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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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97
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455 Ratings
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 367
Gots: 73 | 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:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-11-2009)
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4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a tulip.

Space-black, with a thin, cocoa-colored head that becomes a long-lasting ring.

The nose: Perfectly roasted coffee, smooth oats, toasted walnut. Mocha, vanilla, touch of milk chocolate. For a coffee stout, perfect.

Smooth coffee up front in the flavor, with the same blend of espresso, mocha and toasted nuts. Incredibly well-blended, impossible to separate the flavors. A touch of chocolate sweetness at the swallow.

Regular Speedway has always seemed like poor-quality coffee to me. The bean apparently makes all the difference, because this is so much better than the regular Speedway. The coffee is so pronounced. It's a completely different beer.

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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

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.

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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room, I had a couple samples.

A - black, ravenesque and inviting. Head is minimal and mocha in color.

S - a few swirls produce the most wonderful fresh-roasted coffee aroma. Sometimes I wish my coffee would smell like this.

T - starts off similar to regular Speedway in terms of coffee and chocolate. This is when it takes a turn toward amazing. I'm not sure the method of coffee extraction but it reminds me of cold press coffee that I've brewed myself. Miniscule acidity and bitterness. Dark chocolate and roast appears mid-palate transitioning into a coffee heavy finish.

M - perhaps a touch too much carbonation for my taste. Tongue is well coated with medium viscosity.

O - Hands down my favorite coffee stout. I think this is my favorite version of Speedway as well, with the coconut and vanilla version a close second.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at AleSmith tasting room during 2012 CBC/WBC week.

A: Pours an impenetrable brown, with a darkish film of brown head which recedes to a ring and some swirls layered on the surface of the beer. Less frothy than regular Speedway, with only so-so retention but some nice lattice of lacing.

S: Huge earthy and roasty coffee notes. Like regular Speedway but on steroids; the nose on regular is faint in comparison.

T: Very strong, dark roast coffee, with a modest espresso-like char, a bit of fruit, some dry, woody notes, and a little bright acidity which lends some structure. Exquisitely long coffee finish.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky on the mouth. Pleasantly warming, and with alcohol completely hidden under the big coffee flavors.

O: Basically an amped up, coffee-forward version of the regular Speedway, bordering on drinking straight up coffee. Strong, but not particularly rich or sweet, which is what I think I liked about the Vietnamese. Overall, it's pretty good, but lacks the nuance and drinkability of the standard version.

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On tap at Alesmith

A: Black with a big reddish dark brown head. Nice.

S: Tons of freshly roasted dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Full and intense.

T: Big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some roasted malt and a touch of wet earth in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy and super smooth. Tasty tasty stuff.

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.