Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #41
Ranked #151
4.51 | pDev: 6.65%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeSpeedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
Notes: 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.
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - fantastic thick black with a great lasting tan head
Smell - roasty malts with chocolate and a slight coffee
Taste - great chocolate coffee slight roasty malt
Feel - creamy medium full body with a light carb
Overall - fantastic

May 30, 2021
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a 6 oz sampler glass from draft at Gold Eagle Wine and Spirits on April 3, 2021. Far too many coffee stouts are overwhelmed by the bitter taste of fresh brewed coffee. This is far more subtle and much better as a result.

Apr 12, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Aroma of roast malts, coffee, exotic woodwork and dark chocolate. Sweet flavour with distinct notes of coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate.

Mar 22, 2021
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty variant of a successful beer. Gets better and better as it warms. Nice bitterness but not overpowering so it balances the alcohol and offsets sweetness so that too is not overpowering.

Jan 16, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 10/22/15 on draft @ Fischman's.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; nice lace.

Cream, chocolate syrup & rich coffee notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Rich cream, roasted coffee bean & chocolate syrup flavors; rich, smooth & easy to drink with no booze heat.

Very nice.

Oct 07, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Poured charcoal black with a finger of brown foam. Smell captures the roast of the coffee beautifully, with dark chocolate, licorice, leather, and char supporting. Taste is not as coffee forward but still very much present, lots of malt with supporting flavors from the nose plus some vanilla and tobacco. Feel is chewy, creamy, heavy, and roasted. An amazing coffee stout

Aug 07, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small glass from draught @ Zeezicht Breda. I had this before once from draught, which I remember to be superb. This time: Pours a pitch black colour and a beige/light brown head with short retention. Aroma's: sweet, chocolate, boozy. Retronasal: sweetish, cocos, fruity/boozy alcohol. Flavour is moderate sweet, boozy alcohol. Alcohol is rather sharp. Almost full bodied. a bit too alcoholic. Next time will be better again (I hope).

Aug 01, 2019
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

September 3rd, 2015 - When I leave San Diego, this will probably be the most memorable beer of the many, many beers I had. For one, I had it at one of my first visits to any brewery since moving to San Diego. But it is also an amazing brew. To the eye it looks like a somewhat intense stout, with a brown foam and a thick body, but not too oily. The aroma is big and bold, and cold and saturnine, like the smell of cold metal, but with some cacao nibs on the edge. The flavor is the real appeal here. Creamy, rich but not cloying, it is decadent, and deserving. Huge gushing chocolate notes combine with deluxe and top-shelf coffee notes, like Bird Rock coffee. Better yet, this beer gets spicier as it warms, like a Christmas ale, and reveals shades of nutmeg and cinnamon. Could this be a rare 10 for flavor?!

Jun 24, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted on tap at Ansari's, Eagan, MN. The coffee is front and center in this one. Pretty dry. I'm glad I got to try this on tap so I don't need to chase a bottle.

Jun 05, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a slight transparency, and almost no beige foam.

Smells of coke, cocoa, and toasted malts. A little coffee in there too.

Tastes of fruitiness, cocoa and chocolate. A hint of black liquorice as well.

Thick and oily body, with little carbonation.

Quite a contrast with the barrel aged versions. Stoked to find it on tap at AleSmith brewery bar, June 1st, 2019. Am

Jun 02, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass, this beer pours out absolutely beautiful. It’s pitch black and forms a two finger, creamy, thick, dark mocha colored crown. The crown holds well and leaves lacing. It would be hard for this to look much better.

The nose brings roasty, dark malts more so than roasty coffee. However, there is a coffee presence. It also brings a bitterness to it that resembles bitter bakers chocolate; dark chocolate. A smooth cream note wants to show, but hardly does. Almost an earthy, peat like note?

The taste brings in a cream presence along with those roasty, slightly burnt malts. Bitter, dark chocolate still showing. A black pepper like spice shows up at the end, along with a little bit of an earthy wood/smoke presence.

The mouthfeel is creamy underneath that black pepper and light earthy smoke presence. Hardly any sign of the 12% ABV, which is impressive. It does show a bitterness all the way through. I would say the body is on the light side of full bodied, thick and creamy but not fudge like.

Overall, while this wasn’t bad, I’ve got to admit I did expect more from it.

Mar 29, 2019
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 32oz crowler into snifter. Obsidian in color with huge 3 finger foamy mocha head. Slowly fades into a nice cap and thick collar and webbed lacing on my glass. Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and rich dark chocolate blend with hints of pepper and earthiness. Flavor is bold with the Speedyway stout base, loaded with bitter chocolate, cold pressed coffee, hints of roasted malt and cocoa. Some earthiness from the hops along with hints of pepper and cream. Thick body, chewy and sticky. Rich, smooth and creamy. Really nice coffee addition to SS.

Dec 25, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Nov 10, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Nov 06, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Nov 04, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Oct 28, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Oct 15, 2018
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Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Oct 06, 2018
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Oct 05, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stout brewed with four different coffee styles. Extremely well balanced with coffee finish and extensive aftertaste. Color is pure and taste is fantastic. Had on tap at Other Half as well. Solid coffee taste and good stout.

Aug 31, 2018
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micada from New York

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Aug 26, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

Aug 15, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4.86/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Jul 27, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ 7 Monks in Traverse City

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee and roasted malts.

T - The taste is huge black coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate & dark fruits.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is definitely lives up to the hype. Coffee for days. Dangerously drinkable at 12% abv.

Jul 27, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Draft in Pittsburgh
Looks pitch black with khaki thin head.
Smells sweet and rich and roasted.
Tastes like rich coffee with condensed milk and sugar in roasted malt base.
Fantastic, not over done.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Slow sipped.

Jul 19, 2018
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