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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged)AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Smarty_Pints on 06-01-2014

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 687
Photo of Buck89
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible beer. Opaque on the pour with a fluffy tan head. Balanced aromas of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, whiskey, and oak. The taste followed the nose and this was exceptionally balanced. Just the right amount of whiskey and coffee. Slightly warming on the finish but definitely not boozy. Probably the best BA stout I've had.

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Photo of Jlabs
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More often than not the Speedway stouts are well done, but they may have reached the absolute peak with the BA Vietnamese Speedway (2014 edition)..the smell alone on this is devine..a beautiful blend of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel and roastiness..that alone would put it into the upper echelon of beers that I've been lucky enough to consume, but the taste on this exceeds what it smells like..more vanilla than I expected but I'm more than happy with the surprise....this is definitely one of the best beers I've had..all of the flavors are perfectly blended here and none of them is dominant to the others. .a rare feat..alcohol burn is at a minimum and I'm glad I gave this some age before I tried it, but I'd love to try one fresh to get a different perspective. .absolutely fantastic barrel aged birthday gift I've given to myself in years!!

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage.

C/N: Not as good as 2014, not as good as 2016 BASS.

Pours black and smells of vanilla, coffee, and slightly caramelized. Tastes similar to smell with a bit of heat and barrel on the end of a swallow. Feels velvety smooth, creates a wonderful patina on the palate.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, slight brownish hue, one finger thick brown head, fantastic retention and bits of lacing. Smell is a rich velvety chocolate bourbon bomb; the bourbon is rich and contributes a nice vanilla to the fudgy milk chocolate aromas, which is accentuated even more by the sweeter coffee notes. It's not a roasted in your face type of coffee presence, but it all just seems to make the fudgy chocolate stand out even more. Flavour is similar; a rich chocolate bourbon presence, touch of dark fruit, milk chocolate, coffee, not as much roast, slight nuttiness, almonds, touch of vanilla and coconut, rich fudginess. Excellent. Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy, good carbonation, with a nice fudge and oak finish. One of the best out there, fantastic stout that we could not leave unfinished.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage poured into a snifter

Beautiful pour, nice carb especially considering the age -pitch black with a light khaki head
Smells of vanilla, some roasted coffee, toffee, chocolate (almost like a java chip frappuccino)

Mmmm this is one of the finest BA coffee stouts I've ever tasted (5 easy)
It starts with vanilla, almost a hint of lactose, some roasted flavors -on the back is a lovely complex dark chocolate and a touch of whiskey heat

The mouthfeel is pure velvet deliciousness

I gotta say, this was a pain to track down but completely worth it. This exceeded every expectation and has potentially (permanently) spoiled my palate. If you like stouts, BA stouts, coffee (beer in general?) you must try this at least once.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Alesmith Anvil and Stave in San Diego, CA.

This one pours a nice dark black, with a light brown head that lingers, and a little bit of lacing.

I am in awe at the aroma- creamy, rich, fruity and chocolatey coffee, brownie batter, hazelnut syrup, cookie dough, oak, and silky sweet bourbon. Can I live in this nose?

The taste is similarly awesome. To sum it up- this tastes like a ball of dark chocolate drizzled cookie dough and brownie batter. The coffee flavor is so well integrated- the creamy and milky vanilla flavor seamlessly fades into the vanillin and oaky flavors from the barrels. There's a light dark fruit component too. The bourbon is folded perfectly into everything else. This beer unfolds in so many different layers. It's so decadent and surprisingly easy to drink for the ABV. There is a slight bitterness from the malt that balances things out nicely as well.

There is no alcohol present to this on draft- it's insane. It's wonderfully creamy, with a long sweet and creamy finish. It definitely feels lactose influenced.

This is the best beer I've ever had. It is absolutely a perfect beer- I'm not sure I could think of a way to improve it. It's so flavorful and bold, but without being overbearing or too sweet. Alesmith make the best dark beers in the country. I must be dead- because there's no way one beer tastes this good.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage poured into a taster. More boozy than expected but fairly well balanced with the coffee and chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel. Was expecting a bit more but a solid BA coffee stout nonetheless.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown almost black. Almost no head

S: lots of sweet coffee. Booze. Chocolate. Dark fruits. Oak

T: booze. Coffee. Toffee. Dark chocolate. Seeet Candied stone fruits.

F: smooth but slick and oily

O: delightful.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: AleSmith in San Diego, Calif.
Price: N/A (was $10 for 6-oz.)
Purchased: N/A; Got free ticket at Emily’s birthday party
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

This was pretty much my most sought after beer. Absolutely loved the regular Vietnamese Coffee version (4.53) and expect this one to be the best beer I ever tried. That good. Was lucky enough to get a free pour while going to Emily’s birthday party. A huge thanks to Chris and Lesley for probably a huge tab. Rushed this, but here’s to heaven.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head when I got it. Very serene setting underneath the chaos. Excellent spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled smooth buttery bourbon, milk chocolate syrup, cocoa, some malt chocolate, creamy espresso, vanilla, toffee and sweet caramel. (Smell - 4.75)

Wow on the taste. Still than milky chocolate syrup, malt chocolate, smooth bourbon, creamy vanilla, touch of oak, espresso, lactose and coffee creamer. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Just as awesome as I hoped it would be. So glad I got the chance to have it. Unfortunately I feel like I slightly overrated it a tad. (Overall - 4.75)

4.72 | 100 | A+

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this one with friends today! This was the fresh 2016 version which was Amazing fresh!! Great barrel and coffee notes with a nice smooth cocoa finish! Excited to try my older bottle which I have been cellaring!!

