Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutArcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aforbes10 on 12-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
67
For Trade:
10
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Photo of bobhits
1.68/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

The pour is uneventful, dark brown turning black in the glass, but this awful almost coke like fizzy head with next to no staying power. I'm guessing higher abv on this one.

There's a lot of bourbon a somewhat makers mark dry bourbon with a lot of sugar and sweetness from the malt and perhaps even some sweetness from the yeast or a different hop profile than I was expecting.

I get some coffee notes and some chocolate over tones, but to be honest this is a hot bourbon forward as hell beer. I am now a few sips later getting a pretty strong liquorish/anniss note at the end and some molasses.

Very thin, very watery and noticeably hot.

Try this if you find it, 7-8 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, dipped on wax so the bottle snobs will be ok with the price, but honestly there are 50 better stouts in any store that is going to have this and 45 of them will be less per oz at a minimum.

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Sorry but this beer gets worse with every sip. It is just not a good beer. The mouth feel is just god awful. It is watery as hell which is ok in a lager, but you need a creamy body to deal with the heat the 12% gives off. The yeast or hops that arcadia is using gives the beer an odd sour note (common with a lot of their beers) that doesn't work at all here either. This is bad beer plain and simple. Not just me being picky and score low because it is in a style where the standards are insanely high, but this is bad next to anything.

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Photo of jegross2
2.26/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company out of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Score: 45

Bottled 10/08/12. Served in a Perennial and enjoyed during the All-Star Game on 07/16/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a wisp of head that quickly settles to a pencil-thin ring around the glass. No lacing or retention -- not even oily legs. Flat in appearance. 2/5

Smell: Sweet bourbon with modest alcohol esters primarily, followed by milk chocolate. Vanilla and molasses. Raisin too. 3.5/5

Taste: Sweet raisin, sweet molasses/brown sugar and bourbon. Touch of roast. Finishes with a light sweet vanilla and prune flavor. A little boozy, but not any more so than the nose led on. I do not feel that the flavors meld well. Has an odd tanginess in the finish with a dash of licorice. Not a fan of how the flavors mix here, and the finish leaves a bad taste in my mouth. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, no carbonation. Watery with a little residual stickiness on the palate. Way too thin bodied. This is far from the world's sweetest brew, but the beer has no body to back up the sweetness. 1/5

Overall: Did not enjoy this beer one bit. It was thin-bodied, flat, sweet and the flavors did not integrate well. Certainly not worth the price tag. Skip this one.

Cost: $8.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle cost me $7..
Immediate thoughts-- not worth half.

BA Shipwreck Porter BLOWS this is one away.

This is just not very good. Rather thin, watery feel, undercarbonated.

Dry roasty malt has a hint acrid smokiness before the bourbon comes in--- it it completely over the top boozy bourbon, and it isnt a good thing. I liie a big boozy punch in the face, when it is done well... here is a poor example.

The finish offers a strange cola note.

The appearance is the best single attribute, but even that is flawed. Deep dark body with a slight head of 3/4 finger. The head was composed of giant bubbles, and when those poppped, they went quickly. From 3/4 finger to flat cola in about 18 seconds.

Overall--- no thanks.
Some beers just don't work with a barrel. I have $7 that says this is one of those.
Not worth the time or money.

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Photo of MrPlayboy
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was let down by this beer. If given the choice between the BA Imperial Stout and the BA Shipwreck Porter, go with the Porter. The BA Imperial is all bourbon flavor with no sweetness to balance it out. Very thin mouthfeel and too much carbonation. Aroma and appearance are the only positives with this failure of a BA Stout.

Maybe I'm spoiled with all the other BA offerings like Backwoods Bastard, Plead the Fifth, and BCBS that are in the Midwest but I could do without ever drinking another Acadia Ales BA Imperial Stout.

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Photo of rudzud
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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

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Photo of crbnfbr
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of brycevolk
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Akuma35
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of robhbest
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Brownish / black with thick off white head.

S: Chocolate, slightly sour.

T: Vanilla, caramel, green olives.

M: Good mouthfeel, thick and creamy.

O: I expected more, not that its bad by any means, hopefully time in the celler will tell for this one. It hid the 12% ABV pretty well I think. The slight sour flavors have me wondering if something is seriously wrong with this beer or not. Not a bad beer but for the money I'd probably pick out something else.

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Photo of Klourie
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zachary80
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Red waxed screw-top bottle, purchased a couple months ago, no visible date or numbering, 7.99 for a 12oz.

Pours near black, a very dark brown, with a light tan head that doesn't fully form. What does form sticks around for a long time and leaves lacing.

Aroma is a little boozy, vanilla, bourbon, light roast.

Flavor has the same barrel character, light roast, vanilla bourbon, but honestly not impressive despite being some of my favorite flavors - they seem hollow. Slightly astringent finish. A little light overall for an imperial, and not enough of the base stout seems to come through.

Mouthfeel is too thin. Carbonation is nearly absent, which is confusing because it had a small but long-lasting head. Some heat which is fine given the style and abv.

Overall - looks good, smells good, but the lack of carbonation ruins an already thin mouthfeel, and the flavors seem lacking.

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Photo of hopswap1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Steimie
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of wiltznucs
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of CORKSCREWFISH
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of vinny21bal
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Rutager
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a finger of brown head over a nearly black body. The head dissipates in a little over a minute and I'm left with a little ring. The beer laces up a little bit.

Booze. You get a little vanilla and malt, but this reeks of bourbon.

Malt and vanilla try to make a stand. Attempting to taste around the booze, I do also pick up dark fruit, hints of coffee, chocolate and a good woodiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. It goes down a little easier than I had hoped. It coats the tongue rather evenly.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly aggressively poured from from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter branded with Arcadia Brewing Company's logo, the Celtic knot

Pours midnight black with a bone white one finger head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, no evident lacing. Bakers chocolate, oak, and bourbon notes on the nose. Opens with dark, bitter cocoa, some fleeting dark stone fruit notes midpalate, finishes with strong oak and bourbon boozy notes. The lighter end of full-bodied, low carbonation; fairly smooth and slick. Enjoyable, but the barrel tends to slightly overwhelm the base beer at times. Less time in the barrel would actually do this brew some good, so the base beer shines through a bit more.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of UnderJoath
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Pours a deep black with thin fizzy tan head. Smells roasty malt with faint bourbon scent. A sweet malty and again, a faint bourbon presence start it off before falling off completely to a bitter aftertaste. Not as complex as I had hoped after being a big fan of their Shipwrecked BBPorter.

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