AleSmith Speedway Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged: Kopi Luwak

 
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RATINGS: 212   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 worlds 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle via trade, shared at Jacks 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3225) - 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 its 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (19835) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruces in London during Jacks 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3460) - Qubec, 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5701) - Trois-Rivires, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dpaquet (420) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Tommy, thanks a lot! Pour is pitch black with small beige head and little lacing. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, oak, chocolate, green(kind of vegetal and grassy mix). Taste is bourbon, coffee, sweet, booze. Full body and soft carbonation. A LOT better than regular koppi (wich a i struggled to finish my glass).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5757) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Bottle (750 ml). Bottle for vissai, thanks! Pitch black with a small quickly dissipating, but somewhat easy to revive, brown head and little lacing. Aroma is complex with bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, spices light green notes and fruits notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, light vanilla, spices, hints of fruits and green notes. Light warming. Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not nearly as much as the regular Speedway. A tad oily too. So much better than the regular Kopi Speedway and a really good use of bourbon barrel. This is not my favorite Speedway treatment (I prefer the regular, the BA Speedway and the Vietnamese), but its only because the other are so amazing. Really complex. Well balanced. Delicious! EDIT: Tasted again one year later and the beer hasnt changed at all.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7637) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2013
From a 750ml bottle. Poured a rich and stark black color, like silky oil, nice small brown head. Aroma was rich, creamy chocolates, light sweet coffee, bourboun. Flavor was smooth chocolate bourbon, brandy notes. Quite a solid brew. Alcohol is completely hidden in this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
I stopped rating beers out of order to rate something special for a milestone rating a while ago, but #4000 is a pretty big deal, right? Bottle shared by my very good and very generous friend Kurt during his birthday celebration. Pitch black in color with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, brandy and coffee. Flavor starts with bourbon, then moves to chocolate, vanilla and oak before a smooth, bitter coffee finish. Truly amazing.


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