Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-11-2009

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#413
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544
pDev:
8.92%
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Ratings: 544 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of nanobrew
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 10/28/11 notes. BIG thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. Poured from a flip-top hand bottle into a tulip. Tried side by side with a 2011 Normal Speedway Stout and a 2009 Barrel Aged Speedway Stout.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the others, slightly less cabronated due to being hand bottled.

s - Smells of coffee, bready malts, chocolate, roasted malts, and light cream/vanilla. Definite coffee here but not as much as I expected, and more bready malts than I expected. Either way, it works and was pretty nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, sweet and bitter chocolate, light fruit and vanilla. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth body and very easy to drink; a tiny bit more carbonation and could be perfect.

o - Overall this is a good beer, but I wouldn't say it is an improvement on the already existing great base beer (like the BA version is). Trying three versions I felt like I could see notes of the normal Speedway in the BA version, but not quite as much in the Kopi Luwak version. This was my least favorite of the three, though I'd still like to try it on tap sometime, and it's still a good beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted malt, strong coffee and dark chocolate. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and chocolate flavor and a heavy complex dark chocolate finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(on draught at RBWG 2011-Phoenix!). Many, many thanks to Dak and Joe for hooking this up. Pour black with tan head. Coffee aroma is noticeable from a foot or so away. Aroma has loads of coffee and chocolate. Taste is roasty coffee bitterness, but its balanced by the sweet malts. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Finish has a roasted coffee bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden. This is one awesome brew and lived up to the hype for me.

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Photo of craytonic
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SpencerDB for sharing this with the Dirty South Tasting Krew; awesome rarity

Appearance: Jet back pour, smallish tan head

Smell: Smells like a great cup of coffee with a bit of cream and sugar. Probably the best coffee-smelling beer I have encountered.

Taste: I was slightly less impressed with the taste as compared to the smell, though if I want a cup of coffee I should probably have that and not a beer. Nice coffee, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla notes with a touch of slightly bitter roasted malts and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Very full body, carbonation was a bit light/low

Overall: Very tasty beer, although a good one to share as it might be difficult to drink alone.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottle split 3 ways. My share washed ashore into a New Belgium goblet. Directed by bgthang.

Kopi Luwak Speedway pours with a deep, puddle-brown body that flashes mahogany tint at its edges. The custard head recedes to a thin wisp of foam, but is easily revived with a quick flick of the wrist. As for the aroma: We need to go deeper.

*BRAAAMP* ... *BRAAAMP* ...

We join our main character, a dark roasted coffee bean, as he delves deeper and deeper into his subconscious dream states--all of which exist in bags of freshly-ground coffee. In a Cuban coffee shop. On the slopes of a coffee plantation in Guatemala. Chasing him are agents hired by Swiss Miss and Count Chocula.

The dreaming coffee bean escapes narrowly and makes his way to a garage in Austin, Texas. Taking a sip of Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout, the kick of sudden flavor snaps the bean out of his dream-scape and back into reality. He is now a beer geek; his totem, a New Belgium goblet. Is he still dreaming?

*BRAAAMP* ...

Deep flavors of roast chocolate grains, mocha coffee, and a dry, earthy finish wash over him with each sip. The medium body is a little thin, but the carbonation from the hand-bottle has held up nicely. No, he is awake, and drinking a true dream of a beer. Or is he? The garage begins to crumble.

*BRAAAMP*

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Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh just had to get the tick on this one. Thanks buddy!

Pours a nice dark chocolate color. Thin head, but to be expected from a hand bottle.

Nose has note of coffee, roasty malts, hops, cocoa and dark pitted fruits.

Taste is quite nice. Not sure it's any better than the regular Speedway.

Nice full body, carbonation a bit low, but again note the hand bottle.

Always a great stout. Too bad they skip us on the way to the eas coast.

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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 BMan1113VR
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't drink regular speedway all that often, but when I do it is subtly impressive. There is nothing subtle about this version. IT ROCKS! Pours inky black with a large tan head over a opaque black hole of a body. CRAP [no pun intended]! There is a TON OF COFFEE in the aroma! Grassy nearly. A bit of creamer. Damn, it is so strong. By far the most complex coffee I have ever put my nose too. It is more coffee like than coffee (sounds corny, but wait until you try it!). Wow, flavor is all rich nuances on the coffee theme. Absolutely stunning. What is really shocking is how drinkable it is. I could have this stuff all night. Absolutely no hint of 12.2% whatsoever! Creamy carbonation. Reading over my notes, I count the word "awesome" 11 times if that gives you any hint of how much I like this stuff. The funny thing is that I don't really drink all that much coffee (as I don't like hot beverages). This stuff is awesome! Heck of a beer!

