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Warcraft | Arcadia Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnnyHopps on 08-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
29
Avg:
4
pDev:
22%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
1
For Trade:
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Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
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3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warcraft is the bourbon barrel aged version of Arcadia's B-Craft Black Double IPA. I had it on tap at the brewery on 8/10/12.

Served in a pint glass, the aroma was a mild maltiness with a hidden note of citurs. From the initial aroma, it was hard to detect barrel aging. The initial taste was mild black licorice with a hint of vanilla. Any sense of an IPA was mild, suggested by notes of Earthy hops. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, leaving little lacing on the glass. The aftertaste was moderately warming. The malts turned somewhat sour by this phase and the hops became virtually absent. Without being told, I would not have known this to be a barrel aged beer. Certainly, it is one of the least exciting barrel aged beers I have had.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light mouthfeel for style, on tap at Hopcat Detroit.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB aged black ale, 12 abv according to the sign.
Better than the Loch Up I also had.

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Photo of acostuhhh
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Hayes86
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pitch black color with a super thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Toffee, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla.

T - Roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, the citrus bitterness at the very end shows up.

M - Heavy medium to full body, gentle carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O - This doesn't taste like a typical Black IPA, the barrel aging mellows and rounds out the beer so the malt and bitterness are very close together.

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Photo of Slay40
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a snifter at George Murphy's in Livonia, Michigan.

Appearance- Pours oily black with a finger of creamy tan head, which quickly disappears with minimal lacing. A bit leggy on the glass with each sip. Retains a halo of white head around the edge of the glass. A nice looking dark brew.

Smell- A floral bouquet of roses, peaches, bourbon barrels, Irish cream, honey, Carmel, toffee, cappuccino.

Taste- Turbinado sugary draw, with a big boozy whiskey hit, followed by a strong hoppy bitterness, coffee, cinnamon, spices, creme brûlée. Finishes a bit boozy with a oaky, spicy whiskey note. Aftertaste is a lingering chocolaty bourbon toffee flavor. Not overly hoppy for an IPA of any variety, but given the barrel treatment, it is understandable.

Mouthfeel- Viscous, minimally carbonated, leaving a sticky, puckery feeling in your mouth for a few seconds.

Overall- a great barrel aged black IPA. Unique, tasty and a beer that is right in my wheelhouse. I would never hesitate to get this one again. I hope they bottle this one. I would be curious how well it ages.

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Photo of Fanhitter
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass, on draft. Appearance is majestic, a murky opaque dark brown, even held up to light. Very much like a Guinness, only not as thick. There is a nice ring of white around the glass, with a small amount of residual microscopic bubbling in the middle.

Smells richly of sweet toffee and a roasted malty aroma. A very obscure red-licorice aroma prevails as well. It's uncanny, but smells exactly like original, strawberry Twizzlers.

Taste is impeccable. The roasted malt character comes through the strongest, after a very sweet, bourbon-heavy caramelly draw. The hop notes sit far behind the rest of the sweet malty blend; the finish is smooth and buttery, like a bitter merlot with a creme brûlée note. A later burp brings up a strong caramel corn flavor.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy but refreshing. The texture sits heavily in my mouth, with a slight sting on the tongue when savoring a sip. Overall though, it lacks the coating quality that a draught Guinness leaves.

Overall, this beer is wonderful. It will suit a dessert setting fairly as well as any enjoyable after-work beer or breakfast drink. I had one during a morning round of golf prior to drinking this one post-round and it paired wonderfully with a donut and a Snickers Bar. Other than pasta or fish, I can't imagine this beer goes wrong with anything as the balance of hops to sweet and booze is unmatched. I find myself very skeptical of other barreled ales and IPAs, as I think the room for error is greater than with porters or stouts, but this beer embodies exactly what a barreled ale should be. Maybe it's the BPA vs. IPA or other pales, but this beer it excellent regardless. If I ever come across this beer on tap anywhere, I WILL order it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Warcraft from Arcadia Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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