Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-AgedSpeedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.58 | pDev: 3.93%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-AgedSpeedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
Notes: AleSmith is proud to release this long-awaited and intensely aromatic Russian Imperial Stout with Vietnamese coffee. We traditionally brew Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sữa đá, with a phin-style filter that gently percolates water through ground coffee. The result is a chocolaty and bold tasting coffee that perfectly complements the notes of oak, vanilla, and spice in this massive rye whiskey barrel-aged stout.
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. It had a dramatic fizzing sound after the cap comes off. Black body. Smells of rye whiskey, oak, umami, roasted malt. Tastes a little sweet up front. Lots of coffee. Whiskey, but not a strong rye flavor. Oak. Roasted malt. Coffee bitterness. Slick texture and medium body. It's aging, but still delicious.

Nov 04, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage
750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black with a one finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- aroma opens with bold notes of mocha fudge brownies, brownie batter, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and licorice. Bold barrel character adds plenty of spicy and peppery oak, as well as barre juice. The coffee is bold, earthy, herbal and has an espresso-like character. This one checks off all the boxes

T- barrel notes are noticed immediately up front, with a bold woody oak that adds notes of maple nit goodies, caramel and vanilla. Mid-palate brings out fudge brownies, dark chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and anise. Bold yet welcoming coffee is earthy, herbal and slightly smoky. The finish starts to bring out a peppery sense of rye whiskey, adding a spiced note, as well as offering more wood. Lingers if rye and coffee soaked brownies

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- another outstanding Speedway variant, the rye barrel really comes through to match the delicious coffee, outstanding

Dec 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam rising out of the glass after a moderate pour. Head formation is great, especially considering the age of the bottle (2017? can't find a date), with head retention being good. Aroma is thick stout qualities of roasty, toasty, caramely, bready malts. Malts form the foundation, in which a lightly sugary nose is built, with bits and pieces of toffee, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate and coffee coming through. The latter adds just a touch of bitterness, just enough to counteract the lightly sugary notes before (while a lengthy list of sugary descriptors, they don't come off as cloying or as heavy sweet). Rye whiskey adds just a hint of smoothness at the finish, rounding out the sweet-leaning aroma with dry spice. Flavor profile is even more in-depth, with a similar list of malts forming the base - roasty, toasty, nutty, and caramely. As the malts pass, brown sugar, chocolate (mildly sweet milk and bitter baker's chocolate), molasses, and toffee come sweeping onto the palate. Together, they form a lightly-sweet leaning flavor profile. Sweetness is counterbalanced by coffee, which is mild, lightly fleshy, and surprisingly fruity, and further washed away by a dry heat courtesy of the rye whiskey. Barrel adds just a kiss of char and smoke, but it's gone in an instant - akin to an ember spark from a campfire. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, creamy texture that keeps each sip flowing smoothly. Overall, lots of depth, flavor and still plenty of nuance without being just a cannon blast of flavor. Coffee is delicate, but present. I wouldn't consider it the focal point of the beer, but instead an integral cog in making this machine work. Together, it amasses to a well made stout, complimented by the use of barrel.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle. Beer review #2000. Reviewed for New Beer Sunday October 6th, 2019. Biased in that this is one of my 'grail' beers, and it has lived up to my internal hype.

Oct 06, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2016 vintage. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a this cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Light increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, char bitterness; and rye whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread/crust, coconut, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet, and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness, and whiskey/oak spiciness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 13%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Russian imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel for the style/ABV; not overly roasty/charred on malts, or boozy/tannic on barrels. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and rye whiskey barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and fruity English yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example as expected. Aged wonderfully.

Jul 04, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2017 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a fat mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice rye whiskey, vanilla, really nice barrel notes. Good fudgy chocolate notes as well as solid roast malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big sweet whiskey notes, nice roasted malts and chocolate fudge. There is nice barrel notes and vanilla, flashes of coconut as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little hot, creamy.

