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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

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1,653
Avg:
4.44
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23.2%
 
 
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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hangar, Amherst MA. Black Wednesday.

A- Motor oil black pour from the draft to a small goblet with a medium mocha brown cap. The frothy head dies down to a ring and several small sheets of lacing are left behind.

S/T- Massive Speedway base with a heaping amount of heavily roast grains as well as a touch of dark fruits. Seems to have more of a milk chocolate feel here for whatever reason with plenty of luscious coffee throughout giving a touch of fruit and espresso tones.

MF- About as big as they come with massive thickness on the palate and a creamy, slick consistency. Moderately high carbonation and the slightest hint of warming; impressive for 12%.

Ol' reliable Speedway series delivers another great brew. This one is a blast of chocolate and coffee all around and for some reason I personally get more cocoa than usual in this variant.

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

i finally got to try the Vietnamese version of this... it was very good, but i honestly didn't see the hype. especially after trying the Hawaiian next to it (and a BC vanilla Rye). it had some great coffee flavor and an awesome smoothness and was an excellent brew.....

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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 GOBLIN
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Accidentally stumbled upon this on draft . . . Very excited ! As expected it pours deep black with khaki colored head and very nice lacing. Honestly I'm not overly impressed with the nose but it is what it . . . Coffee, roasted malts, some random spices thrown in there as well. Taste is just delicious and it might be just me but this is similar tasting to KBS but with a much, much better and thicker feel. Overall, not really convinced that this worth the hype ( they never are ;) ) but still an impressive imperial stout.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 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 Duff27
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thick Light mocha head on a dark brown/black body that sticks around for awhile. Looks great. A swirl leaves a bunch of clump lacing.

Dry robust coffee smell.

Roasty, robust..."nutty", almost woody. Hard to believe this is 12%abv.

OMG. One of the best mouthfeel my mouth has ever felt. Sooo luscious, creamy, frothy, smooth. Perfectly carbed, perfect overall.

Simply put, the smell and taste are good but the mouthfeel is the real winner of the show. So creamy and smooth. Thanks for sending it this way kojevergas!

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

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/1/15 big cheers towards kumatmebrew for the bottle

A shes dark right out of the bottle and pumps out a large and loose head that has better retention then expected falling to a thick film leaving a few partial rings of lace

S chocolate covered raisins, plums, burnt brown sugar, fudge, chocolate syrup, sweetened cream, not as much coffee as expected but that still leaves a fair amount, no clue where the 12% is hiding

T much more coffee in the mouth, some charred wood, more coffee, heaps of chocolate of all kinds, and just a little spice I can't place, once again I'm struggling to find booze

M thick and bitter, a little gritty, enough bubbles to please, sticky on the stash, no heats impressive for a beer this big, coffee and char on the finish

O well rounded and drinkable for such a big beer, the coffee plays a major role but I was almost surprised that it wasn't complete overkill

one of those beers that makes you feel strange, enough booze to close one eye and enough caffeine to bug eye the other

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

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of brown colored foam on top. The aroma is dark roasted barley and bitter coffee. The flavor is initially dark bitter roasted barley and then finishes with the deep coffee note. It honestly finishes slightly sweet. The mouth is creamy and viscous.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cask at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Raul was picturing rice fields; Raul was picturing himself getting lost in the beauty of Vietnam... Speedway Vietnam Coffee Stout though...not so much. Don't get Raul wrong, this is a great beer; but subtle, it's subtle like Miley Cyrus' brainwaves. Not much on the coffee here. Very good, but not the "yep!" status that Raul was hoping for.

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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 timc100
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

Rich freshly ground medium roast coffee beans - a lot of lighter berry, toastier roast, bitter dry chocolate, slightly vegetal, sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. Taste is full and sweeter than expected, a lot of mocha, milk chocolate. Drier bitter chocolate finish.

Another great variant but I did prefer the JBM and Kopi to this.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, leftover from 2011 Million Zillion. 10oz thin glass.

A: Pours viscous black, with a solid cover of head. Good retention and some lacing. Recedes to a ring and thin cap.

S: Dark roast coffee, cream and vanilla, and dark chocolate. smells good.

T: Rich dark roast coffee, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Dry and finishes with a light lingering bitterness. Rich and decadent.

