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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

220 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
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:
Beer added by: SheepNutz on 08-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1058 OG; 29 IBU
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Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of chunkypants
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of darklager
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks beautiful in the glass. It is extremely black with a nice brown head. The aroma is chocolate with a lot of roasted goodness coming through. As others have said this is somewhat thin, but it does have big flavor, although not overly complex. It all works very well though as I really love this stout. Everytime I drink this beer, I like it more. This is the first oatmeal stout I have ever had, and it has definitely inspired me to search for more.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, Arcadia has a solid winner here. Pours out to a black color which lets little light escape through the glass. Nice amber head stayed constant at about 1 inch or so. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt are strong and well presented. Taste is full bodied and robust. Flavors of coffee, cocoa and malt are well presented, along with dark cherries and thick grains. Full mouthfeel is warming and enjoyable. This is a good brew , with decent drinkability. A solid stout, but not for everyday. Recommended.

Photo of mattcrill
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Presentation: Label with the letter "B" notched on the side...whatever that means.

Appearance: A deep black carbonated pour with a thin sudsy tan head that quickly fades to some wispy lacing.

Smell: Deep, rich cocoa, oats, figs, all very pleasant and slightly sweet on the nose.

Taste: Rich cocoa, oats, and some chocolate bitterness upfront. A pleasanty grainy and slightly sweet chocolate finish. Fig newtons, cherry juice, and some cream notes pop up here and there. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crispy due to the carbonation, and a nice lingering finish on the palate.

Drinkability: Perfect for a session. Nice character to keep you interested but not heavy at all. Quite a treat! Recommended.

Photo of lccrunchy
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of marcobrau
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a good deal of carbonation that creates a lasting tan colored quarter-inch of foam on top. No lacing. Nose is tart, perhaps a touch lactic - very interesting - with cocoa asserting itself. Cocoa again on the palate and tart with a port-like fruitiness in the middle and a roasted coffee finish. The hop flavor is earthy and faded. Smooth and slightly slick on the tongue, perhaps from the addition of oats? Perhaps a little thin? This is a very English tasting stout, which I guess makes sense given the Peter Austin system the brewery uses, which I believe incorporates wood, which could explain the tart/sour character of this beer. Remarkably drinkable given the the complexity; but then again maybe I'm just thirsty. Really like the roasted malt and bitter hops finish.

Photo of sliverX
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a jet black with a small tight bubbled head that faded to a thick film around thew edges that left some nice sticky lacing
smell is sweet coffee, hinting towards dark fruits also for some reason picking up a bit of a spiced rum thing too no hop presence noticed
taste is big astringent coffee can some what pick up some oatmeal like notes too again no hops picked up
mouthfeel is slightly short of thick but holds itself well carbonation is perfect
drinkability, I like this one very much goes down nice and won't knock you down after more than one so highly recommend this one

Photo of volkswankin
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Supremely black, with a beautiful tan-caramel head. Looks like an alluring stout, that like a beautiful woman at at pub, begs attention.

S - Not much here. The appearance is sort of a tease here. Very subtle malt and a hint of dark chocolate are all that I could ascertain.

T - Definitely some bitter, dark chocolate, nice malty mid-palate, and a creamy sweet and subtle hoppy and dry finish. Not much complexity. Seems a bit lacking for an Oatmeal Stout. It does bear some of the charter of a good oatmeal, but they almost seem muted here.

M - Very light bodied for a stout. Almost seems watery, with a bit of carbonation. Drinks much like a Guiness, but with less body.

D - I would say this is a very drinkable stout, especially for novices.

Overall, this Oatmeal Stout is very restrained, which may cater to the masses. A stout that would please people who don't care for very bold flavors.

Photo of stoutman
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised at how little aroma there was ... some hint of roasted malts, but not a lot. Rich nitrogen-esque creaminess. Some toasted malt flavor, some chocolate, a mild bitterness at the base of the tongue. Not sweet like most "oatmeal" stouts. This is an "oat malt" stout and is quite different from "oatmeal" stout in that it has the almost dry finish of an Irish stout . Highly recommended.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Sep 11, 2008
Pours black with a moderate light tan head . lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Watery mouthfeel with lots of roasted malt,some chocolate,and burnt coffee notes, and I get a slight alcohol finish. A nice offering.Very drinkable.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate beige head, but it leaves thin ring lace. Near black color where no light shines through

The smell is far more mild than a typical stout. There are faint coffee grounds and dark, dark chocolate aromas

Strong espresso flavor. No creaminess at all. The aftertaste features unsweetened chocolate flavor. The body is neutral with a lower level of carbonation, giving it a fuller mouthfeel than the liquor suggests.

Photo of beerluvr
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of nota
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes on my blog Pilgrims Pub. This beer pours a dark brown almost black with a two finger tan head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing left on glass. Enormous roasted malt smell. The taste is of dark roasted coffee, with bitter sweet chocolate overtones. Creamy full bodied beer with a dry finish. Exceptional drinkability, one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of nixhecks
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this brew aas part of a beer-of-the-month shipment - I am always excited to get a new stout with these. Poured a jet black color with a mocha colored head that dissapated within a couple minutes. The aroma is very nice, a malty smell along with the usual sweet cocoa/coffee notes. The flavor is full of smoky roasted malt, very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation (I wouldn't say it was too much though). I like this stout more and more with every sip - I have been looking for a beer that exhibited the smoke flavor like this one does. It reminds me of hickory bacon, something I can never pass up. Great beer, you could maybe say not a great oat stout, but this is still one to try out

Photo of ken3c
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite close to black with a fine textured tan head. Sheets of foam layer the sides. I love the way the beer horizon (the separation between the beer and the head) looks. It stayed that way throughout the beer.

This smells like carmel with a hint of flowery hops.

The taste is like sweet chocalate. The finish is still sweet plus flowery.

Very smooth and creamy. The persistant head creates a "milk" mustache feel. Maybe a little thin.

Very enjoyable. I always enjoy Arcadia beers, especially at the brewpub.

Photo of Mitchster
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Black Patent malts and Malted oats. Hopped with Willamette and Cascade hops.

OG=1.058, 5.4% ABV.

Hrmm, pours a nice jet black with only a rim of tan at the bottom of the glass. Forms a nice pancake head, but quickly thins. Smaller bubbles than the Arcadia IPA, moderate carbonation. The aroma is heavenly!..Think sweet, dark hazelnut coffee, maple syrup and vanilla. Really amazing aroma. Taste is initially brisk flavor hops, dark sweet malt, some burnt sugar, giving way to a chocolate and coffee finish. The bittering hops are a little too harsh during the finish and hinder it's drinkability. Others have said this beer has a thin body, but I disagree. It's not syrupy or cloying (say, like a Bell's Expedition Stout), and has a nice mouthfeel. The alcohol become obtrusive during the middle of the glass, and is this beer's only detriment.

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!

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me why oatmeal stouts were one of my earliest favorite styles, and why they still hold a special place in my heart. Full bodied with a well-mannered roasted malt flavor, some hints of coffee and a finish that was smooth with a satisfying bitterness.

Photo of BrendanDouglas
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.