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Arbor Mackinac Island Fudge Stout
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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A roasty, dry stout made with real fudge for a subtle chocolate-fudge character without being sweet. Top with whipped cream for a special treat!

We first visited Mackinac Island in spring of 2008 and were instantly smitten. So we couldn’t have been more excited when we were asked to brew a signature Mackinac Island Fudge Stout.

This rich and satisfying beer was inspired by long summer afternoons and lazy weekends spent on the Island. But just like summer on the Island, it’ll be gone before you know it, so drink it up while it’s here!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (742) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Fairly thin black pour with some head but no retention. Nose of roasted malt and coffee. Taste follows the nose and is rather eh. Where is the chocolate? Can't call this fudge stout and have no chocolate slapping you in the face. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle as an extra from ? - I cannot remember. I drank this while walking my dog so look to the other reviews for appearance. The aroma from the bottle was light coffee bitterness, subtle chocolate, perhaps some roast, and an odd, bland note through the finish. Taste was not as good as the aroma and presented with a light mix of minimal coffee bitterness, maybe some sweeter malt notes, and a bland, seemingly tastless finish. Mouthfeel was light and watery. I did not really like this beer much and I would not recommend it for drinking while walking your dog.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
12 oz bottle from Sicliano’s (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a rich blackish hue, well hazed and opaque, dark yet thinner, with a frothy light brown head that dies to a ring, laces small to minimal. Aromas are rich cocoa and toffee, sweet and a bit dry and bitter, touches of earth, more caramel and toffee, toast and biscuits, sweet and bitter cocoa mix, with a touch of earth and roast working into the fold, some gentle coffee. Initial is thinner, lighter end of medium bodied with some cocoa and fudge, sweeter and bitter chocolate mix, some sugary caramel and toffee, biscuits and touches of molasses. Gentle dryness, roast, and toast. Some light earthy roast. Sweeter yet lighter bodied. Middle and finish stick to the palate a bit, fudge and cocoa, bakers chocolate, gentle roast and toast with flourishes of sweeter malts. Just underbodied. Flavors are ok though not complex, body lacks. Ok overall with a nice flavor but lacking in aroma and body.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
12oz bottle from The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor, MI. Pours a black body with a thin, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is roasty with dark chocolates and a light fudge sweetness. Flavor is roasty up front with a good amount of dark chocolates. There is a bit of an odd sourness in there along with some fudge sweetness. Finishes dry and roasty with a nice chocolate fudge richness, but a touch of that sourness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin feeling body and a light, somewhat flat carbonation. Overall, a bold and flavorful beer, but there are some flaws. A tad bit sour and a bit flat. This could be much better with a little work or a better bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (8850) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
Chris’s bottle, shared with him. Sourish stout, that the very sweet fudge syrupy taste cannot hide or make up. Rather thin for a stout. Drinkable once. Black coloured body, a little rtained white head. Sugar and American chocolate in aroma.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
strongpieman (1530) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown, clear, tall foamy head. Chocolate and nutty aroma. Body is thin, which is a big negative for a stout. Taste is a little off with a less than stellar finish. Do not recommend this one. Arbor has many good beers, try others.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1106) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
mixed expectations for any stout that claims "fudge" status, especially something as acclaimed as mackinac island fudge. it’s hard to incorporate, particularly using actual stout, so it could be a very hit or miss brew. aroma is a nice ordinary stout with roasted barley and dry chalky character, with some cocoa notes but nothing extraordinarily fudgey. much sweeter and smoother flavor and body, as the fudge lends an oily and syrupy element to distinguish it from a "plain" dry stout. medium finish, with plenty of sweet cocoa and bitter roast dueling to the end. enjoyable and decently brewed!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Oily and thick. Flavors of light chocolate and malted milk. Nose is chocolate with a light hoppy note and some grape skins.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PaulUnwin (86) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Smells of coffee. Bitter taste and kind of sour, bit put off by the first taste but decided to wait a bit and go back. No head or carbonation. After waiting for 10 mins it tasted no better, shame as I was looking forward to this beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5043) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Sampled atvan esbls tasting. The aroma is coffee. With a hint of chocolate. The tastevis vaguely like fudge. Therevis also some ashy coffee. A sour aftertaste. This is not that goid.


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