AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) - AleSmith Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-05-2013 02:04:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.43/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
02-17-2014 20:13:49 | More by Phyl21ca
4.79/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-26-2013 02:03:54 | More by largadeer
4.56/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
05-08-2013 13:53:02 | More by jlindros
4.5/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
03-24-2013 21:44:23 | More by Rifugium
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
4.79/5 rDev +5.5%
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!
10-25-2013 05:48:56 | More by corby112
AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.