Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.88 | pDev: 10.82%
Jun 14, 2019
Dec 03, 2006
Very Good
Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-AgedImperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a wax-sealed 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with a finger of tannish head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Booze and bourbon... coffee and cocoa.

T.F: Strong roast presence... burned sugars and malts. Espresso,dark chocolate, with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Almost a bit of tartness. Not enough sweetness for balance, but still very drinkable. Medium bodied... lighter than expected and oily on the tongue. Smooth and warming. Hides its big ABV,

O: A solid Bourbon Barrel aged Russian Imperial. A step down from the best, but still very nicely done.
Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Feb 05, 2018
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Rated by Kurmaraja from California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
2015 edition. I get the feeling this is not consistent year to year.
Jan 02, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black liquid.

Khaki head; no lace.

Bourbon & oak nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Huge bourbon & oak nose; hint of dark chocolate. Way too boozy to be enjoyable.
Nov 28, 2016
Rated: 4 by AMCimpi from New York

Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 3.19 by 3-Ball from Georgia

Jul 08, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by imperialking from Illinois

Jun 22, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by BDeibs from Colorado

Mar 14, 2015
Rated: 4.21 by Sparty55 from Michigan

Mar 07, 2015
Rated: 4 by jfstilling from South Carolina

Feb 25, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by wethorseblanket from California

Feb 14, 2015
Rated: 3.29 by Rutager from Canada (BC)

Feb 12, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by Eric1Mess from Michigan

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 15, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by Doublechar0517 from Kentucky

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 3.92 by Docrock from Illinois

Nov 30, 2014
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2
Received as an extra in a trade a while back. Bottled on 10/08/2012.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a darker brown hue that was quite clear initially but darkened up as the glass was filled. There was a half finger darker head that faded quickly to leave mostly wisps.

S - Aromas of sweeter bourbon, darker fruits, booze, malts, super faint vanilla.

T - Taste is quite balanced. Not much chocolate notes, mostly sweeter bourbon, faint vanilla, absurdly faint darker fruits, malt sweetness. Fair amount of booze, that actually gets a bit harsher as it warms. Its not very Russian Imperial Stout like, not sure what to make of this.

M - Mouthfeel is alright, nicely carbonated, as boozy as it is it doesnt really sit like that in the mouth. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

O - Overall, this isnt a bad beer I'm just completely confused by it. If you'd blindfolded me and had me drink it I would think its maybe a barleywine, but that's about it. Not much in the way of dark fruits, chocolate, char, anything. Just sweet bourbon and sweet malts are the dominant qualities. Really odd.

Serving Type: Bottle
Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by JMFP from Delaware

Oct 24, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BeersAndBears from Georgia

Oct 23, 2014
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Reviewed by gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 oz glass into a snifter. Thanks Keith for this one.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a small head that reduces quickly to a ring of foam.

Smells of.. Jack Daniels. Straight whiskey at first. Tons of whiskey. Upon further evaluation, I get some vanilla extract and cocoa mixed with.. Jack Daniels. I've never smelled a more whiskey forward beer.

Taste has a little less whiskey but not much less.. Whiskey upfront, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee on the follow through, then more whiskey on the finish.

Mouthfeel is lacking.. Over carbonated and too light for a 12% stout. Not rich

If I wanted a stout that tasted like this one, I would have found mediocre stout and threw a shot of whiskey in it. Not complex or balanced. Pretty bad.
Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by djtomain from Florida

Sep 27, 2014
Rated: 4 by indianabeerman from Indiana

Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by charneym from Michigan

Sep 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by Vinyl_on_Tap from Texas

Sep 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by ellswrth from Oregon

Sep 06, 2014
Rated: 4.08 by vande from Illinois

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by linnymtu from Michigan

Aug 10, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by LukeK from Indiana

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by stevec32 from New York

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Cloaked_Phantom from Washington

Jul 19, 2014
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep black body. Small khaki head. The thinnest of collars as it settles.

Smell - Bourbon. Oak. Some dark chocolate. Booze.

Taste - Very oaky. Bourbon behind the oak. Sharp boozy bourbon. Dark chocolate. No sweetness. Oak lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. A little boozy. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Excellent beer all around. Never overpowering, except maybe the oak.
Jul 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by RebornStussy from Ohio

Jun 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by Marco_Gtz from California

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by wrightst from Maryland

Jun 04, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by HuskyinPDX from Washington

Jun 03, 2014
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Black body, head that's thin and temporary.

The smell's all bourbon.

Sweet. Tempted to say bourbon's stronger on the nose but that's not right. Vanilla-ish flavor, roasted malts that don't quite resemble chocolate and booze that forms a thin dark fruit and a semi-coconut.

Approachable and awfully smooth. Carbonation's particularly light. Not all that heavy, even if it were a porter. Could stand to be sturdier.
May 24, 2014
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