Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Stout - American Imperial
4.58 | pDev: 7.64%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSpeedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours like the rest of the series, ring is darker brown in complexion however. Earthy and fudgy coffee, brown batter, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, charcoal, sand, oak, and leather. Taste takes you on an exploration of all things dark, earthy, fudgy and roasted, with some sweetness and booze to round out with character. Same flavors from smell plus dark fruit and a hint of roasted nuts. Feel is dark, lush, super earthy, and warm, deep and complex, but finish tapers dry and roast that stops the perfection, but still damn good. Second best variant I have had to date

Apr 13, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a beast. Rich, overflowing with dark chocolately coffee notes. Definite sipper but you'll enjoy every drop from the rim of the glass warming its way down to your stomach. Cant go wrong.

Mar 05, 2018
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Shannon.

A: Black as night with a thin tan half finger head that quickly dissipated.

S: Light coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toasty caramel.

T: Bourbon and coffee intermingle with caramel, chocolate and toasty oak. Big, boozy and bold.

M: Medium to heavy with heavy, chewy carbonation.

O: A taste bomb that gets even better as it warms. Glad I got to try this retired master.

Mar 28, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer hits of coconut, vanilla, coffee bitterness, charred oak and burnt caramel notes with a smooth bitterness. Having it in a tasting with the other variants, it is somewhere in between the decadence of BA Vietnamese and the fruitiness of the coffee in the base Speedway.

Dec 04, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 11/28/15 notes. Had at our Mega-Speedway tasting.

Pours a dark black, with a few dark tan bubbles and no carbonation. Less head and carb than the others. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee grinds, clay...seems oxidized for sure. Thick body and low carbonation.

Overall still a good beer but has not held up quite as well as other variants...wouldn't trade for this one considering what it demands.

Dec 03, 2015
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Domvan from Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a perfect combination of chocolate & coffee richness in the form of liquid dessert. Easily my favorite version of their barrel aged speedways, a perfect beer

Jul 07, 2015
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass with a dissipating off white head. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, chocolate covered cherries, and sweet bourbon. Taste is sweet, slight bitterness and malty with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark chocolate, roasted coconut, bourbon, and that delicious Kopi Luwak coffee. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, and near full bodied. Finish is slightly astringent, but sweet along with some roasted malts and coffee. Great balance between the barrel and base beer. Very tasty!

Jan 19, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Seth. Never expected to have this. Tampa review dump; full notes taken at time.

A- In line with all the other variants. Black as night with a small head. Tiny ring rarely leaves permanent lace but lots of legs per sip.

S- Not as Bourbon forward as the regular BA version but a smooth and big coffee notes are added in this version with a dry medium dark roast and fruity aroma. Cocoa, a bit of old wet oak and vanilla.

T- Coffee is the massive standout in this version. Medium to dark roasted notes of berries, espresso, cocoa nibs and earthy soil. Fruits give it a truffle chocolate brownie feel at times. Barrel booze and whiskey opens up with warming big time, vanilla and oak.

MF- Pretty much spot on with regular BA Speedway. Thick, creamy body with medium high carbonation. A bit of warmth on the back end.

Just like the regular with an amazing coffee profile. The barrel aspect leaves something a bit to be desired but the Kopi is great.

Jan 16, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a jet black color with a thin brown head on it. The smell of the beer has a nice amount of bourbon and coffee as well as some chocolate roast in there too. The taste is good but not as good as I was thinking it might be, I was really expecting this one to be my favorite Speedway variant but if fell shy a bit. Overall this is still an awesome beer and I would drink it with pleasure anytime.

Jul 19, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while...

Pours like regular Speedway: damn near opaque with a fizzy tan head.

Smells like bourbon, dark chocolate, charred barley, and a super smooth Kopi coffee. The bourbon and barley dominate, which is a little unfortunate because the coffee nodes are wonderful.

