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Arcadia Imperial Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Imperial StoutArcadia Imperial Stout

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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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Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

A: The beer poured a dark opaque color with a thin sudsy tan head.

S: On the nose was a nice aroma of cherries with some chocolate.

T: Flavor is rich chocolate/coffee with dried cherries and raisins.

M: a tad thin at times but the alcohol detection at 8.4% abv was well balanced. Big coffee finish on the tongue.

D: Great drinkability and enjoyment though not as big as expected per style.

08-19-2008 23:23:37 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

Right off the bat.
It's not offputting, though, just a little bit in your face.
The rest of this beer is not quite as in your face as the style tends to be which is kinda nice. Full, strong flavors but nothing over the top. The smoky character defines this.
All in a full flavored, full of character yet pretty session-able Russian Imperial stout. Easily worth a try and well brewed.

07-24-2008 03:20:29 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of pmcadamis


4.63/5  rDev +21.5%

A - I like the simple, but nice label that reminds me of the cold months of winter as I sweat my nuts off in this 90 degree heat. Deep mahogany brown ...almost black in the glass, but you can see the murky brown-ness during the pour. the head is fluffy at about two fingers, and lots of really fluffy lace gives us a clue as to how thick this one is. The color of the head is almost reddish brown in hue....like cedar wood.

S - Rich chocolate notes abound. Bitter bakers chocolate, rich dark chocolate, and a woody sawdust smell that reminds me of my grandpa's basement woodshop. There is a smoky element to this that is quite alluring. Nice.

T - Bitter espresso and salty dark chocolate. Again, this has a very roasty and woody taste that I'm really enjoying. The hops are coming in with force as the sip progresses to a swallow, and the interplay of bitter sappy hops with bitter bean espresso and salt is pretty cool.

M - Rich, silky, and satiny carbonation combines with a full buxom body to make this a brew worth savoring. This feels like putting an expensive Japanese silk kimono in your mouth. 'm reminded of the crema that sits atop a good cup of espresso....this is that damn silky and rich.

D - A simply killer beer. Kicking ass all over the place, this is a very impressive effort from Arcadia. I'll buy this again for sure.

07-15-2008 04:13:46 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of JDV


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle courtesy of Holdenn. Thanks man!
Pours dark black with a big lasting tan head in a snifter. Smell is vinuous, slightly peanut buttery and rich and roasty. Alcohol is hidden well. Taste is roasty, but not too highly, or burnt, and is smooth, creamy and nutty. Very soft but suitable carbonation aids in its rich, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very solid, and highly drinkable with soft nutty and chocolately roasty flavors. Reminds me a bit of Thirsty Dog Siberian Night.

06-30-2008 21:59:10 | More by JDV
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a one finger brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Coffee/chocolate nose. Flavor is a strong roasted/burnt coffee with hints of sweet chocolate. Decent imperial stout. $2.89 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma. 2007 vintage.

06-24-2008 22:26:29 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Crosling


2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

06-13-2008 18:11:29 | More by Crosling
Photo of explosivebeer


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours very black. Good rich caramel aroma with a hint of alcohol. It really opens up after sitting in a tulip glass for 20 minutes. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and alcohol come across. The body is good but the alcohol thins it a bit. Overall a very good imperial stout.

06-10-2008 03:54:08 | More by explosivebeer
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A short head of dark, almost orange-brown froth rises above an opaque black body as you pour. The head retention is limited and it leaves little lacing. Some of that may be due to its higher alcohol content, but for the style it should be better.

The aroma is surprisingly hoppy, leafy and lightly grassy, over notes of roasty dark malt and a berry-like fruitiness. It's roastiness is pretty solid, and it's more espresso-ish than standard coffee-ish or nutty, although there is a bit of both (regular coffee and nuts), and some sweetish caramel underneath as well. Mainly, however, it's dark malt roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium-full, and very smooth with a moderate, very fine-bubbled carbonation. A little more creaminess, via body and a just-slightly higher carbonation level would be nice, but it's oily and silky body is fairly nice as is.

The flavor delivers everything that the nose expresses with no extra nuances added, but it's quite enjoyable as is. It's roasty without being acidic, and it has a beautiful note of very dark bittersweet chocolate that resonates in the finish! The yeasty fruitiness becomes more apparent as you progress through the glass; and it's superbly balanced between malt and bitterness. To top it off, there are some clearly leafy and grassy hops as well! A bit more complexity withiin the depth of the malt would be nice, but as it is, it's very drinkable.

05-31-2008 18:06:59 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours pitch black with very little tan head. Nose is thick molasses and malts. Flavor is reminiscent of BCS. Bit of an alcohol hit, and mostly a thick molasses character. Feel has a lowe carbonation and the liquid is fairly thick bodied. Even though this one has a lot of thick character, it's very easy to drink. A nice RIS.

