mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2013
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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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 (1627) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2011
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 didn’t quite make it all the way to the flavor, but it still turned out very well, even if not exactly as promised. alliance100 (1187) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2015
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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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...I’m not getting much fudge.
jtw (1170) - 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!