Speedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #83
Ranked #304
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Speedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain CoffeeSpeedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Notes: Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beans are grown in the fertile soil of some of the highest Caribbean peaks, making it one of the most prized gourmet coffees in the world. This rare coffee uses lightly roasted Arabica beans to create subtle acidity and a well-balanced chocolaty finish. With the help of local roaster, Mostra Coffee, these 100% Blue Mountain beans were sourced from the renowned Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in Jamaica. Carefully roasted and cold-brewed, this coffee is the perfect complement to our award-winning Imperial Stout.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Fantastic coffee variant, it's like the coffee and speedway stout were destined for each other! Smell and taste both hit rich and dark lush roast with fudge chocolate, earth, buttery vanilla, and integrate with the malt beautifully. The smell has more of the roast where the taste focuses on the malts more, some caramel in there for instance. Feel is malty, dark, earthy, and percolated with coffee.

Apr 12, 2020
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint growler filled at Barrels & Vines Sep 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: dark brown/black. Very little head or lacing.

Nose: surprisingly little aroma at all. Maybe some coffee but not a lot else. Could be me...

Taste: dark roast coffee dominates everything else. Maybe slight chocolate, leather, hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, somewhat viscous but not oily. Maybe even a bit dry. Wonder if the full wasn’t good...

Overall: not sure what to think. It’s ok but mostly tasted the coffee with little balance or complexity. Probably wouldn’t seek out again. Somewhat disappointing; not bad but not special in any way.

Sep 07, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen.

Pours jet black with fine, tan foam.

Smell is roasty with huge notes of coffee, balanced by chocolate, caramel and a hint of waffle. Bitter but sweet.

Taste is rich and powerful. Notes of coffee, chocolate cake and fudge, along with a nice bitterness and some booze.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, well carbonated.

Overall, a great Speedway variant that seems a little bit thinner than usual.

Apr 02, 2019
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crosenkrantz from Switzerland

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As always, Speedway Stout has a gentle and smooth mouthfeel that hides perfectly the alcohol without overpowering in either sweetness or roastness. This one with more coffe than the regular one and probably better.

Mar 20, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark headed deer Chase very strongly of Jamaican coffee. Good balanced but I personally prefer the regular speed waste out as it is. Either way good drinking.

Nov 18, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

8 ball black with a somehow clear red ribbon at the bottom of the glass, all under a creamy tan blanket.

Aromas of hypnotizing dark roast coffee and mocha syrup are accented by nutty milk chocolate with a touch of heat.

Taste exhibits a dryingly bitter yet nutty and earthy coffee with baker's cocoa. There's still a bit of heat, especially in the exhale, before a marzipan aftertaste comes out.

The full, round body has a firm yet mild carbonation before a powder dry finish. Excellent.

Oct 25, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The over-under on the beer weight I hauled back from CA in three weeks of work is about 55 lbs. I’d take the over. 22 oz. foil-capped bottle brought back upon specific request of my coffee-loving wife

Black. The nose is 92% dark roast, 9% coffee. I’m an auditor by trade.

Speedway Stout – Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee: I don’t drink coffee, so the subtleties of the bean are mostly lost on my infantile palate, but this one goes in a different direction that the base beer. There’s roast, there’s chocolate, with additional dark fruit that I do not get from the original. I’m not a fan of fruit + stout, but it’s subtle enough here. Boozy on the finish. Full, thick, & despite the ABV, goes down the gullet quickly.

Easily the weakest of the Speedways I’ve had, but that’s still praiseworthy. Very good beer.

Oct 23, 2018
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very nice brown tan head that takes a while to dissipate and looks like it's frothy and coffee like. The beer itself is a nice and good looking dark coffee black that reveals a bit of a thinner texture than normal due to the coffee.

The smell is good. It's predominantly coffee with a decent chocolate note from the bean type. It has a moderate roast to it that contrasts well with the sweeter chocolate note.

The taste is very good. The bean has a nice and indulgent chocolate note that mixes good with a moderate roast note and some dark chocolate notes. It's a great combination of coffee bean with the usual stout choices.

The feel is good. It has as heavy body but has a good thin and smooth note from the coffee. There is some slight bite from the carbonation and a tiny acidity.