05-22-2008 06:29:48 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

12 ouncer, with some sort of info on the label, which I can make no sense of.comes in an expensive ($15) four pack. Pours inky black, very dark fine bubble head, and leaving moderate sticky lace. Rich nose of dark malts and mocha. Full flavor, full enjoyment, RIS, allowed to warm in the glass, tiny bubble film in all its glory, easy drinking, lots of soft, sweet cafe au lait/mocha notes, medium body, complex with some sweetness early, roasty middle then mild drying hops late. Nicely done, stout lovers rejoice, go get some

05-10-2008 13:25:37 | More by Billolick
Photo of dsigmon


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a dark black with thin brown head. Not much staying power on the head and the beer is overall thin in appearance.

S: Slight smell of bitter cocoa and some spice's that I can't put my finger on.

T/M: Bitter cocoa with a slight bitter espresso aftertaste. Hops come through this one pretty well leaving a bitter after taste. Not much going on here and the mouthfeel is a little too thin for me. A little more carbonated than I like as well which adds to the thin mouthfeel.

D: A decent IS, nothing that I will seek out but will drink happily.

05-04-2008 00:32:32 | More by dsigmon
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into mini heffe glass by Phil Hughes of Manhattan Beverages at Spring 08 Long Island Craft Festival (just found my notes)

A: RIS was big and black. negligible carbonation that I asked if there was something wroing, was told about "open vessel fermentation"

S: Developed malty nose with earthy burnt toast, roasted grains dashes of coffee & chocolate that leads you nicely to the body.

T: Thin to my surprise but improved as it rolled around in my mouth. Initial moderate malty flavor, slightly caramely sweet followed by robust chocolate/coffee mixing impressively with burnt cereals whith prolonged ligering in aftertaste.

M: Respectable but somewhat too thin.

D: High ABV kept me going but only for the tried and true.

05-02-2008 21:23:11 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; black as night with a good brown head that was dense the bottom three quarters and broke up on top. OK retention, good lacing.

Smell: Deep, dirty/earth caramel malt, smoked not roasted.

Mouthfeel: Dry malty medium body with muted carbonation.

Taste: Smokey dry hops initially with earthy chocolaty malt following, caramelly malty finish. Very unique and complex.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the variety, as close to a session RIS as you'll see. Well balanced and enjoyed.

04-18-2008 02:19:54 | More by joezak5
Photo of jeremyd365


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured a dark black with just the hint of a tan-colored head. Felt thin in the mouth despite being so dark. Smelled and tasted of coffee. Went down pretty smooth, but felt weak on the palatte. A decent coffee stout, but not the best ever. Pretty drinkable beer.

04-15-2008 03:37:15 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

This beer poured a pleasing black that took on some red when held to the light with a touch of chocolate pudding colored head in a collar.

Smelled faint and thin, but of heavily roasted coffee with a slight medicinal astringent sting.

Tasted like an over-the-top roasted porter with a smooth and slick toasted barley and a bit of campfire. The roastiness of this was nice, but odd for the style. Again, in the finish the astringentness came through reminding me of Robatusin.

Felt big but clean with a wimpy carbonation that just strolled by.

I didn't finish this one. Not because it was repulsive, but that I was eating dinner and wanted something that I would actually enjoy.

04-05-2008 00:39:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of Yetiman420


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

I poured this 2006 vintage from a 12 oz bottle into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter at 40 degrees.

I drank this beer after preparing tortilla soup. Not a big deal until I worked the ribs and seeds of a Serrano chili and then rubbed my nostrils. I swear it gave my sinus a buzz and made me think that much more critically while consuming it.

The beer pours black with a brown ½ finger head that quickly dissipates to the edges revealing a black center. Black is black and "dark black" or "midnight black" are oxymoron's that really don't exist. Sorry - I'm now off my soapbox.

Back on track now - a minimal head and low carbonation is what I expect from an imperial stout. This one has both.

The aroma is rich. Coffee, liquorices, and mild alcohol are what I detect. The first sip is incredibly smooth with a little sweetness. Off the bat I'm thinking this beer has incredible drinkability for an imperial stout. It goes down a bit too easy.

After warming, I pick up the chocolate notes, low carbonation, and wonderfully rich aroma. This beer drinks very easy and I'm fortunate that it was a work/school night.

04-01-2008 04:06:01 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of tayner


4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle with no freshness date

poured dark black with lots of carbonation bubbles and a mocha colored 3/4 inch head that was sticky with lacing

nose of alcohol, anise, raisins/plums

taste was initially alcohol up front which quickly gave way to sweet fruit/dark fruit, raisins/plums and the finish was rasted malts/coffee but that came after the swallow, snuck up on me.

mouthfeel was thick, chewy, and oily but quite smooth

Drinkability is good as it has many dimensions with sweet followed by roasty/dry finish. nice brew

03-29-2008 22:38:58 | More by tayner
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an espresso foam colored head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves some isolated spots of lacing. Body is black.

