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Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's StoutArbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout

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Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Raime
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout.

I haven't had a beer out of Arbor is many moons. Seems they don't put out too much these days for whatever reason or maybe they just don't sell at my local shop so they don't order much. Got a single for $2.19 at Jake's liquor, in Monroe MI. Enough philosophy.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep impenetrable black with a monster pillowly mocha head that demands multiple slow pours before you can get the entirety of the bee outta the bottle. The head starts leaving immediate stick amongst slowly dropping a few centimeters or so. Not even sure what kinda stout this is but that look is impressive for a non-nitro. Cannot get a read on the carbonation due to the depth of the drink. Head dies to a thick cap amongst the brew and the lacing is very attractive.

Smell - Alrighty based on the scent this is either an export stout or an Irish dry. Not a huge nose. Bit of black cherry like sweetness with a slight metallic twang as I always tend to pick up in export styles. The malts aren't burnt unfortunately but are surely weakly roasted. Unimpressive here but not offensive.

Taste - Now this is more like it. The malts get darker here and more true to what I want in a stout. The sweetness is still prevelant and still has that cherry like flavor. Coffee makes an appearance along with a smaller though very present amours of bakers chocolate ( almost like the sweetened chocolate chips you buy at a supermarket ). I'll have to let this one warm up a bit more before continuing into this review. Warmer now. The coffee is a light to medium roast in nature. No alcohol presence and it is very easy and quick to go down the gullet so I'll assume the alcohol isn't too high.

Feel - The body on this brew is moderate and very cold coffee like with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not as creamy as you would expect despite the fact the head has become a thick cap amongst the motor oil. Flavors remain bitter and the beer swallows rather easily an is light on the stomach.

Overall - This is a solid stout and I am still unsure of the actual type seeing as I haven't looked it up on here. The nose is rather underwhelming but the other aspects come through as I had hoped. Not a massive stout by any means, but an easy drinker with a likely low ABV. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusion..

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very nice stout from Arbor
appearance is black with amber/brown edge, creamy foam 1 finger head.
smell is what you'd expect from a dry stout. malt, chocolate, coffee.
taste is good with roasted coffee, chocolate in the front. slight smokiness?, just the right amount of sweet.
feel is great, light/medium body with a creamy coating in your mouth. so smooth. perfect carbo.
overall a great stout. may not get again, but worth trying if you are into smooth stouts.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice stout. Smooth and delicious. I am a big fan of Arbor brewing, and this stout doesn't disappoint. I plan on trying to find this on tap somewhere as I imagine it would be wonderful.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4/5
Color is essentially pitch black, with hints of red around the edges of the glass. About half a finger of light brown head.

Smell - 4/5
Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, a light amount of sweetness.

Taste - 4/5
Chocolate, sweet roasted nutty malts. Ever so slightly smoky. Very mild hops taste. There is more complexity to the taste than just the malts, but I don't know if I have the proper words to describe it.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
Very creamy and smooth. The beer is probably medium bodied, but when you drink it, it feels a lot lighter due to its smoothness. The feel of this beer is definitely one of my favorite aspects

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall this is a great example of an Irish Dry Stout. I really love this beer a lot, and definitely plan on getting it again in the near future.

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Photo of KyleDeem5150
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick, fluffy head with slightly larger bubbles than some in this category but still leaves a nice lacy residue. Defiantly a nice kind of roasted or nicely toasted smell and taste, which I love. Very evenly balanced in flavor. Reminds me of Guinness Extra Stout but without the burnt, bitter or even sour taste. Also, I would like to mention that this beer is lighter feeling and not as syrupy and thick. Overall, a great choice for a No Bullsh!t Irish Stout. After all, it is a "World Beer Champion"

