AleSmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout

While on my West Coast beer tour, I decided to stop in to AleSmith Brewery, which is located near several others, including Societe, Green Flash and Ballast Point, near the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. AleSmith has a number of great beers made with creative combinations of ingredients. Their regular stout is called Speedway Stout, which is a monster at 12% ABV. There is a basic version, but also a number of other versions made with all sorts of different flavors, including Sour Cherries, Peanut Butter and Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, Spearmint and different coffees. This one is made with Vietnamese Coffee. For a 12% ABV beer, this was remarkably drinkable. The alcohol was perfectly masked by the flavors. The beer was opaque with a small off-white head. The flavor was roasted malt, coffee, vanilla with a little chocolate. It also had a creamy mouthfeel to it. This may now be my favorite stout. I would rate 5 out of 5 proper pints.

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