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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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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 1,659
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 brew, 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,

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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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Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Surly Goat served in a tulip.

Impenetrable blackness with a cap of khaki foam that leaves nice specs of lacing behind.

Smells just like dark chocolate covered espresso beans, dark roasted malts, hints of vanilla.

Taste is much of the same. Dark chocolate covered espresso with toasty malt and sweet vanilla. Really clean and concentrated flavors, very little alcohol presence. Minimal astringency, and just the slightest touch of salty minerality. Basically a chocolate and coffee in beer form.

Mouthfeel is big and bold. Low to medium carbonation. Alcohol hides itself very well. Big, but not heavy.

Overall this is similar to the original Speedway Stout with some additional sweetness, which must be from the different coffee in this variety.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a 5oz taster at rumpus room in milwaukee. The taste and feel are nearly perfect. Pour this on a tire, car bumper or pretty much anything and I am in

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft, in a 10 oz glass

jet black in color, with brown head. very nice coffee aroma - earthy herbal notes, not just all roast. taste is dark chocolate, espresso, a little nuttiness. a bit acidic. medium bodied, could be a little thicker. overall a very nice coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of Roguer
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black brew with the expected dark brown head.

Incredible on the palate. It starts roasty and boozy, but quickly becomes a liquid coffee-infused dark chocolate bar.

Full bodied, but not quite chewy.

Speedway Stout is one of the true benchmarks of the style; this variant truly raises it up another notch. Tremendous brew!

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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 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 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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