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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - AleSmith Brewing Company

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak
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BA SCORE
97
world-class

385 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-11-2009)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from jbeatty and we drank it beside the regular Speedway and the BA Kopi version.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours black but clear yielding a two finger, medium looking dark tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some bits of lacing down the glass. Same as the regular version.

SMELL: Much better than the regular version. More coffee for sure, with roasted grains, sweet cream and some vanilla in there. No cabbage or band aids, luckily.

TASTE: Better as well. Roasted and burnt coffee, charred grains, with some sweet cream and vanilla at the finish. Bold and lingering finish of burnt coffee beans, roast and sweet cream flavors. A touch of cabbage, but not nearly off-putting like the regular Speedway.

PALATE: Same as the regular. Medium-fully body, heavy on the palate, with medium to lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. Very good for the style.

OVERALL: This was a big improvement on the regular cabbage Speedway. Nothing outstanding by any means, but decent flavors with more of a coffee presence and a good look and feel to round it out. Something I'm glad I got to try and I could finish a bottle myself if the opportunity was there, but not necessarily something I'd need to drink again. Thanks again jbeatty!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 15:19:03 | More by Jeffo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee also dominating. Taste is a mix between some deep dry roasted malt notes with bitter and dry coffee notes which almost veers into astringency territory. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but almost too extreme on the coffee side which diminish the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:58:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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kojevergas

Texas

3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass coffee with understated label art and black foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at Alesmith last year and served into a wine glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current 97 rating. I also loved the Vietnamese coffee.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of dark khaki colour. Nice even consistency. Good soft complexion. Smooth. Great creaminess and thickness. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's on the higher end of appearances for an imperial stout. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the appearance isn't incredible.

Sm: Chocolate malts, dark malts, cream, coffee/java with some roasty character, coffee bitterness, and chocolate. The coffee character isn't as intricate as I anticipated, but it's nice. Cocoa. Light cinnamon. There is some light booziness here, unfortunately. No hop character or yeast character is overtly detectable. It's about what you'd expect for a good coffee imperial stout, but isn't blowing me away - at least not like the Vietnamese Speedway. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, and rich coffee - including a touch of roast, some bitterness, and pleasant java. It's got a good coffee character, but I've had better. The duration of the coffee flavour is bit disappointing; it doesn't linger too long or have a presence in the aftertaste. Dark malts provide the malty core. Cream. Some cinnamon. Marshmallow. A kiss of espresso, perhaps. The coffee isn't as harsh as I expected; it's a little too mellow for me and I want more aggression. Caramel. On the sweeter end, sure, but nowhere near as sweet as many imperial stouts.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.

Quite balanced, but honestly I hoped for far more complexity and subtlety. The chocolate is almost a bigger star here than the coffee. It's not the most nuanced or intricate imperial stout out there, but I do really like it. It just isn't the incredible brew I expected. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Above average depth of flavour.

Mf: Soft and silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Full bodied, with ample thickness. The texture complements the taste well and is very well executed.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh. It does have some alcohol warmth.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, but still a sipper. I'll enjoy killing this with my friend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out. It's a damn good imperial stout, but it's not Alesmith's best work, nor is the best kopi luwak beer I've had. I'd buy it again if I saw it on the shelf, sure, and I'd recommend it to friends. I wouldn't want a second bottle in the same night.

High B

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:54:14 | More by kojevergas
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. No bottle date. Big thanks to Richard for this one. Pours pitch black like Speedway should, with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of chocolate and earthy espresso, no super acidic coffee smell, roast. Flavor is some earthy coffee, a bit of metallic flavors, roast, light chocolate. What I do like about this variant is the nutty coffee aftertaste left on the palate. Seems slightly thinner than other Speedway variants, medium carbonation. I am very much not impressed with this. Lacking in flavor and body, a little metallic. Disappointing. Glad to have tried it, of course.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 00:13:46 | More by BMMillsy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

So much talk of weasel poop... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, booze, a twinge of bourbon somewhere in the background (hm, and without the barrel...fair enough...), and plenty of earthy and fruity coffee. The taste is a full-on assault of coffee and roasted malts that spares no tastebud in its path. Game over, little flavor receptors! The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good coffee stout, but thoroughly one-note and certainly not worth the strangely loud praise it's been getting lately. (Such is my opinion, anyway.)

