Speedway Stout - Hawaiian
AleSmith Brewing Company

Speedway Stout - HawaiianSpeedway Stout - Hawaiian
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #137
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #555
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 6.42%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
708
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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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Reviews by Fluteswell:
Photo of Fluteswell
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the bottle release. Intense coconut nose, as it warmed the coconut really came out and pairs well with the coffee and vanilla. Medium body makes this one of the better speedway variants imo....

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Photo of RLVineh
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice Coconut nose, intensifies as it warms. Vanilla pairs well with the coconut and coffee, Great mouth feel we come to expect from Speedway. Overall fantastic beer. Second best of Grand PRix weekend only behind Triple Hammerhead

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the base beer on coconut and vanilla steroids. Coffee influence is there but is overwhelmed by the coconut and vanilla influence. A bit over the top for me.

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Photo of Moose90
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serve On-Tap

A — Pours a pitch black hue into the 6oz glass, there is a slowly forming head that is dark brown and leaves behind some spots of heavy lacing.

S — Smell is incredible, with notes of toasted coconut, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak.

T — Loads of flavors with darkly rich notes of black chocolate, bakers chocolate, unsweetened chocolate liquor, leads way to coffee driven notes of acidic red berry and light spice. All succumbs to a resounding note of dessicated coconut, buttery and rich, chewy, roasted, toasty and sweet. A bit of vanilla sweetness helps to round out the roasted and semi acrid notes of bakers chocolate and dry coconut. A major amalgamation of dark flavors with notes of fresh Kona coffee, bitter chocolate, dried & toasted coconut, all on-top of a roasted malt bed.

M — Full bodied, rich, lingering aftertaste.

O — Incredible beer, so glad that I got to try some on-tap, such a remarkable depth of flavors. This is like drinking a dark chocolate mounds bar with a sidecar of espresso, just spectacular.

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Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to rudzud.

Pours a nice creamy thick almost 1 finger mocha head that fades at a med pace, pitch black beer thick with long legs.

Nose nice dark choc and light coconut, caramel notes, little cookie dough choc, little fudgey and caramel, nutty mild roasty coffee, fair nutty, nice chewy earthy coffee.

Taste is actually awesome, big cocoa, dark chocolate fudgey cocoa, little creamy, big coconut, creamy milky coconut, into mild nutty earthy coffee, little roasty, chewy fudge, caramel with coconut cream on top. Nice bitterness, earthy hop note with roasty bitterness as well. Little coffee lingering, more cookie dough with dark choc and little bitterness and lots of coconut lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, touch fudgey notes, creamy lush, no booze.

Overall started ok but then got much better, coconut was light at first but also got much better.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Coconut, Coffee, Chocolate... I've heard of "Mounds Bars" to describe beers before and I've even tasted some that I thought perfectly represented chocolate-coconut goodness but this is, as far as I've had, as good as it gets. Mouthfeel gets docked because I had it from cask but I'll update this after trying it from the bottle. From the cask, the feel was smooth and flat. My favorite Speedway variant I've had... come to think of it, this was one of the best stouts I've had, period!


Revisit: Out of the bottle I found this beer disappointing, the coffee was a little green and vegetal, which masked the vanilla and coconut. Out of the bottle I'd rate this near a 4.2-4.3, but I'll be remembering that cask pour when I think about this beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz mini-growler poured into a snifter.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Appearance
Pitch black with virtually no head. No light penetration.

Nose
Coffee & cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, coconut milk, caramel, molasses, and roasted barley.

Taste
Milk chocolate, coconut milk, and vanilla. Medium roast coffee with cream, chocolate fudge, and roasted barley. Caramel, toffee, licorice, and molasses. Hints of cinnamon-esque booziness. Finishes with cocoa nib and an earthy roast.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, creamy, smooth, sticky, chewy, and warming.

Overall
Uber-complex. The coffee & cream and vanilla are in the forefront. Loads of chocolate afterwards. A bit light on the coconut. The 12% is well hidden.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz. growler into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Looks and smells just like regular speedway but a little less heavy on the coffee. Coconut presence is noticeably absent on the nose but it is very sweet with a nice vanilla component. This has always been a menacing looking beer and this variant is no different. Coconut is not apparent on the first sip but as this one warms, the nutty presence gets stronger and stronger. Vanilla complements this one nicely but I almost don't want it there as the added sweetness takes away from the coffee and coconut meld. Still, this is delicious! Full bodied, slick and oily to be sure. Drinks a touch boozy but really smooth and sticky. Aftertaste is a touch bitter... like toasted malt.

This is quite good but in my opinion, would actually be better without the added vanilla sweetness. Still really worth seeking out.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler of this at the Bev. pour is black with a creamy mocha head. good retention and leaves nice lacing... shes a looker!

nose is pretty light, but still very pleasant. as it warms up picking up scents of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, caramel, toasted wood and a bit of booze.

chocolate and sticky caramel up front... definitely some coffee notes as well and finishes very roasty and smooth. mouthfeel is right where it should be for this type of beer! drinkability over the top ... a glass of this stuff goes down way too easy.

overall its an excellent stout if your looking for something sweet, lush and smooth. personally I do prefer flavored stouts over a more traditional Russian imperial stout due to the rich and sweet flavors and in that aspect, this beer is tough to beat. probably shouldnt have paid what I did for a growler but ya only live once.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap in a goblet, the beer is jet black and oily thick, with a creamy, foamy, light tan head. Nose of rich milk chocolate, sweet toasted coconut, solid roasted coffee, and rich vanilla. Amazing. Smells like candy. Flavors are rich milk chocolate and coconut forward, rich and sweet and creamy, with a solid mocha coffee backbone. Amazingly balanced, smooth, and rich. So creamy and velvety in mouth, with a chocolate and coconut candy-like aftertaste. Smooth, creamy, layered finish. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of mecmd
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Williaar
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Petegrieco
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sd123
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Docrock
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kuges
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdlb44
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What else is there to say about this series. Speedway stout and it's variant brothers are some of the best stouts in the world. While this variant is slightly sweeter than other offerings, it is perfectly balanced and delicious. 5s across the board.

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Speedway Stout - Hawaiian from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 708 ratings