AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On cask at Alesmith
A: Pours pitch black with a dense mocha colored head. Loads of lacing down the glass.
S: Very dark and earthy aroma. Dark chocolate, Mexican chocolate and some dark ass coffee.
T: Lots of coffee and cream throughout. Smooth, rich and velvety with some bitter dark chocolate and charred malt on the finish. Cocoa pebbles as well. Finish is a bit harsh, but this is still a tasty variation.
Serving type: cask
07-25-2012 22:38:20 | More by notchucknorris
4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 03:16:56 | More by maximum12
4.15/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap are O'Brien's for million zillion night
A dark black body ad no head. Same with all of them
S-a more herbal coffee than the decaf. Very plesant
T-get a little bit more bitterness from the coffee but other wise follows the nose
M-medium body and smooth. So smooth
O-very good beer, but far from the best..
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 19:11:18 | More by brew3crew
4.2/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
What kind of crazy awesome dude sends a growler of something like this as an extra in a trade? I'll freaking tell you who... anotherjoe. Such generosity; endless thank yous are owed to you my friend. Poured from a 32oz growler into a snifter, the brew appears dark brown with a silky brown topping of froth that is rich and thick more than 2 fingers strong. The cap slowly dissolves leaving a full wall of lace sticking to the glass that fades to spots and a webbing pattern. When held up to the light, the brew shows some ruby clarity faintly around the edges. A swirl revives a half finger of froth back to the surface composed of super tiny, tight bubbles that are almost reminiscent of nitro.
The aroma is classic speedway but with a pretty hefty dose of super earthy and roasted coffee included. A seemingly exaggerated amount of leather, tobacco and hints of citrus that are commonly found in some fresh coffee beans is also present mingling with some dark fruity alcohol esters similar to prunes/raisins. There is a bit of a musty to almost mineral or metallic/carbonic inclusion also present towards the backend. As the brew reaches room temperature, the first indications of something like cocoa emerge. After the brew goes beyond ideal temperatures, when swirled the brew shows off some hints of sulfur and a hint of cheese which is strange but the pleasant aspects certainly outweigh the negative. Also, it seems as though the warmer this brew gets, the more a bit of herbal or vegetative hops start to show themselves.
The taste displays a solvent surge of alcohol upfront blending into a dry roasted almost acrid feel that strips the moisture from the tongue. The coffee is strong and bitter with plenty of roast, earth, leather, char, tobacco and some citrus components. More sips reveal a bit of anise flavors with traces of minerals and almost a carbonic quality. At times, there is a bit of fruity alcohol esters that make for dark prune or plum flavors that fade off to a bit of a hop presence that is herbal and almost vegetative. Just like the aroma, this brew starts off really solid and enjoyable and starts to take a strange twist as it warms up.
This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a silky smooth feel and moderate amount of carbonation. The feel of this brew is awesome for 12% and the carbonation is pretty much spot on. The coffee inclusion here starts off strong and is certainly an improvement on the normal speedway. However, as the experience continues, it starts to get a little awkward and I don't know if that is from the coffee inclusion or otherwise. Regardless, I am very much appreciative of the chance to try this and it has perked my interest to try the others if the opportunity ever presented itself.
Serving type: growler
01-10-2013 02:22:54 | More by stakem
4.25/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cask at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.
Raul was picturing rice fields; Raul was picturing himself getting lost in the beauty of Vietnam... Speedway Vietnam Coffee Stout though...not so much. Don't get Raul wrong, this is a great beer; but subtle, it's subtle like Miley Cyrus' brainwaves. Not much on the coffee here. Very good, but not the "yep!" status that Raul was hoping for.
Serving type: cask
08-12-2013 22:31:09 | More by RaulMondesi
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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