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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 404
Gots: 76 | FT: 7
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California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-11-2009

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Photo of claspada
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL courtesy of Shane. Awesome. Split 2 ways on Fat Tuesday.

A: Viscous pour yields cirrus fluffy cappuccino head. Black like it's afraid of the light. Glass coating legs.

N: Fudge, chocolate, and espresso bean. Vanilla edges. Berries round out the profile nicely. Has the deep lushness of the Kopi Luwak. Slightly nutty. Biscuit and some smoke/char.

T: Sweet and somewhat savory. Very nutty - walnuts and pecans and loads of dark chocolate edged by smoke and leather. Coffee penetrates the soul of this beer as does the clean finish that Kopi Luwak is so famous for having. Hint s of crystallized honey and freshly tilled dirt.

M: Viscous and coating. Alcohol is moderate, but does not burn. Can get slightly overbearing after too much.

O: A deep experience worth having. Layered with depth, this is worthy of the accolades. Don't age.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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.  

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours black with a thin tan head.

S- Delicious coffee aroma, has a mellow earthiness to it, also some nice aromas of dark chocolate, roasted grain and cocoa.

T- Bitter, roasty, earthy coffee and grain, dark chocolate, the coffee has a really nice earthy and lightly acidic flavor. The chocolate and roast flavors are nice but the coffee dominates.

M- Full-bodied, smooth with a roasty, dry feel.

O- A really nice variation of the regular Speedway, the flavor of Kopi Luwak is just delicious.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml into a GI snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Huge blotches and trails of lacing cover the glass.

S- maple syrup, roast, coffee, molasses, light pine

T- roasted malts, chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, bitter coffee, and some pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice velvety, creamy feel.

O- very good coffee stout. Better than regular Speedway and I think it's close with Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2013
The Lost Abbey

A: Pours a deep dark color black. Pitch black as night. Motor oil. Medium tan color head. Sticky lacing. Seems nicely carbed. I like what I see.

S: Huge bitter roast coffee. Dark chocolate hints. Vanilla. Some creamy notes.

T: Big rich dark roast coffee and chocolate up front. It's a mouth coater. Really creamy. I do get hints of vanilla in there even without barrel aging. Finish is long and inviting.

M: Full bodied. Thick and creamy.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice khaki head. Great retention. Chunky bubbles on the surface. A little bit leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Intense coffee. Reminds me of Vietnamese Speedway, which shouldn't surprise me. Slightly fruity coffee notes. Deep chocolate.

Taste - Maybe the coffee is too strong. Very intense coffee, same slight fruity character. Nice chocolate and deep roast. Delicious, but very coffee-centric.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Nice body. Intense bitterness, as much from the coffee as anything.

Overall - Delicious, but not significantly better than regular Speedway.

Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh just had to get the tick on this one. Thanks buddy!

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Thin head, but to be expected from a hand bottle.

Nose has note of coffee, roasty malts, hops, cocoa and dark pitted fruits.

Taste is quite nice. Not sure it's any better than the regular Speedway.

Nice full body, carbonation a bit low, but again note the hand bottle.

Always a great stout. Too bad they skip us on the way to the eas coast.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black and thick as hell. It had a surprisingly aggressive head from a rather gentle pour. It also left quite a bit of cascading brown lace.

The nose is all coffee. Earthy with some light berry. I also pick up a little root beer and chocolate.

The coffee dominates the flavor to the point if barely picking up any other subtle flavors. Some may consider it a downside, but I enjoy it very much. Is a fresh coffee flavor that's earthy, slightly acidic, with some subtle chocolate in the tail end.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. The carbonation it just a bit too high as I would have liked it a but more creamy, but I'm knit picking at this point.

I loved this stout and, while I don't have the opportunity if a side by side comparison, found it every bit as enjoyable than regular speedway, if not more.

Photo of spicelab
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle generously shared by MrKennedy. Reviewed from notes.

Dark chocolate, non-intimidating for a RIS, with a resilient saffron head. Eventually retreats to an immovable film with some spotty lacing.

Nose is intensely busy with plenty of ethereal components. Tar, liquorice, redskins, green apple, blackberries, musty vegetal notes, burnt toast, choc fudge. Awesome.

