Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cpetrone84 on 06-28-2010

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Reviews by clint1019:
Photo of clint1019
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Black in color with no head what-so-ever. My guess is the oils in the fudge that they brewed this beer with is killing the head.

S - I can really smell the fudge! That being said there's really not much else going on here.

T - Roasted malt flavor, chocolate/kinda fudgy tasting, and a slight bitterness on the back.

M - light bodied and a little flat.

O - Not overly impressed with this one. I had high hopes for this one because I love Mackinac Island Fudge, so I figure maybe I'd love the beer. NOT!

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ScottLabadie
2.44/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

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.

2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of oline73
2.12/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of gopens44
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of zoso1967
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mackinac Island Fudge Stout pours a fairly dark brown color with a medium tan head. The liquid is pretty much opaque and the head has decent staying power, but leaves poor lacing.

Fudge certainly does make its way into the aroma, as does bitter coca nibs and coffee. This beer carries a definite sweetness that has a pleasant caramel character to it. I have to say, this smells like a pretty decent dessert beer.

The flavor does not have nearly as much fudge, with bitter coca and a coffee and cream character dominating. It does still carry the enjoyable caramel sweetness from the aroma though, something I definitely appreciate. Near the end of the flavor the beer get’s pretty astringent with a charred sort of character that is good in some beers, but does not seem to fit with this one. Bitterness seems to be well balanced and hop character is pretty much absent, as it should be.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a nice smoothness. The smoothness is broken up some by spiky carbonation though, and overall the beer somehow comes off as sort of watery. The finish is quite charred and a bit sticky.

This beer looked and smelled pretty decent, but the flavor department and the texture really drag it down to mediocre. I bought it mostly due to the novelty of a beer based off of Mackinac Island’s most popular confectionary and will say that all in all I was not disappointed. I probably won’t be rushing out to by anymore anytime soon though.

Photo of SenkoSnack808
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to buy this when I saw it in the singles fridge, to cool to pass up. Not as great as I expected, but a decent stout. Pours a black motoroil, with a nice tan head, 2 finger worth. Smell was great, dark chocolate, coffee, might be a bit of fudge not much though. Taste was the same, but left a sour taste in my mouth after? Mouth feel is medium, not thick but not thin, good. Overall this was a decent shot, nothing great, could not get past the sour aftertaste. Worth trying if your a stout person, but I wouldn't expect too much.

Photo of sendsilk
3.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Once again, thanks to Scoot1969 for another inaccesible beer to us in FL.

A- Dark and foreboding. No head to speak of, no lacing or legs ont he glass.

S- Smells really good. Smoke and chocolate combo. Maybe some tobacco mixed in.

T- Here we go...A little sweeter than I would have thought it would be. Really taste a nice strong wisp of smoke right at the swallow and the finish the fudge actually presents itself. I'm going to let it warm up a bit and come back to it.

Well, it's damn sure smokier now, feels more like a milk stout than just a 'stout' I like it. Nice finish and flavor all around.

M- Could be thicker.

O- Glad to have tried it. I would gladly try it again.

Photo of GR_Rick
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed June 2012. Post is from notes.

A: Poured nice and dark with a small light brown head. I hate to say this but the label was hideous, and actually put me off a little bit.

S: Not a strong smell coming from this stout. Clean smelling.

T: Tasted nice, a nice rich chocolately taste. The taste was definitely the best part of this beer. Not a terribly complex beer, very much a "one trick pony", but did a good job at the one thing it was trying to accomplish.

M: A little thinner than I'd like for the style, but overall not bad.

O: A good beer, with not too much complexity or anything special about it. I'd gladly drink this again if offered one, but probably won't seek it out.

Photo of meepmeep
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no dating.

A: Dark brown chocolate appearance, with very little light coming through. Half-finger khaki head which dissipates quickly leaving a ring which stays throughout. No lacing.

S: Smells mostly of roasted malts and chocolate, although picking up a little sweetness, almost like cream, as well.

T: Taste is mostly of roast, and some chocolate. Pretty basic and not very complex. Flavor is mostly up front. The chocolate notes that are there are pretty creamy, like milk chocolate, so that might be the fudge coming through.

M: Light-to-medium carbonation, but very light body for a stout. Needs more oomph.

Overall - was interesting to try. Needs some work. I think with some more complex flavors and more body it would be quite good.

Photo of Jpatrix
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A dark opaque pour. Light carbonation with little to no head in a pour to a pint glass.

S- Deep coffee and chocolate aroma, slightly smokey.

T- A smokey taste that I was not expecting. maybe from burnt sugars in the fudge? Really smooth on the tounge but with a slight bitter finish.

