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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 326
Gots: 164 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-13-2011)
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Photo of portia99
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (bottled 8/5/13) poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pitch black on the pour with a thick finger plus cap of frothy cappuccino foam with very good staying power. Several minutes pass before it significantly fades and the glass is coated nicely with thick webs of lacing over almost the entire surface.

S - I get a rich coffee aroma up front with a firm complement of berry aroma along with it. Plenty of roast all around. Hints of caramel and molasses and a bit of anise for good measure. Milky chocolate completes the picture.

T - Milk chocolate up front, a touch of burnt/charred malt, lots of roasted malt, and some mild caramel. Coffee comes thru quite well especially as the beer warms a bit - smooth, slightly acidic. There is a thick creaminess to this beer, semi-sweet notes further smooth out this beer quite well. Light hop bitterness, a bit of a green, grassy hop component, but at a low level. Alcohol is well hidden but is not undetectable - light warmth can be felt on the swallow and found on each inhale. Each inhale also brings the berry-like, estery character noticed in the aroma.

M - Medium/full bodied with a lower level, creamy carbonation. Estery, roasty, coffee-centric, chocolately imperial stout - complex describes it. Mild alcohol warmth that lets you know this is a 12% beer, but smooth enough that you completely forget that fact while drinking it.

O - Very, very good imperial stout. Regular Speedway is great by itself. This Vietnamese coffee version takes it up another notch. Not quite the religious experience I've heard others describe this as, but certainly upper echelon material. I think this is the 3rd bottle I have had and happy there is still one left in the cellar - will be happy to revisit this one again at least one more time.

portia99, May 31, 2014
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4.66/5  rDev +2.9%

Opaque black with a dark tan foam that drapes the glass in lace. Huge walls of sweet coffee and chocolate in the nose. Intense layers of cocoa and chocolate accompany roasty, aromatic coffee and citrusy hop bitterness. Milkshake thick mouthfeel. Very complex and impossibly drinkable for the ABV.

World class stout. So delicious. A must try, like the original Speedway Stout.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 16, 2014
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Photo of Tele
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 11.15.13

A: 4.75 Pitch black and looks very thick, perhaps a bit thicker than regular speedway. The two-finger tan head is dense, yet creamy and frothy looking, and lasts about three minutes.

S: 4.5 Aromas are a bit more aggressive than regular speedway, particularly the coffee. Initially, there’s an interesting grassy aroma, but that backs off after just a couple minutes. The coffee smells quite a bit different than the regular; less dark roasted characteristics, while having a pretty earthy quality too. Vanilla, chocolate, spice (cinnamon and maybe even a bit of nutmeg), come through as well. Overall, it seems a bit more balanced than the regular.

T: 4.5 The flavor seems to be a pretty big departure from the regular version. There’s a bit more sweetness up front followed by smooth coffee flavors (nothing too dark or harsh), lots of vanilla, and a bit of spice. Light bitterness is on the finish pairing well with dark chocolate flavors.

M: 4.5 The body seems like it is a slightly thicker than regular speedway, though, like the regular, not as rich as I was expecting. The carbonation is just about perfect and there’s a slightly dry finish. Very satisfying and leaving you wanting more.

O: 4.5 I was skeptical to think that this version could be substantially better than the regular. While it’s not head and shoulders above its regular cousin (which would be nearly impossible, considering how good the regular version is), it is quite a bit more balanced and interesting. It is very satisfying and has some of the same complexities as a bourbon barrel aged stout, only without the bourbon flavor.

Tele, Nov 16, 2014
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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