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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

215 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1058 OG; 29 IBU

(Beer added by: SheepNutz on 08-07-2002)
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Reviews by budsboy:
Photo of budsboy
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black completely with a smooth tan head.

Coffee and dark fruit aroma and little else.

Strong coffee flavors dominate with a lasting roasted malt aftertaste. No hop presence to speak of, but the dark malts provide bitterness aplenty.

Medium to light-bodied, this one could use a little more bulk.

A nice beer for the coffee lover in me. Rich coffee flavors work to make this one a nice after-dinner treat.

budsboy, Mar 23, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a neat opaque black with a thin almond colored head,aromas of french roast coffee and nuts mainly with a odd spicey/clove,vanilla finish.Well rounded flavors soft and easy,dark roast coffee with a malted milk note as welland the creamy mouthfeel lended to the flavor as well a very nice soft finish makes this brew a winner.Paired well with chorizo sweet potato hash spiciness,pretty solid.

oberon, May 22, 2005
Photo of DanGeo
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

DanGeo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.29/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit.

What a flimsy looking beer. Brownish and ruby-crimson, pretty damn light for a stout. A tight, java cap forms on tap with good retention, but leaves virtually no lacing behind. Acidic, astringency, and overly roasted, almost-tart dark fruit skins on the nose. Not very good, and nothing really "stout" about it, except for the roast. The flavor is a bit better, but not much. Bitter chocolate, bitter coffee beans, astringent apple skins, and malt that is way too roasty. Carbonated to hell, prickly mouth feel and a dry, scraping finish.

What a disappointment. Have never expected much from Arcadia... This is proof as to why. Just a messy stout that really doesn't even deserve to be called a stout. Avoid this one at all costs, the Midwest has much better stouts to offer.

tectactoe, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was out of the bargain bin at Chevy Chase. Hard to tell how this'll go.

a) Pours a dark, thick brown with only a tiny bit of light showing through the corner of the glass. Nice tan head forms but drops quickly to less than half an inch.

s) Not huge; kind of fruity, some yeasty, bready notes, some of the dark, roasted stuff coming through. Gets a little more chocolaty as it warms.

t) Kinda tastes like tobacco, honestly. There's a lot of burnt flavor, which isn't necessarily bad, and a bunch of the standard chocolate and coffee flavors. A little bit of the fruit still kicking around. I guess I'd call the finish astringent, because there really isn't another word for it.

m) Could be thicker, maybe less fizzy, but not bad.

d) This is a divisive beer. A person less bitter than I am at the world would probably find it a bit harsh (and who knows, if it had more alcohol it might cellar nicely). I guess I'd say this isn't very drinkable, but it's interesting, and I gotta give some credit for that.

TuckerCarlson, May 18, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a coded freshness date that cannot be deciphered.

Appearance: The head drops pretty quick to leave just a thin layer of brown lace, the opaque black color lets no light through.

Smell: Big roasted aroma with suggestions of ripe blackberries and a ghost like vanilla.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just as smooth as it is crisp with a moderate body, roasted character is thorough yet leaves a slight astringent character. Dark berry fruitiness melds with a soft sweetness from the oats. Hop bitterness drops only a little bit of bitterness, the roasted malt picks up the rest.

Notes: I different twist using malted oats, if the astringent character did not get in the way this would have been a stellar brew.

Jason, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info that I can make any sense of....pours near black, dark tan head, powdered sugar on the nose. So so stout, could use some more oat softness, and less of the slight prickle I noticed on the tongue. Soft roasted notes, not bad but not as tasty and roasty as I would like. M.O.R. attempt by Arcadia

Billolick, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Black/dark brown almost opaque with some reddish hue in the light. I" creamy mocha head dissapating quickly to a constaint creamy layer not leaving any lacing behind.

Clean,very roasty aroma,some rolled oats,sweet aromas with hints of cocoa.

Roasty taste with bakers chocolate tastes,hints of minerals,prune tastes,a slight bit of some acidity has a crisp,clean,slightly sharp bitterness,leaving a sweet aftertaste.