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Photo of bret27
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @Woodshop, limited notes.

Basically similar to speedway stout, but w/better coffee. Thick and roasty. The thing about this amazing version of an already amazing beer is that coffee completely dominates, even more than regular speedway, which I didn't know was possible. Boozy and roasty presence is cut down by coffee and stout perfection. Maybe the best stout I've ever had, it's tough.

Now I know that when they refer to this beer as "The Shit" it's not just referring to the source of the coffee beans.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is viscous and black, just like regular Speedway, with a nice tan head on top.

S: The nose is full of some of the strongest coffee I've ever smelled. There are some notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but the coffee is the main attraction.

T: The Kopi Luwak coffee is just really incredible. The flavor is so intense, unlike any other coffee beer I've had. There is a noticeable bitterness both from the coffee and the roasted malts, with a bit of dark, bitter chocolate.

M: The body is incredibly full and rich with a low level of carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is an amazingly delicious beer that I would try again any time. The only "problem" is that the coffee is so intense that there's only so much I can drink at once.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a special San Diego Beer Week tapping of this rare Alesmith treat @ O'Briens Pub (San Diego, CA) on 11/10/09. Served in a smallish tumbler. I enjoyed this next to a glass of regular Speedway Stout on draft for comparative purposes.

The pour is similar to the regular Speedway, with a jet black look in the glass, topped with a layer of rich dark mocha foam. Retains with some light trimming but this flares up very nicely into a robust cascade on the sides, leaving some decent looking spotty lacing and brown oils behind. The Kopi Luwak in the aroma is just unbelievable smelling, with the coffee being extremely more pronounced than in the regular version. I'd overall call it less fierce but much more robust, with the thick tang and intense roasted activity taking a back seat this time, while the mellow, earthy, and green texture of the coffee takes hold, mingling in with extra softer accents of cocoa and vanilla. Just very easy and more gentle here but this is still packed with delicious coffee flavor. Amazing nose here.

The Speedway standbys of chocolate, molasses, and roast are present here in the taste, giving this a sticky and bitter feel but these remain in the background for the most part. Much like the aroma, the coffee here just so much more mellow and smooth feeling, lacking the massive sharp java bite of the regular Speedway and replacing it with more of an earthy and citric character that actually floods across the palate, sticks in the finish, and for the most part, pretty much just controls the entire profile. An overall luscious coffee presence here, that just sits at the forefront of this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a pleasant mouth filling creaminess that allows the flavors to properly coat the mouth. The smoothness also allows for a very easy drinking experience with this, despite a 12% ABV. I still can't believe that number, based on my experience with it. These two 5 oz samples of this delicious nectar were not nearly enough.

Well I have to say that this Kopi Luwak is the real deal, as I've never had a coffee (much less a Coffee Stout) that was so rich and flavorful, yet mellow, as this was. Just really unique and tremendous stuff here, that took an already out-of-this-world Stout into the stratosphere.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made time to get this one at O'Briens. Worth the wait. Poured jet black with a thin brown ring of bubbles. Lacing was hard to judge as it was in a 5 oz. glass. Mmmm, the aroma is outstanding. Deep, rich roasted kopi coffee. Bittersweet, chocolately, and earthy, all at once. Some sweeter vanilla and cocoa notes as well. It draws you in. Creamy, yet kind of thin mouthfeel. I expected more given the pedigree of the Speedway. Still, more than other Imperials. The taste is unreal. I can only compare it to a cross between the original and Mikkeler's Beer Geek Brunch, except this crushed both. The kopi pushed this over the top. The same coffee, dark chocolate, bitter earth, and cream are here as in the nose. But it is indescribably smooth. Throw in the mellow oak and vanilla from the barrel and you can't ask for anything more. Even flavors like currants, cocoa powder, and red wine tannins swirl. In comparison to the original, the coffee is there, but mellowed in bitterness and replaced with earth and vanilla. In regards to the Mikkeler, the kopi is in much larger supply and better utilized in the barrelling and base beer. Easily, EASILY one of the best beers I have and possibly will ever have.

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Photo of DavidInSanDiego
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am one of the lucky ones who had this at O'Brien's Alesmith event for SDBW.

A - Dark Brown/black. Very thick, absolutely no head.

S - Nose of wonderfully roasted coffee beans, with a hint of dark chocolate.

T - Well balanced, incredibly smooth. Mild roast, hint of dark chocolate on the finish. There always seems to be a hint of bitterness in a coffee stout, but this was too smooth. Beautiful.

M - Full-bodied, light carbonation. Textbook stout.

D - I think this is worthy for anyone, but doubly so for coffee lovers. This is one of the greats.

