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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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213 Ratings

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Ratings: 213
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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Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

I think there was something wrong with my bottle it was very low in the carbonation. i've had it in the past before and i remember it being better.
poured like a flat draught beer with no head except maybe a few stray bubbles it seems thick and oily in appearance.
the smell has a slight burnt aroma, dark malts, little chocolate
the mouthfeel is a little creamy

12-31-2005 04:06:46 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a nearly black color with a tan head. The aroma is a little bit of roasted malt with fruit. Nutty malt flavor with a little bit of roastiness. Tangy fruit flavors as well. Astringenct is bothersome. The finish is bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a decent beer. Nothing too good, but certainly the best of the Arcadia sampler pack.

09-11-2005 19:23:37 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of zerk


3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

From the Arcadia sampler

Pours pitch black with very little head. Aromas of roasted malt, a touch of sourness, and a slight trace of herbal hops. Flavor was a bit odd for an oatmeal stout... no sweetness to speak of, dominated by roasted malt/coffee. Not overly smooth, and somewhat thin... with a very dry finish. An interesting brew, but not one that I'm likely to seek out.

12-30-2002 14:54:54 | More by zerk
Photo of marcellaproust


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

This stout is as rich as a porter, but still a stout. Mine disappointingly had no head, just a gesture of foam crescent around the rim. Smell was very subtle roasted barley. I'm trying to track the taste, which is good, but the following description might misleadingly convey the reverse: malt and roasted barley up front hastily give way to dried, roasted coffee bean (not brewed but chewed), which then slides into an incredibly satisfying bitter finish, leaving an aftertaste of burnt pan glazing. The mouthfeel a bit on the sticky-thick side for my taste. I don't foresee drinking more than two of these at a sitting. . . .cheers!

04-19-2004 03:03:12 | More by marcellaproust
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours very dark, a deep brown, almost black, chocolate color with some burnt amber highlights at the edges. Thick rocky dark tan head. Nice color and appearance always endears me more toward stouts that I try -- the darker it is, the more impressed I am. Pity that the nose is not nearly as impressive, with acrid grain funk aromas predominating and a bit of coffee-chocolate roastiness underneath. The taste is somewhat of an improvement over the aroma, with a dark roasted grain husk character showing most strongly, bringing a long with it some modest coffee and ever-so-slight butterscotch flavors. Full body and overall substantial palate; not exceptionally silky, or even all that smooth, but this goes down pretty well, all things considered. Glad to have sampled this, but with one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in the world usually available just a short drive away at select LCBOs, I'll probably pass on this one next time I see it.

01-31-2007 03:37:44 | More by orfeu
Photo of divineaudio


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

guest nitro tap at rochester mills brewpub. notes from last new year's.

a - black in color with the typical finger of dense creamy head. foam completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - faint roast, faint cola. not much going on here.

t - roasted malt with dark chocolate notes. has a lingering, espresso like bitterness. finishes dry.

m - medium in body with lighter carbonation. very smooth as expected.

o - pretty good but nothing memorable. would oder it again it i saw it on tap.

11-25-2012 20:43:45 | More by divineaudio
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Pours a dark, almost black color with a thin tan head.

S: fresh coffee, oats and dark chocolate.

T: The initial flavor was bitter roasted malt, coffee and dry chocolate. There was some dry oats and a smooth roasted character with some dry vanilla creamer notes.

M: very thin, with a light creaminess and very lightly carbonated with a slick finish.

D: Ok drinkability, not bad, just lacks heart and body. Aroma was more promising then flavor.

07-02-2008 23:17:03 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of MJR


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a deep black that shows a bit of garnet when held to a strong light. A light brown head starts at a 1/2 inch and quickly retires to the side of the glass, leaving nothing in the center.

Smell: Sharp aroma of roasted malt and rich coffee. A hint of caramel is hidden deep in the muck. Maybe a bit of licorice.

Taste: The flavor is all roasted malts and burnt coffee grounds. A sharp, acidic note appears midpalate and sticks around the rest of the time. There's a bit of caramel malt, but it's well buried. A bit of chocolate towards the end. Finishes with a flicker of green hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, with an acidic, dry finish. This brew is seriously lacking the body department. This is supposed to be an oatmeal stout?

Drinkability: Average. There's not much going on with this brew, and the lackluster body and mouthfeel only hurt it more. Lots of room for improvement here...