Light creamy mouthfeel,a bit watery,leaving a dry feel. Good drinkable beer not too filing could drink a few of these.

jcdiflorio, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap a week or two ago at Mad Mex of course I caught this one during their half off draft happy hora. Came appearing a murky clouded cola brown with ruby highlights nice creamy tan head lacing is thin and sporadic. Aromatics bring roasty malts creamy base with a touch of lactic tartness and a mild herbal hop finish in the nose. Flavor wise that tart lactic flow seems to crush this one for me seems like a nitro sample but that's not the case dark cocoa roasted malts bring a tentative but dry slightly bitter sweetness and the hop flavor is their herbal tea like detected more so in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied texture is creamy carbonation is airy and light very nitro esque in my opinion. Drinkability decent but if I have the option for their English porter I'll never go for this but in the mood for a decent English style oatmeal stout it's a possibility.

WVbeergeek, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Shovelbum
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mocha head over an impenetrable black body. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and dark coffee with a just a faint trace of citric hops in the background. Flavors of Roasted malt and dark coffee with a slight sweet chocolate character as well. Mild bitterness balancing things out. There is a noticable "British" minearal character to the beer as well. Medium to full-bodied, low carbonation. Smooth with a drying finish.

Tastes a bit like a dry stout up front, but the sweeter oatmeal side pulls through placing it in the middle stout range per its style, although a bit toward the dry end of the spectrum. A nicely balanced stout that is fairly complex for the style. A good option for splitting the differences between the extremes of the stout family.

Shovelbum, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia Starboard Stout

Appearance- Dark chocolate black with a small quick dissolving head.
Smell- Strong sugar-free chocolate, toasted oat bread.
Taste- Chocolate and mild roasted grains; oat, wheat, bran. Flavor is very subdued, a slight bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel- A little high on the carbonation for a stout I think.

Overall- Not too bad, but I'll pass in the future. I found this to be to bubbly and not flavorful enough.

NJpadreFan, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a fairly dark stout with hints of brown. Toasted brown/chestnut colored head that did not leave much lacing. Head came and went rather quickly. Not to bad to look at in a glass.

Smell: toasted malt and coffee thing going on. Has a small fruity nose of berries paired with chocolate.

Taste: has earthy flavor that leaves a chalky taste in the mouth. Slighty burnt coffee is the biggest bang in the drink and has a overall roasty character. Has a slight bitter aftertaste from some mild hops.

Mouthfeel: rather smooth and sweet on the tounge. Feels kind of airy and rather light for a stout. drinkable and not to bad overall!

Magpie14, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with edgings of maroon. Thick, milky brown head.
Nose full of seared prunes, cocoa powder and asphalt.
Begins jointly sweet and roasty, and probably more sweet than anything. Milk and dark chocolates, burnt figs, sweetened oatmeal, estery banana(bananas?) and plums. Develops a weak roast coffee bean essence coupled with a lingering grainy astrigency and lacto-sourness. Ends with a chalky, herbal, UK-leaning bitterness (which betrays the listed Cascades and Willamettes).
The oily, medium body melts as it sits into something thinner.
Seems a bit flawed, but not unenjoyably so.
A decent Michigan Stout here, but no Dark Horse.

cokes, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable stout, about average on oiliness, roasted barley aroma, mouthfeel, bitterness from Willamette and Cascade hops, above average maltiness including chocolate though still dry aftertaste. A bit on burnt side, significantly acidic and overcarbonated, but drinkable for a stout fan, but still average.

Sammy, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foamy tan head rises majestically as you pour Arcadia's Starboard Stout. After a moment of settling you can continue with the pour, eventually ending with a solid inch or more of creamy cap. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves smears and streaks of tan lace about the glass.

The body beneath is black in color. So black, in fact, that it's opaque. The only way you can see the bubbles is to tilt the glass at an angleso that they rise along the side of the glass.

The aroma is fruity and gently roasty. The fruitiness is berrylike and sweetish, much like Fruity Pebbles breakfast cereal... that must be due to the oats that give it a cereal quality. Beyond that there are subtle notes of caramel and suggestions of chocolate, as well as a delicate waft of grassy hops.

The yeasty fruitiness again appears in the flavor upfront, followed by notes of caramel and grainy malt with a drizzle of dark chocolate. It's not overly bitter, and the dark malt acidity and mildly raspy edge of the roastiness are enough to balance it. Some bitterness does linger in the finish however, alongside some residual leafy and grassy (perhaps even floral or citrusy) spent hop character. Coffee-like in the late end.

