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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 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 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 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 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 and peppery spice note on the finish

M: Heavier body but velvety smooth, mild carbonation

O: Outstanding! Very happy to have had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of timc100
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

Rich freshly ground medium roast coffee beans - a lot of lighter berry, toastier roast, bitter dry chocolate, slightly vegetal, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Taste is full and sweeter than expected, a lot of mocha, milk chocolate. Drier bitter chocolate finish.

Another great variant but I did prefer the JBM and Kopi to this.

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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 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 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 portia99
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (bottled 8/5/13) poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pitch black on the pour with a thick finger plus cap of frothy cappuccino foam with very good staying power. Several minutes pass before it significantly fades and the glass is coated nicely with thick webs of lacing over almost the entire surface.

S - I get a rich coffee aroma up front with a firm complement of berry aroma along with it. Plenty of roast all around. Hints of caramel and molasses and a bit of anise for good measure. Milky chocolate completes the picture.

T - Milk chocolate up front, a touch of burnt/charred malt, lots of roasted malt, and some mild caramel. Coffee comes thru quite well especially as the beer warms a bit - smooth, slightly acidic. There is a thick creaminess to this beer, semi-sweet notes further smooth out this beer quite well. Light hop bitterness, a bit of a green, grassy hop component, but at a low level. Alcohol is well hidden but is not undetectable - light warmth can be felt on the swallow and found on each inhale. Each inhale also brings the berry-like, estery character noticed in the aroma.

M - Medium/full bodied with a lower level, creamy carbonation. Estery, roasty, coffee-centric, chocolately imperial stout - complex describes it. Mild alcohol warmth that lets you know this is a 12% beer, but smooth enough that you completely forget that fact while drinking it.

O - Very, very good imperial stout. Regular Speedway is great by itself. This Vietnamese coffee version takes it up another notch. Not quite the religious experience I've heard others describe this as, but certainly upper echelon material. I think this is the 3rd bottle I have had and happy there is still one left in the cellar - will be happy to revisit this one again at least one more time.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 shared with the wife, sister-in-law and father-in-law over the holiday weekend.

Nice dark and rich pour with a fat mocha crown. Smells rich and decadent...a very inviting and luxurious twist on a solid base.

Coffee shows greasy and oily if that makes any sense at all....odd and while not entirely unpleasant, I'm not sure this coffee agrees with me.

Finishes oily and watery despite a nice body and heft through the middle.

A disappointing beer to be sure. While I enjoy the base and most variants, something here just didn't sit well with me. My only similar comparison was a coffee used in one of the older BCBCS that I really felt displayed an unsavory oily bean quality.

I'm sure I'm a dipshit, but my tastes are my tastes.

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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 FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1793rd Review on BA
Grumbler to Alesmith Snifter
32oz

Purchased at AleSmith Brewing on 5/17

App- When I think back on stouts its hard to not just rate a 5. I mean if its dark and deep pitched brown/black with some head and a little bit of cling. I mean this beer has cling for days. Quite a sight to see. Layered and sticky.

Smell- When I think of iced coffee. I think Vietnamese from Lees sandwiches. This is a mix of a stout and coffee. Blended and rich with a bit of sweetness and grainy coffee. The stout portion takes over with a grainy malt bill and then lends with a bit of vanilla and creme from say a liquid coffee sweetener. Very rich on the nose.

Taste- I love speedway stout. I cant lie. For a base stout with coffee. Its what other beers achieve to aspire to with coffee. This takes the base beer to a whole other realm. The other coffee brings a certain sweetness with a rich milk flavor with a bit of sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Creamy and rich and decadent.

Mouth- A very medium body with a medium carbonation level. Silky, velvety and rich like a melted chocolate with a bit of espresso for days. The residual flavors are a bit of bitter hops with a rich roasted coffee flavor.

Drink- I posted this on IG. I am like Cosmicevan. I am ZeroF'sgiven. Ill take this grumbler down for my birthday and not think twice. Cant wait for Kopi or BA Kopi on tap.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened December-2013 at Williamjbauer's tasting, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small fizzy light tan head that has good retention as the head remains bubbly long after the pour

S- fresh roasted coffee aroma up front, followed by ripe banana and melted milk chocolate. There's a slightly smoky charcoal character, finishing with some fruity notes

T- fresh coffee up front, perhaps the freshest coffee flavor that I've experienced form a beer and very coffee-forward. Beyond the coffee, some chocolate notes begin to kick in followed by some slightly smoky notes. More coffee on the finish that continues to sit fresh on the palate

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel and finish

O- one of the best coffee flavors I've ever had from a stout, the freshness of the flavor is just ridiculous and meshes very well with the chocolate flavors, alcohol is also hidden very well

