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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee | AleSmith Brewing Company

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#120
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,825
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

musty coffee all right overall

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and a creamy coffee aroma. Taste is much the same with a slight fruit flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and one of the best coffee aromas in a beer I have ever smelled.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer poured out black in color with a thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with coffee, the taste has the same heavy dominant coffee flavors. The feel is very smooth and slick. Overall this beer is awesome. I feel it's the best of all the variant Speedway's.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
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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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was really excited to see this on the draught board at Alesmith, but I was driving so I had to review from a sampler. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a beautiful one finger rich tan colour head of amazing thickness and retention. Excellent cream. Body colour is a solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Rich java/coffee, heavy refined dark chocolate, roast, dark malts, caramel, vanilla, and delightful malty sweetness. Roast emerges both from the coffee roast and from roasted barley.

T: Amazing. Perfectly balanced chocolate and smooth roasty coffee notes. Excellent caramel and cream. Perfect dark malt foundation. Complex and subtle. Divine. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I actually prefer this to Barrel Aged Speedway.

Mf: Smooth, wet, rich, and of perfect thickness and carbonation. Feels custom tailored to the flavours, complementing them excellently.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable at this high an ABV. A damn near perfect example of the style. I'll definitely hope to revisit this for a more in-depth review. Simply delicious.

High A

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12/24/13 bottle review. I'm excited to revisit my current 10th highest rated beer; I only got to try a sampler at Alesmith's tasting room. I'm curious how it holds up after almost a year of age. 12% ABV. Reviewed as an imperial stout. Served cold and allowed to warm. 750ml brown glass bottle with grey-black foil side-poured into an EKU 28 stem-snifter.

Bottled: 08/05/13.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of gorgeous rich khaki/light tan colour. Nice creaminess an thickness. Lovely even smooth consistency and soft complexion. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass initially but fizzles out.

Body colour is an opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks like an imperial stout should. I'm craving it.

Sm: Abundant coffee/java notes - roast, earthiness, bitterness, cream, and even some espresso/cappuccino notes too. Dark malts. Dark chocolate. Milk chocolate. Caramel. Cream. Hints of roasted barley. Coffee dominates, as it should, but the aroma has definitely receded with age, to its detriment. It's a great aroma for an imperial stout - just a bit timid. Below average strength for the style.

It's quite clean - no yeast character or boozy alcohol presence is noticeable.

T: Multidimensional coffee character - earthiness, bitterness, roast, java, cappuccino, espresso, etc. All the coffee elements are well integrated and balanced, and coffee is allowed to dominate over the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cream, dark malts, chocolate malts, and caramel. As it warms, I'm also getting hints of cocoa powder. Some fudge. A kiss of mocha. Very pleasant but restrained lactose - a bit milk stout-esque. I don't really find the condensed milk of Brazilian coffee. I'm not finding the vanilla other reviewers have noted; maybe they're confusing it with the complex malty sweetness? A damn tasty brew across the board.

The subtlety is incredible; this is not a heavy-handed or overwhelming imperial stout by any means. I do pick up light traces of a burnt/ashy character, which lends it still more complexity. Certainly a nuanced and intricate build for an imperial stout; I'd even call it gestalt.

Great depth of flavour. Above average duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour; it's bold, but not overwhelming.

Mf: The creaminess is fantastic, and lends the mouthfeel an amazing comforting softness which really takes the edge off the strength and boldness of the flavours. Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness and body. It's not too filling or heavy, but is rather silky and fleeting. Chewy. I'm amazed that at 12% it's not hot or boozy. Perfect carbonation. It does have a hint of acidity which suits the coffee but isn't ideal.

Not oily or gushed.

The texture is a near-perfect marriage to the taste, and feels custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV and style. I'll easily kill this bottle alone. I'm glad I got to revisit this brew. I'd definitely buy it again in spite of the high price point. It's an incredible beer every beer enthusiast should try. Perhaps Alesmith's best beer, and that's saying something. I don't know that it's as tasty now as it was fresh, but it holds up to age a lot better than regular Speedway. I stand by my A rating, but I don't know that it's quite worthy of being in my top 10. It lacks the delicacy and fragility of the absolute best beers I've ever had, but it comes damn close. They executed the premise of this beer almost perfectly. I'm impressed.

A (4.45)

***
2016 vintage (draught PET bottle fill):

Nicely roasty with a divine coffee presence and perfect amount of dryness.

High B / GOOD

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet-black with just a trace of head that dissapates to a faint cap and lacing. Strong, sweet coffee aroma and taste. Full-bodied and satisfying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee with some hazelnut nectar which rounds off some of the rough edges. Taste is a mix between some deep dry roasted malt notes with dry coffee notes and some hazelnut notes which helps rounds off the flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and nice creamy body and no apparent alcohol. I liked this version better than the Koppi version.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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