An enjoyable stout to say the least, but be forewarned that this beer really shines when enjoyed at cellar temperature. Below that it loses quite a bit of its malt character, and the fruitiness will appear sharper than it should be. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz single, Woodmans

appearance: not sure what is up with this thing, but the head just exploded upon pour...pours a dark brown color, with an exploded foamy chocolate brown head

smell: slightly roasty, very astringent, hard to make out much more...theres some cocoa powder sweetness and some dark fruit but thats about it

taste: a little bitter, roastiness - almost burnt oats tasting, some malt sweetness...taste is very distracted

mouthfeel: thin, over carbonated, not good

drinkability: poor, my first dump, this shit is horrible

dirtylou, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WoodBrew, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Photekut
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wondering what the weird bottling code means? There's a list on the web site, unfortunately, I couldn't seem to find any record of my beer. Great.

Pours pitch black with a furious tan head. At first the aroma and flavor are just of smooth cocoa and roasted grains with the nice, mild oatmeal element and a slight sour tinge. After a while, however, that sour comes out smelling and tasting like a big, bad Belgian-style infection. Alas. I have to put this one down as I'm not in the mood for a oatmeal stout lambic. Major flaw here, too bad, seemed like the makings of a decent oatmeal stout.

tempest, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of beerluvr
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slips out of the bottle with a dark tan head sitting over solid black liquid. Nose is all about chocolate, flowery hops and oatmeal. Super roasty maltiness is a nice surprise, tempered by slick oatmeal mouthfeel then bitter hoppiness. Only drawback here is a slightly thinnish mouthfeel, just with it was a bit more ballsy in the body dept. Finished up dry with slight fruitiness, made with care and quite drinkable nonetheless.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

beerluvr, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Shumista
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle from an arcadia sampler pack into my beer mug.
A- Poured jet black with a good sized dark tan head resulting from an aggressive pour.
S- Sweet and bitter followed by the malt.
T- The two things that really stand out to me are the sweetness and bitterness of this stout. The taste is sweet throughout starting malty and ending bitter. A bitter aftertaste lingers in the mouth.
M- Thick and creamy, it goes down slick (almost slimy) like oatmeal stouts tend to.
D- One or two is enough for me.

Shumista, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starboard Stout: An Oatmeal stout from the great State of Michigan. It pours a deep brown heading for black, and it reminds me how long its been since I’ve had a stout (It being summer and all around here). The head is dark tan , very thick and long lasting. The aroma is very nice, with scents of chocolate/coffee.

Very nice taste, initial sweetness/mixed with slight burnt malt flavors. The aftertaste is remarkable, very long lasting with strong coffee flavors. This is very tasty. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Very nice and flavorful, and one I’d recommend if you are looking for an American oatmeal stout.

jackndan, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from August:

Really dark brown in hue, if not black, with ruby highlight; for some reason I wasn’t expecting such a dark beer. Excellent surprise. Beige foam, at the apex there was only a half finger of head and the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing. It has an attractive appearance even with the head flaws.

The nose is softly roasty with a well-rounded, mildly chocolate, oat-like backdrop. Astringent coffee notes in the background. Moderate potency, not too complex but inviting nevertheless. The oat aspects are fairly subdued. The nose is simple but I like it.

The palate is astringent with plenty of coffee notes and hints of cocoa. Not much oat influent. Warm alcohol residue. I don’t like stouts that are so one-dimensional. No sign of hops. Hints of dark fruit; it is fairly straightforward. Overall, it is decent but forgettable.

Medium in body, low carbonation, slick mouthfeel with an empty finish. Warm, astringent aftertaste. The mouthfeel is weak.

Drinkable? I can finish the bottle. Maybe I’d try it again. I wonder if this would be lovely on cask. Overall, it was okay but I am happy I got to try it. Thanks RedHaze.

bditty187, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.29 for a 12 oz. single.

A dark stout. No head, weak carbonation. Funny medicinal smell, and a hint of that taste in the background. Mostly bitterness overall though. Lingering bitterness with no real other character to back it up. Maybe it's just old, but this brewery continues to confound me with good brews and bad brews. This stout is a bad one. Yuck.

benmiliron, Aug 17, 2004
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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.