boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured jet black with a thin forming head. This was some epic stuff and another great one in the books for the Speedway variants. Intense coffee complimented but thick, luscious barrel character. Vanilla, toffee sugars, whiskey-soaked oak, and dense, rich coffee all worked beautifully here.
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Pours a thick black w/ tan head. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and coffee in the nose. The taste is coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and creamy. Damn Good!!!
tomer (2905) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2014 At a tasting, thanks DSG, small creamy head, very dark brown to black colour, , aroma of prunes, vanila and coconut with some almonds and coffee, flavour of dried fruits, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and chocolate liquor and some nuts. Nice but the barrel character is much too strong.
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid BA stout. Nice coffee aroma and flavor and not a ton of heat from the barrels.
fluffy (2357) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
decent, though nothing id get again. not really super exciting compared to the regular version.
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! Black with a foamy light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, a bit of coconut, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, liqueuer-like, with roast, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, raisins, prunes and a bitterish, slightly alcoholic and slightly vinous finish. Full rounded mouthfeel. Great stuff.
anders37 (22977) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with woody bourbon and chocolate hints. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of dark fruit and licorice. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate and coffee finish.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the GTMW ticket line, pours pitch black with a very thin light brown head, the aroma is pretty nice, good amount of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate all mixed together, the coffee is fairly subtle but still nice, the flavor has a nice roasty front end with quite a bit of coffee and then some bourbon and oak in the finish, comes together nicely, abv is pretty well hidden.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery 05/10/14. I’m not sure I got the right beer, but this was NOT smooth and easy to drink. The Kopi Luwak coffee adds a distinctive acidity to the chocolate roast and strong bourbon. Dried fruits are not enough to counter the alcohol dryness. I’ll have to rate this again next year.
ineedbeer (1807) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery.
Ara is very balanced with quite a bit of chocolate and roast, but with complimentary medium light coffee notes and medium barrel character adding notes of bourbon and vanilla.
Pours black with a thick mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers. Faint lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor has a nice medium roast note with moderate coffee character. Medium barrel notes with some light vanilla. Moderate chocolate character with some medium light bitterness and medium alcohol spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice barrel aged coffee stout with balanced notes of coffee, bourbon and the base beer. Nice vanilla and bourbon notes with a good coffee character.