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Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 07-27-2010)
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-27-2013 17:59:12 | More by sixerofelixir
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a single from Vintage Estate in Ohio. Cost is $2.49

A - Ah good no sediment I fear it was over 3+ months old. Just a 1/3 inch of deep mocha head and the beer itself is Imperial Stout Back, very viscous.
S - Mild tones of citrus hops, and some ashy roasts.
T - Quite an original Black IPA it seems to have some anise or molasses tone along with some citrus hops, English malts, and coffee roast.
M - The ABV seems well hidden if not somewhat watery.
Overall I really liked this black IPA it imparts tones of Russian Imperial stouts with anise and molasses and hides the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:19:20 | More by DrDemento456
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CEDAMA

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-19-2013 16:49:53 | More by CEDAMA
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-13-2013 05:19:47 | More by RoryOMoore
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tito42

Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 6/5/12.

A: Slight cloudy, dark, molasses in color with a creamy cocoa-colored head.

S: Grapefruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee and cocoa up front with molasses and a citrusy blast of grapefruit in the middle. Nice bitter hops finish. Everything blends and transitions very well. Well done.

M: Medium- to full-bodied with a nice creaminess not often found in beers this bitter. The complexity of the taste and full body really hide the 8.5% ABV well.

O: Excellent black ale. Picked this up in a mix-n-match, which explains the bottling date being so old. I'm going to certainly pick up a 4-pack of this when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:54:35 | More by tito42
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I'm about to condemn myself to the dark side with this one - like sin poured from the bottle. This one happens to include a creamy head.

Big citrus, with some roastiness in the background. Inviting, but not overwhelmingly so.

Bright, grapefruit, other citrus, followed by cocoa and even some roasted coffee - exceptionally complex. Fading, mildly spicy and wholly soothing hops deliver a long, clean close.

Low carbonation, but I'm not missing it. The existing flavors provide ample presence on their own.

Really great, very enjoyable beer - way beyond expectation based on other Arcadia's I've had. Easily drinkable, with alcohol content barely noticable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:43:04 | More by mdcrouser
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember really enjoying this stuff during my birthday's visit to a trade show last year, so expectations are high to begin with this time. Full disclosure, I guess. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of tan-cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light blackened pretzel, dry pine resin, and a touch of straight booze tossed in for good measure. The taste brings in more of the same, softening the resin, getting rid of the booze entirely, and adding a faint hint of hickory smoke. Nice. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice black IPA, one that lived up to my pleasant memories in every way save the smell (which, to be fair, was probably getting pretty weak by the time I got to this one last year...).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 07:09:20 | More by TMoney2591
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%

02-04-2013 01:20:32 | More by zekeman17
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MichPaul

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-30-2013 02:10:06 | More by MichPaul
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-17-2013 05:54:48 | More by spycow
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Winger911


3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great roasted malt flavor, mixes well with the strong hop flavor and aroma. Foam head was nothing special but the beer had a very good smell; floral hops with dark barley scent.
Leaves a bit of an aftertaste where you can tell there is a potent amount of alcohol. Overall, great beer to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 20:29:02 | More by Winger911
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 18:33:09 | More by BlissJunkie
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rolandboy

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-14-2013 03:30:42 | More by rolandboy
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patpbr

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours black but with almost no head
S- First smell was hops then malt.
T- Pine hops, citrus and chocolate. bitter. The roast malt balances it out.
M- Medium body the alcohol is present on the finish.
O- unique and worth a try. I don't think I would drink more then one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:26:03 | More by patpbr
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Sakimurano


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-06-2013 04:41:53 | More by Sakimurano
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My bro-in-law is awesome!!! He set me up with b-Craft Black from Arcadia...and it is amazing!!! The beer poured a opaque black with thin ecru head that is lacing. The smell contains a piny roast that could be more bold if I am to compare to SSRA from Stone. The taste is more of the same of the smell. It starts off roasty then finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is very nice, full bodied and creamy with smooth carbonation. Overall it is a good beer....the 8.5% will cause everyone pause....and may be a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 23:17:53 | More by WoodBrew
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DudMan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-23-2012 22:51:18 | More by DudMan
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ironwill54


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12-21-2012 05:01:57 | More by ironwill54
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich chocolate pour is dense black in the vessel. A mocha tinted head has a beautiful coloring, sadly is weak and washy, refusing to hold to give you a lasting visual even after constant agitation. Minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate coffee-roast and pine is most evident on the nose. A touch of dark licorice, burnt citrus bitterness with a strength a bit under par for a advertised.

T: Roasty pine bitterness, citrus and dark licorice first meets the taste buds. Rich coffee, vanilla with a dark roasty bitterness that was fresh and very smooth and polished. Hop bitterness level was good, some roasted barley, burnt flowery bitterness and coffee on the finish.

M: light to medium body, oily slickness texture with a quiet carbonation factor. Huge roasted bitterness on the swallow with signs of black licorice (sambuca type alcohol) coming upon warming and stay.

O: Overall while the nose could of used a bit more ummph the flavor was generally good and easy consuming material for casual affairs.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:57:38 | More by beerthulhu
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JustinMc

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-16-2012 15:12:01 | More by JustinMc
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

12-12-2012 03:47:14 | More by durlta
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buddyvelt

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-05-2012 05:58:51 | More by buddyvelt
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TastingRoomCharNtony


4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2012 04:28:46 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-29-2012 02:04:59 | More by Kahlerbock
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, verging on black with about an inch of light brown head that slowly dwindles until only a thinn layer is left on the surface of the beer.

S: Roasty malt notes on the bottom with citrus and pine aromas floating above.

T: Hop bitterness up front followed by some thick roasted malt flavors that fade into some nice hop pine notes which linger.

M: Fairly light on the tongue while still having a bit of residual sweetness. The astringency from the dark malts and hops balance the sugar out so it isn't overbalanced one way or the other.

O: A solid BIPA. They combine the dark flavors with the hops in a balanced way that keeps the astringency from being too much, but while still keeping this a pretty sippable beer. Especially considering its ABV. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 23:22:18 | More by RedSpecial1
Arcadia B-Craft Black IPA from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.