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Arcadia Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Imperial StoutArcadia Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 1090; 59 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003)
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Reviews by zoso1967:
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Graciously shared by TCHopCraver. He bought this bottle new, but it was labeled as being the 2007 vintage.

This stout pours a deep dark brown that lets just a little bit of light show through. There is not a whole lot of head, but what little head there is has medium tan color. The lacing is not great, but there are some specks left on the sides of my snifter.

The aroma is a mix between two different categories. In one corner you have roasted malts with plenty of burnt coffee, char and bitter cocoa. In the other corner you have sweet and boozy notes that have a wine like fruitiness, some molasses, cherry and a hint of vanilla. Some sniffs are almost akin to household cleaner due to the alcohol presence.

The flavor is pretty interesting. It is a bit roastier than the aroma with plenty of rich coffee, some bitter cocoa and a bit of nuttiness. There is definitely some sweetness with a hint of dark fruit and molasses. We drank this at a good stout temperature to start with, but as it warms the wine like qualities show through even more. Luckily the hotness is much better camouflaged than in the aroma.

The body is surprisingly thin for such a large beer and has a definite watery quality. The thin nature emphasizes the astringent qualities of the finish. Carbonation also seemed just a tad low.

This is pretty drinkable only because it does not seem like it's as big of a beer as it is. This brew tastes decent, but the mouthfeel is a bit of a killer for me. Also, I am not sure I have ever imbibed a beer that had such a different aroma every time I sniffed it. I will probably not seek this out again, though I may give a fresh bottle a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 21:39:41 | More by zoso1967
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Arcadia Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.