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AleSmith 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#400
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
541
pDev:
8.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had side by side with the BB version, which I did like a lot better, though obviously this one was no without its charm. Solid black pour--or at least it seemed that way in the dim light--with a tan collar of bubbles on top. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasty malts, brown sugar, smooth coffee. Unsurprising yet still decadent. Nice hit of earthy coffee in the taste, roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, lower carbonation, might as well call it full-bodied. Rich and enjoyable, very good overall.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 wethorseblanket
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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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 Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice khaki head. Great retention. Chunky bubbles on the surface. A little bit leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Intense coffee. Reminds me of Vietnamese Speedway, which shouldn't surprise me. Slightly fruity coffee notes. Deep chocolate.

Taste - Maybe the coffee is too strong. Very intense coffee, same slight fruity character. Nice chocolate and deep roast. Delicious, but very coffee-centric.

Mouthfeel - Chewy. Nice body. Intense bitterness, as much from the coffee as anything.

Overall - Delicious, but not significantly better than regular Speedway.

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served right before the bourbon version.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of rich fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt and not much else. This one is all about the coffee obviously so very little else comes through that dark veil.

T - Starts off with the strong fresh brewed espresso coffee kick that never really fades away. Hints of chocolate, vanilla, bit of smokiness and some dark roasted malt try and keep the coffee in check but they can only do so much. Finish is really roasted with a bit of dryness, lingering long after the finish.

M - Full feel with moderate carbonation. Big, roasty feel goes down surprisingly easy. Very little of the 12% is noticeable. It just wore me down quickly with all that coffee and not much else.

O - I love speedway and I have always wanted to try this. It is exactly what I imagined it would be with tons of in your face coffee flavor. I loved how it smelled and tasted but it did wear on me quickly, I could drink a glass at a time tops.

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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 dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 chippo33
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large format bottle into a mini taster glass. The brew pours black in color with a khaki colored head that is similar to the base brew as expected. A little bit of spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is quite earthen with more focus on chocolate than I am use to smelling in speedway. The roasted coffee appeal has that familiar aspect of kopi but honestly it doesnt have that much of an impact to make it prominent.

The flavor is quite tasty with roasty coffee flavors that blend into more of an earthen flavor. A bit of chocolate emerges from the roast and a touch of fruity alcohol esters.

This is a modestly carbonated offering with a medium body. It is easy drinking with the alcohol being masked much better than normal speedway. Kopi Luwak coffee's most noticeable aspect is how rich and smooth it is with a unique earthen aroma and flavor. I felt lots of the kopi specific traits were lost here but it still made for an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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