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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

456 Ratings
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 367
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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 mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
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

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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 dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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 mothman
4.51/5  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 Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured black with brown hues providing a nice brown cap with some moderate lacing

S: The nose is big coffee, wow, I mean big. A good dose of chocolate as well

T: Immediate coffee shot on top of very mice blanket of cocoa and roasted malt. The coffee is not overpowering despite its dominance. It is rather smooth and creamy.

M; Full bodied, well carbonated, creamy, decadent. No astringeny like I get in many coffee stouts.

O: Very well done, extremely tasty and beats Bourbon County Coffee in my opinion. Bravo!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Long time want. I'm a big fan of Alesmith Speedway Stout and I thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of quality coffee. I'm in a happy place right now.

The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma brings a grandiose coffee presence. Roast and dark chocolate with fresh coffee beans. The flavor is just beautiful. Hype = justified. Beautiful coffee presence, which I expected. However, it doesn't stop there. Many big coffee imperial stouts possess the prominent coffee scents, but lack balance and qualities typical of an imperial stout. Not so here. Lovely malt body and roast character with coffee fitting itself elegantly into an already delicious beer. Lovely.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.