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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and creamy coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a bourbon flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some really tasty flavors.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -16.4%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black body with an oily viscosity. A finger of brown froth recedes to a collar after a moment.

Incredible nose, loaded with maple syrup, bourbon, chocolate and earthy/nutty coffee. Impeccably balanced with little noticeable alcohol or harshness - I can't really find fault here.

The palate is similarly good, and very impressively balanced between the barrel, base beer and coffee. Big maple syrup and brown sugar flavors meld with a nicely integrated coffee note that leans toward the earthy side of things. Chocolate, molasses and slight roasted grain balance things out. There's plenty of bourbon barrel here, but it isn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is full, viscous, with medium-low carbonation.

What a ridiculously good beer. It isn't far removed from regular BA Speedway, it just has a bit more of a coffee kick to it. This particular blend of barrels is outstanding, however - it might be my favorite BA Speedway ever.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big milestone, 2500 reviews... and about to take a big trip to China and Belgium so in honor of that as well. Huge thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours an awesome looking dark fluffy 1 finger head, great lacing, pitch black with great legs.

Nose is awesome, addicting, great barrel and bourbon, vanilla oak, light coffee, sweet candy like the candy you had as a kid that made your legs buckle, caramel. Vanilla, Belgian choc, rich and heavy overall, slightly earthy mellow smooth coffee, quite nice of... well everything. Amazing nose.

Taste is very good, great flavors ally around. Starting with the dark malts, dark choc and black malt and just a little char, some caramel and creamy choc, light warming booze, thick syrupy dark choc syrup, fluffy nougat as well but super dark. Some barrel, light vanilla toasty barrel. Then some coffee, smooth rich earthy slightly nutty coffee. Finish is great, sweet syrupy thick, rich coffee syrup, dark choc and little char lingering.

Mouth is full bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze

Overall fantastic. Not aces across the board, but a very well done beer all around. Great coffee and chocolate, nice barrel but I wish the barrel came through a bit more.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy black pour with a thick ring of mocha bubbles on the surface. Rich aroma filled with all things good you'd expect from Speedway, and supercharged: bourbon'd oak, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, burnt caramel, rum raisin. More of this in the taste, with smooth coffee taking the foreground, semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon, with a minor hint of barrel wood, vanilla, brown sugar, dark malty goodness. Good balance of roasty and sweet. Smooth and full-bodied, definitely some alcohol warmth in there, but it's well-integrated. Definitely a great beer, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Better than Beer Geek Breakfast? Uh, yes.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second time I had this one it already tasted a little old. Bumping my scores down a touch until I can try another.
Bottle served right after the regular version and again later at Ffej of July XI

A - Pours pitch black with a decent one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh brewed coffee, rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and dark roasted malt. This one smells incredible. While the base was too one dimensional, the bourbon barrel has really brought it all together.

T - Starts off much like the base with the strong espresso coffee kick but now it has combined with the warming bourbon and the combo never really fades away. Hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel and some dark roasted malt round things out. Finish is really roasted with a bit of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Feel is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness and some light booze. While the base wore on me, this one goes down way too easy.

O - I really liked the base beer but this one takes it to a whole other level. The addition of bourbon to the already killer mix makes this one nearly perfect. I would love to have this on a regular basis, it is that good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another gracious shar by Richard. Served alongside Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout.

The beer is near black with an oily beige head. The aroma brings bourbon, roast, huge coffee. More aggressive than the standard Kopi Luwak Speedway. Beautiful balance with fresh coffee blending elegantly with a lightly tannic barrel character. Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. So smooth. Delicious. A world class barrel aged coffee stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black with a nice khaki head. Chunky bubbles. Thick collar. A few wisps on the surface.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. Intense bourbon, even some corn. A touch of coffee, but it's overpowered by the barrel. Chocolate back there too.

Taste - Really intense bourbon again. Covers the coffee initially. The chocolate from the stout comes through here. The coffee is mostly prevalent in the back end here.

Mouthfeel - Thick and chewy. No heat, but there's a lot of bourbon to it. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Excellent beer. Intense bourbon, masks the coffee, but makes up for it in deliciousness.