Overall, this is a fantastic coffee stout that works well with the base stout. It's definitely worth getting and having in the colder months.

Oct 07, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with significant tan head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma is a very pleasant coffee malt. Taste is a nice coffee malt with a slight chocolate finish.

Aug 31, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks Ryan for the share.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a two finger khaki head that sticks around for a bit.

Aromas are nice with lots of coffee, caramel, chocolate, and even butterscotch. On the tongue it's weak, roasty malt, chocolate and faint bitter coffee that's almost a little cloying. Thin and overcarbed as well.

Aug 23, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours black with a thin tan head that was pretty well retained and left little lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is fantastic coffee up front followed by dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied, thick and creamy mouth feel, light carbonation, minimal bitterness on the finish.

Aug 22, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured into a teku at a share.

Pours blackish brown. Can see through the liquid as it pours. In the glass, it's black with a light khaki colored head that sticks around with some lacing.

Aroma is bitter coffee and not much else. Not sure what Jamaican Blue coffee is like but it smells extremely bitter in the nose of this beer.

Taste is bitter coffee with some roast and subtle chocolate. The bitter coffee is prevalent all the way through each sip.

Feel is disappointing as this beer was thin. Maybe a little too much carb as well for the style. Was really hoping for more viscosity.

Overall, I'm disappointed in this. Wanted a thicker and smoother coffee stout and I didn't get that. Feel like this one missed the mark.

Aug 15, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

Tap pour at Red Cow, Edina MN. 10oz pour.
Black colored body. Thin tan head. No lacing.
Coffee infused aroma, along with the dark roasted malts and chocolate.
Sublime taste of smooth coffee first, then dark chocolate kicks in, and supported by the roasted malts. Quite light with no perceived bitterness, but does have a bite on the tongue (with the higher ABV%). Has a suggestion of vanilla.
Quite thick and smooth mouth feel.
Well brewed stout with the awesome coffee addition, and the chocolate is dense and coating. Quite a treat.

Jul 28, 2018
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the fresh 2018 batch on 7/10/18. This is a wonderful display of the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Sweet and nutty and bold and roasty. Really pleasant on top of an amazing base stout with tons of roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate with a little bitterness. Great beer!

Jul 11, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

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

loads of delicious roasty coffee, espresso, char, and vanilla playing supporting roles. Nice balance of sweet character and sharp slightly bitter roast.

Jul 08, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a freshly-filled growler. Mostra always seems to do a nice job providing coffee for beers, in my experience, so I had high hopes for this one. It does not disappoint. The smoothest, most chocolate unbarreled Speedway Stout version I've tried. Unlike Nibs & Beans, this still has a strong coffee presence, earthy but not overpoweringly bitter, with a delicately sweet mid-palate. That sweetness and chicory notes distinguish it from the standard Speedway.

Jul 04, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

perhaps the best of the non barrel aged speedway variants i have been lucky enough to try, its near perfect, needs nothing, and probably benefits in coffee freshness from me trying it at the brewery in california instead of it being shipped to wherever and sitting around until there are enough homies collected in one place to open a beer of this quality and magnitude! i was stoked to see this on the list and it was the standout from our speedway flight. the coffee is special, deeply concentrated cold brew in here, i get almost no acidity or acrid bitterness to the roast for how much of it is in here, and yet for how powerful it is, it does not overtake the base stout, which stands fully intact here. the coffee has enormously well developed chocolate character, dark and bitter like baking squares, but also a melty belgian dark element. wet dark volcanic sort of earthy terroir too is a nice compliment to the dark roast of the malt, its smooth yet dry complexity, and a useful counterpoint to the warming booze, its cool and wet and oddly refreshing for being a big imperial stout. nicely carbonated from the tap, quick finishing in terms of residuals, but there is a remaining fresh coffee thing that i cling to for awhile. the depth and uniqueness of this coffee really stands out in here, and that makes this even more special than the original. id love to have some of this coffee on its own as coffee. this speedway series continues to blow me away every time...

Jun 26, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has sweetened coffee and dark chocolate. Taste has americano style coffee with malty and light sugary notes. Balanced flavors but feels somehow generic.

Jun 04, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

Black with a creamy one inch light brown head. Good head retention.

