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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 1,750
Photo of danh53
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, roasted coffee, some dark fruit. body is dialed in with a nice medium feel that is substantial yet drinkable. Coffee is not bitter at all and the booze is barely noticeable. Excellent beer. Can't wait to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a snifter. Extremely well balanced coffee, coupled with chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla. Substantially better than the base Speedway Stout.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 2/25/17 at Strange Brew for their event 'Stouterday'. Very dark in color, no head or really any carbonation at all. Little to no smell, flavor is smooth dark malts, bitter and creamy coffee, and chocolate. Had after their Mokasida, will most definitely seek this out again.

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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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Using the spicy, earthy and robust delight of Vietnamese coffee, the intense yearly stout of AleSmith sees greater heights.

Vietnamese Coffee infused Speedway Stout pours much like any other in the series- with a jet black opaqueness and with a creamy mocha froth. Its scent however is bolder than ever with the strong overtones of dark roast coffee along with the same molasses, dark chocolate and natural coffee character that's common to the standard stout. Burnt marshmallows and espresso roll onto the tongue as its roasty cream, chocolate, coffee and black walnut maltiness intimidates the senses with the very first sip.

The middle palate shows more of a coffee balanced tilt as the malt sweetness slowly lifts and the coffee and roasted grain character starts to saturate the tastebuds fully. Creamy roast borrows a silkiness from heavy whipping cream with hints of vanilla and smoky char. Earthiness of coffee presents a spicy soil character similar to turkish coffee and black pepper. Baker's chocolate and walnut offer a brownie-like taste even as the finish comes in drier and toastier than initially thought.

Full bodied, lavish and full, the beer's creamy upstart is broken on the finish with the spice and earth of coffee along with the sharp alcohol warmth and a certain roast derived astringency- all helping to dry the palate and create a sense of drinkability beyond relegating the stout as only a sipping after dinner beer.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the base beer and the coffee takes it up a notch. Not sure the age, but probably a little too long on the age. Coffee is probably better fresh in this beer

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Photo of JamFuel
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Himmeriget in Copenhagen.

Jet black with a light, brown head.

Excellent nose, bursting with coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

The taste is huge! Sweet and roasted, with so much coffee and chocolate it feels like I'm drinking a cake. Pretty much no alcohol, and some terrific vanilla notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel is just right, thick and oily, but not overly so.

Alesmth is my favorite brewery, and this is another great take on the Speedway. Huge in both smell and taste, it ticks every box I want a stout to tick. I want more....

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Photo of MattyG85
4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Nova in Hudson, Wisconsin. 10 oz. serving in a chalice.

Appearance: Color is jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with a scent of coffee beans and chocolate. Big upfront scent of Vietnamese coffee beans. Dark roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toast, biscuit, caramel, nuts, and smoke with yeast. Sweet scent of molasses and vanilla. Subtle hints of dark fruit. A really great roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of coffee beans and chocolate. Big upfront taste of roasted Vietnamese coffee beans. Dark roasted malt notes of dark chocolate, toast, smoke, biscuit, and nuts with yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and vanilla. Light undertones of dark fruit and tobacco. A really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely roasty and chewy. Very smooth for a 12% beer without feeling thin. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really great Coffee Imperial Stout. Great Vietnamese bean and chocolate flavor with a perfect balance of roast bitterness and sweetness.

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Photo of aleigator
3.41/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yields a coal black color with a huge, creamy dark brown head.

Smells of sweet cold brew coffee, lots of milk chocolate and just a little hint of roast. Molasses and spicy licorice mingle into this foundation, producing a milk chocolate powder aroma.

Has a thinner, velvet mouthfeel, with flavors ranging from sweet to dry, without a lot of nuances in between, tied together by a lower carbonation.

Tastes of rock sugar and hot chocolate, molasses, surprisingly thin on the palate, with a slowly evolving coffee dryness. Once the coffee takes over, this begins to taste interesting, bringing flavors of dried herbs, earth, wood bark and sugared espresso beans to the palate, pungent and harmonious. Finishes bitter, bready and rustic, with its initial silkness.

