mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have mixed feelings about this one. It's definitively a dry stout, bordering on bitter (think baking cocoa). There is a semblance of fudge in the flavor, but this type of beer seems to call out to be a sweet stout. The malt base is roasty, but is on the thin side. A little disappointing. B-
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superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness with only light lingering flavors after a short period the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice flavored dry stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, fudge, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
flatmatt (1316) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. On the aroma, it really does smell like chocolate fudge, also with some dark fruit. Flavor is much more led by roasty coffee, with some slightly sweet chocolate. The fudge didnít quite make it all the way to the flavor, but it still turned out very well, even if not exactly as promised.
alliance100 (1050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Nitro - at Gravity Tap House - pours a dark brown with creamy off white head . Soft fudge aroma , some fruity esters . Nice chocolate flavor without being too sweet . Excellent stout offering .
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Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of black licorice. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige ring. The flavor starts with light chocolate. The finish has light-moderate roasted coffee and some faint burnt notes. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. It comes across as a regular stout...Iím not getting much fudge.
jtw (1148) - 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. itís 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!
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, more like a porter. Dark brown. Not much head. Lots of sweet fudge in the taste.
chinchill (3343) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on tap at ABC in Ann Arbor.
Poured virtually black with a small but durable tan head.
Some chocolate in the nose but very little in the taste where there was a far mor prominent coffee note - this was the reaction of 3-of-3 craft beer drinkers at the table.
Very smooth; full body; well chosen low carbonation.
A nice stout but lacking the chocolate or fudge note that the names suggests.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with brown edges and a very short lived, minimal head. The aroma is roasty with lots of metallic spiciness and some chocolate fudge notes. The flavor is also mostly roast with a noble hop spice, metallic again and some sweet chocolate fudge on the back end. The body is oily and medium full with some tingly carbonation.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black, with medium tan head, decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, moderate chocolate, and sweetness. Flavor matches well, but definitely needed a bit more chocolate in order to carry the Mackinac Island Fudge name.