9.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Black with a thin, tan head and a bit of lacing.
Aroma: Coffee and cherry, with a bit of a booze smell.
Taste: Some bitter coffee and chocolate is immediately evident; not as sweet as I expected. Some roasted malts, black licorice and vanilla linger on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Strong bodied with some hops. Definitely a sipper.
Arcadia’s vintage 2010 Imperial Stout is a thick, sweet and bitter offering that’s as good of any imperial stout I’ve had. Its roasted malts on the finish give a perfect cap to some bitter coffee and sweet chocolate that’s present at the front. The addition of hops adds somewhat to the bitterness, but it’s welcomed, as it lightens up the brew.
Note: Arcadia recommends this brew be aged, for no longer than four years.