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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 1,351
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 25%
Wants: 512
Gots: 228 | FT: 26
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AleSmith Brewing Company
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-13-2011

Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.
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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 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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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 DrunkinYogi
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet-black with just a trace of head that dissapates to a faint cap and lacing. Strong, sweet coffee aroma and taste. Full-bodied and satisfying.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: draft, dark black, little head, clear

S: chocolate, cookies, coffee, vanilla, cocoa

T: candy bar, coffee, vanilla, chocolate ice cream

M: thick, rich, alcohol well hidden

O: dessert

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Photo of Sheppard
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Certainly looks the part, dark, black, off white head. Brilliant aroma. Coffee. Some vanilla, cinnamon. This carries over into the flavor, but the cloying nature of the alcohol retracts from the full scope of awesomeness of this beer.

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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 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 KYGunner
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This gives off a robust and delicious coffee flavor with a creamy milk chocolate and light lactose. The feel is velvety and thick as this really does live up to the hype.

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Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Near black with a fine beige foam in the tall tulip.

Coffee is the main flavor, not surprisingly, but it's more of an intense espresso taste. Which would be okay if it wasn't so goopy and sweet and bitter at the same time. There's a cream flavor plus bitter spice, like old cinnamon. As you sip the bitterness emerges. Very hoppy, very charbroiled, very sugary, and deeply, madly coffee flavored.

After a few sips the whole over-sexed concoction becomes undrinkable. Strictly for those for whom too much is never enough. For me this is one whale I'll leave rotting on the beach.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Chomp in Warren, RI

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- Amazing!! The cocoa and coffee coming off this is fantastic!

T- Bitter cocoa melded with coffee. Simply delicious.

M- Medium bodied with good carb. Wanted this to drink like a milk shake but it didnt. That's really my only gripe.

O- Fantastic beer. Really glad I got to try this on tap prior to seeking out a bottle, which I will promptly do!

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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