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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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BA SCORE
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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 490
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
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California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brotherloco
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.56/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick cocoa black with chocolate cocoa head. Light head, but thick. Light retention.

Very vanilla and bourbon forward. Slight sweetness, milky and sweet dark chocolate.

Similar to nose. Very bourbon forward but smooth and rich. Complex chocolate and vanilla just blended all over. Coffee was very faint, my only complaint. Seeing that this is fairly fresh, a bit of disappointment.

Thick, rich velvet, but the perfect mild to moderate bite. Tingle kb the gums, smooth burn. But not hot, just bourbon friendly.

This is a stunner, only beef is the faint coffee. The point of this is the kopi luwak.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice khaki head. Chunky bubbles. Thick collar. A few wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. Intense bourbon, even some corn. A touch of coffee, but it's overpowered by the barrel. Chocolate back there too.

Taste - Really intense bourbon again. Covers the coffee initially. The chocolate from the stout comes through here. The coffee is mostly prevalent in the back end here.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. No heat, but there's a lot of bourbon to it. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer. Intense bourbon, masks the coffee, but makes up for it in deliciousness.

Photo of claaark13
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temp into a Hunahpu's glass. Thanks Cory.

A - Thick mocha head turn into nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, weasel taint, sweet earthy coffee.

T - Bourbon upfront moves to earthy coffee, oak, vanilla notes with more bourbon and chocolate meeting towards the end.

M - Medium, silkiness.

O - Though I enjoyed it, there was an off aroma and flavor that I found and couldn't get past until I was a few ounces through it. It got really good towards the end of my glass, more along a 4.5.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee with some hazelnut notes with light bourbon undertones which rounds off some of the rough edges. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with coffee notes and some hazelnut and bourbon notes which helps rounds off the flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and nice creamy body and no apparent alcohol. This is definitely one of the best versions of Speedway that I have ever tried. All the flavours are well balanced and don’t clash between each other’s. The complexity level is quite high but the drinkability is also quite high.

Photo of jegross2
3.77/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California.

Score: 88

2013 vintage bottle served in a n Upland snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Black coffee in color with caramel ruby tones at the outer upper edge when held up to light. Pours a thin layer of khaki bubbly head atop that settles to ring around the glass at a quicker than average pace. Poor lacing, virtually no retention. 3.25/5

Smell: Very oak forward, followed by coffee. There's an astringency that I did not expect and banana-like eaters. Can practically smell the dryness. Notes of chocolate too. 3.5/5

Taste: Way too oak forward, though the coffee comes through more prominently on the palate than in the nose. This tastes better than it smell. Chocolate and oak towards finish. Quite dry. No alcohol detectable. Lingering flavor that is like chocolate rubbed oak with a hint of coffee, though most of the coffee flavor comes immediately upfront and does not linger. I do not detect any barrel character other than the oak. Not a whole lot of roast. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Has an unexpected amount of bitterness since it uses Kopi coffee, though this brew is not as bitter as most coffee forward stouts. 4/5

Overall: While not a bad beer, I thought it was nothing special. I was disappointed by this beer given how much I liked the non-barrel aged Kopi Speedway (it is, to date, my favorite Alesmith beer consumed). Barrel-aged Kopi is hardly worth its retail cost (let alone rarity) given how many beers of equal or greater quality are available for cheaper. Quality-wise, dollar-wise and rarity-wise, you are better off seeking out the base beer. I think with some tweaking (less dryness, more roasty coffee, more barrel) that this beer could be something truly delicious. I would probably give it another shot if re-brewed. However, I would not seek out this vintage again (though I would not refuse a pour if offered either).

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of stx00lax
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Pours black with a light brown fluffy head that quickly dissipates and settles around the edge of the glass. A quick swirl leaves nice spotty/sticky bubbles

S- Bourbon, robust coffee, vanilla, light roast, coconut, bakers chocolate

T-Similar to smell. Bourbon and Coffee are equally dominate and are very well integrated with each other and the base beer. The coffee flavor is unique, not sweet or astringent. Lingering flavors of drying coffee and bitter bakers chocolate remain. A little bit of heat, but not as much as regular BA speedway.

M- Medium to full body. Chewy, but not viscous like some cigar city stouts for comparisons sake.

O- Very good. This beer is incredibly balanced which is what i think sets it apart from lesser beer. Its really hard to find anything to complain about, you can tell that it is made well. Super tasty to boot. I want more.

Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black body with an oily viscosity. A finger of brown froth recedes to a collar after a moment.

Incredible nose, loaded with maple syrup, bourbon, chocolate and earthy/nutty coffee. Impeccably balanced with little noticeable alcohol or harshness - I can't really find fault here.

The palate is similarly good, and very impressively balanced between the barrel, base beer and coffee. Big maple syrup and brown sugar flavors meld with a nicely integrated coffee note that leans toward the earthy side of things. Chocolate, molasses and slight roasted grain balance things out. There's plenty of bourbon barrel here, but it isn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is full, viscous, with medium-low carbonation.

