AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 347
Gots: 170 | FT: 20
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-13-2011)
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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.66/5  rDev +2.9%

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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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of drmcleod10
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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

Photo of cbridge27
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jegross2
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of evanforbeer
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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