AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak | AleSmith Brewing Company

BA SCORE
4.37/5
541 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
alesmith.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 11-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#408
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
541
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
72
Trade:
3
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Photo of Pipelovejoy
3.39/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too much bitter coffee flavor and harsh alcohol bite for my taste.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from jbeatty and we drank it beside the regular Speedway and the BA Kopi version.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours black but clear yielding a two finger, medium looking dark tan 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. Same as the regular version.

SMELL: Much better than the regular version. More coffee for sure, with roasted grains, sweet cream and some vanilla in there. No cabbage or band aids, luckily.

TASTE: Better as well. Roasted and burnt coffee, charred grains, with some sweet cream and vanilla at the finish. Bold and lingering finish of burnt coffee beans, roast and sweet cream flavors. A touch of cabbage, but not nearly off-putting like the regular Speedway.

PALATE: Same as the regular. Medium-fully body, heavy on the palate, with medium to lower end carbonation. Heavy and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. Very good for the style.

OVERALL: This was a big improvement on the regular cabbage Speedway. Nothing outstanding by any means, but decent flavors with more of a coffee presence and a good look and feel to round it out. Something I'm glad I got to try and I could finish a bottle myself if the opportunity was there, but not necessarily something I'd need to drink again. Thanks again jbeatty!

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Photo of BillKuhnel
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 also dominating. Taste is a mix between some deep dry roasted malt notes with bitter and dry coffee notes which almost veers into astringency territory. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good but almost too extreme on the coffee side which diminish the drinkability.

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Photo of halo3one
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass coffee with understated label art 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. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current 97 rating. I also loved the Vietnamese coffee.

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 1.5 finger wide head of dark khaki colour. Nice even consistency. Good soft complexion. Smooth. Great creaminess and thickness. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's on the higher end of appearances for an imperial stout. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the appearance isn't incredible.

Sm: Chocolate malts, dark malts, cream, coffee/java with some roasty character, coffee bitterness, and chocolate. The coffee character isn't as intricate as I anticipated, but it's nice. Cocoa. Light cinnamon. There is some light booziness here, unfortunately. No hop character or yeast character is overtly detectable. It's about what you'd expect for a good coffee imperial stout, but isn't blowing me away - at least not like the Vietnamese Speedway. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

T: Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, and rich coffee - including a touch of roast, some bitterness, and pleasant java. It's got a good coffee character, but I've had better. The duration of the coffee flavour is bit disappointing; it doesn't linger too long or have a presence in the aftertaste. Dark malts provide the malty core. Cream. Some cinnamon. Marshmallow. A kiss of espresso, perhaps. The coffee isn't as harsh as I expected; it's a little too mellow for me and I want more aggression. Caramel. On the sweeter end, sure, but nowhere near as sweet as many imperial stouts.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.

Quite balanced, but honestly I hoped for far more complexity and subtlety. The chocolate is almost a bigger star here than the coffee. It's not the most nuanced or intricate imperial stout out there, but I do really like it. It just isn't the incredible brew I expected. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Above average depth of flavour.

Mf: Soft and silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Full bodied, with ample thickness. The texture complements the taste well and is very well executed.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh. It does have some alcohol warmth.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the high ABV, but still a sipper. I'll enjoy killing this with my friend, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out. It's a damn good imperial stout, but it's not Alesmith's best work, nor is the best kopi luwak beer I've had. I'd buy it again if I saw it on the shelf, sure, and I'd recommend it to friends. I wouldn't want a second bottle in the same night.

High B

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from trade. No bottle date. Big thanks to Richard for this one. Pours pitch black like Speedway should, with a big brown creamy head. Aroma of chocolate and earthy espresso, no super acidic coffee smell, roast. Flavor is some earthy coffee, a bit of metallic flavors, roast, light chocolate. What I do like about this variant is the nutty coffee aftertaste left on the palate. Seems slightly thinner than other Speedway variants, medium carbonation. I am very much not impressed with this. Lacking in flavor and body, a little metallic. Disappointing. Glad to have tried it, of course.

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Photo of beerhan
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DrunkAl
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cosmonick
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of EdwardFortyHands
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of redlegacy
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

So much talk of weasel poop... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, booze, a twinge of bourbon somewhere in the background (hm, and without the barrel...fair enough...), and plenty of earthy and fruity coffee. The taste is a full-on assault of coffee and roasted malts that spares no tastebud in its path. Game over, little flavor receptors! The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a good coffee stout, but thoroughly one-note and certainly not worth the strangely loud praise it's been getting lately. (Such is my opinion, anyway.)

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Photo of rhinos00
3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to try this one. Poured from a flip-top hand bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color with almost zero head. As the beer was consumed it left a thin brown film on the sides of the glass.

S- Very coffee forward. The aroma of roasted coffee grinds is almost overwhelming. Underneath it all, you can just make out enough chocolate malts to bring some balance into the smell.

T- A little more balanced than the aroma. A pleasant mixture of roasted coffee beans and chocolate malts. Upfront coffee dominates leading the way to a slightly sweet chocolate finish.

M- Very little carbonation. Also fell on the thin side when it comes to stouts. Just wished it had some more viscosity to the body.

D- The coffee can wear on the senses a bit. Almost desensitizes the taste buds, making the beer almost one dimensional.

Overall, very glad I received the opportunity to try this one. Coffee may be a little too much for me, but for those that enjoy them, seek this one out.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The appearance on this beast is a thick opaque black with heavy visual weight. Dark tan head forms and leaves plenty of lacing. The nose features huge earthy coffee notes. The Kopi Luwak coffee is forward and stands above everything else. Bitter notes are present on the nose with plenty of cacao. The only issue I have is that the Kopi Luwak coffee actually takes away from a delicious brew. It takes the nose on a bitter earthy ride that just doesn't smell great. The taste is similar to the nose. The earthy character dominates the profile and overshadows a delicious base beer. Mouthfeel is thick and has moderate carbonation. OVerall, I was so excited for this since I really liked the regular Speedway. Given the hype surrounding this, I thought that it would be as good or better. For me, it wasn't even close. Maybe Kopi Luwak coffee just isn't for me, but it seems to make for a bitter and earthy taste that comes off with a bit of astringency.

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Photo of Beersmuggler
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color, Forms a tan-gray colored head. Good retention. nice lacing. Aroma is unexciting. Coffee, dark malts, and carbonation. Taste is much better. Dark roasted malts, coffee, slightly acidic coffee, slightly metallic, but little else. Medium bodied, very thin for the style, Moderate bitterness.
A sort of decent beer. Certainly not worth the hype or what this beer seems to be fetching.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Kopi provides nice rich berry notes and it's stunning how much coffee is here given the passage of time. But, like most speedway variants, it's harsh on the finish and the alcohol is very prominent.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 541 ratings
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