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

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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

337 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%


Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-12-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and creamy coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a bourbon flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some really tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:04:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 20:13:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 13:53:02 | More by jlindros
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kojevergas

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:56:29 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:44:23 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger dark beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behing.  

Aroma is outrageous with tons of gourmet coffe roast holding up underneath the strong barrel presence.  Dry toasted oak with amazing spicy bourbon character, coconut and vanilla bean.  Still plenty of robust coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by dessert-like sweet malts, chocolate cake, baker's chocolate and fudge.  Perfect barrel integration with lots of coffee still coming through.

Full bodied and viscous with a strong, spicy bourbon barrel presence that's countered by robust, deeply roasted coffee flavor and  dark and silky sweet malt notes.  Barrel character is strong up front with dry oak complimeted by spicy sweet bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted coconut.  Decent alcohol flavor but not hot or boozy at all.  The coffee realy comes through with robust roast and gourmet espresso followed by burnt malt and sugars, oatmeal and dark chocolate.  Slightly grainy with flour less chocolate cake, baker's chocolate, toffee and caramel sweetness.  Very smooth and well balanced with a delicate, nicely integrated barrel character and excellent Kopi coffee flavor.  Incredibly complex and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV with lots of oak, bourbon, robust coffee, burnt malt and silky chocolate sweetness.  Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 05:48:56 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 19:05:45 | More by stakem
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another gracious shar by Richard. Served alongside Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

The beer is near black with an oily beige head. The aroma brings bourbon, roast, huge coffee. More aggressive than the standard Kopi Luwak Speedway. Beautiful balance with fresh coffee blending elegantly with a lightly tannic barrel character. Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. So smooth. Delicious. A world class barrel aged coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:56:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 17:27:34 | More by HopHead84
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largadeer

California

4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:03:54 | More by largadeer
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:17:23 | More by Alieniloquium
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to melliott2811, who's handle I'll even spell right this time for sending me this beer. Have loved the various Speedways over the years & was really looking forward to this one. Big black 750ML with gold foil & gold print split with my wife.

Pour is big & black & brooding with only a small amount of carbonation visible to the eye. Nose is everything advertised: big coffee, bourbon, sweet malts. Fuck this, I want to drink it. Onwards.

Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak Barrel Aged has been declared 'ambrosia' by my lovely wife. This beer is exquisitely balanced: none of the ingredients are on top, but appear to be integrated more tightly than a project plan presented with a good PowerPoint (think I just threw up in my mouth a little). Bourbon, coffee, sweet malts are all present & kicking ass in equal measure. Second-chairs include chocolate, vanilla, & two small burr oak barrels. Smoother than a silk nighty on the throat, & for a big bruiser of a beer, silly easy to drink. I could have taken the bomber by myself, easy.

A beer with a rep that doesn't disappoint, this is a Kentucky Derby winner of a beer. Sleek, slick, big, fast, gorgeous. The only criticism I have is that it isn't perfect. But damn close. An elite beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:52:36 | More by maximum12
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Epic thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a half inch mocha head that fades to leave a thick halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, vanilla, rich expensive chocolate, rich bourbon, more lighter coffee. Super mellow and smooth.

T - Taste is delicious, but did not give me shaky leg syndrome like Vietnamese speedway did. Similar to the nose with nice caramel, heavy dark chocolate syrup, rich, super rich malts. Nfff nice bourbon notes and subtle coffee alongwith nice vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the ABV. Smooth, slightly boozy. Delicious.

O - Overall this beer was pretty damn good. A damn good beer but not quite at Vietnamese speedway

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:25:57 | More by rudzud
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:52:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2013 Vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: Much like the regular BA version. Pours out deep dark black color. Get a thin layer of light tan head. Fades pretty quickly. Leaves some lacing bits. Alcohol feet.

S: Big coffee. Vanilla. Oak. Dark fruit. Cherry. Definitely getting more dark fruit, rum soaked raisins, prunes, etc.

