Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout
Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's StoutArbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #216
Ranked #39,754
3.63 | pDev: 12.12%
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's StoutArbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 106 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bobbyr5:
Photo of bobbyr5
4/5  rDev +10.2%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

 512 characters

Photo of psmith161
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of midlifec
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.)

 303 characters

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

 1,089 characters

Photo of association330
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

 451 characters

Photo of moshea
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 658 characters

Photo of dudecandle
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

 946 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

 874 characters

Photo of TasteTester
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sneakymagician
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

 407 characters

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

 256 characters

Photo of red94tt
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BellsFan
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

 345 characters

Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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

 952 characters

Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 106 ratings