Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout

Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout. Alesmith Brewery, San Diego, CA. 12 % ABV. On tap at Acadia Cafe.

Impenetrable blackness. Rich, cocoa brown head, leaving lace and lovely.

Utterly complex aromatics. Vanilla and cream, cocoa and toffee, coffee galore. Hazelnuts and bittersweet hoppiness.
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Just divine.

In the mouth: Cream and cocoa and coffee hit first, with vanilla notes aplenty. Smooth, sweet, strong, delicious. Massive malt, slowly creeping alcohol. Delicious. Not much more to say. Flat out yummy.

Gobbledygook: 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.

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