Maker: Arcadia Ales, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Price: Don’t remember.
Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a short-lived lacy head.
Nose: Bourbon, sweet malt, strawberry licorice, light molasses.
Palate: Medium bodied and powerful. Coffee, anise, rye recipe bourbon, piloncillo.
Finish: Light with a little bourbon and molasses.
Parting words: Aging beer is something I got really interested in a couple years ago and it’s starting to pay off now. I had an aged Arcadia Imperial Stout at the Arcadia brewpub once and it was good but was all anise and little else. This is much richer but oddly playful. The various flavors pop up seemingly at random on the palate to engage in a tug of war with the others. The result is not well integrated but still very enjoyable. If I have a complaint, it’s that it’s too enjoyable. I almost never get drunk off of beer but after just one of these I felt a pretty big buzz. At 12% ABV this beer is best drunk in the same way as a fortified wine. Find a friend or two and split a bottle after supper. I don’t remember what I paid for it but I think it was around $8 for one bottle which I think is fair for a liquid dessert. Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is recommended. Put it away for a while if you can.