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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: 597
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 255
Gots: 95 | FT: 11
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and a creamy coffee aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruit flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and one of the best coffee aromas in a beer I have ever smelled.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 20:01:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.5%

10-14-2013 16:58:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Moll. Nose is quite nice with beautiful coffee an then te flavor explodes. Nice light roast and just a touch of fruit. Dry. Great. Regular Speedway Stout is really good, but this beer's coffee character was simply unreal. It's hard to compare to anything I've had before. Maybe Zhukov's Final Push.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2012 20:07:21 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

09-29-2013 02:37:41 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee with some hazelnut nectar which rounds off some of the rough edges. Taste is a mix between some deep dry roasted malt notes with dry coffee notes and some hazelnut notes which helps rounds off the flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and nice creamy body and no apparent alcohol. I liked this version better than the Koppi version.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:08:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.5%

10-13-2013 03:08:44 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-29-2013 14:34:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6%

10-10-2013 13:59:55 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.5%

08-31-2013 02:51:21 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%

01-13-2013 20:14:24 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -17%

12-13-2013 03:26:23 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

09-29-2013 20:03:46 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

01-10-2013 00:28:31 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-21-2013 21:30:19 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -6%

10-20-2013 21:04:10 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from javib458 - thanks so much dude! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Light tan foam settles to a wispy, partial cap and spotty lacing. Body is pitch black.

S - The coffee is front and center, and it's definitely got that condensed milk flavor you get from Vietnamese coffee. In the periphery there is a hefty dose of dark bread and semisweet chocolate.

T - Flavor is quite similar, with a nice mix of iced coffee, creamer, vanilla sweetness, and semisweet chocolate. Sweeter than you'd expect from a coffee beer, with a slightly fruity flavor when it warms up.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower carbonation. Dry and tannic cold-press coffee texture to it. Not much obvious alcohol here.

D - A really excellent beer, that was shockingly easy to drink. There was a touch of alcohol present when the beer fully warms up, but nothing shocking for 12%. Surprised by the low reviews, but maybe this batch was an improvement over previous ones.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 00:57:59 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum....growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks! Loved it.

Beer is black with a brown head, some lacing, moderate carbonation. Looks great.

Beer smells like coffee, roast, a little sweetness.

Beer is roasty and bitter on the finish, big bodied, especially compared to the regular Speedway stout served side by side to it. Beer has a great finish and a medium body. I would love to have this again on draft, maybe one day I will go to the O Briens event. A boy can dream.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2012 03:32:55 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

03-23-2013 23:21:24 | More by SocalKicks
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't remember who shared this with me. Sampled at one of the big whale tastings hosted at my place. Initially didn't post the review as I thought it was the same beer I had before, but after having it, and thinking about it and reviewing notes, I'm pretty sure the beer I had before was the Brewers Reserve Speedway with Vietnamese coffee.

Dark thick creamy rich 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer, nice legs on the sides, etc.

Nose brings typical Speedway malts, cocoa, some roast, little creamy like characters with a little milk chocolate, mild toasted notes and chocolate, etc. Then some nice coffee, not a ton of coffee, but nice freshly roasty coffee, earthy, nutty, fresh roast, etc, not nearly like the other Vietnamese Speedway, but still nice.

Taste is similar to the nose, fresh toasted and roasted coffee right out, again that earthy nutty dusty woody coffee flavors, freshly roasted beans and fresh grinds, like coffee was just steeped in the beer. Then again that Speedway base, dark malts, toasty, roasted malts, creamy flavors with a milk chocolate and cocoa, little caramel, nice vanilla, etc. Finish is sticky and sweet, mild booze warmth which is hidden fairly well, little more roast and toasted notes, plenty more coffee lingering too.

Mouth is still very heavy bod, thick, rich, velvety and creamy, sticks all around the mouth, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, a step up from the base speedway with so much great coffee, the Vietnamese coffee is very unique and quite tasty, but pales in comparison to the awesomeness of the Brewers Reserve version we had before.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 22:45:05 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

10-24-2013 00:33:20 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/17/12 notes. Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing a growler of this one; thanks Michael! This was a nice surprise and one of my favorites of the night. 32 oz. growler into a tulip. Sampled side by side with a fresh normal Speedway Stout.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells amazing, smells of super fresh coffee, vanilla, sweet chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, cream, bakers chocolate, caramel, and some toasted malts. Amazing nose; the coffee smells wonderful and sweet, and there was a very nice mix of sweet vanilla and chocolate to it as well. Perfect nose for me.