Roastier and drier initially before meshing with loads of gritty dark chocolate, dried apple and subtle dark fruits.

Crazy light for 12.2%. Silky with demure carbonation. Dangerously easy down the gullet.

Incredible balance. So much at play but impressively reigned in.

Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours with a pitch black color and a frothy head of coffee milkshake consistency and appearance, 3 fingers tall. Lots of frothy, webby lacing is left on the glass after the head finally fades away after several minutes.

S - Coffee, mocha, dark chocolate. Very creamy, cocoa powder, a bit of astringency and some cherry-like fruitiness.

T - Super chocolately, cocoa powder, and tons of coffee flavor. Lite berry flavor comes on towards the swallow and lingers a bit. There is a bit of a drying feeling on each sip...sorta makes me think of licking cocoa powder off the back of a spoon...get a great cocoa flavor, but has that powdery feel on the tongue...just a bit.

M - Super smooth, creamy, a bit frothy with a light astringency. Thick coffee bitterness, heavy roasty qualities. Body is thick, smooth and super creamy.

O - Very enjoyable imperial stout...haven't had a bad variation of Speedway yet, and this one doesn't disappoint either. More of a chocolately charcter overall than I was expecting...figured the coffee would stand out more so. Feel is outstanding with a big creamy and frothy texture. Very enjoyable - another one to seek out for a second tasting.

Photo of srandycarter
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one. The first impresssion, not much carb. Black as you would expect. The smell is a joy. Choc chip cookies and a hint of soy. Makes you want to pug it. Taste is pretty, but probably not as cool as smell. Good carb, great balance. I am happy I have a few of these to age.

Photo of craytonic
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SpencerDB for sharing this with the Dirty South Tasting Krew; awesome rarity

Appearance: Jet back pour, smallish tan head

Smell: Smells like a great cup of coffee with a bit of cream and sugar. Probably the best coffee-smelling beer I have encountered.

Taste: I was slightly less impressed with the taste as compared to the smell, though if I want a cup of coffee I should probably have that and not a beer. Nice coffee, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla notes with a touch of slightly bitter roasted malts and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Very full body, carbonation was a bit light/low

Overall: Very tasty beer, although a good one to share as it might be difficult to drink alone.

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served right before the bourbon version.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt and not much else. This one is all about the coffee obviously so very little else comes through that dark veil.

T - Starts off with the strong fresh brewed espresso coffee kick that never really fades away. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, bit of smokiness and some dark roasted malt try and keep the coffee in check but they can only do so much. Finish is really roasted with a bit of dryness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Full feel with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel goes down surprisingly easy. Very little of the 12% is noticeable. It just wore me down quickly with all that coffee and not much else.

O - I love speedway and I have always wanted to try this. It is exactly what I imagined it would be with tons of in your face coffee flavor. I loved how it smelled and tasted but it did wear on me quickly, I could drink a glass at a time tops.

Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Deep black.

Flavor profile is intense coffee. Very unique and distinguished. Has a bitter roast to it. Chocolate and cocoa. Vanilla flavors. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: roasted, but smooth. Full bodied.

Overall, one of the better coffee beers out there. Get this.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens night of a million zillion speedways

Look: Pours a a midnight black color and totally opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head that stays around for sometime

Smell: The nose is a tad bit sweeter than the regular version of speedway. The Kopi Luwak really stands out

Taste: Same as the nose the Kopi Luwak has made this version a tad bit sweeter but keeps the same roasted bitterness that the regular version has. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation and a creamy feel

Overall: Just an outstanding example how different types of coffee can change the overall beer. Very nice very taste and very drinkable

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split three ways on 6.18.13

A - Pours a dark opaque brown, almost black with a fine, silky dark tan head comprised of small bubbles that just sit on top.

S - Lot of roasted coffee, roasted malt, some subtle chocolate.

T - Similar to the nose, but very smooth coffee, not bitter at all. Very good and dangerously drinkable.

D - Silky smooth heavy body with great carbonation for the style.

O - An amazing beer with a different story. Weasel poop, who knew?

