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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
97
world-class

430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 342
Gots: 72 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Jeffo, Jan 27, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out black with a bit of a coffee brown head.

The aroma follows with roasted malt, chocolate, and then a bit more of coffee coming through than the base beer. There's that chocolate milk shake character of Speedway.

The flavor follows with that milk chocolate, chocolate shake, cocoa powder, and then a blast of coffee. It is not an aggressively roasty or fresh coffee, but more of a mild, but bold coffee still. The coffee is much more prominent here than in the base.

A really enjoyable brew with a wonderful compliment of coffee that adds a enjoyable dimension.

dar482, Jan 22, 2014
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littlebeer, Jan 09, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass coffee with understated label art and black foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at Alesmith last year and served into a wine glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current 97 rating. I also loved the Vietnamese coffee.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of dark khaki colour. Nice even consistency. Good soft complexion. Smooth. Great creaminess and thickness. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's on the higher end of appearances for an imperial stout. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the appearance isn't incredible.

Sm: Chocolate malts, dark malts, cream, coffee/java with some roasty character, coffee bitterness, and chocolate. The coffee character isn't as intricate as I anticipated, but it's nice. Cocoa. Light cinnamon. There is some light booziness here, unfortunately. No hop character or yeast character is overtly detectable. It's about what you'd expect for a good coffee imperial stout, but isn't blowing me away - at least not like the Vietnamese Speedway. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, and rich coffee - including a touch of roast, some bitterness, and pleasant java. It's got a good coffee character, but I've had better. The duration of the coffee flavour is bit disappointing; it doesn't linger too long or have a presence in the aftertaste. Dark malts provide the malty core. Cream. Some cinnamon. Marshmallow. A kiss of espresso, perhaps. The coffee isn't as harsh as I expected; it's a little too mellow for me and I want more aggression. Caramel. On the sweeter end, sure, but nowhere near as sweet as many imperial stouts.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.

Quite balanced, but honestly I hoped for far more complexity and subtlety. The chocolate is almost a bigger star here than the coffee. It's not the most nuanced or intricate imperial stout out there, but I do really like it. It just isn't the incredible brew I expected. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Above average depth of flavour.

Mf: Soft and silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Full bodied, with ample thickness. The texture complements the taste well and is very well executed.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh. It does have some alcohol warmth.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, but still a sipper. I'll enjoy killing this with my friend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out. It's a damn good imperial stout, but it's not Alesmith's best work, nor is the best kopi luwak beer I've had. I'd buy it again if I saw it on the shelf, sure, and I'd recommend it to friends. I wouldn't want a second bottle in the same night.

High B

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.