Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak | AleSmith Brewing Company

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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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#407
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
543
pDev:
8.92%
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Long time want. I'm a big fan of Alesmith Speedway Stout and I thoroughly enjoy my morning cup of quality coffee. I'm in a happy place right now.

The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma brings a grandiose coffee presence. Roast and dark chocolate with fresh coffee beans. The flavor is just beautiful. Hype = justified. Beautiful coffee presence, which I expected. However, it doesn't stop there. Many big coffee imperial stouts possess the prominent coffee scents, but lack balance and qualities typical of an imperial stout. Not so here. Lovely malt body and roast character with coffee fitting itself elegantly into an already delicious beer. Lovely.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super dark dark brown, let's just call it black, with a hershey's chocolate brown head that slowly recedes to leave some spotty/sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with the Kopi coffee to the max, there is some dark chocolate as well and some fruity esters as well but dark cocoa powder and dark roasted coffee are the main attributes here.

The tastes directly follow the nose with a little bready, nutty, toasted maltiness mixed in. The rich roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors are intertwined with one another; as it warms there is a little more malt sweetness that comes out to balance the roast.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of heavy bodied but is not syrupy thanks to ample carbonation. Finish is roasty and coffee forward but avoids being acrid or overly bitter as many coffee-infused beers can be.

Overall this is another winner from Alesmith, I like this slightly more than regular Speedway but not sure enough to justify the increased price. Would be highly recommended if not for that fact.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours black with a thin tan head.

S- Delicious coffee aroma, has a mellow earthiness to it, also some nice aromas of dark chocolate, roasted grain and cocoa.

T- Bitter, roasty, earthy coffee and grain, dark chocolate, the coffee has a really nice earthy and lightly acidic flavor. The chocolate and roast flavors are nice but the coffee dominates.

M- Full-bodied, smooth with a roasty, dry feel.

O- A really nice variation of the regular Speedway, the flavor of Kopi Luwak is just delicious.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Just as beautiful as the regular speedway. Pitch black with a foamy, pillowy, creamy espresso head. Thick lacing and substantial retention throughout.

S: Very different than the regular speedway. Earth, slight acidity, properly burnt. The kopi brings out and emphasizes different aspects - more bitter dark chocolate than smooth milk chocolate, heavier roasted malts. Very rich and incising, but mellower.

T: Incredibly smooth and rich, less sweet than the regular speedway. The kopi balances very well and is less aggressive than the coffee in the regular speedway. Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder covered mousse, big roasted malts. Very earth and mellow. Outstanding.

P: Big, velvety smooth. Wonderful.

O: Very appreciative I was able to get a bottle. Substantially different than the regular speedway, which surprised me a bit. It's not a matter of better or worse, just different options. Would be great if this could be on the shelf next to the regular all the time to continue exploring the differences. Really outstanding beer, speedway's are the king of coffee beers.

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Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 543 ratings