Nose: black coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Tons of coffee flavor along with chocolate and vanilla. Coffee flavor is very robust yet balanced, not acidic at all. More coffee on the finish with subtle sweetness.

Feel: smooth, creamy. Medium-full body and mild carbonation.

May 31, 2018
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CHickman from New York

3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, it pours pitch black color with a foamy 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Not as sexy as expected.

Smells of dark chocolate, soy sauce, cocoa powder, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, ground espresso beans, cold pressed coffee and dark fruit like cherry and rotting plum. Not the potent coffee nose I expected, it’s sweeter and much less roasty than advertised.

It’s smooth and goes down easy, but the flavor is a disappointment with way too fruity and not much smoke or char, neglecting the malty basics and of course the coffee I was hoping for. Sadly I’m very disappointed.

May 23, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2018 batch. On draft at AleSmith, 5/20/18.

Pours pitch black with a small head of tan foam, residual lace, but not much.

The nose is all chocolate and coffee, but to compliment the roast there’s also a present booziness as well.

The flavors are more of the same. More roast than chocolate, but still with a good balance. It’s all thumbs up until the finish, where I get a very apparent metallic (although subtle) presence.. it falls off quickly beyond that, and left me looking for more. As it warmed, toasted malt became more evident, leaving “Baltic Porter-esque” qualities behind.

The body is light/medium, with a medium carb but a smooth finish. Slightly sticky.

May 21, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Engine Room in Mystic, CT

Look: brilliant jet-black with a creamy, uniform beige head and tons of lacing

Smell: sweet vanilla cream and sharp notes of medium roast coffee; this is a genuinely vibrant aspect of this beer

Taste: balanced, roasty malt and slightly bitter ground coffee dominate throughout

Feel: slick but smooth and coated in that bitter ground coffee character

Overall: would be nice if this beer embraced more of its aroma; coffee bitterness is prominent, but just too overwhelming and imbalanced for my taste. In spite of this, the coffee notes are extremely well-done throughout, making this stout an incredibly drinkable one in spite of its occasional imbalance.

May 12, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Engine Room. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of medium brown head. Lots of lacing Roasty and chocolatey aroma. Cocoa nibs, espresso, fudge brownies and earth. First swig is tons of coffee and espresso. Roasted malts, earth, charred wood and dark chocolate. Dark cherries and espresso finish. Low carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel. Fair amount of alcohol heat. Another great variant of Speedway Stout.

May 11, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour, served in a 10oz flute. Drank side by side with 2018 Barrel-aged Speedway - Jamaica Blue is certainly a distinct experience.

I found myself very surprised by how much roast there is to this beer. The nose is full of it, and the taste has almost an acidic coffee char to it. I have been wondering lately what brewers mean when they say a coffee is smooth and low in bitterness - because I've frequently found the exact opposite in coffees that say as much.

That being said: the beer is quite pretty, with a nice hazel ring of head. The carbonation is just enough to bring definition to the unique traits of the beer, and not so much as to be bothersome. Again, I found myself dwelling on just how roasty this beer is. Next to Barrel-aged Speedway, this coffee is anything but smooth and low in bitterness. In fact, it's quite acrid. Not that I mind, honestly - I drink my coffee black and like some acid to both coffee and wine. As I get older, it bothers my stomach more and more though.

Anyway. There are also some faint dark fruit notes to this beer that weren't exactly complementary in my opinion. That trait wasn't my favorite. But the coffee is certainly the defining characteristic of this beer.

It's not bad, but it's very much not my favorite Speedway variant.

Apr 27, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased 4/9/18 at Trenton Road Take Out in Fairless Hills, PA. Poured into Guinness stout glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very small light tan head with absolutely no retention, leaves very thin light tan ring atop of jet black beer.

S: So much the coffee and cocoa and roasted malts. So much good. Way way way up there, like a Tree House Double Shot.

T: Doesn't QUITE live up to the nose, but very very good coffee, cocoa, and roasted malt flavor. Lacks just a tiny bit of depth and complexity, but this still is a very high-tier effort. Pretty long run out of cocoa and roasted malt on the finish, which adds a bit.

F: Medium-ish bodied, not too syrupy or cloying. No real carbonation to speak of. Solidly constructed and perfectly balanced.

O: You won't find too many better than this.

Apr 16, 2018
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