AleSmith Brewing Company Speedway Stout - Rye Barrel Aged: Vietnamese

Speedway Stout - Rye Barrel Aged: Vietnamese

 

AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, California, United States 🇺🇸

Stout - Imperial Regular
Score
8.50
ABV: 13.0% IBU: - Ticks: 16
AleSmith is proud to release this long-awaited and intensely aromatic Russian Imperial Stout with Vietnamese coffee. We traditionally brew Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sữa 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 spice in this massive rye whiskey barrel-aged stout.
 

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9.3
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

Bottle thanks Asbjørn! Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, spicy rye, milk chocolate, light roast. Taste has lots of vanilla, coconut, fudge, milk chocolate, light fruity coffee, subtle spice, light bready malty notes. Winner winner chicken dinnah!

Tried from Bottle on 06 Nov 2019 at 16:55


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2016 vintage. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a this cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Light increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, char bitterness; and rye whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, spicy rye whiskey, toasted oak, fudge, roasted nuts, dark/brown bread/crust, coconut, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet, and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness, and whiskey/oak spiciness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 13%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Russian imperial coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, coffee, rye whiskey barrels, and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel for the style/ABV; not overly roasty/charred on malts, or boozy/tannic on barrels. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, fruity/nutty coffee complexity, and rye whiskey barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and fruity English yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example as expected. Aged wonderfully.

Tried from Bottle on 29 Jul 2019 at 21:08


8

Sliczna beczka. Migdalki. Bomboniera. Dlugie i intensywne posmaki. Nie za wiele ciala ale gladziutko. Kawowe. Duza klasa, najlepsiejsze dzis jak narazie

Tried at Mikkeller Bar Warsaw on 27 Apr 2019 at 15:17


9
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

750ml bottle with big thanks to Mike (bytemesis) shared with friends. Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, whiskey, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily body with soft carbonation.

Tried from Bottle on 27 Dec 2018 at 18:01


9.5
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 10 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 10

Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is little green peppers, barrel, caramel, vanilla. Body is strong and heavy and boozy and all, but this must be the smoothest BA RIS I had. Incredibly drinkable, very good coffee, caramel, barrel. Lucious and think, yet never overdone. Complex but straight and going down waaaaay too easy. After drinking this, beer has been done. It can hardly get better.

Tried from Bottle on 25 Nov 2018 at 17:26


9.5
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 10 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 10

Bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is super coffee, vanilla, oak, good so far. Taste is an out of this world great combination of coffee, oak, a touch coconut, and rye whisky booze. "Beer has been solved, we can go home."

Tried from Bottle on 24 Nov 2018 at 16:49


9.2
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 10 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

750ml bottle at share. I've been looking forward to this one for a while, and it didn't disappoint. All superlatives here. This is stunning, the way the roasted malts bring out some chocolate and the Vietnamese coffee plays its role and it's just wonderfully smooth tasty as f***, and then with a nice little bit of warmth. I can't say enough great things about this beer I wish I had more access to it.

Tried from Bottle on 27 Oct 2018 at 20:32



8.8
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Pitch black pour with a tan head. Tons of rye whiskey in the nose; rye whiskey, chocolate, milk coffee, vanilla, oak, drip coffee. Smooth texture, full body. Delicious stuff.

Tried on 04 May 2018 at 18:51


8.8
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared at Kermis’ last THT. Bit of a gusher! Black with big but short lasting dark brown head. Lots of coffee, massive chocolate, light spices, soft cinnamon, light spicy rye whisky, vanilla, bourbon, soft booze, marzipan. Very sweet, soft boozy bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Super good, really like this.

Tried from Bottle on 04 May 2018 at 18:51