AleSmith Speedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by dwagner003 on 02-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Lots of lace. Big chocolate and coffee roast. Vanilla and caramel. Toffee. The right amount of roast is present where it isn't dry or over done. Full bodied. Well done.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was the 4-5th speedway variant at a all Speedway tasting on 11/28. Mostly just coffee, a little bit of chocolate towards the end. Overall a good stout and glad I got to try it but wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/15 notes. From our Mega-Speedway tasting.

Looks like the others but less head or carbonation evident. Pretty good with more coffee in the taste; the nose was lacking at this point. Roasted malts, lots of chocolate, and light vanilla. Thick body and low carbonation.

Overall still a good beer but not one of the better ones.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 02/25/14, poured on 11/08/15 into a snifter. Though the coffee notes have dropped off significantly, I'm really digging this brew. Amazing head that is maintained for quite some time after the initial pour. Smooth taste. Wish I drank this one sooner.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Umberto yesterday.

This one pours fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one obviously smells very strongly of roasted coffee, roasted malt, burnt coffee beans, black pepper, and chocolate.

The Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee provides a definitely interesting coffee character here. It's intensely roasty, almost burnt tasting, with some black pepper, smoke, and a tiny bit of acidity. There's also chocolate. This is a very earthy coffee stout for sure. Definitely a nice change up from the usual coffee flavors.

This is thick bodied, with a creamy but bitter mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

I'm not sure if this is better than regular Speedway. It's definitely not better than Vietnamese. But it's still a very tasty coffee stout and shows how talented Alesmith is when it come to infusing coffee into stouts.

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Photo of cbutova
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

February 2014 bottle. Tampa review dump, full notes taken during consumption of beer.

A- Deep black pour from the 750ml to a snifter. Mocha tan head under one finger with decent retention. Spotty lace.

S- Coffee is the strongest in this variant. Roasty and chocolate dry roast dark coffee with a tiny bit of dark raisins. The base is classic heavily roast barley.

T- Just coffee brilliance. The use and amount of coffee flavor is pretty much expert level amazing. Milk and dark chocolate brownie dessert with heavily roasted grains and some dry dark fruits.

MF- Thick body with a fairly creamy texture and medium high carbonation. Finishes with a bit drier than the other Speedways with a roasty bitterness.

One of the best uses of coffee I have tasted. Yes it is insane gourmet coffee but the amount of base and amount of coffee is basically half and half the compliment each other perfectly.

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A magnificent pour, with the rocky tan head forming a thick barrier over the pitch black liquid; plenty of lacing lingers and the retention is excellent

Smell: Dark chocolate syrup with a subtle touch of coffee and a hint of smoke

Taste: Dark chocolate and a touch of charred wood, up front, with the coffee tones building through the middle; caramel and brown sugar arrive after the swallow, bringing additional sweetness, though there is a trace of bitterness from the hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have been drinking a few good coffee stouts lately, but this one just rocketed up to the top echelon

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue mountain bottled 2/25/14

A- pours pitch black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that reduces to a small layer skimming the top, a bit of lace left behind

S- strong earthy aromas with smoky charred malt, some woodsy notes. Bitter dark chocolate mixed with herbal aromas, fresh brewed coffee with Sumatra like qualities

T- decadent sweet yet bitter dark chocolate notes dominate up front with notes of burnt brown sugar, medicinal flavors, charred wood, smoky malt, and licorice. Coffee flavor is fresh with herbal hop bitterness, slightly smoky with lots of chocolate.

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- another solid variation of an awesome base stout, worth seeking out

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Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Right up there with Avery Tweak as one of the best non-BA coffee stouts I've had. I think it's maybe the best of the Speedway variants as well, it's a notable upgrade over the regular Speedway and I liked what this particular coffee added to the flavor profile more than the Vietnamese and Kopi variants did.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thinner than the other varieties I've had. Vietnamese version is superior but this is still very good.....................................................

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

By time I had it, it seemed like too much of the coffee had faded. What was left was still a yummy stout but was primarily chocolate flavors without much in the way of coffee to balance it out.

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Photo of mmulebarn
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

These Alesmith Speedway variants continue to amaze me. While I'm partial to big stouts, these variants truly are spectacular. Big ups to Alesmith on this one.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a good sized tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is all roasted coffee. I've had Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee before and it’s some of the best. Very bitter coffee flavors. Huge roasted coffee taste. Slightly sweet, but the coffee totally takes over. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Surprise! Thanks to the staff at Churchkey for this unexpected hookup.

