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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) - AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 482
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-12-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

JoninVT, Jul 28, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml foiled and capped bottle. 2013 release. Served in my Eclipse snifter.

Very excited to get a hold of this, my first Barrel Aged Alesmith beer.

Pours as black as beer gets with half a finger of mocha colored foam. Settles to a small ring of dense bubbles. A strand or two of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Aroma of everything I look for in a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Dusty oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and fruit. Complex and stunning. A hint of alcohol sits on top.

Taste begins with some of the aroma's fruit notes, with banana and cherry dominating. Quickly turns to the richer notes, like melted chocolate and vanilla ice cream covered with caramel. A little bit of saltiness at this point as well. Coffee is most present in the finish, with roasty, but very smooth bitterness blending beautifully with all the other elements. Alcohol contributes a noticeable heat as well as a spicy chili pepper note to the flavor. Although again, very well blended.

Full bodied, but quite slick with a medium level of carbonation. Maybe gets a little thick over time, but you expect that with this style.

Overall I'm really loving this beer. Complex and evolving aromas and flavors from all the ingredients, but blended well and playing nicely together.

brotherloco, Apr 27, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
2013 Vintage

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: BA Kopi Speedway appears midnight black in the glass with hints of deep red appearing along the edges of the glass when back light. A rough pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head that lasts well for a barrel-aged beer and leaves a touch of lacing. Swirling the beer results in thick, sticky alcohol legs coating the glass.

Smell: Wow, the initial nose is absolutely sublime - there is a fantastic earthy coffee character, rich dark chocolate, sweet dark caramel and a touch of bourbon. As the beer warms, the barrel character absolutely takes off with a ton of sweet creamy vanilla and slightly boozey bourbon obliterating the coffee. Other notes include: Sweet dark fruits, toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: There is far more barrel character in the initial flavour than the nose suggested and it really dominates the other flavours. Notes include: Big sweetness, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, sugary caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet cream, a fair amount of booze and a little earthy coffee with a welcome touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The is quite a bit of carbonation for a barrel-aged beer (high level), but it is just smooth enough. The body is just shy of full and offers a nice stickiness.

Overall: BA Kopi Speedway is a solid barrel-aged imperial stout, but it does get a little sweet and I can't help but feeling that the coffee should shine a lot more than it does, I mean it is the worlds most expensive coffee after all.

Thehuntmaster, Jan 17, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ron for sharing this treat, something I've been trying to get my hands on for a while now. Deep, deep brown, almost completely black, but there is certainly some dark brown that shines through at the extremities. A tan head, only a few millimeters in size, wastes no time settling into a thinner film and ring. Nothing crazy going on here; sub-par head formation.

Oh wow... My goodness. That's incredible. One of my (only) complaints about the original Kopi Luwak was the lack of "power" in the aroma, and that issue has definitely been addressed in the barrel-aged version. It explodes into your senses like a time-bomb of chocolate and coffee. Intense roasted coffee beans - but not just any coffee beans... Kopi Luwak beans.

Sweet, creamy, brown sugar, some dark fruits in the background with a twinge of strange sweetness that must be a byproduct of the Kopi beans. The aroma is so roasty and yet sweet and almost fruity at the same time... it's perplexing, and it's wonderful. The barrel is a perfect compliment with very mild and extremely smooth bourbon soaked oak inclusions. The barrel cuts the acrid notes of the original, leaving nothing but olfactory nirvana behind.

The first sip (and each successive one) includes more barrel-aged presence than the aroma, but that's perfectly fine with me, as it is introduced so elegantly and smooth, without a burn or tingle to be had. Sticky chocolate cream, dark fudge, oak and vanilla, light coconut, and POW! Right in the goddamn kisser with those Kopi Luwak coffee beans. They're everywhere!

It's such a unique and aromatically pleasing and flavorful type of coffee bean roast, I really can't put it into words. It's coffee-ish and roasty yet sweet and almost fruity at the same time, without being too sweet or tart at all, but just enough to stroke the member of your senses with the gentle hand of happy endings. Creamy, smooth, flowing like a liquid river of bliss into my stomach. A little more carbonation would be lovely, but it still feels nice and full.

I was a bit let down by the Kopi Luwak and Barrel-Aged Speedway variants (though I still enjoyed them), but put them together and barrel age the Kopi Luwak version, and you've got a stout that lives up to the hype and then some. So full of incredibly unique and wonderful aromas and flavors. Beer fans need to do themselves a solid and seek this one out at all costs. You won't be disappointed... I promise.

tectactoe, Sep 03, 2013
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared by me. Reviewed from notes at a small tasting. 750ml bottle into Drie Fonteinen stemware. Shared with Mike and Dan.

Pours a .5 finger frothy, dense, dark mocha head with good retention. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick. Thick, oily legs. Beer is a opaque, pitch black. Outstanding. Doesn't get any better than that for the style.

Nose is chocolate, mocha, espresso, booze and molasses. Thick and rich and very aromatic though just a touch too boozy.

Opens chocolate, cocoa beans, espresso, molasses, fudge, and roasted malt. Great balance between roast and espresso bitterness and chocolate and fudge sweetness. Finishes chocolate and fudge sweetness with a lingering, boozy sweet aftertaste. Pretty much what is expected. Very solid.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down warm and very smooth. Boozy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Great for the style.

Kopi Luwak coffee based stouts are some of my favorite in the style and this one doesn't disappoint. Great balance with an excellently executed feel. Nose is look aren't too shabby either. Definitely worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 14, 2013
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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