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Photo of stakem
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large format bottle into a mini snifter. The brew appears black in color with a khaki colored head. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades. A swirl brings a finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is pretty stellar with notes of coconut, caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging overtop a brownie batter-like chocolate roast appeal. The earthen coffee comes out along with a solvent inclusion of alcohol.

The flavor is quite earthy and roasted with almost a dirty sort of coffee flavor. Some solvent alcohol is immediately evident and honestly the flavor of this is a bit of a let down when compared to how complex and enjoyable the aroma was.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall quite boozy in flavor with a great nose. Again, like the non-barrel aged version of kopi speedway, lots of what makes kopi luwak coffee amazing was lost here in the brew. I wouldnt mind drinking this again but im probably not willing to give up the cost of admission.

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Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half inch mocha head recedes after a couple minutes into a solid standing thick collar. Body is a dark brown/lighter black. Thinner alcohol legs.

Boozy bourbon on the nose.

Roastiness rigt before a punch to the face. Sweet bourbon barrel aging dominates the coffee aspect. Stated 12%abv sounds about right.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick for the style. Carbonation is a touch I. The high side but that's nitpicking.

Did the BA side by side with the regular. Easy differences to pick out: BA Kopi has a darker head, the regular had a more pronounced coffee flavor, the regular had better head retention and lacing, I enjoyed the mouthfeel on the regular more. Thanks for shooting this my way kojevergas!!

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Bottle into a snifter.

A: Black with a foreboding dark brown mountain of froth that lingers for a long time. Much lacing is left behind.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, robust coffee presence seething with earth and nuttiness. Light licorice with a touch of molasses. Much dark chocolate with roasted grains and coconut. There's even a little brown sugar and toffee.

T: Huge earthy coffee presence blends with dark chocolate, a touch of licorice, and roasted grains. Bourbon is pervasive and complements the coffee very nicely. The coffee profile is more intense than that of regular BA Speedway. The barrel lends vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and a little coconut to the beer. Alcohol is well hidden, being mostly noticeable in the warming finish. No astringency. The beer displays impeccable balance at this point in its life.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and chewy.

Overall: A tour de force from Alesmith, and easily one of the best beers I've ever had. I can't imagine a better barrel aged coffee stout. If you have this you should drink it. The medley of flavors and aromas is stunning right now and it has nowhere to go but down from this apex. I guess it's time to give my first perfect score.

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Photo of rudzud
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Epic thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black hue with a half inch mocha head that fades to leave a thick halo.

S - Aromas of caramel, vanilla, rich expensive chocolate, rich bourbon, more lighter coffee. Super mellow and smooth.

T - Taste is delicious, but did not give me shaky leg syndrome like Vietnamese speedway did. Similar to the nose with nice caramel, heavy dark chocolate syrup, rich, super rich malts. Nfff nice bourbon notes and subtle coffee alongwith nice vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the ABV. Smooth, slightly boozy. Delicious.

O - Overall this beer was pretty damn good. A damn good beer but not quite at Vietnamese speedway

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Photo of corby112
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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?

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
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?

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Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of Jeffo
3.56/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml foiled and capped bottle. 2013 release. Served in my Eclipse snifter.

Very excited to get a hold of this, my first Barrel Aged Alesmith beer.

Pours as black as beer gets with half a finger of mocha colored foam. Settles to a small ring of dense bubbles. A strand or two of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Aroma of everything I look for in a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Dusty oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and fruit. Complex and stunning. A hint of alcohol sits on top.

Taste begins with some of the aroma's fruit notes, with banana and cherry dominating. Quickly turns to the richer notes, like melted chocolate and vanilla ice cream covered with caramel. A little bit of saltiness at this point as well. Coffee is most present in the finish, with roasty, but very smooth bitterness blending beautifully with all the other elements. Alcohol contributes a noticeable heat as well as a spicy chili pepper note to the flavor. Although again, very well blended.

Full bodied, but quite slick with a medium level of carbonation. Maybe gets a little thick over time, but you expect that with this style.

Overall I'm really loving this beer. Complex and evolving aromas and flavors from all the ingredients, but blended well and playing nicely together.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from AleSmith Brewing Company
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