1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

194 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-03-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -10%

campfirebrew, May 26, 2013
Photo of getstoked
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

getstoked, May 25, 2013
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +2.8%

JohnnieNepal, May 24, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 23, 2013
Photo of jsulko
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.

jsulko, May 22, 2013
Photo of Erockss
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Erockss, May 19, 2013
Photo of GinsuDave
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

GinsuDave, May 17, 2013
Photo of acc88
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

acc88, May 16, 2013
Photo of anth0ny
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light, immediately noticing that this beer is not as thick as one would hope. Light colored head, also not that dark brown color you'd like to see for this style. Looks more like an oatmeal stout.

Smell is deep raisin, bourbon and booze.

Big dark fruit/raisin in the flavor matching the nose, as well as a nice sweet vanilla note to compliment the tangy dark fruit, and bourbon. The flavors mesh decently, then disappear as the finish is surprisingly absent of any lingering flavors. Not the depth you'd like to see for this style, but not terrible. Surprisingly drinkable, and at 12% you feel the booze quickly.

The trend continues as absence of depth in the mouth is just simply too light for this for me. Thankfully the carbonation is on point and keeps this drinkable and smooth.

Overall, decent but definitely not worth the $7 I paid for the bottle. I bought 3 of these (ouch) plus 2 BBA Cerial Killers.

anth0ny, May 13, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

szmnnl99, May 05, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

outoffocus, May 02, 2013
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

gratefulbeerhead, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lynn, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of breakingbland
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured form a bottle marked "11/09/12" into a tulip.

Appearance: A thick, rich, deep opaque brown with highlights.

Aroma: Sweet bourbon with caramel.

Taste: Follows the aroma, with the addition of a hint of vanilla. The sweetness is almost candy-like. There was very little holiness, but a black coffee astringency lingers in the mouth. There is a slight alcohol heat which helps balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Has a good feel -- a full body that is deep, rich, and thick.The carbonation is at the medium level.

Overall: This is a good, fairly typical beer of this style. I had the impression that this was a somewhat limited edition, but luckily, I've been able to find it fairly regularly at one of my beer stores. I'll add it to my "get it again" list for this style.

breakingbland, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of zachary80
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Red waxed screw-top bottle, purchased a couple months ago, no visible date or numbering, 7.99 for a 12oz.

Pours near black, a very dark brown, with a light tan head that doesn't fully form. What does form sticks around for a long time and leaves lacing.

Aroma is a little boozy, vanilla, bourbon, light roast.

Flavor has the same barrel character, light roast, vanilla bourbon, but honestly not impressive despite being some of my favorite flavors - they seem hollow. Slightly astringent finish. A little light overall for an imperial, and not enough of the base stout seems to come through.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Carbonation is nearly absent, which is confusing because it had a small but long-lasting head. Some heat which is fine given the style and abv.

Overall - looks good, smells good, but the lack of carbonation ruins an already thin mouthfeel, and the flavors seem lacking.

zachary80, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of bobhits
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.

bobhits, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of AlphaKingKegger
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Imacopyouidiot, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Punqbert
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +2.8%

skaboom420, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of stooge
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Brownish black with a nice head immediately after pour. No lacing, settled out quickly.

S- Very pleasant to the nose, aromas of malt and boozy bourbon prominently featured

T- Bourbon stands tall, perhaps a bit hot, but I prefer my barrel aged stouts to be on the boozy side. Dark roasted malt, oak and vanilla tones, with a nice lingering coffee finish on the back end.

M- Superb mouthfeel, this brew is lighter than expected, but it is well balanced and has the perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

O- Similar to BCBS, but not nearly as complex, with less body; well balanced and perfect mouthfeel. Probably a bit on the boozy side for many BA's, but personally this is right up my alley and I really enjoyed it. Wish I could find a few more bottles, thankful for the two that I scored.

stooge, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of MrBIP
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

MrBIP, Apr 10, 2013
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.