Arbor Brewing Michael Faricy's Stout | Arbor Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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 BeerBrandonMI
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The feel combined with the smoky notes make this a great Irish stout experience. Love this beer!

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Photo of BellsFan
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of moshea
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Krisss
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 bobbyr5
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of waston
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 loganburgh
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Botulizard
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxPowers
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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