AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.69/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
02-17-2014 19:58:03 | More by Phyl21ca
4.23/5 rDev -3.6%
Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to whoever brought the bottle! Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours pretty much the same exact appearance as regular Speedway, despite the head being a little less remarkable in this case. Blackened, opaque, with light ruby-like tinges, as well as a firm yet fleeting mocha head. Definitely viscous, with lots of residual sugars and alcohol legs clinging to the glass with each swirl. It doesn't look any different otherwise, but I do wonder how the use of specific coffee offerings affects the appearance.
Smells terrific, and very much like regular Speedway, this is a coffee explosion in certain respects, combined with its unique hearty malt profile. Notes of extremely earthy roasted coffee beans (reminds me very much of peaberries), with green pepper, white peppercorns, and mushrooms. Afterwards, there's a blast of dark chocolate (maybe even of the baker's variety) followed with notes of dark fruits, such as raisins and figs, with some vanilla, tobacco, and light leather following soon after. I still have no clue how these non-barrel aged stouts impart notes usually found with oak, but I'm fairly certain it's due to the colossal malt profile used to make this beer. Really fascinating and refreshing - a true treasure for coffee connoisseurs.
Tastes a little less rich - but still a strong effort over all, as I'd come to expect. The best way to describe the roasted coffee/chocolate profile between the regular and this variant is the emphasis on the earthy notes. Indeed, other than an intensely earthy roasted coffee expression, there's a good amount of spice from peppery notes no doubt imparted by the coffee, as well as an increasingly strong tobacco/leather combo at the finish. Otherwise, everything else feels the same - dark fruit (cherries pits and raisins), light licorice, decadent chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Far less vinous than the regular Speedway, which is a little disappointing. A little thinner in body as well, for whatever reason, but the carbonation is still pretty decent. It's tasty, but definitely not as mind-blowing as the year-round offering.
This is a playful, fun take on a world-class beer that really shows that varying a key ingredient within makes all the difference. The coffee changes are far less subtle than I expected, but otherwise, for all the trouble that it takes to get a bottle, perhaps not entirely worth it. It's not my favorite Kopi Luwak infused stout to date, but it's definitely a solid beer for coffee beer fanatics such as myself.
02-13-2014 18:32:28 | More by magictacosinus
3.4/5 rDev -22.6%
Got this from jbeatty and we drank it beside the regular Speedway and the BA Kopi version.
From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours black but clear yielding a two finger, medium looking dark tan head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some bits of lacing down the glass. Same as the regular version.
SMELL: Much better than the regular version. More coffee for sure, with roasted grains, sweet cream and some vanilla in there. No cabbage or band aids, luckily.
TASTE: Better as well. Roasted and burnt coffee, charred grains, with some sweet cream and vanilla at the finish. Bold and lingering finish of burnt coffee beans, roast and sweet cream flavors. A touch of cabbage, but not nearly off-putting like the regular Speedway.
PALATE: Same as the regular. Medium-fully body, heavy on the palate, with medium to lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. Very good for the style.
OVERALL: This was a big improvement on the regular cabbage Speedway. Nothing outstanding by any means, but decent flavors with more of a coffee presence and a good look and feel to round it out. Something I'm glad I got to try and I could finish a bottle myself if the opportunity was there, but not necessarily something I'd need to drink again. Thanks again jbeatty!
01-27-2014 15:19:03 | More by Jeffo
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.