Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee)
AleSmith Brewing Company

Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee)Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee)
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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 6%
Aug 29, 2020
May 10, 2014
Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee)Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee)
Notes: Taking its name from both Mokha, a historical port city for the distribution of African coffees, and the Sidamo province in Ethiopia, Mokasida is a regional blend of coffees that showcases the subtle characteristics of East African beans. When paired with the chocolate and roast character of our imperial stout, Mokasida imparts notes of cocoa, blueberry, and sweet potatoes to make a truly unique beer.
Also from East Africa and near and dear to our hearts are The Lost Boys of Sudan, a group of civil war refugees from various villages that were able to overcome extraordinary peril during their flight from persecution. AleSmith Brewing Company proudly employs members of The Lost Boys of Sudan and supports the California Lost Boys and Girls Foundation (CLBGF). A portion of proceeds from the sale of this beer will go towards CLBGF.
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Photo of firesidewithphil
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Speedway Stout is a solid beer in its own right. This variant, Mokasida Coffee, takes it to a whole new level. It is an explosion of deep, rich chocolate and coffee. It doesn't just hint at these flavors like some other stouts. The amount of flavor and depth, without any barrel aging, is remarkable. I can't wait to relive the experience on this one.

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Aug 29, 2020
4.35 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Apr 23, 2020
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 19, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by macrosmatic from Florida

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. 2017 vintage, consumed on 11/30/19. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown to black, and quite opaque. Forms a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly. A low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Coffee and roasted malts. Notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. Some roasty bitterness and a touch of char. Some dry tobacco. Nice enough, and no "green pepper" to be found despite the couple years of aging.

T: Dark and bitter coffee, dark roasted malts, tobacco. All balanced with the sweeter caramel and vanilla. Finishes with some dry cacao nibs and a floral-but-heavily-roasted coffee bitterness.

M: A nice heavy body, and the alcohol content (substantial at 12%) is worrisomely well-hidden. Carbonation sensation is low but present.

O: A very tasty, roasty coffee stout. Really enjoyable. I'm impressed.

Mar 27, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some dry floral coffee notes and some black chocolate notes also perceptible. Taste is a great mix of dry roasted coffee notes with some floral notes, some black chocolate notes with a dry finish with some bitter notes. Body is not as full as I was expecting. Enjoyable but coffee notes are more bitter then I would have liked.

Aug 03, 2019
4.11 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 31, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Really strong and nice coffee aroma. Taste is old school RIS with coffee. Thin body. Really good beer, but not your modern pastry stout.

Jul 26, 2019
4.36 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on May 28, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington VT
Another excellent example of Alesmith Speedway coffee variants.
Pours the typical Speedway. Beautiful Black and Tan pour but higher ABV drops the head/ no lacing.
Nose and taste are full speed Speedway but with a more intense roastiness from coffee. Then the fruit and pecan like nuttiness tools out. Wow!
Classic super smooth and decadent stout.
A wonderful interesting variant that I had missed on release. Thanks to Farmhouse for having on tap today!

May 15, 2019
4.23 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Apr 21, 2019
4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Apr 19, 2019
4.31 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Mar 23, 2019
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Mar 22, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Radcpa from Washington

Very dark appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a malt with raisin and other dark fruit. Taste is also a malt with dark fruit and a little alcohol aftertaste.

Oct 13, 2018
4.08 by EdFed from Illinois on Oct 07, 2018
4.28 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Oct 06, 2018
4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Aug 21, 2018
4.6 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Aug 14, 2018
4.34 by Gkruszewski from New York on Aug 14, 2018
4 by Mantooth from North Carolina on Aug 08, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

I was stoked to the get this bottle of beer. I had this beer on tap several years ago. Every variation of Speedway Stout I have tried was tasty. The beer is 54 degrees and is served in a snifter. The beer produced a two finger head. The head is a light tan and creamy. The beer is dark brown to black and SRM 37. The head dissipated fast leaving lacing on the glass.
A strong roasted coffee, espresso, dark roasted malt, bready, char, earthiness, yeast, dark chocolate, and burnt sugars for the aromas.

Strong roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, bready, burnt sugars, dark chocolate, earthiness, yeast, molasses, and wood.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy.

The body of the beer is full, the finish is long, and a medium carbonation.

This beer is awesome. The coffee in the beer is pronounced. This beer showcases the best of the Speedway Stout and the coffee.

Jun 02, 2018
4.44 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 19, 2018
4.09 by rab53 from Washington on Apr 20, 2018
4.34 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2018
4.25 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing behind before settling into a ring around the edge of the glass

S- fresh espresso on the nose with a big fruity berry nose, reminiscent of blueberries. Undertones of dark chocolate, vanilla cream, charred malt, brown sugar & toffee

T- fruity dark roasted coffee notes brings out flavors of blueberry & cherry. Mid-palate brings out some earthy and herbal coffee notes, along with notes of anise, vanilla cream, charred malt, even picking up some floral notes. The finish gives notes of cocoa, charred wood, and more berry-like coffee

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel than continues into a velvety, silky, slightly warming finish

O- a unique coffee flavor that stands out form the other variants of SS that I've had. It definitely has a blueberry fruity sweetness that works well with the roasted notes throughout

Apr 01, 2018
4.67 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Mar 17, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rkarimi from Colorado


Mar 04, 2018
3.98 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

RBSG 17 grand tasting.Pours out a dark, ruddy brown topped with a beige head. Aroma is coffee up front, sitting on top of the classic Speedway roast malts. Taste introduces some cocoa notes, and some savory spice. Wonderful feel, and nice lingering finish.

Mar 02, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: purchased May 2017
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is a very dark brown that only lets minimal light through at the edges. Minimal head and lacing.

The smell is freshly brewed coffee with honey and milk. Hazelnut, too. Slight smoke, slight anise.

In the taste, the coffee has been sitting for a little while longer on the burner. The dairy is dialed back, as well. What's way up is the anise, flowery character and all. There's also a pleasant level of charred barrel that presumably is the source of the smoke.

Honey reappears in the aftertaste, joining up with the residual charred barrel. Feel is initially thin, but it seems to thicken up with warmth. Carbonation is pretty well integrated.

Feb 24, 2018
5 by akopczyk from Ohio on Feb 07, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

Pours thick and dark, much like any un-barreled Speedway variant. Half a finger of head that bubbles up from the depths, and some nice legs when swirled. The coffee is potent on the aroma from the initial pour, but gradually becomes less dominant as the beer warms. The distinguishing characteristic is that of a sweet potato soju, with a starchy sweetness on the nose that's paired with some boozy heat. Nice and earthy palate, with solid coffee balanced by dark chocolate and some very light fruit esters. The mouthfull is full and luxurious, almost perfect--a touch smoother than recent SS cans but about what I remember from older 750mL bottles that have had some age on them.

Feb 03, 2018
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Jan 12, 2018
4.37 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2017
4.5 by travelguy from Ohio on Nov 25, 2017
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Nov 12, 2017
4.43 by Zaphog from Michigan on Nov 11, 2017
4.46 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Nov 11, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce prowler into snifter, filled on 11/4/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, molasses, raisin, berries, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, molasses, raisin, berries, herbal, wood, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Slight slickness, chalky roast/coffee, and hop stickiness. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 12% lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Not quite as amazing as the base beer, but unique in it's own right. Not as intense on the nose, but carbonation may be the factor. The African coffee adds a unique intensified dark fruit/berry note to the beer; and you get the same backing malt complexity otherwise. Not as intense on hop character and roast/char bitterness as well. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Nov 11, 2017
Speedway Stout - Mokasida (Ethiopian Coffee) from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 245 ratings