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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.

Added by brew3crew on 11-13-2011

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 1,428
Photo of RMelyon
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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