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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

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 435
Gots: 184 | FT: 21
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-13-2011

Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.
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Ratings: 979 | Reviews: 74
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Final Gravity in Roseville, CA. 12/13/14

Appearance - Served in an 8 ounce snifter with a broken layer of surface suds, this brew is black with cola brown edging. Streaks of lace down the sides as the brew is consumed and exhibit nice stick.

Smell - Lush chocolate notes along with lesser vanilla and molasses sweetness. Boozy. Hints of roast coffee sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Predominant chocolate flavor and a big, boozy bite. Vanilla, brown sugar and molasses notes hit mid-taste, adding to the layered complexity. Coffee roast hits in the finish along with a numbing anise quality.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky texture with a touch of sticky syrup. Goes down nicely despite the big ABV.

Overall - Yeah, this is nice. Amazing complexity packaged with a smooth, drinkable delivery. I'm not sure if it's better than the standard Speedway, but that's because it's amazing too. Well recommended.

Photo of PHBoiler
2.39/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

July 2014 bottle opened after being stored cold. No idea what happened with this bottle based on other reviews. The smell was Halls menthol eucalyptus. The taste followed that smell. Tried multiple pours from the bottle at different temperatures. Shared with a friend that got the same taste. Neither of us detected any coffee flavor beyond typical stout roast. Other than that, it's a tad on the thin side compared to alternate stouts.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That slick vietnamese coffee profile makes this something special. That particular, signature sweetness is unique among coffee stouts. World class.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a nice frothy two-finger khaki head. There was an overwhelming dose of coffee, oak, and dark chocolate in the nose. Comes down so easy in the flavors along with that delicious Vietnamese coffee, however, it was not as bold as it was in the aromatics. Lots of roasted oak and dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a slightly bitter back finish. Well put together!

Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky, mysterious and dark, the liquid supports a thick tan head; a boatload of dots spot the side of the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee tones, supported by roast, Saigon cinnamon, caramel and vanilla

Taste: Roast and dark chocolate, up front, with the coffee, Saigon cinnamon and caramel building; after the swallow, the vanilla and a hint of hazelnut arrives; the finish is rich and balanced

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Another great Speedway variant; this one is very reminiscent of a Vietnamese coffee

Thanks, snakeey11, for the opportunity

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes just like cookie dough! Spectacular.

Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/1/15 big cheers towards kumatmebrew for the bottle

A shes dark right out of the bottle and pumps out a large and loose head that has better retention then expected falling to a thick film leaving a few partial rings of lace

S chocolate covered raisins, plums, burnt brown sugar, fudge, chocolate syrup, sweetened cream, not as much coffee as expected but that still leaves a fair amount, no clue where the 12% is hiding

T much more coffee in the mouth, some charred wood, more coffee, heaps of chocolate of all kinds, and just a little spice I can't place, once again I'm struggling to find booze

M thick and bitter, a little gritty, enough bubbles to please, sticky on the stash, no heats impressive for a beer this big, coffee and char on the finish

O well rounded and drinkable for such a big beer, the coffee plays a major role but I was almost surprised that it wasn't complete overkill

one of those beers that makes you feel strange, enough booze to close one eye and enough caffeine to bug eye the other

Photo of SteveB24
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look-Pours a rich, espresso brown with an impressive two fingers of dark brown head that retains very well.
Smell- A very complex, smooth, coffee dominates the aroma, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste-Toasty malt flavors quickly followed by the sophisticated Vietnamese coffee, classic, fine coffee taste blended with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Feel-Medium bodied. not thin but surprisingly crisp, high carbonation, finishes slightly creamy. very unexpected feel in the best way.
Overall- one of the best stouts i've ever had.

Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jul 2014, opened Dec 2014.

A - Surprisingly tall head pours about 2 fingers high - dark tan with nice retention and lace. Deep midnight brown body with virtually no highlights.

S - Benefits greatly from warming a bit. Anise, malted milk balls, plum, milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee.

T - Delicious, sharp, dark roasted coffee with dark chocolate, molasses, and caramelized barley. Dry latte, caramel, oak, and burnt toast through the finish.

M - Medium-full body. Mildly slick with a creamy finish.

O - Well framed and well balanced dark-roasted coffee flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

musty coffee all right overall

Photo of John_M
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

This may be the best speedway variation I have ever tried. Chris from Belmont Station was kind enough to bring several coffee variations, as well as the bourbon barrel aged version. Everything was delicious and amazing, but this beer seemed to have a light creamy flavor profile that the others lacked.

This is definitely right up there with some of the very best coffee imperial stouts I've ever tried. Very, very impressive.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

Photo of Tele
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Shared a bottle with my son, poured into Snifters. Oh My God! This is amazing...

A- Pour is a thick, viscous black, with a finger or so of frothy head that lasts about two minutes. It leaves behind a nice lacing.

S- Wow! The cocoa and coffee coming off this is fantastic! Just perfectly balanced and oh so pleasing.

T- I am taken back to childhood when I stole a piece of my moms baking cocoa thinking it would be sweet chocolate, boy was I wrong. Thats exactly what I get here (in the best way ever!). The darkest most bitter cocoa joined by a slightly sweet coffee. As it warms there's just a hint of alcohol and some dark fruit adding just a touch to the sweetness while never actually becoming sweet. I know that sounds strange but I couldn't describe it as sweet, even though there's a bit of that going on.

M- Medium to full. Slight carbonation that feels velvety smooth. Leaves a wonderfully enjoyable bitter cocoa on the finish.

O- Just fantastic. I can't really think of anything I'd like to see that's not already here. May have even picked up a bit of vanilla somewhere. This makes me want to get some Vietnamese coffee! So glad I have another bottle in the cellar...

