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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%

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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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a cocoa and woody finish and an alcohol kick. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some very nice barrel aged aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:31:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 01/26/12 notes. Big big thanks to lansman for getting a few bottles of this out to me; really wanted to try it as I love the BBA Shipwreck porter. 12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks fantastic, like a big RIS should.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, coconut, alcohol, and some caramel malts. Nice and a ton of barrel to it; I like it but it is pretty hot overall.

t - Tastes of bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla, coconut, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, sugar, milk chocolate. Taste is a bit sweeter than the nose with more chocolate. Still very hot and a ton of bourbon, though I like it.

m - Full bodied stout with moderate carbonation. I like the body and carbonation levels, but docking it a bit as it is still pretty hot and the alcohol definitely comes through.

o - Overall a good beer, but I was a bit disappointed at how hot it is. I love their BBA Shipwreck porter and this is very good with a lot of chocolate and bourbon, but the alcohol is prevalent. A good BA stout that has potential to be great, given some time. I will hold onto my remaining bottle for probably 8-12 months and see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 17:58:45 | More by mdfb79
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger moderately dense dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, light char, bourbon, oak, clove, vanilla, toffee, toast, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, toast, coffee, light char, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, toast, coffee, light char, raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; with a great barrel presence that isn’t overpowering and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good; a bit thinner than expected. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. Good balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:30:31 | More by superspak
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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:40:19 | More by bluejacket74
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1758th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

Waxed 2012
Purchased from Binnys, Naperville, IL

App- More along the lines of a brown bordering on black in the glass. Was very dense but not as deeply rich as I wouldve thought. The head made this beer. It was a nice 2 finger light tan/brownish with a great cling line.

Smell- A lighter aromatic BA stout. It was a nice RIS with a small malt and chocolate component behind it. The oak was semi-subtle with a bit of prickliness behind it. Wasnt overly aromatic with one flavor dominating the nose. Was just a couple ticks abover average.

Taste- It was good for a BA stout. Not on par with others I have had. A bit thin on the barrel with the base RIS seeming to poke out a little more with small roast, chocolate and bitterness behind it. Semi layered to me with it being prickly vs. smooth as well.

Mouth- A lighter prickly medium body with a high medium carbonation. Bubbles danced on this one. Residual oak and chocolate with a small roasty component.

Drink- It was good. Thought this wouldve been a bit better. Semi-balanced with a good prickly flavor and a small oak tinge. Needs a bit more body and layer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:44:15 | More by FosterJM
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my burgeoning mule, lurpy1, for hiding this in a suitcase & bringing it back to MN for me. Always good to have friends who travel. I offered to pick him something up in Austin, MN, but his response wasn't terribly printable. 12 oz. waxed bottle.

Pour is black & very lively for a stout with big, bad-ass pretensions; kind of like a pink hat on a body-builder. Nose is similarly notable & very distinct: double backhoe of chocolate, in about equal parts bourbon, vanilla, & dark fruits. I hope that's intentional.

Arcadia's Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout should carry an ad from Hershey's. Bitter chocolate knocks first, second, & third, hard. Just like the nose, it's aggressive enough to nearly drown the other flavors in their cradles. On the downslope there's some vanilla that coats the tongue more than one can taste it, & the bourbon is just a hint in the back of the uvula; nice touch. Undefined fruitiness winds in & out of various sips, which I'm not wild about. Finishes with a nice sting of bitterness. For the heft of this one, it certainly doesn't linter in the glass.

The subtle barrrel treatement is a nice departure from the norm - just the hint of raw barrel - but the chocolate is too dominant, the fruit distracting. As a stand-alone beer, this is good. As a barrel-aged RIS, this is a faceless black beer in a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:34:12 | More by maximum12
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New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to genuinedisciple for the hookup. enjoyed from my eclipse snifter.

a - brew poured a silky black with a thin off white beige head of bubbles that bubbled away fairly quickly leaving a single island of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles clinging to the glass at the surface. definitely has that barrel shine.

s - dark fruit coated in chocolate and soaked in booze.

t - decadent chocolate slaps you in the face. as it finishes leaves a boozy sangria like tingle in my mouth. nice dark fruit element.

m - thick and chewy. alcohol tingles.

o - overall a bit hot, but damn enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:23:44 | More by cosmicevan
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Jay!

