Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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149 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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 Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,650 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (1,464 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent sized tan head. Nose is just beautiful. Extremely full with perfectly balanced cocoa character. Calms down as time goes on. Flavor is smooth with an obvious sweet edge. A bitter tone is what you get for an aftertaste. Nice malty smoothness, sure. But not as flavorful as I would love for it to be. The bitter could stand to be overshadowed by something more pleasant. Still, it is a robust stout. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the body of the liquid is pretty good. Overall a nice hearty stout. There isn’t really much to pick on it about.

Added note: I found this was much better at room temperature than chilled at all. (664 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black is it's uniform, topped with a crown of roasted tan head, well-retained, bubbly.
Aroma, notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee, anise, pepper, an interesting amalgam of stouty characteristics, all twisted together quite well. Complex and intriguing. Right from the first sniff, I knew I was in for a "sweet stout."
Taste: not so vibrant on the palate, small hop content, thick, assured malt, rich, delicious. Great texture, marvelous play on the tongue, Malt nears viscosity here, yet still remains creamy, and ends a bit dryly. Flavor lingers through the finish. A nice, everyday easily-drinkable stout, with considrable character. I'd stock my fridge with it, if I could, but alas, I have to make do with Kalamazoo Stout.
Big thanks to CRJMellor for this bottle! (773 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color with a 1" milk chocolate colored head. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and oats are picked up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and mild burnt coffee tones dominate the flavor profile. Some molasses, prunes, and brown sugar are less predominant. Some mild bitterness rounds this out.

Mouthfeel: smooth and very dry throughout. Heavy bodied. Long aftertaste as roasted and burnt tones stick to the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: a bit above average in my opinion, but the strong roasted tones peel it back a bit. Worth a try. (624 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (329 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (1,490 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (453 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
1.58/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Black. Bigass Huge brown head. It takes forever to dissipate. Looks to be a sign of bad things to come (i.e., overcarbonation).

Aroma: Wet cardboard. Chocolate. Dry cardboard.

Taste: Wet cardboard. Astringent husk tones. Dry cardboard. Plastic. Chemicals. Etc...

Mouthfeel: Jacked up carbonation. Gaseous in the mouth. Hardly swallowable.

Drinkability: Yeah, right!! BYE BYE STARBOARD!!! (412 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Ashleys, a bartender recommendation...It pours nice and black with a full creamy head that has really nice lacing, my hopes are high...The aroma is really dead, hard to pull anything out but a little roast coffee, my hopes start to fade...The taste is better than the aroma, it has a light flavor but not much here and its super thin to drink.

This is nothing more than an average oatmeal stout. (417 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
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 (549 characters)

Photo of markgugs
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a fairly standard looking stout style, inky black. Virtually no head whatsoever, but leaves a bit of swirling, creamy foam as the beer dwindles.

S: Nice aroma of roasted oats and bitter but sweet coffee flavors.

T: Decent sweet roasted oats to begin, but the flavoring simply disappears too quickly. It leaves me wanting more, or least more fuller flavoring, the beer simply doesn't offer enough. This is a rather bland beer.

M: Very thin-bodied beer, I was really hoping it'd be a solid bready mouthfeel, but this is entirely lacking chewiness. It's almost watery.

D: It'd be easy enough to session with this beer, but quite frankly it's not exciting enough to drink more than 1 or 2. (756 characters)

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Arcadia Starboard Stout from Arcadia Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.