AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak
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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 367
Gots: 72 | FT: 8
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-11-2009)
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Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two 5oz tasters poured into a Chimay glass (against the rules, I know) juxtaposed alongside regular speedway on 11/10/2009 at O'Brien's. This is pure Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout. I was told by the brewer that the previous incarnation that appeared on another site was a blend of normal Speedway and Kopi Luwak . This instance is pure blooded Civet excrement. It was fantastic that Peter walked around with a plastic glove on holding Civet excrement in his hand the entire night. The beer is black with a small creamy light brown head and good retention.

The nose is immediately pungent coffee with a decided earthiness and a sharp roasted character. Side by side with speedway the quality of coffee is obviously better in the Kopi Luwak. It's the best coffee character that I've ever experienced in a stout. I detect light notes of baker's chocolate and alcohol is well hidden. The coffee is more aromatic than that in regular Speedway.

The taste is pungent coffee with a moderate roast and a distinct earthy quality. The coffee overwhelms my palate without imparting much bitterness or astringency, which I find unique for such a strong coffee flavor. The finish is dry with a slight roast. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy. I'm not a big fan of coffee stouts, but this is utter quality and it truly is the shit. This is the best coffee stout I've ever tried. I would drink this for breakfast, lunch, and...you get the point.

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice khaki head. Great retention. Chunky bubbles on the surface. A little bit leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Intense coffee. Reminds me of Vietnamese Speedway, which shouldn't surprise me. Slightly fruity coffee notes. Deep chocolate.

Taste - Maybe the coffee is too strong. Very intense coffee, same slight fruity character. Nice chocolate and deep roast. Delicious, but very coffee-centric.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Nice body. Intense bitterness, as much from the coffee as anything.

Overall - Delicious, but not significantly better than regular Speedway.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good brown pour, looks just like the regular Speedway Stout. Firm 1/2" beige head on it, good retention.

Aroma didn't jump out at me, pretty similar to regular Speedway, which is still pretty awesome. Lots of coffee first, roasted malt second, alcohol, you'd have to look for it despite its presence.

Taste, mmmm. So good. A little bitter, but still substantially the awesome Speedway I love. Alcohol nowhere to be found as usual, very easy drinking. Creamy and bitter at the same time. Complex yet straightforward. Possibly the slightest tinge of sweeter coffee used here, maybe even a little more bitter. Do I think I could pick this out side by side with regular speedway? Probably not. A little vanilla always helps things. Chocolate is like it is in the regular. Good.

Despite the fact that many are railing against Kopi Luwak because they are causeheads (PCU reference), it isn't because of the quality of the coffee (they will argue that side by side with the ethical considerations, because they know all that matters to 90% of consumers is taste, not any save the planet garbage). The coffee is legit. Sorry, not gonna make me feel bad for enjoying this.

Opened during the Marquette v. Davidson game. Before David Hurley began spewing his disingenuous lies at the El Dorado Casino.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split three ways on 6.18.13

A - Pours a dark opaque brown, almost black with a fine, silky dark tan head comprised of small bubbles that just sit on top.

S - Lot of roasted coffee, roasted malt, some subtle chocolate.

T - Similar to the nose, but very smooth coffee, not bitter at all. Very good and dangerously drinkable.

D - Silky smooth heavy body with great carbonation for the style.

O - An amazing beer with a different story. Weasel poop, who knew?

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of xnicknj
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super dark dark brown, let's just call it black, with a hershey's chocolate brown head that slowly recedes to leave some spotty/sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with the Kopi coffee to the max, there is some dark chocolate as well and some fruity esters as well but dark cocoa powder and dark roasted coffee are the main attributes here.

The tastes directly follow the nose with a little bready, nutty, toasted maltiness mixed in. The rich roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors are intertwined with one another; as it warms there is a little more malt sweetness that comes out to balance the roast.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of heavy bodied but is not syrupy thanks to ample carbonation. Finish is roasty and coffee forward but avoids being acrid or overly bitter as many coffee-infused beers can be.

