From AleSmith Brewing – We traditionally brew Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sữa đá, with a phin-style filter that gently percolates water through ground coffee. The result is a chocolaty and bold tasting coffee that perfectly complements the notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon in this massive barrel-aged stout.
AleSmith Brewing – AleSmith Barrel Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout – On tap at the brewery – 12% abv.
Appearance: Pours black with a quickly faded head.
Aroma: Honey grahams, bourbon, milk chocolate.
Taste: Woody bourbon. Acidic dark roasted coffee, tannins, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, astringent, mild carbonation.
Overall: This is an amazing variation on Speedway Stout. One of the most balanced barrel aged versions I’ve had as well. The booze, the roast, the chocolate and the coffee were all in perfect balance on this batch. Tremendous work. Those who snagged the bottles oughta think twice before trading it away for some midwest shelf beer.