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AleSmith Speedway Stout Hawaiian

Hawaiian12% ABV. The most recent variation of AleSmith Brewing Company’s (San Diego, CA) highly regarded Speedway Stout celebrates the culinary character of the Hawaiian Islands by combining the lush sweetness of coconut with vanilla and Ka’u coffee. Named after the region of Hawaii from which it hails, Ka’u is produced from some of the world’s rarest coffee beans. Slow-grown beneficiaries of nutrient-rich volcanic soil and idyllic climate, Ka’u offers nuances of caramel and hazelnut plus a soft floral character, all of which marry seamlessly with natural sweetness from the vanilla and coconut as well as Speedway Stout’s inherently rich, chocolaty character. Pours dark black that supports a nice mocha brown head of foam. The aroma offers up a blend of dark roasted coffee, an unmistakable nuttiness, dark roasted malts and a coconut sensation that sneaks from behind from time to time. The taste is smooth, velvety, and rich. There is some slight earthy coffee blend along with coffee, vanilla, and light coconut flavors. Admittedly, the coconut seems to be lost in the shuffle with the vanilla fighting for the spotlight here, but that hasn’t taken anything away from the experience. It leaves a pleasing coffee roasted sort of nutty and mildly coconut sensation behind into the aftertaste especially when the beer warms up a bit. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation throughout. theBeerAuthority: A-

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This entry was posted on April 1, 2016 by in Beer.

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