Arbor Brewing Mackinac Island Fudge Stout (365 Day 64)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Arbor Mackinac Island Fudge Stout

American craft beer is at its finest when the brewers are allowed to let their craft and artistry shine. In picking up a bottle of Mackinac Island Fudge Stout by Arbor Brewing Company, I thought I was onto the perfect bottle of beer.

How so, you might ask. Easy. Mackinac Island in Michigan is a small island in Lake Huron that is between the upper and lower portions of Michigan. It can only be visited via boat and, I believe, there are no motorized vehicles on the island. Yes, it is a tourist trap but they make some damn find fudge. Just about any variety you would want but it all is the same: darn tasty.

So a beer brewed in Michigan and named for the tiny little island that has some of the most outstanding fudge in the United States, it is darn easy to see why I was excited: two passions joined in one luscious twelve ounce bottle.

Once I opened the bottle reality set in. No foam to speak of on the pour, so that was a downer. The taste and aroma both had roasted malt, chocolate, and minor hints of coffee but the body was weak and there really wasn’t a sense of Mackinac fudge. It didn’t have to be even good Mackinac (there is no other type), it could have been run of the mill home made fudge. Damnit, I wanted fudge in there somewhere. Alas, this beer was bit of a let down and I know I will not be having it again. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 7, Look: 5, Drinkability: 6, Overall: 6.6

Useless Fact: Boys who have unusual first names are more likely to have mental problems than boys with conventional names. Girls don’t seem to have this problem.

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