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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

220 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 149
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 ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of TheDM
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured very small head of fine to medium sized dark brown bubbles and an opaque black body. It has a very strong malt coffee aroma. I eagerly anticipated the first taste after smelling the coffee in the aroma. And I was not disappointed. It has a very strong coffee malt flavor with a slight bite in its finish. There's something else in the flavor. Its well hidden. After reading the ratings before me, I have to agree that its the sweetness that's missing from this "Sweet Stout". It is not sweet with the typical chocolate flavor present in a sweet stout.

Photo of Doublicious
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug.

Arcadia Starboard Stout poured an opaque black with a root beer float looking foamy tan head that had good retention and left behind streaks of lacing. The smell and taste is of slightly bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Starboard has a smooth roasted flavor of malts and oats. Mouth feel is medium and smooth.

Starboard is my first Oatmeal Stout. It is a good drinkable stout that is not too heavy or complex.

Photo of matty
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black stout with a thick creamy tan head.Strong smell of cocoa and alcohol.Taste is malt ,cocoa and alcohol.I am surprised to see that the Abv is only 5.5! Otherwise very smooth and enjoyable stout.Would definetly recommend and would purchase again although I doubt I could drink more than a few at one sitting!!

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been cellared a while.

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a foamy inch and a half tan head that dissipates slowly.

Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of soy form the aroma.

Flavor is more subtle, with roasted malt emerging late in the sip. Underpinnings of dark cherries, sherry, and chocolate add complexity early, eventually succumbing to toasted nuts at the finish, which is just a touch dry and oatmeal-like.

Body is a little light, possibly exacerbated by slightly high carbonation.

Seems to have held up well. Slight oxidation, but it's easily overlooked for this review. The underlying fruitiness becomes metallic, and is a bit overwhelming.

Photo of wingman14
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. There is tons of carbonation, even a side pour almost caused a spill. I had to wait a few minutes for the head to recede. Smells sweet, burnt, chocolate, and malt. I could smell some alcohol as well. Taste is sweet and bitter, with a burnt bitter aftertaste. I felt like its mouthfeel was lighter than most stouts. The carbonation and bitterness really come through with the other suble flavors. This is a beer worth trying because it is so flavorful but it lacks balance between flavor and bite. I would have enjoyed it much better if the carbonation and bitterness were a bit more subdued, but I still recommend checking this one out.

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After using my regular bottle opener the cap would loudly burst off, poping highly in the air and to a far away corner of the kitchen. A geizer of steam rose up from th neck of the bottle. The pour proved very difficult, a quarter inch of beer resulted in nearly four inches of bubbly heads. These soapy brown suds continued to rise slowly long, long after the pour. Any try at further attempt only aggrevated the situation. The heads sizzled too, oddly, like water hitting a grill. I waited patiently...

Meanwhile, siiting and waiting I have nothing to do but look at it. Appears black when looking from straight on but actually rather brown from the sides, and even lighter to the light.

A very bold aroma. Filling. More than full of roast and oats. Strong oatmeal. An almost vineous, red-wine character suggesting notes of tenins. Pretty thickly coated.

Mouthfeel surprisingly under carbonated, very smooth. A little lackluster considering how much flavour the aroma packs in. Taste is somewhat thin. There was also a strong lactic component. A near sour lacticness. Flavours do, however, carry a nice silky chocolate finish.

The head would settle into nothing more than half a fingers worth and stay at that down to the finish. Pretty nice looking once it settled down. Both the aroma and flavours seem to fade in and out throughout my tasting. In the end I'd put it at about average. I'll be likely to try more from Arcadia in the future.

Thanks for the adventure Frozensoul327!

Photo of RedChrome
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color of this was midnight black and completely opaque. Tan head only made a small skin before disappearing. Too dark to see any carbonation. Lacing is watery and only holds in a few spots.

Super strong aroma of plums and vanilla. Oat quality is also present in the first whiff. Additional inhalations leave a light alcohol warmth. Hops bitter quality is non-existent

Burnt oat taste. Crisp on the tongue, but has an interesting alcohol aftertaste with a bit of spent coffee grinds. Bitter ending is a nice surprise after the scent.

An excellent amount of carbonation burst onto the tongue right away. Thickness is just above average.

Decent offering. Decent beer to enjoy with a smoked turkey sandwich. Far more readily available choices in the style offer more flavor quality. This isn't a bad offering, just week next to others.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of an Arcadia sampler: Pours almost black with a medium but quickly dissipating light brown head. Decent lacing. Aroma of coffee and malt. Flavor was creamy and somewhat thin, consisting of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Finish was creamy and slightly metallic. Interesting but not great.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, coded C3, bottled on 6/11/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is OK, lacing is good. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and oatmeal. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a burnt/charred taste. Starts off sweet, finishes bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but thin at the same time, as weird as that sounds. Seems a bit on the light side for a stout. However, the beer is smooth and easy to drink so the drinkability is good. Overall I think it's a decent oatmeal stout, I enjoyed it.

