Speedway Stout - Coconut And Vanilla
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.75 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
58
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AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
99
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Reviews by Klym:
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Klym from California

4.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the 2011 release of Barrel Aged Speedway. I had always felt heart broken for not getting a chance to try the vanilla speedway or the coconut speedway as previously brewed as both are two of my favorite ingredients, so having both packed into one as a surprise was a very wonderful treat for me. review from notes.

A: Very deep brown with small dark brown head. Classic speedway stout color and appearance.

S: Oh, baby. Strong coconut and vanilla harmony in the nose, as well as traditional speedway scents of coffee, chocolate, cream, etc. For anyone who likes coconut or vanilla (and especially both) the smell was very enticing and sells the sniffer immediately on the deliciousness of the beer.

T: The taste really couldn't be more accurate to the nature of the beer itself. Coconut I would say was the dominant flavor but was mellowed and carried in the best of ways by the smoothness and soft sweetness of the vanilla. This wonderful interplay between coconut and vanilla all occurred on the modestly but so present classic speedway flavor blanket. Honestly, better than I originally even fantasized.

M: Very rich and creamy mouthfeel with a pleasing amount of carbonation. There wasn't a thing the beer did to my mouth that I didn't want it to. Again, excellent.

O: I almost feel like there's something cheap about giving high ratings to a beer that emphasizes such delicious ingredients-- you almost cant go wrong. While that's true, they went above and beyond what would simply be very good by putting it all within such a great beer and by exhibiting exceptional craftsmanship in their integration of flavors. I feel bad leaving such a raving review on a beer that I know access will likely be very limited to if any exists in the future, but as someone who has long sought out a beer that did great justice to coconut or vanilla, this beer set a standard that I think is impossible to break.

Jun 16, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

4.67/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown in the glass with an impressive head. Nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: A blast of vanilla with accompanying coconut. Smells amazing when combined with dark chocolate, coffee, and roast. Trace of earthy hops. Basically speedway with vanilla and coconut. Wow.

T: Similar to the aroma. Blend of vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, roast, and coffee. I liked both the vanilla and coconut speedways I tried at O'Brien's, but the combination of the two elements is stellar.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy, and viscous.

Overall: Outstanding. I hope to see this again at some point.

Jun 16, 2011
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.67/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Million Zillion.

Pours a slippery, pitch black. Phenomenal nose. Sweet and intense interplay of bakery like aromas of vanilla, almond, coconut, and dark chocolate seamlessly blend the roast coffee of Speedway. Flavor is intensely coconut, reminds me somewhat of Rare DOS in that regard. The coconut and vanilla take over the flavor a little more than they do the nose, but who cares. Still a strong dark chocolate, roast coffee, and toasted malt presence throughout. Nothing artificial or cloying, far surpasses any of the Funky Buddha treatments that come to mind. Perfect body, medium thick, soft and silky. Dinging the flavor and overall half a point since it didn't quite transcend or match the clearly inflated memory of my first Rare DOS in my mind (and also, it's not HF Ann, but what is?). Regardless, pretty amazing.

Nov 09, 2012
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

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

Nov 19, 2017
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domtronzero from California

4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Jan 09, 2013
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FreightTrain from California

5/5  rDev +5.3%

Nov 14, 2011
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PretzelCity from California

4/5  rDev -15.8%

Sep 24, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 24, 2015
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brokensail from California

4.77/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Naja's for The Full Pint's 5th Anniversary

As with all Speedway: the beer is black and has a tan head. Wow, what a nose. Lots of raw coconut and vanilla which play very nicely with the intense roast, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas of Speedway. The flavor is almost like chewing on fresh shredded coconut. Tons of vanilla to it as well. A nice sweetness of chocolate and toffee, plenty of roasted malt and coffee, too. Just a fantastic beer.

Aug 13, 2012
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vacax from California

4.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full pint on tap at the Full Pint 5th Anniversary on a horribly muggy crowded evening at Naja's Place. This stuff is black like the normal Speedway, with a coffee colored small head with the potential of coconut floaties. I will not hold that against it. Aroma is a scent that can only be achieved through copious amounts of coconut not even possible to have in a large batch of beer, it mixes with the coffee to the point it doesn't really smell like coffee or dark malts, but just some kind of fragrant coconut nectar and fruity dark chocolate. The taste is a coconut elixir so fantastic it is unfair to compare to any mass produced beer. You will never taste coconut like this in large batches, it just isn't humanly possible. Even beers like CoCoNut Porter don't even begin to approach this. The coconut transforms the abundant coffee notes into chocolate milk nearly... the rough edges of dark malt and coffee smooth out enough that the richness of the beer softly caresses the palate in an overtly sensual manner. This is probably the best beer in the world, not sure but yeah it probably is.

