Speedway Stout - Nibs & Beans
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #217
Ranked #1,018
4.34 | pDev: 5.76%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Speedway Stout - Nibs & BeansSpeedway Stout - Nibs & Beans
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Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a dense finger of creme-colored foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and earthy malts establishing a dark and firm stout base, with roasty coffee, light vanilla bean and some green bell pepper over the top. Lightly bitter, heavy roasty qualities dominate the nose. Flavor profile is roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy and caramely malts. Roasty coffee and vanilla bean fold in well, offering more roasty and bitterness and sweetness, respectively. Mouth feel is thick with a moderate effervescence that echos on the tongue, getting slightly more and more faint before landing at its smooth, creamy finish. Overall, robust with large coffee and vanilla bean notes, it hits both what the label suggests and Speedway's reputation.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of liquid fudge with some floral coffee notes with some residual sugar notes. Taste is also a mix of floral coffee notes with some fudge notes, chocolate and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy notes and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Superb imperial stout which is probably trending to party stout territory but keeping balance and drinkability.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer sampled on tap from a local store. Very excited to try this due to its stellar reputation, and I was happy to see that it did not disappoint. Fantastic dark brown, almost black color with some nice head and no lacing. Smells great, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, malt and a little brown sugar. Tastes similarly, along with vanilla, caramel and some molasses. Great smooth mild mouthfeel that was a little creamy. Good amount of carbonation. High ABV was fairly well hidden and good balance between sweetness, bitterness and alcohol flavor. Would love to try more of these beers from this outstanding brewery.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Malty, semi sweet chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla with boozy finish. Rich cocoa and mocha nose. Black, opaque, nice tan head and Belgian lattice of lace. Medium/full body. Smooth with a kick in the ending. 70 IBUs

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Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out looking a little on the thinner side unlike most of the other Speedway's. The smell of the beer has a nice chocolate coffee aroma. The taste is pretty solid, it's loaded with chocolate and coffee which is very nice. The feel of the beer is medium bodied. Overall it's a very good brew.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap (nitro). "Imperial stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and coffee"

Great look, dark black brown with a dense brown head.
Lovely smell and taste, lots of cocoa and coffee, mildly sweet vanilla and bitter roasted barley malts. Great dark chocolate flavors, lots of depth.
Good feel, super smooth, with a full silky thick body which the nitro accentuates. The vanilla and boozy character is almost too rich, and the bitterness becomes more so as it warms up. It is an excellent beer for sipping so that you don't let the flavors overwhelm.

Overall really great, glad I got to try it! Lovely on Nitro tap

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Photo of woemad
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour at Community Pint for $6.

Really tasty coffee and vanilla stout where the vanilla merely complemented the flavor rather than dominated it, as vanilla often does. Great stuff!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft a local bar. Nice dark appearance with tan head. Pleasant coffee nutty aroma. Taste is also coffee nutty slightly sweet without any alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Firestone Walker Invitational 2017. What a time to be alive. Or was it even there? Where did I have this in 2017? Doesn't matter. Pours like every other Speedway version in the history of mankind: Pours black with 3/5" brown head, small bubbles. Usual aroma of coffee and roasted malt, although that makes it sound kind of mundane, its not, its powerful, strong and on point if you like (Ryan Bros?) coffee.

Nice enveloping style of cocoa, coffee and malt. Sounds simple doesn't it? The thing I sometimes don't understand on these, is that I would presume they start with regular Speedway base, and then add, more/different chocolate/coffee. And yet, some of these seem like milder coffee than the original? It is what it is. If there was any takeaway of this variation, it would be that it goes heavy on the chocolate and by implication, makes the coffee seem more tame than usual by comparison. Still love the beer and especially the mouthfeel on this one.

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Photo of darktronica
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice layer of head and residual lacing. Very smooth mouthfeel with low bitterness and mild acidity. Milk chocolate with a bit of an earthy edge. Not as strong a coffee flavor as the regular Speedway.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cask and Vine.
Deep black with a frothy tan head that persists. Rich chocolate roasty earthy coffee and vanilla. This beer is pretty phenomenal!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico Balston. Poured into a small snifter. One of four Speedway variants I tried (Thai, Viet-Cask, Nibs & Beans, Hawaiian).

A - Pours a pitch black with a thin beige head. 4.25

S - Aromas of vanilla and brown sugar. 4.25

T- Sweet, almost cloyingly so. 3.75

MF - Both the N&B and the Hawaiian variants have an after taste that manifests itself as a acid irritation underneath the tongue. 3.5

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Photo of MFMB
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nose is of roasted malts and coffee. Taste of cocoa powder upfront. Coffee follows then a bit of toasted malt. Finishes with a slightly sweet kick that I presume is the vanilla altho the vanilla is very faint. A bit dry and chalky. Medium body that finishes slightly boozy to me. It was good not great.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at uno, california no ipa day.

