AleSmith Barrel Aged Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout ~ 2022 release I shall preface this with the fact that I have never had prior versions of this brew and am also not very familiar with the Vietnamese Coffee flavors... Looks much like the base beer which is a darkest cola brown color when held up against the light. A tight dark khaki foam capper holds for a few minutes. A bit of dotted lace noted. The nose opens with rich dark malts, cold pressed coffee, and bakers chocolate. I get some light toffee, vanilla, and coconut along with some woodsy earth like elements. A touch of boozy sting detected. On the palate this is not coffee forward for me at all. Predominate are flavors of dark roasted malts, toasted nut/nougat, dark berry/fruit, earthy and woodsy. Some chocolate bitters, softly charred marshmallow, toasted coconut. Well masked alcohol with a light warming on the exhale. All in flavors are well blended together. Mouthfeel is on par with the regular Speedway which is probably considered thinner for todays market I would say. A bit of malt stickiness but fairly dry, bitter, and semi-frothy on the tongue. As a coffee stout maybe a pass for most but for a BA stout overall this is pretty damn good and a steal at the price point. Not their best BA offering but a definite step up from the base Speedway. I prefer the smaller format offering as well. Cheers BA!