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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by brew3crew on 11-13-2011

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm running out of ways to say how delicious the Speedway variants are! I might place this just a notch below the Kopi Luwak variant, but not by much. Can't wait to try more!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle
L: Onyx and deep jet black hues with a generous sandy/cinnamon head that provides ample lacing
S: Rich and decadent coffee on the nose with subdued hints of toffee and caramel
T: A huge requisite wave of complex dark roasted coffee subsides into welcomed bitter dark chocolate, hazelnut, and cocao notes that finishes with a mild espresso flare
F: Silky and moderately chewy mouthfeel - not quite as thick as BAVSS, but a healthy medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O: This is an excellent coffee stout. Despite being about 1.5 years old the coffee flavor profile is still robust and well integrated. Overall this was a pleasant Speedway variant and certainly a standout amongst coffee stouts.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear goblet
From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: April 6, 2016
Consumed: April 6, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Drove out of my way after seeing Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout was on tap downtown at Monkey Paw. Turns out it was just the regular version. Still might have made the trip regardless. Really looking forward to this one as the taster I tried over the summer at AleSmith was really good.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of dark, khaki tan, frothy head when I got it. Great amount of circular spiderwweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark espresso, toffee, caramel, chocolate milk, smooth coffee malts, dark chocolate and some cocoa. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted smooth chocolate, roasted coffee beans, so much smoother than the Kona variant, Mudslide cocktail, vanilla, dark espresso, chocolate milk, hot chocolate, cocoa syrup, caramel and toffee. Tasted nowhere near 12 percent alcohol. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was just as good as I hoped with a full review. Can’t wait to try the barrel-aged version. Probably my favorite Speedway Stout variant, although I need to try a non-hot BBA version. (Overall - 4.50)

4.53 | 100 | A+

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Photo of SABERG
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at Armsby Abbey, poured into a small tulip glass.
A - Very dark, chalkboard dark, there must be carbonation in there because a lovely mocha cap resides.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, heavy roast notes, a sharp edge to the nose, a bit of alcohol rises with time.
T - Bakers chocolate, cold brew coffee, not very subtle here, a big presence. In time warming the palate
relents to some darker fruits and more coffee,
M- Full in body, delightful oily complete submission cannot be resisted.
O - A beautiful big stout, the coffee variant was a bit spicy, surprisingly dry and quite a nice match.
Cheers

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a snifter. Pours a brownish black with a thin Tom of cream head that mostly but never fully dissipates. Nose is roasty deliciousness, with hints hints of dark chocolate and some booziness as it warmed. Taste is heavier on the chocolate than the nose, plenty of roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation fine, and the finish slightly bitter and hot from the ABV. Tasty brew indeed, but I like the Hammerhead slightly better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

good golly i have wanted to try this beer for a long time, and to finally get the chance is pretty incredible. amazing to have it on tap too. it pours significantly more brown than i remember the base beer being. it really isnt all that dark. nice head on it, and some general and expected cloudiness. its less intense and thick looking than the barrel aged version, and i am excited to sip it. the nose is more chocolate than coffee, which i find surprising, its not that its coffee profile is weak, its that the chocolate malt and roast and earthy bits are very forward in the aroma, and its real inviting. from the first taste it seems the vietnamese coffee is real different than the cali stuff. coarsely ground and dark, bitter, and bringing out the best of the very dark malt. more concentrated than others, but with the chocolate, it seems sweet and delectable and approachable for how strong it is. the alcohol is super well hidden, and it just never seems all that heavy. i suppose its not that different in the coffee aspect as i hoped it would be, but its very distinct beer, a key beer in the style, memorable and as good as any of its variants. it really doesnt need a barrel...

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Photo of flyingpig
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1/3rd of a Pint in Brewdog DogHouse Glasgow (£5.45):
Not a beer that disappointed at all, it was strong & dark with coffee & vanilla balanced well. It was silky smooth & went down easy for the strength whilst still having a nice kick to it. Full bodied & filling but very enjoyable; I'm looking forward to trying the original even more now.

