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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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:
#119
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,814
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2016 vintage. Poured into Aslin anniversary glass and allowed to warm.

L: 1F tan head with modest retention. Leaves a cap and ring, but little lacing. Beer is dark black.

S: Lots of roasted coffee and roasted grains and malts. Appears pretty basic, but good. I like that.

T: Bold coffee, slightly bitter, with roasted grains and malts and some unsweetened chocolate. Almost no evidence of the alcohol, which is mighty impressive at this ABV. Slight warming on finish. Again, pretty basic, but tastes really good.

F: Medium to full body, light carbonation. Pretty drinkable for what it is. Nice creamy mouthfeel, but not a sipper. Superb construction and balance.

O: As good as a mass-market coffee stout as you're going to find.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -10.2%
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4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
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4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are so many variations of Speedway Stout, and they're all very similar and very good. Becomes difficult to truly not have a series of beer reviews clogged up with variants right around that same 4.5/5 range, but we will persevere. Pours black as usual, dark AF, brown, long lasting head. They make a kick ass looking beer consistently. The aroma smacks of roasted malt and coffee and almost nothing else. Beauty in its simplicity almost.

Taste is more of the same. Amazing body, hides the alcohol so well, doesn't seem overly bitter or hot at all. Loads of coffee. But is it discernably better or different from the base Speedway Stout? I would say its pretty much the same dang thing. But that's how it is, make 20 versions of the same beer, mostly a trick from the NE IPA trend, but it exists elsewhere too (in fact it was prolly the Eclipse model that started it).

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4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Alesmith taster glass. Thanks Ryan for hooking me up with this.

Pours a thick, brown-black body with a brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aromas are heavy on the coffee and cocoa - very similar to regular speedway with a little more coffee. More like roasted, brewed coffee than freshly ground coffee. A tad bit oxidized on the nose but nonetheless enjoyable.

Yum - taste starts out with sweet chocolate cake, followed by vanilla and caramel, finishing with coffee and a roasty malt flavor that sticks around on the tongue for a while. Medium-heavy body, but easy drinker and definitely can't tell it's 13% alcohol.

Probably the best non-BA speedway stout variant I've had thus far, and I've had around 10 of them.

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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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