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very close to black, just some brown in where the light edges into the body. The head, medium brown in color, is a thick and solid finger tall. Lacing is left in a good amount of patching.
Roast comes out strong in the nose with raw dark cocoa, a bit powdery, with a bit of coffee in the roast, some yeasty character and a bit of charcoal.
Roast is equally heavy in the flavor and leads into the charcoal, completely dry with little to no sweetness but avoiding astringency or heavy chalkiness. Some herb speaks to moderate hopping, and it finishes out with some toast that comes in at the middle.
The body's good, and it's not too heavy considering it's not the Americanized idea of the style but sticks to the original blueprint, as it were. It is quite dry, though the leaf and chalk build up in the back of the throat with time. That lingers to some effect.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon the initial pour this beer appeared to be a strong/heavy stout. It has a semi strong coffee scent but not overbearing. The taste is lighter then many other stout I have tried and there is a much more carbonated mouth feel then you would expect from a stout. Easy to drink with a definite chocolate hint to its flavor.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bready/roasted malt notes with light-moderate hops; and good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, dark bread, toast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of bready/roastedmalt notes with moderate hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, and 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 dry stout. All around good balance and robustness of bready/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was served from the bottle at Ronin in Royal Oak, Michigan into a generic pint glass. It showed a deep mahogany coloring, letting up heavy rays of ruby light around its edges. It put up an initial one and a half finger tall head of cakey, foamy medium brown bubbles. This retained nicely, but left little lacing to speak of, other than the film slicked across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose gave notes of heavily roasted chestnuts, espresso beans, chocolate and coffee malts, and coconut, with background noise consisting of mallow sweetness, chalked yeast, distant lime rind, parchment paper dryness, sweet toffees, and cleaner, but more soured, English brown malts. Our first impression was that the flavoring was nicely robust and drying, true to style, and pleasant to sip. The taste began with rich roast of coffee and chocolate malts, burnt hazelnut coffee, rich aluminum metallics, drying and powdery yeastiness, Nestle chocolate powders, and shy whispers of a citric hop. The middle came to a peak with white sugar sweetness, bitter raw cocoa, caramel and toffee syrups, cakey yeastiness, lime rind, and dried dog kibble bite. The end washed through with hollow blueberry and strawberry fruitiness, fiery drying roast of chocolate and deep English malts, light leathers, smoldering campfire, gravel, and plum pudding. The aftertaste breathed of light phenolic plastics, black pepper, soft and sweet ethanol, cheesecloth, Graham cracker crust sweetness, continued roast and smoky burn of maltiness, dried fig and plum stem bitters, earthen mineral, and an herbal and citric hoppiness. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives decently oily slurp and smack, with modest cream and froth to follow that up. Finishing pop is dry and crisp, to match the warming, astringent chalkiness that is appreciated by the mouth circumferentially. The abv was easy, and the beer drank back quickly and easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the quality of roast through its flavoring and its aroma. While neither was a blow away, they both kept the drinker interested, and although they weren’t very deep and complex, they did just offer enough of that drying fire and soft smokiness. In comparison the feel was on the thin side and generally unremarkable. We were waiting for a table here to eat, and standing at the bar this one caught our eye in a cooler otherwise filled with your typical Asian offerings. So for that purpose, to kill time while chatting with friends, it served its purpose well, but even still might not be our first recommendation to someone looking for something on the darker side of the equation.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Pours black with medium sized cream colored head. Light bodied stout, very dry. Not a lot of flavor to speak of here, faint roasted grain, really not much going on. Relatively light, medium high carbonation. Better than Guinness, but not by much.

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Photo of Beric
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Black and imposing, just like a stout should be. Looks great, with a nice white head comprised of small bubbles that slowly dissipates over the course of time. Looks pretty good.

Smell: You can smell the roasty malts in here for sure. Seems pretty inviting.

Taste: Really great assertive roasted malt taste. The Mackinac Island Fudge Stout that they make also seems to use the same overall malt profile, but this one is uninhibited by the addition of chocolate. Really a great Irish Dry that is unadulterated. Good roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate, that is traditionally associated with stouts.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately carbonated for the style, though seeming a bit watery at times.

Overall: A great brew by ABC and one I would certainly order again.

