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4.5/5
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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:
#121
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,824
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There are so many variations of Speedway Stout, and they're all very similar and very good. Becomes difficult to truly not have a series of beer reviews clogged up with variants right around that same 4.5/5 range, but we will persevere. Pours black as usual, dark AF, brown, long lasting head. They make a kick ass looking beer consistently. The aroma smacks of roasted malt and coffee and almost nothing else. Beauty in its simplicity almost.

Taste is more of the same. Amazing body, hides the alcohol so well, doesn't seem overly bitter or hot at all. Loads of coffee. But is it discernably better or different from the base Speedway Stout? I would say its pretty much the same dang thing. But that's how it is, make 20 versions of the same beer, mostly a trick from the NE IPA trend, but it exists elsewhere too (in fact it was prolly the Eclipse model that started it).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Alesmith taster glass. Thanks Ryan for hooking me up with this.

Pours a thick, brown-black body with a brown head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aromas are heavy on the coffee and cocoa - very similar to regular speedway with a little more coffee. More like roasted, brewed coffee than freshly ground coffee. A tad bit oxidized on the nose but nonetheless enjoyable.

Yum - taste starts out with sweet chocolate cake, followed by vanilla and caramel, finishing with coffee and a roasty malt flavor that sticks around on the tongue for a while. Medium-heavy body, but easy drinker and definitely can't tell it's 13% alcohol.

Probably the best non-BA speedway stout variant I've had thus far, and I've had around 10 of them.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatche2
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Alexcortez426
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rristow
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from draft. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is robust coffee and some chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet with mild bitter finish. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Very well done.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Howler from Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Served into tulip. Pour is black as black, 1/2 finger of dark mocha head. Head recedes in a few minutes with good lacing. Smell is coffee. And chocolate. And vanilla. Everything you'd expect. Taste is smooth coffee, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, dark fruits. Surprisingly, not as coffee forward as I'd hoped. It's balanced between coffee and other flavors. This is an outstanding beer but just not what I was hoping for. Mouthfeel is chewy and thick.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Why this is rated as a top 250 on BA I can't understand. Okay for an imperial stout but taste and smell is zero coffee not to mention zero Vietnamese coffee. A $20 howler that does not live up to the hype.

Poured into snifter:

L: oily jet black, cold dark roast coffee with a patch of bubbles that resemble fresh brewed coffee from a barista.. so look is there somewhat.

A: chocolate and malty but very faint

F: creamy, thin, yet heavy enough to only slowly sip.

T: creamy vanilla, boozy, and chocolate

O: can't taste coffee, how can it be called a Vietnamese coffee stout with no coffee flavor. Maybe I didn't get this so fresh but it was poured into a howler so maybe the keg is past due. Either way due to the cost and how this tastes, I'll never have it again. I want coffee flavor and it's not there. Just tastes like a mediocore Russian imperial stout and I really don't believe it has any place in top 250 much better beers out there. I understand coffee can fade quickly in beer however even if this had been aged there should at least be some hints of coffee for I've had aged coffee stouts in the past where coffee flavor still is there even if mild, and in this case it's nowhere to be found. Therefore, I consider this to be way over hyped.

Edit note: this was a fresh keg from what I've been told so yeah why no coffee flavor?

Another edit note:

I originally rated this a 2.9 in what I listed above but now 3rd day drinking out of same howler it actually tastes better than the 1st day fresh. I now get a bit of coffee flavor like a chocolate espresso bean candy or mocha with some Hershey's chocolate syrup. The pour was also very syrupy. very smooth @ 12% abv but still don't think it should be considered a whale but I think it does have ability to age well therefore I've slightly upped my rating. I also taste more bourbon flavor while the booziness had dissipated. I can see how the BA of this could actually be really good but as far as this goes it definitely improved on the 3rd day.

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Photo of Richter525
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miska
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robertm2152
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Juggerr
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 1,824 ratings
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