M- Pretty thin in the mouth. The finish is kind of strange.

O- Had great expectaions for this but was left wanting. .

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice blackish color. A decent amount of head, though it rapidly turns to lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Vanilla. Espresso. Fudge.

T: Roasted malts, hints of vanilla, chocolate from the fudge, and a burnt espresso flavor at the end. There is a smokey undertone to this beer.

M: Thick, malty. Carbonated perfectly for the style.

Overall: Being a volunteer at Corner Brewery on occasion, my review might be slightly biased. However, the flavors seem to work together, and it smells good. I will definitely seek out this beer again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Mackinac Island : Fudge Stout
** A stout brewed with Fudge claims the bottle

Appearance: Reserving the cloudy liquid at the bottom of the bottle with a careful decanting, an imprenetrable black brew forms with a half inch of off white bubbly head that dies down to a ring.

Smell: Roasted and chocolatey, faint whiffs of cocoa and coffee. Mild fudge shoppe smell.

Taste: Bitter coffee, black and roasted malts, light chocolatey undertones that may be attributed to fudging this beer. Hop presence is mild but adds due bitterness to the beer along with the astringent roasted quality. Rich, with suggestions of coffee swirled with chocolate and vanilla. Roasted malt is still the dominant flavor, and lasts long into the aftertaste with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and ample carbonation. The chocolate and yeast seem to coat the palate, and this is with the careful pour. Had the sediment been swirled in, I can only imagine how chalky the feel would be.

Overall: A pretty good stout overall. A great deal of roasted flavor and mild chocolate notes. A good session beer I would pair with an oily robust cigar.

Photo of GRPunk
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zachary80
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour has a nice brown head, low to no retention or lacing. Black body.

Aroma of coffee, sweet caramel, light chocolate.

Flavor has a lot more chocolate, not any more like fudge than another chocolate beer.

Nice body, not remarkable. Carbonation is on the low side.

Overall enjoyable but I wouldn't want more than one or two. Still would drink again in the future.

Photo of AMG55
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre at best. Does not have the fudge you wish it did since it's advertising that on the bottle. Very bland and unassuming. No head, no retention, slight roast notes and coffee. Slightest bit of chocolate but everything else is a watered down version of a boring stout.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a cola brown liquid that is hazy and has a thin brown head.

S-the nose is very faint, light notes of rich darkk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt.

T-bitter dark chocolate with light notes of burnt bitter coffee grounds. A smokey burnt malt lies underneath.

M-smooth, almost weightless on the palate, creamy low carbonation and thin, falls off in the back.

D-ehh, chocolate and burnt coffee is pretty much everything here. not a fan.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fudge in a stout? Sure. Whatever you want to try, I will try too.

No unique character off ingredients. There is a nice mild roasted tone on there, which I don't see coming from fudge at all. But who cares. It's there and it helps with the overall. The only detractor is a somewhat tangy aftertaste that im not totally digging on. Smooth and easy drinking beer for the most part. I can dig it.

Photo of DannyDan
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly disappears leaving no retention or lacing and some carbonation. The nose has some coffee, cocoa and fudge in it. The taste starts off with some bitter chocolate followed by some coffee that doesn't seem to have a fresh taste to it followed by the sweetness of fudge that just don't seem to mix very well with the chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is wet and sticky at first, but ends up being dry on the tongue. Overall this has to be one of the worst stouts ever. The bitterness and sweetness are not balanced and after drinking it I'm left with a bad soapiness like chalk in my mouth. I will need another beer to get rid of this bad taste.

Photo of Beric
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler at Corner Brewery (ABC's Ypsilanti brew pup)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: Nice and dark, can't see through it at all. Just what you would expect from a stout, I suppose. A nice creamy head on the top, but one that disappears disappointingly fast (again, this could have been influenced by the sampler size). Looks pretty great though.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, coffee, and definitely chocolate. You can certainly pick out some bitter, dark chocolate notes in the nose. It is, after all a "fudge" stout.

Taste: Honestly, not the greatest. I guess for sweet souts, I really prefer milk stouts, since these are both sweet and creamy. Here, the bittersweet chocolate just seems to be 'there' and not really serving either a helpful nor harmful role. It's good, but doesn't pop out at you and enhance the overall flavor all that much, but at the same time, definitely doesn't detract from the flavor. It compliments the roastiness, but seems also to distract a bit from it.

Mouthfeel: Again, I wish this were a milk stout, as it would feel so much greater if it were as smooth and creamy as one.

Overall: One of the weaker options from ABC, but one I think can get substantially better with just a minor bit of tweaking. Overall, above average, but not one I would order again if I was there.

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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
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