Dark brown, near black body with a small mocha head. Aroma...oh my. Seriously. If you enjoy coffee, you simply must get this beer. Out of this world coffee aroma, quite possibly the best I have ever had. Coffee flavors dominate the beer without overpowering. Does that even make sense?!? Beautiful and artistic integration. This exceeded my already high expectations. World class.

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Photo of jegross2
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Reviewing the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Speedway Stout from the AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California

Score: 93

February 2014 vintage bottle served in a Ghandi Bot snifter and enjoyed on 08/15/14.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger and a half of khaki head that settles to a thin coating. Very good lacing and retention. Looks pretty much exactly like you would expect and desire a stout to look like. 4.75/5

Smell: Nutty, slightly grassy coffee with a light roastiness and a very pronounced chocolate character. A little bit of dark fruit too, which crescendos as the beer warms up. Quite lovely. 4.5/5

Taste: There is a lot more dark fruit in the taste than in the nose, which hits right away and lingers past the finish. Frankly, the taste is mostly about the dark fruit. Alcohol spiciness on the midpalate. Chocolate and a kiss of teriyaki sauce on the backhalf and finish, with some nuttiness and a wee bit of roast (much less than the nose) upfront. Solid integration. Tasty, but not on par with the likes of Kopi Coffee Speedway or Vietnamese Coffee Speedway. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. No acidity, mild bitterness and not much sweetness. Well-balanced save for the booziness, which is somewhat unexpected given my experiences with other iterations of Coffee Speedway, but perhaps, at the same time, this should not be too unexpected given that this beer is 12% ABV. 4.25/5

Overall: A quality stout and definite improvement over the base beer that just does not live up to the standard of excellence established by other iterations of this beer. Kopi Coffee Speedway is still king in my book, animal cruelty concerns notwithstanding.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shipped from San DIego.... Great anticipation for this brew from Ale Smith.

A - Dark, impermeable, tan/mocha head. Fairly quick disapating head.

S - Slight coffee aroma, roasted malts, big chocolate presence as well and almost over shadows the coffee.

T - The taste was all there. Tasted as if there was just speedway combined with the most perfect coffee beans to cold-brew with.. (Yet to try Kopi Luwak). Booze is not well hidden but I do not care at all... its a 12% beer that is a couple months old didnt expect it to be masked.

M - Thick, creamy with a light coating that covers my mouth and tongue. Not as viscous and motor oil'y as I wanted and a bit overly carbonated but thankful I have to 2, one to age for later.

O - Maybe was expecting too much, but maybe after aging for a bit the flavors will round out, hopefully the coffee comes out and the carbonation simmers down now.

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Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Pre-Ffej this year.

A - Pours jet black with a big frothy one and a half finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense fresh brewed coffee, toffee, vanilla, toasted nuts, dark fruits and plenty of dark roasted chocolate malt. The coffee is off the charts, just as I was hoping for.

T - Starts off much like the nose with lots of bitter fresh brewed coffee slowly being joined by the other dark flavors like dark fruits and the chocolate malt as well as the sweet vanilla, toffee some toasty nuts. Finish is really roasty, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Super roasty, bitter feel would make it hard to really go through the whole bottle but in small doses it is superb.

O - This is probably the most coffee forward of all of the speedway variants I have had. I would love to try this one barrel aged. As it is this one is awesome, proving yet again just how versatile speedway truly is.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown in color, but appears black in the glass. Forms a minimal dark tan colored head. Little lacing. Aroma is full of deep dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee with lesser notes of raisin, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is fairly intense. Lots of coffee. Heavily roasted malts, roasted malts, slight sweetness. Notes of dark fruit, roasted coffee and just a hint of pine. Full bodied, low medium carbonation.

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Photo of popery
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours black, wall to wall. Brown at the edges with only an inch or two left in my glass. Smallish mocha brown head. Bubbles seem to stick around for a good amount of time. Some lacing. Liquid seems to have some weight to it. Aroma is big on coffee, and it’s really nice coffee. Some fruitiness, but it’s bigger on vanilla with chocolate and bourbon notes with a healthy dose of roast. Fairly creamy, though not like the Vietnamese version with its luscious coffee ice cream flavor. The base stout is excellent, of course. Wonderful caramel, toffee, chocolate and roast. Taste starts with toffee and caramel sweetness before the big, fresh coffee notes take over. Quite creamy. The coffee is marvelously rich, a wonderful flavor. Finish has some coffee bitterness and cleans up very well. No lingering, cloying sweetness, just big coffee and chocolate. Creamy feel. Lowish carbonation, pretty normal for a 12% abv stout. Wonderful coffee stout. I prefer Vietnamese by a hair, but this is wonderful.

