Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Deliverance - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.16/5 rDev +1%
This brew was served from the tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a high-stemmed tulip, showing the darkest brown coloring, letting flecks of golden brown through with light around the edges. It held a one finger head of tan, foamy bubbles, leaving sticky lines of lacing down the glass following a moderate retention period. No haze or sediment was observed, and carbonation appeared to be mildly active. The aroma gave off a breeze of buttery diacetyls, lightly singing bourbon, sour cherry and concord grape juice fermentation, heavily charred caramel, chocolate, and brown malts, soapy hop fumes, gingerbread and burnt molasses cookies, cinnamon brown sugar, oily leathers, and gently medicinal phenols. Our first impression was that the flavoring was much bolder than the nose, with rich roast of grain and boozy heat blasting the taste buds in unison. The taste opened up with salted caramel and black maltiness, both with a decent char to them, with bourbon-vanilla spice, dried plum and cherry meatiness, black pepper, and hints of sticky, raw honeycomb. The middle came to a peak with continued bitterness of char, metallic yeastiness, fusel and bourbony alcohol, drying oaked woodiness, milk chocolate sweetness, licorice, and fermented strawberry fruitiness. The end followed with thick buttery diacetyls, oaky sourness and pucker, lemon zest, dried brown grassy hops, bittering yeast, wheat, chocolate, and brown maltiness, and continued generalized char of grain. The aftertaste breathed of lead-heavy char, chalkiness of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, lemon and cranberry skins, lactic sours, dark molasses stickiness, steel cut oats, phenolic plastics, roasty coffee bean, and dark chocolate fudge syrup. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice froth and foam, but lesser cream, smack, and pop. The high booziness gave intense warming to the belly, with a hot, spicy, and fumy finish. The mouth was left somewhat coated, with a drying burn of ethanol. The abv was high, and showed it, thus slowing ease of drinkability to a crawl.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was its flavoring. This is your malt bomb beverage, with full and thorough richness and roastiness to the grain bill to make up the brew’s base. The booze, clocking in a blistering 14.3%, in the form of bourbon barreling, adds both residual sweetness and burn, showcasing its own talents, while outlining the framework of the beer. The dryer mouthfeel also helps to bring the bourbon booziness forward, allowing the beer to warm the drinker even more intensely. Unlike all barrel aged beers, the job here does the trick, helping to elevate this one about the standard. If we had to complain about something, being ultra-picky, it would be the aroma. At tap temperature it was muted and dull, but did improve rather nicely with warmth. This is a nice beer, and a happy addition to Arcadia’s well-established barrel aging program.
04-12-2014 22:13:57 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -10%
I've drank it a couple times now at a local place. 12oz snifter both times. Good thing I like bourbon. It was strong in the smell and taste. Very dark. Some coffee flavor. Not a foamy beer. Head was dark brown and it didn't hang around long. I'll drink it again.
04-30-2014 05:18:03 | More by Bubbaloosh
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Deliverance from Arcadia Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.