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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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BA SCORE
74
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.87%
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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chinchill

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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Brenden

Ohio

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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cynical1027

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

02-21-2012 03:03:08 | More by cynical1027
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-14-2013 02:41:16 | More by DruC4
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Sammy

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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ScottLabadie

Michigan

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
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

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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leschkie

California

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-13-2012 02:48:54 | More by leschkie
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-19-2014 16:23:59 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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zonker17

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-05-2012 22:22:38 | More by zonker17
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Acuity

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

11-10-2012 19:33:12 | More by Acuity
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Danielr26

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

02-18-2013 14:02:19 | More by Danielr26
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redleg64

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-27-2013 01:47:27 | More by redleg64
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2014 02:04:15 | More by Kunstman
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Christov

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-18-2012 05:00:34 | More by Christov
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boonejag75

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

07-26-2012 01:29:11 | More by boonejag75
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +19%

08-29-2013 13:44:43 | More by tommy5
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buschbeer

Ohio

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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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +27%

11-22-2011 02:19:28 | More by Another6Pack
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-06-2014 07:51:38 | More by Big_Dave
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bob_d_j

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2013 13:34:29 | More by bob_d_j
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HardyA

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.8%

09-26-2013 02:21:01 | More by HardyA
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oline73

Maryland

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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gopens44

Virginia

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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.19/5  rDev +1.3%

I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing Company's Mackinac Island Fudge Stout a few weeks ago for $2.23 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never had this beer before, but I have had the Fudge it's brewed with and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, the background color reminds me of the paper that they wrap the fudge in. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that borders on a high sweetness and it's followed by loads of malts that impart some nice dark roasted malts, slightly charred and coffee like aromas. Up next comes a big chocolate aroma that's pretty nice, but it has more of a bitter chocolate aspect to it than an actual fudge like aroma. The aroma was pretty nice and fairly true to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness followed by a sharp chocolate flavor up front that's a little sweet and it has a bitter chocolate flavor to it with a little bit of chocolate syrup. Up next comes the malts that impart a roasted malt, grainy and coffee flavor with a lower amount of bitterness with a roasted and grainy aftertaste. The taste was just ok, the sweetness was a little out of hand and the chocolate flavor wasn't as nice as it could be.

M- Somewhat smooth, a little sticky, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but i felt it was a little too sticky and over carbonated.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, instead of imparting those nice and rich fudge flavors it seems like the fudge imparted a weird chocolate flavor that was just too sweet. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was somewhat smooth, but it was sticky, over carbonated, pretty sweet, and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me and the sweetness would prevent me from drinking multiples of this. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the high sweetness and the high carbonation, they were both just too intense for this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other chocolate heavy beers that I would rather have and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it started off nicely, but when I got to the taste it started to go downhill and it never really recovered from the sweetness and carbonation. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me and so far it's one of my least favorite Arbor beers.

11-09-2013 04:20:27 | More by StoutHunter
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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
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