Speedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak Coffee
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Stout - American Imperial
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Nugganooch from California

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Geek Speedway with Kopi Luwak
On draught at the brewery – San Diego, CA
02/20/2015 - Served in a mini snifter glass

A: Dark black onyx stone color with a touch of glossy sheen to it. Completely opaque in the glass. A smallish frothy head of some khaki cream formed with decent hang time to it. Slowly it settles out to a just small crown. Good amount of stick left behind on display as well. Looks all cute and lovely in this tiny snifter.

S: The nose evokes dark and rich roasted coffee of barista quality. Freshly roasted and smooth. Further layers of dark malts unveil along with toasted oat grains and a touch of sweet brewer’s licorice. I get some earthy green hops in the backdrop with more of a dark chocolate note forming and a hit of alcohol strength as well. Rather divine with such a nice coffee aroma to it.

T: The flavors lavish with gourmet dark roast java up front. Follow with toasted cereals/oats, fudgy chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, faint smoke, and a mild suggestion of black licorice. There is a fairly hoppy finish to this bringing an earthy dryness to the beer and a lighter feel than was expected. The alcohol is really well incorporated here and there is a lingering flavor of roast and coffee. A splendid stout that is oh so roasty and rich yet drinkable.

M: Full bodied and semi thick in viscosity but with a nice creamy texture. Stays light and frothy on the palate. Light to moderate dose of bitterness helps constrict and dry out the finish which is more sticky and sleek with some warming alcohol.

D: Beer Geek Speedway with Kopi Luwak is the shit! Joking aside this a great little gem. I love the addition of oats here and what it does for the mouthfeel and then the Kopi just sends it out of bounds. Worth seeking out.

Oct 13, 2015
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jrnyc from New York

4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer. Awesome smell. Very enjoyable beer to drink. Nothing mind blowing, but this drinks very easy. Could do a lot worse than this better. Glad I got my hands on this one.

Oct 01, 2015
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge coffee presence. Dry and bitter with a strong caffeine presence. It kind of overshadows any other adjunct flavor. Lots of dark chocolate as well. Beautiful looking beer. Kopi is a real nice, strong coffee flavor and this beer captures that.

Aug 10, 2015
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Dan_Inreallife from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours heavy and jet black, thick and rich in appearance, leaving a creamy and thick khaki head that lingers before dropping off into thick, velvety lacing.
S: Roast and dark chocolate through and through. Perhaps a hint of sweetness and dark roasted coffee but the malt stands front and center.
T: ROAST. Black as night roasted barley and massively dark cocoa/baker's chocolate. Hints of graininess and oats but predominately roasted barley. Dark roasted espresso and a slightly creamier chocolate note start to come out as it warms.
M: Rich, thick, velvety, creamy and smooth. Yes, the oats are hard at work in this one.
O: Sadly I feel like the essence of Speedway has been overshadowed by a massively roasty Mikkeller creation. It's very smooth and it is tasty, but the sum is not equal to the parts.

Jul 16, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours pitch black with a two finger creamy and sudsy foamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S-fresh coffee espresso aroma, classic of speedway variants, deep dark chocolate malt, along with some tobacco, earthy & nutty

T- creamy and velvety fresh espresso coffee up front mixes with dark artisan chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, fresh cream, earthy & herbal coffee finish, with a hint of woodsy notes

M- thick and creamy body with medium-low carbonation leads to a chewy mouthfeel tend a smooth and creamy finish

O- a blend of two of my favorite beers lived up to the hype, fresh coffee and chocolate throughout, easy drinking as well, given the abv

May 12, 2015
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
No bottling dates

Thanks to Angry_dolphin for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours an absolutely opaque jet black with 2+ fingers width of very dense appears light mocha colored head. Head has great retention before dissipating down and leaves tons of lacing. 4.75

S: Roasy, lots of leather and tobacco notes. Big coffee characters, semi sweet cocoa and chocolate fudge. There’s a metallic like character, along with a bit of booze. Excellent nose. 4.5

T: Bigger roasty notes than I anticipated, followed by a smooth coffee flavor and big chocolate on the finish. More subtle tobacco and leather notes, and an oaky herbaceous character. Coffee and chocolate are by far the most prominent flavors. 4.5

M/D: Just an incredible smoothness, velvety; carbonation moderate but appropriate and it doesn’t detract form the smoothness. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is very good. 4.75

O: Excellent beer, not sure if its better than the original, and the regular BA Speedway is still my favorite variant, but nonetheless, this is great. 4.5

May 07, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer geek speedway '15, many thanks to Marcel for the bottle!