T: Big bitterness up front from the coffee. I actually was thinking that the Kopi coffee would be less harsh, but it certainly stands out more than the regular BA version. Not bad at all though, as a coffee lover. Fudge like chocolate cocoa meshing with the vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Touch of wood. Some slight herbal notes? But that is really digging in there. Long lingering (changing finish) on the close.

M: Full bodied, mouth coating stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 14:22:25 | More by inlimbo77
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:48:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle from trade. Stoked to get to try this one. Pours pitch black and thick looking with a dark brown and super creamy head like you would see on an espresso. Aroma is big chocolate syrup notes, lots of vanilla, some rich earthy coffee (though subdued), bourbon, wood, some roasted grains, tobacco, more vanilla. Flavor is up front roast, barely any coffee, bourbon, with a beautifully long sweet vanilla finish. There is some oak and wood here that lingers on the tongue with some vanilla and anise. Body isn't as thick as other Speedway variants I have had, but certainly not light bodied either. Low to medium carbonation. This is a great beer but doesn't live up to my lofty expectations. I really don't get much coffee from this one. Looking forward to trying the regular Kopi version. With that said, worth trying if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 00:10:49 | More by BMMillsy
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Duff27

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half inch mocha head recedes after a couple minutes into a solid standing thick collar. Body is a dark brown/lighter black. Thinner alcohol legs.

Boozy bourbon on the nose.

Roastiness rigt before a punch to the face. Sweet bourbon barrel aging dominates the coffee aspect. Stated 12%abv sounds about right.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick for the style. Carbonation is a touch I. The high side but that's nitpicking.

Did the BA side by side with the regular. Easy differences to pick out: BA Kopi has a darker head, the regular had a more pronounced coffee flavor, the regular had better head retention and lacing, I enjoyed the mouthfeel on the regular more. Thanks for shooting this my way kojevergas!!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:13:13 | More by Duff27
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Treebs

Illinois

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

750 ml bottle served in a unbranded snifter during a little Local Option bottle share. Shared by stxSS07, thanks Matt!

A: Pours a dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring that leaves some splotches of lace down the edges of the glass.

S: There's a lot of barrel on the nose mixed with a heavy dose of coffee. Oaky and sweet bourbon mix with crushed coffee grounds. Definitely that earthy and slightly fruity Kopi aroma.

T: The coffee bean aroma is much more apparent on the taste. Very earthy and gritty with a mild espresso to it. Nice roasted malt presence with some underlying notes of chocolate and oak barrel. The bourbon is a little more noticeable on the palate here as it is a touch hot.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Nice and smooth on the finish.

O: Great take on regular Speedway. The barrel adds a nice character, although I'm still not sold on the Kopi coffee variations. A little to earthy and fruity for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 13:09:36 | More by Treebs
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 16:40:45 | More by tectactoe
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 16:35:33 | More by orangesol
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:31:23 | More by hooliganlife
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

AleSmith BA Kopi Speedway

First vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with about a finger of lingering darkish brown head, receding to a thick, espresso-like ring. Very good retention and some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: The earthy, medium roast Kopi blends very well with vanilla/vanilla ice cream, toasted oak, and bourbon. Light roasted malt. The coffee is prominent but not overwhelming, and the earthiness carries throughout the aroma. A little sweetness makes this very appealing.

T: Rich, delicious coffee, dark chocolate syrup, barrel characteristics (vanilla, oak, light spice), and a touch of sweetish bourbon. A little booziness and a long, espresso finish.

M: Medium-full body, towing the line of syrupy but not quite there. Light, smooth carbonation.

O: A phenomenal beer, exceptional among Speedway variants. Like a more earthy version of BA Speedway. I wasn't gung-ho about the non-BA Kopi Speedway, but this really comes together. Like many of the Speedway variants, this is highly drinkable, especially given the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:49:20 | More by pmarlowe
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jegross2

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 05:27:21 | More by jegross2
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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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