LOOK: black, below avg beige head.
AROMA: chocolate, toast, malt,
TASTE: coffee first, chocolate, malty sweetness, touch of whiskey even though there is no barrel aging here.
FEEL: smooth, medium thick.

Nice beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8 oz pour on tap into a chalice glass.

A: body is so black you can actually see your reflection from the glass. Almost no head but that could be to the rim fill of the glass.

S: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet roasted malts.

T: the beer tastes a lot like marshmallows, layers of chocolate, then the vanilla then some of the roasted coffee and roasted malty sweetness

M: Lush thick body where the beer just clings to your tongue.

O: this a top tier beer the regular Speedway stout is already an outstanding beer. This takes it to a whole new level.

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Photo of flaskman
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a growler can found at a small grocery store in Lewsiton NY. Poured into a tulip glass after watching my daughter graduate from college. What a thrill is was to run into this beer. The mocha, vanilla, coffee is just a flavor bomb. I am glad that I purchased 2. Well carbonated, killer mouthfeel and just over the top flavor but still is well balanced. WOW! As good as any stout I have tried.

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Photo of don1481
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So... This is basically diabetes in a glass. So good. The coffee and nibs combined make this a delicious chocolate treat. Had it on tap for 4 bucks at Whole Foods Wauwatosa. A great deal!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Perfect combo of chocolate and espresso. Great feel with surprising amount of carbonation. Up there among my favorite stouts - Peche Mortel, Ten Didy and Prairie Bomb.

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Photo of FBarber
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark black with a mocha colored head. Head is resilient with tons of lacing. Aroma had chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A bit muddled. Taste is phenomenal - tons of coffee, sweet vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, and caramel. Lovely. Nice thick almost sticky feel with a decent amount of carbonation. Just a lovely well crafted variant - I greatly prefer this to the regular speedway.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black with dark tan head. Tons of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted m, burnt and roasted malts, light cream, and cocoa nibs. Taste has a tiny bit of bitterness. Thick full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall another great variant; one of the better non-BA coffee beers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at York River Landing.
Black color, small tan head.
Chocolate aroma. Nutty, some fruit.
Sweet chocolate taste. Nuts. Raisins.
Medium-bodied, sweet taste.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft poured into a goblet at Colter Bay, Buffalo, NY.

Scent is heavy on chocolate, coffee and a subtle bit of vanilla. Very smooth in the mouthfeel with a larger amount of creaminess compared to the regular Speedway Stout. Alcohol is very subtle and I was tasting a small amount of black licorice in the aftertaste. Wonderfully balanced stout that I am very happy to have been able to try. This has been my personal favorite of the variants that I have tried!

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess this is different than the Madagascar Vanilla beans and cocoa nibs Speedway? In any event, on tap at Beermongers yesterday.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impressive as well, as I get the expected coffee, milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and maybe a hint of licorice. It's pretty nice, but given the name, I expected a bit more cocoa and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and as always, I appreciate the fact that this impy stout isn't overly sweet. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and finish is quite long. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no heat on the finish.

A nice enough beer, but I didn't find it to be quite as impressive as some of the coffee varietals of speedway I've had in the past. Still a solid offering, and one I'm glad I had the chance to sample.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with the anticipated onyx color and is capped by a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate, almost chalky, with some coffee tones

Taste: Bitter, dark chocolate forward, with the coffee appearing through the middle; rather roasty, after the swallow with a hint of blueberry sneaking in to add an interesting complexity

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is the second Speedway variant that has appeared on tap in Greensboro recently and while it is good, it just isn't up there with the better variants I have tasted out of the bottle; I am starting to thinking that these new variants might be defining the law of diminishing returns

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there ever was a sucker for Speedway and its variants, that'd be me. On tap at The Beermongers.

Jet black with a dark brown head, this looks solid. The nose is classic Speedway but with cocoa nibs adding a wonderful depth to th e nose. Cocoa nibs, coffee beans that are roasted to a medium-dark level, a mild milk chocolate and dark caramel note are all present. What's intriguing is the fruitiniess that has raisin and dark fruit notes. While present on the nose, they are particularly noticeable on the palate as well, pairing quite wonderfully with the dark fruit pairing particularly well with the cocoa nibs. The nibs also add a softness and a roundedness to the palate that's absent from regular Speedway. Excellent stuff

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Speedway Stout - Nibs & Beans from AleSmith Brewing Company
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