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

A: Pours black with a nice one finger khaki colored head. Decent retention and some thick spots of lace down the glass with every sip. Looks awesome.

S: Tons of rich, dark roasted coffee notes with a good hit of sweetness. Chocolate milkshake-like even. Everything about the Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee here just sparkles. So smooth and clean with just a touch of sweetness to it. Espresso, dark chocolate, baking chocolate and milk chocolate. So freaking good.

T: Tons of buttery smooth coffee notes just pellet your palate. Dark chocolate covered espresso bean, hazelnut coffee, vanilla, cream and light roast. Uncannily smooth and tastes about 6%. A dangerous beer, for sure. Definitely a step up from standard Speedway and a good ways apart from most of the other varietals I've come across.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Foil capped 750ml bottle.

A: Pours jet black with a solid 1-inch thick tan head which fades slowly leaving splotchy lace.

N: Deep, dark, roast, vanilla and sublime coffee.

T: Intense, yet mellow (low acid) roasted coffee with a slightly vegetal green note. Earthy, floral, rasta.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Finishes rich and roasty with a softly earthy floral smooth coffee.

O: Very nice. A step up from the regular version.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch viscous black with creamy cocoa head. The smell feature smooth and rich coffee notes with hints of cream, roast and cocoa. Mild earthy notes come through, presumably from the JBM beans and integrate nicely with the imperial stout base. Flavor is well balanced and nicely melded coffee and chocolate notes. The flavor of the coffee definitely isn't as forward as some other coffee stouts, but it seems to be a lot smoother than I'm used to. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy. Overall, a very nice stout. Definitely a step up from regular speedway.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 5/31/2014.

A- Pitch black motor oil, frothy two finger mocha head with excellent retention and wispy lacing. This definitely screams "big stout" to me.

S- Tons of roast coffee. I have not really drank a lot of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee but this makes me more interested in trying a cup of the coffee. Here, it dominates the nose though there is certainly some milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of roast malt behind it.

F- Milk chocolate, lots of acidic espresso flavours that comes without imparting much bitterness, some cocoa, roast malts. The espresso seems to hit me in the face initially, and slowly fades away on the palate.

M- Full bodied, slick and sticky, moderate carbonation. Not terribly bitter with a finish akin to a chocolate bar dipped in espresso. Very good.

O- Nice variant on an excellent stout, I'm not sure that I like this much better than the regular Speedway which had more dark fruit and chocolate character compared to this one. This one is heavier on the acidic roast character, which is a nice change of pace. Definitely worth a shot.

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

First batch (2014). Big thanks to the BA formerly known as nanobrew for sending this! Tulip glass.

A: Pours coffee black with a thick espresso head which slowly dissipates to a solid ring. Very good retention and average lacing.

S: Strong, dark coffee, a hint of tobacco, and a hint of dark fruit,

T: Strong, like concentrated coffee, with a bit of roast and dark chocolate bar, with a mild espresso finish which peters out slowly. Slightly off dry.

M: Medium carbonation and full body. The carbonation adds a velvet smooth mouthfeel to the full body.

O: A big, strong, amped up version of regular Speedway. Tasty. I still prefer Vietnamese and BA, though. This reminds me of Double Coffee Speedway.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Stefan from trade. Big thanks goes out. I shared this at the unexpected bottle share at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop release. Pours black with a one finger khaki head. Aroma has lots of chocolate and mild coffee, smooth smelling, with some roast and light hops. Flavor follows with lots of chocolate, a little roast, and very smooth rich coffee flavor that reminds me a lot of the Vietnamese version. There is what seems to be some slight metallic oxidation, but not off-putting at all. The JBM coffee seems to differentiate itself with an interesting nutty character in the flavor that I enjoyed quite a bit. Ends with a medium bitter. Mouthfeel is medium plus for the style, not even getting near syrupy, with medium carbonation. Another nice variant of Speedway, but I still haven’t found a variant that stands up to the Hammerhead version they had on tap when I visited.

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