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

Poured into snifter glass. Bottled 08/2013.

Appearance: not quite black as night, more like the color of black coffee. A nice brownish head built up which dissipated quickly to a shiny smooth surface like motor oil.

Smell: picked up some dark fruit, coffee of course, some chocolate, alcohol as it warms up, as well as some leather.

Taste: interestingly it almost tasted as if this was barrel-aged, I can pick up the notes of bourbon. The coffee is strong and intense, just a bit astringent but not in a bad way. There is the sweetness coming from the beer but than the bitterness from the coffee shines through. This is a rich one with the flavors becoming more in depth as it warms up. As opposed to other coffee stouts, this is appropriate for sipping like cognac. With all these rich flavors, it almost like umami.

Mouthfeel: its heavy bodied and as it warms up there is a slight burn at the back of the mouth. It also starts to become creamier at room temp.

Overall: outstanding beer! Hard to believe this is not barrel-aged, but thats just me thinking. The flavors are so rich and it's one of those beers that great for sharing as opposed to other coffee imperial stouts.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stout that I got to enjoy today . Loved the intense but nonbitter coffee flavor . Great dark color with smell that showed off the coffee . Texture was medium to thin but it worked for the long term enjoyment.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours a dark, opaque, mystical hue with moderate frothing bubbling. Aroma is full of rich, bittersweet chocolate. Equal mouthfeel and flavor with strong nuances of dark espresso, chocolate, and coffee. A very rich, sipper. Recommended.

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

8oz pour on tap at the brewery.

Pours an opaque black with half a fingers khaki creamy head, that sticks around and has minimal spotty lacing. Very nice looking.

Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa nibs, very creamy fresh coffee, hazelnut and sweetness. Maybe some fudge brownie as well. smell is very balanced and creamy. super fresh coffee. great smelling.

Taste of Dark roasted malts, Dark chocolate, very fresh and creamy coffee, some hazelnut and a very balanced sweetness. Chocolate fudge and maybe a tad of oak. great tasting beer.

fresh creamy coffee, dark roasted malts and a semi dry finish. decent carbonation & very clean.

very solid RIS with coffee. usually its over done, but not this one!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, freshly brewed coffee, and dark chocolate. Light aromas of vanilla and caramel with a hint of cream.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with a moderate amount of lactose + caramel sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of dark chocolate and freshly brewed coffee. Light flavors of vanilla with a hint of cream. Light to moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer has an amazing, great coffee aroma and really enjoyable coffee + chocolate flavors. Very enjoyable and hides the 12% ABV quite well.

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

Don't remember who shared this with me. Sampled at one of the big whale tastings hosted at my place. Initially didn't post the review as I thought it was the same beer I had before, but after having it, and thinking about it and reviewing notes, I'm pretty sure the beer I had before was the Brewers Reserve Speedway with Vietnamese coffee.

Dark thick creamy rich 1 finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, pitch black beer, nice legs on the sides, etc.

Nose brings typical Speedway malts, cocoa, some roast, little creamy like characters with a little milk chocolate, mild toasted notes and chocolate, etc. Then some nice coffee, not a ton of coffee, but nice freshly roasty coffee, earthy, nutty, fresh roast, etc, not nearly like the other Vietnamese Speedway, but still nice.

Taste is similar to the nose, fresh toasted and roasted coffee right out, again that earthy nutty dusty woody coffee flavors, freshly roasted beans and fresh grinds, like coffee was just steeped in the beer. Then again that Speedway base, dark malts, toasty, roasted malts, creamy flavors with a milk chocolate and cocoa, little caramel, nice vanilla, etc. Finish is sticky and sweet, mild booze warmth which is hidden fairly well, little more roast and toasted notes, plenty more coffee lingering too.

Mouth is still very heavy bod, thick, rich, velvety and creamy, sticks all around the mouth, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, a step up from the base speedway with so much great coffee, the Vietnamese coffee is very unique and quite tasty, but pales in comparison to the awesomeness of the Brewers Reserve version we had before.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just when you think Speedway can;t get much better, the addition of the Vietnamese coffee elevates it further. The thing I love about Vietnamese coffee is it's intense dark roastiness but not in a bitter or burned kind of way but a slightly sweeter, more chocolatly/Oreo kind of way. Being in Houston I'm no stranger to Vietnamese coffee, and this beer is certainly a great representation of how delicious that coffee can be.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pours black with a huge 3" dark cola head. A lot of small trails and bubbles of lacing cover the glass.

Huge coffee, big dark chocolate, light vanilla and mint.

Nice big rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate.

Great coffee stout! Very smooth, huge rich coffee flavor with nice dark chocolate as well.

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

From a growler, pours a deep, deep black. A finger of dense, dark tan foam leaves a lot of lacing. Smell and taste are a wonderfully balanced blend of coffee, cocoa and dark plummy fruits. Feel is medium--based on the smell and ABV, I thought it would be a lot thicker. Alcohol taste is nonexistent. Sweetness and bitterness in near-perfect harmony. An amazingly excellent RIS, worthy of its world-class rating. Love it.

