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AleSmith Speedway Stout (Vanilla and Coconut)
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 4.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap @ O’brien’s Night of a Million Zillion Speedways.The appearance is identical to the regular version, except maybe a slightly smaller head. Aroma is regular Speedway with a bunch of coconut. The flavor is like an almond joy, lots of coconut to go with the chocolaty goodness. Mouth feel is a bit oily compared to stock Speedway. Another damn good beer, my wifes favorite of the bunch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Small pour thanks to GT. Pours a thick creamy dark brown pour with the slightest dark tan head. Aroma is creamy and meaty. Notes of chocolate and cookie dough. Coconut and vanilla is present but subtle. Flavor is dry and chocolate. Very creamy, almost like chocolate milk. Coconut is light at first but strengthens and lingers in the back of the mouth. Bitter finish with some coffee notes. Thick and full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (8452) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2011
On tap @ Alesmith release - I actually got the last sample poured. This was very good, but I was expecting more coconut and vanilla. It had the same great Speedway appearance and finish. I think I liked it the best of the three special tap releases that day. Good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Hand bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Black color, scant brown head. Aroma of intense coconut, chocolate, vanilla, like a fancy Mounds bar. Taste is smooth dark milk chicolste and coconut. Tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2012
Vanilla and coconut notes abound with the usual chocolate and coffee notes underlying. Again, I unfortunately feel like the vanilla tastes a little artificial.

4
   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.


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