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
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