AleSmith 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
541
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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447
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Counter-pressure filled 12oz bottle filled from a keg. Served in a Glunz taster glass.

A - Nice tan foam rises late before settling to a thick collar and some splotches of lace. Black body with a glint of brown at the edge.

S - Lots of chocolate, mellow earthy coffee, touch of smoked meats, and a mildly vegetal note. The coffee is quite smooth rather than nostril shredding.

T - Taste is a little more bitter and earthy, with some roasted malts and mild char. The malt character has a mixture of chocolate and marshmallow. Coffee seems to have faded a bit since this was bottled.

M - Roasty and dry texture, medium-full body, some mild stickiness, lower carbonation, and some light alcohol warmth.

D - Didn't realize this was 12%, which improves my opinion a tad. I'd love to try a fresh sample on-tap at some point, but this was pretty enjoyable. Just not the mind-blowing experience I was expecting based on the other reviews.

EDIT: Had the official bottled release of this and was quite impressed. Aroma has significantly more earthy and fruity coffee, and flavor displays a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light char. Texture is a bit silkier too. Bumping this up to straight 4.5s.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of dar482
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured very dark black with a nice head. Large coffee smell predominates. Taste mainly dark roasted coffee with little of the base beer coming through to me. Very bitter and a fairly thick creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of rudzud
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak from AleSmith Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 541 ratings.
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