O - Overall this was a very solid imperial stout. Good creamy mouthfeel as well as very nice chocolate notes as all. Very enjoyable.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 21, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ruzud for sharing, 2017
Huge frothy creamy thick head fades at a slower pace, nice lacing and long legs, pitch black color, great by not as great as some of the other Speedway variants

Nose super nutty coffee, a bit earthy coffee, fresh ummm, coffee, thick fudge and roasted malt notes but not acrid roast, mild barrel notes with some vanilla and a touch of rye whiskey but barely, fair nutty though, with a bit of dark chocolate cocoa, and touch of coconut, super dark chocolate fudge, a little caramel

Taste sweet thick dark malts, caramel toffee and big fudge, dark chocolate fudge, some decent barrel notes, rye whiskey a bit, sweet whiskey actually, a little spicy rye, vanilla, lush dark cocoa and fudge, chewy nougat and caramel but not a ton, a touch of alcohol, mild coconut barrel with the rye whiskey, some coffee, not a ton, fresh earthy roasted coffee but lighter, sticky sweet finish big nutty coffee and caramel with roast and fudge

Mouth is thicker bod, nice fluffy carb, a little alcohol but not much, chewy almost and fudgey

Overall nice but not a ton of barrel, coffee is a bit subdued as well

Jul 21, 2018
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I remember regular ba Vietnamese speedway was really good and I did not think the barrel could improve improve what was an already stellar beer; but boy was I wrong. Just the slightest amounts of dispersed pin size bubbles sitting atop the Black, almost oily, liquid. The smell is divine. Deep chocolate coffee sweet barrel with strong vanilla and spicy rye notes. I feel it’s what all barrel aged stouts are striving; strong prominent barrel with an underlying base that stands up to it. Taste is kind of sweet with a strong alcohol boozy back end that gives it an almost brandy like finish. A little coffee creaminess in the middle as well. One of the very few knocks on this beer is that it is a tad too carbonated. You can tell that the beer is kind of silky which would only increase the creaminess of its taste but the bubbles prevent a full and utter mouth coat. Overall this is a noticeable improvement from the regular ba Vietnamese. Truly amazing beer; the best of the speedways I have had.

Jan 17, 2018
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a thing tan head on top. The smell is sweet with a subtle coffee note. The taste of the beer is rich with vanilla and caramel and some spicy rye in the finish. The feelcis silky smooth. Overall and damn good beer.

Dec 03, 2017
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was incredible. Regular Speedway is delicious but this vietnamese coffee adds incredible notes to it. Rye barrel adds some dryness to the taste but the coffee complements it perfectly.

Nov 02, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black color.

Bourbon, fudge, and coffee. Roasted malts. Chocolate. Espresso and oak. Vanilla. Spicy rye flavor. Rich and thick. Big dessert beer. Full bodied.

Well done!

Oct 21, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: huge head. Lots of tiny bubbles, very dark tan.
S: HUGE coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet barrel. The combo actually brings a maple aroma with it.
T: awesome rich coffee without the bitterness. Creamy chocolate and vanilla, big barrel to compliment the big flavors. Everything works well together.
F: very smooth but medium thickness.
O: fantastic beer.

Sep 17, 2017
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Keananmichael5 from California

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Very strong burbon smell but smooth creamy coffee flavor. Looks thin but feels a lot more full. Super smooth and very very tasty. Highly recommend

Sep 03, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viscous black under a mocha blanket that settles to a thick collar.

The distinct aroma of roasted, waxy walnuts hits me first, which is quickly enveloped by decadence: chocolate, peanut butter fudge, and pie crust. Then wet, dark wood and a touch of wafer mix in.

The first sip starts sticky with flavors of vanilla rum on the lips, transitioning to nutty chocolate fudge and syrup on the palate. Brittle toffee and deep luscious mocha are spiked with measured bourbon that provides sophisticated notes of smoke and char.

The heat is smooth and round through a slick body and a semi-dry finish.