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:43:28 | More by TMoney2591
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rhinos00

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to try this one. Poured from a flip-top hand bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with almost zero head. As the beer was consumed it left a thin brown film on the sides of the glass.

S- Very coffee forward. The aroma of roasted coffee grinds is almost overwhelming. Underneath it all, you can just make out enough chocolate malts to bring some balance into the smell.

T- A little more balanced than the aroma. A pleasant mixture of roasted coffee beans and chocolate malts. Upfront coffee dominates leading the way to a slightly sweet chocolate finish.

M- Very little carbonation. Also fell on the thin side when it comes to stouts. Just wished it had some more viscosity to the body.

D- The coffee can wear on the senses a bit. Almost desensitizes the taste buds, making the beer almost one dimensional.

Overall, very glad I received the opportunity to try this one. Coffee may be a little too much for me, but for those that enjoy them, seek this one out.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2011 20:55:22 | More by rhinos00
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The appearance on this beast is a thick opaque black with heavy visual weight. Dark tan head forms and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose features huge earthy coffee notes. The Kopi Luwak coffee is forward and stands above everything else. Bitter notes are present on the nose with plenty of cacao. The only issue I have is that the Kopi Luwak coffee actually takes away from a delicious brew. It takes the nose on a bitter earthy ride that just doesn't smell great. The taste is similar to the nose. The earthy character dominates the profile and overshadows a delicious base beer. Mouthfeel is thick and has moderate carbonation. OVerall, I was so excited for this since I really liked the regular Speedway. Given the hype surrounding this, I thought that it would be as good or better. For me, it wasn't even close. Maybe Kopi Luwak coffee just isn't for me, but it seems to make for a bitter and earthy taste that comes off with a bit of astringency.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 08:25:31 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color, Forms a tan-gray colored head. Good retention. nice lacing. Aroma is unexciting. Coffee, dark malts, and carbonation. Taste is much better. Dark roasted malts, coffee, slightly acidic coffee, slightly metallic, but little else. Medium bodied, very thin for the style, Moderate bitterness.
A sort of decent beer. Certainly not worth the hype or what this beer seems to be fetching.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 02:15:33 | More by Florida9
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black, thick creamy dark caramel brown head. Nose is dominated by roasted coffee, not burnt, very clean. Lightly cooked caramel and some rich chocolate malt underneath. Taste follows suit with a bitter of the toasty bitter finish but it doesn't linger. Very well balanced coffee centered flavor, bright flavors, a touch of citrus in the finish. Body is creamy and thick, assertive carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Well done coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 18:16:58 | More by cpetrone84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large format bottle into a mini taster glass. The brew pours black in color with a khaki colored head that is similar to the base brew as expected. A little bit of spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is quite earthen with more focus on chocolate than I am use to smelling in speedway. The roasted coffee appeal has that familiar aspect of kopi but honestly it doesnt have that much of an impact to make it prominent.

The flavor is quite tasty with roasty coffee flavors that blend into more of an earthen flavor. A bit of chocolate emerges from the roast and a touch of fruity alcohol esters.

This is a modestly carbonated offering with a medium body. It is easy drinking with the alcohol being masked much better than normal speedway. Kopi Luwak coffee's most noticeable aspect is how rich and smooth it is with a unique earthen aroma and flavor. I felt lots of the kopi specific traits were lost here but it still made for an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 18:57:36 | More by stakem
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours black with a half finger of tan head. As the head fades it leaves some lacing. The nose of full of sweet roast and dark fruit. I didn't get much coffee even though everyone else said they thought it was there. Coffee shows up a lot more in the flavor. There is also a sweet dark chocolate note with a slight bitterness in the finish. This beer got better as it sat. The body is thick with lots of really smooth carbonation and a dry finish. I would say this was very good, but not quite what I expected. That being said I would be happy to have more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:56:51 | More by oline73
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank at super bowl NWI tasting

A - Dark chocolate brown with a mocha colored head

S - Slight fudgy chocolate up front with light vanilla and coffee

T - Sweet vanilla and cream up front. Nice coffee presence with fudgy chocolate. The coffee has a good presence but not much bitterness to it. Finish is sweet caramel with light coffee

MF - Big thick and fudgy beer with light carbonation to it. Light carbonation and slight bitter astringency from the coffee in the finish.