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

32oz mini growler pours a pitch color with an inch of frothy medium brown head. Lots of spotty lacing. This one smells great. The aroma is a nice mix of espresso, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate syrup. The taste is a mix of espresso and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts, earth, vanilla and caramel. More coffee flavors towards the finish mixed in with chocolate syrup. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Slick mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. This beer made the long trip to CT no problem and I am very grateful for that. Overall, an amazing beer that improves on an already great one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle from trade dated 8/5/13. Huge thanks for a big want of mine. Pours pitch black with a big brown creamy head on top. Aroma of roasted grains, sweet dark fruits, some chocolate and fudge, and nearly no coffee on the nose. Flavor is big fudgy chocolate and some lightly spicy coffee, some vanilla and smooth espresso, roasty and lots of milk chocolate. This is extremely creamy bodied with low medium carbonation. I have not had Vietnamese coffee before, but this blend comes off with more smooth and creamy sweet sugars--almost like a lactose addition, though I know it has been confirmed there is not lactose added here--and vanilla than big bold spicy coffee notes. I assume this is due to the different coffee variant. I don't know if maybe the coffee faded already in the nose and elsewhere, but altogether a beautifully smooth stout that I find different from the other variants I have had. Everything about this is extremely well done, I just wish there were more to the aroma.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-rich coffee, chocolate, dark malts, earthy, light vanilla, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, little earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and rich, alcohol well-integrated in spite of ABV

O-a great stout made even better by the addition of coffee, wish this was more readily available

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich-roasted coffee, earth, creaminess, toast, dark and milk chocolate. The taste is rich-roast, coffee, light peppery spice, cocoa, good deal of bitterness, earth, toast, light lactose, some acidity and alcohol warmth. Full body, moderate carbonation and slightly stick mouth-feel. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 2013.

Appearance: Pours a viscous looking black color,with a solid 3/4" tan head, which has good retention and lacing. Nice start.

Smell: Smells of dank coffee, semi sweet dark chocolate, and vanilla. Really not quite as much dank coffee on the nose as I had anticipated. More sweetness than I was expecting.

Taste: Like the smell, coffee bitterness up front, with more prevalent dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Warming alcohol bite on the end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is full, with a great level of fine carbonation. Excellent. It drinks right up to its ABV. Overall a nice stout. Was kind of expecting the coffee to be a bit danker and in my face, with a touch less sweetness. As it was though, still very nice and an improvement over the base beer.

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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 orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last night at our monthly tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense fresh brewed coffee, bit of bakers chocolate, dash of vanilla extract, molasses, dark fruits, plenty of dark roast and some light booze. The coffee is intense and yet it doesn't completely overshadow the supporting aromas.

T - Starts off with with a huge blast of fresh brewed vietnamese coffee that never really fades away. Hints of vanilla, molasses, bakers chocolate, dark fruits and plenty of dark roast help round it all out. Booze grows as it warms up but never really gets in the way of the flavors. Finish is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy, roasty feel from start to finish. Pretty easy to consume all things considered.

O - I have wanted to try this one for a long time and I am really glad it lived up to my expectations. The coffee was stronger than the Kopi version which was a pleasant surprise, yet it was still pretty easy to consume. After mixing some of this with the BA speedway we drank right after it it's safe to say that I would love to see a BA version of this.

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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 maximum12
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hail to my favorite new trader, rawfish, for this bottle. It will be the fourth I've had from his box & if the pattern holds, it will be a minimum of very good. Big, dark 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is Banner of Mordor black with only a flash of head, then, still. My wife makes a blasphemous (but positive) exclamation at the smell: yes, she's a coffee junkie. I get less coffee than I expect (I am not an addict, or even a drinker of, coffee, so that's good) & chocolate so milky it's turning off-white. Bit of creamer.

Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee should have been sampled right beside a regular bottle: because to me, coffee is coffee, since I know no better. This is my kind of coffee: more creamer than bean. First impression is of sweet cream & malts, & only then does a mild bitterness intrude (pleasantly) along with a roast more decadent than Caligula. No alcohol in my glass. In the shadows are a faint nutty twist, vanilla, chocolate. It all comes together with a thunderclap of smooth that's so silky it belongs on a Victoria's Secret model. Preferably Jill Goodacre. Wait, sorry, my age is showing. I'm already more than halfway through my portion of the bottle.

Smooth. Like, wow, smooth. I arrived here expecting a coffee bomb & instead was greeted by a coffee seduction. Smooth, delicious, rich, this is one excellent beer.

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

Poured into snifter glass. Bottled 08/2013.

Appearance: not quite black as night, more like the color of black coffee. A nice brownish head built up which dissipated quickly to a shiny smooth surface like motor oil.

Smell: picked up some dark fruit, coffee of course, some chocolate, alcohol as it warms up, as well as some leather.

Taste: interestingly it almost tasted as if this was barrel-aged, I can pick up the notes of bourbon. The coffee is strong and intense, just a bit astringent but not in a bad way. There is the sweetness coming from the beer but than the bitterness from the coffee shines through. This is a rich one with the flavors becoming more in depth as it warms up. As opposed to other coffee stouts, this is appropriate for sipping like cognac. With all these rich flavors, it almost like umami.

Mouthfeel: its heavy bodied and as it warms up there is a slight burn at the back of the mouth. It also starts to become creamier at room temp.

Overall: outstanding beer! Hard to believe this is not barrel-aged, but thats just me thinking. The flavors are so rich and it's one of those beers that great for sharing as opposed to other coffee imperial stouts.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that is brown and tries to leaves some lacing.

S-Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a tad vanilla.

T-Woah. Lots of coffee, yummy coffee. Rather roasty some chocolate, tad bit of vanilla. Really good balance and mild bitterness.

M-Medium to heavy in body, well carbonated and a tad creamy as well.

O-Amazing how just changing the coffee can change the beer. This is a clear step up from the regular Speedway.

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