brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with khaki head. Nice bourbon and coffee notes. Vanilla, oak, and roasted malt. Mild alcohol, some cream, chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor is really heavy on the roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon. Oak, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Light booze and a hint of coconut.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1300. Huge, giant, sweaty thanks to the one and only Bman1113VR for this treat. Inky, 30 weight black pour with a dark brown head. Nose is marshamllow, TONS of coffee (french roast), bourbon, vanilla, some more bourbon, and then bourbon, tannins, oak, earth. Really incredible nose. After about 8 minutes of huffing the fusels, the taste is bourbon, coffee, earthy, vanilla, toast, marshmallows, incredible. I LOVE THIS BEER!!!! Silky mouthfeel.
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Sour & Bitter #2, pours black with a small tan / brown head. Aroma of heavy bourbon barrels, potent coffee, and alcohol -- exceedingly complex, but doesn’t seem that different from regular BA Speedway Stout. Flavour definitely tastes richer than regular BA Speedway Stout, with exceedingly complex coffee notes, followed by bourbon barrels, moderate roast, and wood. Amazingly complex, and perhaps my favourite of all Speedway Stout renditions. While the nose is similar to regular BA Speedway, the coffee is more pungent on the nose, adding another dimension. Insanely complex and such a pleasure to sip. World class.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle courtesy of TF, who else?... Pours the same as the rest with a deeper stouty hue with less intense edges and topped with a creamy light khaki head... Aroma of smooth bourbon notes that mesh effortlessly with a silky earthy coffee not without a huge roast profile. Very nicely executed amalgamation of barrel and coffee notes. Some vanilla also comes into play. Nicely done... Flavors are more of the same combination of notes aforementioned with smooth bourbon and earthy coffee notes throughout. Medium bodied with a mild level of carbonation. Significant better than standard kopi which really doesn’t say much but I digress. Toss-up between barrel aged and this. Excellent.
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trying this one side by side with the regular Kopi Luwak (non BA)
A - Pours thin and not oily, half a finger leather like head. Not as thick as I expected.
S - Coyingly sweet nose, lots of vanilla, sort of earthy
T - sweet, vanilla, bourbon is strong at first and then fades to this very nutty earthy coffee taste. i get some heavy leather. I get really fresh toffee
M - Medium body, roasted sweet finish
O - Impressive but I think the bourbon takes away from the exceptional regular Kopi Luwak. The bean is so great and to barrel age this is weird and a bummer.
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Everything ou love with awesome coffee and bourbon. I feel like it is a given all of these get high marks.
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by Adam Jackson. Dude you are a rockstar! Nose is sweet notes of bourbon, chocolate and light woody tones. Flavor is chocolate, followed by sweet mellow bourbon. Coffee is only just a hint toward the finish. Earthy notes for sure throughout the sip. For a 12 % imperial stout the ABV is truly hidden well. Just a bit after a good mouth swish. Notes of vanilla and raisins. If your lucky enough to get to try this hard to find version, it is wonderful. It maybe good to the last drop.
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black pour with a large, expresso dark tan head. Very nice aroma is semi-hot bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, smooth and rich chocolate, and a nice and even, lightly roasted coffee presence although it falls behind both the bourbon and the chocolate. The front of the taste has the bourbon toned down and presents with very dry, almost bitter chocolate and roasted coffee and the back end gives way to the hotter aspects of the bourbon with vanilla and spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the light side but very clean and almost dry. Very good beer although I don’t believe it improves on the original kopi, which has a much heavier coffee influence in both the aroma and flavor, the base speedway (an overall more complex beer as the darker fruit notes contrast with the chocolate and coffee), or even barrel aged speedway which, based on my recollection, presents as smoother and more balanced. Certainly worth a try just the same.
writerljberg (487) - Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 Kop (again) to try side by side. Alesmith does an excellent job with their barrel aging program.
Gription79 (2158) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle, thanks to Doug. The spicy coffee aroma is the dominating aroma, slight roast, and chocolate. The flavor is coffee, coconut, spicy, chocolate, bourbon. A nice big rich imperial stout.