AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & Coconut
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Sample (thanks to a friend at the release, I missed the samples they were pouring earlier in the day). Pours with a pitch black and viscous body with a small tan head. Some mild lace, okay retention. Aromas of coconut (as stated) that reminds me a bit of medium toast french oak, coffee, vanilla (not too sweet), dark roast, chocolate, richness and alcohol. A bit of a lactose note. Rich flavors: coconut and vanilla cocooned by the rich chocolate and coffee notes (and alcohol). Minimal bitterness, but the beer is not cloying. Smooth, lightly warming (mellow, but you can feel it in your stomach), velvety texture. Amazing, wish I could have gotten a full sample (or two, or three...).
Fuller sample at the Full Pint Anniversary event. Murky near black hue, very slight brown head. Aromas are straight almond joy, huge chocolate fudge and vanilla. Otherwise pretty clean. Flavors are of vanilla, mild bitterness, coconut, cocoa, banana and lots of chocolate. Booze is under control. Silky mouthfeel. Really excellent. At a 4.3 I am still probably under-rating it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7386) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015. Pours pitch black with a small brown head, heavy lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, expresso, vanilla, coconut, little alcohol. Flavor is rich malt, caramel, coffee, light expresso, vanilla, coconuts, some alcohol, wood. Full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 010515

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (6627) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
Draft at CBC 2015. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, light coconut, cacao and licorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter, with alcohol warmth in the finish. Coconut coming out more and more as you drink. Full bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5619) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 10, 2015
Tap at CBC 2015. Poured a dark mahogany colour with a frothy dark tan head. The aroma is rich roasted sweet malt, vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a rich creamy smoky liqourice, alcohol bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
On tap at brewery. Black with a thick creamy tan head. Huge and amazingly beautiful floral coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee aroma and taste with a nutty chocolate and toasted coconut finish. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnnyJ (4825) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 Sample at the BA Speedway release. Pitch black with a tan head, pretty standard. Milk chocolate, toasted coconut, real vanilla bean, dark chocolate, balanced by a very nice slight roasty coffee. It’s tastes like those nice dark chocolate coconut balls while enjoying a good cup of espresso. Excellent dessert beer, wish I could have had more.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2010 Total Score: 4.6
Tap at O’Briens. Pitch black pour, tan head. Milk chocolate, nuts, delicious coffee blend, mmmm roasted coconut, light hint of vanilla. The flavors work so well together, smooth and completely covering up the alcohol. Amazing beer, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3448) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2015
CBC xv. Pours an opaque black with an off-white head. Smells of toasted malts and alcohol. Sweet and bitter with aromas of toasted malts, vanilla and coffee. Also notes of caramel. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Bitter and sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2010
1st rating of this brew, and first tick in a long time for me. Tried this today at Obrien’s amidst a sea of people and an unseasonably hot November evening. This seems to be everyone’s favorite from this new speedway styled flight. I really liked this and I’m not a coconut fanatic like some people. Pours black with a lighter whiter head than I’m used to with speedway. Nose is big on the coconut, very very appealing. The taste is fantastic, its like speedway with coconut, the fact that coconut is toasted is also quite evident. YUM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Big chocolate and coconut nose, just a little bit green. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter, lots of chocolate and roast, plenty of buttery coconut. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Sample at the BA Speedway and Decadence release. This was an amazing offering. Pours a deep coffee brown, fairly viscous with a creamy beige head, nice lacing. Tons of coconut in the nose as well as vanilla, coffee and burnt malts. Not quite as much coconut on the palate which was a good thing, might have made the brew a bit to cloying.

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