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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 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 adams82
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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! (527 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (522 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 NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (444 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 FightingEntropy
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Starboard Stout looks good in the glass, but doesn't measure up after that. An inch of brown fluffy head piled up on top of a dark black beer with no highlights that I could see. The smell was ok at first, but fled with the head. Some roast smell, solvent like, and hard to find. Roasty coffee and smooth oat taste there as well, with a almost rye like twang to it, but not as pleasant. Overall, not a bad beer to try but I won't be seeking out anymore of it, though my notes on the rest of Arcadia seems to indicate that they are a bit better than this beer. (563 characters)

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

Color of this was midnight black and completely opaque. Tan head only made a small skin before disappearing. Too dark to see any carbonation. Lacing is watery and only holds in a few spots.

Super strong aroma of plums and vanilla. Oat quality is also present in the first whiff. Additional inhalations leave a light alcohol warmth. Hops bitter quality is non-existent

Burnt oat taste. Crisp on the tongue, but has an interesting alcohol aftertaste with a bit of spent coffee grinds. Bitter ending is a nice surprise after the scent.

An excellent amount of carbonation burst onto the tongue right away. Thickness is just above average.

Decent offering. Decent beer to enjoy with a smoked turkey sandwich. Far more readily available choices in the style offer more flavor quality. This isn't a bad offering, just week next to others. (843 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 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)

Photo of orfeu
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, a deep brown, almost black, chocolate color with some burnt amber highlights at the edges. Thick rocky dark tan head. Nice color and appearance always endears me more toward stouts that I try -- the darker it is, the more impressed I am. Pity that the nose is not nearly as impressive, with acrid grain funk aromas predominating and a bit of coffee-chocolate roastiness underneath. The taste is somewhat of an improvement over the aroma, with a dark roasted grain husk character showing most strongly, bringing a long with it some modest coffee and ever-so-slight butterscotch flavors. Full body and overall substantial palate; not exceptionally silky, or even all that smooth, but this goes down pretty well, all things considered. Glad to have sampled this, but with one of the best Oatmeal Stouts in the world usually available just a short drive away at select LCBOs, I'll probably pass on this one next time I see it. (939 characters)

Photo of SaucyA
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured about a little over half finger worth of dark tan head. Dark, dark, dark brown, but i found little lacing to be present.

Smells nice and roasty, with a bit of coffee/chocolate/carmel on the back end.

Taste is good, not as complex as it could be. Lots of coffee and cocoa, and I'm pretty sure the only hops I'm tasting are the residuals from the glass of IPA I just drank ;) It's a good stout, but seems lacking.

Not too heavily carbonated, but a bit heavy and oily.. I don't know if I'd return to this offering of Arcadia Starboard Stout until I see it on tap.

While it's definitely worth a try, I won't necessarily go out of my way for it. (660 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A simple black hue, roasty tan head with some bubbly carbonation. Caramel, light roasted coffee beans are lightly detectable on the nose. Creamy malts are in full affect; coffee and a bit of dry hops linger on the palate. Turns a bit astringent with kisses of oats and chocolate. The body is medium-full, the finish is oily. Simple enough for an oatmeal stout. (360 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 alexgash
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a dark sandy head. Tartish candy cherry and bubblegum (?) sail over roasted malt and milk chocolate. Weird but not off-putting. Metallic toasted bitterness up front. Slight cardboard malt, light chocolate, and peat bog. Very little sweetness, and it's cola-sweetness at that. Dull coffee finish. Moderate body is a bit thin. Reminds me of some mediocre Utah stouts I've had. Okay, but can't hold a candle to, say, Kalamazoo Stout. (459 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from August:

Really dark brown in hue, if not black, with ruby highlight; for some reason I wasn’t expecting such a dark beer. Excellent surprise. Beige foam, at the apex there was only a half finger of head and the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy collar. There was no subsequent lacing. It has an attractive appearance even with the head flaws.

The nose is softly roasty with a well-rounded, mildly chocolate, oat-like backdrop. Astringent coffee notes in the background. Moderate potency, not too complex but inviting nevertheless. The oat aspects are fairly subdued. The nose is simple but I like it.

The palate is astringent with plenty of coffee notes and hints of cocoa. Not much oat influent. Warm alcohol residue. I don’t like stouts that are so one-dimensional. No sign of hops. Hints of dark fruit; it is fairly straightforward. Overall, it is decent but forgettable.

Medium in body, low carbonation, slick mouthfeel with an empty finish. Warm, astringent aftertaste. The mouthfeel is weak.

Drinkable? I can finish the bottle. Maybe I’d try it again. I wonder if this would be lovely on cask. Overall, it was okay but I am happy I got to try it. Thanks RedHaze. (1,197 characters)

Photo of nortmand
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark black, with a good amount of tan foam. Had a near bottle explosion, but it poured fine, although the bubbles are really effervescent.

