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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese CoffeeAleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee.

Added by brew3crew on 11-13-2011

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Reviews:
129
Ratings:
1,528
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
24.32%
 
 
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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. 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. 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 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 Chcshammonde
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ale Arsenal. This was enjoyed cold, and I wish I'd had more time to let it warm up. Still, this was a nice experience. Typical Speedway look. Smell is classic SS, nougat, roasted dark malts, slight smoke, sweet brown sugar. The Viet coffee makes this one jump off the page with coffee flavor. It feels like you are chewing on some high quality beans. The coffee element is almost dank, sticky, semisweet, super resiny coffee. Taste follows. I may have to fo back tomorrow for further inspection if this is still flowing. Good stuff. My first Speedway variant! Hope I can try them all.

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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 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 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with one-finger tan head that died quick with bits of lace. A coffee aroma that has bits of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Easy drinking, medium to heavy bodied beer that has this dry coffee flavor that is a tad grainy but has some sweetness to it, possible chocolate sweetness, and there is a touch of balance. Not my favorite coffee stout but it's pretty good.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

8oz on-tap at THG. Tulip.

A: Served a very dark coffee brown, near black, with a very thick and dense cap of creamy dark tan colored foam that took forever and a day to fade into a dense quarter inch of foam. The head is so thick it looks like melted coffee ice-cream, and it left sheets of lacing down the glass with every sip.
S: Rich Vietnamese coffee on the nose with hints of vanilla and a touch of chocolate and roast. There's a slight earthy raisin scent as well from the coffee.
T: Huge Vietnamese coffee flavor up front and throughout along with hints of thick chocolate syrup and fudge bringing up the rear. Potent and very rich flavors but very smooth and easy to drink with less coffee bitterness than many coffee stouts on the market. Smooth and slightly sweet coffee lingers in the aftertaste long after the swallow. Nice spicy complexity to the coffee, and a bit more depth than regular coffee beers..
M: Extremely thick body with a chewy mouthfeel and creamy and smooth carbonation. Drinks very well overall with a mouthfeel of a beer with half the alcohol. I'm not getting even the slightest bit of alcohol warmth. Very smooth.
O: Better than the original, with more depth and spice to the coffee flavor. Overall an exceptional coffee stout.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Broadway Dive, served in a tulip glass in an 8 ounce pour.

Look, smell, taste, a whole lot of Speedway Stout. Less bitter perhaps? Not sure as it's been awhile. Got some sweetness and vanilla, but again, not sure how much that distinguishes this from the regular.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm running out of ways to say how delicious the Speedway variants are! I might place this just a notch below the Kopi Luwak variant, but not by much. Can't wait to try more!

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

Enjoyed on draft at Armsby Abbey, poured into a small tulip glass.
A - Very dark, chalkboard dark, there must be carbonation in there because a lovely mocha cap resides.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, heavy roast notes, a sharp edge to the nose, a bit of alcohol rises with time.
T - Bakers chocolate, cold brew coffee, not very subtle here, a big presence. In time warming the palate
relents to some darker fruits and more coffee,
M- Full in body, delightful oily complete submission cannot be resisted.
O - A beautiful big stout, the coffee variant was a bit spicy, surprisingly dry and quite a nice match.
Cheers

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour at Davis Beer Shoppe into a snifter. Pours a brownish black with a thin Tom of cream head that mostly but never fully dissipates. Nose is roasty deliciousness, with hints hints of dark chocolate and some booziness as it warmed. Taste is heavier on the chocolate than the nose, plenty of roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation fine, and the finish slightly bitter and hot from the ABV. Tasty brew indeed, but I like the Hammerhead slightly better.

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

good golly i have wanted to try this beer for a long time, and to finally get the chance is pretty incredible. amazing to have it on tap too. it pours significantly more brown than i remember the base beer being. it really isnt all that dark. nice head on it, and some general and expected cloudiness. its less intense and thick looking than the barrel aged version, and i am excited to sip it. the nose is more chocolate than coffee, which i find surprising, its not that its coffee profile is weak, its that the chocolate malt and roast and earthy bits are very forward in the aroma, and its real inviting. from the first taste it seems the vietnamese coffee is real different than the cali stuff. coarsely ground and dark, bitter, and bringing out the best of the very dark malt. more concentrated than others, but with the chocolate, it seems sweet and delectable and approachable for how strong it is. the alcohol is super well hidden, and it just never seems all that heavy. i suppose its not that different in the coffee aspect as i hoped it would be, but its very distinct beer, a key beer in the style, memorable and as good as any of its variants. it really doesnt need a barrel...

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Photo of flyingpig
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1/3rd of a Pint in Brewdog DogHouse Glasgow (£5.45):
Not a beer that disappointed at all, it was strong & dark with coffee & vanilla balanced well. It was silky smooth & went down easy for the strength whilst still having a nice kick to it. Full bodied & filling but very enjoyable; I'm looking forward to trying the original even more now.

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Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Ridgewood

Served up an inky black color with a thick pillow of tan foam on the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate forward, a tad syrupy like I find the regular version to be...hazelnut coffee, vanilla cream, molasses, and bread crust. Flavor is coffee and cream, dark roasted malt goodness, cocoa, and an initial woody spice that decreases as it warms. Not super coffee forward, but certainly has a mocha-like quality. Light berry fruitiness and vanilla sweetness. Surprisingly not too sweet or boozy though - not boozy at all in fact, which is impressive. Pretty heavy feeling and very soft with some lingering bitter roast. Good stuff - especially as it warms up.

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Photo of barczar
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent integration of coffee into a beer. Stout still shines, with coffee countering the inherent boozy nature of a beer of this abv. Another winner from Alesmith.

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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 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 Zonk
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's Chelsea.

Pours thick and black, small oatmeal head.

Rich bourbon barrel aromas with lots of vanilla sweetness on the nose. Coffee is noticeable but understated.

On palate more of the same pronounced coffee but not overpowering, rich sweetness from the barrels, Rich and roasty but hoppy for a stout which balances the sweetness.

Really plush smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of PVMT
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 Phigg1102
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slick black pour, with a thin tan head. Nose is more roasted malt than coffee, fairly rich, but a bit more toned down than I was expecting. Coffee comes through in the taste more, along with a bit of chocolate and some tobacco. The malts are well expressed in the taste as well; rich, lingering on burnt, but not overly bitter.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of my favorite coffee stouts here.. had a draft pour.. nice black color with mocha head... smells of nice strong coffee.. taste follows the nose.. i love the not too sweet and just straight coffee flavor here. id like a little thicker mouthfeel but its an awesome brew

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Photo of BrettonJay
3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having this on tap in a tulip. It's too cold, so I may be biased. Looks like a good imperial stout - thick, viscous, black with a small tan head that fades quickly. Nothing special there. Smell is very subdued coffee and sweet chocolate with no alcohol presence at all. Stronger coffee and chocolate taste than smell. Significant alcohol burn on the swallow, but not too distracting. Mouthfeel is as expected from watching it poured - thick and creamy but with a strong burning finish. Overall I think this beer is well balanced but mild in flavor of coffee and any other notes that should be present in a beer like this. It's fantastic as an imperial stout, but my expectations were maybe too high. I'm left wanting more complexity and more flavor. I would certainly buy a bottle if it were on the shelves, though! It's definitely good.

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