Overall this is another winner from Alesmith, I like this slightly more than regular Speedway but not sure enough to justify the increased price. Would be highly recommended if not for that fact.

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the toddy cat poop beer version alongside the regular and barrel-aged versions of Speedway, thanks to Kevin for sharing. The Kopi version pours an extremely deep shade of brown, appearing pitch black when it finally gets to the glass. This one seems just a slight touch lighter than the regular and BA Speedways, with a light tan head that perches itself on the beer and shows the best retention of the three.

To my surprise, the aroma is actually a little more muzzled and quiet than I would like. I was expecting a huge explosion and was just a bit let down. The aromas that I am picking up, however, are full of coffee big-time. And it's an extremely different and almost strange coffee aroma. I've never smelled Kopi Luwak coffee beans for myself, but if they smell anything like this beer, then they are very unique.

There is also a borderline acidic sweetness on the nose, much akin to apple skins or grapes. Not sure if this is a characteristic of the special coffee beans or not. One thing is certain - the aroma on this beer is undeniably unlike anything else out there. I think it would benefit if it were less acrid, but the underlying malt sweetness helps keep things in check.

The taste starts off with an almost harsh, bitter roastiness. I get the feeling that I'm drinking burnt, used coffee grounds, minus the grit and smashed beans. Very roasty and ashy, coming through with that Kopi Luwak uniqueness. The sweetness comes through on the palate as well, with that light apple skin flavor that quickly transitions into a deeper, darker licorice - much more suitable for this style of beer.

There is a nice balance of sweetness to offset the initial surge of bitterness, but in the end, the heavy roast comes back for seconds. The aftertaste is full of bitter and burnt coffee beans with a light ash and charcoal that scrapes the mouth. Some cocoa notes pop out here and there, but are nothing compared to the Kopi coffee flavors. Heavy body, creamy on the palate with the highest amount of carbonation between the three Speedways.

Wow, this beer was certainly different. Definitely tasty, unique, and roasted to hell, big-time. There really is nothing quite like it. But in the end, I think I'd have to go with the regular Speedway as my favorite. The balance on this one is a bit lopsided, but it's still a very delicious beer. In my honest opinion, maybe a touch overrated.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After going a year or two without even drinking an Alesmith beer, it's nice to be able to review a few new (to me) ones in the span of a couple of months. Thanks, Shane. Served in my oversized brandy snifter at cellar temperature.

Speedway has always been a beautiful beer in a glass, and this variant is no exception. Pouring black with a dense, dark brown head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks gorgeous. The nose is an intense fruity coffee aroma, that's complex - pungent, mildly acidic (unripe fruit acidity), mildly phenolic (raw tropical fruit phenols), and with a touch of cranberry, this is a very deep coffee character here. The base stout is excellent as well. Roasty, creamy, chocolate, a little bit of an English hop character that pairs quite well with the coffee and some lactose, this is great. Alcohol is well-hidden.

The palate opens with a lot of coffee, fruity, roasty and more rounded than the nose would suggest. Mild in the roast department, most of the flavor is in the form of fruit (dried berries, though I'd be hard pressed to identify them) with minimal bitterness and moderate acidity. A little bit of smoke, a little bit of leather even, this tastes great. Earthy and moderately bitter, the coffee character pairs well with the earthy hops. The mid-palate brings forward the stout characteristics - roast, chocolate, some cream and a little molasses. A little bit of caramel too. The finish is long with a brilliant blend of coffee bitterness and roasted malt character. This is where the coffee *really* lingers. Medium-full in body with a supple, creamy carbonation, this beer is uber-smooth on the palate. Highly recommended. FWIW, this beer is incredibly rich and filling, so I wouldn't recommend doing what I'm doing - drinking it solo at 10 PM. This just might give you a caffeine buzz.

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.