Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Virtually no head to this stout. Appears to be have some sort of flakes in the beer.
Aroma: There’s a lot of chocolate, vanilla and coffee present here, smells very rich.
Taste: Some great flavor here; chocolate holds some coffee bitterness. I can also sense a bit of a licorice and caramel taste.
Mouthfeel: Modest amount of hops, but surprisingly light.
Arbor Brewing Company’s Michael Faricy’s Stout is a lighter take on what is commonly perceived to be a chocolate stout. This brew holds its own, though, with lots of deep, rich flavors including chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and licorice. There’s a bit of a hop presence, which seems to come from a bit of the coffee flavoring.
Pouring a very dark brown, almost black, this stout leaves no head or lacing. Its thin mouthfeel leads to a refreshing take on what could easily have been a heavy, rich beer.