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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This big beer has a beautiful malt character to accompany the intense hop profile. Plus a hint of roast character.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (1163) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle brought by and shared with my brother - thanks ck1! Pours dark brown with a super foamy head. Arcoma has vegetal celery and plastic. It did have faint caramel notes and some dark fruit, but was overwhelmed by the celery/plastic combination. Taste is a syrupy bitter bakers chocolate with caramel sweetness and dark fruit. Finishes somewhat dry, a bit vegetal and with some bittersweet fruit. Taste was ok, just not a good smell.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2012
12oz bottle from Plum market in Ann Arbor. Brown-black pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is spicy herbal hops, dark malts and grapefruit. Tastes are toasted malts, sweet citrus, grass, pine and chocolate. Nice slick medium to thin texture. Even and well constructed brew that makes for a strange sipper. Less roasty than a lot of bipa’s - which is good by me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (689) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle: pours dense chocolate brown, thinnish fan head that does stick around, some lacing. Deep, musty, roasted malts, pine, dark fruits, citrus hop profile. Interesting. More pine resin, roasted malts, hint of chocolate and vanilla, sweet then more demonstrative hop bitterness that leads to long dryness on the finish. Medium bodied and quite drinkable as there's a bit of spiciness from the heat and ABV but surely not overwhelming here. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours black and thick. No head. Sweet hop aroma. Not very strong aroma. Not a bad, double IPA, but I have had a lot better.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Served in a cervoise. Pours near black with a thin off-white head. Nose has some odd fruitiness. Not a big fan. Some roast and hops. Flavor is fruit with some earth and pine. Medium body. A bit bitter. Odd fruit. Didn't like it much. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, roasted malts, vanilla and a little licorice. Very interesting and good. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small mostly diminishing tan head that left some lace. Flavor is medium sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and average. Overall a very good brew that really surprised me. I can’t get enough of that aroma. Great stuff! Well done Arcadia!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demitriustown (1055) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2012
12 oz bottle: Aromas got a big floral grapefruit hop note, smells wonderful. Appearance is a dark brownish/black with a thick tan head that lingers around for a while. Taste has got that big hop presence with a very minimal, almost nonexistent malt character. Palate is very lively on the tongue with a lingering resin hop aftertaste. Overall, This is dang good stuff in my honest opinion. Cheers!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ccex (903) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2012
12 oz. bottle pours an opaque black with substantial lingering tan head and good lacing. Smells like an IIPA with lots of cirtrus and piney hops. However, there are lots of roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate and bread in the flavor. Taste is slightly bitter, with a long dry finish. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. I’ve tried quite a few black IPAs lately, and was pleasantly surprised to discover how good yet this humble looking beer is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SBMRL (2) - Livonia, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2012 does not count
A- lots citrus, floral, a little booze. App- black with brownish red edging head is off white. Taste- wow hops shine bright. Little bit of roasty chocolate notes citrus is very present. Pal- med/heavy. Solid carbonation Overall- awesome beer hops dominate but there’s still a touch of roastyness the aroma is great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2012 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 4/24/2012. Pours almost pitch black dark brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pine, grapefruit, orange rind, toast, roasted malt, herbal, earth, and light chocolate. Great aromas with big fresh hoppiness; and nice balance. Taste of big grapefruit, orange rind, pine, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, herbal, and earthy hops. Moderate citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange rind, pine, chocolate, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of hop flavors with the roasted malt. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a fantastic black IPA! Great hop and roasted malt flavor balance, and very smooth for 8.5%. Amazing stuff!


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