Faricy's Dry Stout
Arbor Brewing Company

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Stout - Irish Dry
3.87 | pDev: 8.53%
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: To create our World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winning Irish-Style Dry Stout, we blend black malts with roasted and flaked barley to give it a full body, notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and smooth dry finish.

35 IBU
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warnerry from Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky deep brown with one finger of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves rings of lacing.

S - Chocolate and a faint aroma of roasted malts.

T - Roasted malt followed by chocolate. Has a nice earthiness to it. Again, pretty straightforward, but pretty good and true to the style.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a roasted bitterness throughout.

O - A nice, easy drinking dry stout, and one of the better beers I've had from Arbor.

Jan 22, 2012
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StoutHunter from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of Arbor Brewing's Michael Faricy's Irish Stout last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It seems like the brews I have had from Arbor Brewing have been hit or miss, I hope this one is a hit since we finally have a cool summer night in Michigan and a Irish Dry Stout is sounding pretty good right now. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain looking but I like the little Celtic image on the bottle. It poured a deep dark brown color that was borderline black, it looked similar to a Pepsi. When held to the light there was some ruby highlights and it had three quarters of a finger worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the rest of the time.

S- It has a pretty nice highly roasted and slightly smokey aroma. It started out with lots of semi sweet, dark heavily roasted malts that impart some nice chocolate and coffee aromas, more coffee then chocolate. The smokiness is nice and subtle and there's also a slight amount of earthy hops at the end.

T- Wow this is one roasty Irish Dry Stout, I really like that, the flavor mirrors the aroma nicely but is overall more robust, that works for me. The flavor starts out with all those heavily roasted dark malts that impart a slight smokiness and some nice milk chocolate and black coffee flavors. It is slightly on the sweet side but the heavy roast on the malts helps balance that out. The finish has a medium light bitterness to it that is just right for this beer and it gives you a slight glimpse of some earthy and grassy hops.

M- Smooth, creamy and on the lighter side of being medium bodied, it could be a tad thicker, but the lighter body doesn't hurt that much since that is part of the style. Carbonation was pretty low, I would have like that upped a couple notches.

Overall I thought this was a good Irish Dry Stout. This beer fits the style nicely and does a pretty good job at representing an American take on a Irish Dry Stout, most everything about this beer was right where it should be for it's style. Like most American versions of Irish Dry Stouts this one is much more roasty then the traditional Irish ones, and I really like that, and the drinkability was about as good as gets for this style, I think this would go good with a nice corned beef and I would have no problem drinking a couple of these on a nice cool night. My main complaint about this beer was the carbonation, it just wasn't cutting it, and the extra sweetness and lighter then usual body could be tweaked a little but they weren't that big of a deal. I would have no problem buying this beer again, if I wanted a good local Irish Dry Stout in a bottle and not a growler, then there is a good chance I would grab this. If stouts are your thing give this one a try, it is nice and roasty with great drinkability. So far half the beers I have had from Arbor have been good and half have been bad, this one was good so that makes them three for five, I can't say they are one of the better brewers coming out of Michigan, but this is one of the better Irish Dry Stouts I have had so maybe that got some skills when it comes to the stouts, I will have to further investigate.

Jul 14, 2011
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Lauthaha from Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Head is medium-beige, leaving moderately heavy lacing as it recedes. The beer is a straight cola brown color; not entirely opaque, but about 95% of the way there.

Smell: Very light, generally speaking. Smoked grains and a touch of milk chocolate in the nose. A bit too sweet for my liking.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy with a medium bitterness. The malt is stronger in the taste than the smell. There's just a touch of the chocolate flavor with a pleasant amount of peaty smokiness. Rinses creamy.

Drinkability: This beer is alright. I don't regret trying it, but I probably wouldn't order it again under normal circumstances. One is enough; it's alright, but not noteworthy.

Perhaps I'm not a fan of the genre...not sure how many Irish Dry Stouts I have tried. For the genre, it might be really good. *shrug* All I know is that I'd rather have a Guinness than this bad boy.

