ARCADIA STARBOARD STOUT

NOTES: Draft @ Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, MI

STYLE: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 5.6%

APPEARANCE: Black

HEAD: I’ve never seen a non-Nitro beer with a head like this. It’s thick, white, impossibly tightly knit, and never really settles down. Looks just like Guinness.

LACING: Excellent…as you would expect considering the density and tenacity of the head

NOSE: Just a faint whiff of roasted malt and chocolate. This is as weak an aroma as I’ve ever found in a stout. Might as well be smelling it from 10 feet away.

TASTE: The taste is as frustratingly subdued as the nose. Just a little roasted malt sweetness at the beginning and some burnt coffee grounds in the finish. Nothing else to speak of.

MOUTHFEEL: Much thinner than I like for a stout. It’s well-carbonated, but very watery.

DRINKABILITY: Neither the Prof nor I was particularly enamored with this brew. Weak nose. Insipid taste. Thin body. We certainly weren’t interested in another round of it.

RATING: 2 Hops

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