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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vanilla & Coconut
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 4.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2877) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
On tap at the brewery for Speedway Grand Prix. Dark brown pour with a light brown head. Big coconut and vanilla bouquet. Huge vanilla and coconut notes work uber well with dark roasted malt and expresso notes. Fantastic, my favorite treatment...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (12922) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2015
CBC. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, coconut and vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 010515

4.3
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Camons (7372) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (34358) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2015
From tap. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted. Dark chocolate, solid bitter, vanilla and light and light coconut. Roasted. Bitter and light herbal. Roasted finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1161) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2015
Tap @ CBC 2015, yellow session. Blackish pour with a tan head. Nose has tons of coffee, sweet cocoa, light coconut, vanilla. Taste has fruity coffee, vanilla and coconut. Sweet and smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (777) - GREECE - MAY 16, 2015
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Yellow session. Black color with nice beige brown head. roasted malty aroma, chocolate, cookie, light coffee, some vanilla, fruity, light spicy. Sweet and bitter taste, light coffee, cocoa and coconut fruity. Full silky body with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On draft at the BA Speedway release. Dark black pour with small tan head. This stuff was much less roasty than the regular batch, however the vanilla and the toasted coconut made it very smooth and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Tap at Alesmith for Speedway Grand Prix. Not the vanilla coconut from last year. Multiple samples: inky pour with thick, red foam. Excellent retention. Huge lacing. No oil or flakes of coconut. Nose has flashes of green apple/acetaldehyde then moving in and out of intense coconut meat. Would be a 9 for aroma without the apple character. Taste is spicy, warming at 12%, thicker coconut meat. Nicely integrated coconut chocolate bar without any grittiness or sweetness. Thick palate with flashes of tannic apple. Palate goes in and out of something superlative and something overly tannic. Perhaps the keg oxidized a bit or something. On track to be something ridiculous but has a few flaws. Still, I had three pours of this. Still awesome, but not as good as some other variants today.
Earlier Rating: 11/8/2012 Total Score: 4.7
Tap at O’Briens for Night of Million Zillion Speedways. The best of the 16 on tap by a mile, and one of my favorite RIS experiences since BCS Rare. Rating #4700 on this site! The pour is inky with a small, menacing head when I was fortunate enough to get a 10oz pour later in the evening :0 Nose is nearly perfect- fresh coconut meat, cocoa butter, pistachio, Nutella, bourbon. It exudes a better, more integrated nose than the actual Pistachio and Nutella Speedways, and creates a faux bourbon barrel character like Pappy Van Winkle by simply HAVING toasted and fresh coconut and vanilla mimicking the much more expensive and time consuming hints of wood vanillin and coconut from high end American bourbon. The higher 12% alcohol sweetness blends perfectly to make this essentially the "Poor Man’s BCS Rare". Taste is perfect- insane amounts of chewy coconut, bourbon, pistachio, Nutella. By far the best Speedway I’ve ever had and better than the actual BA version. Better than BCS Rare. Drank a total of 25oz of this stuff FTW.


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