02 April 2009

Beer Review, Arcadia Imperial Stout

Arcadia Imperial Stout
Battle Creek, MI
8.4% ABV

Appearance: Jet-black, completely opaque body with a thin brown head that sticks around. 4.5/5

Smell: Dark malt, some hints of red grapes, very bready, sweet. Perhaps some chocolate-covered cherries? Very complex, very inviting. 5.0/5

Taste: Ooh, a bit of a misfire. Very "hot" with alcohol, pretty much overpowers the palate. Underneath are some nice dry bready malts, some nice bittering hops, and a sweet (but astringent) aftertaste. If the alcohol was a bit less prominent this would get a much higher rating. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as you'd expect for an RIS. Still heavy, but not exactly super-thick. Coats the palate well. 4.0/5

Drinkability: I may buy a couple of these and try them in six months or so. It's a good beer, but there are much better examples of an RIS out there -- anyplace that has this should also have Bell's Expedition. 3.5/5

Overall: 4.05/5

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