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Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge StoutArbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout

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Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jp32
3.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark in color, not quite black, but still very dark. Nice, big, tan colored foamy head on top. Smells roasted and faintly sweet.

It's flavor is sweet but hard to pick apart. Roasted malts, lactose, sugars, and maybe some chocolate are present. My tastebuds keep going back to marshmallow, but maybe that's an effect of the fudge? It tastes decent. Nothing wrong with it's flavor, but nothing that is knocking my socks off here either.

Somewhat thin compared to what I hoped it's body would be, but I would not call this watery. It's just not quite as full bodied as it should be.

This is your quintessential mediocre stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This fine stout was enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's in Eastgate.
Poured into a snifter, this stout produces a nice head of dissipating light
tan foam that settles to a thin ring and pool with light lacing atop of the
dark brown cola highlighted blackness. The nose features notes of fudge,
coffee, cream, and light char notes that hold standard to the format. Flavors
lightly exceed the nose with cola and fudge notes blending with a light dose of
coffee and light cream with char notes making themselves known on the rear
of the taste. Nice mouth feel, smooth and coating, yet very easy drinking but a
touch watery on the finish and pleasantly dry.

Solid for the style.


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Photo of bwood06
3.72/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a tulip glass

A - Beer arrives at the table with a head that is 1 finger in height and khaki in color. The head dis creamy and dissipates slowly to a rocky creamy layer. Beer itself is opaque and black in color with no carbonation visible. 4.25/5

S - Typical of the fudge/chocolate stout style this beer features notes of milky lactate, chocolate, fudge, and vanilla. Sweet and heavy aroma with just a hint of cold pressed coffee. Fairly simple and straightforward. 4/5

T - Cold pressed coffee and milk chocolate hit the palate right away before a bit of dark roasted malt comes to the forefront. There is a light malt bitterness from the dark roasting that is present but not overwhelming. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma with much more focus being put on the roasted malt instead of sweet chocolate. 3.5/5

M - Light carbonation burn on the front end disappears fairly quickly and leaves a medium bodied beer that is not near as heavy as expected. There is a slight drying, also unexpected, on the back end that lingers for just a bit. 3.5/5

O - Not a bad beer by any means, but not my favorite chocolate stout by a long shot. Lighter than most and easy drinking with decent flavor, but no real flavor that really jumps out to wow me. 3.75/5

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Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a khaki head that slowly falls leaving great retention and decent lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of chocolate notes. Some roasted malts in the mix. The fudge notes are present. The flavors are very clean. Lots of roasted malts. Milk chocolate notes do their thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Finishes very clean and dry. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation, but isn't thin. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice stout. It's very refreshing and fun to drink. Enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Chocolate, fudge, some roast and smoke on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with chocolate, roast, and smoke.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a tan halo of head. Thick looking pour. Nose of rich milk chocolate, subtle coffee notes, and sugary highlights. Flavors are rich and sugary chocolate forward, with subtle smoky highlights, creamy overlays, and a subtle coffee backbone. Smooth, sweet, and dry bodied, with a sweet and sugary chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one several times before, rating and review based on flight and Mackinac Island Brewery tasting room. Pour is dark as night, with the aroma of roasted coffee beans and bitter chocolate. Not much head to speak of. Feel is creamy, near full, with a taste of dark cocoa beans, roasted/burnt coffee, dark malts. Nothing screams fudge, but you can tell that fudge was used somewhere along the lines. Sort of a semi-sweetness, a little more than some other fudge stouts I've had recently. Decent, this one is a have-again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness with only light lingering flavors after a short period the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice flavored dry stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Raime
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours a deep black with no head and leaves no lacing. A stout with no head? Whutt.

Smell - Black coffee beans really dominant this one. The chocolate is there in seemingly both dark and white forms. Roasted malts as well.

Taste - Dark chocolate is the driving force with a touch of espresso.

Feel - Medium bodied with no carbonation and a bit of creaminess that leaves a lingering sweetness all throughout your mouth.

