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Arcadia 15 - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia 15
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BA SCORE
82
good

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 19.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kzoobrew on 12-04-2011)
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Sent to me by kzoobrew-- thanks Kevin!

Split with a bunch of guys at a liquor store tasting.

Very light brown, really clear and translucent. Small head, minimum lacing, thin legs.

Smells of cherries... And dry sherry. A little dry booziness on the backend.

Feels a bit thin. A bit more carbonation might help it here.

Overall-- not bad. It's an interesting beer, but it's a bit underwhelming and slightly a one-trick pony.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Arcadia tulip/snifter. Purchased from the Arcadia brew pub in mid November 2012.

A: Pours a transparent brown color, with a bit of burgundy. Initial head was very thin, barely covered the beer, white and dissipated slowly. There was no lacing to follow that. Since there is no "Sound" portion of this, I'm going to include it in the appearance section. It fizzes very aggressively as the head subsides. It's very loud, and is quite violent, like a can of soda.

N: The nose is really nice. Some good cherry and bourbon notes, sweet caramel, and oak.

T: Really oak up front with creamy vanilla cherry and caramel. The bourbon is present, but the tart cherry really cuts that. The beer seems to fall off quickly leaving you with the presence of nothing but oak, slight cherry.

M: Prickly. Cactus like carbonation. It really effects the taste for me, because some of the notes feel to be muted from the lively mouthfeel. It would benefit from some creaminess.

D and O: Interesting. We had some good times, we had some bad times. Kind of wish I would have bought two to see if there is some bottle variation.

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A- Pours a light amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S- Tart cherries, some sour and bourbon.

T- Tart cherries, sour mash, bourbon, and chocolate.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight dry feel.

O- Ok beer not great for trying to be a sour. Bourbon does add nice characteristics and complexity.

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Bottle purchased by Jason during a dinner stop-in at Arcadia. Served in a tulip during Christmas dinner.

A - Looks similar to the XV, but is darker and a bit hazier.

S - Wood, vanilla, and harsh alcohol.

T - A mixture of sugary malts, harsh oak, solvent alcohol, and tart apple skins. Finishes surprisingly clean?

M - Zesty carbonation, dry texture, medium body, and serious alcohol warmth.

D - This beer was terrible and I couldn't rush to the kitchen quickly enough to pour out my glass. Buy the XV instead, as it's a zillion times better.

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Brown Ale aged in Bourbon Barrel for 8 or 9 months with cherries.

A moderate pour produces a one and a half finger eggshell colored head. The head is made up of very tiny bubble, dissipates rather quickly leaving the slightest of rings around the glass. The body is a bit thinner and lighter than I would expect, no doubt this is a product of the barrel aging. Cloudy light cider brown color with red hues emerging when held to the light.

The aroma is flat out awesome. Huge sweet caramel and butterscotch from the bourbon meld with tart cherry aromas. There is a bright tartness that really jumps out from the darker aromas. The acidic tartness is more assertive than the cherry aroma though they compliment each other well. Brown bready malt lies beneath providing a sturdy base.

The flavor is a bit less spectacular than the nose, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Brown Ale flavors are a bit more subdued. Nutty and brown bread flavors can still be picked up but they are rather subdued. The flavors the bourbon barrels contribute begin to emerge on the mid palate. Caramel, vanilla and soft woody flavors provide a pleasant cross walk from the brown ale to the more sour notes. The cherry flavor is most noticeable on the back of the palate. Tart and bright, the cherry really lightens the flavor on the back end. To call this beer a sour would not really be appropriate. The beer has some very pleasant sour notes but the are more of a piece of the puzzle rather than the focal point. Bourbon flavor lingers on the back of the palate more than any sour flavor.

Very light bodied Brown Ale. The carbonation is a bit on the lower end, a bit surprising but it works well with the beer. Soft feel on the palate, there is a bit of a lingering bourbon oiliness left on the tongue. Dry finish, very little residual sugars left on the tongue.

Arcadia 15 is an interesting beer. If you go in looking for a standard Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels you will be disappointed. If you are looking for a sour you will be let down. If you take the beer for what it is, see it as a beer that really does not fit a style you may begin to appreciate it. I was a bit disappointed to begin, warmth and patience really improved my experience. An enjoyable beer, quite drinkable.

Arcadia 15 from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.