Serving: on-tap

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Photo of illidurit
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RBSG 08. Totally black color with a very dark mocha head. Dense and sticky foam adorns the glass. Nose is zesty roasted coffee with a complex chocolate/alcohol note. Flavor is deep semisweet chocolate with an incredible roasted zing. Apparently you get what you pay for with the coffee in this beer, because it's beautifully complex and rich, and unlike any coffee or coffee beer I've ever had. Very thick and luxurious on the palate. Warming with a nice medium finish.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at O'brien's on Tuesday night for their Alesmith special during San Diego Beer Week

A - Pours jet black with absolutely no head, and no lacing on the glass. It looks thick, like tar.

S - It smells like a very rich and robust roasted coffee. If I liked coffee in the mornings, this is what I'd want my coffee to smell like.

T - I was having this side by side with regular Speedway. If regular speedway was the instant coffee you make at home in the morning, this is top of the line Starbucks or cafe on a french side walk. But, in my opinion, you have to LOVE coffee, as this DOMINATES the taste. I get no other notes from the stout.

M - Light carbonation, and thick body like a stout should have

D - Not bad, but again, you have to be a big coffee fan. The 5 oz pour was more than enough for the evening for me.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very difficult to tell this is actually beer. Like nectar of espresso with a dark rich earthy huge blast of coffee aroma and flavor. Sticky but not sweet on the palate. Sampled in a Duvel glass that was perfect as the aroma was outstanding. Much different from the regular Speedway. There is no other coffee stout with more coffee flavor. I'm not a coffee drinker, didn't matter here. This beer is outstanding. Somewhat similar to the oaked speedway with its creamy texture. In 1 word...Luxurious!

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Photo of seaoflament
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm glad AleSmith did this brew again. I have been kicking myself for missing this one the first time around last summer. As Shane said before me, this version is the full on shit, 100% Kopi Luwak coffee. Last year's version was a 50/50 blend.

Honestly I didn't know what to expect. I had my doubts that just changing the coffee would impact the beer so much; moreover that Speedway Stout could actually be improved!

The only way to properly review this one was to have it side-by-side with the "regular" version of Speedway Stout, so I ordered one to go along with my Kopi Luwak version. Both beers had the same dark roasted color but regular Speedway had a nice, creamy, head on top throughout the entirety of the beer, while the Kopi Luwak only had a thin, mocha-colored-island-of-a-head near the center.

Wow! Damn good coffee presence! Smelling this one side-by-side with the regular version, the Kopi Luwak has a distinctly sharp roastiness with layers of chocolate and coco, but this one seems to be a little more earthy and fruity (with black currants). Hints of vanilla start to show up with an almost oak woodiness in the back. This beer almost has an espresso-like aroma on the nose, very rich coffee. I have to say that this smells amazing.

Very coffee forward, nice roast and coffee flavor, again with some earthiness and dark fruity currant flavors in the finish. Wood notes in the aftertaste. A bit of alcohol in the end but barely noticeable and better hidden that regular Speedway. Bitter roastiness in the end from roasted barley. Dark fruits like raisins and semi-tart black cherries covered in dark chocolate.

Low carbonation, slick on the palate. Just a bit of sharpness on the tongue.

Honestly, it's a step above regular Speedway, even the taste is significantly different. Regular Speedway seems thin and less roasted by comparison, lacking the initial burst of dark fruit flavors. This Kopi Luwak version had a slightly more complex roast profile. Very drinkable. I went up to get a 3rd sample but unfortunately I took too long taking notes and the beer was gone by then :o(

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Photo of HopHead84
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two 5oz tasters poured into a Chimay glass (against the rules, I know) juxtaposed alongside regular speedway on 11/10/2009 at O'Brien's. This is pure Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout. I was told by the brewer that the previous incarnation that appeared on another site was a blend of normal Speedway and Kopi Luwak . This instance is pure blooded Civet excrement. It was fantastic that Peter walked around with a plastic glove on holding Civet excrement in his hand the entire night. The beer is black with a small creamy light brown head and good retention.

The nose is immediately pungent coffee with a decided earthiness and a sharp roasted character. Side by side with speedway the quality of coffee is obviously better in the Kopi Luwak. It's the best coffee character that I've ever experienced in a stout. I detect light notes of baker's chocolate and alcohol is well hidden. The coffee is more aromatic than that in regular Speedway.

The taste is pungent coffee with a moderate roast and a distinct earthy quality. The coffee overwhelms my palate without imparting much bitterness or astringency, which I find unique for such a strong coffee flavor. The finish is dry with a slight roast. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy. I'm not a big fan of coffee stouts, but this is utter quality and it truly is the shit. This is the best coffee stout I've ever tried. I would drink this for breakfast, lunch, and...you get the point.

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