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Arcadia Starboard Stout - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

149 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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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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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 223
Photo of danielharper
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black all the way through, with a thick khaki-colored head that dissipates slowly. Significant lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, strong notes of raisins and oats. Almost porter-like. Slightly astringent. Intriguing and attractive.

Taste: Again, very sweet and slightly astringent. This beer has a malty backbone and a slightly dry finish. Slight hints of cloves and hints of grapes.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-to-thick, drying on the finish, with a moderate carbonation. Pretty much on-the-nose for an Oatmeal Stout.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good oatmeal stout, a bit sweet and astringent for my taste, but definitely drinkable and worth the cost. It gets a bit cloying towards the end, but otherwise quite good. (722 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes Sep 11, 2008
Pours black with a moderate light tan head . lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Watery mouthfeel with lots of roasted malt,some chocolate,and burnt coffee notes, and I get a slight alcohol finish. A nice offering.Very drinkable. (257 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and very light oat. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal, and I was getting tin. The metallic tinniness completely threw me off. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 4/17/06 (308 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 jneiswender
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Ink black body and a nice thick mocha froth head

S--Very earthy smelling. Grassy.

T--Sweet malt front, smoky and mildly bitter middle

M--medium to full. Not very thick or slick.

D--Nice taste overall but not the chewy, full mouthfeel I would like in this style. A bit too thin. Actually, alot too thin. (357 characters)

Photo of Shumista
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle from an arcadia sampler pack into my beer mug.
A- Poured jet black with a good sized dark tan head resulting from an aggressive pour.
S- Sweet and bitter followed by the malt.
T- The two things that really stand out to me are the sweetness and bitterness of this stout. The taste is sweet throughout starting malty and ending bitter. A bitter aftertaste lingers in the mouth.
M- Thick and creamy, it goes down slick (almost slimy) like oatmeal stouts tend to.
D- One or two is enough for me. (516 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 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 BeerSox
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pitch black with a thin tan head that settles to a rim along the glas. Spotty lacing.

The aroma is dark malts with a little bit of chocolate and coffee.

Thick and chewy malts, dextrins and proteins from the oats make the beer a little more viscous. Full bodied with low carbonation. After each sip, some lingering malts and coffee stay around.

Not a bad oatmeal stout. A sure hit with stout lovers. Not too complex, but hits the spot. (463 characters)

Photo of Biggness
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (542 characters)

Photo of Tbn2
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers.... (720 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
1.24/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 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. (828 characters)

Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (409 characters)

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (490 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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... (622 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (784 characters)

Photo of strohme2
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (555 characters)

Photo of DackAchan
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (266 characters)

Photo of beveritt
2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (921 characters)

Photo of matty
3.5/5  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!! (318 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 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)

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