Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout | Arbor Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by Beric:
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 Grinz12
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 LXIXME
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of cynical1027
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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 ScottLabadie
2.44/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A- of this beer is poor. Poured this beer into a stein at room temperature. For a stout it is extremely light in color, watery looking, and looks "hazey."There was no head on the beer at all and it lacked carbonation.

T- was pretty good. The Chocolate and Fudge taste were huge in this beer and you pretty much have to search for the other characteristics which are a Light bitter coffee and burnt malt taste.

S- light chocolate and roasted malt smell

M- Creamy with no carbonation at all. Since it is watered down, the mouthfeel is very poor.

I love chocolate stouts and drink them quite a bit. This one lacks the basic characteristics of what a stout should look like in appearance. Didn't care for it whatsoever.

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2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. From notes.

A: pours a typical, deep black body. Head that is tan, retreats into a in foamy layer.

S: Aroma is smooth and full of fudge elements. Good aroma and well achieved goal.

T: Taste is light chocolate, not getting the overall fudge aspect as in the aroma.
M: The mouthfeel is way too thin for a stout, very lacking aspect of the beer.

O: overall a decent beer, but the thin body really took away from the overall experience.

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Photo of leschkie
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.24/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of NSXAG
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Acuity
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

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 Danielr26
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of redleg64
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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 Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of Bung
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Christov
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of boonejag75
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

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