Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
When they starboard, do they mean right or left? Or does that matter on which way your facing?
Well face it Arcadia Starboard Stout is a pretty nice dry stout. Although listed as an oatmeal, Im not calling foul. The color is like looking at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean in the middle of the night and no moon out. Even tipped there is very little color displacement. There is a nice tan head but quickly dissipates and little lace. The smell is strong roasted barely. If it wasnt so black I would wonder if that is the only grain they used.
The taste for Starboard Stout is not a stronger roasted malt flavor that I expected but more of a burnt coffee. Black Patent anyone? Although it is not real dominate, there is a sweetness on the aftertaste that gives this beer a sort of tartness knock to it.
The flavor lasts a little in your mouth. Slowly the tartness goes away but the burnt roasted flavor stays. Nice lasting flavor. In my opinion this is more tart than sweet and not really what I like in oatmeal stouts. The body is more of a mid level characteristic which holds the beer back. Well wherever starboard is, I sailed to a decent tasting stout.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2005 14:22:18 | More by Oxymoron
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This beer was on nitro-tap, so I feel the review will be unfairly skewed from what this beer normally is. I don't think the ability to review different serving types for the same beer should have been taken away.
It looks very similar to nitro Guinness which, for the beer, is its best aspect. It's dark brown with a fantastically creamy tan head one finger tall that leaves equally creamy lace in a big sheet from the top of the glass to the bottom.
A slight note of dark fruits sits in with roast, a bit light but pleasant with a very soft note of barley-like grains and a hint of vanilla. More strength would improve a very pleasant smell.
Along with roast, the taste is sweet, creamy and milky, a real pleasure to drink, but the best thing going for the flavor is what's added by the mouthfeel.
Speaking of, there's just such a creamy smoothness to this beer. The nitro really adds a lot, and it works very, very well. This beer flows so smoothly, it's so silky and velvety. On nitro-tap, the only thing better would be a touch more body, as it is a stout.
Serving type: nitro-tap
09-23-2013 15:44:23 | More by Brenden
Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.