Some nice chocolate notes in the nose, but there is an underlying funkiness to it. Almost that Belgian farminess smell.

A bit tart, very little sweetness up front. The tartness becomes more pronounced at the sides of the tongue. There is some definite contamination, and I know it is definitely off, but you know what? I kinda like it. Ends with a sharp bitter roast.

Very low body, almost watery. Not a bad offering, but not the best oatmeal stout, nor Arcadia's best effort. (635 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very, very nice looking beer-pitch black with a huge cocoa tan head on top. Nice slight head lingers on down the glass. Metallic/medicianl aroma to it. Not unpleasant but surely unexpected. Slight roasted taste-somewhat chocolatey. Still has that metallic "ring" in the flavor. Good enough mouthfeel I would like a little more body. Doesnt have the velvety creaminess of a lot of oatmeal stouts. An enjoyable enough beer though fairly average overall. I wonder if this was fresher how it would be though there is no indication of age on the bottle. (548 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to the effervescent beermanbrian

Pours onyx black with a thick brown head that thins. Mior lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very rich and roasty with some dark espresso and cocoa tones.

Taste is very roasty upfront with a slight astringency from the roasted malts. Some nice chocolate and espresso flavors mixed in as well. Finishes with a lingering burnt taste in my mouth. I suspect they get a little crazy with the black patent.

Rather light body, plenty of carbonation.

This could be great, if they would not be so aggressive with the roasted malts. As is, it's drinkable but just generally average. (635 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me why oatmeal stouts were one of my earliest favorite styles, and why they still hold a special place in my heart. Full bodied with a well-mannered roasted malt flavor, some hints of coffee and a finish that was smooth with a satisfying bitterness. (268 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black with a nice two finger tan head that slowly falls to a nice quarter inch cap. I was extreamly cautious in my pour based on other reviews and the extremely noticable carbonation pop when I opened this one but i didn't have the problems with an overflowing head that many others seemed to. Smell of plums up front followed by a burnt malt smell. What i notice at first sip is the high carbonation level. It's so active on the tongue that the malt sweetness that i'm sure is there is covered up. The finish is at first smooth and milky as expected but then a burnt bitter aftertaste quickly shows up to ruin the smoothness. This one started out pretty strong but dissapointed in the end. The Black Heart that I had on tap at the brewery was much better. (770 characters)

Photo of wingman14
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. There is tons of carbonation, even a side pour almost caused a spill. I had to wait a few minutes for the head to recede. Smells sweet, burnt, chocolate, and malt. I could smell some alcohol as well. Taste is sweet and bitter, with a burnt bitter aftertaste. I felt like its mouthfeel was lighter than most stouts. The carbonation and bitterness really come through with the other suble flavors. This is a beer worth trying because it is so flavorful but it lacks balance between flavor and bite. I would have enjoyed it much better if the carbonation and bitterness were a bit more subdued, but I still recommend checking this one out. (670 characters)

Photo of mcallister
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pearl black with a thick succulent creamy tan head. Terrific head retention.

Laid back aromas of dark fruits, and a sour type smell I think from the cask.

Tobacco, bitter unsweetened chocolate, almond, malt, and that same cask sourness as in the smell. No hops I can point out.

The sour flavor which I think is a result of the cask is really a turn off for me on this beer. Will re-review if I happen to try it from bottle or draught. (444 characters)

Photo of heyitsbyron
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into a pint glass. I guarantee that this bottle came from the same six pack as the one dirtylou reviewed below.

I poured no more than 2 ounces of this into a glass before the head ballooned up and filled the whole glass. It honestly took about six minutes to pour. Huh? Head was a nice color, but it was almost comical trying to get this into the glass.

Smelled boozy, roasty and malty. There is some sort of strange chemical I smell too.

Taste was sweet and toasted, but again there was a recurring chemical candy taste that was just disgusting.

Acceptable in the mouth. Not necessarily overcarbonated, just not fulfilling either.

I wouldn't buy it, I wouldn't recommend it, I wouldn't drink it again. Horrible beer. I wonder if dirtylou and I got a bad batch? (827 characters)

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

Pours a mocha head over an impenetrable black body. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt and dark coffee with a just a faint trace of citric hops in the background. Flavors of Roasted malt and dark coffee with a slight sweet chocolate character as well. Mild bitterness balancing things out. There is a noticable "British" minearal character to the beer as well. Medium to full-bodied, low carbonation. Smooth with a drying finish.

Tastes a bit like a dry stout up front, but the sweeter oatmeal side pulls through placing it in the middle stout range per its style, although a bit toward the dry end of the spectrum. A nicely balanced stout that is fairly complex for the style. A good option for splitting the differences between the extremes of the stout family. (771 characters)

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