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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
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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 356
Gots: 70 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

funkel81, May 10, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
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.

pmarlowe, May 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

gregmoscetti, Apr 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

EfilsGod, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

redlegacy, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of djaeon
5/5  rDev +13.9%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

mrbubbler, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

gregshead, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

wattershed, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

notchucknorris, Dec 22, 2011
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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
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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
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Levitation, Nov 16, 2011
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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
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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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
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

FreightTrain, Nov 14, 2011
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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
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.