A: Pours near black with a finger of dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Sweet chocolate, sweet caramel, and sweet vanilla with undertones of spicy bourbon barrel and warming booze. Hints of brown sugar.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of rich chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, barrel spices, cinnamon, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow in the finish. Aftertaste is warming with hints of spicy bourbon.
M: Full body, sweet, slick and warming mouthfeel, low carbonation.
O: Integrated and balanced bbl-aged RIS. Double digit booze hidden well. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks again jbck109.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:16:47 | More by scottfrie
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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a modest dark tan head that quickly reduces to just the faintest hint of surface coating. No lacing.

S: Aroma is a blend of deeply roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, maple, and bourbon.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma. However, while all of the flavors are there - roasted malts, plum, prune, black cherry, maple, and bourbon - the flavors are thin and there just isn't much there. It's not that it's bad, it's just weak. Thin, alcoholic finish.

M: Body is quite thin for the style; on the heavier side of medium. Lower carbonation and a good bit of alcoholic heat.

O: Not a bad beer in the least. Certainly, not the best example of the style, though I can say I appreciate that this beer is not like every other Imp Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:52:45 | More by Florida9
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is black as night. I really didn't get much head. I got a little bit of mocha head on top, and it was gone quick.

S - I get some bourbon and vanilla right away. As it warms I get some dark fruit with plum coming to mind.

T - The bourbon lends a mellowing effect to this beer. I get some soft notes of bourbon and vanilla. The roasted malts have melded into a molasses and dark chocolate flavor. There is a little dark fruit on the finish.

M - Full and smooth.

O - This is a solid barrel aged stout. Arcadia is rarely mentioned with all the great beer coming out of Michigan, but they have solid offerings. And for a 12% beer, it is smooth as hell.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:48:57 | More by buschbeer
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at MBGF2006.

Poured a black color with a moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly and produced sticky legs.

Good roasted malt and sweet bourbon aroma.

Full body with a smooth texture.

Complex sweet stout flavor with a smooth bourbon woody finish.

Very well balanced barrel stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 00:43:01 | More by tmoneyba
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2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle cost me $7..
Immediate thoughts-- not worth half.

BA Shipwreck Porter BLOWS this is one away.

This is just not very good. Rather thin, watery feel, undercarbonated.

Dry roasty malt has a hint acrid smokiness before the bourbon comes in--- it it completely over the top boozy bourbon, and it isnt a good thing. I liie a big boozy punch in the face, when it is done well... here is a poor example.

The finish offers a strange cola note.

The appearance is the best single attribute, but even that is flawed. Deep dark body with a slight head of 3/4 finger. The head was composed of giant bubbles, and when those poppped, they went quickly. From 3/4 finger to flat cola in about 18 seconds.

Overall--- no thanks.
Some beers just don't work with a barrel. I have $7 that says this is one of those.
Not worth the time or money.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:28:49 | More by AleWatcher
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4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked a bottle of Arcadia's Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout last month for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I picked up one of these along with some Bourbon Barrel Cereal Killer and I thought the Cereal Killer was pretty good so I have high expectations for this one, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a waxed brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty standard just like their other Bourbon Barrel beers, simple and straight forward and it's got a lot of red wax that made it a little difficult to open. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with a fingers worth of slightly darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and left a little bit of lacing behind with some noticeable alcohol legs, This beer looks good, it's true to style, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a really strong and distinctive woody oak aroma followed by some bourbon and vanilla aromas. Up next comes the malts that impart some roasted and lighter chocolate aromas followed by a nice caramel and toffee like aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma but I wish the roasted malts showed up just a little more.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed followed by a good amount of flavors that were imparted from the barrel, the oak is still the most dominant but the bourbon and vanilla show up nicely and all together the barrel aspect isn't too overpowering. Up next comes the malts which impart a medium amount or roasted malt and chocolate with just a slight bit of dark fruits and a little bit of caramel towards the end. There's a lighter amount of bitterness with a noticeable amount of warming alcohol that is actually well hidden and it doesn't seem as strong as it. The aftertaste had some nice roasted malt and light chocolate flavors along with some bourbon. This is a pretty good tasting beer, the bourbon barrel went well with the base beer, but i wish the base stuck out a little more to add some better balance to this beer.