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

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and decent lacing

S-rich coffee, chocolate, dark malts, earthy, light vanilla, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, little earthy, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and rich, alcohol well-integrated in spite of ABV

O-a great stout made even better by the addition of coffee, wish this was more readily available

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Photo of Luk13
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to tom10101. Pitch black with creamy tan head. Intensely aromatic nose with brown chocolate and coffee (light vegetal) along with spices (cinnamon, chile). Taste is rich and mellow chocolate with a cinnamon twist. Palate is awesome: rich and fluffy. Probably my favorite aromatic stout.

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Photo of 57md
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown to black with more than a healthy finger of fluffy tan head. This is the textbook picture-perfect stout.

The nose is toasty with plenty of coffee. The mouthfeel is full and sticky and the roasted malt in the flavor profile is deep and hearty.

The alcohol pokes through a bit too obtrusively on the finish but that is a small gripe.

By far, the best Speedway variant that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of Tele
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 11.15.13

A: 4.75 Pitch black and looks very thick, perhaps a bit thicker than regular speedway. The two-finger tan head is dense, yet creamy and frothy looking, and lasts about three minutes.

S: 4.5 Aromas are a bit more aggressive than regular speedway, particularly the coffee. Initially, there’s an interesting grassy aroma, but that backs off after just a couple minutes. The coffee smells quite a bit different than the regular; less dark roasted characteristics, while having a pretty earthy quality too. Vanilla, chocolate, spice (cinnamon and maybe even a bit of nutmeg), come through as well. Overall, it seems a bit more balanced than the regular.

T: 4.5 The flavor seems to be a pretty big departure from the regular version. There’s a bit more sweetness up front followed by smooth coffee flavors (nothing too dark or harsh), lots of vanilla, and a bit of spice. Light bitterness is on the finish pairing well with dark chocolate flavors.

M: 4.5 The body seems like it is a slightly thicker than regular speedway, though, like the regular, not as rich as I was expecting. The carbonation is just about perfect and there’s a slightly dry finish. Very satisfying and leaving you wanting more.

O: 4.5 I was skeptical to think that this version could be substantially better than the regular. While it’s not head and shoulders above its regular cousin (which would be nearly impossible, considering how good the regular version is), it is quite a bit more balanced and interesting. It is very satisfying and has some of the same complexities as a bourbon barrel aged stout, only without the bourbon flavor.

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Photo of arizcards
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32 oz growler from Liquor Express in Tempe earlier today for $20.99.

Beer poured black with a beautiful brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is coffee forward with notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is very good. Coffee comes forward as the beer warms towards room temperature. Dark chocolate along with the roasted malts provide a wonderful base line. Hopping is sufficient enough to provide an IPA dry like finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a wonderful brew, definitely worth the price of admission!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1793rd Review on BA
Grumbler to Alesmith Snifter

Purchased at AleSmith Brewing on 5/17

App- When I think back on stouts its hard to not just rate a 5. I mean if its dark and deep pitched brown/black with some head and a little bit of cling. I mean this beer has cling for days. Quite a sight to see. Layered and sticky.

Smell- When I think of iced coffee. I think Vietnamese from Lees sandwiches. This is a mix of a stout and coffee. Blended and rich with a bit of sweetness and grainy coffee. The stout portion takes over with a grainy malt bill and then lends with a bit of vanilla and creme from say a liquid coffee sweetener. Very rich on the nose.

Taste- I love speedway stout. I cant lie. For a base stout with coffee. Its what other beers achieve to aspire to with coffee. This takes the base beer to a whole other realm. The other coffee brings a certain sweetness with a rich milk flavor with a bit of sweet chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Creamy and rich and decadent.

Mouth- A very medium body with a medium carbonation level. Silky, velvety and rich like a melted chocolate with a bit of espresso for days. The residual flavors are a bit of bitter hops with a rich roasted coffee flavor.

Drink- I posted this on IG. I am like Cosmicevan. I am ZeroF'sgiven. Ill take this grumbler down for my birthday and not think twice. Cant wait for Kopi or BA Kopi on tap.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jul 2014, opened Dec 2014.

A - Surprisingly tall head pours about 2 fingers high - dark tan with nice retention and lace. Deep midnight brown body with virtually no highlights.

S - Benefits greatly from warming a bit. Anise, malted milk balls, plum, milk chocolate, and medium roast coffee.

T - Delicious, sharp, dark roasted coffee with dark chocolate, molasses, and caramelized barley. Dry latte, caramel, oak, and burnt toast through the finish.

M - Medium-full body. Mildly slick with a creamy finish.