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks great with a head that allows you to pour the entire bottle at once, into a pint glass. The smell is cocoa, with the aftertaste from the last sip dominating. The taste is nice. I normally prefer sweet or American stouts, but this is a good change of pace. The balance is good, but it does have more bitterness than the stouts I prefer. If you're going to drink an Irish Dry Stout, this is a great one!

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Photo of hackmann
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a fairly aggressive pour to get almost a one finger tan head that sits atop the black colored body of this Irish Stout. Some lacing is left behind on the first couple of sips; after that minimal lacing.

Aroma: roasted grains, mocha coffee, nice touch of smoke

Flavors: smoky roasted grains, grainy coffee from a dive diner, spicy – like it was brewed with rye, so it reminds me of rye bread with a hint of caraway seed, lightly bitter style that makes me think of 85% dark chocolate on the back of the palate,

Mouthfeel: medium body for a stout (it is an Irish Stout), a light / very fine fizzy carbonation feel, I would not call it creamy – the spice style plus the 85% dark chocolate bitterness are just not creamy, nice spicy feel, light bitterness on the mid and finish, slight smoky burnt campfire aftertaste, dry-roasted aftertaste

To the Point: a nice Irish Stout, I found it easy to enjoy, I have always thought that ‘Irish Stouts’ should just be called ‘Black Beer’.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice stout. There is a good roasted/smoked tone that is just a hair about subtle that stays consistent throughout. Hearty body. Might be a bit too heavy for this style, honestly. It's still a good beer, though I'm not sure if it really fits to style. (Too heavy in body. Too much carbonation.)

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an English "pot" pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a nice thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Big roasty flavor,anise, dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Nice flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stouts aren't my first or second choice, but I received this on trade. Pours dark and kinda scares me (in an I don't like dark beer kind of way), with a moderate to low, and fleeting head. Prominent lacing. This is a dry stout, and the first taste of this is not overly malty, thin-ish in a refreshing kind of way with roasted notes, and chocolate, and burnt coffee and light malt. Nose is malt and coffee notes mostly to me. Mouthfeel is substantial but not meaty, and some dryness perceived. Overall I was prepared to maybe not even finish this, but in the end I found I liked this more than I anticipated. I'm not sure this converts me to brews with loads of roasted muscle, but I finish this and thank my friend for the experience. I wouldn't turn this down again either.

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly full on darkness w/ ruby highlights , beautiful lacing

SMELL: Chocolate cake, brown malt, burnt husk, faint raisins, yeast, carob powder

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, chicory, faint licorice root, charcoal, modest hop character, figs, mild caramel, semi-dry lightly roasted finish

Not too shabby, let this one warm up to cellar temperature … it is a must. A little rustic and not as dry as expected. A decent quaff.

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Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice nose of roasted barley. Taste is bold, black malt with plenty of scorched sugar, but not at all sweet. Light body and a watery, refreshing mouthfeel. No hint of sweetness. Very grainy and more than a hint of charcoal. Tastes like a "light" black Irish Stout to me. Less head than you might want. Very long bitterness to finish. Quite hoppy.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass at Arbor Brewing Company

A - Nice two finger head; creamy and very frothy looking head looking; beige colored; dark coffee colored body; sticky lacing formed on the side of the glass; no visible carbonation, frothy, medium-build body

S - Deep mocha and latte notes; roasted malt; coffee nose; after warming up a bit, nice chocolate notes comes up; good nose with some slight smoked scents; touch of raisin and fig

T - Smokey, roasted malt flavor; deep coffee notes and a nice finish of dark chocolate flavor; light raisin/dark fruit flavor in the back-end and on the lips; dry, roasted flavor; creamy latte flavor

M - Mild bitterness left on the tongue; thin body, didn't feel as creamy as it look; kind of bubbly, but could be thicker; thinner body than advertised; chalky dry feel

D - Overall, good drink; easy to go down and washes flavors away with a dry espresso taste, I recommend to others and makes a nice dessert beer

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Fairly black, some brown around the edges. Some floaties?? Wouldn't expect this to have much yeast sediment. Half finger of off white head.

