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
3.71/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
01-09-2014 03:56:29 | More by kojevergas
3.8/5 rDev -16.3%
Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California.
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.
07-11-2013 05:27:21 | More by jegross2
3.98/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
08-05-2013 21:18:32 | More by Luk13
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.