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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
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:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 12-03-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

atone315, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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HopsHopenstein, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jas45678, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

GJ40, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

gulogulo, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jsurfs82, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Bung, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

ygolordned, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Nobcefus, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

fishmich, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jegross2
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.

jegross2, Jul 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Stevedore, Jul 16, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Florida9, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DavidRandall, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jaminjohnson, Jul 03, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

scottfrie, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dmorgan310, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

gueuzedreg, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

NathanFink, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

thebigredone, Jun 10, 2013
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savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.