Overall - This one is better than the rating average would have you believe. Easy drinker, pretty tasty, and does well on a cool July night. If you want a booze bomb that keeps you guessing, this ain't for you. But otherwise, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.34/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It looks terrible (completely headless) and smells like bread dough, but I absolutely love the chocolate taste of this stout! I wish it wasn't a limited edition because I could enjoy this anytime.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing Company's Mackinac Island Fudge Stout a few weeks ago for $2.23 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never had this beer before, but I have had the Fudge it's brewed with and i'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, the background color reminds me of the paper that they wrap the fudge in. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that borders on a high sweetness and it's followed by loads of malts that impart some nice dark roasted malts, slightly charred and coffee like aromas. Up next comes a big chocolate aroma that's pretty nice, but it has more of a bitter chocolate aspect to it than an actual fudge like aroma. The aroma was pretty nice and fairly true to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness followed by a sharp chocolate flavor up front that's a little sweet and it has a bitter chocolate flavor to it with a little bit of chocolate syrup. Up next comes the malts that impart a roasted malt, grainy and coffee flavor with a lower amount of bitterness with a roasted and grainy aftertaste. The taste was just ok, the sweetness was a little out of hand and the chocolate flavor wasn't as nice as it could be.

M- Somewhat smooth, a little sticky, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but i felt it was a little too sticky and over carbonated.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a pretty average example of the style, instead of imparting those nice and rich fudge flavors it seems like the fudge imparted a weird chocolate flavor that was just too sweet. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was somewhat smooth, but it was sticky, over carbonated, pretty sweet, and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one is enough for me and the sweetness would prevent me from drinking multiples of this. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, I thought they were both nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the high sweetness and the high carbonation, they were both just too intense for this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's many other chocolate heavy beers that I would rather have and I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it started off nicely, but when I got to the taste it started to go downhill and it never really recovered from the sweetness and carbonation. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me and so far it's one of my least favorite Arbor beers.

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Photo of AMG55
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre at best. Does not have the fudge you wish it did since it's advertising that on the bottle. Very bland and unassuming. No head, no retention, slight roast notes and coffee. Slightest bit of chocolate but everything else is a watered down version of a boring stout.

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Photo of gopens44
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Most striking attribute to this beer is the lack of anything that strikes of fudge. It's a mundane stout pours black with a large dark head that fades away pretty quick. Nose is like several other stouts I've had - heavy barley with a twist of hops maybe. Tastes tart, coffee like and rounded out by the slightest hint of chocolate but no more than any other stout. This doesn't live up to the label.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at ABC in Ann Arbor.
Poured virtually black with a small but durable tan head.
Some chocolate in the nose but very little in the taste where there was a far mor prominent coffee note - this was the reaction of 3-of-3 craft beer drinkers at the table.
Very smooth; full body; well chosen low carbonation.

A nice stout but lacking the chocolate or fudge note that the names suggests.

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Photo of Beric
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler at Corner Brewery (ABC's Ypsilanti brew pup)
Served: 17 June 2013

Appearance: Nice and dark, can't see through it at all. Just what you would expect from a stout, I suppose. A nice creamy head on the top, but one that disappears disappointingly fast (again, this could have been influenced by the sampler size). Looks pretty great though.

Smell: Dark roasty malts, coffee, and definitely chocolate. You can certainly pick out some bitter, dark chocolate notes in the nose. It is, after all a "fudge" stout.

Taste: Honestly, not the greatest. I guess for sweet souts, I really prefer milk stouts, since these are both sweet and creamy. Here, the bittersweet chocolate just seems to be 'there' and not really serving either a helpful nor harmful role. It's good, but doesn't pop out at you and enhance the overall flavor all that much, but at the same time, definitely doesn't detract from the flavor. It compliments the roastiness, but seems also to distract a bit from it.

Mouthfeel: Again, I wish this were a milk stout, as it would feel so much greater if it were as smooth and creamy as one.

Overall: One of the weaker options from ABC, but one I think can get substantially better with just a minor bit of tweaking. Overall, above average, but not one I would order again if I was there.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fudge in a stout? Sure. Whatever you want to try, I will try too.

No unique character off ingredients. There is a nice mild roasted tone on there, which I don't see coming from fudge at all. But who cares. It's there and it helps with the overall. The only detractor is a somewhat tangy aftertaste that im not totally digging on. Smooth and easy drinking beer for the most part. I can dig it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours black with more carbonation than expected. Aroma of heavy chocolate, a little roast. Flavor is extremely dry without much flavor, watered down chocolate, some bitterness. Stale cocoa aftertaste and slight hop bite. Rather light bodied for a stout, but I assume this is on the dry stout spectrum. More of a summer stout I guess, but just not very good and lacking in flavor.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at the corner brewery (ABC's "other" brew pub)

Poured black with a small head that vanished after two or three sips. No lacing.

Smelled really good, like bitter chocolate and molasses.

