I’ve been looking forward to opening this bottle for a while now, Alesmith’s specially released Speedway Stout brewed with Vietnamese coffee and aged in bourbon barrels. This massive stout was highly anticipated and released during San Diego Beer Week at the brewery.
“We traditionally brew Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sa đá, with a phin-style filter that gently percolates water through ground coffee. The result is a chocolaty and bold tasting coffee that perfectly complements the notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon in this massive barrel-aged stout.”
Here’s my review:
Final Rating: 4.65/5 rDev
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith taster glass. Acquired in a trade.
Pours a deep black, inky body with a dark, mocha brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a little lacing and decent retention.
Aromas are rich with delicious vanilla bean, freshly baked cake, fudge brownies, bourbon whiskey, coffee. Very inviting, very pleasing.
On the tongue the nose is matched, vanilla and milk chocolate, roasty coffee on the finish, chocolate and caramel, finish is roasty and rich. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with low carbonation.
What an awesome beer, one of the best coffee stouts I’ve ever tasted, so rich and full bodied, complex and balanced. Seek it out!