Arabicadabra | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.05/5
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221 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee Milk Stout. Brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bright, fresh coffee, chocolate, roast, full bodied and made with lactose.

Added by Tracker83 on 10-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,718
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
221
pDev:
6.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of DavidRandall
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Muted black with a sliver of a red edge and topped by a thin tan ring.

Smell contains tons of medium to light roast coffee with some nuts and cola.

A soft, medium to full but light body brings with it really big, nutty ground coffee with a slight tang of cola, finishing semi-wet.

You best love coffee!

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Photo of Dovers
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BOD 10/17/17. Pours basically black. Outstanding head volume, very good lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of slightly sweet milk chocolate with a touch of roast in the background. Hints of dark bitter chocolate reside underneath. Over all of this is a nice wave of balanced coffee that isn't too harsh - a well done gourmet cup aroma. Hints of lactose prevent a higher score.

Solid medium body with a smooth texture that falls short of hinting at creaminess. Normal carbonation / body balance that provides adequate effervescence but nothing exciting.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Coffee is the predominate flavor but is mild rather than harsh - a high quality coffee aspect. Bitterness is subtle and mostly present from the middle on being both coffee and roast influenced. The middle is slightly sweet with soft chocolate notes. The finish is a slow fade of coffee with a hint of lactose on the fade. The main drawback is a lack of depth / intensity that results in a slight watery impression.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a color reminiscent of black ink. Modest tan head soon dissipates. There is some retention via ring like lacing.
The aroma is comprised mostly of coffee, chocolate and lactose.
In the taste there is a sweet and creamy lactose flavor. This is offset somewhat by a coffee roast finish that adds a gentle touch of bitterness.
Medium bodied with a wet mouthfeel, albeit there is some dryness in the finish. Sweet overall, although the bitterness from the coffee, roasted malts and hops does develop throughout.
This was an easy to drink stout. At times I found it overly sweet. I also found the balance between the lactose sweetness and the bitterness a bit off. I’m a big fan of Founder’s, but this is not my favorite from them.

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Photo of herman77
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkarsies
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 10/2017. Tried 1/2018. Served from bottle into standard pint glass. The 4th from a 6 pack.

Less of a head than I would have expected. Only slight tan lacing that disappears. Coal black underneath.

Coffee on the nose with some roasted malt. Nice and as-advertised.

Taste much the same as the nose. Has a sweetness that is tempered by the coffee and roasted malt flavors. You know its a stout but you also know it is a coffee beer. In much the same vein as Founder's Breakfast but not as boozy.

Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation and some stickiness.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Picked up on a whim, it fit the mood of the season with the cold and snowy weather. Nice to have a stout that wasn't barrel aged for a switch. Low ABV so maybe not as warming as many other wintertime brews, but I guess this means I can have more. Will definitely buy this again. An overall solid product from a solid brewery.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with a skim of tan head that leaves no lacing.

It has a great coffee nose especially as it warms. It smells like coffee with cream.

The taste is lightly sweetened coffee with vanilla notes.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a very enjoyable coffee, milk stout. It has a great coffee presence.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look is black 8 ball with creamy beige head and thick lace with fine bead
Smell is toasty cocoa with a nutty roast coffee smell and sweet malt
The fell is medium sweet with light bitter and moderate roast with mild alcohol
Taste is light cocoa and caramel with coffee smooth adding bitter and mild nutty oily dryness to the finish
Overall a highly Drinkable stout with gentle coffee accents

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Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Arabicadabra from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 221 ratings
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