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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

442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 355
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 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.

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 20, 2013
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.

mdfb79, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

beernads, Nov 24, 2013
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

kojevergas, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -8.9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

imperialking, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

InspectorBob, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

drewone, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -8.9%

yourefragile, Feb 20, 2013
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.  

corby112, Nov 03, 2013
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.

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
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.

stakem, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

dbrauneis, Mar 03, 2014
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!

barleywinefiend, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

duceswild, Feb 20, 2013
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.

mothman, Aug 17, 2013
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BARFLYB, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Gonzoillini, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BillRoth, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

mdaschaf, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

billab914, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good brown pour, looks just like the regular Speedway Stout. Firm 1/2" beige head on it, good retention.

Aroma didn't jump out at me, pretty similar to regular Speedway, which is still pretty awesome. Lots of coffee first, roasted malt second, alcohol, you'd have to look for it despite its presence.

Taste, mmmm. So good. A little bitter, but still substantially the awesome Speedway I love. Alcohol nowhere to be found as usual, very easy drinking. Creamy and bitter at the same time. Complex yet straightforward. Possibly the slightest tinge of sweeter coffee used here, maybe even a little more bitter. Do I think I could pick this out side by side with regular speedway? Probably not. A little vanilla always helps things. Chocolate is like it is in the regular. Good.

Despite the fact that many are railing against Kopi Luwak because they are causeheads (PCU reference), it isn't because of the quality of the coffee (they will argue that side by side with the ethical considerations, because they know all that matters to 90% of consumers is taste, not any save the planet garbage). The coffee is legit. Sorry, not gonna make me feel bad for enjoying this.

Opened during the Marquette v. Davidson game. Before David Hurley began spewing his disingenuous lies at the El Dorado Casino.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 12, 2014
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.