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AleSmith Speedway Stout (Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Bean)

AleSmith Speedway Stout (Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Bean)
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
On cask at brewery. Black with a thick creamy light brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, and coffee aroma. Thick creamy palate. Tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, sugar, and roasted grain up front followed by perfumey vanilla and milk chocolate on the back end with a dry citrus finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4320) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Draft at OBriens speedway night. Dark black pour, with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, notes of vanilla extract, dry cocoa, coffee grounds, and some bitterness. Decent, but not one of the better speedway treatments. The vanilla only speedway had more flavor.
Earlier Rating: 5/4/2012 Total Score: 4.1
Draft at night of a million zillion speedways 2011. Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla extract, and dark malt sweetness. Flavors are smooth and creamy, like a thick milk shake. Good. Rating # 3000.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Tap at O’Briens Night of Million Zillion Speedways. Rating the Ghanaian and Ecuadorian Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Bean version that should be aliased with this one.

Pours inky black. Weak head. Nose is rich vanilla, bourbon, some odd dill and apple. Taste is cucumber, licorice, dark chocolate. We had an initial mix up with our pours, but once we figured out what was what and reorganized and retasted, this one had some oddities and was not the cucumber version or licorice version. The cucumber and licorice versions were more straightforward and easily identifiable. Palate like all Speedways is lactic, rich, oily, nicely hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
A nice little added bitter chocolate shows through with lots of vanilla. I have to say, it would have gotten a higher rating if the vanilla didn’t taste a little artificial to me. Still a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Served on tap at O’Brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 2011. Looks like this entry is sticking so I’ll put up my notes. The appearance is the usual Speedway deep black hue with a medium roasty brown head. The aromas are a delightful chocolate and vanilla duet. Some decent coffee additions as well. The flavors have a creamy vanilla, that are not as intense as the vanilla/coconut variety but still well done. The chocolate is a molten milk chocolate the flows well with the vanilla along all of the malt goodness. Creamy full mouth. Something just go wonderful in great stouts, this has 2 of them. Tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
On tap at Night of a Million Zillion Speedways 11/12/11 at O’Briens Pub in SD. I believe the addition of the Vanilla bean in the name and the actual beer make it a new entry.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan ring and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla extract. Coffee. Chocolate. Tootsie roll.

Taste: Dark roast. Vanilla bean. Dark chocolate.

Mouth. Full creamy sticky.

Overall: Super tasty.


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