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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout - Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge StoutArbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cpetrone84 on 06-28-2010)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- Not the best beer to look at. A moderate pour created a nice, 1/2 finger, rich brown head that fizzled away before the pour was even really over. It could've looked sweet. Deep brown body. It almost looks like a hand-made chocolate Coke. There's a little sediment that settles at the bottom (reviewer crosses fingers). Unexpected sediment always worries me as to the integrity of the product.

S- Chocolate goodness even before the pour. Very sweet. There's definitely a mix of coffee in the background at first. It reminds me of a "Mack Fudge" coffee that makes its rounds through our kitchen from time to time. I've never had it cold brewed, much less in beer form. It becomes more roasty and coffee-like as it warms.

T- Chocolate is present, though it doesn't present itself much until the finish. Medium roast coffee throughout. Any roastiness stays well short of any smoked quality. With warmth, it becomes even roastier, losing much of the chocoate quality and becoming more like a traditional American Stout.

M- I like my stouts low on carbonation, but this is too close to flat for my tastes. Outside of the carbonation, it's pretty decent. Pleasant chalky feel for a full-bodied beer.

O- As a disclaimer, when beer says "chocolate" in its title (and especially when it says it's brewed with some form of chocolate), I want over-the-top chocolate flavor. In that respect, it falls a bit short. That said, it's not a bad American Stout. I easily finished two in a sitting and could have gone for more if it were that sort of session. I may not seek it out, but I'd definitely drink it again.

08-29-2011 00:43:37 | More by GRPunk
More User Reviews:
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South Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +13%

Served on tap at ABC in Ann Arbor.
Poured virtually black with a small but durable tan head.
Some chocolate in the nose but very little in the taste where there was a far mor prominent coffee note - this was the reaction of 3-of-3 craft beer drinkers at the table.
Very smooth; full body; well chosen low carbonation.

A nice stout but lacking the chocolate or fudge note that the names suggests.

08-09-2013 18:34:29 | More by chinchill
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3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

This beer is a dark brown color, very dark but for a bit of light coming through at the edges. The head looks promising, a brown pillow that starts off a finger tall and looks thicker than it is. It dies down quickly, however, and leaves little foam or lacing to speak of.
Fudge is foremost in the aroma, and this beer does do well in showcasing the distinction between fudge and chocolate. This, while a little thin, is a bit richer and fuller with the more sugary than bittersweet aspect. It's on for the intent with the exception that alcohol is considerably noticeable for the low ABV.
Fudgy in the flavor and showing a bit of sugary and almost lactic sweetness, if anything this beer tells me a milk stout may be a great style to try fudge in. The flavor is good if not, again, a bit thin, and the strong alcohol is more isopropyl than ethanol, which seems odd.
The mouthfeel isn't watery but is light for a stout, and not exactly on par to style. It makes it very thin and takes away from the fudgy aspect a bit. Not bad, but it certainly needs quite a bit more thickness and depth.
Overall this is pretty good but needs polishing up.

10-25-2011 13:46:41 | More by Brenden
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-21-2012 03:03:08 | More by cynical1027
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-14-2013 02:41:16 | More by DruC4
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Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%

Chris's bottle, shared with him. Sourish stout, that the very sweet fudge syrupy taste cannot hide or make up. Rather thin for a stout. Drinkable once. Black coloured body, a little rtained white head. Sugar and American chocolate in aroma. Passable.

11-02-2011 13:08:31 | More by Sammy
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

A- of this beer is poor. Poured this beer into a stein at room temperature. For a stout it is extremely light in color, watery looking, and looks "hazey."There was no head on the beer at all and it lacked carbonation.

T- was pretty good. The Chocolate and Fudge taste were huge in this beer and you pretty much have to search for the other characteristics which are a Light bitter coffee and burnt malt taste.

S- light chocolate and roasted malt smell

M- Creamy with no carbonation at all. Since it is watered down, the mouthfeel is very poor.

I love chocolate stouts and drink them quite a bit. This one lacks the basic characteristics of what a stout should look like in appearance. Didn't care for it whatsoever.

11-28-2010 18:27:05 | More by ScottLabadie


2.95/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz bottle into tulip. From notes.

A: pours a typical, deep black body. Head that is tan, retreats into a in foamy layer.

S: Aroma is smooth and full of fudge elements. Good aroma and well achieved goal.

T: Taste is light chocolate, not getting the overall fudge aspect as in the aroma.
M: The mouthfeel is way too thin for a stout, very lacking aspect of the beer.

O: overall a decent beer, but the thin body really took away from the overall experience.

08-09-2011 13:23:05 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-13-2012 02:48:54 | More by leschkie
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-19-2014 16:23:59 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-05-2012 22:22:38 | More by zonker17
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

11-10-2012 19:33:12 | More by Acuity
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

02-18-2013 14:02:19 | More by Danielr26
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-27-2013 01:47:27 | More by redleg64
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2014 02:04:15 | More by Kunstman
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-18-2012 05:00:34 | More by Christov
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

07-26-2012 01:29:11 | More by boonejag75
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-29-2013 13:44:43 | More by tommy5
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3.08/5  rDev -2.2%

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - Dark brown with amber highlights. Just a skim of brown head.

S - Very roasted almost burnt aroma. Subtle hints of chocolate.

T - It has a burnt flavor as well, like burnt popcorn. Not getting a fudge taste.

M - Moderate with little carbonation

O - Not as good as Mackinac fudge. It tastes burnt. I just can't get past that.

10-09-2011 19:29:38 | More by buschbeer
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4/5  rDev +27%

11-22-2011 02:19:28 | More by Another6Pack
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-06-2014 07:51:38 | More by Big_Dave
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2013 13:34:29 | More by bob_d_j
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2013 02:21:01 | More by HardyA
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2.1/5  rDev -33.3%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I had this while on Mackinac Island, it isn't as good as the fudge.

Appearance: Pours a very murky brown color with a half finger of tan head that goes away completely right away, not a pretty beer.

Smell: Kind of sweet and a bit chocolatey. Some roast, but the smell isn't real strong overall.

Taste: Roast and some chocolate. This one is pretty watery and not that good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation and overly dry.

Overall: This really isn't a good beer. We picked one up because we were going to be on the island, we won't revisit this beer if we come back.

09-07-2011 03:33:14 | More by oline73
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Most striking attribute to this beer is the lack of anything that strikes of fudge. It's a mundane stout pours black with a large dark head that fades away pretty quick. Nose is like several other stouts I've had - heavy barley with a twist of hops maybe. Tastes tart, coffee like and rounded out by the slightest hint of chocolate but no more than any other stout. This doesn't live up to the label.

08-15-2013 00:47:09 | More by gopens44
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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
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