What a ridiculously good beer. It isn't far removed from regular BA Speedway, it just has a bit more of a coffee kick to it. This particular blend of barrels is outstanding, however - it might be my favorite BA Speedway ever.

Photo of spicelab
4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to MrKennedy via nicks6217. Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Jet black with a persistent saffron head.

Backbone of the aroma is equal parts coffee and bourbon jostling for prominence. As it opens up base beer notes gradually emerge; chocolate and tarry toast at first, before molasses and sweet dark fruits finally kick in. The overall result is impressively balanced and surprisingly orthodox.

Mellow woody bourbon notes integrating with candy floss high notes and a solid earthy grounding from the coffee. There's not much actual expression from the base stout, yet the robustness overall puts you in no doubt its there.

Full, velvety smooth.

It's a great beer but to plagiarise MrKennedy's views there's almost too much balance, with the three elements of barrel, coffee and base beer keeping one another in check rather than creating real excitement or something unexpected. In this regard I thought the non-BA Kopi Luwak Speedway was much more expressive.

Photo of iadler
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A- Pours a jet black with a thin dark mocha head leaving a few lines of lacing behind.

S- I've never had Kopi Luwak coffee, but the beans are extremely potent in the aroma with lots of dark fruit and nuttiness. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, bourbon and vanilla are present as well.

T- Taste follows the aroma with the coffee highlighting the beer. Tons of smooth coffee with notes of black cherry, plum and nuts followed by caramel, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

M- Lower carbonation with a rich mouthfeel that has a bit of heat at the finish.

O- I personally enjoyed this BA Speedway version to the regular BA offering. The coffee was a lot more prominent in the BA Kopi, which is one of the biggest strengths of the base beer. Would be happy to try again.

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Seth. Never expected to have this. Tampa review dump; full notes taken at time.

A- In line with all the other variants. Black as night with a small head. Tiny ring rarely leaves permanent lace but lots of legs per sip.

S- Not as Bourbon forward as the regular BA version but a smooth and big coffee notes are added in this version with a dry medium dark roast and fruity aroma. Cocoa, a bit of old wet oak and vanilla.

T- Coffee is the massive standout in this version. Medium to dark roasted notes of berries, espresso, cocoa nibs and earthy soil. Fruits give it a truffle chocolate brownie feel at times. Barrel booze and whiskey opens up with warming big time, vanilla and oak.

MF- Pretty much spot on with regular BA Speedway. Thick, creamy body with medium high carbonation. A bit of warmth on the back end.

Just like the regular with an amazing coffee profile. The barrel aspect leaves something a bit to be desired but the Kopi is great.

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a deep black with minimal brown head. Aroma is nicely balance between the dessert bourbon and malt notes (chocolate, vanilla, coconut) and the kopi roastiness and vegetal aspects. Nice complexity. Taste is bourbon, chocolate but also very vegetal, roasty and somewhat spicy from the Kopi. Full bodied with med-low carbonation. The barrel treatment attenuate the Kopi effect, it remains a little harsh. Inferior to the regular coffee Speedways, but still a good imperial stout.

Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big milestone, 2500 reviews... and about to take a big trip to China and Belgium so in honor of that as well. Huge thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours an awesome looking dark fluffy 1 finger head, great lacing, pitch black with great legs.

Nose is awesome, addicting, great barrel and bourbon, vanilla oak, light coffee, sweet candy like the candy you had as a kid that made your legs buckle, caramel. Vanilla, Belgian choc, rich and heavy overall, slightly earthy mellow smooth coffee, quite nice of... well everything. Amazing nose.

Taste is very good, great flavors ally around. Starting with the dark malts, dark choc and black malt and just a little char, some caramel and creamy choc, light warming booze, thick syrupy dark choc syrup, fluffy nougat as well but super dark. Some barrel, light vanilla toasty barrel. Then some coffee, smooth rich earthy slightly nutty coffee. Finish is great, sweet syrupy thick, rich coffee syrup, dark choc and little char lingering.

Mouth is full bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze

Overall fantastic. Not aces across the board, but a very well done beer all around. Great coffee and chocolate, nice barrel but I wish the barrel came through a bit more.

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy black pour with a thick ring of mocha bubbles on the surface. Rich aroma filled with all things good you'd expect from Speedway, and supercharged: bourbon'd oak, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, burnt caramel, rum raisin. More of this in the taste, with smooth coffee taking the foreground, semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon, with a minor hint of barrel wood, vanilla, brown sugar, dark malty goodness. Good balance of roasty and sweet. Smooth and full-bodied, definitely some alcohol warmth in there, but it's well-integrated. Definitely a great beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Better than Beer Geek Breakfast? Uh, yes.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass with a dissipating off white head. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and sweet bourbon. Taste is sweet, slight bitterness and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate, roasted coconut, bourbon, and that delicious Kopi Luwak coffee. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, and near full bodied. Finish is slightly astringent, but sweet along with some roasted malts and coffee. Great balance between the barrel and base beer. Very tasty!

