Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
AleSmith Brewing Company

Speedway Stout - HawaiianSpeedway Stout - Hawaiian
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #321
Ranked #767
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Jul 11, 2022
Oct 31, 2015
Speedway Stout - HawaiianSpeedway Stout - Hawaiian
Notes: We often use Speedway Stout as a jet-black canvas for homages to things we hold dear, whether it's artisan coffee, a favorite edible or sumptuous flavor combination. The most recent variation of our celebrated imperial stout honors the culinary character of the Hawaiian Islands by combining the lush sweetness of coconut with vanilla and Ka'u coffee. Named after the region of Hawaii from which it hails, Ka'u is produced from some of the world's rarest coffee beans. Slow-grown beneficiaries of nutrient-rich volcanic soil and idyllic climate, Ka'u offers nuances of caramel and hazelnut plus a soft floral character, all of which marry seamlessly with natural sweetness from the vanilla and coconut as well as Speedway Stout's inherently rich, chocolaty character. Say aloha to something truly exceptional and evocative of its namesake isles.
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 750ml foiled bottle, with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left lots of nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts, lightly sweet, lightly bitter, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, with notes of coconut.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Really enjoyable and an excellent sipper. I guess without pineapple, it doesn’t really feel ‘Hawaiian’ to me, especially since the coconut is not as strong as the vanilla. But still, nice aroma and flavours while being super smooth, and just a great variant.
Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 11, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by unclekeith from Alaska

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by edthehead from New York

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by DvdP from Netherlands

Sep 22, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Had this on tap at Orange and Brew. I was excited to t try this one. The look was really nice, a dark black with a small thin tan head. Nice smell though it was mostly vanilla I did smell a bit of coffee. The taste was where I was somewhat disappointed. The vanilla dominated the taste with a bit of coffee in there too. But I really didn't pickup any coconut at all. Fairly disappointing. Still it had a very nice thick mouthfeel and as a vanilla stout it was good. just wished the other flavors were more pronounced.
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Hollingshead’s in Orange, CA.

Straight up - flavor first, appearance second. This is like going on a date with a girl that is hella pretty and all painted up with make up and lip stick... then you kiss her and your feeling it... but as you rest your hand on her backside, there’s not really anything to grab onto. Which is fine because Raul is an equal opportunity employer. I’m just saying, with her looks, if she had a little feel she’d be a ten. And that’s where Alesmith Hawaiian comes into play. Awesome and beautiful with gorgeous taste... but it just lacks a little feel.

Nov 29, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Nov 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by kdown from California

Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Sep 06, 2019
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Excellent imperial stout that I found as a growler fill at a local beer store. Really excited to try this Hawaiian variant of a solid double stout from AleSmith. I found it excellent, though would have loved a little more coconut notes. Looks great, deep dark rich black opaque color with a little mocha cap of head and sheets of lingering lacing that lasted forever. Smells of deep rich chocolate fudge, medium roast coffee, toast, roasted nuts, caramel, vanilla, malt and some surprisingly faint coconut. Taste follows the nose, and again while well balanced and excellent it was hard to pick out the coconut flavors. High ABV was very well-hidden and I didn’t always sip this beer. A little more warming alcohol as the beer came to room temperature but not much more release of coconut. Smooth, rich, chewy, thick mouthfeel that coated the palate, and perfect amount of carbonation. An excellent beer!
Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Aug 02, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

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

On tap at Uno.

Look: large thick dark black, big creamy tan head. Small headcremains after settling with foamy legs.

Aroma: strong on coffee, touch of vanilla, don't really get the coconut.

Taste: bitter coffee, bittersweet cocoa, lots of roasty malt and coffee, but struggle to find coconut. I believe its there, but just overwhelmed by the coffee.

Feel: super thick and creamy, or maybe fudgy would describe better.

Solid stout, very good coffee flavor, but the variant falls behind regular speedway. Missing coconut is disappointing.

Jul 17, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by mcbridec6 from New Jersey

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is mild and lacing is good. Mainly java aroma with roasted malts and mild vanilla. Don't really get the coconut. Roasted malts and vanilla on the taste with a java bitterness at the end. Maybe coconut?? Heavy bodied with mild carbonation.
Jul 02, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by hcproff36 from Texas

Jun 26, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, coffee, nuts, coconut, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a small amount of coconut (not a big component), a decent bit of chocolate (a subtle ingredient), a lot of malt (present throughout), some hazelnuts, and a whole ton of coffee. A warm, roasty, surprisingly subtle flavor. It's not quite the coffee bomb you would think, but rather a generally well-balanced stout. Focused and tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well done, if a little overrated, stout. Worth a try.
Jun 15, 2019
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Black with 1/2" tan foam and decent lacing.
N: Coconut, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and nuttiness.
T: Follows the nose, nice coffee punch with dark chocolate bitterness, some light vanilla, and a little nut flavor.
M: Full with a decent bite of ABV.
O: A very nice stout, balanced and rich.
May 24, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by QuakeAttack from California

May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Korymiller from Arizona

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.95 by jwerner23 from Minnesota

May 16, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.73 by Hopelessly0 from California

May 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz growler filled at Barrels & Vines May 3, 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown, slight tan head that leaves a thick ring and clouds. Decent bubble lacing.

Nose: chocolate, coffee, dark roast malt.

Taste: bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Maybe some coconut but hard to say. Like someone else said, feel like there’s some pineapple, but...probably dark fruit tones. Burnt toast on the back end.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. A little thin feeling but very smooth.

Overall: very drinkable, decently complex. Mix of bitterness and sweetness compliment each other. Good but not quite as good as I hoped. Definitely worth trying but might not buy again.
May 05, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
For no barrel in this version - this stout is hard to beat!
Apr 27, 2019
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
To be completely honest, I dont get a ton of coconut flavor in this but thats fine with me - I dont really want it. The coffee pairs well with the sweetness of the vanilla and Im assuming that the bitterness of the coffee is also whats toning down the coconut flavor, which I see as a win. Very nice beer, appropriately boozy and I sure wouldnt mind sitting on a Hawaiian beach with a bottle of this in one hand and a manapua in the other.
Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by CreightonSM from New York

Mar 19, 2019
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Rated by justin612 from New York

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Perfectly Subtle coconut
Feb 21, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Feb 17, 2019
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