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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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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 383
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
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AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
No born on date, but I believe this is the latest vintage
I had regular Speedway just a couple of days ago, so its fresh in my mind for comparison.

A big thanks to BMart for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours pitch black, almost no lightening on the edges even when held to light, with a dense mocha colored head thats just under 2 fingers width in height. Head dissipates at a moderate rate down to a thin film, and leaves tons of really cool honeycomb lacing.

S: Strong black coffee but not at all harsh. Really a delicious, fresh, bold coffee aroma. Behind the coffee there are some milk chocolate and bakers chocolate notes. I also get roasted malt, heavy cream, cinnamon, and even a bit of oaky-vanilla barrel like characters (even though this is not BA). The aroma is just simply incredible.

T: Equally delicious on the tongue. Gourmet coffee, milk and bakers chocolate, roasted malt. Theres the phenolic/medicinal character thats present in the regular speedway but more muted in this variant. There is a bitterness on the finish from the coffee and semi-sweet cocoa notes that lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Excellent.

M/D: Very smooth, moderate carbonation which is a touch too heavy for my preference, full bodied but not necessarily thick. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is above average.

O: Incredible beer. Compared to the regular Speedway I had 2 days ago, this one takes an already great beer and kicks it up a notch. The coffee characters are so much more prevalant, smoother, and bolder in this one. It also masks the somewhat astrigent medicinal character that is the only downside of the regular Speedway. Really a world class beer, one of the best non-BA stouts Ive ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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?

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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.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.