Photo of tarheels86
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL thanks to cquiroga! Pours ink with yellowish mild foam. Ruby highlights. Nose is cinnamon, salted caramel, milk chocolate truffle. Taste is coconut, vanilla, amaretto, dark chocolate bar. Palate is silky, mild warming alcohol that is not overwhelming. Wife loved it as expected. Really glad I got to try this!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.9.13
Thanks J!

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large brown head that fades slowly.

S - Bourbon up-front, then the coffee takes over, finishes with sweet chocolate.

T - Swwet chocolate, then lots of Bourbon and some barrel, finishes with the coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Bourbon, awesome coffee, and some sweet chocolate. What's not to like?

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken last night:

Just tried the base beer and I'm hoping the bourbon barrel aged version is as impressive as the current perfect 100 rating implies. 12% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass coffee with shiny gold label text 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. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current 100 rating.

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 one finger wide head of dark khaki/light tan colour. Creamy, with good thickness and nice even consistency. Soft complexion. Head retention is below average - about 1-1.5 minutes. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

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

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for an imperial stout but isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has a great bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla and even some recognizable oak wood (particularly on the back end). Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Marshmallow. The coffee is covered by the bourbon.

A very appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. There is a pleasant bourbon-y alcohol warmth.

T: Much boozier than anticipated. There's ample bourbon character including some vanilla (and some oak wood on the finish). Dark malts, chocolate malts, marshmallow, cream, char, coffee bitterness. Some sugarcane. The coffee is really restrained here - shockingly so. The bourbon almost covers it entirely (especially compared to the base beer). That's hugely disappointing. There is some harshness left over as well as some char, but the coffee really gets subsumed here. Definitely on the sweeter side.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Pretty well balanced. Not as complex, subtle, intricate, or nuanced as the best beers in the style. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's nothing unique or special here. Not a gestalt build by any means.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and soft. Silky. Full-bodied and thick. Sticky. Texture suits the taste well.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy. A bit syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable, but definitely a sipper. I'm glad I have a friend to help me put down the bottle. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out, but it's a tasty bourbon barrel aged stout, albeit a boozy one. It isn't mind-blowing or world class per se, but it's a tasty beverage. I'm happy to have tried it, but my biggest criticism is that the bourbon hides the best note of the base - the coffee. I honestly don't know that I prefer this to the regular Kopi Speedway. It's not at all world-class and doesn't deserve its current 100 rating in my opinion.

High B

Photo of orangesol
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second time I had this one it already tasted a little old. Bumping my scores down a touch until I can try another.
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Bottle served right after the regular version and again later at Ffej of July XI

A - Pours pitch black with a decent one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh brewed coffee, rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and dark roasted malt. This one smells incredible. While the base was too one dimensional, the bourbon barrel has really brought it all together.

T - Starts off much like the base with the strong espresso coffee kick but now it has combined with the warming bourbon and the combo never really fades away. Hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel and some dark roasted malt round things out. Finish is really roasted with a bit of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Feel is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness and some light booze. While the base wore on me, this one goes down way too easy.

O - I really liked the base beer but this one takes it to a whole other level. The addition of bourbon to the already killer mix makes this one nearly perfect. I would love to have this on a regular basis, it is that good.

Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large format bottle into a mini snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki colored head. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. A swirl brings a finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is pretty stellar with notes of coconut, caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging overtop a brownie batter-like chocolate roast appeal. The earthen coffee comes out along with a solvent inclusion of alcohol.

The flavor is quite earthy and roasted with almost a dirty sort of coffee flavor. Some solvent alcohol is immediately evident and honestly the flavor of this is a bit of a let down when compared to how complex and enjoyable the aroma was.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall quite boozy in flavor with a great nose. Again, like the non-barrel aged version of kopi speedway, lots of what makes kopi luwak coffee amazing was lost here in the brew. I wouldnt mind drinking this again but im probably not willing to give up the cost of admission.

Photo of HopHead84
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

03/16/2013

Bottle into a snifter.

A: Black with a foreboding dark brown mountain of froth that lingers for a long time. Much lacing is left behind.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, robust coffee presence seething with earth and nuttiness. Light licorice with a touch of molasses. Much dark chocolate with roasted grains and coconut. There's even a little brown sugar and toffee.

T: Huge earthy coffee presence blends with dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, and roasted grains. Bourbon is pervasive and complements the coffee very nicely. The coffee profile is more intense than that of regular BA Speedway. The barrel lends vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and a little coconut to the beer. Alcohol is well hidden, being mostly noticeable in the warming finish. No astringency. The beer displays impeccable balance at this point in its life.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and chewy.

Overall: A tour de force from Alesmith, and easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I can't imagine a better barrel aged coffee stout. If you have this you should drink it. The medley of flavors and aromas is stunning right now and it has nowhere to go but down from this apex. I guess it's time to give my first perfect score.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.