03 February 2009

Beer Review, Arcadia Starboard Stout

Arcadia Starboard Stout
Battle Creek, MI
5.8 % ABV

Appearance: Black all the way through, with a thick khaki-colored head that dissipates slowly. Significant lacing. 4.0/5

Smell: Very sweet, strong notes of raisins and oats. Almost porter-like. Slightly astringent. Intriguing and attractive. 4.0/5

Taste: Again, very sweet and slightly astringent. This beer has a malty backbone and a slightly dry finish. Slight hints of cloves and hints of grapes. 4.0/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-thick, drying on the finish, with a moderate carbonation. Pretty much on-the-nose for an Oatmeal Stout. 4.0/5

Drinkability: This is a pretty good oatmeal stout, a bit sweet and astringent for my taste, but definitely drinkable and worth the cost. It gets a bit cloying towards the end, but otherwise quite good. 3.5/5

Overall: 3.95/5

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