AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jeffo:
3.55/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Got this one from the Doodler a while back. Cheers for the trade man!
From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Drank this one along side the regular Speedway and kop versions.
APPEARANCE: Pours black yielding a two finger, medium looking mocha 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. A touch darker than the regular kopi version.
SMELL: Very bourbon heavy. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and oak on the nose. Sweet cream and caramel as well, but the combination outplays the coffee and roast from the base beer. Still, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, all things considering.
TASTE: Bourbon heavy again, with vanilla, coconut and sweet cream up front. A big finish of bourbon barrel, coconut cream, some bitter coffee comes through as well as some burnt grains from the base beer. Very sweet, but actually quite good, and more balanced with more from the base beer than the nose. Some light perfume notes from the alcohol, which actually gets more prevalent as the beer sits. Drink it fast.
PALATE: A touch lighter than the regular kopi version. Medium body, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. A bit lighter than the others, but still fine for the style.
OVERALL: Pretty good, and definitely the best of the three bottle set we had that day, though that's not saying all that much. The bourbon was relatively overpowering, but that's not a bad thing, considering it masked whatever cabbage and band aid the base beer may have been wielding that day. The perfume flavors in the finish got tougher and tougher as it sat, but if a small sample is drunk fast enough, you may not notice. Thanks again Doodler! Always a pleasure.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 15:30:09 | More by Jeffo
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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