Tastes like it smells: a super intense melange of whiskey, coffee, and harsh roasted barley. But, again, it doesn't quite come together in the way you'd want an expensive Kopi Luwack stout to, since the bourbon burn overrides most of the coffee node.s

This is pretty good, but I can't help but feel it would have been way better if they hadn't barrel aged it. The point of using the Kopi coffee is that it's so amazingly smooth, right? Well then why burn away that smoothness with whiskey?

Apr 27, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle from trade. Stoked to get to try this one. Pours pitch black and thick looking with a dark brown and super creamy head like you would see on an espresso. Aroma is big chocolate syrup notes, lots of vanilla, some rich earthy coffee (though subdued), bourbon, wood, some roasted grains, tobacco, more vanilla. Flavor is up front roast, barely any coffee, bourbon, with a beautifully long sweet vanilla finish. There is some oak and wood here that lingers on the tongue with some vanilla and anise. Body isn't as thick as other Speedway variants I have had, but certainly not light bodied either. Low to medium carbonation. This is a great beer but doesn't live up to my lofty expectations. I really don't get much coffee from this one. Looking forward to trying the regular Kopi version. With that said, worth trying if you can get it.

Mar 22, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of deep roasted barley malt with notes of dry coffee with some hazelnut notes with light bourbon undertones which rounds off some of the rough edges. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt notes with coffee notes and some hazelnut and bourbon notes which helps rounds off the flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and nice creamy body and no apparent alcohol. This is definitely one of the best versions of Speedway that I have ever tried. All the flavours are well balanced and don’t clash between each other’s. The complexity level is quite high but the drinkability is also quite high.

Feb 17, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.56/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the Doodler a while back. Cheers for the trade man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Drank this one along side the regular Speedway and kop versions.

APPEARANCE: Pours black yielding a two finger, medium looking mocha head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some bits of lacing down the glass. A touch darker than the regular kopi version.

SMELL: Very bourbon heavy. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and oak on the nose. Sweet cream and caramel as well, but the combination outplays the coffee and roast from the base beer. Still, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, all things considering.

TASTE: Bourbon heavy again, with vanilla, coconut and sweet cream up front. A big finish of bourbon barrel, coconut cream, some bitter coffee comes through as well as some burnt grains from the base beer. Very sweet, but actually quite good, and more balanced with more from the base beer than the nose. Some light perfume notes from the alcohol, which actually gets more prevalent as the beer sits. Drink it fast.

PALATE: A touch lighter than the regular kopi version. Medium body, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. A bit lighter than the others, but still fine for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty good, and definitely the best of the three bottle set we had that day, though that's not saying all that much. The bourbon was relatively overpowering, but that's not a bad thing, considering it masked whatever cabbage and band aid the base beer may have been wielding that day. The perfume flavors in the finish got tougher and tougher as it sat, but if a small sample is drunk fast enough, you may not notice. Thanks again Doodler! Always a pleasure.

Jan 27, 2014
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
2013 Vintage

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: BA Kopi Speedway appears midnight black in the glass with hints of deep red appearing along the edges of the glass when back light. A rough pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head that lasts well for a barrel-aged beer and leaves a touch of lacing. Swirling the beer results in thick, sticky alcohol legs coating the glass.

Smell: Wow, the initial nose is absolutely sublime - there is a fantastic earthy coffee character, rich dark chocolate, sweet dark caramel and a touch of bourbon. As the beer warms, the barrel character absolutely takes off with a ton of sweet creamy vanilla and slightly boozey bourbon obliterating the coffee. Other notes include: Sweet dark fruits, toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: There is far more barrel character in the initial flavour than the nose suggested and it really dominates the other flavours. Notes include: Big sweetness, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, sugary caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet cream, a fair amount of booze and a little earthy coffee with a welcome touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The is quite a bit of carbonation for a barrel-aged beer (high level), but it is just smooth enough. The body is just shy of full and offers a nice stickiness.

