AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee

Brewed by:
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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2.25/5  rDev -50%

Photo of PHBoiler
2.39/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

July 2014 bottle opened after being stored cold. No idea what happened with this bottle based on other reviews. The smell was Halls menthol eucalyptus. The taste followed that smell. Tried multiple pours from the bottle at different temperatures. Shared with a friend that got the same taste. Neither of us detected any coffee flavor beyond typical stout roast. Other than that, it's a tad on the thin side compared to alternate stouts.

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Photo of Dadthew
2.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Strong, good, sweet.

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Photo of DMBoSox11
2.72/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just ok. BA version was better.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.04/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Alesmith. Standard black color, almost no head. Aroma is slight coffee but also vanilla, weird. Flavor was also vanilla laden with only hints of the coffee. I was thoroughly confused by this beer. I made sure to taste my cousins' and I got the same thing. Not impressed.

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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of HopHead84
3.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Alesmith.

A: Black with an inch of creamy foam that leaves scattered lacing on the glass. Looks like Speedway.

S: Cocoa, dark chocolate, and burnt malt. Pronounced earth and acrid robust coffee. Light licorice and molasses.

T: Intense dark chocolate and strong licorice notes. The coffee profile is somewhat acrid and charred, reminiscent of over extracted coffee. This is pretty boozy and there's an upper moderate bitterness.

M: Full body with a silky, sticky, and chewy mouthfeel.

Overall: Too boozy and acrid. Not one of the better Speedway variations. 

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3.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. Near black with a fine beige foam in the tall tulip.

Coffee is the main flavor, not surprisingly, but it's more of an intense espresso taste. Which would be okay if it wasn't so goopy and sweet and bitter at the same time. There's a cream flavor plus bitter spice, like old cinnamon. As you sip the bitterness emerges. Very hoppy, very charbroiled, very sugary, and deeply, madly coffee flavored.

After a few sips the whole over-sexed concoction becomes undrinkable. Strictly for those for whom too much is never enough. For me this is one whale I'll leave rotting on the beach.

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3.41/5  rDev -24.2%
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 JFresh21
3.49/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of chivermac
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RuckusDu
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Burt
3.59/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.67/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Why this is rated as a top 250 on BA I can't understand. Okay for an imperial stout but taste and smell is zero coffee not to mention zero Vietnamese coffee. A $20 howler that does not live up to the hype.

Poured into snifter:

L: oily jet black, cold dark roast coffee with a patch of bubbles that resemble fresh brewed coffee from a barista.. so look is there somewhat.

A: chocolate and malty but very faint

F: creamy, thin, yet heavy enough to only slowly sip.

T: creamy vanilla, boozy, and chocolate

O: can't taste coffee, how can it be called a Vietnamese coffee stout with no coffee flavor. Maybe I didn't get this so fresh but it was poured into a howler so maybe the keg is past due. Either way due to the cost and how this tastes, I'll never have it again. I want coffee flavor and it's not there. Just tastes like a mediocore Russian imperial stout and I really don't believe it has any place in top 250 much better beers out there. I understand coffee can fade quickly in beer however even if this had been aged there should at least be some hints of coffee for I've had aged coffee stouts in the past where coffee flavor still is there even if mild, and in this case it's nowhere to be found. Therefore, I consider this to be way over hyped.

Edit note: this was a fresh keg from what I've been told so yeah why no coffee flavor?

Another edit note:

I originally rated this a 2.9 in what I listed above but now 3rd day drinking out of same howler it actually tastes better than the 1st day fresh. I now get a bit of coffee flavor like a chocolate espresso bean candy or mocha with some Hershey's chocolate syrup. The pour was also very syrupy. very smooth @ 12% abv but still don't think it should be considered a whale but I think it does have ability to age well therefore I've slightly upped my rating. I also taste more bourbon flavor while the booziness had dissipated. I can see how the BA of this could actually be really good but as far as this goes it definitely improved on the 3rd day.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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