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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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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 Biggness

New York

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%

This was my second beer @ Arcadia last night. I was hesitant in ordering a second beer after the catastrophe that was Coco Loco. This beer was much better though. It poured very dark with a light head. I asked the bartender if that was a natural head and to my amazement it was an injected head. Anyone who loves this beer I beg you to come out to Long Island and go to Blue Point and try their Oatmeal Stout. Seeing as this was an oatmeal stout it gets some points but if I were to rate this as an oatmeal stout it would be an absolute yuck.

06-14-2008 11:58:39 | More by Biggness
Photo of Tbn2

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Poured black in color and when back lit, no light came through. One inch, tan head rises to the top and leaves sporadic lacing.

S-Like a good oatmeal stout should. Sweet malts, dark chocolates, smoke, and a touch of hops.

T/M-A little disappointing based on the smell. I thought the hops weren't as sweet as they smelled. The carbonation got in the way as well. Gave the beer a lighter feeling than I like out of my stouts. Finished rather dry and with an earthy hop taste at first, but as the beer warmed, the finish became sweeter. More characteristic of an oatmeal stout.

Overall this was a good beer. It didn't knock my socks off, but you won't go wrong with it.


06-04-2008 01:50:30 | More by Tbn2
Photo of BeerTruth


1.2/5  rDev -65.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, about an ounce consumed.

The letter "C" and the number "0" notched in the side. Are we supposed to know what that means?

Pours a cola black with a one finger brown head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of weak bubbles. No stickiness what so ever to speak of. Smell, umm...this is an oatmeal stout right? For some reason there is a big sour aroma which should not be there. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle or what, but it just isn't right. I can't detect any other smell to this other than the outright annoying funky scent. I'm predicting drain pour. First sip is more sourness, I'm not going any further. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong carbonation. This one is headed straight for the sink. I don't know what beer this is, but it definitely isn't an oatmeal stout...ugh.

06-03-2008 23:46:49 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of TuckerCarlson


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

This was out of the bargain bin at Chevy Chase. Hard to tell how this'll go.

a) Pours a dark, thick brown with only a tiny bit of light showing through the corner of the glass. Nice tan head forms but drops quickly to less than half an inch.

s) Not huge; kind of fruity, some yeasty, bready notes, some of the dark, roasted stuff coming through. Gets a little more chocolaty as it warms.

t) Kinda tastes like tobacco, honestly. There's a lot of burnt flavor, which isn't necessarily bad, and a bunch of the standard chocolate and coffee flavors. A little bit of the fruit still kicking around. I guess I'd call the finish astringent, because there really isn't another word for it.

m) Could be thicker, maybe less fizzy, but not bad.

d) This is a divisive beer. A person less bitter than I am at the world would probably find it a bit harsh (and who knows, if it had more alcohol it might cellar nicely). I guess I'd say this isn't very drinkable, but it's interesting, and I gotta give some credit for that.

05-18-2008 02:31:44 | More by TuckerCarlson
Photo of budsboy


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

Black completely with a smooth tan head.

Coffee and dark fruit aroma and little else.

Strong coffee flavors dominate with a lasting roasted malt aftertaste. No hop presence to speak of, but the dark malts provide bitterness aplenty.

Medium to light-bodied, this one could use a little more bulk.

A nice beer for the coffee lover in me. Rich coffee flavors work to make this one a nice after-dinner treat.

03-23-2008 19:50:07 | More by budsboy
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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
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville...
Pours a jet-black, deep-dark, ebony hue with a decent sized slightly tan frothy head which left a fair amount of lacing...
Subtle, soft aroma of slight cocoa, malts, and yeast...
Taste was slightly off-balanced and not too appealing... an off-beat balance of bitter and sweet, and the ovrall flavor was really not to my liking and not a great depiction of the style...
Slightly watered-down, loose, non-creamy mouthfeel without not much going on in this department...
Drinkability wasn't that great...
Not crazy about this one...
Not Arcadia's best for sure...

03-20-2008 01:05:29 | More by dsa7783
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4.22/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

03-18-2008 01:01:29 | More by marcobrau
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3.13/5  rDev -9%

This beer pours with an enormous head that lasted halfway through the beer for me. Good color of what you'd expect from a stout with small glimpses of deep garnet.

Smells of coffee, oats, vanilla and alcohol. First taste reminds me of what a stout should be--lots of dry coffee followed by dark chocolate taste. And finishes with a burnt wood flavor and a mild hop taste.

Feels bubbly in my mouth and a little waterey. Reminds me of a fizzier version of Guinness. It got better for me as I drank it.

Not bad but i expected better things from Arcadia.

03-17-2008 00:47:11 | More by strohme2
Photo of DackAchan


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours with a good two finger head. Almost no light gets through. Head of mahogany. Once the bottle was cracked, could smell the raisins and oats, sweet smell. Good taste, mixing of bitterness and sweet fruits. Little light on the mouthfeel. Drinkablility was decent.

03-14-2008 18:15:48 | More by DackAchan
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2.38/5  rDev -30.8%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Label depicts a sailboat going full sail. There are notches on the side of the bottle, but not sure how to interpret them.

Appearance: Pours with an absolutely enormous head, probably 1/4 of the glass is beer and 3/4 is head. This settles slowly into a nice, creamy, tan head, leavinf behind a medium amount of lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with hints of mahogany around the edges.

Smell: Slightly sweet yet spicy malts upfront with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Fruity/alcoholy right at first, this flavor pervades the whole drink. In fact, there is not much else here to discuss. No hops, very little roastiness, slight hint of creaminess from oats.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Carbonation is average, but the head produces id well beyond what it should be.

Drinkability: A disappointment, I have had much better from Arcadia.

02-26-2008 02:24:41 | More by beveritt
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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

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!!

02-24-2008 04:34:50 | More by matty
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

02-23-2008 01:01:52 | More by bluejacket74
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2.68/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

02-09-2008 16:08:00 | More by tempest
Photo of Vancer


2.83/5  rDev -17.7%

Coal black baby here, an aggressive pour pops up a frothy tan head that lays a lace ring around the glass. Yeasties on the bottle swirl up nicely.

Classic charcoal, burnt toast with a malty push to it. Quaff is a bit of a letdown, kinda watery and just the charcoal, not much of anything else.

Arcadia is a hit or miss brewery, luv some of their stuff, but this one misses.

02-01-2008 22:20:23 | More by Vancer
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

01-24-2008 00:50:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.68/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-01-2008 03:40:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

12-09-2007 02:08:18 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

12 oz bottle split.

A: Super thick 3 finger mocha head. Fairly black color with no light getting through.

S: Roasted barley. Chocolate notes. Booze a little which is not fitting with the ABV. Coffee is in there as well

T: First thing I got was a tart taste. Then the roasted barley. After that is it all roast till the finish which is....roast.

M: Unremarkable for the style. Med body. Carbonation is good but it doesn't feel like the style. Had this after a London Porter by Fuller's so that might have something to do with it since that beer had such a wonderful mouthfeel.

D: I am having 1/2 of a 12oz bottle and that is enough for me. The roasted characteristic is overwhelming. I want a complex porter not a juggernaut.

12-05-2007 01:01:17 | More by aerozeppl
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2.2/5  rDev -36%

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.

11-27-2007 23:50:27 | More by Dalem
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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
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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

11-15-2007 02:27:19 | More by seaoflament
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3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

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!

10-22-2007 23:47:34 | More by Magpie14
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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
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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

09-25-2007 03:34:49 | More by david131
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