Alesmith ‘Speedway – Mostra Coffee & Coconut’ Imperial Stout


“For this special variant of our signature Speedway Imperial Stout we partnered with our good friends at @mostracoffee to add their Ghost Bear Coffee Blend: Speedway Edition, which features beans from Brazil, the Philippines, and El Salvador! Combined with copious amounts of coconut to pair with Speedway’s already roasty notes of chocolate and dark fruit, this specialty release is definitely something to write home about.”

Glassware: Snifter.

Appearance: Solid black with a thumb of light brown foam perched on top. It gradually reduced to a halo with scarce lacing as we imbibe.

Aroma: Loving the way the coconut slices through the rich and roasty malts. Hold the nostrils over the beer for a little longer and the heavenly scents of coffee come to the party with its nutty and slightly roasted traits. Then the cavalry arrives bringing vanilla, muscovado sugar, fig, licorice, charred wood, dark chocolate, star anise/clove and black pepper. This is smelling the goods!

Flavour: Quite bitter and we don’t think it’s coming from the coffee either. It’s more of a hop bitterness which is emphasized further by the monstrous 12% ABV. Lucky the immensely rich and roasty malts come through with serious vigour. The coconut and coffee is front and centre as they should be. Evident notes of molasses, licorice and ash then shift into the nice roasted finish full of coconut, vanilla, charred malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel: The viscosity on this bad boy…ooft! So dense and muscly. Low-ish Co2, full body. The 12% ABV isn’t shying away.

Overall: Even though it’s a corker of a beer nothing under the ‘Speedway’ label has ever been able to come close to Thai Speedway. That thing was OG. Still, it’s a highly enjoyable version.