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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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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 1,211
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 25.9%
Wants: 497
Gots: 216 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of SteveB24
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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

Enormous huge thanks to JLindros for sharing this Growler. Edit: For what its worth with JLindros's review right above mine my pour was the first from the growler. Damn him and his 4.5!

A - Poured into a stone ipa tulip glass a wonderful black ebony hue with a one finger mocha head that leaves tons of side lacing huge leggy lacy lacing and khaki blanket.

S - Aromas of outrageous vanilla and coffee beans Soooo much special Vietnamese coffee and chocolate. The melding of huge vanilla and chocolate ans coffee is so rich ans inviting. No ABV at all.

T - Taste is earth shattering amounts of vanilla here. Beans and extract with rich bitter coffee notes with super rich bakers 85% cocoa. So so much vanilla here ans barrel coffee chocolate. Gaaaahhhh!

M - Mouthfeel is a velour bedspread. Zap Branigan asks "boy lay out my formal shorts"...I would have so much snusnu if I could get a bathtub of this.

O - Overall this beer has changed has changed my life. This is the bar to set all coffee stouts to. I want thus as a candle and a cologne. Please...please make this often.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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Photo of De_Nada_Brewing
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally cracked open a bottle I had been saving for awhile now.

Some of the coffee flavored had faded but I was still able to pick it up.

The smell is amazing and I wish this was more available.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer! Tastes just like a Viet Coffee!

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Never thought I'd get to try this one and it's actually on draft by me!!

Pours out completely pitch black. Oily, inky, no light getting through.

The aroma has this intense coffee smell up front. It's earthy, espresso notes, black coffee, just layers and layers of different types of coffee. Dark chocolate, slight vanilla, roasted malts as well.

The taste is huge on the varying layers of coffee too (especially once it's warmed up). There's a really nice bittersweet dark chocolate note too that combined with the coffee is like a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. The coffee is big and extremely complex, but it's not acidic or bitter either. Nice vanilla notes, some roasted malt notes too.

The alcohol is very well hidden, full bodied and the mouthfeel is super creamy.

Awesome beer that lived up to the hype!!

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Photo of RMelyon
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted alongside Abraxas, and this one was the clear winner. I like sweet stouts, and compared with Abraxas, the vanilla and sweetness of this one shone through. I didn't get much coffee flavor, but rarely do. In any case. this is fantastic brew and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer reminds me of what a coffee stout should or if Founders Breakfast Stout was actually deserving of its rating.

The beer offers more than the base beer with a huge amount of coffee and almost a creamy flavor. Lots of chocolate balances out the bitterness of the coffee. A full mouthfeel, but the beer is still quite drinkable. The beer drinks under 10%.

One of the best non-barrel coffee stouts.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown and opaque. Light taupe head that dissipates pretty quickly. Dark roast coffee, smoke, and a little cherry on the nose. Mouthfeel is creamy, viscous, and inviting. Coffee bean coated in thick milk chocolate flavor. My Lord how fun this this one? Magnificent!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing (and evilc for hooking mike up on this one).

a - attractive dark blackness with a great head that was tan and creamy.
s - Amazing coffee smell. really nice roast.
t - WOW!!!! Unreal!!! Really nice strong coffee with amazing roast qualities. Simply tastes like amazing coffee mixed with some liquid chocolate happiness.
m - easy drinker for such a big and thick brew.
o - overall, speedway schmeedway...this, however is an unreal treatment on this beer. worth seeking out!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32 oz growler, thanks Rich.

Pours a viscous chocolate brown with a mocha colored head. Nose of fresh ground, earthy coffee, cocoa, and powdery chocolate. Rich, creamy body, soft carbonation and smooth roasty finish. No acidity or acrid notes in the flavor, just overload of baker's chocolate, fresh ground coffee, earthy and light roast, vanilla and cocoa. I expected this to just be regular Speedway with a slightly different coffee flavor but this greatly exceeded those expectations.

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Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California.

Score: 97

Bottled 08/05/13. Served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 01/23/13.

Appearance: Jet black in color. Pours two fingers of khaki head that recede to thin, coating layer and thick ring around the glass. Great lacing and retention. This is a beautiful looking stout. 5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, high percentage cacao dark chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, molasses, raisins and dried dark fruits. There are undertones of coffee, but they are much subtler than you would expect from a coffee stout. A little cinnamon comes across too. The doughy cake, vanilla and cacao notes are surprisingly prominent relative to the coffee character -- I was expecting roast and a big blast of coffee based on the last time I had this beer -- but the heavy dose of cacao and vanilla is welcome surprise. Everything here is in perfect balance, and the dark fruit character mixes in seamlessly unlike regular Speedway Stout. This nose is absolutely incredible. 5/5

Taste: There's the coffee I was expecting! Upfront hits a big blast of smooth, bitter roast and chocolatey coffee flavor that lingers long. Delightfully creamy, not that acidic. There's a big dark fruit character on the back half that's not nearly as neatly integrated as it was in the nose at first. Notes of bakers chocolate, oak and molasses too. The dark fruit mellows out and blends in to the rest of the beer much better as the brew warms up. In fact, by room temp, all the flavors blend wonderfully and more chocolate notes come through. No booziness; I would never guess that this is 12% ABV. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, but nicely viscous. Carbonation level is spot on. Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Has some sweetness towards the finish, which counterbalances the upfront bitterness nicely. Can't ask for much more in the mouthfeel department than this in a stout. 5/5

Overall: A really excellent stout from Alesmith that is better than any of their barrel aged projects, and a major step up from the base beer, in my opinion. While not quite up to the level of the Kopi Luwak variant, this twist on Speedway Stout is excellent in its own way. The bitterness here is quite appetizing, and the dark fruit, molasses and chocolate mix well balancing the sweet and bitter characters. My recommendation is that you drink this one on the warmer side. Proceed with caution, however, as this beer is dangerously dome-able.

Cost: $18 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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...

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Photo of RyanK252
4.75/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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!

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Photo of John_M
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is black with a half inch of mocha head. The aroma is fabulous. A huge blast of gourmet coffee right up front, followed by delectable roast and chocolate tones. Terrific flavor. Definitely a coffee lover's stout. Rich and full bodied with lingering roast and chocolate covered coffee beans. Solid carbonation level. Thick and viscous, this beer coats the palate. Overall, this was fantastic. Met and exceeded my high expectations.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 oz. pour @ The Proletariat in NYC. Pitch black, opaque, oily body with a healthy looking, dark khaki head. Very big, bold aroma. Lots of cocoa powder, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, coconut, toasted almond, hazelnut, cherry, dates, prunes, roasted gourmet coffee beans, burnt caramel sweetness, dark toffee, and slight char. Absolutely perfect mouth feel, big and creamy with light booze. An artfully balanced liquid dessert. Taste had lots of chocolate fudge, espresso beans, dark fruit, some smoke, nutiness, oak, vanilla, and rich molasses. I went out of my way for this one and it was well worth it.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is one of the most powerful tasting stouts I have ever had. Smell is a fantastic blend of coffee and chocolate and the taste is bold and flavorful. If you like black coffee and strong stouts you are going to love this beer.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A really nice addition to the variant family. Black thick oily like pour. Mouth feel was viscous yet smooth.. Smell of the coffee predominates. Get the coffee coming thru in this beer in the finish but not overpowering. I am not a coffee drinker but this beer was great.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer. The best way I can describe it is fluffy. Feels like a nice, big fluffy pillow. One of the best stouts I have had, delicious and easy drinking.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.