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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

186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 21
Gots: 76 | FT: 10
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)
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-03-2014 20:55:58 | More by dataylor21
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buschbeer

Ohio

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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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

No sign of a bottled on date...

Appearance: Pours black and fairly viscous as expected with a small khaki head that collars almost instantly.

Smell: Bourbon, fudge, dark fruit, caramel, coconut. I don't see how this category can improve much, wow.

Taste: Begins with Bourbon over rich chocolate. Coconut comes up next, and then the Bourbon really asserts itself; it was of course present in the beginning but really crescendos in the middle of the mouth while eventually subsiding as roasted malt creeps in. The end sees more coconut that gives way to cocoa and caramel, all of which fade out gradually and leaves a nice aftertaste. There is definitely some detectable booze heat that would blindly lead me to guess this is somewhere in the 10% or more ballpark.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style, nowhere near BCBS while perhaps a bit more viscous than something like say, KBS. There is definitely more carbonation than I'd expected; you can really feel a tingle from the bubbles on the tip of the tongue and in the back of your throat.

Overall: Not bad at all. Tasty flavor profile, with a little extra carbonation and thinner mouthfeel than BCBS. Would definitely drink again, although depending on your taste, you may want to lay this down and let the Bourbon heat subside a bit for a more even keeled wash over the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:37:03 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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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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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

02-07-2014 22:53:14 | More by vinny21bal
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

02-03-2014 05:18:35 | More by xnicknj
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-19-2014 04:24:48 | More by Duff27
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-18-2014 19:04:56 | More by egrace84
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

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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MrPlayboy

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was let down by this beer. If given the choice between the BA Imperial Stout and the BA Shipwreck Porter, go with the Porter. The BA Imperial is all bourbon flavor with no sweetness to balance it out. Very thin mouthfeel and too much carbonation. Aroma and appearance are the only positives with this failure of a BA Stout.

Maybe I'm spoiled with all the other BA offerings like Backwoods Bastard, Plead the Fifth, and BCBS that are in the Midwest but I could do without ever drinking another Acadia Ales BA Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 14:26:03 | More by MrPlayboy
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Brandegee

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour from 12 oz bottle into Paper City Brewery mini glass (this was a share).

A: I was expecting an inky black pour but this one has some nut-brown translucence.
S: The aroma betrays a lot of sourness and booze along with the usually coffee, tar, vanilla and bourbon smells of a barrel-aged beer. The alcohol are understandable, but the sourness is surprisingly intense.
T: Tar, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and sweet malt dominate. At first these flavors work poorly together and seem harsh, but the beer smooths out as the alcohol takes over. A lot of interesting flavors but it's not a finely balanced stout.
M: This is the least appealing aspect of what should be a full-bodied imperial stout. The mouthfeel is thinner, more like a barleywine or old ale. There's too much carbonation initially but fades to a nice level quickly.
O: It's not horrible but not the best bourbon barrel-aged beer out there. I'd be more interested in Arcadia's barrel-aged barleywine since the regular Cereal Killer is so good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:59:12 | More by Brandegee
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miffsudd

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-30-2013 07:37:24 | More by miffsudd
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amishbooze

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-30-2013 01:47:37 | More by amishbooze
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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-21-2013 18:11:08 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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waston

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-19-2013 14:04:20 | More by waston
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-11-2013 06:23:51 | More by JMBSH
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-10-2013 19:33:58 | More by shadetree67
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-03-2013 17:39:22 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-22-2013 21:35:35 | More by Sonofalime
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-12-2013 03:15:33 | More by Jordy777
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

11-11-2013 00:53:32 | More by wiltznucs
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brycevolk

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.9%

10-21-2013 13:43:34 | More by brycevolk
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Supergenious

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-21-2013 02:00:44 | More by Supergenious
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.