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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 1,350
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 511
Gots: 227 | FT: 26
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 111 | Hads: 1,350
Photo of Damian
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at The Publick House, Brookline, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a murky brown/black and was topped by a thin, frothy, caramel colored crown that quickly dissolved. A bit thin in body for the style. Multiple rings of drippy lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was solid but contained absolutely no coffee. Really malty and robust. Dark chocolate notes were quite apparent. Rich and fudge-y. Good amount of brown sugar sweetness too. Stone fruits also came through strong. Raisins and plums were most noticeable. There was a subtle, pleasant booziness as well.

Rich dark chocolate notes lead things off in the flavor profile. Somewhat spicy with loads of vanilla. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon too. Malty and robust. Moderately roasty. Bit of coffee in the center, but the coffee was rather subtle. Lots of roastiness on the back end. The beer finished with bitter, earthy hop notes, more roast and a good amount of alcohol warmth. All in all, a bit rougher around the edges than I would have preferred.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected for a beer at this magnitude but still solid. Rich, creamy and frothy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a nice fluffiness.

I was not a big fan of the original and bourbon barrel-aged Speedway Stouts, as I found both of these to be overly roasty and boozy, and thinner in both flavor and body. Unfortunately, the Vietnamese Coffee variant had many of these same issues. I am glad I had the opportunity to try this beer, but I definitely would not seek it out again.

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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 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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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil black color. Has a coffee and boozy aroma. Flavor is coffee a little boozy and super smooth. Has a really nice mouth feel. Delicious overall beer

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Accidentally stumbled upon this on draft . . . Very excited ! As expected it pours deep black with khaki colored head and very nice lacing. Honestly I'm not overly impressed with the nose but it is what it . . . Coffee, roasted malts, some random spices thrown in there as well. Taste is just delicious and it might be just me but this is similar tasting to KBS but with a much, much better and thicker feel. Overall, not really convinced that this worth the hype ( they never are ;) ) but still an impressive imperial stout.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was given notice that a keg of this was coming so it was with anticipation of something great that I bought this. It did not disappoint.

It's black with a weak head and little fizz. The aroma is beautiful coffee and ashes but somewhat subtle.

The taste is a malty, bitter-sweet. Coffee dominates but it is joined by everything from hops and roasty malts and very faintly some yeast.

This is a great brew. It's balanced, in it's own over the top way, and very drinkable. The booze is not to be noticed, unlike the regular. I am sure I will feel it once I finish this half growler. It is a fairly civilized humongous brew - maybe a little harsh on the throat. It can overpower any food. I am eating a spicy sandwich with raw scallion on it and this cuts right through and goes well with it.

It is not a great value, but who cares! Recommended.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Beer Belly, in Albany, New York. Glad I finally got to try this one. While it was certainly a delicious beer, I must admit, I thought it would be better. After letting it warm, the flavors one would expect to erupt, lay dormant. I didn't taste much coffee flavor at all. Still, it was medium bodied and went down smooth. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout that I got to enjoy today . Loved the intense but nonbitter coffee flavor . Great dark color with smell that showed off the coffee . Texture was medium to thin but it worked for the long term enjoyment.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't care for this speedway variant. The amount of coffee and bourbon made this a little harsh and completely dominated any other such flavors in the beer.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing the bottle!

Poured black with a thin brown head, not much in the way of retention or lacing. Big nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, molasses. The taste follows with a big grain presence, lots of coffee, some vanilla, a touch boozy but really nicely balanced. Full, thick and round on the palate. Delicious!!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two year old bottle I believe, having been cellared at home since purchase at the brewery. Poured into a snifter showing a deep black and a light mocha cap. Brief retention and light lace follow.

Aromas of rich chocolate malts and a hint of ethanol as expected given the robust character and ABV. Coffee notes are quite blended by now and express themselves mostly as a level of bitterness to balance the sweetness of the base beer.

Taste is classic speedway but with a drier finish and a more complex mouthfeel , as the coffee again cuts the one sided finish of the base beer. Overall quite solid though I think I would have preferred it fresh.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a multifinger whipped chocolate head. Very solid lacing. Rich coffee smell with some roasted malt. Boozy smell is a bit strong but all in all it works. Taste is absolute decadent coffee and some dark chocolate. Dump some ice cream in here and it'd make the best beer float ever. Very rich and smooth. Has a nitro feel to it with very mild carbonation.

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

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown colored foam on top. The aroma is dark roasted barley and bitter coffee. The flavor is initially dark bitter roasted barley and then finishes with the deep coffee note. It honestly finishes slightly sweet. The mouth is creamy and viscous.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
2.39/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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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 vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
4.66/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of Tele
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.