M: Creamy, slightly sticky, light on carbonation and full body.

O: Wow, delicious. A richer version of regular Speedway. Really well balanced and showcases all the good flavors of a stout.

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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 neurobot01
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Buzz Hive in Santa Barbara.

Look: super deep brown, with a light brown head that disappears but leaves good pacing.

Smell: pretty mild, but chocolate and fruit is evident.

Taste: initial taste is pretty harsh, to be honest. Almost burnt, and very bitter. But after that passes, considerable depth comes out. Tons of fruit, including more citrusy fruit. Also chocolate, nutmeg, roast. As it warms, cherry/raspberry really starts to assert.

Feel: thick, chewy, fairly dry.

Overall: the complexity that emerges as this warms is great. It's a sipper, but the alcohol is well masked. Not sure it quite lives up to its reputation, but definitely quite good.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting and different beer to the 'regular' speedway stout. You can tell the coffee is stronger and more bitter.

The look is a nice dark brown to black with some excellent lacing and a decent frothy ring of tan-off white head.

The smell is nice but thin in its complexity, plenty of bitter coffee grinds along with some vanilla bean and cocoa beans to round it out. The smell is a bit astringent which departs from the nice aromas. The taste follows suit in many ways, but it is filled in by a hefty malt bill and some deeper sweet and savory flavors that make the coffee tastes richer. A very complex palate that seems to open up as it warms and deepens with each taste.

The feel is a nice medium feel with little burn. It goes over smoothly, and caps off a very nice brew overall.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Final Gravity in Roseville, CA. 12/13/14

Appearance - Served in an 8 ounce snifter with a broken layer of surface suds, this brew is black with cola brown edging. Streaks of lace down the sides as the brew is consumed and exhibit nice stick.

Smell - Lush chocolate notes along with lesser vanilla and molasses sweetness. Boozy. Hints of roast coffee sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. Predominant chocolate flavor and a big, boozy bite. Vanilla, brown sugar and molasses notes hit mid-taste, adding to the layered complexity. Coffee roast hits in the finish along with a numbing anise quality.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky texture with a touch of sticky syrup. Goes down nicely despite the big ABV.

Overall - Yeah, this is nice. Amazing complexity packaged with a smooth, drinkable delivery. I'm not sure if it's better than the standard Speedway, but that's because it's amazing too. Well recommended.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was given notice that a keg of this was coming so it was with anticipation of something great that I bought this. It did not disappoint.

It's black with a weak head and little fizz. The aroma is beautiful coffee and ashes but somewhat subtle.

The taste is a malty, bitter-sweet. Coffee dominates but it is joined by everything from hops and roasty malts and very faintly some yeast.

This is a great brew. It's balanced, in it's own over the top way, and very drinkable. The booze is not to be noticed, unlike the regular. I am sure I will feel it once I finish this half growler. It is a fairly civilized humongous brew - maybe a little harsh on the throat. It can overpower any food. I am eating a spicy sandwich with raw scallion on it and this cuts right through and goes well with it.

It is not a great value, but who cares! Recommended.

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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 zhanson88
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled August 2013.

Appearance: Pours a viscous looking black color,with a solid 3/4" tan head, which has good retention and lacing. Nice start.

Smell: Smells of dank coffee, semi sweet dark chocolate, and vanilla. Really not quite as much dank coffee on the nose as I had anticipated. More sweetness than I was expecting.

Taste: Like the smell, coffee bitterness up front, with more prevalent dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Warming alcohol bite on the end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is full, with a great level of fine carbonation. Excellent. It drinks right up to its ABV. Overall a nice stout. Was kind of expecting the coffee to be a bit danker and in my face, with a touch less sweetness. As it was though, still very nice and an improvement over the base beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil black color. Has a coffee and boozy aroma. Flavor is coffee a little boozy and super smooth. Has a really nice mouth feel. Delicious overall beer

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Beer Belly, in Albany, New York. Glad I finally got to try this one. While it was certainly a delicious beer, I must admit, I thought it would be better. After letting it warm, the flavors one would expect to erupt, lay dormant. I didn't taste much coffee flavor at all. Still, it was medium bodied and went down smooth. I'd drink it again.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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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