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Arcadia Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Imperial StoutArcadia Imperial Stout

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very good

425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 27 | 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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1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
1.53/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is a touch below average and leaves no lacing.

1.5 S: This is quite disappointing. Got some major nail polish going on here. Otherwise, roasty and boozy.

1.25 T: Taste is even worse. Boozy, astringent, chemical. That's all I need to say. This sucks.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light creaminess.

1.0 D: Couldn't make it through. Drain poured at least half the glass. Shame on you Arcadia.

DavoleBomb, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Marti403
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Marti403, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours out to a nearly black brew, with hints of ruby at the edges, forming a medium, but not dark, tan head that is peaking, full, and whipped cream in consistency. Big chunks of yeast bob up and down. Lacing is pretty good. Head sits atop small to medium sized bubbles and the brew has moderate carbonation. The aroma is quite a different picture...somewhat disgusting, with notes of stale, oxidized olive oil, soy sauce, black walnuts, and espresso. My girlfriend notices nail polish remover (acetone). Ugh. Bad start. Mouthfeel is oily, somewhat soft, with a firm, and mildly vinous body. Taste starts nicely with chocolate tones, but then becomes vulgar quickly with lots of scorched malt, rubbery, gummy, oxidized hop resin, rancid fusels, and rotting broccoli. The acetones mellow as the beer warms and is swirled, making it somewhat tolerable. This beer has some definite fermentation problems. The finish is slightly dry with roasted barley, a subtle graininess, fruity, ethereal acetones, and a lingering, oxidized hop bitterness. Not impressed at all, and a terrible example of the style. Boooooooo.

Mitchster, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brwon with a tad less then one finger of frothy brown head. Decent amount of scattered speck of lacing.

S - Very faint. A touch of molasses. Extremely faint notes of chocolate and coffee. Strong alcohol.

T - A bit of coffee, molasses and alcohol along with some general "dark" flavor that has a bit of a sour chemical taste. The aftertaste is of cheap coffee - maybe with a bit of lemon rind in it. Alcohol throughout.

M - Smooth, thin, only a little refreshing.

D - Alright. I don't think I will have this again. It's taste is too high in abv and chemical flavors to really be enjoyable. But the non-convention chemical flavors aren't too terrible mix really. The alcohol just dominates throughout. Okay for food. Not sessionable.

mrasskicktastic, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of lurpy1
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acadia makes some underrated beers but this was not one of them. The finish on the taste was an unpleasant burnt chemical sensation. This of course created some related burn going down. I was able to power through the bottle, but I really mean I had to power through it. Not an easy beer to finish. Not recommended.

lurpy1, Apr 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

JDizzle, Feb 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

punisher1, Nov 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

marcb105, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Crosling
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown, small, quickly diminishing foam. Sparse nose of fudge, cocoa and black licorice, but it's a stretch. Really light body, with little texture. Flavor shows some chocolate, but the flavors are really light and a bit of a stretch. As an Imperial Stout, this is disappointing.

Crosling, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours black, somewhat thin, with no head at all just some bubbles. Aroma of alcohol and super sweet malt. Flavor initially sickly sweet with a slight roast in the finish. There is a vegetal quality to the taste as well. Ick. The beer improves with warming but it's still quite boozy. This is not a very good beer.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 25, 2008
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2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled on 1-24-09
2008 Vintage

Pours completely black and opaque. A tan head sits on top and settles to a ring around the glass, leaving thick lacing.

Smell is huge malt, with hints of vanilla and molasses. Bitter near the end, and just the slightest bit of age.

Taste is thin, lots of beef jerky smoke flavor, and not much else. Watery, bland, and really disappointing.

Mouthfeel is thin with very little carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, if only because the alcohol is well masked.

Overall, I've had this beer before, and didn't think it was that bad. Maybe I'll try it again some other time.

BMoney575, Jan 24, 2009
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2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I admit that I have a soft spot for beers that are what they say they are, pure and unadorned; I'm an Imperial Stout, dammit!. That being said, ultimately the experience has to speak for itself.

This one presents a lot of what you'd expect- bitter chocolatey mocha, dark fruits, blackstrap molasses-type flavors, licorice, warming alcohol, and plenty of bitterness to keep it all in check. Unfortunately, it comes across as being disjointed and out of whack- and the alcohol and blackstrap (which should be supporting players at best) are leading the pack. It winds up being an OK beer that should be better; but sometimes it's not what you say, it's how you say it.

TongoRad, Jun 02, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a black with thin tan head. A handful bubbles remain on top and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits. Everything here was pretty faint.

T- Pretty malty here, chocolate, touch of coffee and alcohol is covered well.

M- Thought this one was pretty thin almost watery and low carbonation.

D- Easy to drink but its not something I'd search out for.

nrbw23, Jan 24, 2009
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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a 2 inch thick medium brown head. Very inviting.

Lots of rich malt and alcohol sweetness. Some chocolate and coffee noticable.

Good dark malt character. Alcohol is in check. Slightly dry finish. Good balance overall.

Suprisingly light; much different than I expected. Flavorful, but with a dry, somewhat short finish.

Not as rich and coating as I would have liked. Acts more like a normal stout than an Imperial. Worth a try if you come across it.

winomark, Feb 26, 2004
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In tiny print on the label the vintage is a couple of years old, so it appears I may have gotten some "store aged" beer, which, for this style, should be no problem. Overall, lackluster - rather bland roasted malt and indifferent hopping. Finish was slighlty sour and thin.

Brent, Mar 15, 2010
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

KCM, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

AndyEdgar, Apr 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

smartassboiler, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

akttr, Oct 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Ruger44, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

bcm75, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

AaronBurr, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Lynn1451, Jan 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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Arcadia Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
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