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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
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 Dalem
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What I thought was a soft pour was apparently not soft enough. This foamed up like crazy. Could only get about half the bottle in the glass and the head was rising up over the top of the rim and took awhile to calm down. What I could see of the beer it was the dark brown you'd expect from a stout with a (huge) chocolate malt top. Someone went a little too crazy in the carbonation department perhaps. Though this is a oatmeal stout the thing you smell the most is alcohol, which is weird because it's not that high of an alcohol content (5.5%), along with a bit of bitter coffee and vanilla. Not really any oat aroma at all which I find kinda odd.
The first noticed in the taste was a bitterness. Not a pleasant bitterness that a stout should have though. More like a cup of gas station coffee from a pot that has been sitting on the warming tray for a couple of hours too long. A bit of the oat taste shows taste show up too and they are roasty but it's almost like they were caught right before they were burnt to a crisp and tossed in the vat. The bitterness lingers too much in the aftertaste too.
It's a bummer because I would really like to get behind what Arcadia is doing but so far everything I've tried by 'em has left me a dissapointed.

Dalem, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

enfield249, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SPLITGRIN was kind enough to throw this one in as an extra in our latest trade, thanks buddy.

Pours a dark brown color with a huge 2 fingers of mocha colored head. A mass of tiny bubbles, compact, and soft; I had to wait a few seconds for this to recede and proceed to empty my beer bottle. The head stops at about one fifth of an inch and retains a nice layer throughout, very presentable beer.

The aroma is roasty, with a bit of anise and oddly enough I’m getting some yeast aromas that are characteristic of hefe-weizens; mostly a bit of dry banana-chips comes through and a slight hop presence. In the back I can detect some caramel and oats. Also some milk chocolate and again some chocolate covered frozen bananas. It’s not a big banana flavor at all, it’s quite subtle but that’s what I’m getting from the aroma.

The taste is of roasted malts a bit of roasted barley, grains, and very little chocolate and very little coffee. Not too much after that, a little bland. Mouthfeel is average with a slightly numbing sensation instead of being silky and smooth. It’s a fairly easy beer to drink, always good to try new beers.

seaoflament, Nov 15, 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 riversider76
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

riversider76, Sep 28, 2007
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.

david131, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Nice solid brown head that stands a finger thick. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. Color is pure black. No light getting through here.
Smell first reminded me of some maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. There are also more subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a slightly charred malt that enhances the chocolate and vanilla flavors. It kind of reminds me of a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. Bitterness seems to be more from the dark roast than from hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and very drinkable.

bort11, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mahogany with no highlights on this overcast morning. A loud 'pffft' on crown cracking led to a large, reverse cascading, toasted oatmeal colored cap that made me think the brewery hid an unadvertised nitro widget in the bottle. The lid is persisting nicely, but isn't leaving much lace.

I hate to say it, but the nose is pure Arcadia. In other words, there's a 'can't miss it' sourness underlying the roasted malt. There might be a hint of chocolate (and even less coffee), with unripe dark fruitiness having the run of the joint. I have a sneaking suspicion that the aroma will be better than the flavor.

Good call. I can handle a mild, or even a moderate, amount of tartness in an oatmeal stout (although it really doesn't belong), but Starboard Stout goes overboard in that department. Why do these guys have to brew such sour beer? If it isn't intentional, why can't they fix it?

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee beans mixed with a copious quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice. My taste buds are trying to filter out the juice, but it isn't easy. This is drinkable beer, it just isn't beer that I'd care to drink again.

Given the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel isn't too far out of whack. It's a trifle thin and is gently carbonated, but I can't be too hard on it. If the brewery works on anything, I'd suggest they work on the flavor profile first.

Arcadia Starboard Stout (I've decided not to use the beer's initials) is a pretty typical Arcadia offering. If you like sour oatmeal stouts, then belly up to the bottle. Good thing Michiganders have a whole lot of excellent stouts to choose from.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well rounded stout aroma that boasts of chocolate and patent malts. It's rich with a stiff black malt backbone. The taste is good also. It has a smooth roasted flavor that boasts of patent malts and roasted barley. It's dry and earthy with a mild oatmeal element. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's the only beer from this brewery that I'll probably finish. The yeast is hard to detect. I assume it's from the large amounts of black malts. All in all, a fine session ale.

WesWes, Aug 13, 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 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.

scoobybrew, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Very nice on the eyes. One of the best looking stouts I"ve had. Color is black, or near enough. The head is two fingers, a creamy off tan color with great retention and lacing.

Nose: Heavy chocolate and roasted aromas. Also some sweet malt aromas, not much in the way of hops. Aroma could be a bit more potent.

