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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak | AleSmith Brewing Company

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AleSmith Brewing Company
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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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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 notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alesmith

A: Black with a big reddish dark brown head. Nice.

S: Tons of freshly roasted dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Full and intense.

T: Big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some roasted malt and a touch of wet earth in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy and super smooth. Tasty tasty stuff.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, dark brown head, 2 fingers, lots of lace.

Aroma: light coffee, roast, chocolate, mild dark fruits, toffee.

Taste: intense coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, slight burnt notes, bittersweet finish.

***Taste wise, it's still epic, but its not as aromatic as a fresh speedway. In the end, it's trivial as this is still a phenomenal coffee stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big frothy thick darker rich head, fades slowly with plenty of thick layered lacing, pitch black beer no light, gorgeous looking!

Nose is nice, fresh roasted coffee beans but not overbearing roast, mellow smooth coffee mostly, earthy nutty like coffee too. Then malts bring some cocoa, coffee like roasted malt, little nutty with caramel and fluffy nougat. Light dusty chalk cocoa too, light oats too, and very faint booze. It does get a nice expensive lush choc aroma too.

Taste starts with smooth rich coffee and dark malts. Coffee is light nutty but smooth, little toffee like to. Malts are dark, light roast without acrid flavors or burnt, then into choc, dark choc and expensive cocoa. The coffee turns strong flavor wise, but a nice earthy expensive coffee fresh bean, little earthy and nutty, and a light vanilla character, almost espresso but not as strong. The nice coffee bean flavor fades to light bitter roast as it brings earthy hops too, and just a touch of booze, lingering dark choc and very good smooth but earthy nutty coffee flavors.

Mouth is fuller bod but not syrupy, thick slightly creamy, nice carb, faint hint of booze.

Overall very good, very tasty, the coffee is awesome, very tasty, delicious, the booze is hidden well, very smooth and rich tasting coffee bean and choc, I could drink lots if this.

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out black with a bit of a coffee brown head.

The aroma follows with roasted malt, chocolate, and then a bit more of coffee coming through than the base beer. There's that chocolate milk shake character of Speedway.

The flavor follows with that milk chocolate, chocolate shake, cocoa powder, and then a blast of coffee. It is not an aggressively roasty or fresh coffee, but more of a mild, but bold coffee still. The coffee is much more prominent here than in the base.

A really enjoyable brew with a wonderful compliment of coffee that adds a enjoyable dimension.

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Photo of Enish266
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room, I had a couple samples.

A - black, ravenesque and inviting. Head is minimal and mocha in color.

S - a few swirls produce the most wonderful fresh-roasted coffee aroma. Sometimes I wish my coffee would smell like this.

T - starts off similar to regular Speedway in terms of coffee and chocolate. This is when it takes a turn toward amazing. I'm not sure the method of coffee extraction but it reminds me of cold press coffee that I've brewed myself. Miniscule acidity and bitterness. Dark chocolate and roast appears mid-palate transitioning into a coffee heavy finish.

M - perhaps a touch too much carbonation for my taste. Tongue is well coated with medium viscosity.

O - Hands down my favorite coffee stout. I think this is my favorite version of Speedway as well, with the coconut and vanilla version a close second.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black body with a one finger mocha head that lasts for a while.

S: An amazing coffee dominate aroma with dark roast malts.

T: Coffe is definitely dominate here. There are chocolate, toffee, and dark malt flavors throughout the entire beer.

M: Excellent carbonation and very heavy and smooth body.

O: Amazing stout. Get it if you can.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured black with brown hues providing a nice brown cap with some moderate lacing

S: The nose is big coffee, wow, I mean big. A good dose of chocolate as well

T: Immediate coffee shot on top of very mice blanket of cocoa and roasted malt. The coffee is not overpowering despite its dominance. It is rather smooth and creamy.

M; Full bodied, well carbonated, creamy, decadent. No astringeny like I get in many coffee stouts.

O: Very well done, extremely tasty and beats Bourbon County Coffee in my opinion. Bravo!

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Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle into a snifter
No born on date, but I believe this is the latest vintage
I had regular Speedway just a couple of days ago, so its fresh in my mind for comparison.

A big thanks to BMart for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours pitch black, almost no lightening on the edges even when held to light, with a dense mocha colored head thats just under 2 fingers width in height. Head dissipates at a moderate rate down to a thin film, and leaves tons of really cool honeycomb lacing.

