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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
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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
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160
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1,749
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 1,749
Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Lake and Irving. L: A pitch black pour supports a long lasting, tight, finely bubbled light tan foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Rich coffee aromas dominate with traces of bourbon, hints of chocolate, vanilla and rich malts.

T: This is a much more luscious drink than the regular Speedway Stout. Layers of Vietnamese coffee, Bourbon, oak, alcohol and malt flavors all play very well together.

F: It has an incredibly creamy texture. There is alcohol warming but it is mild. The carbonation is very soft.

O: This is an extraordinary beer with nothing harsh or overstated.

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Photo of SteveB24
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look-Pours a rich, espresso brown with an impressive two fingers of dark brown head that retains very well.
Smell- A very complex, smooth, coffee dominates the aroma, with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste-Toasty malt flavors quickly followed by the sophisticated Vietnamese coffee, classic, fine coffee taste blended with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
Feel-Medium bodied. not thin but surprisingly crisp, high carbonation, finishes slightly creamy. very unexpected feel in the best way.
Overall- one of the best stouts i've ever had.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really good. A perfect example of a imperial coffee stout. Chocolate, coffee, and a surprisingly sweet mouthfeel and the one word to describe this is decadent.

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Photo of rudzud
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enormous huge thanks to JLindros for sharing this Growler. Edit: For what its worth with JLindros's review right above mine my pour was the first from the growler. Damn him and his 4.5!

A - Poured into a stone ipa tulip glass a wonderful black ebony hue with a one finger mocha head that leaves tons of side lacing huge leggy lacy lacing and khaki blanket.

S - Aromas of outrageous vanilla and coffee beans Soooo much special Vietnamese coffee and chocolate. The melding of huge vanilla and chocolate ans coffee is so rich ans inviting. No ABV at all.

T - Taste is earth shattering amounts of vanilla here. Beans and extract with rich bitter coffee notes with super rich bakers 85% cocoa. So so much vanilla here ans barrel coffee chocolate. Gaaaahhhh!

M - Mouthfeel is a velour bedspread. Zap Branigan asks "boy lay out my formal shorts"...I would have so much snusnu if I could get a bathtub of this.

O - Overall this beer has changed has changed my life. This is the bar to set all coffee stouts to. I want thus as a candle and a cologne. Please...please make this often.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight. Sweet baby jesus, this was amazing.

Pours a dark and inky black, with a small mocha-colored head, and a small amount of lacing. Looks uber inviting.

Smells just insane. Creamy, iced coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. So amplified, and strong smelling.

I don't really even drink coffee on it's own, but this makes me want to try Vietnamese coffee. The coffee flavor on this one is undoubtedly the strongest, bold, and warmest coffee flavor I've ever gotten out of a beer. It's got an almost condensed milk flavor, with vanilla cream, hazelnut, walnut, chocolate, big roasted malt flavor, lactose. The coffee is nutty, creamy, milky, freshly roasted, and slightly bitter, and just unbelievably rich and complex. Get the picture? Amazing.

This has an amazing mouthfeel, rich, with a deadly amount of creaminess and silkiness, almost feels like velvet melting in my mouth. It's sweet, but not cloyingly so, with a lower level of carbonation. It's drinkable and crushable, but you don't really want to, because you never want the glass to end.

This is honestly one of the best stouts I've ever had. I'm speechless, this is the definition of next level.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%

Best Speedway Variant so far!

A - Jet black pour with creamy thick head that slowly dissapates.
S - Fudge brownie, cocoa nibs, slight coffee, toffee, roasted malts.
T - Fantastic! Everything blends perfectly. Coffee mixes well with the chocolate and alcohol is very hidden... sneaky sneaky.
M - Slightly overcarbonated, but it was shipped from San Diego.. so I'll let it slide.
O - A bit better than Jamaica Blue in my opinion. Amazing dessert beer that would also pair with stu, roasted meats all the way to cheesecake. Pure deliciousness.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted alongside Abraxas, and this one was the clear winner. I like sweet stouts, and compared with Abraxas, the vanilla and sweetness of this one shone through. I didn't get much coffee flavor, but rarely do. In any case. this is fantastic brew and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of De_Nada_Brewing
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally cracked open a bottle I had been saving for awhile now.

Some of the coffee flavored had faded but I was still able to pick it up.