Jul 20, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As dark colored as you would expect. Nose of subtle coffee and sweet whisky. Personally, I prefer it to the bourbon barrel version, but still have a soft spot in my stomach for the unbarrelled base.

Jul 14, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger thick offwhite head, good retention and even a bit of lacing. Smell is distinct sweeter coffee, not particularly roasty, with dark fruit, spicy rye spirit, milk chocolate, oak. The Speedway as I know it! Flavour follows, although the Vietnamese coffee seems a bit muted, not providing as much sweetness as it typically does, with a fair dose of rye whiskey which covers up the chocolate and dark fruit of the base Speedway. This is distinct to the bourbon barrel version, which I think complemented it more. Still, a rich and intense drinking experience, and enjoyable from the rye aspect. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth and slightly velvety mouthfeel, though a bit of rye harshness comes out towards the end.

Jul 09, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep black pour with minimal head. Sharp rye whiskey punch on the nose followed by a mellow light roast coffee. Flavor is medium roast coffee, nice whiskey heat, and some notes of the stout. Well balanced between the 3 primary flavors. A tad light on the mouthfeel but not different from the original Speedway. That's just personal preference rather than a flaw.

Jun 15, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hero's and Legends in Lake Forest, CA. Pours pitch ink black, oily smooth, with nothing but a tiny ring of tan bubbles. Smells of sweet molasses, whiskey, chocolate, tobacco and wonderfully​ roasted coffee. Flavor brings out each of these elements along with toasted almonds. The coffee shines in the back end and lingers along with spicy rye. Feel is smooth, thick and rich, very warm from the alcohol, and a bit prickly/ peppery hot. Overall, this is so effing good I don't know how else to explain it. So glad I finally got to try this variation. Cheers!

Jun 11, 2017
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like other versions of Vietnamese better however I could see people liking this more. Coffee and rye blend very nicely together. Think I prefer it either non-barrel coffee flavor or the bourbon barrel flavor more. Very good though.

Jun 09, 2017
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Jet black with a slight coffee head, like a good stout should be. Smell was really, really, really great. When the bartender set the snifter on the bar top I didn't even have to lean over or crane my neck to smell it. Instead, a rich, complex aroma of whiskey, coffee and chocolate, expertly blended together, wafted up to meet me. Truly top notch. Taste was similar to the smell although not as pronounced. Coffee and chocolate came through more than the whiskey and the finish was somewhat sweet. To no one's surprise, it is boozy. The feel might have been a little thin for stout - more like a porter - but that really didn't detract much from the overall beer.

Suggested food pairing: Med rare filet mignon

If you like this beer then you should also try: KBS

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) This beer sounds incredible and, frankly, it is. Decadent, rich and balanced. While this may not have wide distribution, do whatever you can to get a hold of it. You will not be disappointed!

May 27, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rawfish is one of the best dudes out there, sending me this 750ML black-foiled capped bottle for a three pack of Furious (he asked for all four, but I was thirsty….judge me). Split with my wife.

Black. Rye barrel floats off the surface like a bit o’ heaven, strong, sharp, oaky & mingled with a fruity roast. Is there coffee in here?

Vietnamese Speedway Stout - Rye Barrel Aged: if you could concentrate a threesome with two porn star into a liquid, it would taste exactly like this. My review is encapsulated in one word: holy crap this is incredible. The rye barrel you can smell across the set is huge & aggressive, which is perfect, because I love rye & whiskey: spicy, whiskey, boozy, oak. Coffee & roast leave a bitter swath across the tongue. Bits of nuttiness, chocolate on the downslide. Booze really warms the belly, from the first sip onward. Thick, chewy, & I should have hidden this from my wife & taken it solo. Dammit. So dum.

Rawfish, now I owe you, big time. This beer takes a top-shelf stout, amps it up with a rye barrel, & out comes a world-class beer. Alesmith has one of the best five barrel aging programs in the country & this might be its crown jewel. Borderline perfect.

May 18, 2017
Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 128 ratings