crossovert (7921) - 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 (3524) - 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 (1406) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (949) - 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 (2311) - 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.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip bottle mailed to me from an OTLOL Associate. What an odd thing to receive. Pours an inky black hue, dark with firm legs on the swirl. Brownish glow on the edges shows some glow and light. Small loose brownish head dies to a loose ring, laces small. Aromas are chocolate chip cookies, roasty malts and cocoa, some black malt, caramel and sticky toffee. Mellow yet growing barrel shows some spirit heat, vanilla, and oak. A bit sticky, the coffee element comes on more firmly as it warms. A touch hot but stilll quite rich on the nose. Initial is thicker and fulled bodied, some barrel heat hits up front, Bourbon and warmth, oak and vanilla. Melllow roastiness starts to grow. The middle is a touch thicker, getting past the initial barrel onslaught. Toffee, toast, and caramel. Cacao and growing coffee influence. Vanilla, some fudgey qualities. It starts to thin out with some richer coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate influence into the back. Some bigger heat hits the palate at times which is my only knock on this beer. Still, the backend and finish show more Kopi, coffee, espresso and fudge. It’s a hot little item though, firmer barrel heat can be a touch distracting. Still the beer itself is quite tasty. Fun beer, a bit hot.
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and light lacing
Aroma: Woody, oak, bourbon and coffee
Taste: Roasted malts, bourbon, oak, leather and spices
Nice and smooth. I did like the non-barrel aged a little better though, the barrel seemed to thin it out.
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First thing, thanks to Stawn! The bottle is amazing, the whole packaging is great. Pours a jet black color with a large deep brown color. A big nose of whiskey and coffee. The flavor is excellent with big hot barrels and whiskey, deep roasted coffee, some vanilla, chocolate. A bit hot and astringent at times from the barrel and that will mellow. Very damn good though as always from AleSmith!
MikeJslc (759) - USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, tan head. Aroma of dark bread crusts, coffee. a little dark fruit. Flavor again dark bread crusts with very full mouthfeel, coffee, some baker's chocolate, nutty notes, moderate bourbon barrel note. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.