Aug 21, 2012
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mrbubbler from California

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at 2009 ba speedway release and Danny Fullpints Birthday Celebration!

A: Pitch black with a thick dark mocha head

N: vanilla and coconut with a hint of coffee. As the beer warmed up the coconut really started to shine.

T: Very much like the nose, nice vanilla and coconut flavors matched with roasted malt and a very pleasant bitter coffee flavor.

M: creamy and luscious.

O: This is without a doubt my favorite non barrel aged stout. I wish alesmith would make this more often! Let it be known that i absolutely love coconut, and this is the best coconut beer i have had.

Sep 23, 2012
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ehammond1

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

This is one of the finest smelling beers I've ever experienced. There is tremendous amounts of toasted coconut character along with lots of authentic, earthy yet sweet, vanilla. The typical roast and coffee notes are laying just underneath. Spectacular.

The flavor, if at all possible, is just as good as the aroma. The coconut and vanilla are so incredibly rich yet complementary. Other beers have paired these two flavors together before, but none have been quite as successful as this one. It's stellar. Incredibly drinkable, even at 12% ABV. A true feat, and a perfect imperial stout.

Thick, oily, luscious, decadent mouthfeel.

A mind-blowing beer. Phenomenal.

Nov 14, 2011
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tarheels86 from California

4.72/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at O’Briens for Night of Million Zillion Speedways. The best of the 16 on tap by a mile, and one of my favorite RIS experiences since BCS Rare. The pour is inky with a small, menacing head when I was fortunate enough to get a 10oz pour later in the evening :0 Nose is nearly perfect- fresh coconut meat, cocoa butter, pistachio, Nutella, bourbon. It exudes a better, more integrated nose than the actual Pistachio and Nutella Speedways, and creates a faux bourbon barrel character like Pappy Van Winkle by simply HAVING toasted and fresh coconut and vanilla mimicking the much more expensive and time consuming hints of wood vanillin and coconut from high end American bourbon. The higher 12% alcohol sweetness blends perfectly to make this essentially the "Poor Man’s BCS Rare". Taste is perfect- insane amounts of chewy coconut, bourbon, pistachio, Nutella. By far the best Speedway I’ve ever had and better than the actual BA version. Better than BCS Rare. Drank a total of 25oz of this stuff FTW.

Nov 13, 2012
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jlb502 from California

4/5  rDev -15.8%

Nov 15, 2011
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wethorseblanket from California

4.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap for the Full Pint's fif anniversary party at Najas. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours black with a fine mocha head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Initially the vanilla is dominant, but as it warms the interwoven coffee and coconut emerge and greet the vanilla in a most lovely dance.

T: Similar to the aroma. As warms the intense coconut and vanilla wrap around the coffee and just meld perfectly.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, exquisite.

O: Nearly perfect in every way. One of my all-time top beers ever. Given 5 tickets I used my first two on this and looking back I should have gotten a few more. Unreal.

Sep 02, 2012
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nanobrew from California

4/5  rDev -15.8%

Nov 14, 2011
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gregmoscetti from California

4.75/5  rDev 0%

Aug 11, 2012
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irishpride from New York

4.75/5  rDev 0%

Jul 29, 2014
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mrkun from California

4.92/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: Dark body typical of the style with a nice tan head.

S: Coconut and vanilla with hints of coffee and roasted malt.

T: The taste follows the nose and is accurately described by the name. Wonderful notes of vanilla, coconut, and coffee perfectly balanced and interacting with each other.

M: Thick, silky, and lightly carbonated with a sensation that sticks to your tongue long after the beer has been consumed.

O: Wow! I think this is my favorite Imperial stout I've ever tasted. Drink this if you have the chance.

Jun 17, 2011
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comfortablynumb1 from California

4.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at 2011 BA Speedway release...

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Good amount of head retention to be had here as well as some sticky lacing.

S - Smells deliciously sweet. Chocolate and marshmallows with some coffee in the mix. Very inviting...

T - Starts sweet with a perfect balance of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Coffee follows with some lingering vanilla in the finish. Exceptionally balanced with no abv to be tasted. Delectable...

M - Rich and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice full bodied mouthfeel like a good Impy/Double should have...

O - Alesmith brewed a world class brew here. Delicious. Had this back to back with the 09 BA Speedway, and this was the superior beer imo. Hoping I get a chance to try this again sometime in the near future...

Cheers...

Jun 19, 2011
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rmaste6282 from California

4.75/5  rDev 0%

Jan 23, 2013
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RolandBlunts from California

4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Dec 12, 2014
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kevfujii from California

5/5  rDev +5.3%

Jan 08, 2012
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BdubleEdubleRUN from California

4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Jan 23, 2013
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Schmaltzy from California

4.75/5  rDev 0%

Jan 09, 2013
Speedway Stout - Coconut And Vanilla from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 58 ratings