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thought Stouts couldn't get any more espresso-focused than the standard Speedway Stout? Well then, think again! If its dry roast that you're interested in, then look no further! Kopi Luwak delivers!

Incredibly dark and ominous, the Stout pours with a billowing mocha head. Somewhat marshmallowy in its structure, it refuses to settle- allowing a spider webbing of lace to ensue. Its a dense and demonstrative ale that only pushes forward.

Easily mistaken for deeply roasted coffee, mostly espresso, its nose is chocked full of earthen chicory, cocoa, roasted walnuts, burnt caramel and bourbon-esque alcohols. And that's just how the beer smells!

Its taste is even more intense with high end espresso roast, burnt embers and a slight smoky chocolate taste. Walnut oils, burnt sugar and earthen char all adds a rooty, peppery, and fennel-infused set of complexities that's hard to see underneath all that roast. Still, there's a taste of whipping cream and bread that peaks through as the beer charges ahead to a bitter finish that's part-hops and part-char.

Full bodied, but not recklessly so. Its high level of char and ash gives the beer a lightened sense. Some say drinkable because of this kinder rebuttal, but to the sacrifice of roughness say the fans of sweeter and heavier Stouts. That is a fine line to settle, but the beer carries that dialogue past its strong alcohol warmth and its light powdery feel.

The Kopi Luwak coffee definitely offers a more pronounced earhty, rooty, and "dirty" coffee flavor. But its not like its necessary- those flavors are already present in the original version. They're just not quite as pronounced.

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Counter-pressure filled 12oz bottle filled from a keg. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Nice tan foam rises late before settling to a thick collar and some splotches of lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edge.

S - Lots of chocolate, mellow earthy coffee, touch of smoked meats, and a mildly vegetal note. The coffee is quite smooth rather than nostril shredding.

T - Taste is a little more bitter and earthy, with some roasted malts and mild char. The malt character has a mixture of chocolate and marshmallow. Coffee seems to have faded a bit since this was bottled.

M - Roasty and dry texture, medium-full body, some mild stickiness, lower carbonation, and some light alcohol warmth.

D - Didn't realize this was 12%, which improves my opinion a tad. I'd love to try a fresh sample on-tap at some point, but this was pretty enjoyable. Just not the mind-blowing experience I was expecting based on the other reviews.

EDIT: Had the official bottled release of this and was quite impressed. Aroma has significantly more earthy and fruity coffee, and flavor displays a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light char. Texture is a bit silkier too. Bumping this up to straight 4.5s.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted malt, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate flavor and a heavy complex dark chocolate finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave Hack on this one too.

This poured out as a rich black color with an oil-like appearance. The head what creamy looking and tan in color. The retention and lacing were pretty good,
Definitely left some sticky bubbles on the glass. The smell of the beer is very big, lots of coffee on the nose, there is some dark chocolate also. The taste of the beer is rich, roasted, chocolate and coffee flavored. The mouthfeel is smooth, very nice oily body with a subtle carbonation. Overall this beer is very impressive. I feel it sets the bar much higher than the regular Speedway Stout. Very good stuff here.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark brown, not quite opaque. Light tan head with a nice cap of retention all the way through the glass.

Not quite the plethora of coffee I was expecting on the nose. It's there, but probably a bit restrained compared to regular speedway. There is a very earthy bitterness about these beans used to go along with roasty malts.

A lot more coffee in the flavor. Rich dark roasted coffee immediately greets the palate. Very bitter and a touch acidic. These aren't flaws as the words usually sound though as this really does taste quite a bit like fresh coffee. A little bit of smoke, roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate are also present. After the mid-palate maltiness though comes another rush of deep roasted coffee to the point where it tastes like the sludge I make when I have to get up at 5 am. Delicious for any true coffee lover. Roasty almost to the point of burnt with a little smokiness. Finishes somewhat dry.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and carbonation perhaps a touch higher than regular speedway.

Very unique delicious beer. The drinkability on this one is through the roof. Split this bottle and took our time drinking it. Every temp changed produced a different balance of flavors that were all good. It was good cold. It was good at proper temp and it was good once hitting room temp. Not sure if it's leaps and bounds above regular Speedway, but that says more for the awesomeness of the base than any demerit on this. Superb.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.