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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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very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 26
Gots: 70 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-03-2006

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pants678
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body, head that's thin and temporary.

The smell's all bourbon.

Sweet. Tempted to say bourbon's stronger on the nose but that's not right. Vanilla-ish flavor, roasted malts that don't quite resemble chocolate and booze that forms a thin dark fruit and a semi-coconut.

Approachable and awfully smooth. Carbonation's particularly light. Not all that heavy, even if it were a porter. Could stand to be sturdier.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle dark brown, produced a finger of khaki colored and tight bubbled head. Smells of vanilla, oak, milk chocolate and bourbon booze. Smells really good. Taste is much the same as smell. A thin body that tasted of vanilla up front, milk chocolate and a lingering bourbon alcohol flavor that seems to wash out most of the other flavors. Eh. This drinks like a lot of the midwestern bourbon barreled stouts a la Blacknote and Blackout. Thin body, huge bourbon notes and almost no sweetness.

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of dataylor21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  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.

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.