AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
01-27-2014 15:30:09 | More by Jeffo
4.11/5 rDev -9.5%
750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
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.
01-17-2014 21:47:01 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.65/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
09-03-2013 16:40:45 | More by tectactoe
4.24/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
06-14-2013 02:48:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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