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

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#159
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183
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1,921
pDev:
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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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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

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of npolachek
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stout brewed with four different coffee styles. Extremely well balanced with coffee finish and extensive aftertaste. Color is pure and taste is fantastic.

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Photo of ChittyChambers
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of micada
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Able to score a goblet on tap from a local Italian eatery...very surprised to find it around here. Slowly, finally, these really good breweries are starting distro in this area. Color is a dark brown. No obvious carbonation but a tiny sliver of head. To touch, the temp was cool to room temp. Aroma was very coffee forward, balanced like a breakfast blend smell. First sips were hot from the alcohol, followed by a smooth coffee presence from front to back of tongue. Mouthfeel was full and left a nice coffee, milk chocolate aftertaste. If I could find this bottled, definitely worth cellaring a few to see how the burn subsides and the flavors develop. It seemed a little one-dimensional fresh, so I imagine aging is a must for this one. The straight Speedway stout seemed to have more complexity fresh. Definitely worth a try.

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

Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on draft. Very dark brown color with a creamy brown head and great lacing. Rich chocolate cake smell and taste. Dark coffee and cappuccino flavors become more pronounced as it warms. Hint of strawberry. Very rich and silky smooth feel. Great beer!

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

Photo of Budlum
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmukid87
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Luscious. The aroma and flavor are top notch for a coffee stout, delivering exactly what I’d hoped for.

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, I let it sit and warm as the black brew settled down and the brown head eased down to a nice little layer while leaving good spotty lacing.

The nose is a robust combo of coffee beans, spent coffee grinds, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, molasses, light soy sauce, roasted malts, charred wood and a malty sweetness from the toasted grains and perfectly blended coffee.

The feel is silky smooth and this hides the ABV masterfully, but hot damn I need to profess my love for how tasty the coffee flavors are....wow, delicious. Take the smell above and add in some black licorice, hints of peat moss, cocoa and/or cocoa powder, plus some minor piney notes and flavors that I get after sipping a dark roast Starbucks coffee. There’s a slight bitterness that adds to the experience and livens it up. Bravo.

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