Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout - Arbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Nearly full on darkness w/ ruby highlights , beautiful lacing
SMELL: Chocolate cake, brown malt, burnt husk, faint raisins, yeast, carob powder
TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, chicory, faint licorice root, charcoal, modest hop character, figs, mild caramel, semi-dry lightly roasted finish
Not too shabby, let this one warm up to cellar temperature … it is a must. A little rustic and not as dry as expected. A decent quaff.
02-27-2012 00:59:41 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
This beer is very close to black, just some brown in where the light edges into the body. The head, medium brown in color, is a thick and solid finger tall. Lacing is left in a good amount of patching.
Roast comes out strong in the nose with raw dark cocoa, a bit powdery, with a bit of coffee in the roast, some yeasty character and a bit of charcoal.
Roast is equally heavy in the flavor and leads into the charcoal, completely dry with little to no sweetness but avoiding astringency or heavy chalkiness. Some herb speaks to moderate hopping, and it finishes out with some toast that comes in at the middle.
The body's good, and it's not too heavy considering it's not the Americanized idea of the style but sticks to the original blueprint, as it were. It is quite dry, though the leaf and chalk build up in the back of the throat with time. That lingers to some effect.
04-27-2014 01:24:05 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +7.6%
12 oz. Fairly black, some brown around the edges. Some floaties?? Wouldn't expect this to have much yeast sediment. Half finger of off white head.
Aroma is pretty chocolatey. Some roast malt.
and coffee, not bad. A little subdued maybe.
Taste matched pretty well. Good roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Finish is nice and dry cocoa, coffee.
Fairly thin, but not overly so to me. High side of the light in the spectrum. Carb is a good level. No alcohol, I see no problem with this single bottle, a good session stout.
This was much better than the Saranac Irish Stout I had before it. My bottle was certainly better than the previous reviews would indicate.
05-13-2011 04:00:04 | More by Bung
3.74/5 rDev +5.9%
Upon the initial pour this beer appeared to be a strong/heavy stout. It has a semi strong coffee scent but not overbearing. The taste is lighter then many other stout I have tried and there is a much more carbonated mouth feel then you would expect from a stout. Easy to drink with a definite chocolate hint to its flavor.
04-21-2014 23:01:52 | More by ZachMcGinn
4.55/5 rDev +28.9%
Looks great with a head that allows you to pour the entire bottle at once, into a pint glass. The smell is cocoa, with the aftertaste from the last sip dominating. The taste is nice. I normally prefer sweet or American stouts, but this is a good change of pace. The balance is good, but it does have more bitterness than the stouts I prefer. If you're going to drink an Irish Dry Stout, this is a great one!
03-15-2013 05:49:25 | More by sneakymagician
3.49/5 rDev -1.1%
This beer was served from the bottle at Ronin in Royal Oak, Michigan into a generic pint glass. It showed a deep mahogany coloring, letting up heavy rays of ruby light around its edges. It put up an initial one and a half finger tall head of cakey, foamy medium brown bubbles. This retained nicely, but left little lacing to speak of, other than the film slicked across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose gave notes of heavily roasted chestnuts, espresso beans, chocolate and coffee malts, and coconut, with background noise consisting of mallow sweetness, chalked yeast, distant lime rind, parchment paper dryness, sweet toffees, and cleaner, but more soured, English brown malts. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely robust and drying, true to style, and pleasant to sip. The taste began with rich roast of coffee and chocolate malts, burnt hazelnut coffee, rich aluminum metallics, drying and powdery yeastiness, Nestle chocolate powders, and shy whispers of a citric hop. The middle came to a peak with white sugar sweetness, bitter raw cocoa, caramel and toffee syrups, cakey yeastiness, lime rind, and dried dog kibble bite. The end washed through with hollow blueberry and strawberry fruitiness, fiery drying roast of chocolate and deep English malts, light leathers, smoldering campfire, gravel, and plum pudding. The aftertaste breathed of light phenolic plastics, black pepper, soft and sweet ethanol, cheesecloth, Graham cracker crust sweetness, continued roast and smoky burn of maltiness, dried fig and plum stem bitters, earthen mineral, and an herbal and citric hoppiness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives decently oily slurp and smack, with modest cream and froth to follow that up. Finishing pop is dry and crisp, to match the warming, astringent chalkiness that is appreciated by the mouth circumferentially. The abv was easy, and the beer drank back quickly and easily.
Overall, the best thing about this brew was the quality of roast through its flavoring and its aroma. While neither was a blow away, they both kept the drinker interested, and although they weren’t very deep and complex, they did just offer enough of that drying fire and soft smokiness. In comparison the feel was on the thin side and generally unremarkable. We were waiting for a table here to eat, and standing at the bar this one caught our eye in a cooler otherwise filled with your typical Asian offerings. So for that purpose, to kill time while chatting with friends, it served its purpose well, but even still might not be our first recommendation to someone looking for something on the darker side of the equation.
01-27-2014 03:01:06 | More by TheBrewo
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
Bottle poured into a nonic pint.
A- A normal pour produced a 1-finger, brown head that sustains as a moderate film that leaves a lot of nice spots on the glass. The body was near jet with dark brown edges.
S- Medium dark chocolate. A touch of that "stale" quality associated with Guinness (for good or bad depending on the reviewer), though I may be mistaking it for more of a roasty scent. Some coffee tones. A little muted at first. As always, more pronounced with some warmth.
T- Quite a bit more robust than initial aroma would suggest. Very roasty, even smoky. Powdered chocolate and medium roast coffee. Subtle hopping does just enough.
M- Medium-thick viscosity. Light carbonation that I enjoy for the style. A touch chalky perhaps.
O- A solid beer in my book. Not going to seek it out, per se. It is something I'd put in my "stout rotation." A good gloomy day drinker as there was a light drizzle outside while I had this one. I could do a few of these in a sitting. I picture it as a good accompanyment to a stew or maybe the baked potato soup that was going in the crockpot.
04-03-2011 21:10:08 | More by GRPunk
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