AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged: Kopi Luwak

 
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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.27/5   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!

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3.9
Fred82 (2329) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
750ml bottle at a tasting with JulienHuxley, Minderbinder, HoppyPocket and Tom10101. Bottle thanks o either one of those fine gents.
Appearance : Deep black with small head.
Aroma : Bourbon and vanilla with big coffee.
Taste : Vanilla and bourbon with piny hops. Pretty powerful coffee notes. Slightly green vegetal coffee. Fairly complex.
Overall : Big bold imperial stout. Quite a lot of bourbon and coffee. Nicely complex but could use a bit more balance. I think half and half blend with regular speedway could have been interesting to do. Still an interesting brew !

4.5
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, and a touch of maple syrup. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, and caramel. The finish has vanilla, bourbon, light maple syrup, and faint oak. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Overall, one of the few that lives up to the hype.

4.1
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle for rating #5100:   Black, strong deep brownish sudsy frothy head, decent lacing.   Big sweet roasted malt and bourbony nose.   Sweet bourbon like roasted malt nose.   A bit of a bruiser, noticeable alcohol.   Huge sweet graham cracker, dark chocolate, and roasted malts on the tongue.   Very smooth, and very decadent.   Coffee and bourbon notes are present, but moderate.   Strong roast, sweet graham cracker, and alcohol.   This one is very much an Imperial Stout with very tasty aspects of bourbon and rich graham cracker.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Bright bourbon and roasted malt finish.   Very minor coffee on the finish.   Odd, considering this is a Coffee centered Imperial Stout, aged on Bourbon.   Lingering bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, graham cracker, and heat!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   While not feeling too heavy, its roasty, bourbony, and coffee like.   Fairly tasty, but top 50?   After Morning Delight, I have my doubts.   Good, but not stellar.   Big coffee and bourbon notes, bourbon too.   Did I mention bourbon?   By most standards, a very good Imperial Stout.   Thanks to mashmaster for the bottle!


4.2
Theydon_Bois (19787) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Jack’s Farwell Tasting, massive thanks to Paolo for unearthing a top draw Impy want, 06/08/13. Mid black with a big dirty tan head that retains well - this chap indeed looks ’the bollocks’! Nose is roast malt forward, dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts, toffee. Taste comprises light boozey tones, dark chocolate, subtle coffee notes, oak, bourbonic tones, earthy, light minerals. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming booze in the finish. Great stuff - a decadent impy for sure, the alcohol was very well integrated. My only grumble - I’d have liked a touch more coffee as I do enjoy a good coffee blast, but I can see why this one is so highly rated in that the subtleness of the Kopi Luwak will win over those not ordinarily a fan of coffee in beer.

4.1
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
750mL bottle . black with a tan head, fair retention. A little hot in flavor, lots of roast malt, wood and some vanilla. Bitterness peaked at a 3, semi-dry. Very good, but hard to differentiate from regular ba speedway.

4.2
Scopey (14992) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle via trade, shared at Jack’s farewell tasting. It pours black with a medium tan head. The nose is earth, rich-roast, coffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, sweet lactose, creamy and rocky road. The taste is roasty, earth, plenty of coffee, cocoa, fudge, light toast, charred wood, tablet, caramel, chocolate powder and dark fruit. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Damn tasty and dangerously drinkable. A well-crafted brew indeed.

3.6
madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle - Pours black with a huge foamy tan head. Nose is boozy, sweet and a bit hot. Lots of vanilla and butterscotch, but it’s kind of dry and sharp with not a lot of coffee. Real smooth taste, with tons of vanilla and dark roasty malt. Not super pungent coffee, but real bold roastiness. Lots of warmth on the finish, with a caramel and butterscotch sweet finish. Glass-coating thick with smooth carbonation. Tasty, but not the mind-bending experience I was hoping for.

4.2
Leighton (21494) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Massive thanks to Paul for hunting the WhaleSmith. Pours deep brown-black with a thick, creamy beige head. The aroma holds heavy dark malts, chocolate cake, raisins. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of sugary dark chocolate, fairly mellow coffee, plenty of dark fruits. Full bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Warming finish with strong but balanced out dark malt character, rich chocolate, a bit of alcohol, some espresso, rich bread. Great stuff.

4
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Bottle 750ml. [Editing this rating as I just had this beer again, and it was better than what I remembered/rated (improving score).] Pours black with low brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of coffee, caramel, sugar, roasted malt, bourbon, porto, alcohol, chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, bourbon, porto, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, bitterness, caramel, toffee. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky, oily. Overall: Very nice barrel action. Sweet, but somewhat balanced. Lots of alcohol in there. Nice porto features.

4
JulienHuxley (5853) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a deep black with minimal brown head. Aroma is nicely balance between the dessert bourbon and malt notes (chocolate, vanilla, coconut) and the kopi roastiness and vegetal aspects. Nice complexity. Taste is bourbon, chocolate but also very vegetal, roasty and somewhat spicy from the Kopi. Full bodied with med-low carbonation. The barrel treatment attenuate the Kopi effect, it remains a little harsh. Inferior to the regular coffee Speedways, but still a good imperial stout.


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