Perfect looking beer, pitch black in color, with a huge, bubbly mohagony head.

Smells of earthy, almost wooden cold pressed coffee and dark chocolate malts. Coffee is incredibly well and multi layered composed, exhibiting a gentle complexity, with almost no sweetness recognizable. There is a fudgy, hazelnuts supported smoothness with some wild berries among them, exhibiting a pleasant balance to the coffee earthyness.

Has an even smoother mouthfeel than I expected it, with a rich, medium body.

Tastes of pure coffee beans, infused with beer. Produces a rich creaminess, giving the coffee a ridiculous smoothness. The coffee is very earthy, with a wooden, warming note to it, while the beer reveals no alcohol at any time. Red wild berries add a fruity depth to the coffee, with mousse au chocolate and notes of toffee building up a profound chocolate characteristic. The beer got an almost peppery peak to it, settling among its sweeter flavours, inviting a walnut defined, earthy dryness to the palate. Coffee is recognizable till the beer's finish, with tobacco, wood and earth beneath a pleasant, long lasting and smooth dryness.

This is a coffee stout masterpiece. Incedible smooth with a fantastic depth of flavors, leaving no doubts, that this beer is all about the coffee, while unleashing a breathtaking variety of flavours. Tastes fairly dry, due to bitter, roasted coffee, with sweet whipped cream, providing enough character to withstand the earthy coffee bitterness. Not what I would expect from an oatmeal stout, but so much more.

May 03, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Very roasty. Coffee. A little metallic. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Almost burnt. Dark chocolate. Very roasty. Coffee. Bitter and burnt malts. Harsh finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - How do you take two great beers like this and make it not as good as either?

Apr 21, 2015
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MadCat from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a short tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Espresso, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, light sweetness

Taste: Espresso, roasted malts, earthy hops, dark fruit, light sweetness. Lots of flavor but not overpowering in any one aspect, nicely balanced

Feel: Full body, light carbonation

Overall: A very good brew, brings together some interesting aspects of both BGB and SS. Very enjoyable, but probably right on par with regular BGB and SS. Which means it is fantastic.

Feb 28, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Geek Breakfast, I love. Speedway Stout, I love. Bring the best of both to one beer? Mind blown! On-tap at AleSmith, on to the beer:

Black doesn't get much darker in the glass. Having a tanned head on top adds to the mystique of the beer. One smell, hooked! The aroma is extremely tantalizing . The mix of coffee, sweet creamy oats, roasted notes, and dark chocolate make a fine, fine aroma I could smell for days.

Beer Geek Speedway is a delicious coffee. Oh, this is beer? Oh yeah. Delicious coffee notes, some roast, bittersweet chocolate, all greeted with a rush of hops towards the end of the sip. It's a full bodied beer, one that hides the alcohol content with craft, helping the beer go down easy for its strength.

Beer Geek Speedway is one hell of a beer. That reminds me, when was the last time I had standard Beer Geek Breakfast or Speedway Stout?

Feb 21, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at Mikkeller Bar on launch day. From notes. Reviewed 13 February 2015.

A: Black and creamy.

S: Good nose; coffee cream and roasted malt.

T/M: Hm, not as stellar as anticipated but yummy enough. Rich, full, and creamy but with a roasty-dry finish.

O: Not so very different from regular Speedway.

Feb 20, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very rich in both aroma and flavor, with nice cocoa notes, and not overly boozy. The coffee is a bit over the top. Would be great, with age, when the flavors meld better.

Feb 17, 2015
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours very black with mocha head.
Smell like a nice coffee blend
Tastes like a burnt coffee really no beer flavor.
Attacked the taste buds and lingered in my throat.
one of the best coffee stouts I have tried.

Feb 07, 2015
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ThePaleRider from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a cup of old coffee. Really nice, hazy brown with a small head.

Tastes like a cup of black coffee. Very bitter and unsweetened. Not my favorite speedway variant, much more like the beer geek weasel. Goes down very smooth for the abv.

Jan 26, 2015
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RebelWithoutACause from California

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best non-barrel aged coffee stout I've had. Blows Vietnamese SS out of the water.

Heavy heavy dark roast Kopi on the nose and exactly the same with the taste. Awesome all the way around.

Jan 25, 2015
Speedway Stout - Beer Geek Speedway - Kopi Luwak Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 247 ratings