M- Pretty smooth, a little warming, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish it was a little thicker and chewier with a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a solid example of the style, I have had better, but I have also had for worse, I admit I thought the base beer was just ok, the barrel helped it, but I still think a more robust malt aspect would help this beer out a good deal. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, and the flavor did a good job at holding my attention, but I think one is enough for me, I might get myself into some trouble if I decided to drink another one by myself, it had good drinkability for the style though. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, Just like the Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer it was on the thin side and it had a little more carbonation than it needed. I would buy this beer again, I only bought one since I wasn't the biggest fan of the base beer but this one turned out pretty good and I think I might grab another bottle or two at the store while they are still around, it's a little on the expensive side but at least it's not a $20 Bomber, I recommend this to anyone who likes Bourbon Barrel aged beers, it's worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't as great as I hoped, but it's still good. I think Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter was better than this and it had a stronger malt backbone, but you won't see me turn down this beer anytime soon and it makes for a nice distraction while I wait for the next batch of Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter. Good job guys, I've been digging these specialty bottles and hope to see more variants in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:54:42 | More by StoutHunter
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:36:45 | More by KYGunner
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this just as they opened up the barrel at Arcadia for their 10th Anniversary celebration last night. I don't think there's a plan to bottle it. Looks nice in the glass. velvety black. About right for style. Has a small light brown head for a minute or two, and then nothing. Smells kind of barely chocolatey and maybe a bit fruity. Taste is, i have to say, a bit odd for the style. Up front I get a bunch of chocolate covered cherry flavor dominating. Like TONS of cherries...not bitter cherries but sort of creamy chocolate cherries. Some weak bourbon/alcohol flavor in there. Then the flavor is more like a creamy chocolate and coffee with a coffee-like finish. It's a think and well-balanced beer and not bad overall. Definitely easier to drink than some others within the style. And i wouldn't say it tastes much like their regular Impy at all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2006 16:54:40 | More by aforbes10
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4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pitch black with 1 finger of brown head.

Dark chocolate, fudge and vanilla. Dark fruits, coffee and hints of bourbon.

Dark chocolate, fudge and vanilla. Rum raisin, figs and notes of dark roast coffee. A light bourbon essence. Very light on the barrel character but big on vanilla.

Medium bodied, silky, smooth and warming.

Arcadia continuously surprises me with their barrel aging program. 12%? I would have never known. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 21:27:04 | More by justintcoons
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North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. Thanks surge1311!

A - Jet black with a small tan head of large bubbles that dissipate quickly.

S - Bourbon dominates but there's also some molasses, chocolate and coffee.

T - Bourbon and oak with some chocolate. Starts nicely but fades fast. I expected the flavors to last longer. It could use more depth and complexity.

M - A little too thin for the style but a nice low carbonation of fine bubbles.

O - Well worth a try but not especially compelling.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 12:49:51 | More by GJ40
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a small khaki head that sticks around leaving nice film and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of caramel. The bourbon and the chocolate blend harmoniously, giving this a wonderful nose. There's subtle hints of wood/oak, but the chocolate and bourbon clearly dominate the nose and there's a good balance. The flavors are pretty nice, but not exactly mind blowing. Lots of chocolate malts and vanilla. Some butterscotch. Very earthy. The booze from the bourbon never goes overboard, but becomes one dimensional after awhile and somewhat falls flat. It's not hot at all, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied, not milkshake thick, but it's thick. The carbonation is there and it's smooth like motor oil. This makes a great sipper and is easy to drink. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 12% abv, but still remains a sipper. I wouldn't have guessed this was 90 IBU either.