Jan 20, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown bordering on black. Thin tan head and some pretty decent lacing. Nose brings roasted malt, coffee, hints of chocolate, some woody character, and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is mostly comprised of roasted malt but some coffee and smoke also exist. Feel is dry with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is a good example of the style.

Oct 11, 2010
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from my growler into a pint glass to two fingers of mocha head. This beer is brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is nutty, roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malts really come through in the flavor. There is also an underlying smokiness to it. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. It is an easy drinking beer.

Sep 05, 2010
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divineaudio from Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at foran's grand trunk pub. my notes from the bar...

a - dark brown to black in color. served with a thin creamy head that calmed quickly to a ring with some spotty lacing.

s - aroma is kind of weak, but notes of roast, dark chocolate and piney hops are present.

t - follows nose, but gives you more. mostly roasted malts, but a little chocolate as well. lots hop bitterness in the finish.

m - medium body with just enough co2 to give the beer a creamy feel.

d - easily sessionable and fits the style well. i would buy this again.

Mar 31, 2010
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Arbor Brewing Co. on 11/28/08. Served in a 10-oz. dimpled mug.

A - Black body with burgundy around the edges and one-finger creamy tan head that receded into a thin film and left adequate lacing around the mug.

S - Smokey aroma with a somewhat acrid nutty character and hints of black licorice, smoked wood and bitter chocolate.

T - Flavor is what you'd expect after a few whiffs. Opens with a mix of smokey, charred wood, bitter coffee and subtle chocolate and licorice notes that segues into an astringent nutty aspect. Finish is quite bitter with an earthy hop presence.

M - Medium body with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is dry, smokey and quite bitter.

D - Quite a bitter little stout with nice complexities and a prominent smokey character. This stout also displays the requisite chocolate and coffee attributes as well. Pretty solid representation of the style.

Dec 02, 2008
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tmoneyba from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft as sampler at Arbor Brewing.

Poured dark brown color with medium light brown head that diminshed slowly with fair lacing. Good stout aroma chocolat, malt and coffee. Medium to full body with creamy texture. Well balanced flavor much like aroma with a good smooth dry finish of moderate duration.

Smooth beer.

Nov 30, 2008
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gabrielsyme from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Ann Arbor. Pours black with creamy medium brown head.

Taste is heavy on roasted "burnt paper" flavors, with a fair amount of bitterness. Comparing this to a Guiness, this has more coffee flavor, especially in the finish, and a heavier mouthfeel.

Very drinkable and I would definitely have this again.

Nov 23, 2008
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub.

Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of the same roastiness, chocolate and had a coffee bitter finish. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 5/6/06

Nov 20, 2008
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jeremyd365 from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark with a light tannish head. It smelled of coffee with hints of chocolate, and tasted more of the same, only slightly bitter at the end. It felt heavy on the palette. It was quite drinkable for a heavy stout. A great St. Patty's Day alternative to those big brands out there!

Mar 21, 2008
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Dogbrick from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub: Pours pitch black with a thin light beige head. Spotty lacing. Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Medium, smooth body with a nice roasted coffee character, along with some malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is creamy and sweet yet it leaves a fairly bitter coffee aftertaste behind. Not too shabby.

Oct 09, 2007
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Sammy from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub.A standard all-year stout and its a very decent one, although no oatmeal or RIS on today. Lots of head and lace on balck. Bit burnt on purpose, bold expresso and chocolate. A good coffee. Appropriate carbonation as is true on their entire lineup. Medium plus mouthfeel.

Jan 28, 2007
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on January 18, 2006. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a thinnish clear brown, with a soapy tan head. Molasses aroma. Smokey dry roast malt flavor, with coffe and a solid presentation. Thin palate. Light salt and fruitness shines through at the end, rounding.

Dec 06, 2006
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Frozensoul327 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this one. Dark black color with a small head of brown foam. Aroma of roasted malt and dry cocoa. Nice. Taste is not overly complex, yet has some interesting qualities: grain, toasty malt, dry hops, a light earthy wood note. Nice. Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side, but the carbonation was right on in the medium low spectrum of things. Drinkability is pretty good. Another nice offering from Arbor Brewing. Recommended.

