Beer Review: ALESMITH MOKASIDA SPEEDWAY STOUT

Beer Review: ALESMITH MOKASIDA SPEEDWAY STOUT

The AleSmith Mokasida Speedway Stout pours into the glass with a characteristic ink-black hue, accompanied by a commendable level of carbonation and a generous brown foam. While visually striking, it doesn’t deviate much from the standard Speedway aesthetic.

Aroma

Unlike its tap counterpart, the bottled version lacks the assertive coffee-forward punch that one might expect from a Speedway Stout. Instead, the aroma leans towards burnt sugar, raisins, and an unexpected note of black olive. This departure from the anticipated coffee dominance is a common trait in coffee-infused beers, but it doesn’t contribute to the beer’s overall appeal.

Taste

The flavor profile offers a well-integrated bitterness, accompanied by a wickedly thick body boasting a substantial backbone of waxy dark chocolate. A subtle touch of sugar and raisin adds to the complexity, resulting in a predictably well-balanced brew. However, the promised novelty of the Ethiopian coffee blend fails to make a significant impact, rendering the taste experience decidedly average.

Mouthfeel

True to Speedway Stout fashion, the beer maintains a satisfyingly thick mouthfeel, enhancing the overall enjoyment. The carbonation level, though healthy, doesn’t overshadow the beer’s texture, contributing to a smooth and drinkable experience.

Overall

Shared during a Thanksgiving gathering, the AleSmith Mokasida Speedway Stout left our group with mixed impressions. While some enjoyed it thoroughly, for others, including myself, the beer failed to deliver the anticipated allure of the new Ethiopian coffee blend. In essence, it stood as a commendable but unremarkable addition to the Speedway lineup. The charitable aspect, supporting The Lost Boys of Sudan, adds a noble touch to the beer but doesn’t elevate its overall appeal. In the grand spectrum of Speedway variants, this particular rendition falls into the realm of mediocrity, lacking the memorable impact found in other versions, both positively and negatively.