Tongue: Slight roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Also sweetness that is unlike anything else I've found in the stout. All in all a great brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer with a nice full body. This beer has lower carbonation which I find appropriate for a heavier bodied beer, in my opinion. This is a brew that I'd have no trouble drinking all night, however before I buy this particular brew again I'm going to try others of the style as this is one of my first oatmeal stouts.

becktone, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried it on-tap at the brewery, poured near black with some nutty brown highlights. Tall thick, creamy tan head that shows that familiar downward carbonation. The head refuses to recede. Not much lace left behind however.

Hard to detect a lot through the dense creamy head. Some roasted malt and a slight metallic character. Not much to be impressed with.

Extra creamy and thick. Milky light cocoa and a hint of coffee. Mostly malt and not extremely flavorful. Judging from the reviews from the bottle, I'm curious about some of the differences on-tap. It seems to be a well received brew overall, but I was unimpressed with the flavor.

The mouthfeel was a saving grace however. Creamy and milky with some light carbonation. In my opinion many of this beer’s characteristics are similar to those of a dry Irish stout instead of an oatmeal. Solid, but not at all what I expected.

letsgopens, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pretty good looking near black colour with a thinner than expected, creamy off-white head that leaves a small amount of residue on the glass,

The aroma is somewhat sweet, with some cocoa in the mix along with some caramel and a bit of coffee. Well blended but a touch thin.

The flavour is essentially more of the same: some general cocoa and caramel sweetness, with some coffee notes and other maltiness that make for a more rugged taste than expected from the aroma. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and just way too thin and watery for an oatmeal stout. There's just something way off and unattractive here.

I wasn't a fan of this one overall. Aroma and flavour are average at best and the mouthfeel really kills this one. It just seems to take any balance that might be here and throw it out the window. Not horrible, but borderline non-recommendable.

SixpointJMH, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown, almost black. Tan head quickly becomes a soapy ring.

Smell is dark roasted grain with underlying oatmeal sweetness. Strong notes of coffee and vanilla.

Taste is similar to the nose. The coffee makes a stronger appearance, also has the addition of dark fruit and chocolate. Very slight hops in the finish along with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a stout. Medium bodied.

This stout is not as robust as I would prefer. It is certainly drinkable, there isn't anything offensive going on. A very middle of the road stout.

Blakaeris, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of bashiba
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep black with ruby highlights and a thick dark tan head, decent retention with light lacing.

Smell was full with heavy black malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Flavor was suprisingly light with a predominantly burnt malt flavor with some light hints of coffee and oats. Had a musty and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was also very thin and watery with a touch of good warmth.

A little to thin and simple of a stout for me, I would skip this one.

bashiba, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

drseamus, Jun 16, 2007
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 tavernjef
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark cola brown approaching black in most light. A sliver of amber penetrates the bottom. Small, lightly puffy yet densely spongey packed cap of tan foam sits briefly before splipping to an always present skim and lots of chocolate milk bubbles along the edge. Some very thick boney fingered lace is flung about the glass and sticks well.

Solid aroma of mild roasted malt, with a tenderly sweet and creamy sense to it with a touch of ash and floral hops notes. As it warms it lowers its intensity by quite a bit, however, stays appetizing and oaty sweet.

Nice taster too. Roasty, smokey, lightly sweet underneath but barely present with the oat malt. Drys out nicely with a smokey ash and burnt malt mildness. Stays smooth and fairly creamy for the most part as the dryness only flecks about with the taste of burntness more then the actual burntness itself. Interesting balance to say the least. Well done on that account.

Smooth, creamy, and mixed in with a nice smokey ash-like dryness within. Stays mild and fairly crsipy overall and quite easy to deal with. Body is about medium with only a slow start to hamper its character. Finish is all about the burntish dryness. Which is quite acceptable and borderline porter-esk if not one altogether.

A solid Oaty stout here. One of the better offerings from Arcadia and well worth trying out.

tavernjef, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Compliments of jwc215. Thanks, Joe!

This pours from 12oz bottle almost a pitch black with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a few islands and it has some good lacing.

The smell is very sweetish. I'm getting sweet malt and some raosted malt.

The taste at first hits me with a lot of sweetness but that is taken over almost immediately by an oat and a roasted malt flavour and...there's something in the yaste that is really a sour bitter. It's distracting me from enjoying this brew as much as I should be able to.

More sips in and nothing is changing. I *will* say that the finish ends up on a semisweet note and is nice but that distraction that I mentioned is going to knock off some points in the taste department. Too bad.

Bitterbill, May 26, 2007
Photo of adams82
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black colour with ruby highlights with a beautiful off-white/light tan head which leaves tons of lacing. Smells roasty; chocolate, coffee, bittersweet dark malts and hint of caramel. Tastes roasty as well, the coffee and chocolate flavors really dominate and the oats lend a nice silky character which balances nicely with the hoppy finish.

Over all a really good beer, my favorite offering from Arcadia thus far! Silky smooth from start to finish with loads of roasty/toasty flavors and aromas, a real winner!

adams82, May 04, 2007
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.

kimcgolf, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

jwc215, Apr 22, 2007
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
Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.