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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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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 bahumutx
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark and does not let much light through. A very small head that dissipated fast.

Smell: Smells of roasted malt and bitterness come through with a small fruitiness.

Taste: Starts of with a burnt flavor and then moves to a roasted malt and smokiness. Finishes with a grainy flavor. There also hints of coffee and chocolate present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could probably only have or two of these in a sitting. A good brew overall.

This is my first beer from the folks at Arcadia and I think they did a good job. Will pick this one up again.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, Arcadia has a solid winner here. Pours out to a black color which lets little light escape through the glass. Nice amber head stayed constant at about 1 inch or so. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt are strong and well presented. Taste is full bodied and robust. Flavors of coffee, cocoa and malt are well presented, along with dark cherries and thick grains. Full mouthfeel is warming and enjoyable. This is a good brew , with decent drinkability. A solid stout, but not for everyday. Recommended.

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 beveragecaptain
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this one.

Presentation: Label with the letter "B" notched on the side...whatever that means.

Appearance: A deep black carbonated pour with a thin sudsy tan head that quickly fades to some wispy lacing.

Smell: Deep, rich cocoa, oats, figs, all very pleasant and slightly sweet on the nose.

Taste: Rich cocoa, oats, and some chocolate bitterness upfront. A pleasanty grainy and slightly sweet chocolate finish. Fig newtons, cherry juice, and some cream notes pop up here and there. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crispy due to the carbonation, and a nice lingering finish on the palate.

Drinkability: Perfect for a session. Nice character to keep you interested but not heavy at all. Quite a treat! Recommended.

Photo of SupaCelt
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look is blackness. Floaties suspended within the darkness. This beer of mine is sub totally decapitated. Nary a fizzle of carbon dioxide to be observed. Lackluster. Buster.

Smell is subdued. Reminds me of air conditioning blowing over some heavily creamed coffee. Moderate cacao inkling. Utterly unimpressive. Not much salivation is inspired by the aromas. Boo hoo for me.

The taste is lake water with oatish tones and chocolate and cough-ee. Where's the beef? This stout is cachetic at best. The sailboat label seems appropriate here. If there had been a destroyer on the label I would have screamed false advertisement. This one really could use an increase in every bill applicable. I hate to bash, but a stout should be far more bold than this. Much too thin and underemphasized. Dashed hopes. No further purchases considered.

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 ZAP
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremly overcarbonated....1/2 glass head...1/2 glass beer....the cap just about blew off into the ceiling when I popped it...the big head is brown/tan....beer is midnight black...nose is sweet milk chocolate and vanilla beans...nice...A hint of coffee beans too on the nose....

Body is on the lighter side of medium....taste is sweeter chocolate with an acidic coffee finish...a little tart on the finish but overall not a bad brew....I like the nose and the intial taste....carbonation is shitty and a bit acidic on the finish....

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells like a strong and syrupy cup of coffee. Kind of looks like one too. There was almost no head to begin with and it is now gone without a trace. This is very black and inklike.
Right off the bat this thing tastes like rust. This gives way to a burnt toast flavor, and coffee that's been on the warmer for 10 hours. In the midst of all this there is a vanilla flavor that is our of sorft, but the best thing in this beer. This lacks the carbonation and direction that it sorely needs. And in the back of the throat there is an acidic and drying. Well, there will be no parade of sixers of this marching their way into my fridge.

Photo of Bighuge
1.55/5  rDev -54.9%
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!!!

Photo of ken3c
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite close to black with a fine textured tan head. Sheets of foam layer the sides. I love the way the beer horizon (the separation between the beer and the head) looks. It stayed that way throughout the beer.

This smells like carmel with a hint of flowery hops.

The taste is like sweet chocalate. The finish is still sweet plus flowery.

Very smooth and creamy. The persistant head creates a "milk" mustache feel. Maybe a little thin.

Very enjoyable. I always enjoy Arcadia beers, especially at the brewpub.

Photo of maxpower
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, huge foamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Fruity chocolate- coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet feel, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Light to medium body with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, a decent stout.

Photo of Skidz
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and sits jet black in the glass with tiny crimson streaks and a small tan head.

Smells of raosted grain, coffee, chocolate. Light fruity esters present, faint pears.