O - It reminds me of a sweeter, less bitter speedway stout. Has a nice coffee presence to it with lots of chocolate

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 04:08:35 | More by jeonseh
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AleSmith Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and an earthy cinnamon-like aroma. Taste is much the same without any cinnamon-like flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic smell but the taste doesn't match up in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 20:04:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 notes. BIG thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. Poured from a flip-top hand bottle into a tulip. Tried side by side with a 2011 Normal Speedway Stout and a 2009 Barrel Aged Speedway Stout.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the others, slightly less cabronated due to being hand bottled.

s - Smells of coffee, bready malts, chocolate, roasted malts, and light cream/vanilla. Definite coffee here but not as much as I expected, and more bready malts than I expected. Either way, it works and was pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, light fruit and vanilla. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth body and very easy to drink; a tiny bit more carbonation and could be perfect.

o - Overall this is a good beer, but I wouldn't say it is an improvement on the already existing great base beer (like the BA version is). Trying three versions I felt like I could see notes of the normal Speedway in the BA version, but not quite as much in the Kopi Luwak version. This was my least favorite of the three, though I'd still like to try it on tap sometime, and it's still a good beer.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2011 17:30:26 | More by mdfb79
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AleSmith tasting room during 2012 CBC/WBC week.

A: Pours an impenetrable brown, with a darkish film of brown head which recedes to a ring and some swirls layered on the surface of the beer. Less frothy than regular Speedway, with only so-so retention but some nice lattice of lacing.

S: Huge earthy and roasty coffee notes. Like regular Speedway but on steroids; the nose on regular is faint in comparison.

T: Very strong, dark roast coffee, with a modest espresso-like char, a bit of fruit, some dry, woody notes, and a little bright acidity which lends some structure. Exquisitely long coffee finish.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky on the mouth. Pleasantly warming, and with alcohol completely hidden under the big coffee flavors.

O: Basically an amped up, coffee-forward version of the regular Speedway, bordering on drinking straight up coffee. Strong, but not particularly rich or sweet, which is what I think I liked about the Vietnamese. Overall, it's pretty good, but lacks the nuance and drinkability of the standard version.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 04:50:14 | More by pmarlowe
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magictacosinus

California

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to whoever brought the bottle! Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours pretty much the same exact appearance as regular Speedway, despite the head being a little less remarkable in this case. Blackened, opaque, with light ruby-like tinges, as well as a firm yet fleeting mocha head. Definitely viscous, with lots of residual sugars and alcohol legs clinging to the glass with each swirl. It doesn't look any different otherwise, but I do wonder how the use of specific coffee offerings affects the appearance.

Smells terrific, and very much like regular Speedway, this is a coffee explosion in certain respects, combined with its unique hearty malt profile. Notes of extremely earthy roasted coffee beans (reminds me very much of peaberries), with green pepper, white peppercorns, and mushrooms. Afterwards, there's a blast of dark chocolate (maybe even of the baker's variety) followed with notes of dark fruits, such as raisins and figs, with some vanilla, tobacco, and light leather following soon after. I still have no clue how these non-barrel aged stouts impart notes usually found with oak, but I'm fairly certain it's due to the colossal malt profile used to make this beer. Really fascinating and refreshing - a true treasure for coffee connoisseurs.

Tastes a little less rich - but still a strong effort over all, as I'd come to expect. The best way to describe the roasted coffee/chocolate profile between the regular and this variant is the emphasis on the earthy notes. Indeed, other than an intensely earthy roasted coffee expression, there's a good amount of spice from peppery notes no doubt imparted by the coffee, as well as an increasingly strong tobacco/leather combo at the finish. Otherwise, everything else feels the same - dark fruit (cherries pits and raisins), light licorice, decadent chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Far less vinous than the regular Speedway, which is a little disappointing. A little thinner in body as well, for whatever reason, but the carbonation is still pretty decent. It's tasty, but definitely not as mind-blowing as the year-round offering.

