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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

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

Huge thanks to evilc for an awesome extra! Thanks chris!

32oz growler poured into a pair of snifters.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 1 finger of thick and creamy medium tan head. Drops down to thin cap and spotty lacing is noted on the side of the glass.

Smell: Fresh, bold, and roasty expresso beans. You also get the lactose note in the nose and it adds an awesome sweet note to this beer.

Taste: Very coffee forward. Big expresso coffee beans that taste really fresh and roasty just like it smells. Its not very bitter the coffee is very well balanced with the stout. You get some nice sweet notes of milk chocolates, coffee creamer, and vanilla . The beer finishes with a roasty coffee bitterness that mixes with more vanilla sweetness. I was really surprised just how much vanilla flavor was found through out this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Cant believe this beer is 12%; not even a hint of booze at all. It drinks like its 7%abv (Beware this beer will creap up on you fast). The beer is silky and creamy. Carbonation level is just right in this beer.

Overall: Honestly its the best non barrel aged coffee stout that I have drank to date. I love Speedway Stout and the different coffee beans and the lactose sugar make regular Speedway Stout even better! Bravo Alesmith keep up the great work!

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

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last night at our monthly tasting.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense fresh brewed coffee, bit of bakers chocolate, dash of vanilla extract, molasses, dark fruits, plenty of dark roast and some light booze. The coffee is intense and yet it doesn't completely overshadow the supporting aromas.

T - Starts off with with a huge blast of fresh brewed vietnamese coffee that never really fades away. Hints of vanilla, molasses, bakers chocolate, dark fruits and plenty of dark roast help round it all out. Booze grows as it warms up but never really gets in the way of the flavors. Finish is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy, roasty feel from start to finish. Pretty easy to consume all things considered.

O - I have wanted to try this one for a long time and I am really glad it lived up to my expectations. The coffee was stronger than the Kopi version which was a pleasant surprise, yet it was still pretty easy to consume. After mixing some of this with the BA speedway we drank right after it it's safe to say that I would love to see a BA version of this.

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

on cask at the brewery

Pours an inky, viscous blackness with a thick tuft of browned head resting on top. Nice retention, leaving patchy bursts of lacing left behind on the taster.

Rich, fragrant roasted coffee beans erupt from the nose, balanced by soft chocolate sweetness. Heavy malts and roasted hints with caramel, molasses and prevalent coffee. Soft boozy glow as well, but well-tempered.

Avalanche of coffee, nuts and chocolate land on the tongue upon first sip. Potent roasted coffee beans, but still remaining mild and pleasant. Semi-sweet chocolate notes with cocoa powder and caramel. Thick, bruising malt backbone with roasted notes and layers of rich flavor. Finishes with coffee and warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, fluffy, creamy and silky on the tongue. I'm already a huge fan of the base beer, so having the opportunity to try this variation was really exciting.

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

Growler from javib458 - thanks so much dude! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Light tan foam settles to a wispy, partial cap and spotty lacing. Body is pitch black.

S - The coffee is front and center, and it's definitely got that condensed milk flavor you get from Vietnamese coffee. In the periphery there is a hefty dose of dark bread and semisweet chocolate.

T - Flavor is quite similar, with a nice mix of iced coffee, creamer, vanilla sweetness, and semisweet chocolate. Sweeter than you'd expect from a coffee beer, with a slightly fruity flavor when it warms up.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower carbonation. Dry and tannic cold-press coffee texture to it. Not much obvious alcohol here.

D - A really excellent beer, that was shockingly easy to drink. There was a touch of alcohol present when the beer fully warms up, but nothing shocking for 12%. Surprised by the low reviews, but maybe this batch was an improvement over previous ones.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Effing enormous tan head with multiple layers of lacing left behind.

Smells like coffee ice cream.

No bitterness or fruitiness whatsoever, just straight up old school coffee at first. Then amazingly delicious vanilla and chocolate come forward somehow. A huge roasted malt presence arises as it warms.

Creamy as fuck. This is so damn smooth. Where does the alcohol go?! Don't worry, even if you don't notice, someone else will shortly after you finish a glass of this.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

32oz mini growler pours a pitch color with an inch of frothy medium brown head. Lots of spotty lacing. This one smells great. The aroma is a nice mix of espresso, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate syrup. The taste is a mix of espresso and chocolate syrup. Roasted malts, earth, vanilla and caramel. More coffee flavors towards the finish mixed in with chocolate syrup. Very noticeable alcohol presence. Slick mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. This beer made the long trip to CT no problem and I am very grateful for that. Overall, an amazing beer that improves on an already great one.

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Photo of portia99
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (bottled 8/5/13) poured into a CBS snifter.

A - Pitch black on the pour with a thick finger plus cap of frothy cappuccino foam with very good staying power. Several minutes pass before it significantly fades and the glass is coated nicely with thick webs of lacing over almost the entire surface.

S - I get a rich coffee aroma up front with a firm complement of berry aroma along with it. Plenty of roast all around. Hints of caramel and molasses and a bit of anise for good measure. Milky chocolate completes the picture.

T - Milk chocolate up front, a touch of burnt/charred malt, lots of roasted malt, and some mild caramel. Coffee comes thru quite well especially as the beer warms a bit - smooth, slightly acidic. There is a thick creaminess to this beer, semi-sweet notes further smooth out this beer quite well. Light hop bitterness, a bit of a green, grassy hop component, but at a low level. Alcohol is well hidden but is not undetectable - light warmth can be felt on the swallow and found on each inhale. Each inhale also brings the berry-like, estery character noticed in the aroma.

M - Medium/full bodied with a lower level, creamy carbonation. Estery, roasty, coffee-centric, chocolately imperial stout - complex describes it. Mild alcohol warmth that lets you know this is a 12% beer, but smooth enough that you completely forget that fact while drinking it.

O - Very, very good imperial stout. Regular Speedway is great by itself. This Vietnamese coffee version takes it up another notch. Not quite the religious experience I've heard others describe this as, but certainly upper echelon material. I think this is the 3rd bottle I have had and happy there is still one left in the cellar - will be happy to revisit this one again at least one more time.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico Ballston. Poured into a small snifter.

I drank both the regular and the Vietnamese side by side. Almost two different beers.
The Vietnamese version is easily my pick between the two. Less bitter than the regular as there is more sweetness. That said and even though I like it so much the Vietnamese may still be a bit too sweet. 4.25



A - Pours a pitch black with a thin beige head. 4.25

S - A lot of chocolate. Maybe a bit too much. 4

T - Toasty malts, dark chocolate, rich, lots of coffee, average bitterness balanced by the sweetness of the malts. A hint of cinnamon or other heat-like spice. 4.5

MF - Heavy bodied, slick with a semi dry finish. 4.5

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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!

Cheers

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

Big thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing the bottle!

Poured black with a thin brown head, not much in the way of retention or lacing. Big nose of dark roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, molasses. The taste follows with a big grain presence, lots of coffee, some vanilla, a touch boozy but really nicely balanced. Full, thick and round on the palate. Delicious!!

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

A really nice addition to the variant family. Black thick oily like pour. Mouth feel was viscous yet smooth.. Smell of the coffee predominates. Get the coffee coming thru in this beer in the finish but not overpowering. I am not a coffee drinker but this beer was great.

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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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