O - Well framed and well balanced dark-roasted coffee flavor.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Clear goblet
From: Monkey Paw Brewing in San Diego, Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: April 6, 2016
Consumed: April 6, 2016
Misc.: N/A

Drove out of my way after seeing Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout was on tap downtown at Monkey Paw. Turns out it was just the regular version. Still might have made the trip regardless. Really looking forward to this one as the taster I tried over the summer at AleSmith was really good.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of dark, khaki tan, frothy head when I got it. Great amount of circular spiderwweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark espresso, toffee, caramel, chocolate milk, smooth coffee malts, dark chocolate and some cocoa. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted smooth chocolate, roasted coffee beans, so much smoother than the Kona variant, Mudslide cocktail, vanilla, dark espresso, chocolate milk, hot chocolate, cocoa syrup, caramel and toffee. Tasted nowhere near 12 percent alcohol. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was just as good as I hoped with a full review. Can’t wait to try the barrel-aged version. Probably my favorite Speedway Stout variant, although I need to try a non-hot BBA version. (Overall - 4.50)

4.53 | 100 | A+

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle
L: Onyx and deep jet black hues with a generous sandy/cinnamon head that provides ample lacing
S: Rich and decadent coffee on the nose with subdued hints of toffee and caramel
T: A huge requisite wave of complex dark roasted coffee subsides into welcomed bitter dark chocolate, hazelnut, and cocao notes that finishes with a mild espresso flare
F: Silky and moderately chewy mouthfeel - not quite as thick as BAVSS, but a healthy medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O: This is an excellent coffee stout. Despite being about 1.5 years old the coffee flavor profile is still robust and well integrated. Overall this was a pleasant Speedway variant and certainly a standout amongst coffee stouts.

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Photo of PVMT
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cooper's 1/7/15. Jet black pour, only the slightest trace of a head. Nose is roasty malts, not getting much coffee. Taste is similar, the malt roast tempered and accentuated by the coffee. Excellent mouthfeel and slightly sweet. I've never tried Vietnamese coffee, but if this is any indication, it doesn't differ much from other coffees.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly looks the part, dark, black, off white head. Brilliant aroma. Coffee. Some vanilla, cinnamon. This carries over into the flavor, but the cloying nature of the alcohol retracts from the full scope of awesomeness of this beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at AleSmith.

Pitch black and opaque with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Good retention considering the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Absolutely ridiculous nose on this beer.  Tons of perfectly roasted gourmet coffee along with lactose cream, condensed milk and sweet fudge-y chocolate malt.  Deeply roasted with tons of coffee character but never approaches smelling burnt or acrid.  Holy shit this beer smells good!  

Medium bodied with slight viscosity and really nice roasted black coffee/espresso bean flavor countered by sweet lactose creaminess and dessert like chocolate malt.  Burnt toast and robust gourmet coffee flavor with oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate. That lactose presence is really, really nice and is very reminiscent of the condensed milk on the bottom of a cup of Vietnamese coffee.  Well balanced but still roasty as hell.  Delicious beer that perfectly captures the elements of Vietnamese coffee without taking away the stout characteristics of the base beer.  Highly recommended!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich-roasted coffee, earth, creaminess, toast, dark and milk chocolate. The taste is rich-roast, coffee, light peppery spice, cocoa, good deal of bitterness, earth, toast, light lactose, some acidity and alcohol warmth. Full body, moderate carbonation and slightly stick mouth-feel. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll use this review to encapsulate my thoughts on both this variety of Speedway and the original itself. I don't find much of a difference between this beer and its original, but both beers are exceptional. In addition to Bourbon County and all of its varieties, I think Speedway and all of its respective varieties are defining beers within this style. Dark, robust, smooth, silky, and loaded with coffee and chocolate, you can never go wrong with either of these beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky, mysterious and dark, the liquid supports a thick tan head; a boatload of dots spot the side of the chalice

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee tones, supported by roast, Saigon cinnamon, caramel and vanilla

Taste: Roast and dark chocolate, up front, with the coffee, Saigon cinnamon and caramel building; after the swallow, the vanilla and a hint of hazelnut arrives; the finish is rich and balanced

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Another great Speedway variant; this one is very reminiscent of a Vietnamese coffee

Thanks, snakeey11, for the opportunity

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Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened December-2013 at Williamjbauer's tasting, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small fizzy light tan head that has good retention as the head remains bubbly long after the pour

S- fresh roasted coffee aroma up front, followed by ripe banana and melted milk chocolate. There's a slightly smoky charcoal character, finishing with some fruity notes

T- fresh coffee up front, perhaps the freshest coffee flavor that I've experienced form a beer and very coffee-forward. Beyond the coffee, some chocolate notes begin to kick in followed by some slightly smoky notes. More coffee on the finish that continues to sit fresh on the palate

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slick mouthfeel and finish

O- one of the best coffee flavors I've ever had from a stout, the freshness of the flavor is just ridiculous and meshes very well with the chocolate flavors, alcohol is also hidden very well

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