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a five-finger, brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Color is black, no hint of ruby. Light carbonation and light-medium body. Nose is sweet and nutty. Smooth but on the thin side, flavor is roasted chocolate that finishes with a slight baker's chocolate taste. Not nearly as dry as a Guinness. $2.10 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This literally exploded out of the bottle, with about 10-15% going to waste as foam. It finally settled down in the glass to a deep dark brown, with a too-thick tan head. Aroma was a sweet chocolate, and the mouthfeel was tingly and, of course, highly carbonated. The pleasant flavor of sweet chocolate and toffee was somewhat offset by the body that was a bit on the thin side. Finish was decent, but somewhat watery and short in duration, due to a combination of the watery body and low alcohol content.

A so-so beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a coffee black color with a small, short-lived, tan head.

S - It smelled of oatmeal. Also, a roasted malt presence in the nose.

T - It tasted quite bittersweet with a smooth roasted malt flavor.

M - It was smooth and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice oatmeal stout. Nothing to scour the planet for, but it certainly is drinkable.

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

Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown pour, dark white head. Extreamly carbonated, so much so I had to pour twice, extreamly slowly and still eventually just carved off the excessive head. Thought it was potentially infected, but the smell did not lead that way. Mild roast malt, chocolate, some oat, peat, pretty inoffensive. Dry taste of the same roast malt and light chocolates. Like a weak Guiness, made me think this was a dry Irish stout. Finish very clean, but also quite non-descript watery. Drinkability was very good after the mamoth foam was removed. This is the first from Arcadia I've had that seems a bit questionable. I definetely wonder about the age of this one....Worth another try maybe.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has an opaque black color and pours out with a thick tan foamy head. The head settles to a much thinner layer fairly quickly but doesn't disappear entirely. Roasted, coffee-like malt dominates the aroma. The taste is also dominated by the roasted malt. There is very slight hop finish. It has a medium body with a nice smoothness to it and is moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a decent example of an oatmeal stout. It's well done and enjoyable.

Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch black with very minimal light getting through on the edges. A nice light brown head forms and settles to a thin covering that works its way to a ring around the top of the liquid. Very nice.

S- Very roasty with emphasis on the chocolate aspect. The oatmeal is definitely noticeable. I also get some vanilla out of this.

T- Very roasty. Same as the aroma but a little more potent.

M- A little too dry on the finish, but it is silky smooth in the mouth.

D- I was impressed with this one. A great example of the style.

Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a small dark brown head.

A- Sweet roasted malts. Slight aroma of bittersweet chocolates.

T- Bitter initial taste with a slight lingering taste throughout. Roasted malts, with an aftertaste of dark chocolate.

M- Medium-full body with light carbonation. Incredibly silky smooth.

D- Nice tasty stout. Quite drinkable.

Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're looking at my reviews and saw how I reviewed the Expedition Stout from Bells, you'll be happy to know that this beer redeemed stouts for me again! I had this for/with breakfast, isn't that what oatmeal stouts are for ? ;-)

Pours like hot molasses with 1 finger creamy tan head that lingers for a while. Just a slight bitter/burnt smell, and as it wamrs you get a hint of fruitiness.

Starts out with surprisingly little flavor and quickly the bitter roasted/burnt malt and oatmeal take over. A slight juicy sweetness and a hint of fruit, that I couldn't immediately place. Then when I looked at my notes again, trying to place the fruity flavor, I saw the word juciy was directly above the word fruit, and it hit me, it wasn't a real fruit that I was tasting (which is why I couln't palce it) it was Juicy Fruit! Is this a result of the oatmeal? It seems like that flavor is present if I eat raw oats (which I do, I like the flavors of raw grains) and they start to break down to sweetness in the mouth. Bitter aftertaste.

Moderate, but not overly thich body, very light carbonation.

Stouts to me are not normally very drinkable. I will almost never drink two. But this beer is pretty drinkable, otherwise it would never have made a good breakfast, which it did!

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep oily brown hue with a half finger dark tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured solid chocolate and coffee aromas with a healthy dose of caramel.

The taste was upfront burnt grain that soon blended into a smooth sweet caramel malt. Nice coffee finish.

The mouthfeel was full with a lingering sweetness.

Overall a good oatmeal stout. Maybe a bit too much caramel though. Very drinkable nonetheless.

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