This is a playful, fun take on a world-class beer that really shows that varying a key ingredient within makes all the difference. The coffee changes are far less subtle than I expected, but otherwise, for all the trouble that it takes to get a bottle, perhaps not entirely worth it. It's not my favorite Kopi Luwak infused stout to date, but it's definitely a solid beer for coffee beer fanatics such as myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 18:32:28 | More by magictacosinus
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had side by side with the BB version, which I did like a lot better, though obviously this one was no without its charm. Solid black pour--or at least it seemed that way in the dim light--with a tan collar of bubbles on top. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, smooth coffee. Unsurprising yet still decadent. Nice hit of earthy coffee in the taste, roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, lower carbonation, might as well call it full-bodied. Rich and enjoyable, very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:44:10 | More by Rifugium
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Kaiser81

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at O'brien's on Tuesday night for their Alesmith special during San Diego Beer Week

A - Pours jet black with absolutely no head, and no lacing on the glass. It looks thick, like tar.

S - It smells like a very rich and robust roasted coffee. If I liked coffee in the mornings, this is what I'd want my coffee to smell like.

T - I was having this side by side with regular Speedway. If regular speedway was the instant coffee you make at home in the morning, this is top of the line Starbucks or cafe on a french side walk. But, in my opinion, you have to LOVE coffee, as this DOMINATES the taste. I get no other notes from the stout.

M - Light carbonation, and thick body like a stout should have

D - Not bad, but again, you have to be a big coffee fan. The 5 oz pour was more than enough for the evening for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 04:36:25 | More by Kaiser81
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the toddy cat poop beer version alongside the regular and barrel-aged versions of Speedway, thanks to Kevin for sharing. The Kopi version pours an extremely deep shade of brown, appearing pitch black when it finally gets to the glass. This one seems just a slight touch lighter than the regular and BA Speedways, with a light tan head that perches itself on the beer and shows the best retention of the three.

To my surprise, the aroma is actually a little more muzzled and quiet than I would like. I was expecting a huge explosion and was just a bit let down. The aromas that I am picking up, however, are full of coffee big-time. And it's an extremely different and almost strange coffee aroma. I've never smelled Kopi Luwak coffee beans for myself, but if they smell anything like this beer, then they are very unique.

There is also a borderline acidic sweetness on the nose, much akin to apple skins or grapes. Not sure if this is a characteristic of the special coffee beans or not. One thing is certain - the aroma on this beer is undeniably unlike anything else out there. I think it would benefit if it were less acrid, but the underlying malt sweetness helps keep things in check.

The taste starts off with an almost harsh, bitter roastiness. I get the feeling that I'm drinking burnt, used coffee grounds, minus the grit and smashed beans. Very roasty and ashy, coming through with that Kopi Luwak uniqueness. The sweetness comes through on the palate as well, with that light apple skin flavor that quickly transitions into a deeper, darker licorice - much more suitable for this style of beer.

There is a nice balance of sweetness to offset the initial surge of bitterness, but in the end, the heavy roast comes back for seconds. The aftertaste is full of bitter and burnt coffee beans with a light ash and charcoal that scrapes the mouth. Some cocoa notes pop out here and there, but are nothing compared to the Kopi coffee flavors. Heavy body, creamy on the palate with the highest amount of carbonation between the three Speedways.

Wow, this beer was certainly different. Definitely tasty, unique, and roasted to hell, big-time. There really is nothing quite like it. But in the end, I think I'd have to go with the regular Speedway as my favorite. The balance on this one is a bit lopsided, but it's still a very delicious beer. In my honest opinion, maybe a touch overrated.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 13:58:19 | More by tectactoe
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mrbubbler for this big want. Consumed after breakfast and followed by tubing in the river while camping last weekend. Perfect morning.

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, black in the glass with two fingers of creamy brown head.

Smell. Sweet coffee, dark malts, and a bit of molasses and vanilla.

Taste. Strong (but smooth) sweet coffee, dark malts and molasses, and a bit of vanilla.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, low carbonation.

Overall. Great coffee stout. Big, smooth, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 14:18:41 | More by Rutager
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in color there was a frothy tight knit head that collared relatively quickly but the froth stayed at the edges.

The scent is dry with pronounced cocoa powder and a nice caramel sweetness.

The taste and feel is very dry with a robust coffee flavor. This coffee has a fresh roasted taste and is very prominent on the palate. The tastes of caramel and chocolate are quite creamy and blend well with the coffee prominence.

