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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 22
Gots: 72 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-03-2006)
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Reviews by CFHMagnet:
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

I got a finger of brown head over a nearly black body. The head dissipates in a little over a minute and I'm left with a little ring. The beer laces up a little bit.

Booze. You get a little vanilla and malt, but this reeks of bourbon.

Malt and vanilla try to make a stand. Attempting to taste around the booze, I do also pick up dark fruit, hints of coffee, chocolate and a good woodiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down a little easier than I had hoped. It coats the tongue rather evenly.

01-18-2014 00:28:37 | More by CFHMagnet
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-03-2013 05:30:49 | More by jaminjohnson
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ChaseBacon

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-25-2013 00:52:45 | More by ChaseBacon
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-11-2014 23:39:28 | More by Reappropriated
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rhoadester69

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-05-2013 02:43:50 | More by rhoadester69
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 02:46:05 | More by Gonzoillini
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black body. Small khaki head. The thinnest of collars as it settles.

Smell - Bourbon. Oak. Some dark chocolate. Booze.

Taste - Very oaky. Bourbon behind the oak. Sharp boozy bourbon. Dark chocolate. No sweetness. Oak lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. A little boozy. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Excellent beer all around. Never overpowering, except maybe the oak.

07-08-2014 02:18:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-14-2013 03:31:38 | More by rolandboy
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2013 15:54:54 | More by beergorrilla
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itsthepleats

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-28-2013 02:58:44 | More by itsthepleats
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-29-2014 15:41:55 | More by Kmlund
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

2012 poured in a snifter.

Black, dark flat with almost no life. Less than a bubbles width of head sat on top of a gorgeous darkness.

Huge coconut aroma on the nose, slight vanilla and even a bit of chocolate. Marshmallow and Graham Cracker finish the scent with a deep creaminess.

The barrel hits the tongue with all the flavor you can ask. Deep, rich creamy coconut and delicious vanilla flavor are all encompassing. Sweet bourbon and oakey wood couples with caramel, toffee and chocolate to make a beautiful mixture.

The feel is very creamy but thinner than I would expect. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's bad but with the sludge like pour I thought it would feel like a chocolate shake.

I absolutely loved this and found it to be close to BCBS and LBS and a right joy!

02-02-2014 01:36:45 | More by KYGunner
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fishmich

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-17-2013 23:14:04 | More by fishmich
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Bung

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-26-2013 02:57:51 | More by Bung
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-17-2013 02:19:35 | More by dvmin98
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%

12 ounce wax capped bottle, not sure about the age of this bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that sticked around for a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. I think the taste is just like the aroma for the most part. The taste seems the same to me, I don't pick up anything different at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, although I can't say I've ever had the non-barrel aged version. $7.99 a bottle, probably a little too much for this but it was still nice to try it. Worth trying if you come across it.

06-01-2013 00:40:19 | More by bluejacket74
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-27-2013 01:09:23 | More by VeganUndead
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-19-2014 05:24:18 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Caveworm

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%

My first Imperial Stout, recommended by a knowledgeable fellow at my local craft/import shop. The wax seal took me by a pleasant surprise, a totally unique&badass touch. I then felt compelled to blast viking metal& black metal during the rest of my review, imagining that an evil sorcerer or Norse warrior would dig this brew. I digress...
Anyways, the second i cracked this puppy open, the bourbon smell was noticeable, but not fumey, acrid, or overbearing AKA tolerable, if not pleasant.
I kid you not, this poured like a cola. Despite its obvious thickness just by taking a careful look as you pour this.
Head is somewhat lumpy& very deep brown, but not so that it borders between black.
The initial is a nice big caramel flavor, very delicious, and goes down surprisingly crisp and clean. Yet another pleasant surprise with this Imperial Stout is that its ABV is up there, the "oomph" is very subtle and passes off quickly.
Overall, for my first Imperial Stout, this was a great introduction that I will certainly buy again when I'm in the mood for this particular type of brew.

03-05-2014 04:20:24 | More by Caveworm
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buzze40

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-13-2013 03:08:08 | More by buzze40
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-27-2014 00:44:39 | More by hoppymcgee
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-21-2014 14:25:54 | More by BuckTuckian
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2013 01:08:22 | More by enelson
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jegross2

Illinois

2.2/5  rDev -43.4%

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company out of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Score: 45

Bottled 10/08/12. Served in a Perennial and enjoyed during the All-Star Game on 07/16/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a wisp of head that quickly settles to a pencil-thin ring around the glass. No lacing or retention -- not even oily legs. Flat in appearance. 2/5

Smell: Sweet bourbon with modest alcohol esters primarily, followed by milk chocolate. Vanilla and molasses. Raisin too. 3.5/5

Taste: Sweet raisin, sweet molasses/brown sugar and bourbon. Touch of roast. Finishes with a light sweet vanilla and prune flavor. A little boozy, but not any more so than the nose led on. I do not feel that the flavors meld well. Has an odd tanginess in the finish with a dash of licorice. Not a fan of how the flavors mix here, and the finish leaves a bad taste in my mouth. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, no carbonation. Watery with a little residual stickiness on the palate. Way too thin bodied. This is far from the world's sweetest brew, but the beer has no body to back up the sweetness. 1/5

Overall: Did not enjoy this beer one bit. It was thin-bodied, flat, sweet and the flavors did not integrate well. Certainly not worth the price tag. Skip this one.

Cost: $8.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

07-17-2013 03:49:57 | More by jegross2
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campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-26-2013 03:21:11 | More by campfirebrew
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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
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