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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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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 342
Gots: 72 | FT: 9
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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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

rpaul2012, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

jobcrackerbah, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of HeavyTaste
5/5  rDev +13.9%

HeavyTaste, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bobjonesSD
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at O'briens. Went the day after million zillion speedways and got 2x10 oz pours. Dark black with a thin creamy brown head. The most remarkable thing was the smoothness of this version of speedway - no harsh edges and a strong coffee flavor without being bitter. Truly delightful and worth the hype - I wasn't sure the different coffee flavor would come through but it was very different.

bobjonesSD, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Levitation
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Levitation, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of usofar
5/5  rDev +13.9%

usofar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask

Night of a Million Zillion Speedways
O'Brien's Pub
San Diego, CA

Dark as night black with brown edges, thin head but the body of this beer is just spectacular. It's thick and oily and leaves the glass absolutely covered in sticky lace. Thick as can be and dark as night. Spectacular.

A huge, overpowering blast of roasted coffee beans and chocolate make up the aroma of this beer. While somewhat simple, it's powerful and incredible. In this case, simple, and strong, is a very good thing.

The roasted malt and freshly roasted coffee beans dominate the flavor of this beer. It's slightly more bitter than the typical Speedway Stout because of the huge roasted coffee element, but everything comes together quite nicely.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation.

Another wonderful variation of a truly terrific base beer.

ehammond1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens night of a million zillion speedways

Look: Pours a a midnight black color and totally opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head that stays around for sometime

Smell: The nose is a tad bit sweeter than the regular version of speedway. The Kopi Luwak really stands out

Taste: Same as the nose the Kopi Luwak has made this version a tad bit sweeter but keeps the same roasted bitterness that the regular version has. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation and a creamy feel

Overall: Just an outstanding example how different types of coffee can change the overall beer. Very nice very taste and very drinkable

DarthKostrizer, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of FreightTrain
5/5  rDev +13.9%

FreightTrain, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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 tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted malt, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate flavor and a heavy complex dark chocolate finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

tmoneyba, Jul 12, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(on draught at RBWG 2011-Phoenix!). Many, many thanks to Dak and Joe for hooking this up. Pour black with tan head. Coffee aroma is noticeable from a foot or so away. Aroma has loads of coffee and chocolate. Taste is roasty coffee bitterness, but its balanced by the sweet malts. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Finish has a roasted coffee bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. This is one awesome brew and lived up to the hype for me.

trappistlover, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of craytonic
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SpencerDB for sharing this with the Dirty South Tasting Krew; awesome rarity

Appearance: Jet back pour, smallish tan head

Smell: Smells like a great cup of coffee with a bit of cream and sugar. Probably the best coffee-smelling beer I have encountered.

Taste: I was slightly less impressed with the taste as compared to the smell, though if I want a cup of coffee I should probably have that and not a beer. Nice coffee, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla notes with a touch of slightly bitter roasted malts and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Very full body, carbonation was a bit light/low

Overall: Very tasty beer, although a good one to share as it might be difficult to drink alone.

craytonic, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottle split 3 ways. My share washed ashore into a New Belgium goblet. Directed by bgthang.

Kopi Luwak Speedway pours with a deep, puddle-brown body that flashes mahogany tint at its edges. The custard head recedes to a thin wisp of foam, but is easily revived with a quick flick of the wrist. As for the aroma: We need to go deeper.

*BRAAAMP* ... *BRAAAMP* ...

We join our main character, a dark roasted coffee bean, as he delves deeper and deeper into his subconscious dream states--all of which exist in bags of freshly-ground coffee. In a Cuban coffee shop. On the slopes of a coffee plantation in Guatemala. Chasing him are agents hired by Swiss Miss and Count Chocula.

The dreaming coffee bean escapes narrowly and makes his way to a garage in Austin, Texas. Taking a sip of Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout, the kick of sudden flavor snaps the bean out of his dream-scape and back into reality. He is now a beer geek; his totem, a New Belgium goblet. Is he still dreaming?

*BRAAAMP* ...

Deep flavors of roast chocolate grains, mocha coffee, and a dry, earthy finish wash over him with each sip. The medium body is a little thin, but the carbonation from the hand-bottle has held up nicely. No, he is awake, and drinking a true dream of a beer. Or is he? The garage begins to crumble.

*BRAAAMP*

wagenvolks, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh just had to get the tick on this one. Thanks buddy!

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Thin head, but to be expected from a hand bottle.

Nose has note of coffee, roasty malts, hops, cocoa and dark pitted fruits.

Taste is quite nice. Not sure it's any better than the regular Speedway.

Nice full body, carbonation a bit low, but again note the hand bottle.

Always a great stout. Too bad they skip us on the way to the eas coast.

rye726, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of rhinos00
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to try this one. Poured from a flip-top hand bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with almost zero head. As the beer was consumed it left a thin brown film on the sides of the glass.

S- Very coffee forward. The aroma of roasted coffee grinds is almost overwhelming. Underneath it all, you can just make out enough chocolate malts to bring some balance into the smell.

T- A little more balanced than the aroma. A pleasant mixture of roasted coffee beans and chocolate malts. Upfront coffee dominates leading the way to a slightly sweet chocolate finish.

M- Very little carbonation. Also fell on the thin side when it comes to stouts. Just wished it had some more viscosity to the body.

D- The coffee can wear on the senses a bit. Almost desensitizes the taste buds, making the beer almost one dimensional.