Jun 18, 2006
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This draft was presented to me with a nice thick grayish head and a jet black color that was so inviting. Creamy roasted grain aromas stood out clear with a slight sour smell ok for this style. Some of the flavors I hit on immediately were coffee and roasted grain bitterness that had a mild bitterness but just right for what the style should be. The mouthfeel was creamy heaven with great heaviness not too strong or thick and not light by any means.

The beer served to me at 11AM was exceptional, not too strong but fixing that coffee and beer craving superbly. I highly recommend this one on tap at the brewery on a weeday morning. I enjoyed it with the brewer and stayed for some other delicious ales.

Sep 07, 2005
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nomad from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers that I've enjoyed a few times without a forming a singular, rambling, coherent thought besides, "Damn, this is good." That is interesting in itself, but only to me, because it took awhile for me to enjoy this style of beer (blame it on the watered-down U.S. version of Guiness Draught), most probably due to a dearth of quality examples. Who knew that two very good Irish Dry Stouts were brewed 3 blocks from each other in a town-ish city out yonder?

Pours jet black, truly, with little brown edging or otherwise. The appearance beyond color is unfortunately highly susceptible to the poor and the state of the keg from whence it comes. Carbonation is typically on the low-side and on more than one occasion the pour has been less than vigorous, so the beautiful "bishop's collar" of a head is rare. Regardless, a fair-looking pint.

Smells is on the sweeter and more rounded end of my small experience of dry stouts - fully malty with a touch of fruity yeast accent with the requisite roasted coffee scents.

Taste is a straight-shot, easy session beer. A moderate body with an appropriate softness brings over a balanced and low arc of demure malt and moderate roasted barley flavor. No clue on the specs, but the hopping always seem a little restrained though never lacking, creating one of the less-drying examples I've enjoyed. Overall impression is spot-on simplicity, not to be confused with underwhelming blandness, and shows a little more chocolate-like shades than other Irish Dry Stouts. When fresh a creaminess is present with a drinkable complexity of burnt and acidic coffee-like bite.

A pint good enough that I would feel confident serving to a visitor from the Green Isle. Points for not serving it nitrogenated.

May 16, 2005
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew reminds me a lot of what Guinness used to be in some ways, a very solid and tasty stout. I remember my fledgling beer drinking days when I thought this stout was overpowering, now it simply seems just right. It's strange how this one is sort of under the radar, seems like noone who lives outside of Ann Arbor really talks about it.

Pours a jet black in color with a thin off-white head that sticks around through the whole pint, nice. Nose is very roasty and slightly sweet. Taste is very nice, a bit of surprise really, roasty yes, but also with a nice bit of hoppy bitterness and a nice coffee tinge. Mouthfeel is quite creamy, medium in body for a stout. Carbonation is just about perfect.

Overall a very solid stout, and easily sessionable if you are a stout lover like myself, enjoy!

SlĂ inte!

Mar 21, 2005
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marburg from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Faricy is a pretty well-kept secret in Ann Arbor. Roasted in flavor and without a lot of hop bitterness, it's pretty tasty, and it's a great beer for coffee lovers who "hate beer." Thick, super-creamy head. Slightly offwhite. A black brew with a slight roasted bean mixed with cream aroma.

Pretty full-bodied. Creamy texture and buttery flavor nicely offset the obvious roasted flavors. The first time I tried this, I remember being put off by what I could only, at the time, describe as "coffee" taste. Definitely a full-flavored stout that can compete with the best of them. Limited only by it's weight which makes it hard for me to have more than one before I need a switch.

Mar 17, 2003
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This heavy bodied stout is toted as having beat out Guinness at the World Beer Competition and I can see why. Although the flavor profile is completely different than the gold standard Guinness, this is an awesome stout. The complex flavor profile consists of an initial clean dry barley with peat smoke finish. The body is absolutely creamy and finishes with a subtle yet noticeable espresso brush.

Jul 30, 2002
Faricy's Dry Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 29 ratings