Speedway Stout - Kona Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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4.31/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
AleSmith Brewing Company is proud to introduce another great addition to our Specialty Coffee Speedway Series. Mostra Coffee carefully roasted 100% Kona beans to showcase the coffee's nutty sweetness and floral aroma, a seamless complement to our award winning Imperial Stout. Huli Pau!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
202
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
55
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 750-ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Clear juice glass
From: AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $20.00
Purchased: March 30, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 2, 2016
Misc.: Black foil on neck

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled boozy roasted coffee malts, dark toffee, smoky char wood, hazelnut, bitter dark chocolate, some caramel and faint vanilla. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted a lot like the nose. Got those rich, malty coffee beans up front, followed by dark chocolate, roasty hazelnuts, bitter crayon, bourbon barrel notes (although this is not bourbon barrel aged), roasted toffee and char wood. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smoth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was pretty good, as expected, but not worth the $20. (Overall - 4.00)

4.07 | 91 | A-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of superb floral coffee notes with some roasted malt note sis quite awesome. Taste is a nice mix of floral coffee notes with some roasted malt and light chocolate notes with a hint of residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Solid coffee stout with nice level of complexity while retaining a great deal of drinkability.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours onyx, with a frothy mocha head that fades a little quicker than expected; a nice dancing pattern of lacing lingers on the glass

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with a modest roast

Taste: Chocolate forward with coffee building; a subtle dose of hops emerges in the middle, but the finish is a return to the chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; creamy

Overall: Hadn't realized how old this was when I bought it a few months back; still a great beer even if the coffee may have faded to some extent

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Photo of rab53
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle provided tonight by Syndicate.. Thanks Darrel. Pours standard black with nice enough khaki head.. Plenty of coffee meshes well with the dark malt and brown sugar elements.. this is rich and very complex.

3.75/3.75/4/4/3.75

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Photo of BillRoth
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed. Another great SS. Only downside for me was traditional smooth feel was roughed up a bit by the taste. the roast in the taste seemed a bit harsh in a distracting way.

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Photo of drewone
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead84
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is very much the base Speedway, but a bit more. Rich bitter coffee, coffee grounds, caramel and milk chocolate all over, cacao bitterness, with some sugary lingering qualities.

On par with the other variants as the boost of coffee helps the beer meld better than the slightly more alcoholic and less balanced base.

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Photo of mothman
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Tan head. Black in color.

Much similar to the other speedways, but this was felt more fudgy and chocolaty. Very smooth and creamy. Very light roast, more straight up coffee. Rich and sweet. Chocolate, molasses, fudge, and coffee goodness.

Fully bodied. Ends with a little roast. Well done.

Great variant! Almost as good as Hawaiian.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claspada
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of popery
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with coffee edges. Smallish beige head. Some lacing. The aroma is vanilla, coffee, roast, caramel and chocolate. Creamy malt sweetness. Floral, fruity coffee. Sweeter and milder coffee flavor than other Speedway coffee variants that I’ve tried. Brown sugar with lots of cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet with lots of chocolate and coffee. Nice medium thick feel. Another excellent Speedway.

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Photo of memphischas
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black but transparent at the edges. Medium khaki head. Light wisps on the surface.

Smell - The coffee is remarkably fruity. It barely smells like coffee. Some fudgy chocolate behind it.

Taste - Coffee right up front, but again it's very fruity. More roasty than the smell, though. Some fudgy chocolate before coffee kicks in with a long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A very different take on Speedway. The kona makes a unique impression.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Speedway Stout - Kona Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 202 ratings