Smell - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, burnt crust malt bread, and hints of dark fruits like raisins, plums, prunes, and cherries.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Chocolate, roasted malt, burnt crust malt bread, and richly roasted coffee all flood the tongue. There are also hints of raisins, plums, prunes, and cherries on the finish, and on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full bodied.

Drinkability - this is very good, only the high abv limits sessionability.

03-23-2008 00:08:47 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Slynger


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

This one pours a slick, oily black with a creamy dark nut colored cap. The nose is real nice even if it could use a bit of umph. Sweet dark chocolate, roasted nuts, toasted black malts, earthy and woodsy. Thick and oily smooth without much carbonation. sweet dark chocolate spiced with a couple beans of fresh coffe. I think I may have discerned some dark fruits, figs and raisins. Unfortunately my review must end here since my bottle is all gone. Guess this is a pretty dang good RIS.

03-17-2008 05:16:18 | More by Slynger
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

thanks to TheBlackMallard for this extra.

2005 vintage.

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that stays around for a little while. pretty good lace. The nose is good, but is slightly metallic, coppery, with a little alcohol on it and slight dark fruit smell. Taste is nice and thick, cream, some vanilla, and i want to say almost a dark cherry flavor (slight). some minor tobacco elements here as well. Decent hops on the end but nothing to write home about. Some alcohol on the finish, but overall very smooth. Mouthfeel is nice, good viscosity. Drinkability is the strong point of this brew, as it goes down very smooth and is one of the more sessionable imperial stouts I have had (this may have to do with the unusually weak 8.4% abv). But nonetheless a good sessionable imperial. Overall a good brew, one I would buy if it was available. Never had this one fresh, but it seems like it has done pretty well over time. Thanks again for this extra craig!

03-15-2008 01:18:13 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

An inky opaque black beer. Has a small brown head. There is a whiff of sweet malt to start the aroma. With a strong chocolate and spicy backbone and a hint of licorice and vanilla in the back. A powerful roasted malt bitterness grabs at your tongue. Followed by notes of vanilla and raisins. The finish has a nice piney note to it. About half way through the glass your ear start to warm up.

03-06-2008 01:02:51 | More by ybnorml
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 53° from a 12 ounce bottle with what appeared to be a coded date on the label. A head did not develop when I vigorously poured this beer. It was a dark brown and showed some lacing as I tilted it in the glass to see the coloring.

Dark roasted malts were sensed with the first smell. Slight vanilla aromas were displayed along with hops as I continued to observe the aromatics.

A slight bitterness was sensed with the first taste along with weak coffee. The bitterness carried through the subsequent sips without much malt.

The bitterness seemed to last longer on the tongue as I kept tasting. Smoothness started winning out over the bitter as the beer warmed to room temperature.

This beer developed while in the glass. It probably would have been better to start at a warmer temperature. The alcohol added to the warmth and bitterness making this a nice fireside winter sipping beverage.

03-04-2008 00:54:19 | More by SMark
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in south Plainfield for $2.99...
Pours a jet-black, dark, ebony appearance with a red, tan, frothy, and foamy head that soon dissipated, revealing a generous amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was complete with rich cocoa, roasted malts, and dark lattee essences...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a flavor that was more thick than usual Russian Imperial Stouts, including burnt chocolate, cocoa, espresso, cappuccino, and Nestle nuances...
Extremely rich, thick, and creamy taste and mouthfeel with a good drinkability that only took a slight hit due to the hefty 8.4% ABV that slowly creeped up on you and the rich conglomeration of dark, chocolate flavors...
Otherwise, this was a top-notch depiction of the style... Awesome stuff... Recommended...

02-25-2008 00:47:09 | More by dsa7783
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Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry (2005 vintage drank in 2008): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of vanilla and raisins with some vinous notes is really interesting. Taste is a complex mix between some sweet malt, vanilla, some dry raisins with some interesting vinous notes. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Definitely more complex then I was expecting and very well balance overall.

02-18-2008 21:09:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black, opaque with a thin, brown-caramel head that leaves just a wisp of carbonation on top. The smell is all malt, with chocolate and roasted notes coming to the forefront as well as a mildly fruity background. The taste is very much the same, with the fruitiness becoming more apparent - I get the sensation of dates - and finishes with a dry, roasted characteristic. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with a minimal carbonation. Overall, this is a very drinkable RIS; good example of the style.

02-18-2008 03:07:55 | More by gmfessen
Arcadia Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
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