Taste wasn't very good. The chocolate flavor was well pronounced but it didn't work well at all. It tasted like a really bad chocolate flavored taffy. Bitter and no real balance. Just a sub average chocolate stout.

It wasn't very carbonated and wasn't a smooth easy drinker. For a stout that is supposed to be like a dessert beverage, I thought this beer wasn't smooth or refreshing, nor was it a tasty treat. This beer wasn't very good.

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Photo of GR_Rick
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed June 2012. Post is from notes.

A: Poured nice and dark with a small light brown head. I hate to say this but the label was hideous, and actually put me off a little bit.

S: Not a strong smell coming from this stout. Clean smelling.

T: Tasted nice, a nice rich chocolately taste. The taste was definitely the best part of this beer. Not a terribly complex beer, very much a "one trick pony", but did a good job at the one thing it was trying to accomplish.

M: A little thinner than I'd like for the style, but overall not bad.

O: A good beer, with not too much complexity or anything special about it. I'd gladly drink this again if offered one, but probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of zachary80
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour has a nice brown head, low to no retention or lacing. Black body.

Aroma of coffee, sweet caramel, light chocolate.

Flavor has a lot more chocolate, not any more like fudge than another chocolate beer.

Nice body, not remarkable. Carbonation is on the low side.

Overall enjoyable but I wouldn't want more than one or two. Still would drink again in the future.

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Photo of meepmeep
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no dating.

A: Dark brown chocolate appearance, with very little light coming through. Half-finger khaki head which dissipates quickly leaving a ring which stays throughout. No lacing.

S: Smells mostly of roasted malts and chocolate, although picking up a little sweetness, almost like cream, as well.

T: Taste is mostly of roast, and some chocolate. Pretty basic and not very complex. Flavor is mostly up front. The chocolate notes that are there are pretty creamy, like milk chocolate, so that might be the fudge coming through.

M: Light-to-medium carbonation, but very light body for a stout. Needs more oomph.

Overall - was interesting to try. Needs some work. I think with some more complex flavors and more body it would be quite good.

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Photo of Florida9
2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Glossy black in appearance. Forms a fizzy almost tannish colored head when poured into the glass, but it fizzes away to absolutely nothing nearly as quickly as it is forms. No lacing.

S: Smell is of acrid burnt plastic and some light chocolate syrup notes.

T: I honestly didn't think the smell was going to come across in the flavor, but it manages to. Burnt plastic, mild watered-down molasses sweetness, cola, and baker's chocolate. Finishes with a dry burnt-cocoa-like essence and a rather dry acidic bitterness.

M: Rather thin for a stout, especially one that bills itself as a fudge stout. Very low carbonation.

O: Really just not very good. Flavors are off and while there are some chocolate notes, I'm not getting any fudgey goodness out of this one. Got about half way through before drain pouring.

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Photo of koopa
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received as a gift from my buddy grassblue thanks!

Appearance: Pours a super dark mahogany to black with a 1 finger beige crown that displays some retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Fudge, lactose, roast, and sourness.

Taste: Same as the nose but with the emphasis on the roast and lactose.

Mouthfeel: Too thin and watery with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer but I wouldn't seek it out again. I can't believe it had a $10.99 price tag on a 12oz bottle. I really hope that was $1.99 with a typo.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chris's bottle, shared with him. Sourish stout, that the very sweet fudge syrupy taste cannot hide or make up. Rather thin for a stout. Drinkable once. Black coloured body, a little rtained white head. Sugar and American chocolate in aroma. Passable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown color, very dark but for a bit of light coming through at the edges. The head looks promising, a brown pillow that starts off a finger tall and looks thicker than it is. It dies down quickly, however, and leaves little foam or lacing to speak of.
Fudge is foremost in the aroma, and this beer does do well in showcasing the distinction between fudge and chocolate. This, while a little thin, is a bit richer and fuller with the more sugary than bittersweet aspect. It's on for the intent with the exception that alcohol is considerably noticeable for the low ABV.
Fudgy in the flavor and showing a bit of sugary and almost lactic sweetness, if anything this beer tells me a milk stout may be a great style to try fudge in. The flavor is good if not, again, a bit thin, and the strong alcohol is more isopropyl than ethanol, which seems odd.
The mouthfeel isn't watery but is light for a stout, and not exactly on par to style. It makes it very thin and takes away from the fudgy aspect a bit. Not bad, but it certainly needs quite a bit more thickness and depth.
Overall this is pretty good but needs polishing up.

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