Arcadia Imperial Stout | Arcadia Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
465 Ratings
Arcadia Imperial StoutArcadia Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
465
Reviews:
280
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
38
For Trade:
5
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Photo of AGoodStout
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stanale
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Enjoy

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Photo of gobuccos
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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 -8.9%
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 +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deakin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, I taste wine notes in this one. If I had blind tasted it, I'd swear it was aged in red wine barrels (which would be an odd choice for a stout).

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle

Arcadia Imperial Stout poured a opaque black hue into my snifter. A very thin tan head was produced that dissipated to a narrow foamy collar with almost no lacing. The aroma is of mild chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight whiff of hops. The taste follows the nose with coffee and dark fruit noted. The finish has a light hop 'bite' that keeps the ale balanced. Medium-full body, with a smooth mouth feel.

Imperial Stout is a tasty, not too filling and easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mchegash
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, several fingers of dark tan head.

Smell - 4.25/5
Rich, chocolatey and roasty malts, faint hops. Boozy, almost bourbon-like.

Taste - 4.25/5
Again, rich chocolate and roasty malts, hints of smoke. Faints hops taste. A good amount of dark booziness.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied. Creamy. Light amount of carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this is a tasty imperial stout, one that I would probably buy again.

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3.83 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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