t - Tastes of fresh sweet coffee, cocoa, vanilla, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, espresso, cream, and light coconut. Taste has less coconut than the nose and is a little roastier, but still great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink beer that doesn't feel like it is 12% ABV.

o - Overall a fantastic beer and an amazing improvement on the already great Speedway stout. While I still enjoy BA speedway more, I liked this one more than the Kopi Luwak version I've had in the past. Ton of awesome fresh coffe mixing with sweet vanilla and chocolate. Would love to have this one again and finding that pretty much any variation of Speedway seems to be awesome.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2012 16:10:58 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-14-2014 22:01:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

10-23-2013 14:52:31 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6%

05-24-2013 06:35:07 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was really excited to see this on the draught board at Alesmith, but I was driving so I had to review from a sampler. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful one finger rich tan colour head of amazing thickness and retention. Excellent cream. Body colour is a solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Rich java/coffee, heavy refined dark chocolate, roast, dark malts, caramel, vanilla, and delightful malty sweetness. Roast emerges both from the coffee roast and from roasted barley.

T: Amazing. Perfectly balanced chocolate and smooth roasty coffee notes. Excellent caramel and cream. Perfect dark malt foundation. Complex and subtle. Divine. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I actually prefer this to Barrel Aged Speedway.

Mf: Smooth, wet, rich, and of perfect thickness and carbonation. Feels custom tailored to the flavours, complementing them excellently.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable at this high an ABV. A damn near perfect example of the style. I'll definitely hope to revisit this for a more in-depth review. Simply delicious.

High A

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12/24/13 bottle review. I'm excited to revisit my current 10th highest rated beer; I only got to try a sampler at Alesmith's tasting room. I'm curious how it holds up after almost a year of age. 12% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial stout. Served cold and allowed to warm. 750ml brown glass bottle with grey-black foil side-poured into an EKU 28 stem-snifter.

Bottled: 08/05/13.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous rich khaki/light tan colour. Nice creaminess an thickness. Lovely even smooth consistency and soft complexion. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass initially but fizzles out.

Body colour is an opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks like an imperial stout should. I'm craving it.

Sm: Abundant coffee/java notes - roast, earthiness, bitterness, cream, and even some espresso/cappuccino notes too. Dark malts. Dark chocolate. Milk chocolate. Caramel. Cream. Hints of roasted barley. Coffee dominates, as it should, but the aroma has definitely receded with age, to its detriment. It's a great aroma for an imperial stout - just a bit timid. Below average strength for the style.

It's quite clean - no yeast character or boozy alcohol presence is noticeable.

T: Multidimensional coffee character - earthiness, bitterness, roast, java, cappuccino, espresso, etc. All the coffee elements are well integrated and balanced, and coffee is allowed to dominate over the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, dark malts, chocolate malts, and caramel. As it warms, I'm also getting hints of cocoa powder. Some fudge. A kiss of mocha. Very pleasant but restrained lactose - a bit milk stout-esque. I don't really find the condensed milk of Brazilian coffee. I'm not finding the vanilla other reviewers have noted; maybe they're confusing it with the complex malty sweetness? A damn tasty brew across the board.

The subtlety is incredible; this is not a heavy-handed or overwhelming imperial stout by any means. I do pick up light traces of a burnt/ashy character, which lends it still more complexity. Certainly a nuanced and intricate build for an imperial stout; I'd even call it gestalt.

Great depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour; it's bold, but not overwhelming.

Mf: The creaminess is fantastic, and lends the mouthfeel an amazing comforting softness which really takes the edge off the strength and boldness of the flavours. Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and body. It's not too filling or heavy, but is rather silky and fleeting. Chewy. I'm amazed that at 12% it's not hot or boozy. Perfect carbonation. It does have a hint of acidity which suits the coffee but isn't ideal.

Not oily or gushed.

The texture is a near-perfect marriage to the taste, and feels custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV and style. I'll easily kill this bottle alone. I'm glad I got to revisit this brew. I'd definitely buy it again in spite of the high price point. It's an incredible beer every beer enthusiast should try. Perhaps Alesmith's best beer, and that's saying something. I don't know that it's as tasty now as it was fresh, but it holds up to age a lot better than regular Speedway. I stand by my A rating, but I don't know that it's quite worthy of being in my top 10. It lacks the delicacy and fragility of the absolute best beers I've ever had, but it comes damn close. They executed the premise of this beer almost perfectly. I'm impressed.

A

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2013 22:38:36 | More by kojevergas
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