12 pct ABV, no way! It's completely hidden in a dry yet creamy feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 22:27:11 | More by KYGunner
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

A huge, overpowering blast of roasted coffee beans and chocolate make up the aroma of this beer. While somewhat simple, it's powerful and incredible. In this case, simple, and strong, is a very good thing.

The roasted malt and freshly roasted coffee beans dominate the flavor of this beer. It's slightly more bitter than the typical Speedway Stout because of the huge roasted coffee element, but everything comes together quite nicely.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

Another wonderful variation of a truly terrific base beer.

Serving type: cask

11-15-2011 04:57:30 | More by ehammond1
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After going a year or two without even drinking an Alesmith beer, it's nice to be able to review a few new (to me) ones in the span of a couple of months. Thanks, Shane. Served in my oversized brandy snifter at cellar temperature.

Speedway has always been a beautiful beer in a glass, and this variant is no exception. Pouring black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks gorgeous. The nose is an intense fruity coffee aroma, that's complex - pungent, mildly acidic (unripe fruit acidity), mildly phenolic (raw tropical fruit phenols), and with a touch of cranberry, this is a very deep coffee character here. The base stout is excellent as well. Roasty, creamy, chocolate, a little bit of an English hop character that pairs quite well with the coffee and some lactose, this is great. Alcohol is well-hidden.

The palate opens with a lot of coffee, fruity, roasty and more rounded than the nose would suggest. Mild in the roast department, most of the flavor is in the form of fruit (dried berries, though I'd be hard pressed to identify them) with minimal bitterness and moderate acidity. A little bit of smoke, a little bit of leather even, this tastes great. Earthy and moderately bitter, the coffee character pairs well with the earthy hops. The mid-palate brings forward the stout characteristics - roast, chocolate, some cream and a little molasses. A little bit of caramel too. The finish is long with a brilliant blend of coffee bitterness and roasted malt character. This is where the coffee *really* lingers. Medium-full in body with a supple, creamy carbonation, this beer is uber-smooth on the palate. Highly recommended. FWIW, this beer is incredibly rich and filling, so I wouldn't recommend doing what I'm doing - drinking it solo at 10 PM. This just might give you a caffeine buzz.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 06:11:50 | More by DefenCorps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super dark dark brown, let's just call it black, with a hershey's chocolate brown head that slowly recedes to leave some spotty/sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with the Kopi coffee to the max, there is some dark chocolate as well and some fruity esters as well but dark cocoa powder and dark roasted coffee are the main attributes here.

The tastes directly follow the nose with a little bready, nutty, toasted maltiness mixed in. The rich roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors are intertwined with one another; as it warms there is a little more malt sweetness that comes out to balance the roast.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of heavy bodied but is not syrupy thanks to ample carbonation. Finish is roasty and coffee forward but avoids being acrid or overly bitter as many coffee-infused beers can be.

Overall this is another winner from Alesmith, I like this slightly more than regular Speedway but not sure enough to justify the increased price. Would be highly recommended if not for that fact.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 11:06:24 | More by claspada
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Pours jet black and opaque with a 2.5 finger, frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Very good retention for the style and ABV.  Large chunks of of soapy lacing coat the glass on the way down.  Looks incredible.  

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with a perfectly roasted coffee bean presence integrated into the other dark malt notes.  Really nutty with hints of hazelnut roast, burnt toast, powdery dark chocolate and espresso bean.  There's also some subtle lactic cream that adds another dimension to the nose.  Great roasted coffee presence but it doesn't completely dominate or overpower the other elements.  Very inviting.

Chewy full body with a prominent roasted gourmet coffee beam flavor that lingers troughout.  Really coffee forward/dominant with lots of dry, bitter roast but it never becomes overly bitter or acrid.  The silky chocolate malt notes come in along with lactic cream and roasted nuts in the back end to round things out.  Heavy bittersweet dark chocolate flavor that tastes like a 75%+ cacoa chocolate bar with burnt toast and  fresh gourmet coffee bean followed by caramel sweetness, toffee, lighter, silky chocolate notes and lactic cream.  Really roasty but nicely balanced considering how strong the coffee flavor is.  The high ABV is excellently masked with surprisingly no heat at all.  The prominent coffee flavor makes a little strong on the roast but this is a really flavorful, well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.  

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:29:25 | More by corby112
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