Aroma is pretty chocolatey. Some roast malt.
and coffee, not bad. A little subdued maybe.

Taste matched pretty well. Good roast, dark chocolate, coffee. Finish is nice and dry cocoa, coffee.

Fairly thin, but not overly so to me. High side of the light in the spectrum. Carb is a good level. No alcohol, I see no problem with this single bottle, a good session stout.

This was much better than the Saranac Irish Stout I had before it. My bottle was certainly better than the previous reviews would indicate.

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Photo of association330
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Typical stout pour - nearly jet black, with a tight two-finger tan head that has nice retention and drops slowly.

S - Milk chocolate and dark roasted coffee

T - A smack in the face. Nothing but sour/burned coffee. First stage infection maybe?

M - A little light for a stout, but at least the carbonation is right.

It was so promising, and then the first sip - ugh. Drink it up and move on to something better.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- A normal pour produced a 1-finger, brown head that sustains as a moderate film that leaves a lot of nice spots on the glass. The body was near jet with dark brown edges.

S- Medium dark chocolate. A touch of that "stale" quality associated with Guinness (for good or bad depending on the reviewer), though I may be mistaking it for more of a roasty scent. Some coffee tones. A little muted at first. As always, more pronounced with some warmth.

T- Quite a bit more robust than initial aroma would suggest. Very roasty, even smoky. Powdered chocolate and medium roast coffee. Subtle hopping does just enough.

M- Medium-thick viscosity. Light carbonation that I enjoy for the style. A touch chalky perhaps.

O- A solid beer in my book. Not going to seek it out, per se. It is something I'd put in my "stout rotation." A good gloomy day drinker as there was a light drizzle outside while I had this one. I could do a few of these in a sitting. I picture it as a good accompanyment to a stew or maybe the baked potato soup that was going in the crockpot.

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Photo of afksports
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Michael Faricy's Stout is an Irish Dry Stout local to Ann Arbor. It may stay that way. Interesting note though: 2 reviews on BeerAdvocate, both guys from Brooklyn. Go figure. Brooklyn is, indeed, in the building.

Anyway - cheers to my sister for sending me this one in a Michigan gift pack. It opens and fills into my pint glass with a finger's width head off a heavy pour. The rest is a robust and roasty dark brown body that doesn't sustain lacing. What head there is disappears by mid-glass, and no carbonation or clinging remains. The smell is strong, and not entirely bad. Just tons and tons of roastiness. Smoke's there, so is some burnt coffee. Diner coffee aroma?

The taste has more smoke, and a coffee note going on. It's dry, especially on the finish. This is diner coffee. Cold. There's a very roasted character to it, so that's why the average score. Could be worse. The mouthfeel is a good medium body, and would be a lot nicer with any sort of carbonation. Unfortunately, that probably wouldn't help the drinkability which suffers from the overpronounced characters of the taste.

I'm going to San Francisco tomorrow. I will have better beer. Nevertheless, this is one I would never get to enjoy without my sister, who I love.

Much more than this beer. Much much more.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ABC in Ann Arbor:

A: Black body with thick coffee head, good lacing.

S: Mostly smoke, roasted grain, some coffee, most else gets drowned out

T: The flavors pop a bit more on the palate. The smoke and heavily-roasted espresso come across the biggest, but there's also a nice touch of cinnamon and perhaps clove to the mix. Chocolate there provides a hint of sweetness. No real hops to be spoken of.

M: Medium bodied stout, thicker than your typical Irish dry, but thinner than a rich American.

D: The smoke was a little heavy, but I was plenty able to finish my pint. While being heavy, at least the smoke didn't totally overwhelm and kill my palate, so had I been so interested, I could have had another beer right after without much concern on that end. I would have appreciated some more balance, but the spice notes came out well, and I appreciate that.
Overall, I'd have it again, but I won't miss it once it's gone.

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