S: Strong black coffee but not at all harsh. Really a delicious, fresh, bold coffee aroma. Behind the coffee there are some milk chocolate and bakers chocolate notes. I also get roasted malt, heavy cream, cinnamon, and even a bit of oaky-vanilla barrel like characters (even though this is not BA). The aroma is just simply incredible.

T: Equally delicious on the tongue. Gourmet coffee, milk and bakers chocolate, roasted malt. Theres the phenolic/medicinal character thats present in the regular speedway but more muted in this variant. There is a bitterness on the finish from the coffee and semi-sweet cocoa notes that lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. Excellent.

M/D: Very smooth, moderate carbonation which is a touch too heavy for my preference, full bodied but not necessarily thick. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is above average.

O: Incredible beer. Compared to the regular Speedway I had 2 days ago, this one takes an already great beer and kicks it up a notch. The coffee characters are so much more prevalant, smoother, and bolder in this one. It also masks the somewhat astrigent medicinal character that is the only downside of the regular Speedway. Really a world class beer, one of the best non-BA stouts Ive ever had.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I don't think I've had a bad beer with Kopi Luwak in it, and this delicious Speedway variant continues that trend. Wonderful coffee flavor, and the rich thickness of AleSmith's signature stout. Could drink 100 of these!

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably good-it's clear why Kopi Luwak coffee is so expensive. Adds a beautiful roasted element and coffee flavor to an already outstanding base beer.

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Photo of timc100
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of illidurit
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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 seaoflament
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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 DavidInSanDiego
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good brown pour, looks just like the regular Speedway Stout. Firm 1/2" beige head on it, good retention.

Aroma didn't jump out at me, pretty similar to regular Speedway, which is still pretty awesome. Lots of coffee first, roasted malt second, alcohol, you'd have to look for it despite its presence.

Taste, mmmm. So good. A little bitter, but still substantially the awesome Speedway I love. Alcohol nowhere to be found as usual, very easy drinking. Creamy and bitter at the same time. Complex yet straightforward. Possibly the slightest tinge of sweeter coffee used here, maybe even a little more bitter. Do I think I could pick this out side by side with regular speedway? Probably not. A little vanilla always helps things. Chocolate is like it is in the regular. Good.

Despite the fact that many are railing against Kopi Luwak because they are causeheads (PCU reference), it isn't because of the quality of the coffee (they will argue that side by side with the ethical considerations, because they know all that matters to 90% of consumers is taste, not any save the planet garbage). The coffee is legit. Sorry, not gonna make me feel bad for enjoying this.

Opened during the Marquette v. Davidson game. Before David Hurley began spewing his disingenuous lies at the El Dorado Casino.

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Photo of rudzud
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown almost black hue with a thick and creamy mocha head that left sticky side lacing and very nice head retention.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate and definitely rich expensive coffee beans. Not my first kopi luwak stout but may be my favorite noise of them all.

T - Taste is dark bakers chocolate, roasted malts, and delicious expensive coffee beans that just assault the pallet. Just assaults the pallet with smooth creamy earthy rich coffee. Just very complimentary to each flavour.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and rich, silky smooth like fine velvet.

O - Overall I very much loved this beer. Such a wonderful transition of flavours here. Just love this beer, in my opinion this is better than the bourbon barrel edition.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Mike for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, frothy 3 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick, web-like and layered with excellent stick. Quite the looker!

Nose is unmistakable kopi. Chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder, light sweetness and copious amounts of coffee. A nice creaminess from lactose and vanilla round out the experience. Excellent.

Opens chocolate, cocoa, fudge, and coffee. Some molasses, leather and a light smoked malt in the middle. Dark chocolate and coffee dominate the experience. End is sweet and sticky black strap molasses and more coffee. Aftertaste is the same. Straight, to the point, and very very good.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily, slick, and rich in the mouth and goes down boozy, sweet, and sticky. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste that coats the mouth. Spot on.

This beer is proof that not every beer needs to be barrel aged or super-duper limited to be good. Alesmith knocks it out of the park with this one and I really hope they choose to remake this one in the future. This is actually better than the barrel-aged version of the same beer. Simply out-of-this-world

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Photo of bobjonesSD
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at O'briens. Went the day after million zillion speedways and got 2x10 oz pours. Dark black with a thin creamy brown head. The most remarkable thing was the smoothness of this version of speedway - no harsh edges and a strong coffee flavor without being bitter. Truly delightful and worth the hype - I wasn't sure the different coffee flavor would come through but it was very different.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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 BMan1113VR
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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 magictrokini
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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 HopHead84
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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