peteinSD (1284) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Sammy (8096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
strongpieman (1390) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
PaulUnwin (86) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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!
Strykzone (4497) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours brown-black with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate malt and grain. Medium body with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and slight hops. The finish is roasty with a short chocolate malt aftertaste. Slightly above average overall, I was honestly expecting more out of this one.