07-03-2003 21:19:25 | More by MJR
Photo of granger10


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

This stout pours dark in color with a medium sized tan head. It has a roasted coffee aroma. The taste most noticeable is of oats. Very oaty. Burnt espresso is also noted. Too little of amount of hops are used in this one. Not much of a finish. Tastes decent enough, just not complex or balanced as much as I would have liked it to have been.

07-23-2003 13:26:28 | More by granger10
Photo of SaucyA


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured about a little over half finger worth of dark tan head. Dark, dark, dark brown, but i found little lacing to be present.

Smells nice and roasty, with a bit of coffee/chocolate/carmel on the back end.

Taste is good, not as complex as it could be. Lots of coffee and cocoa, and I'm pretty sure the only hops I'm tasting are the residuals from the glass of IPA I just drank ;) It's a good stout, but seems lacking.

Not too heavily carbonated, but a bit heavy and oily.. I don't know if I'd return to this offering of Arcadia Starboard Stout until I see it on tap.

While it's definitely worth a try, I won't necessarily go out of my way for it.

01-16-2007 04:53:12 | More by SaucyA
Photo of JustinOSU99


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Dark brown in color with a tan head that quickly dissapates.

S: Major smells are immediate semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. Hints of caramel, mocha, malted barley and sweet cream.

T: The earlier mentioned semi-sweet chocolate seems to really stand out right away, with a sweet, milky follow up. Smooth, but not overly sophisticated.

M: Very light for a stout. Almost too creamy and lacks body that I am used to.

D: A good beer to have every once in awhile...not a great stout though.

03-20-2008 23:35:38 | More by JustinOSU99
Photo of luciusgilmer


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

bottle poured into tulip glass

A: deep rich coffee color with bubbly head that dissipates very quickly.

S: I sensed that this coffee/toasted oat smell was somehow artificial. I don't know how true that is, but it tasted better than it smelled, which was thin or fake somehow.

T: Nice combination of oat and coffee flavors. It's really reminiscent of my coffee pot when I leave just a bit in the bottom and it burns--not unpleasant, really. I get the sense from many of Arcadia's brews that the flavors should be richer somehow.

M: Really pleasant in the mouth despite some bitterness to the taste: good carbonation, smooth drinking.

D: It's bitter but not too heavy, and has a nice taste, so I can see having a few of these, maybe buying it again (or not).

03-18-2009 03:02:50 | More by luciusgilmer
Photo of rings


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

An oat malt stout, as opposed to the more common non-malted oatmeal variety. This was a silver medal winner in the 2003 World Beer Championship.

Very dark in color, it opens up very nicely as it warms. The nose is the standard coffee aroma, from the chocolate barley, with a cocoa head that dissipates a little too quickly. The flavors are complex, however, as you roll it around the tongue. It almost has a lactic feel to it, with a little silkiness from the oats, but I also detected hints of grape and plum, in addition to the expected coffee and chocolate notes. There is a definite hop presence, but it's not too firm. The lingering after-taste is mainly malt and sweetness.

It's a very nice stout and pretty standard for its style.

02-11-2011 21:03:04 | More by rings
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -3.8%

A: A pitch black in color with hints of brown, a nice finger of tan head at the top, and lacing was only present in the beginning.

S: Strong coffee notes with roasted malts, a slight hint of brown sugar or caramel, couldnt really put my finger on it.

T: Very roasty flavor to this one, the coffee is present as you drink it with slight hints of berries.

M: Was expecting a more creamy mouthfeel, but it was more on the medium body side of things, not to much carbonation.

O: Overall a good brew, nothing crazy but a nice stout.

04-17-2013 21:12:40 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of marc77


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Virtually inpenetrable black hue, with only trace garnet haze when held to light. Scanty, near - lace remains. Burnt, carbonaceous barley in aroma is tapered by lingering notes of toffeeish dark caramel and molasses tinged brown sugar. Subtle, earthy hop nose melds with the roasted barley presence lending a dirty, singed soil suggestion. Caramel malt sweetness upfront in flavor is ensued and offset by a combination of dry, carbonized, coffeeish unmalted barley and rounder, but non descript hop bitterness. Dusty, blurred, sweetish notes of prune and raisin attempt a dark fruit contrast, only to be abated by cleanly bittered, sharp burnt barley. Mild note of unsweetened baker's chocolate adds token depth and smooths the carbon driven presence late. Very well attenuated, and lacking dextrin and protein derived viscosity in mouthfeel. Finishes clean and mostly dry, with fleeting residual sweetness yielding to hints of smokey charcoal. Starboard is a flavorful stout with an outstanding burnt malt presence, but unfortunately, there's little else to provide support and / or contrast. Taken altogether it's a relatively tasty, but somewhat prosaic brew.

