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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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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 314
Gots: 75 | FT: 8
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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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

08-12-2012 12:58:42 | More by t0rin0
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-16-2013 23:03:13 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

03-16-2013 12:21:18 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2011 02:46:23 | More by nmann08
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 06:33:24 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is viscous and black, just like regular Speedway, with a nice tan head on top.

S: The nose is full of some of the strongest coffee I've ever smelled. There are some notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but the coffee is the main attraction.

T: The Kopi Luwak coffee is just really incredible. The flavor is so intense, unlike any other coffee beer I've had. There is a noticeable bitterness both from the coffee and the roasted malts, with a bit of dark, bitter chocolate.

M: The body is incredibly full and rich with a low level of carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is an amazingly delicious beer that I would try again any time. The only "problem" is that the coffee is so intense that there's only so much I can drink at once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 20:35:26 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-16-2013 22:57:40 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-17-2013 02:15:53 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

01-09-2013 22:55:40 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

11-15-2011 04:43:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8%

03-17-2013 01:21:30 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:00:05 | More by Knapp85
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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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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

10-31-2013 18:08:23 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.1%

03-28-2013 18:16:01 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-11-2013 23:16:04 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

02-25-2013 07:05:59 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:18:12 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a special San Diego Beer Week tapping of this rare Alesmith treat @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego, CA) on 11/10/09. Served in a smallish tumbler. I enjoyed this next to a glass of regular Speedway Stout on draft for comparative purposes.

The pour is similar to the regular Speedway, with a jet black look in the glass, topped with a layer of rich dark mocha foam. Retains with some light trimming but this flares up very nicely into a robust cascade on the sides, leaving some decent looking spotty lacing and brown oils behind. The Kopi Luwak in the aroma is just unbelievable smelling, with the coffee being extremely more pronounced than in the regular version. I'd overall call it less fierce but much more robust, with the thick tang and intense roasted activity taking a back seat this time, while the mellow, earthy, and green texture of the coffee takes hold, mingling in with extra softer accents of cocoa and vanilla. Just very easy and more gentle here but this is still packed with delicious coffee flavor. Amazing nose here.

The Speedway standbys of chocolate, molasses, and roast are present here in the taste, giving this a sticky and bitter feel but these remain in the background for the most part. Much like the aroma, the coffee here just so much more mellow and smooth feeling, lacking the massive sharp java bite of the regular Speedway and replacing it with more of an earthy and citric character that actually floods across the palate, sticks in the finish, and for the most part, pretty much just controls the entire profile. An overall luscious coffee presence here, that just sits at the forefront of this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mouth filling creaminess that allows the flavors to properly coat the mouth. The smoothness also allows for a very easy drinking experience with this, despite a 12% ABV. I still can't believe that number, based on my experience with it. These two 5 oz samples of this delicious nectar were not nearly enough.

Well I have to say that this Kopi Luwak is the real deal, as I've never had a coffee (much less a Coffee Stout) that was so rich and flavorful, yet mellow, as this was. Just really unique and tremendous stuff here, that took an already out-of-this-world Stout into the stratosphere.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 15:43:48 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big frothy thick darker rich head, fades slowly with plenty of thick layered lacing, pitch black beer no light, gorgeous looking!

Nose is nice, fresh roasted coffee beans but not overbearing roast, mellow smooth coffee mostly, earthy nutty like coffee too. Then malts bring some cocoa, coffee like roasted malt, little nutty with caramel and fluffy nougat. Light dusty chalk cocoa too, light oats too, and very faint booze. It does get a nice expensive lush choc aroma too.

Taste starts with smooth rich coffee and dark malts. Coffee is light nutty but smooth, little toffee like to. Malts are dark, light roast without acrid flavors or burnt, then into choc, dark choc and expensive cocoa. The coffee turns strong flavor wise, but a nice earthy expensive coffee fresh bean, little earthy and nutty, and a light vanilla character, almost espresso but not as strong. The nice coffee bean flavor fades to light bitter roast as it brings earthy hops too, and just a touch of booze, lingering dark choc and very good smooth but earthy nutty coffee flavors.

Mouth is fuller bod but not syrupy, thick slightly creamy, nice carb, faint hint of booze.

Overall very good, very tasty, the coffee is awesome, very tasty, delicious, the booze is hidden well, very smooth and rich tasting coffee bean and choc, I could drink lots if this.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 20:02:58 | More by jlindros
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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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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-10-2013 07:04:59 | More by SocalKicks
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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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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
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