Overall: BA Kopi Speedway is a solid barrel-aged imperial stout, but it does get a little sweet and I can't help but feeling that the coffee should shine a lot more than it does, I mean it is the worlds most expensive coffee after all.

Jan 17, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken last night:

Just tried the base beer and I'm hoping the bourbon barrel aged version is as impressive as the current perfect 100 rating implies. 12% ABV confirmed per the label. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass coffee with shiny gold label text and black foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at Alesmith last year and served into a wine glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery and its current 100 rating.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of dark khaki/light tan colour. Creamy, with good thickness and nice even consistency. Soft complexion. Head retention is below average - about 1-1.5 minutes. Consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for an imperial stout but isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Has a great bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla and even some recognizable oak wood (particularly on the back end). Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Cream. Marshmallow. The coffee is covered by the bourbon.

A very appealing aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. There is a pleasant bourbon-y alcohol warmth.

T: Much boozier than anticipated. There's ample bourbon character including some vanilla (and some oak wood on the finish). Dark malts, chocolate malts, marshmallow, cream, char, coffee bitterness. Some sugarcane. The coffee is really restrained here - shockingly so. The bourbon almost covers it entirely (especially compared to the base beer). That's hugely disappointing. There is some harshness left over as well as some char, but the coffee really gets subsumed here. Definitely on the sweeter side.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Pretty well balanced. Not as complex, subtle, intricate, or nuanced as the best beers in the style. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's nothing unique or special here. Not a gestalt build by any means.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and soft. Silky. Full-bodied and thick. Sticky. Texture suits the taste well.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy. A bit syrupy.

Dr: Drinkable, but definitely a sipper. I'm glad I have a friend to help me put down the bottle. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out, but it's a tasty bourbon barrel aged stout, albeit a boozy one. It isn't mind-blowing or world class per se, but it's a tasty beverage. I'm happy to have tried it, but my biggest criticism is that the bourbon hides the best note of the base - the coffee. I honestly don't know that I prefer this to the regular Kopi Speedway. It's not at all world-class and doesn't deserve its current 100 rating in my opinion.

High B

Jan 09, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I only had one bottle of this, so better open if fresh. '13 BA Kopi into a CS snifter. Thanks G Holly!

A- Yep, jet black. Seems to lack protein Z and LTP1. Lots of retention as head disappears quickly. Thin layer of lacing around the glass. Coffee brown lacing.

S- Bourbon, malt, barley, toffee notes, caramel, slight woodiness from oak I suppose. Earthy, grainy in back.

T- Very roasty, malty. A very interesting coffee taste with the Kopi. The coffee taste lingers for a long time (which I like). Bourbon, caramel and chocolate (medium amount of chocolate taste.)

M- Pretty thick for a BA stout. Very little carbonation follows down the throat. Very smooth, a well done BA stout.

O- It has been a few beers (months I mean) since I had BA Speedway. It is hard for me to compare the two, because my palate has changed so much. I really enjoyed this offering from Alesmith. I got a nice warm feeling in my stomach from this beer from the barrel aging.

Dec 28, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger dark beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Great retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behing.  

Aroma is outrageous with tons of gourmet coffe roast holding up underneath the strong barrel presence.  Dry toasted oak with amazing spicy bourbon character, coconut and vanilla bean.  Still plenty of robust coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal followed by dessert-like sweet malts, chocolate cake, baker's chocolate and fudge.  Perfect barrel integration with lots of coffee still coming through.

Full bodied and viscous with a strong, spicy bourbon barrel presence that's countered by robust, deeply roasted coffee flavor and  dark and silky sweet malt notes.  Barrel character is strong up front with dry oak complimeted by spicy sweet bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted coconut.  Decent alcohol flavor but not hot or boozy at all.  The coffee realy comes through with robust roast and gourmet espresso followed by burnt malt and sugars, oatmeal and dark chocolate.  Slightly grainy with flour less chocolate cake, baker's chocolate, toffee and caramel sweetness.  Very smooth and well balanced with a delicate, nicely integrated barrel character and excellent Kopi coffee flavor.  Incredibly complex and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV with lots of oak, bourbon, robust coffee, burnt malt and silky chocolate sweetness.  Excellent!

