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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout - Arbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sblanton83
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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 Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  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.

Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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!

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
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