This is a very solid barrel-aged stout. I just wish the flavors popped more and had a little more going on, but it's still tasty enough. I would imagine this beer would age very well, but it's drinking quite fine at the moment. I was expecting it to be hotter while fresh, but there's a nice balance, which is always a plus.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:36:42 | More by BB1313
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1.65/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

The pour is uneventful, dark brown turning black in the glass, but this awful almost coke like fizzy head with next to no staying power. I'm guessing higher abv on this one.

There's a lot of bourbon a somewhat makers mark dry bourbon with a lot of sugar and sweetness from the malt and perhaps even some sweetness from the yeast or a different hop profile than I was expecting.

I get some coffee notes and some chocolate over tones, but to be honest this is a hot bourbon forward as hell beer. I am now a few sips later getting a pretty strong liquorish/anniss note at the end and some molasses.

Very thin, very watery and noticeably hot.

Try this if you find it, 7-8 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, dipped on wax so the bottle snobs will be ok with the price, but honestly there are 50 better stouts in any store that is going to have this and 45 of them will be less per oz at a minimum.


Sorry but this beer gets worse with every sip. It is just not a good beer. The mouth feel is just god awful. It is watery as hell which is ok in a lager, but you need a creamy body to deal with the heat the 12% gives off. The yeast or hops that arcadia is using gives the beer an odd sour note (common with a lot of their beers) that doesn't work at all here either. This is bad beer plain and simple. Not just me being picky and score low because it is in a style where the standards are insanely high, but this is bad next to anything.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:12:59 | More by bobhits
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2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 03:49:57 | More by jegross2
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4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured into a snifter

A- Pours Syrupy pitch black with little of a tan head.

S- Oak, Bourbon, Roasted malt and chocolate. A smooth, somewhat subtle and pleasant smelling brew.

T- Big whiskey notes up front. A big sour mash flavor, A big alcohol flavor as well and a good bit of oak at the back end. The roasted malt is subtle enough to allow the bourbon to dominate the palate but is quite light on flavor by itself. The roasted flavor is ever present but doesn't leave an lasting flavors on the tongue. There is a slight chocolate and caramel as well but the flavors are somewhat subdued.

M- A good feeling beer, Thick, yet drinkable and doesn't destroy the palate. A bit hot.

O- This is a solid BA stout. A strong bourbon profile and a clean palate. It is "hot", which personally doesnt bother me and may fade with age. Still. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:28:42 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 00:28:37 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly aggressively poured from from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter branded with Arcadia Brewing Company's logo, the Celtic knot

Pours midnight black with a bone white one finger head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, no evident lacing. Bakers chocolate, oak, and bourbon notes on the nose. Opens with dark, bitter cocoa, some fleeting dark stone fruit notes midpalate, finishes with strong oak and bourbon boozy notes. The lighter end of full-bodied, low carbonation; fairly smooth and slick. Enjoyable, but the barrel tends to slightly overwhelm the base beer at times. Less time in the barrel would actually do this brew some good, so the base beer shines through a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:15:47 | More by chanokokoro
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours extremely black with a one finger mocha head that leaves no lacing.

S - Smells like straight up bourbon. Seriously smells like Jack Daniels straight outta the bottle.

T - Loads of bourbon and oak with a bit of vanilla. Pretty much tastes like the previous contents of the barrel.

M - Very light, boozy body with light carbonation.

O - Overall, It certainly lives up to it's name. A hot, slow drinker. Smooth for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 04:34:58 | More by SometimesIfart
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3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very dark black with very little light brown head that disappears right away.

Smell is dominated by the bourbon with almost no other smells coming through. Maybe a bit of the dark fruits in the background.

Taste is dominated by the dark fruit almost raisin flavor with the bourbon coming on very strong at the end. Very little of the actual imperial stout coming through. Finish is all about the alcohol with a slight burn.

Don't know what this Stout was like before the barrel but it is less than something special after it.

Serving type: bottle

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.