The smell is amazing and I wish this was more available.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer! Tastes just like a Viet Coffee!

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Photo of GeeL
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, poured warm-isa (50 deg or so), tasted in tulip glass.

L: dark brown/black, mocha colored head that stuck around a bit then slowly faded.
S: Holy sh#*, I wish they made perfume that smelled like this. I'd buy it for my wife. Actually, probably a good thing they don't.
T: Indescribable. A little boozy (I put the bottle back in the fridge for round 2 and that helped a little), coffee was pronounced but not overdone. A very nice example of the style.
F: Creamy, not over carbonated but there was some carbonation there (not so much that you felt it, but it was there)
O: I want more. Gotta find a trade.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Never thought I'd get to try this one and it's actually on draft by me!!

Pours out completely pitch black. Oily, inky, no light getting through.

The aroma has this intense coffee smell up front. It's earthy, espresso notes, black coffee, just layers and layers of different types of coffee. Dark chocolate, slight vanilla, roasted malts as well.

The taste is huge on the varying layers of coffee too (especially once it's warmed up). There's a really nice bittersweet dark chocolate note too that combined with the coffee is like a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. The coffee is big and extremely complex, but it's not acidic or bitter either. Nice vanilla notes, some roasted malt notes too.

The alcohol is very well hidden, full bodied and the mouthfeel is super creamy.

Awesome beer that lived up to the hype!!

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer reminds me of what a coffee stout should or if Founders Breakfast Stout was actually deserving of its rating.

The beer offers more than the base beer with a huge amount of coffee and almost a creamy flavor. Lots of chocolate balances out the bitterness of the coffee. A full mouthfeel, but the beer is still quite drinkable. The beer drinks under 10%.

One of the best non-barrel coffee stouts.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown and opaque. Light taupe head that dissipates pretty quickly. Dark roast coffee, smoke, and a little cherry on the nose. Mouthfeel is creamy, viscous, and inviting. Coffee bean coated in thick milk chocolate flavor. My Lord how fun this this one? Magnificent!

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another base RIS that I really enjoy jacked up to another level by the coffee addition. I dug this a little more once it warmed up a little as the coffee was a little too intense at serving temp. But once it warmed up it was a marvelous beer!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike for sharing (and evilc for hooking mike up on this one).

a - attractive dark blackness with a great head that was tan and creamy.
s - Amazing coffee smell. really nice roast.
t - WOW!!!! Unreal!!! Really nice strong coffee with amazing roast qualities. Simply tastes like amazing coffee mixed with some liquid chocolate happiness.
m - easy drinker for such a big and thick brew.
o - overall, speedway schmeedway...this, however is an unreal treatment on this beer. worth seeking out!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

32 oz growler, thanks Rich.

Pours a viscous chocolate brown with a mocha colored head. Nose of fresh ground, earthy coffee, cocoa, and powdery chocolate. Rich, creamy body, soft carbonation and smooth roasty finish. No acidity or acrid notes in the flavor, just overload of baker's chocolate, fresh ground coffee, earthy and light roast, vanilla and cocoa. I expected this to just be regular Speedway with a slightly different coffee flavor but this greatly exceeded those expectations.

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Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California.

Score: 97

Bottled 08/05/13. Served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 01/23/13.

Appearance: Jet black in color. Pours two fingers of khaki head that recede to thin, coating layer and thick ring around the glass. Great lacing and retention. This is a beautiful looking stout. 5/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, high percentage cacao dark chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, molasses, raisins and dried dark fruits. There are undertones of coffee, but they are much subtler than you would expect from a coffee stout. A little cinnamon comes across too. The doughy cake, vanilla and cacao notes are surprisingly prominent relative to the coffee character -- I was expecting roast and a big blast of coffee based on the last time I had this beer -- but the heavy dose of cacao and vanilla is welcome surprise. Everything here is in perfect balance, and the dark fruit character mixes in seamlessly unlike regular Speedway Stout. This nose is absolutely incredible. 5/5