Oct 25, 2013
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to melliott2811, who's handle I'll even spell right this time for sending me this beer. Have loved the various Speedways over the years & was really looking forward to this one. Big black 750ML with gold foil & gold print split with my wife.

Pour is big & black & brooding with only a small amount of carbonation visible to the eye. Nose is everything advertised: big coffee, bourbon, sweet malts. Fuck this, I want to drink it. Onwards.

Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak Barrel Aged has been declared 'ambrosia' by my lovely wife. This beer is exquisitely balanced: none of the ingredients are on top, but appear to be integrated more tightly than a project plan presented with a good PowerPoint (think I just threw up in my mouth a little). Bourbon, coffee, sweet malts are all present & kicking ass in equal measure. Second-chairs include chocolate, vanilla, & two small burr oak barrels. Smoother than a silk nighty on the throat, & for a big bruiser of a beer, silly easy to drink. I could have taken the bomber by myself, easy.

A beer with a rep that doesn't disappoint, this is a Kentucky Derby winner of a beer. Sleek, slick, big, fast, gorgeous. The only criticism I have is that it isn't perfect. But damn close. An elite beer.

Oct 20, 2013
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spicelab from Australia

4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle thanks to MrKennedy via nicks6217. Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Jet black with a persistent saffron head.

Backbone of the aroma is equal parts coffee and bourbon jostling for prominence. As it opens up base beer notes gradually emerge; chocolate and tarry toast at first, before molasses and sweet dark fruits finally kick in. The overall result is impressively balanced and surprisingly orthodox.

Mellow woody bourbon notes integrating with candy floss high notes and a solid earthy grounding from the coffee. There's not much actual expression from the base stout, yet the robustness overall puts you in no doubt its there.

Full, velvety smooth.

It's a great beer but to plagiarise MrKennedy's views there's almost too much balance, with the three elements of barrel, coffee and base beer keeping one another in check rather than creating real excitement or something unexpected. In this regard I thought the non-BA Kopi Luwak Speedway was much more expressive.

Oct 05, 2013
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tarheels86 from California

4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL thanks to cquiroga! Pours ink with yellowish mild foam. Ruby highlights. Nose is cinnamon, salted caramel, milk chocolate truffle. Taste is coconut, vanilla, amaretto, dark chocolate bar. Palate is silky, mild warming alcohol that is not overwhelming. Wife loved it as expected. Really glad I got to try this!

Sep 25, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 9.9.13
Thanks J!

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large brown head that fades slowly.

S - Bourbon up-front, then the coffee takes over, finishes with sweet chocolate.

T - Swwet chocolate, then lots of Bourbon and some barrel, finishes with the coffee.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Bourbon, awesome coffee, and some sweet chocolate. What's not to like?

Sep 11, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ron for sharing this treat, something I've been trying to get my hands on for a while now. Deep, deep brown, almost completely black, but there is certainly some dark brown that shines through at the extremities. A tan head, only a few millimeters in size, wastes no time settling into a thinner film and ring. Nothing crazy going on here; sub-par head formation.

Oh wow... My goodness. That's incredible. One of my (only) complaints about the original Kopi Luwak was the lack of "power" in the aroma, and that issue has definitely been addressed in the barrel-aged version. It explodes into your senses like a time-bomb of chocolate and coffee. Intense roasted coffee beans - but not just any coffee beans... Kopi Luwak beans.

Sweet, creamy, brown sugar, some dark fruits in the background with a twinge of strange sweetness that must be a byproduct of the Kopi beans. The aroma is so roasty and yet sweet and almost fruity at the same time... it's perplexing, and it's wonderful. The barrel is a perfect compliment with very mild and extremely smooth bourbon soaked oak inclusions. The barrel cuts the acrid notes of the original, leaving nothing but olfactory nirvana behind.