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Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Served up an inky black color with a thick pillow of tan foam on the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate forward, a tad syrupy like I find the regular version to be...hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream, molasses, and bread crust. Flavor is coffee and cream, dark roasted malt goodness, cocoa, and an initial woody spice that decreases as it warms. Not super coffee forward, but certainly has a mocha-like quality. Light berry fruitiness and vanilla sweetness. Surprisingly not too sweet or boozy though - not boozy at all in fact, which is impressive. Pretty heavy feeling and very soft with some lingering bitter roast. Good stuff - especially as it warms up.

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Photo of barczar
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent integration of coffee into a beer. Stout still shines, with coffee countering the inherent boozy nature of a beer of this abv. Another winner from Alesmith.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll use this review to encapsulate my thoughts on both this variety of Speedway and the original itself. I don't find much of a difference between this beer and its original, but both beers are exceptional. In addition to Bourbon County and all of its varieties, I think Speedway and all of its respective varieties are defining beers within this style. Dark, robust, smooth, silky, and loaded with coffee and chocolate, you can never go wrong with either of these beers.

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Photo of arizcards
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32 oz growler from Liquor Express in Tempe earlier today for $20.99.

Beer poured black with a beautiful brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is coffee forward with notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is very good. Coffee comes forward as the beer warms towards room temperature. Dark chocolate along with the roasted malts provide a wonderful base line. Hopping is sufficient enough to provide an IPA dry like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a wonderful brew, definitely worth the price of admission!

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Photo of Zonk
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's Chelsea.

Pours thick and black, small oatmeal head.

Rich bourbon barrel aromas with lots of vanilla sweetness on the nose. Coffee is noticeable but understated.

On palate more of the same pronounced coffee but not overpowering, rich sweetness from the barrels, Rich and roasty but hoppy for a stout which balances the sweetness.

Really plush smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of PVMT
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cooper's 1/7/15. Jet black pour, only the slightest trace of a head. Nose is roasty malts, not getting much coffee. Taste is similar, the malt roast tempered and accentuated by the coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and slightly sweet. I've never tried Vietnamese coffee, but if this is any indication, it doesn't differ much from other coffees.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slick black pour, with a thin tan head. Nose is more roasted malt than coffee, fairly rich, but a bit more toned down than I was expecting. Coffee comes through in the taste more, along with a bit of chocolate and some tobacco. The malts are well expressed in the taste as well; rich, lingering on burnt, but not overly bitter.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of my favorite coffee stouts here.. had a draft pour.. nice black color with mocha head... smells of nice strong coffee.. taste follows the nose.. i love the not too sweet and just straight coffee flavor here. id like a little thicker mouthfeel but its an awesome brew

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Photo of BrettonJay
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having this on tap in a tulip. It's too cold, so I may be biased. Looks like a good imperial stout - thick, viscous, black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nothing special there. Smell is very subdued coffee and sweet chocolate with no alcohol presence at all. Stronger coffee and chocolate taste than smell. Significant alcohol burn on the swallow, but not too distracting. Mouthfeel is as expected from watching it poured - thick and creamy but with a strong burning finish. Overall I think this beer is well balanced but mild in flavor of coffee and any other notes that should be present in a beer like this. It's fantastic as an imperial stout, but my expectations were maybe too high. I'm left wanting more complexity and more flavor. I would certainly buy a bottle if it were on the shelves, though! It's definitely good.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Effing enormous tan head with multiple layers of lacing left behind.

Smells like coffee ice cream.

No bitterness or fruitiness whatsoever, just straight up old school coffee at first. Then amazingly delicious vanilla and chocolate come forward somehow. A huge roasted malt presence arises as it warms.

Creamy as fuck. This is so damn smooth. Where does the alcohol go?! Don't worry, even if you don't notice, someone else will shortly after you finish a glass of this.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Lake and Irving. L: A pitch black pour supports a long lasting, tight, finely bubbled light tan foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Rich coffee aromas dominate with traces of bourbon, hints of chocolate, vanilla and rich malts.

