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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dudecandle on 02-25-2011

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.57/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of moshea
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
Color is essentially pitch black, with hints of red around the edges of the glass. About half a finger of light brown head.

Smell - 4/5
Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, a light amount of sweetness.

Taste - 4/5
Chocolate, sweet roasted nutty malts. Ever so slightly smoky. Very mild hops taste. There is more complexity to the taste than just the malts, but I don't know if I have the proper words to describe it.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very creamy and smooth. The beer is probably medium bodied, but when you drink it, it feels a lot lighter due to its smoothness. The feel of this beer is definitely one of my favorite aspects

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this is a great example of an Irish Dry Stout. I really love this beer a lot, and definitely plan on getting it again in the near future.

Photo of KyleDeem5150
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick, fluffy head with slightly larger bubbles than some in this category but still leaves a nice lacy residue. Defiantly a nice kind of roasted or nicely toasted smell and taste, which I love. Very evenly balanced in flavor. Reminds me of Guinness Extra Stout but without the burnt, bitter or even sour taste. Also, I would like to mention that this beer is lighter feeling and not as syrupy and thick. Overall, a great choice for a No Bullsh!t Irish Stout. After all, it is a "World Beer Champion"

Photo of bobbyr5
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of waston
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of hackmann
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a fairly aggressive pour to get almost a one finger tan head that sits atop the black colored body of this Irish Stout. Some lacing is left behind on the first couple of sips; after that minimal lacing.

Aroma: roasted grains, mocha coffee, nice touch of smoke

Flavors: smoky roasted grains, grainy coffee from a dive diner, spicy – like it was brewed with rye, so it reminds me of rye bread with a hint of caraway seed, lightly bitter style that makes me think of 85% dark chocolate on the back of the palate,

Mouthfeel: medium body for a stout (it is an Irish Stout), a light / very fine fizzy carbonation feel, I would not call it creamy – the spice style plus the 85% dark chocolate bitterness are just not creamy, nice spicy feel, light bitterness on the mid and finish, slight smoky burnt campfire aftertaste, dry-roasted aftertaste

To the Point: a nice Irish Stout, I found it easy to enjoy, I have always thought that ‘Irish Stouts’ should just be called ‘Black Beer’.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bready/roasted malt notes with light-moderate hops; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, toast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready/roastedmalt notes with moderate hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, and moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. All around good balance and robustness of bready/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of MaxPowers
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beric
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Black and imposing, just like a stout should be. Looks great, with a nice white head comprised of small bubbles that slowly dissipates over the course of time. Looks pretty good.

Smell: You can smell the roasty malts in here for sure. Seems pretty inviting.

Taste: Really great assertive roasted malt taste. The Mackinac Island Fudge Stout that they make also seems to use the same overall malt profile, but this one is uninhibited by the addition of chocolate. Really a great Irish Dry that is unadulterated. Good roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate, that is traditionally associated with stouts.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately carbonated for the style, though seeming a bit watery at times.

Overall: A great brew by ABC and one I would certainly order again.

Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass at Arbor Brewing Company

A - Nice two finger head; creamy and very frothy looking head looking; beige colored; dark coffee colored body; sticky lacing formed on the side of the glass; no visible carbonation, frothy, medium-build body

S - Deep mocha and latte notes; roasted malt; coffee nose; after warming up a bit, nice chocolate notes comes up; good nose with some slight smoked scents; touch of raisin and fig

T - Smokey, roasted malt flavor; deep coffee notes and a nice finish of dark chocolate flavor; light raisin/dark fruit flavor in the back-end and on the lips; dry, roasted flavor; creamy latte flavor

M - Mild bitterness left on the tongue; thin body, didn't feel as creamy as it look; kind of bubbly, but could be thicker; thinner body than advertised; chalky dry feel

D - Overall, good drink; easy to go down and washes flavors away with a dry espresso taste, I recommend to others and makes a nice dessert beer

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Big roasty flavor,anise, dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice flavor and drinkability.

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of J2A2
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
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