Overall, very glad I received the opportunity to try this one. Coffee may be a little too much for me, but for those that enjoy them, seek this one out.

rhinos00, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't drink regular speedway all that often, but when I do it is subtly impressive. There is nothing subtle about this version. IT ROCKS! Pours inky black with a large tan head over a opaque black hole of a body. CRAP [no pun intended]! There is a TON OF COFFEE in the aroma! Grassy nearly. A bit of creamer. Damn, it is so strong. By far the most complex coffee I have ever put my nose too. It is more coffee like than coffee (sounds corny, but wait until you try it!). Wow, flavor is all rich nuances on the coffee theme. Absolutely stunning. What is really shocking is how drinkable it is. I could have this stuff all night. Absolutely no hint of 12.2% whatsoever! Creamy carbonation. Reading over my notes, I count the word "awesome" 11 times if that gives you any hint of how much I like this stuff. The funny thing is that I don't really drink all that much coffee (as I don't like hot beverages). This stuff is awesome! Heck of a beer!

BMan1113VR, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @Woodshop, limited notes.

Basically similar to speedway stout, but w/better coffee. Thick and roasty. The thing about this amazing version of an already amazing beer is that coffee completely dominates, even more than regular speedway, which I didn't know was possible. Boozy and roasty presence is cut down by coffee and stout perfection. Maybe the best stout I've ever had, it's tough.

Now I know that when they refer to this beer as "The Shit" it's not just referring to the source of the coffee beans.

bret27, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is viscous and black, just like regular Speedway, with a nice tan head on top.

S: The nose is full of some of the strongest coffee I've ever smelled. There are some notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but the coffee is the main attraction.

T: The Kopi Luwak coffee is just really incredible. The flavor is so intense, unlike any other coffee beer I've had. There is a noticeable bitterness both from the coffee and the roasted malts, with a bit of dark, bitter chocolate.

M: The body is incredibly full and rich with a low level of carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is an amazingly delicious beer that I would try again any time. The only "problem" is that the coffee is so intense that there's only so much I can drink at once.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a special San Diego Beer Week tapping of this rare Alesmith treat @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego, CA) on 11/10/09. Served in a smallish tumbler. I enjoyed this next to a glass of regular Speedway Stout on draft for comparative purposes.

The pour is similar to the regular Speedway, with a jet black look in the glass, topped with a layer of rich dark mocha foam. Retains with some light trimming but this flares up very nicely into a robust cascade on the sides, leaving some decent looking spotty lacing and brown oils behind. The Kopi Luwak in the aroma is just unbelievable smelling, with the coffee being extremely more pronounced than in the regular version. I'd overall call it less fierce but much more robust, with the thick tang and intense roasted activity taking a back seat this time, while the mellow, earthy, and green texture of the coffee takes hold, mingling in with extra softer accents of cocoa and vanilla. Just very easy and more gentle here but this is still packed with delicious coffee flavor. Amazing nose here.

The Speedway standbys of chocolate, molasses, and roast are present here in the taste, giving this a sticky and bitter feel but these remain in the background for the most part. Much like the aroma, the coffee here just so much more mellow and smooth feeling, lacking the massive sharp java bite of the regular Speedway and replacing it with more of an earthy and citric character that actually floods across the palate, sticks in the finish, and for the most part, pretty much just controls the entire profile. An overall luscious coffee presence here, that just sits at the forefront of this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mouth filling creaminess that allows the flavors to properly coat the mouth. The smoothness also allows for a very easy drinking experience with this, despite a 12% ABV. I still can't believe that number, based on my experience with it. These two 5 oz samples of this delicious nectar were not nearly enough.

Well I have to say that this Kopi Luwak is the real deal, as I've never had a coffee (much less a Coffee Stout) that was so rich and flavorful, yet mellow, as this was. Just really unique and tremendous stuff here, that took an already out-of-this-world Stout into the stratosphere.

Kegatron, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made time to get this one at O'Briens. Worth the wait. Poured jet black with a thin brown ring of bubbles. Lacing was hard to judge as it was in a 5 oz. glass. Mmmm, the aroma is outstanding. Deep, rich roasted kopi coffee. Bittersweet, chocolately, and earthy, all at once. Some sweeter vanilla and cocoa notes as well. It draws you in. Creamy, yet kind of thin mouthfeel. I expected more given the pedigree of the Speedway. Still, more than other Imperials. The taste is unreal. I can only compare it to a cross between the original and Mikkeler's Beer Geek Brunch, except this crushed both. The kopi pushed this over the top. The same coffee, dark chocolate, bitter earth, and cream are here as in the nose. But it is indescribably smooth. Throw in the mellow oak and vanilla from the barrel and you can't ask for anything more. Even flavors like currants, cocoa powder, and red wine tannins swirl. In comparison to the original, the coffee is there, but mellowed in bitterness and replaced with earth and vanilla. In regards to the Mikkeler, the kopi is in much larger supply and better utilized in the barrelling and base beer. Easily, EASILY one of the best beers I have and possibly will ever have.

magictrokini, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of DavidInSanDiego
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am one of the lucky ones who had this at O'Brien's Alesmith event for SDBW.

A - Dark Brown/black. Very thick, absolutely no head.

S - Nose of wonderfully roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate.

T - Well balanced, incredibly smooth. Mild roast, hint of dark chocolate on the finish. There always seems to be a hint of bitterness in a coffee stout, but this was too smooth. Beautiful.

M - Full-bodied, light carbonation. Textbook stout.

D - I think this is worthy for anyone, but doubly so for coffee lovers. This is one of the greats.

Serving: on-tap

DavidInSanDiego, Nov 14, 2009
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.