Imperial Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our extraordinary Imperial Stout is black as midnight with a rich, palate-warming mouth feel. It offers an alluring aroma of dark roasted malts and blackstrap molasses with a hint of smoke. The flavor features notes of coffee, bittersweet cocoa, black licorice and hints of prune. A generous addition of hops contributes to the complexity and balance, and gives the liquid a pleasantly astringent finish. With proper aging our Imperial Stout matures for up to four years. It is the winner of a prestigious Gold Medal for Bottle Conditioned Ale at the 2002 Real Ale Festival.

OG 1090; 59 IBU

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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of PEACO82287
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good, Main Street restaurant grade stout...nothing special but gets the job done if you’re looking for a heavier, full RIS stout vs Guinness. Wouldn’t pick up more than a single at the liquor store but would be interesting in a blind flight.

Roast and malt forward with RIS bitter It really is a heavier Guinness. Competent and a fair representation but there are so many others available at the same price.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.96/5: Definitely an old-school RIS, and a damn good one at that; roast, chocolate, and dark fruits dominate

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- dark brown, low head at 1/2 inch or less when poured correctly. Bottle poured into a pint glass has no code but no dust as many it was a room temperature shelf purchase without dust. I have a cellar but drank it day after buy once refrigerator cold. Nice unfiltered appearance in bottle after pour. white yeast bottle bottom no frown on that.
S- Coffee forefront most, Prune nearly as much, dry red wine next and some very in the back chocolate
T- Very clean, too clean like Guinness but alcohol empty after feel like vodka or gin dry shot mouthfeel.
O- I am not into coffee so Other American double / imperial stout rating high beers are coffee front but the Founders beers are far better to this non coffee guy and Old Rasputin and Dragon's Milk are by far the standards I go for here. With that said rate it above other styles of beer as Stout is my king in the ipa heavy land and coffee front and empty mouthfeel knock it back to lower than trend levels. I would never again buy this as it's cost level is at the same point or higher as the beers to other style examples in 4 count 12 oz @ 4$ + per 12 oz and at this level dragon's milk is far better and Old Rasputin checks in less and rules the roost on availability on draft. Both widely available to me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I dunno if it is accurate or not, but I associate Arcadia with an old British/English kind of inspired brewery, maybe its that they have an English ipa, maybe its accurate, maybe its not. This imperial stout looks pretty legit, its definitely deep black in color, not super viscous. Brown head 3/5". Pretty sexy. Aroma of heavily roasted malt, providing dark coffee and chocolate like notes.

Taste is a 60 ibu kind of bitterness, definitely some C hops backing this one up. No adjunct like feels on this one. Not overly thick or alcoholic, I think the bitterness did push weight around here more than other factors. I dunno about the yeast or classification here, I'm getting some dark fruit and licorice type of tastes that make me think this could be a Russian Imperial Stout. Keeps its roasty character, drop of smoke as it warms.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours an extremely dark reddish-black, with a persistent tan head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, molasses, charred oak, and coffee. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit on the thin side for a true RIS; carbonation is about perfect. Finish is dry and bittersweet. A competent but not outstanding RIS.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate, dark malts and mild dark fruit/tobacco. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate, dark fruit/cherries, mild tobacco and a mix of acidity and slight sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours mostly black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, earthy hops, dark fruit, cocoa, and some char; below average intensity. The taste follows with roasted malt, molasses, cocoa, earthy hops, dark fruit, and char; below average intensity again but only a little alcohol comes though. Moderate bitterness and dryness with subtle sweetness. Average carbonation and body for the style. Overall, the smell/flavor has a somewhat complex and lightly bitter profile, but really needs more intensity. Worth a try, but don't expect a 'big beer.'

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Photo of lupercmda
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with over a finger of fluffy tan head. This offering would make for a really decent stout considering its body and roasted flavor. However, it simply lacks the extra punch that I expect to find in a impy.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stanale
2.67/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a 6pk from Champagne's in Livonia MI for around the $10.00 in 12oz bottles. Served at 10deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high brown head that lasts for 4-5mins before film out. Very dark brown colour

S- Lots of heat here. WAY too much heat.

T- This one had a year on it in the cellar so it mellowed out and blended up nicely. Good coffee and chocolate hints. Has good bittering hops.

M- Watery

O- Ok brew but not that great. Will not buy again. Just so watery and weak on the flavor department.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with........ Lamb chops with chocolate sauce and mint


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Photo of gobuccos
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is full of coffee bitterness. Finish is dry. Overall this is a decent beer

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Photo of braker649er
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Blackish with reddish hue, not a very thick head for me--pretty, but not as dark as I was thinking for the stout.

In the smell and taste, I picked up some vaguely tart maltiness. Others have said like cherry or red wine. Honestly, I didn't see that coming. Not much chocolateyness or dry roastiness that I've come to look for in stouts and milk stouts. I couldn't help wonder if accolades came early and this stout has since been eclipsed. Drinkable, but not the flavors I was looking for.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A year and a half old.

Aroma is very cough syrup cherry laden, with underlying roast and dark chocolate malt trying to detract.

Flavor reveals similar cherry/vinous presence throughout, with a roasty malt backbone that finishes fairly bitter and charred.Lacks depth of malt flavor, and that cherry/vinous presence is not pleasant.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
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