T: This is a much more luscious drink than the regular Speedway Stout. Layers of Vietnamese coffee, Bourbon, oak, alcohol and malt flavors all play very well together.

F: It has an incredibly creamy texture. There is alcohol warming but it is mild. The carbonation is very soft.

O: This is an extraordinary beer with nothing harsh or overstated.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Buzz Hive in Santa Barbara.

Look: super deep brown, with a light brown head that disappears but leaves good pacing.

Smell: pretty mild, but chocolate and fruit is evident.

Taste: initial taste is pretty harsh, to be honest. Almost burnt, and very bitter. But after that passes, considerable depth comes out. Tons of fruit, including more citrusy fruit. Also chocolate, nutmeg, roast. As it warms, cherry/raspberry really starts to assert.

Feel: thick, chewy, fairly dry.

Overall: the complexity that emerges as this warms is great. It's a sipper, but the alcohol is well masked. Not sure it quite lives up to its reputation, but definitely quite good.

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Photo of rypkr
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - growler from vintage estate in Boardman Ohio poured into a snifter. Thick and geletanous looking very, very dark brown with thin mocha head. The head is frothy but not perculating and fizzing like most beers, this may have something to do with it coming from a growler. Lacing is thick and very uniform. No "sags" in it.

S - a ton of coffee and a ton of alcohol on the nose. Very, very roasty smelling. Slight charred notes. Overall smells very sweet and milky.

T - excellent beer. But immediately not congruent with the hype to me. Taste like the nose. Maybe more like burnt coffee than just coffee though (which I'm actually a fan of with beer). Heavy, heavy alcohol comes through. Finally it finishes more bitter than expected. I'm not sure of the ibus but this one seems >50 which is just about my cutoff of where I enjoy high abv beers.

M - they knocked it out of the park here. This beer is creamier than heavy whipping creme and thicker than a girl locked in with a freezer full of hagen dazs. If I could rate this beer 5.5/5 here I would.

Overall - quite good... but JC why the hype? It has some great attributes to it but us this really better than a regular founders breakfast stout? For some it may be and I respect their taste. However for me, this is not world class beer and seems more a product of limited supply that has produced over zealous appreciation.

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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i finally got to try the Vietnamese version of this... it was very good, but i honestly didn't see the hype. especially after trying the Hawaiian next to it (and a BC vanilla Rye). it had some great coffee flavor and an awesome smoothness and was an excellent brew.....

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hangar, Amherst MA. Black Wednesday.

A- Motor oil black pour from the draft to a small goblet with a medium mocha brown cap. The frothy head dies down to a ring and several small sheets of lacing are left behind.

S/T- Massive Speedway base with a heaping amount of heavily roast grains as well as a touch of dark fruits. Seems to have more of a milk chocolate feel here for whatever reason with plenty of luscious coffee throughout giving a touch of fruit and espresso tones.

MF- About as big as they come with massive thickness on the palate and a creamy, slick consistency. Moderately high carbonation and the slightest hint of warming; impressive for 12%.

Ol' reliable Speedway series delivers another great brew. This one is a blast of chocolate and coffee all around and for some reason I personally get more cocoa than usual in this variant.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of normal speedway stout due to some flavor in it I do not enjoy, and the barrel aged version does a decent but not complete job of masking whatever the unpleasant flavor is for me. I was very surprised that the Vietnamese version didn't taste the same at all and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was visiting Chicago and went to local option for some great beers… The last keg of this blew 20 minutes before we got there :(. After talking to the bartender and ordering many drinks he pulled a glass of this from behind the bar that he had been saving for himself and let us have it!!!! Was super excited to try and it did not disappoint… Lots of coffee and some nice chocolate notes but very smooth and not boozy

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straight up espresso and dark chocolate. This is the real deal. So rich and dark. Worth the hype? Probably. Few beers have given me such a reaction on the first sip. Wow. On tap at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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