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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout - Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's StoutArbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout

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61 Ratings

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dudecandle on 02-25-2011)
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Photo of association330
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Typical stout pour - nearly jet black, with a tight two-finger tan head that has nice retention and drops slowly.

S - Milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee

T - A smack in the face. Nothing but sour/burned coffee. First stage infection maybe?

M - A little light for a stout, but at least the carbonation is right.

It was so promising, and then the first sip - ugh. Drink it up and move on to something better.

association330, Apr 09, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

akttr, Mar 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

duceswild, Jul 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Goldmund1, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

jaidenjb, Oct 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

fredmugs, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Pours black with medium sized cream colored head. Light bodied stout, very dry. Not a lot of flavor to speak of here, faint roasted grain, really not much going on. Relatively light, medium high carbonation. Better than Guinness, but not by much.

BMMillsy, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of afksports
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Michael Faricy's Stout is an Irish Dry Stout local to Ann Arbor. It may stay that way. Interesting note though: 2 reviews on BeerAdvocate, both guys from Brooklyn. Go figure. Brooklyn is, indeed, in the building.

Anyway - cheers to my sister for sending me this one in a Michigan gift pack. It opens and fills into my pint glass with a finger's width head off a heavy pour. The rest is a robust and roasty dark brown body that doesn't sustain lacing. What head there is disappears by mid-glass, and no carbonation or clinging remains. The smell is strong, and not entirely bad. Just tons and tons of roastiness. Smoke's there, so is some burnt coffee. Diner coffee aroma?

The taste has more smoke, and a coffee note going on. It's dry, especially on the finish. This is diner coffee. Cold. There's a very roasted character to it, so that's why the average score. Could be worse. The mouthfeel is a good medium body, and would be a lot nicer with any sort of carbonation. Unfortunately, that probably wouldn't help the drinkability which suffers from the overpronounced characters of the taste.

I'm going to San Francisco tomorrow. I will have better beer. Nevertheless, this is one I would never get to enjoy without my sister, who I love.

Much more than this beer. Much much more.

afksports, Mar 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Zonian1, Feb 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Zaphog, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

sblanton83, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Drk93TT, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

TasteTester, May 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

klingenator, Apr 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

miwestcoaster, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Duff27, May 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ncaudle, Oct 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Jas45678, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Mxsluis, May 16, 2014
Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stouts aren't my first or second choice, but I received this on trade. Pours dark and kinda scares me (in an I don't like dark beer kind of way), with a moderate to low, and fleeting head. Prominent lacing. This is a dry stout, and the first taste of this is not overly malty, thin-ish in a refreshing kind of way with roasted notes, and chocolate, and burnt coffee and light malt. Nose is malt and coffee notes mostly to me. Mouthfeel is substantial but not meaty, and some dryness perceived. Overall I was prepared to maybe not even finish this, but in the end I found I liked this more than I anticipated. I'm not sure this converts me to brews with loads of roasted muscle, but I finish this and thank my friend for the experience. I wouldn't turn this down again either.

Bitter_Echo, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jason, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice nose of roasted barley. Taste is bold, black malt with plenty of scorched sugar, but not at all sweet. Light body and a watery, refreshing mouthfeel. No hint of sweetness. Very grainy and more than a hint of charcoal. Tastes like a "light" black Irish Stout to me. Less head than you might want. Very long bitterness to finish. Quite hoppy.

mactrail, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

TheBrewo, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DruC4, Nov 11, 2012
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