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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged with Kopi Luwak

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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Barrel Aged Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout is our award winning year round Speedway Stout with Kopi Luwak Coffee that has been matured in premium bourbon barrels. Considered one of the world’s most expensive and rare coffee varieties, the beans are specifically selected for their ripeness and quality by the civet, a small jungle marsupial that feeds of the fruit of the coffee cherry. Good to the last dropping!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (191) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Originally reviewed 4/23/2013. 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Jet black with a nice khaki head. Chunky bubbles. Thick collar. A few wisps on the surface. Smell of lots of bourbon. Intense bourbon. A touch of coffee, but it’s overpowered by the barrel. Chocolate back there too. Really intense bourbon flavor too. Covers the coffee initially. The chocolate from the stout comes through here. The coffee is mostly prevalent in the back end here. Thick and chewy. No heat, but there’s a lot of bourbon to it. Medium carbonation. Excellent beer. Intense bourbon, masks the coffee, but makes up for it in deliciousness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Inky black with a deep rising Mocha head. Nice cocoa swirl of foam that fades to clinging lace with thick legs. Aromas of wafting bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, milk chocolate and cold pressed coffee. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel gives espresso notes, latte, cocoa and vanilla that meld into a deep note of dark fruit and bourbon before bitter bakers chocolate, fudge, bitter coffee and an alcohol note solidify the finish. Very smooth warming bourbon notes linger with the Kopi. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle shared as part of a full bottled speedway vertical by Ben at his 40th birthday. Thanks for sharing all the killer beers! Drinking all of these side-by-side while becoming increasingly intoxicated drives home a few points. (1) they all pretty much taste the same -- I mean, the bourbon barrel versions are a little smoother with more bourbon/vanilla with the coffee in the background, but with the exception of regular Vietnamese I couldn’t telly you which of the many variants I was drinking without looking closely at the bottle. (2) that’s fine, though, because they’re all pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (2092) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2015
Shared with the crew @ Brickstore. Always nice when one can drink a top 50 beer, and it certainly was in my top 50. The coffee has faded or mellowed (or maybe that is the affect of it going through an animal’s digestive system). The base beer was complimented extemely well by the barrel with loads of chocolate and bourbon and vanilla with the mellow coffee. Just super nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Bottle shared with the crew. Big flavors here, vanilla, bit of wood, light coffee, bittersweet roasty malt. The coffee at this point seems a little faded and is only very faint far back on the palate. Smooth from start to finish. Bit of bourbon sweetness and a light alcohol bite on the back end. A lot going on but all working together really well in typical Alesmith Speedway fashion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of rich coffee, bourbon, oak, bitter dark chocolate. Taste is mildly bitter and sweet. Rich and smooth mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Top notch! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2120) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle at speedway tasting. Shared with 2 friends. Dark black pour with a small tanned head. Dark roasted coffee, sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, deep dark fruits, red forest fruits, oak, vanilla, less roasted nuts compared to the ba Vietnamese. Less heat and spicy notes. Still Some alcohol burn. Hard to say wich one i like better. But i miss the roasted nuts in this one. But from the other Side i like this one better because there is less heat. Call it a draw

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (728) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2015
Thanks _angst_ for the trade here! Black with nice big dark foam head. Aroma is very subtle to the point of void - touch of dark malt. Taste is similar to bourbon barrel aged speedway but more subtle - tannins, oak, dark malt, then marshmallow as it warms (nice toasty quality here). Far from thin on the palate but not as full as straight up speedway. Overall, very nice but not great. Glad to have tried it though.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blomster (266) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle, thanks to Baggio. Bourbon, coffee aroma. Chocolate cake, coffee, bourbon, near full bodied. Rich with a long pleasant finish. Tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (8739) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
1 pt 9,4 fl oz bottle thanks to Dunbar72! Sampled on March 7, 2015.
Very dark brown to black color, dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, coffee, green bell peppers scent. Coffee, alcohol, spicy, fruity taste. Chocolate, coffee aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Dry finish.


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