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

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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)

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Added by MasterSki on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 485
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 iadler
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A- Pours a jet black with a thin dark mocha head leaving a few lines of lacing behind.

S- I've never had Kopi Luwak coffee, but the beans are extremely potent in the aroma with lots of dark fruit and nuttiness. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, oak, bourbon and vanilla are present as well.

T- Taste follows the aroma with the coffee highlighting the beer. Tons of smooth coffee with notes of black cherry, plum and nuts followed by caramel, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

M- Lower carbonation with a rich mouthfeel that has a bit of heat at the finish.

O- I personally enjoyed this BA Speedway version to the regular BA offering. The coffee was a lot more prominent in the BA Kopi, which is one of the biggest strengths of the base beer. Would be happy to try again.

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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 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 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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Photo of inlimbo77
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2013 Vintage
5oz mini snifter

A: Much like the regular BA version. Pours out deep dark black color. Get a thin layer of light tan head. Fades pretty quickly. Leaves some lacing bits. Alcohol feet.

S: Big coffee. Vanilla. Oak. Dark fruit. Cherry. Definitely getting more dark fruit, rum soaked raisins, prunes, etc.

T: Big bitterness up front from the coffee. I actually was thinking that the Kopi coffee would be less harsh, but it certainly stands out more than the regular BA version. Not bad at all though, as a coffee lover. Fudge like chocolate cocoa meshing with the vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Touch of wood. Some slight herbal notes? But that is really digging in there. Long lingering (changing finish) on the close.

M: Full bodied, mouth coating stout.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL courtesy of Shane. Thanks! Poured into LA Teku.

A: Inky black pour creates a small tidal pool that flushes out a mocha head. Opaque black body. Legs cling to the glass.

N: Deep bourbon on the nose with all the vanilla, caramel, and coconut that implies. Roasted coffee, fudge, brown sugar, rum soaked raisins. The berries from the coffee are fumbling around in here, too.

T: Coffee and chocolate explosion. Loads of cherry, wood, and bourbon. Very balanced despite being so large with lots of roast, sweetness and coffee bitterness coming together into a cohesive whole.

M: Thick and oily, but it has the signature Speedway wateriness which I don't appreciate. Plenty of alcohol in here - burns like bourbon.

O: A grand beer, and I wish I had the regular Kopi Speedway (again) to try side by side. Alesmith does an excellent job with their barrel aging program.

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Photo of claaark13
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temp into a Hunahpu's glass. Thanks Cory.

A - Thick mocha head turn into nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, weasel taint, sweet earthy coffee.

T - Bourbon upfront moves to earthy coffee, oak, vanilla notes with more bourbon and chocolate meeting towards the end.

M - Medium, silkiness.

O - Though I enjoyed it, there was an off aroma and flavor that I found and couldn't get past until I was a few ounces through it. It got really good towards the end of my glass, more along a 4.5.

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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 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 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 hooliganlife
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick cocoa black with chocolate cocoa head. Light head, but thick. Light retention.

Very vanilla and bourbon forward. Slight sweetness, milky and sweet dark chocolate.

Similar to nose. Very bourbon forward but smooth and rich. Complex chocolate and vanilla just blended all over. Coffee was very faint, my only complaint. Seeing that this is fairly fresh, a bit of disappointment.

Thick, rich velvet, but the perfect mild to moderate bite. Tingle kb the gums, smooth burn. But not hot, just bourbon friendly.

This is a stunner, only beef is the faint coffee. The point of this is the kopi luwak.

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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 stx00lax
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Pours black with a light brown fluffy head that quickly dissipates and settles around the edge of the glass. A quick swirl leaves nice spotty/sticky bubbles

S- Bourbon, robust coffee, vanilla, light roast, coconut, bakers chocolate

T-Similar to smell. Bourbon and Coffee are equally dominate and are very well integrated with each other and the base beer. The coffee flavor is unique, not sweet or astringent. Lingering flavors of drying coffee and bitter bakers chocolate remain. A little bit of heat, but not as much as regular BA speedway.

M- Medium to full body. Chewy, but not viscous like some cigar city stouts for comparisons sake.

O- Very good. This beer is incredibly balanced which is what i think sets it apart from lesser beer. Its really hard to find anything to complain about, you can tell that it is made well. Super tasty to boot. I want more.

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