The first sip (and each successive one) includes more barrel-aged presence than the aroma, but that's perfectly fine with me, as it is introduced so elegantly and smooth, without a burn or tingle to be had. Sticky chocolate cream, dark fudge, oak and vanilla, light coconut, and POW! Right in the goddamn kisser with those Kopi Luwak coffee beans. They're everywhere!

It's such a unique and aromatically pleasing and flavorful type of coffee bean roast, I really can't put it into words. It's coffee-ish and roasty yet sweet and almost fruity at the same time, without being too sweet or tart at all, but just enough to stroke the member of your senses with the gentle hand of happy endings. Creamy, smooth, flowing like a liquid river of bliss into my stomach. A little more carbonation would be lovely, but it still feels nice and full.

I was a bit let down by the Kopi Luwak and Barrel-Aged Speedway variants (though I still enjoyed them), but put them together and barrel age the Kopi Luwak version, and you've got a stout that lives up to the hype and then some. So full of incredibly unique and wonderful aromas and flavors. Beer fans need to do themselves a solid and seek this one out at all costs. You won't be disappointed... I promise.

Sep 03, 2013
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Luk13 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a deep black with minimal brown head. Aroma is nicely balance between the dessert bourbon and malt notes (chocolate, vanilla, coconut) and the kopi roastiness and vegetal aspects. Nice complexity. Taste is bourbon, chocolate but also very vegetal, roasty and somewhat spicy from the Kopi. Full bodied with med-low carbonation. The barrel treatment attenuate the Kopi effect, it remains a little harsh. Inferior to the regular coffee Speedways, but still a good imperial stout.

Aug 05, 2013
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company out of San Diego, California.

Score: 88

2013 vintage bottle served in a n Upland snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/03/13.

Appearance: Black coffee in color with caramel ruby tones at the outer upper edge when held up to light. Pours a thin layer of khaki bubbly head atop that settles to ring around the glass at a quicker than average pace. Poor lacing, virtually no retention. 3.25/5

Smell: Very oak forward, followed by coffee. There's an astringency that I did not expect and banana-like eaters. Can practically smell the dryness. Notes of chocolate too. 3.5/5

Taste: Way too oak forward, though the coffee comes through more prominently on the palate than in the nose. This tastes better than it smell. Chocolate and oak towards finish. Quite dry. No alcohol detectable. Lingering flavor that is like chocolate rubbed oak with a hint of coffee, though most of the coffee flavor comes immediately upfront and does not linger. I do not detect any barrel character other than the oak. Not a whole lot of roast. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Has an unexpected amount of bitterness since it uses Kopi coffee, though this brew is not as bitter as most coffee forward stouts. 4/5

Overall: While not a bad beer, I thought it was nothing special. I was disappointed by this beer given how much I liked the non-barrel aged Kopi Speedway (it is, to date, my favorite Alesmith beer consumed). Barrel-aged Kopi is hardly worth its retail cost (let alone rarity) given how many beers of equal or greater quality are available for cheaper. Quality-wise, dollar-wise and rarity-wise, you are better off seeking out the base beer. I think with some tweaking (less dryness, more roasty coffee, more barrel) that this beer could be something truly delicious. I would probably give it another shot if re-brewed. However, I would not seek out this vintage again (though I would not refuse a pour if offered either).

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

Jul 11, 2013
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mhksuccess from California

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a bruery snifter
pour is dark and about 1/2 inch of head
smell is heavy coffee roasty and slight sweetness
the coffee smell is overpowering and is amazing the kind of smell you could bottle and smell all day
taste is heavy coffee love the Kopi taste is undescribable but awesome
very smooth at 12% ABV you can drink it like a session ipa lol
anyway hope they bottle again will be making the drive to alesmith to pick up

Jul 08, 2013
Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 488 ratings