Speedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak Coffee
AleSmith Brewing Company

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From:
AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
223
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 25, 2020
Added:
Jan 19, 2015
Wants:
  69
Gots:
  81
SCORE
95
World-Class
Speedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak CoffeeSpeedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak Coffee
Notes: This beer is the culmination of the efforts of two world-class brewers to create the most vitalizing coffee stout in the world. AleSmith and good friend Mikkeller join forces, blending the legendary Speedway Stout and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel together into one massive imperial oatmeal stout with enough coffee and oats to substitute for your weekend brunch.
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
One of my major wants, being reviewed and enjoyed for my 2200th review on Beer Advocate. As always, I'll do my best to be impartial.

Pours black with a finger and a half of caramel-colored foam. Head formation is impressive out of a 5-year-old bottle. Head retention is good, leaving a lasting ring of foam around the top of the beer for a long while. Aroma is nutty, toffee, caramel and roasty qualities up front that mingle with coffee. Coffee is fading, but still present. Coffee carries a heavy roasty quality. Just beyond the initial smatterboard of flavors is roasty and toasty malts that come through in a big way, with a little nutty, earthy malt behind. That roastiness in the coffee and underlying stout hit with a little extra bitterness. Flavor profile is, well, exactly what would be expected after consuming Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast and Alesmith's Speedway for years. It's coffee forward, although not coffee centric, using the coffee to elevate the flavor profile and not drive the flavor profile. Of course, this could vary based on the age of this stout. Coffee is roasty, mingling with notes of nutty, earthy, roasty and toasty malts. Caramel, dark chocolate and molasses add a little sweetness, just enough to take the edge off the bitter bite out of the roasty qualities. Alcohol is mute in this conversation, blending into the mix well. Mouth feel is creamy and decadent while being carried by a medium-thick to thick consistency. More thick as it warms. Consistency is such that makes it dangerously slippery considering the ABV content, while still providing a little presence. Overall, this stout brings to light both Mikkeller's and Alesmith's strengths in blending stouts with coffee, while retaining a sip-able balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by grapeshops from California

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Feb 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Oct 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.17 by kidzord from Illinois

May 20, 2017
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Rated by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Matthew. Thank you! Really dry finish. Chalky, lots of oatmeal character.
Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2016
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Reviewed by alpineclimber from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received this one in a trade.

A pour produces a deep impenetrable black brew with a thick foamy tan head. I never tire of the light stealing black brew in the chalice that sits before me.

An amazing nose of coffee and imperial stout. The coffee is powerful in this one and takes over.

The taste comprises of liquorice, dark chocolate, cold coffee and a beautiful velvety stout. Perfect!

Great thick mouthfeel. Overall awesome beer! One of the better coffee infused imperial stouts that I have had in a while.
Jul 16, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Quite an impressive pour which I will ascribe to the Mikkeller influence (rightly or wrongly); the pitch black liquid is capped by a massive quantity of beige foam; stickage is excellent and plenty of lacing completes the picture

Smell: Very roasty and has that fruity quality I associate with espresso; chocolate, coffee and an oatmeal raisin cookie aspect

Taste: Roast, chocolate and bitter, roasty coffee forward, with the roasted aspect building; underneath, if you can sneak a peak underneath all the roast, is the brown sugar and oatmeal raisin cookie; the roasted coffee bean aspect returns, after the swallow, and dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but, at the same time, has that delicate Belgian character; moderate carbonation

Overall: I like my coffee flavors more delicate and am very sensitive to over-roasted coffee beans; there is a lot to like here but the roast is a bit much

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity
Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by ericat78 from Texas

May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by 4thFloyd from Indiana

May 04, 2016
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Smells of sticky fruits, treacle and dark chocolate. Tastes bitter, syrupy, VERY sweet, dense, raisin, sticky fruits, little to no carbonation, coffee-bitterness. Intense and flavourful beer.
May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by wellsnb from Ohio

Apr 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

Apr 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Apr 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by fredmugs from Indiana

Mar 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Feb 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.14 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Feb 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by tkrane from Texas

Feb 18, 2016
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Reviewed by gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Alesmith taster glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a jet black inky opaque body with a mocha colored 2 finger head that sticks around for a while to leave a layer of retention and pretty thick lacing. A nice looking brew.

Aromas are light roasted coffee, chocolate malt, oats, toffee, some dark fruits, light vanilla. On the tongue is a dark roasted malt, light roasted coffee, dark fruit, toffee, a touch of vanilla, finishing with a slightly bitter coffee taste that sticks on the tongue for a bit.

As far as mouthfeel, I would have maybe preferred a little thicker, richer body, it's a little light for a 12% ABV imperial stout. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout. That being said, it's very drinkable and the ABV is pretty well hidden. Medium carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed putting this one down. The coffee added an extra layer of complexity to regular speedway. Maybe it would have been a little more flavor packed consumed fresh.
Feb 15, 2016
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Reviewed by smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've had this bottle in the cellar for about a year waiting to find the right time to drink it. Well it poured a dark black color with a thin tan head. The nose is a nice blend of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is a smooth blend of malts and coffee lacking the bitterness of some coffee stouts. I found this to be an enjoyable drinking coffee stout. I wish I had another bottle.
Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Jan 24, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Tan head. Black color.

Mix of brunch weasel and speedway. Lots of coffee roast. Chocolate and malts. Has a Belgian yeast profile but not overdone.

Full bodied. Ends over roasted. Otherwise nice.
Jan 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.27 by Dallas_beer from Texas

Jan 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Furlinator from California

Jan 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Dicers from California

Jan 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire

Jan 12, 2016
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Reviewed by ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
4 ounce pour in a snifter at the brewery.

Highly bitter in flavor and feel. Earthy and bitterness leads to dark chocolate, oatmeal, vanilla and dark fruit. Coffee lightly lingers on the finish and competes with carbonation, floral and dry qualities, and a yeast presence.

Creaminess is pretty nice and reaches cask/nitro level. That's a major plus.

The bitterness is a tad overdone and distracts from the creaminess and other great flavors. 4 overall.
Jan 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by gibgink from Missouri

Dec 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.05 by freshcarl from Connecticut

Dec 07, 2015
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Reviewed by dar482 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer hits of spicy licorice, hints of anise, dark chocolate throughout with a bitter and acrid coffee flavor. A middle of the road of the variants with an interesting and different coffee note, albeit not for everyone.
Dec 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.33 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.41 by loganburgh from Michigan

Nov 27, 2015
Speedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
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