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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak
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95
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446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 356
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

BMMillsy, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of beerhan
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

beerhan, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of DrunkAl
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

DrunkAl, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

cosmonick, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Steimie, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

jeff1973, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of EdwardFortyHands
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

EdwardFortyHands, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

spycow, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

duceswild, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of redlegacy
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

redlegacy, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

kscaldef, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

gpawned, May 17, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev -14.4%
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.)

TMoney2591, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

homebrew311, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of rhinos00
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

rhinos00, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Florida9, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Schlais, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

fthegiants, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

bum732, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Atomicskis5, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

london1o1, Apr 14, 2013
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.