If it wasn't for the thin mouthfeel, with just a little more complexity to it, the beer could become mighty fine. As it stands, there is quite a bit unused potential to be found in here.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vietnamese Speedway Stout @ Iron & Glass in Romeoville IL
A - Pours black with a thick tan head.
S - Aroma is very muted, just a little coffee.
T - This might be the smoothest, least bitter coffee stout I've had. The coffee flavor, and a bit of chocolate, is perfectly integrated into the stout.
M - below average carbonation, above average thickness. Very smooth mouth feel.
O - This is an excellent, well balanced coffee stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler via The Growler Stop in Newtown served in a snifter.
This beefy beast pours an rich obsidian with a nice head of light brown
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of rich cocoa, decadent coffee, dark sweet malts, subtle char, sweet
booze, and subtle char notes. Flavors nail the WOW factor. Delicious
rich coffee notes coalesce with dark bakers chocolate and mild cream notes
awash in heavy booze and dark sweet malts to balance out the bakers chocolate
with touches of char. Excellent mouth feel; smooth as velvet, rich, subtle cream,
light carbonation, and a bitter malt and coffee aftertaste.

Overall-----I think I am in love.

Thanks to the Growler Stop for some decadent fresh beer!


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Photo of breadwinner
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After getting my hands on this, I suppose I just need to concede that, somehow, Speedway isn't for me. I love AleSmith, but reg Speedway has never done it for me, and Vietnamese, while tasty enough, sadly follows suit. A bit of dark fruit alongside the dark, roasty notes of the coffee, decent body, a bit wet, not coating, touch of nuttiness in the finish. Again, a perfectly respectable coffee stout, but I still just can't figure out what everyone else is getting in Speedway(s) that I'm missing.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: on tap. It's dark, with a nice head, and huge lacing that completely coats the glass all the way down, and lasts and lasts. The aroma is coffee, as you would expect, no surprises here. The taste is an excellent balance of wonderful coffee with traditional stout flavors (dark roasted malts). Unlike some folks here, I'm not noticing chocolate. It's pretty much a coffee stout all the way, and that's just fine with me. Surprisingly enough, the 12% ABV isn't noticeable. Uh-oh.

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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 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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Photo of spark3148857
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a khaki head of tight bubbles bat leave pretty good lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa, roast, vanilla, caramel, and of course coffee. Up front on the palate is waves of dark and milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla that give way to massive fresh roasted coffee that lingers forever. Mouthfeel is creamy and coating the mouth. Truly exceptional.

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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 donspublic
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into shaker, nice tan/brown colored head, ok retention, massive lacing. Smells of heavy roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, some of the best things in this world. Taste pretty much like it smells. Roasted coffe bitterness up front, that leads into a coffee/chocolate wonderfulness. Finishes on the semisweet side. Great mouthfeel, little alcohol presence.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex.

Black with a dark brown head, this looks solid. Big, creamy coffee with moderate sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, mild hops. Heavy roast. Mildly oily, creamy, and for a first with Speedway, a little unctuous and flabby. Solid beer, though I prefer the base beer.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pour a dark motor oil color with an off white head. The aroma is very coffee forward with roasted malt and hints of vanilla. Mocha coffee flavor in the taste, easy enough to impart using high quality malt and coffee. Some vanilla, earthy but excellent coffee notes, and robust black malt flavor. Big, lush, smooth body. Amazing.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8 ounce pour at When Pigs Fly.
Black with a orange/brown head. Good retention.
Coffee and chocolate aroma. Pronounced.
Espresso coffee and semisweet coffee.
A beautiful beer. I should have just drunk a few of these and not eaten anything.

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Photo of LAp
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Pours a gorgeous pitch black color with a 1 finger mocha head. The nose is bittersweet chocolate with a hint of cream. Vietnamese coffee notes are present on the nose. The palate is analogous to speedway stout, but with a sweeter cream-and-coffee-like undercurrent. An impressive Vietnamese Coffee note is present in the palate that, while not overpowering, accents the outstanding base beer beautifully. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick - much in line with the original Speedway.

A perfect example of a measured variant. AleSmith does an incredible job building off of an exceptional foundation without unduly distorting it. This beer is distinct from Speedway Stout - not better, not worse - a worthy equal.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black as night. Mocha head that lasts longer than expected. Nice lacing clings to the glass. Waves of coffee, chocolate and caramel on the nose and palate. Well integrated and delish. Super smooth mouthfeel. Glad I finally got to try this one. A great variant of the original. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a foamy, light tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and rich cream. Flavors are heavily roasted and bitter coffee forward, with highlights of char, as well as milk chocolate and vanilla. Smooth, light bodied, with a chocolate, cream, and coffee aftertaste. Solid coffee linger on the smooth, slow finish. Good beer.

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