Photo of bnelson997
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Hard to say what hasn't already been said. This has gotta be one of the best varietals of Speedway. They only thing that makes this one better is throwing it into a barrel!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight. Sweet baby jesus, this was amazing.

Pours a dark and inky black, with a small mocha-colored head, and a small amount of lacing. Looks uber inviting.

Smells just insane. Creamy, iced coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. So amplified, and strong smelling.

I don't really even drink coffee on it's own, but this makes me want to try Vietnamese coffee. The coffee flavor on this one is undoubtedly the strongest, bold, and warmest coffee flavor I've ever gotten out of a beer. It's got an almost condensed milk flavor, with vanilla cream, hazelnut, walnut, chocolate, big roasted malt flavor, lactose. The coffee is nutty, creamy, milky, freshly roasted, and slightly bitter, and just unbelievably rich and complex. Get the picture? Amazing.

This has an amazing mouthfeel, rich, with a deadly amount of creaminess and silkiness, almost feels like velvet melting in my mouth. It's sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a lower level of carbonation. It's drinkable and crushable, but you don't really want to, because you never want the glass to end.

This is honestly one of the best stouts I've ever had. I'm speechless, this is the definition of next level.

Photo of RyanK252
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at City Beer Store in San Francisco

A: Pours dark as night with a nice mocha head, laces nicely.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee heaven, some spice notes maybe cinnamon.

T: Delicious chocolate and coffee, a little vanilla, alcohol comes out a little as it warms but overall well hidden, a little cinnamon cayenne pepper spice note on the finish

M: Heavier body but velvety smooth, low carbonation

O: Outstanding! Very happy to have had the chance to try this one.

Photo of timc100
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

Rich freshly ground medium roast coffee beans - a lot of lighter berry, toastier roast, bitter dry chocolate, slightly vegetal, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Taste is full and sweeter than expected, a lot of mocha, milk chocolate. Drier bitter chocolate finish.

Another great variant but I did prefer the JBM and Kopi to this.

Photo of Hesscabob
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

Best Speedway Variant so far!

A - Jet black pour with creamy thick head that slowly dissapates.
S - Fudge brownie, cocoa nibs, slight coffee, toffee, roasted malts.
T - Fantastic! Everything blends perfectly. Coffee mixes well with the chocolate and alcohol is very hidden... sneaky sneaky.
M - Slightly overcarbonated, but it was shipped from San Diego.. so I'll let it slide.
O - A bit better than Jamaica Blue in my opinion. Amazing dessert beer that would also pair with stu, roasted meats all the way to cheesecake. Pure deliciousness.

Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a snifter, 50 degrees. As is, creamy nose, milk stout like smell. Taste was coffee infused, high bitterness. Light tan head that dissipates quickly. As the beer warms the nose and taste switch. Nose became slightly boozy, yet the taste became smooth and creamy. Great till the last drop, my only regret is that I only had one

Photo of evanforbeer
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At the taproom pours a jet black with tan head

Nose: tootsie roll chocolate, coffee, light florals

Taste: so rich and vibrant an delicious. lush vanilla candy chews, toasted coconut, light roast coffee, milk chocolate/rich caramel chew, floral hoppy twang, finishes with caramel and a roasty twang, lingering (pleasant) booziness

Feel- rich yet not too viscous, lightly boozy, lush, roasty, candy-like

Wow. Incredible. One of the best of many Speedways

Photo of portia99
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 shared with the wife, sister-in-law and father-in-law over the holiday weekend.

Nice dark and rich pour with a fat mocha crown. Smells rich and decadent...a very inviting and luxurious twist on a solid base.

Coffee shows greasy and oily if that makes any sense at all....odd and while not entirely unpleasant, I'm not sure this coffee agrees with me.

Finishes oily and watery despite a nice body and heft through the middle.

A disappointing beer to be sure. While I enjoy the base and most variants, something here just didn't sit well with me. My only similar comparison was a coffee used in one of the older BCBCS that I really felt displayed an unsavory oily bean quality.

I'm sure I'm a dipshit, but my tastes are my tastes.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened and shared amongst fellow BA's at the BA Abraxas ticket party

A - Dark just like all the others with a solid half inch mocha foam head

S - Huge notes of milk chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla

T - Taste follows the nose as I thought this blended really well and brought out the milky chocolate flavors that blended perfectly with the coffee. Lack of bitterness was fine for me and with ten months this was tasting fantastic

M - medium body medium carb

O - Overall this was better then JBM by a good bit. This really is more than I expected. Fantastic coffee stout

Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1793rd Review on BA
Grumbler to Alesmith Snifter
32oz

Purchased at AleSmith Brewing on 5/17

App- When I think back on stouts its hard to not just rate a 5. I mean if its dark and deep pitched brown/black with some head and a little bit of cling. I mean this beer has cling for days. Quite a sight to see. Layered and sticky.

Smell- When I think of iced coffee. I think Vietnamese from Lees sandwiches. This is a mix of a stout and coffee. Blended and rich with a bit of sweetness and grainy coffee. The stout portion takes over with a grainy malt bill and then lends with a bit of vanilla and creme from say a liquid coffee sweetener. Very rich on the nose.

Taste- I love speedway stout. I cant lie. For a base stout with coffee. Its what other beers achieve to aspire to with coffee. This takes the base beer to a whole other realm. The other coffee brings a certain sweetness with a rich milk flavor with a bit of sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Creamy and rich and decadent.

Mouth- A very medium body with a medium carbonation level. Silky, velvety and rich like a melted chocolate with a bit of espresso for days. The residual flavors are a bit of bitter hops with a rich roasted coffee flavor.

Drink- I posted this on IG. I am like Cosmicevan. I am ZeroF'sgiven. Ill take this grumbler down for my birthday and not think twice. Cant wait for Kopi or BA Kopi on tap.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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