In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


AleSmith Brewing Company Speedway Stout (Vietnamese Coffee)

Aroma: “Starts out solventy and inky but fades into a fairly muted blend of coffee, chocolate, and roast. Some dark plum and dark fruit, with a moderate British hops aroma and vanilla.”

Flavor: “Notes of soy sauce and solvent. The beauty of this beer is the lack of things sticking out—the base has some nice roast and chocolate character that are complemented by the dark roast coffee. Sherry, cinnamon, and dark fruits appear as well, with some floral hops in the background.”

Overall: “This is a fun beer if you can get past the oxidation and solvent/high alcohol character. It’s a solid coffee imperial stout that fits together well with the nice rich chocolate and coffee flavors.”