Taste: There's the coffee I was expecting! Upfront hits a big blast of smooth, bitter roast and chocolatey coffee flavor that lingers long. Delightfully creamy, not that acidic. There's a big dark fruit character on the back half that's not nearly as neatly integrated as it was in the nose at first. Notes of bakers chocolate, oak and molasses too. The dark fruit mellows out and blends in to the rest of the beer much better as the brew warms up. In fact, by room temp, all the flavors blend wonderfully and more chocolate notes come through. No booziness; I would never guess that this is 12% ABV. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, but nicely viscous. Carbonation level is spot on. Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Has some sweetness towards the finish, which counterbalances the upfront bitterness nicely. Can't ask for much more in the mouthfeel department than this in a stout. 5/5

Overall: A really excellent stout from Alesmith that is better than any of their barrel aged projects, and a major step up from the base beer, in my opinion. While not quite up to the level of the Kopi Luwak variant, this twist on Speedway Stout is excellent in its own way. The bitterness here is quite appetizing, and the dark fruit, molasses and chocolate mix well balancing the sweet and bitter characters. My recommendation is that you drink this one on the warmer side. Proceed with caution, however, as this beer is dangerously dome-able.

Cost: $18 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of deford
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Shared a bottle with my son, poured into Snifters. Oh My God! This is amazing...

A- Pour is a thick, viscous black, with a finger or so of frothy head that lasts about two minutes. It leaves behind a nice lacing.

S- Wow! The cocoa and coffee coming off this is fantastic! Just perfectly balanced and oh so pleasing.

T- I am taken back to childhood when I stole a piece of my moms baking cocoa thinking it would be sweet chocolate, boy was I wrong. Thats exactly what I get here (in the best way ever!). The darkest most bitter cocoa joined by a slightly sweet coffee. As it warms there's just a hint of alcohol and some dark fruit adding just a touch to the sweetness while never actually becoming sweet. I know that sounds strange but I couldn't describe it as sweet, even though there's a bit of that going on.

M- Medium to full. Slight carbonation that feels velvety smooth. Leaves a wonderfully enjoyable bitter cocoa on the finish.

O- Just fantastic. I can't really think of anything I'd like to see that's not already here. May have even picked up a bit of vanilla somewhere. This makes me want to get some Vietnamese coffee! So glad I have another bottle in the cellar...

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Photo of RyanK252
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at City Beer Store in San Francisco

A: Pours dark as night with a nice mocha head, laces nicely.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee heaven, some spice notes maybe cinnamon.

T: Delicious chocolate and coffee, a little vanilla, alcohol comes out a little as it warms but overall well hidden, a little cinnamon and peppery spice note on the finish

M: Heavier body but velvety smooth, mild carbonation

O: Outstanding! Very happy to have had the chance to try this one.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Hard to say what hasn't already been said. This has gotta be one of the best varietals of Speedway. They only thing that makes this one better is throwing it into a barrel!

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had this fresh on tap at the mule bar. excellent looking beer, tons of lacing decorates the glass. thie brew is hugely coffee forward with dark malts ad chocolate playing supporting roles, the intense roastyness is really really pleasant. hint of booze coming through is excellent. smooth smooth chewy mouthfeel, absolutely decadent.

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Photo of John_M
4.75/5  rDev +7%

This may be the best speedway variation I have ever tried. Chris from Belmont Station was kind enough to bring several coffee variations, as well as the bourbon barrel aged version. Everything was delicious and amazing, but this beer seemed to have a light creamy flavor profile that the others lacked.

This is definitely right up there with some of the very best coffee imperial stouts I've ever tried. Very, very impressive.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a snifter, 50 degrees. As is, creamy nose, milk stout like smell. Taste was coffee infused, high bitterness. Light tan head that dissipates quickly. As the beer warms the nose and taste switch. Nose became slightly boozy, yet the taste became smooth and creamy. Great till the last drop, my only regret is that I only had one

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Photo of Gatch
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straight up espresso and dark chocolate. This is the real deal. So rich and dark. Worth the hype? Probably. Few beers have given me such a reaction on the first sip. Wow. On tap at Rail Trail in Hudson, MA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is black with a half inch of mocha head. The aroma is fabulous. A huge blast of gourmet coffee right up front, followed by delectable roast and chocolate tones. Terrific flavor. Definitely a coffee lover's stout. Rich and full bodied with lingering roast and chocolate covered coffee beans. Solid carbonation level. Thick and viscous, this beer coats the palate. Overall, this was fantastic. Met and exceeded my high expectations.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautifully done stout from Alesmith. Great coffee smell and taste. Strong coffee taste but it tastes really good. After taste is smooth no booziness at all.

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