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich smooth cold brew coffee with a not-overly-thick mouthfeel. The flavors all work together in balance. Opened next to Kane Fifth, so it fell a bit short in comparison, but it is excellent on its own.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 batch bottled 11/19/16 drank on 12/2/16 in a snifter. Added notes from 2014 (batch 1) drank on 2/4/17

Look - black body with tan head...decent lacing

Smell - bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee is mellow but nice and fresh too, not super roasty and the milk chocolate comes through nicely

Taste - follows the nose, subtle but brilliant flavors molded together, great presence from the barrel
-2014 has marshmallow open up once warmed up. Really great flavors from the barrel here. Coffee is extremely subtle but provides a nice roastiness

Feel - thick, oily, creamy, not boozy at all

Overall - amazing beer. they've perfected barrel aging IMO and I will continue to chase these.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Black. Not pitch black but very dark. Tan/mocha head forms.
Smell - Bourbon, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. This smells amazing.
Taste - Absolutely decadent. Tons of barrel...oak and vanilla. Nice coffee and chocolate here. Absolutely delicious.
Feel - Full bodied. Thick, creamy, slick, oily and coating. One of the most perfect mouthfeels I've ever experienced.
Overall - Hands down the best BA Alesmith beer I've ever tasted. Easy to see why this one is rated so highly.

Glad I have more bottles!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version. Drank fresh from bottle. Loads of vanilla in this version. Has some similarities to non-barrel aged version, but barrel really dominates here.

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Photo of DoctorMyEye
4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Asheville, NC at Tasty Beverage Co. somewhat underwhelmed to be honest. Strong barrel presence, good coffee forward roast but overall unbalanced flavors with some unpleasant acidity. Perhaps it was too young but flavors had not melded to overcome the alcohol heat. Still an excellent stout in its own right but I don't see it warranting a BA 100 compared to some of the other big stouts out there.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With all the stouts out their being touted as world class. This beer really is as good as it gets. The base beer, the barrel treatment, and the coffee treatment. This is as good as it gets

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had both the '14 and the '16 at the brewery. It's damn good fresh, but gets even better with age. Drink it fresh if you see it on tap. Put it away if you can get a bottle.

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Photo of blockdude
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Alesmith on 11/12. Most noticeable was how creamy/silky this beer was off the first sip. Nice mouthfeel, really pleasant vanilla and chocolate notes. Coffee and bourbon on the back end, no alcohol burn to speak of and remarkably smooth for the alcohol content. This was my first time having this, although I have had the barrel aged and vietnamese coffee versions. Needless to say, I never really enjoyed either variant that much, feeling the coffee or bourbon overshadowed the other flavors, but this variant has everything working in perfect harmony. Easily the best beer I have had from Alesmith and definitely in my top 3.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had side by side with BA speedway. Wow incredible beer start to finish. Huge improvement over regular BA speedway. The mouthfeel is bigger and the way the Vietnamese coffee comes through, solid throughout. A complex BA stout that doesn't have an overly strong coffee presence. One of the very best BA stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of JStampler
4.99/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Black as night. Pours with a foamy head that fades within seconds leaving a khaki colored outer ring.

Smell: Bourbon and coffee hits right away. It's a sweeter nose than expected.

Taste: I was surprised here. The first things that hit me was a bust of vanilla and oak. Coffee is subdued a bit from the time in the bottle but it was still there. Bourbon is also fading but again, still present. Flavors come in waves.

Feel: Thick, creamy, stick, oily...however you want to describe it, its amazing. Probably the best part of this beer is the feel and that's impressive considering it tastes and smells amazing.

Overall: Easily the best BA Speedway for me and I've had a ton. Recently had a '13 BASS and this crushes it. I'm excited to get my hands on a '16 or two and let one sit for a bit like this one. This was one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the AleSmith tasting room on 11/10/16.

Coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted coconut and vanilla flavors blended together in perfect harmony. World class.

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Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color. Tan head.

Lots of bourbon and oak. Rich and chocolatey. Big bourbon flavor. Much better than regular Ba SS. Roasted and smooth. Full bodied. Very impressed with this one and how much better it is.

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Photo of chinchill
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared 2013 bottle with coffee.
Near black with s good light brown head.
Excellent super with a lot of bourbon flavor. Very smooth, full body.
Excellent, lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of eifster82
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this after regular Speedway Stout and Barrel-aged Speedway Stout. This was the clear winner. Bourbon is there, but it doesn't taste quite as boozy as the standard barrel-aged Speedway Stout, primarily because beautiful coffee notes really shine through at the back end after every sip. Thick mouth-feel and a sipper for sure.

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I know this is the only version of Speedway that got the perfect 100, but I was (very sadly) a bit underwhelmed. It was still phenomenal, and I'm really glad I tried it, but I would say the regular, or BBA regular was still my preference.

Appearance: lighter in color, a tad more translucent than regular SS. A bit lighter brown, shinier, looked a little thinner (but definitely didn't taste any thinner!)

Smell: a lot of bourbon, really hid the Vietnamese coffee more than I would've liked. Bourbon really overtakes the nose, although over a firm foundation of aromatic coffee/stouty/thick Speedway.

Taste: Here's where I really wanted a little more - it really tasted like just BBA speedway, the vietnamese coffee wasn't really present. If anything, I could taste a more bitter and stronger aftertaste, which would've been great if it has been accompanied by strong vientamese coffee notes, but I think it just got lost in the sauce in this one.

Mouthfeel: still spectacular. thick, creamy, bold, heavy, full-bodied...Speedway really captures my ideal mouthfeel for a big ol' stout. just perfect.

Overall: glad I got to knock off another 100 Beer Advocate beer off my list, but I would hesitate to say it's the best version. Still, buy it whenever you can, it's worth it.

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