AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Yeah! SOOOO much better than the standard Speedway. Pours almost black with a finger thick tan head. Nose of rich coffee and chocolate along with some roasted malt. The flavor is even smoother, with the coffee standing out over the rest. Extremely smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Very little sign of any alcohol. hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at O’Briens Pub in San Diego, during 2009 San Diego Beer Week. Huge thanks to all the guys at the ’Smithy for preparing this brew to show off the creativity of one of the nation’s greatest craft breweries! Tasted side-by-side with regular Speedway. The Kopi lends an amazing addition to an already outstanding aroma of Speedway. Rich black licorice, smoked malt and dark chocolate notes are complemented further by smooth Kopi Luwak coffee, lending a more earthy tone than regular Speedway, as well as a sweeter nose. The aroma becomes more focused on the coffee than the chocolate when taking deep sniffs. The flavor stays true to Speedway, with the dark chocolate ever present, blended beautifully with earthy coffee, sweet pastries smothered in melted chocolate and burnt sugars. However, the Kopi adds a touch of stronger acidity on the back end, coupled with the same earthiness noticed in the aroma. Bitterness is near same with regular Speedway, and the flavor slams the back of the tongue and lingers with lovely chocolate and licorice notes. Palate is silky and oily, a nearly chewable beer with low carbonation. Overall, I gave this outstanding beer the same rating as I have for regular Speedway Stout. Speedway in itself is a very difficult beer to top, probably my favorite Imperial Stout ever. This beer is very close to clinching that rating, however it is still Speedway; a very intriguing variant of that beast. The use of the Kopi gives a beautiful addition to the coffee side of Speedway, yet the flavor of regular Speedway compensates for where the Kopi changes it in this beer. This is an incredible creation, hats off to Alesmith and I look forward to their future ventures in awesome beer! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2009
From RBSG 2008. Thanks to Peter and the guys at Alesmith for his special treat! Pours black as night with a thick tan head. Smells of rich chocolate, dark malts, cocoa, coffee bean, and love. The flavor was of more chocolate and coffee than regular Speedway, which is why I definitely enjoyed it just a tad more. Coats the palate with an oily, chocolatey layer and has you begging for more. Rich sweet dark chocolate and espresso is left in the finish and lingering aftertaste. Just a phenomenal brew and Im glad I got to try it! smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Rating #1700! Pours black with light brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Lots of coffee flavor with sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some bitterness from the coffee. Full body with moderate carbonation. Great brew.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_npwPiFZu Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALESMITH for sending this out for RBWG and much props to Dak and smokepot23 for coordinating it! Pours pitch black with a one finger light brown head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is burnt malt, baker’s chocolate, rich luscious dark roast java, ashy cocoa and some bitter hops in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Man, my favorite Imperial Stout on steroids. Fantastic beer.
MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2012
Thanks to Dak for the share left before trying the other chili Speedway variant he had. Poured rich dark black. Aromas of fresh steeped espresso and roast. Wonderful rich coffe flavors. Earthy, roasted, chocolately awesomeness. Wonderful stuff. Like a fine cup of Joe I could sip for hours. This is indeed The Shit! Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
750 ml bottle
timc100 (320) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
This was another beer I did expect to see without lots of leg work. When a chance came to try it alongside gems like Cascade Kriek I jumped on the opportunity. This ranks as one of the best beers I have ever tried. How long before we see Kopi Luwak Dark Lord?
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black pour is thick like melted chocolate. A dense mocha head suffocates all access to the base beneath. Just looking at it tones down the light around it. Smoke, vanilla, and a strong aroma of coffee remind me of the normal variant. It’s hard to tell a difference between this and regular Speedway without trying them side by side. However it just begs for more reflection.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, ash, vanilla, and caramel all complement each other in a heady blend that coats the palate with the texture of a huge bold imperial stout. Anise in the creamy finish is like drinking the inside of a decadent truffle. From start to finish it does not disappoint. The only flaw is that after just a few ounces it is gone for good.
A: Just as beautiful as the regular speedway. Pitch black with a foamy, pillowy, creamy espresso head. Thick lacing and substantial retention throughout.
S: Very different than the regular speedway. Earth, slight acidity, properly burnt. The kopi brings out and emphasizes different aspects - more bitter dark chocolate than smooth milk chocolate, heavier roasted malts. Very rich and incising, but mellower. Really fantastic, if anything, vivaciously mellow(?)
T: Incredibly smooth and rich, less sweet than the regular speedway. The kopi balances very well and is less aggressive than the coffee in the regular speedway. Bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder covered mousse, big roasted malts. Very earth and mellow. Outstanding.
P: Big, velvety smooth. Wonderful.
O: Very appreciative I was able to get a bottle. Substantially different than the regular speedway, which surprised me a bit. It’s not a matter of better or worse, just different options. Would be great if this could be on the shelf next to the regular all the time to continue exploring the differences. Really outstanding beer, speedway’s are the king of coffee beers. kraddel (9338) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2013
since i drankt my previous what, 30? most wanted beers, this was a most wanted for quite some time ! since i didnt get mine, cause the post ’lost’ may package ( no refund at all, just ... ARGH still pisses me off)
lucky for me, bobochamps has fixed a bottle, and shared it with me . epic !
pours next to black, very small , thin layer of brown foam, wich fades in a ring almost imidiatly .
smell has nice details of coffee, withoud being straight-forward cofee infused. gentle !
so ... soooo good !
its been a while since i last had the regular, but from what i remember, it was one of the ( the ?) best non-ba, non-infused, non-mixed etc imperial stout i had. this is even better. very gentle coffee, chocolate ( a bit less than the regular, to me ) very soft carbo, bitterness, sweet, roasted malts (not overpowering)
very smooth ! buttery.. complex
waawtch.. again, another beer that shocks me . i’m living an exeptional life, the last months ... this is another chapter in the book of best beers ever.
thanx ignace ! Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Watching Bucks vs Ducks in NCAA Championship 2015! Bomber to a snifter. Viscous black pour with ample mocha head and lacing. Classic dark chocolate, caramel and dark roast coffee notes. That Civet knows how to pick the beans... Prominent coffee presence with warm boozy slightly bitter finish ... A huge stout, one of the best... Go Bucks!!!