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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 1,051
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.05%
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Gots: 199 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

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Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-13-2011

Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.
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Photo of rlee1390
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Good dark khaki head. Settles to a collar.

Smell - Intense coffee. Initially seems to be the same a regular Speedway, but it has a lighter almost fruity characteristic to the coffee.

Taste - The coffee has a much lighter and intense flavor than the other variants that I've had. This one is less earthy and more fruity. Roasty malts and bitterness at the end. Light, but present, caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Roasty and bitter. Well carbonated. Medium -heavy body. As heavy as it should be.

Overall - The coffee is interesting and a surprisingly unique flavor. I figured this would taste the same as regular Speedway. The perceived delicacy of the coffee flavor means the depth of the coffee and malt flavor suffers a skosh, but I enjoy it just as much as regular Speedway. (867 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Maudite tulip. Bottled on 8/5/13, so about a month old.

A - Pitch black, not even a ruby hue on the edge (like a good stout should be). Mocha head leaves good lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, a very dark, acidic coffee scent, dried cherries.

T - I read that they added lactose to it to mimic the sweetened condensed milk in normal vietnamese coffee. I can definitely taste it. Blends nicely with the dark, strong coffee, and dark chocolate and dried cherry flavors. Very rich, not much alcohol burn.

M - Rich, full, and creamy. Low carbonation.

O - Awesome beer. Had at the tasting room when I picked up my bottles and instantly regretted not by buying as much as I could have. (711 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (4.45) (4,692 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Malt House in Madison, Wisconsin to celebrate AleSmith's Wisconsin launch. Served in snifters today, 8/7/2013.

This beer looks amazing. I say that big stouts look thick and black, but this is especially so. It is deep abyssal black with a nice fluffy mocha head that was still there a half hour later. The lacing is ridiculous on this beer, and as the beer goes down, the glass is pretty much stained brown by the oily traces. It looks like I'm drinking carbonated black coffee!

The smell is mostly an intense bitter black coffee flavour with a ton of roasty malt sweetness. Its not incredibly different from Speedway in this regard although I definitely get a bit more of the sweetness. Its as if the coffee is less intense but more complex.

Now the taste is where it separates itself from the regular Speedway. Chocolates, cocoa, lactose, hints of marshmallows and dark fruit. Heavy on the chocolate and lactose. It is incredibly sweet yet balanced out very well by an intense coffee flavour that isn't too bitter yet the flavour is still incredibly strong. That's the major difference between this one and other coffee stouts- you still taste intense coffee flavours but without that bitterness.

The mouthfeel is great as always. Thick bodied, viscous, creamy and smooth. Very enjoyable to drink and there is absolutely no hint of that 12% ABV even as it gets to room temperature. That aftertaste is that bitter yet mellow sweet coffee flavour accompanied by the roasty malts and chocolate.

Regular Speedway is incredibly delicious yet this one is a nice twist on it. I would absolutely go out of my way to drink this one again. This will probably end up being one of the best coffee stouts I've had and this includes a lot of barrel-aged coffee stouts out there. (1,781 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to snag a grumbler of this on my last trip to San Diego. 32oz. growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a ring of dark, rich mocha head. A swirl gives a luxuriously thick head that dissipates quickly. Nice surprise given this was a week-old-shipped-across-the-country growler. Beer is rich, thick, and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with average stick. Thin, oily legs. A solid looking beer for the style and serving vessel.

Nose is chocolate, cocoa, and lactose. A slight bit of roasty bitterness complemented nicely by fudge and molasses sweetness. Overtones of light booziness. Moderately aromatic and nice balance.

Opens mocha, dark chocolate, lactose and coffee. Some almond and nuttiness towards the middle with more lactose sweetness. Molasses, fudge and coffee at the end. Finishes slight roast, cocoa, and more coffee. Aftertaste of chocolate, roasted malt sweet and tartness and fudge. Very, very nice.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and silky. Finishes messy with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Leaves your lips sweet and sticky. Nearly perfect. The overall lack of carbonation actually helps the feel a good deal.

I haven't had any of the other non-bottled Speedway variations but if they're all like this, I'm officially hooked. This beer has great complexity and an incredible feel. A real sipper but not boozy at the same time. If you get a chance to try this, grab it! (1,502 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to evilc for an awesome extra! Thanks chris!

32oz growler poured into a pair of snifters.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 1 finger of thick and creamy medium tan head. Drops down to thin cap and spotty lacing is noted on the side of the glass.

Smell: Fresh, bold, and roasty expresso beans. You also get the lactose note in the nose and it adds an awesome sweet note to this beer.

Taste: Very coffee forward. Big expresso coffee beans that taste really fresh and roasty just like it smells. Its not very bitter the coffee is very well balanced with the stout. You get some nice sweet notes of milk chocolates, coffee creamer, and vanilla . The beer finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness that mixes with more vanilla sweetness. I was really surprised just how much vanilla flavor was found through out this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Cant believe this beer is 12%; not even a hint of booze at all. It drinks like its 7%abv (Beware this beer will creap up on you fast). The beer is silky and creamy. Carbonation level is just right in this beer.

Overall: Honestly its the best non barrel aged coffee stout that I have drank to date. I love Speedway Stout and the different coffee beans and the lactose sugar make regular Speedway Stout even better! Bravo Alesmith keep up the great work! (1,352 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,355 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at the brewery

Pours an inky, viscous blackness with a thick tuft of browned head resting on top. Nice retention, leaving patchy bursts of lacing left behind on the taster.

Rich, fragrant roasted coffee beans erupt from the nose, balanced by soft chocolate sweetness. Heavy malts and roasted hints with caramel, molasses and prevalent coffee. Soft boozy glow as well, but well-tempered.

Avalanche of coffee, nuts and chocolate land on the tongue upon first sip. Potent roasted coffee beans, but still remaining mild and pleasant. Semi-sweet chocolate notes with cocoa powder and caramel. Thick, bruising malt backbone with roasted notes and layers of rich flavor. Finishes with coffee and warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, fluffy, creamy and silky on the tongue. I'm already a huge fan of the base beer, so having the opportunity to try this variation was really exciting. (893 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,787 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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!! (358 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,617 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pours black with a huge 3" dark cola head. A lot of small trails and bubbles of lacing cover the glass.

Huge coffee, big dark chocolate, light vanilla and mint.

Nice big rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate.

Great coffee stout! Very smooth, huge rich coffee flavor with nice dark chocolate as well. (351 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to tom10101. Pitch black with creamy tan head. Intensely aromatic nose with brown chocolate and coffee (light vegetal) along with spices (cinnamon, chile). Taste is rich and mellow chocolate with a cinnamon twist. Palate is awesome: rich and fluffy. Probably my favorite aromatic stout. (300 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,383 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (586 characters)

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4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at AleSmith.

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Good retention considering the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Absolutely ridiculous nose on this beer.  Tons of perfectly roasted gourmet coffee along with lactose cream, condensed milk and sweet fudge-y chocolate malt.  Deeply roasted with tons of coffee character but never approaches smelling burnt or acrid.  Holy shit this beer smells good!  

Medium bodied with slight viscosity and really nice roasted black coffee/espresso bean flavor countered by sweet lactose creaminess and dessert like chocolate malt.  Burnt toast and robust gourmet coffee flavor with oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. That lactose presence is really, really nice and is very reminiscent of the condensed milk on the bottom of a cup of Vietnamese coffee.  Well balanced but still roasty as hell.  Delicious beer that perfectly captures the elements of Vietnamese coffee without taking away the stout characteristics of the base beer.  Highly recommended! (1,099 characters)

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