Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Vietnamese coffee version of Speedway Stout is and continues to be AleSmith's most popular variation of the ever-growing Speedway Stout collection. Since 2012 we have been adding this blend of four Vietnamese coffees, known in Vietnam as cà phê sa đá, to our popular imperial stout. The coffee beans were slowly roasted at low temperatures and then brewed by AleSmith with a traditional phin-style filter that gently percolates water through the ground coffee. The result is an intensely aromatic and bold tasting coffee that complements the notes of chocolate and roast in this massive stout.

Added by brew3crew on 11-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#168
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
1,933
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
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Photo of atomicnemesis
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fantific
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - huge, thick hazelnut head atop a pitch black body.

S - milk chocolate, vanilla, vietnamese latte.

T - tons and tons of fragrant coffee poured over bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla, roast, molasses, a touch of earthy hops. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb,

O - a super-tasty coffee stout. I like the base version better, although perhaps I’m misremembering its quality.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of caramel colored foam. Head retention is great. Aroma is big chocolate, coffee, toffee and roasted and toasted malts and barley. It's huge. Flavor profile is coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee and roasted and toasted malts with some bitter barley. It tastes big. Mouth feel is velvety and thick. Overall, sublime coffee stout. Big coffee combined with a big stout for a win-win.

Draft. Reviewed on phone. 10oz pour into a stemmed large wine glass.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L:. Pours a pitch black with a very small brown tan head and a some dots of lacing around the glass.

S:. Creamy rich chocolate, a bit of vanilla, some coffee reminiscent of mocha or coffee ice cream. Smells very rich and decadent.

T:. Creamy rich chocolate, some vanilla, mixes with a mocha like coffee and a coffee ice cream, not overly sweet but very nice.

F:. Thick full body, some cola like carbonation but mostly creamy.

O:. This is a fantastic stout!

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Photo of zbelair
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drrone
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this can as an extra back in the summer. Could have sworn I'd reviewed regular ol Vietnamese Coffee Speedway before, but upon further review I found out it was the incredibly rare draft only 'Brewers Blend' rendition I had back in 2012 and incorrectly reviewed under this regular version. Good memories for that beer thanks to JLindros! Canned on 4/25/18. Review #3500.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice black hue with a good almost two finger dense mocha head that faded slowly to leave a thin, creamy blanket. Not really any lacing though the legs are nice enough.

S - Aromas of nice typical speedway stout. creamy chocolate, malts, almost caramel. The coffee is not super aggressive but a nice creamy espresso. Quite pleasant and creamy. Very Vietnamese like combined with the chocolate and creamy notes it has an almost coffee ice cream like aroma. Decent lighter roast too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice creamy chocolate and roasted malts. Big and bold. Little bit of caramel and almost caramel cream candy like. There are flashes of warmth scattered here and there. The coffee is pleasant, not overly roasted and quite harmoneous with the base beer. Very nice rich coffee without being aggressive. Stays smooth and balanced. Finish is lingering roast with just a slight, slight coffee bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with the alcohol hidden very well.

O - Overall this was a very, very pleasant stout. The coffee is great on the taste, however, I wish it popped a bit more on the nose. Same goes for the appearance, would like to see some lacing on this.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of lsthwy
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like motor oil. Thick, black. Tan head, 1 1/2 finger. Retention is good, and nice lacing on the glass.
The nose has got a nice mellow coffee aroma. Smooth smelling.
Taste/feel - Rich, and thick. Got a nice coffee flavor, that comes on the front, with a warm boozy finish, but not harsh boozy taste. The body is thick. Has a creamy feel right away when I sip it.
Solid Stout overall. Delicious and fun to drink.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Pours black with a nice beige cap, and awesome lacing left on the glass, especially for a big stout. Nose is dominated by rich roasted malts and coffee. Taste follows the nose, but imho the dark chocolate flavors dominate the coffee. Body is fairly typical for the style, as is the carbonation. The abv is extremely well hidden for a 12% stout. This is an amazing beer, and my only wish is that I could have it more often.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 vintage, 16 oz can, canned in April of the same year.

pours an opaque jet black. head is frothy and is a rich cappuccino hue. good retention and lacing. looks the part. aroma is a heck of a lot of coffee but even more chocolate. dark and sweet chocolate aromas all at once. vanilla notes as well. flavor is rich, thick, and fairly cloying. boozy, but not over the top. roasted beans, mild acrid bitterness.
overall a really good coffee stout. not sure if the Vietnamese coffee is bringing that much of a difference, but it is certainly commanding a higher price tag. happy i tried it, but not willing to pay for it again.

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Photo of maltznhopz
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregaroo
4.06/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10-3-2018 - In tap at the Tradesmans in Philly. 9 oz. pour us dark brown with carmelly head in a small logo tulip glass. Nice subtle coffee aroma

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Photo of Mikaveli
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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