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AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged: Kopi Luwak

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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4222) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle, courtesy of PotjeBier. Aroma of bourbon vanilla and nice smooth coffee. Rich flavor of thick vanilla, coffee, mild cherry, licorice, choco and a long lingering finish. I really like the combination of kopi and bourbon. Thanks for this awesome bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2745) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
75 cl (from an IP trade with richiesd) @ home, shared with borresteijn, MarcodL & caesar. Black color. Beige head, just a little. Aroma’s: alcohol, a bit paint thinner/aceton at first, a bit weird smell (erm...), that you get with Kopi Luwak beers. Later there’s more sweetness, bourbon, vanilla and the pain thinner disappears (fortunately). Flavor is sweet. Strong alcohol feel. Medium to full bodied. Long lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6682) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle thanks to Potjebier, medium sample. Dark color, medium brown frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel and vanilla sweetness, bourbon, cookie, biscuit, slight booze. Not a lot of coffee, hardly noticeable. Medium sweetness in taste, cookie and biscuit from bourbon, vanilla, slight boozy. Again, not much coffee, which can be expected as kopi lowak is quite delicate and therefore nonsense to brew with in such a heavy flavored beer. Its basically similar to a regular bourbon speedway, which is by itself absolutely fantastic. No need to add delicate coffee, so therefore it scores a couple of tenths less for me than just the bourbon speedway. Still highly enjoyable ofcourse and wonderfully balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (6496) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2016
75cl Bottle shared, thanks for tonight’s beers Potje! Black colour, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet soft coffee, treacle, toasted coconut, vanilla, quite sweet, roasted malts, liqueur bon-bons. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts, bourbon, light soft sweet coffee, vanilla, bon-bons, bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth. Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Goes back to comments I made regarding Speedway Stout BA variants, most of them turn out to be pretty good with this one no exception. Smells and looks like the perfect stout. Taste unique with the richness of the Kopi coffee added to the boil. Overall one of the better variants and one I have an extra bottle of I won during an event. Look forward to having again in the near future.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
revtork (11) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Speedway is one of the marvels of the stout world. It's darkness threatens a more bitter, breakfast stout-like taste, but it delivers a smooth, full-bodies taste with just the right amounts of everything, especially the coffee. At the end of the palette lies just a hint of vanilla, it's signature. There's only one Speedway Stout and it's always a good choice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
750' mL bottle shared with ebone1988 for his 500th rating, because I'm pretty badass. The pour is a viscous oily black with a medium brown ring of head and no lace. The aroma is great. There is a beautiful malt, coffee, chocolate, and barrel. The bourbon really comes through, to a point of being boozy. There is also a resounding vanilla that carries out the back end. A definite green wood is apparent from the barrel. The flavor is really nice. The coffee really comes through, without being overpowering. The chocolate is really heavy, but not dominating. Again there is a distinct green oak input, but the vanilla and roast are great. It's just really well balanced and nice. The mouth feel is thick and creamy, maybe a little chewy, with a soft, velvety carbonation and a lingeringly roasty coffee vanilla finish. It's so smooth and delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1425) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
#500. Bottle shared with koleminer20, because he’s fucking awesome. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, barrel, coffee, roasted malt. Appearance is black, light brown head, thick. Taste is incredible, bourbon barrel, vanilla, heat, then sweet malt, licorice, and coffee. Mouthfeel is velvet, wonderfully thick, rich, perfect carbonation, wow. Overall, this is a wonderful choice for #500.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours pitch black with a soapy dark beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of green coffee beans a hint of green paprica and subtle vanilla bourbon. Medium body, alcohol burn but nice bitterness towards the end... with a solif sugary film. Taste is dark vanila chocolate, burnt malts, caramel and thick mocca coffee. Nice beer, but a tad overrated in my honest opinion.

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