Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout is an Imperial Stout brewed with Coconut, Vanilla, and Ka’u Coffee.
“We often use Speedway Stout as a jet-black canvas for homages to things we hold dear, whether it’s artisan coffee, a favorite edible or sumptuous flavor combination. The most recent variation of our celebrated imperial stout honors the culinary character of the Hawaiian Islands by combining the lush sweetness of coconut with vanilla and Ka’u coffee. Named after the region of Hawaii from which it hails, Ka’u is produced from some of the world’s rarest coffee beans. Slow-grown beneficiaries of nutrient-rich volcanic soil and idyllic climate, Ka’u offers nuances of caramel and hazelnut plus a soft floral character, all of which marry seamlessly with natural sweetness from the vanilla and coconut as well as Speedway Stout’s inherently rich, chocolaty character. Say aloha to something truly exceptional and evocative of its namesake isles.”
Final Rating: 4.08/5
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottled a year ago, October 2015. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Alesmith taster glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black body, opaque once in the glass. Medium sized 2 finger brown head rises and reduces moderately slowly, leaving some lacing.
Aromas are slightly muted.. I can’t imagine this bottle is past it’s prime but the adjuncts may have faded. Light coffee and chocolate, some vanilla and booze.
On the tongue is chocolate, vanilla, light coconut in there, roasted cocoa, follow through has heavy notes of roasted coffee, finish is charred, chocolate malt, burnt. Mouthfeel is slightly lacking, it’s a little thin. Medium carbonation.
Overall, Hawaiian speedway was alright, I wish I got more of the ‘Hawaiian” character, the coconut and vanilla were a little underwhelming.