07-01-2003 19:21:10 | More by marc77
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz. bottle thanks to the effervescent beermanbrian

Pours onyx black with a thick brown head that thins. Mior lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very rich and roasty with some dark espresso and cocoa tones.

Taste is very roasty upfront with a slight astringency from the roasted malts. Some nice chocolate and espresso flavors mixed in as well. Finishes with a lingering burnt taste in my mouth. I suspect they get a little crazy with the black patent.

Rather light body, plenty of carbonation.

This could be great, if they would not be so aggressive with the roasted malts. As is, it's drinkable but just generally average.

07-30-2006 18:51:50 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of BMoney575


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Sampled on 2-14-10

Pours completely black and opaque, with filmy tan that spicks in chunks to the sides of the glass.

Smell is all very bready malt, light notes of anise and molasses.

Taste is sweet malt at the beginning, followed by a surprising hop bitterness. A bit out-of-place, the bitterness becomes the most dominant character.

Mouthfeel is good, slick but still creamy, it fits the style.

Drinkability is decent, but the bitter kick becomes tiring.

Overall, average, and nothing better.

02-14-2010 20:02:06 | More by BMoney575
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours the darkest of browns with a thin tan head. A bit of retention,and decent lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee,and malt. Body is thin,and a bit watery for this style. Taste is of coffee,and dark chocolate,roasted,with a bit of a bite in the finish.

09-28-2007 00:14:33 | More by riversider76
Photo of Mavigo


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Crunchy's had this on nitro-tap for a good deal. Went for it. Served in a mug.

A: It looked awesome, a murky, opaque muddy black color with a half inch off white head with reasonable amounts of lacing. Head retained itself the whole time.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal, barley, malts

T: sort of goes down hill here, has a strange taste to it, conflicting with the chocolate, coffee, barley, and malty flavors that are expected. I can't really describe it, it was just weird.

M: Full bodied, fairly carbonated, off balanced by strange after taste

O: overall it was alright, I thought it looked amazing but it didn't taste amazing, won't seek this out again but maybe it was just me.

04-18-2013 17:37:34 | More by Mavigo
Photo of enfield249


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Pours thick and dark, no highlights in the corners. Tan ring of foam that stays around the whole drink.

S - Roasty, sweet and some slight floral smells. Slight coffee.

T - Lots of roast and coffee, with none of the hop flavor that might have had to do with smell.

M - Full but not mouth coating. About a 6 out of 10 on the carbonation scale, which I'm not a huge fan of in this style.

D - Very drinkable. Good to go with meat dishes, which I had with this. A nice oatmeal stout, could be a weekly beer.

11-26-2007 23:28:59 | More by enfield249
Photo of jwc215


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottling date notched on side of label is cryptic-C and O marked, whatever that means...

Pours pitch black with a tan head that descends to a thin cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

Not much of an aroma - some roasted oat malt.

The taste is of sweet oat malt. Hints of chocolate and berry fruiitiness come through as it progresses. A touch of balancing bitterness, though it remains sweet through the finish.

Thinner than I would expect, it also has something of a vague acidic astringency to it that detracts.

It has potential, with a decent enough taste, but falls short of being anything special.

04-22-2007 16:01:48 | More by jwc215
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Beer pours jet black with brown notes around the edges. There is a one finger off white head.

S: Aroma is not as powerful as I would like. It has some roasted malt in it and a bit of caramel sweetness, but it is pretty tame.

T: Flavor has a lot of flatness in it. There is a bit of roasted malt and caramel but it is fairly hollow.

M: A bit thin for a stout.

D: This is about average for an oatmeal stout.

06-16-2007 05:07:23 | More by drseamus
Photo of DanGeo


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

09-10-2013 23:51:18 | More by DanGeo
Photo of Shumista


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

09-12-2008 00:09:01 | More by Shumista
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

08-16-2014 14:12:04 | More by Gryphon69
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