beautiful black body with a nice tan head about 1/4 and some decent retention and lacing
Smell: Upfront is the delicious hints of vanilla and coconut. The coconut is faint but it is there. You also pick up the hints of chocolate and coffee almost drowned out by the vanilla but it is there.
Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell. Upfront is the sweetness from vanilla and coconut which was just the right amount of sweetness and finished off perfectly with the hints of chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with little carbonation a slight warming sensation on the palate with a silky finish
Overall: This is my favorite to date speedway. I liked it better than the barrel aged and regular version. I really hope I get the chance to drink this again.
Edit: I had to come back and edit my review after having it on tap about 5 months after my original review. This beer is perfect in every way. Exceptional maybe the best speedway variation
06-16-2011 00:36:25 | More by DarthKostrizer
District of Columbia
4.88/5 rDev +1.9%
On tap at O'Brien's for 2012 SDBW.
A: Deep, slick black with a ring of fine, medium dark brown head. No real lacing, but it retains the foam quite well. Almost like looking at an espresso.
S: Vanilla bean ice cream and just a little coconut. Medium roast coffee and dark chocolate take a backseat to the vanilla and coconut.
T: Full, round vanilla, moderate toasty coconut. They are awesome complements. Coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor washes over your palate and fades slowly away.
M: Silky, full bodied, sticky, with medium-light carbonation which works wonderfully with the body.
O: Oh my goodness, this is incredible. Melt in your mouth good. Peter described this as like drinking a Mounds bar. Seems apt enough to me.
11-07-2012 06:42:20 | More by pmarlowe
4.98/5 rDev +4%
On tap for the Full Pint's fif anniversary party at Najas. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours black with a fine mocha head which leaves spotty lace.
N: Initially the vanilla is dominant, but as it warms the interwoven coffee and coconut emerge and greet the vanilla in a most lovely dance.
T: Similar to the aroma. As warms the intense coconut and vanilla wrap around the coffee and just meld perfectly.
M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, exquisite.
O: Nearly perfect in every way. One of my all-time top beers ever. Given 5 tickets I used my first two on this and looking back I should have gotten a few more. Unreal.
09-02-2012 17:07:30 | More by wethorseblanket
4.95/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap are O'Brien's for million zillion night
A dark black body and no head. Same with all of them
S-redonkulous. Great vanilla and coconut. Like a Carmel delight
T-follows the nose. Just absolutely incredible. Wow
M-medium body and smooth. So smooth
O-known to me as #4. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe this beer. If only it looked better...
11-13-2011 19:20:23 | More by brew3crew
5/5 rDev +4.4%
Pitch black with a oily glass coating oily viscosity. Short bubbly khaki head with fair retention and spotty lacing.
Bright amazing nose with notes up front of toasted coconut and rich vanilla bean with cocoa and coffee.
Flavor just can't be any better. Big bursting flavor with amazing toasted coconut, vanilla with rich chocolate and coffee undertones in perfect harmony and balance and just a touch of heat.
Mouthfeel is silky, creamy and viscous like maple syrup with mild carbonation.
This beer is just retarded good. Definitely my favorite one off I've had from them. The only thing that isn't perfect about this is that I don't have it flowing endlessly from my keggerator.
11-27-2011 01:31:25 | More by MrVonzipper
4.98/5 rDev +4%
Full pint on tap at the Full Pint 5th Anniversary on a horribly muggy crowded evening at Naja's Place. This stuff is black like the normal Speedway, with a coffee colored small head with the potential of coconut floaties. I will not hold that against it. Aroma is a scent that can only be achieved through copious amounts of coconut not even possible to have in a large batch of beer, it mixes with the coffee to the point it doesn't really smell like coffee or dark malts, but just some kind of fragrant coconut nectar and fruity dark chocolate. The taste is a coconut elixir so fantastic it is unfair to compare to any mass produced beer. You will never taste coconut like this in large batches, it just isn't humanly possible. Even beers like CoCoNut Porter don't even begin to approach this. The coconut transforms the abundant coffee notes into chocolate milk nearly... the rough edges of dark malt and coffee smooth out enough that the richness of the beer softly caresses the palate in an overtly sensual manner. This is probably the best beer in the world, not sure but yeah it probably is.
08-21-2012 01:47:34 | More by vacax
4.95/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at O'Brien's Million Zillion Speedways event for SDBW.
A: Pours an opaque black. Creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves small amounts of spotty lacing.
N: As the name would suggest, there is a lot of vanilla and coconut on the nose. Also some dark chocolate and smaller amounts of roasted malts and coffee.
T: Much like the nose, up front, the taste is an amazing blend of vanilla and coconut. Dark chocolate, coffee and toasted malts in the background. Incredibly well balanced. All of the flavors blend perfectly. Not much alcohol presence. It definitely takes a back seat to everything else.
M: Full-bodied, chewy, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-light carbonation. Perfect for the style.
O: Incredibly smooth and drinkable. The vanilla and coconut blend beautifully with the base beer. I will be seeking this one out again.
11-09-2012 19:32:10 | More by LaChupacabra
4.95/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at 2011 BA Speedway release...
Reviewed from notes...
A - Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Good amount of head retention to be had here as well as some sticky lacing.
S - Smells deliciously sweet. Chocolate and marshmallows with some coffee in the mix. Very inviting...
T - Starts sweet with a perfect balance of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Coffee follows with some lingering vanilla in the finish. Exceptionally balanced with no abv to be tasted. Delectable...
M - Rich and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice full bodied mouthfeel like a good Impy/Double should have...
O - Alesmith brewed a world class brew here. Delicious. Had this back to back with the 09 BA Speedway, and this was the superior beer imo. Hoping I get a chance to try this again sometime in the near future...
06-19-2011 20:22:01 | More by comfortablynumb1
4.97/5 rDev +3.8%
Had on tap at the 2011 release of Barrel Aged Speedway. I had always felt heart broken for not getting a chance to try the vanilla speedway or the coconut speedway as previously brewed as both are two of my favorite ingredients, so having both packed into one as a surprise was a very wonderful treat for me. review from notes.
A: Very deep brown with small dark brown head. Classic speedway stout color and appearance.
S: Oh, baby. Strong coconut and vanilla harmony in the nose, as well as traditional speedway scents of coffee, chocolate, cream, etc. For anyone who likes coconut or vanilla (and especially both) the smell was very enticing and sells the sniffer immediately on the deliciousness of the beer.
T: The taste really couldn't be more accurate to the nature of the beer itself. Coconut I would say was the dominant flavor but was mellowed and carried in the best of ways by the smoothness and soft sweetness of the vanilla. This wonderful interplay between coconut and vanilla all occurred on the modestly but so present classic speedway flavor blanket. Honestly, better than I originally even fantasized.
M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel with a pleasing amount of carbonation. There wasn't a thing the beer did to my mouth that I didn't want it to. Again, excellent.
O: I almost feel like there's something cheap about giving high ratings to a beer that emphasizes such delicious ingredients-- you almost cant go wrong. While that's true, they went above and beyond what would simply be very good by putting it all within such a great beer and by exhibiting exceptional craftsmanship in their integration of flavors. I feel bad leaving such a raving review on a beer that I know access will likely be very limited to if any exists in the future, but as someone who has long sought out a beer that did great justice to coconut or vanilla, this beer set a standard that I think is impossible to break.
06-15-2011 23:57:27 | More by Klym
Alesmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & Coconut from AleSmith Brewing Company
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