Taste starts out with light fruity estery sweetness and quickly bitters with burnt coffee and heavily roasted malts. Caramel sweetness helps to balance it out. Finish is btter with burnt and roasty flavors sticking around.

Smooth and full bodies; light carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing extraordinary, but it has its moments, and gots the goods where it counts.

Photo of benmiliron
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.29 for a 12 oz. single.

A dark stout. No head, weak carbonation. Funny medicinal smell, and a hint of that taste in the background. Mostly bitterness overall though. Lingering bitterness with no real other character to back it up. Maybe it's just old, but this brewery continues to confound me with good brews and bad brews. This stout is a bad one. Yuck.

Photo of frazbri
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured deep black topped by a tan head of fine bubbles.

Very mild aroma. No noticable hops on the nose.

Tastes of unsweetened chocolate with a faint trace of iron in the aftertaste. There is a pronounced bitterness, but I think its more from the oat malt than the hops.

The feel is almost chewy and very dry.

This stout improves as it warms. The bitterness just hangs with you through the whole glass and beyond, but I don't really taste hops. I wish I could score this a little higher, but the taste just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black liquid with a thin tan head. The head disappeared very quickly. There was no lace on the glass by the end of it. Smells faintly roasty, with a bit of fruit. Nothing smelled very strong. Tast was slightly chocolate, slightly roasted, with no hop bitterness. This was pretty smooth, but to be honest not much character. Medium body, seemed thin for a stout, with no carbonation. Overall, very plain. Not much character at all, nothing really stood out in this beer. Disappointing.

Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with edgings of maroon. Thick, milky brown head.
Nose full of seared prunes, cocoa powder and asphalt.
Begins jointly sweet and roasty, and probably more sweet than anything. Milk and dark chocolates, burnt figs, sweetened oatmeal, estery banana(bananas?) and plums. Develops a weak roast coffee bean essence coupled with a lingering grainy astrigency and lacto-sourness. Ends with a chalky, herbal, UK-leaning bitterness (which betrays the listed Cascades and Willamettes).
The oily, medium body melts as it sits into something thinner.
Seems a bit flawed, but not unenjoyably so.
A decent Michigan Stout here, but no Dark Horse.

Photo of marcellaproust
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark black with off white head and little lacing. There are reddish tints to this brew. The smell is of a rich roasted malt and little hints of hops. Taste is quite dry with a smooth body and a aftertaste of mocha coffee character. There is a nutty presence and a good blend of roasted malts. This was a pretty good stout but really a pretty bland taste. Nothing really outstanding.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep jet black color with one finger of reddish-tan head that dies away fairly quickly. Little bits of lacing are left behind. The smell is fairly sweet and has a good dose of roasted malt, and the oat comes through fairly well. Coffee and chocolate aromas escape the glass as well. The taste starts with burnt malt and bitter espresso flavors. It eventually smooths out to a fairly sweet finish, with just a trace of hops. The mouthfeel is just a little light on the tongue, but the drinkability fairs well. A decent oat stout.

Photo of beerluvr
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slips out of the bottle with a dark tan head sitting over solid black liquid. Nose is all about chocolate, flowery hops and oatmeal. Super roasty maltiness is a nice surprise, tempered by slick oatmeal mouthfeel then bitter hoppiness. Only drawback here is a slightly thinnish mouthfeel, just with it was a bit more ballsy in the body dept. Finished up dry with slight fruitiness, made with care and quite drinkable nonetheless.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Photo of CortexBomb
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black and the scent is properly stouty with coffee being dominant.

Flavour however is purely pedestrian, a little bitter, a little malt, a little chocolate, and a noticeable alcohol tinge (surprising given it's low content), but nothing stood out as remarkable, similarly was the case with it's mouthfeel and drinkability.

The main issue I have with this beer is it's inability to impress me in any way, it strikes me as "Generic Stout", I don't plan to have another.

Photo of Realale
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Black. Thin whispy dark brown head.

Lots of coffee on the nose, but good coffee, not overly bitter. Bit of leafy hop. Touch leathery. Some dried cherry and alcohol as well.

Rather monolithic in the mouth, but there's not a lot of malt. Some chalky components and obvious alcohol. Neither long nor pleasant.

Mouthfeel is OK, but really nothing could save this one. Lots of promise in the nose, but it goes unfulfilled.

Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA Tasting.

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