Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

583 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 21
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

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Ratings: 583 | Reviews: 295
Reviews by djeucalyptus:
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, building to near-black that glistens with ruby red around the edges. a vigorous pour yields a tepid half-finger cocoa-colored head, and lacing is disappointingly minimal.

aroma of burnt. not sure what, but smells burnt. burnt coffee, cinnamon bark, a hint of cocoa, and some burnt raisins - like the ones that accidentally fall out of the oatmeal-raisin cookies and char to a crunchy crisp on the baking sheet. it smells like those. maybe it's the molasses, but I'm missing the cocoa punch.

taste follows the theme of the evening. a burnt coffee front, with some burnt molasses, finishing with a touch of toasted cocoa. woody and earthy. lacking the real molasses sweetness I was looking for... almost an astringent roasty-saltiness. the lactose takes a back seat, hiding behind the roast and the hop notes. funky. not bad. but funky.

mouth is a bit thin for the style, and certainly too thin to adequately carry the robust dark fruit and char flavors bottled up in here. ample carbonation is almost out of place.

all in all, I had high hopes, and this didn't really come close. not really together like I had hoped. not as full or rich as I wanted. but the flavors are unfortunately there, begging for a thick, rich, luscious mouthfeel that it just kind of falls flat, like a helium balloon a few days past its prime.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dwbrju2
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A very nice, mild chocolate stout. Not heavy...nice balance of taste.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass an opaque black no light even when held up to the light a large 2 finger fluffy mocha color head atop that settled very slowly into a near creamy-like mass.The molasses and chocolate used in this brew are the main components to the aromas with a light roasted note as well for the most part rather light aromas.Lighter mouthfeel than expected for a bigger stout but it goes down pretty easily,quite dry and earthy on the palate the molasses imparts a light sweetness but its very light the lactose I thought would provide a bit more sweetness all in all its rather dry and earthy the chocolate is there in essence form providing a little depth.Not bad but could much better this brew like alot of Arcadia brews meets with mixed results for me.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Pours nearly pitch black with some reddish highlights in the light. Thick, latte-like head almost pushes over the top of the glass; good stickage on the glass as well. Smells of molasses, cocoa powder, chicory, carob powder and dark toffee with mild dark fruit booziness in the back. Modest carbonation with a creamy, smooth, medium body. Chocolate flavors throughout, hints of burnt sugar, coffee and buttery toffee. Quick splash of alcohol warmth shows a dark fruitiness, hops are timid and merely serve to balance. Some dark breadiness in the semidry and slightly choco-bitter finish.

A standup beer. While not overly big as it holds on to its drinkable character, it's big enough to know that this is a sipper. Two thumb up here. If you are looking to pair this one, don't go for the usual chocolate; try it against some chili-infused chocolate or a spicy mole sauce over chicken.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a pint glass. Black in color with a voluminous tan head that rapidly disappeared. A faint chocolate aroma, not much else there. It tasted like a chocolate malted with some hops. Pleasant mouthfeel, just not a real exciting American Stout.

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date and the label lists the abv at 7%.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown colored body with a lighter brown colored head on top. The head is thick and very slowly fades to thin cap which hangs on till the end and make for some slick lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of roasted dark malts that fills the nose with notes of dark chocolate and just hint of the hops.

Taste/Palate: It has big roasted dark malt sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel and molasses. Hop flavor comes out in the finish and adds some modest bitterness for balance. Its palate quite firm and has a smooth creamy texture with lively carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a nice mingling of favor notes, firm palate and a very drinkable 7%abv. What is not to like?

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to find this one on tap @ Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY (This place is quietly becoming quite the beer destination) In a wine glass, this one poured quite black under a dark tan head. Lacing was present and respectable. Cocoa and light chocolate on the nose. Impressive stout, nice light chocolate notes, darker malts and some sort of sweat/slightly sour thing going on. Pleasant and highly quaff able for a larger (but not huge) stout. Nice stuff, would work with a chocolate dessert, but also helped wash down a rib or two

Photo of frenchblood21
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Chimay goblet. I'll be honest, I'm excited for this one.

Appearance- Pours black but not pitch black. Exactly half a finger of tan head. Pretty thick and consistent lacing.

Smell- Molasses and brown sugar are right up front. A hint of chocolate and even some wheat or oats.

Taste- Much more delicious chocolate in the taste than in the nose. The molasses is still present. Definitely has a dairy taste to it too.

Mouthfeel- Great mouthfeel...This beer reminds me of drinking chocolate milk. Only this chocolate milk has 7% alcohol.

Overall- For the price, this beer is a rockstar. Let's be honest, this could not stand up to a barrel-aged stout or deep dark Russian, but for the style, it's spot on.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Black in color,but some light does manage to peek through. A fingernail thin layer of khaki colored head is present and doesn't cover quite the entire top. Light notes of chocolate are all I get with the aroma. I get predominately sweet chocolate and a light,neutral hoppiness in the front of the palate. The mouth is a bit sticky and viscous. Somehow the chocolate and the hoppiness comes off a bit cloying. Sweet and slightly bitter is odd.

Photo of BadBadger
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Arcadia's Cocoa Loco is a bit sedate and rather less than hoped for in an imperial/double stout. The brew pours from the bottle a modestly dark color. The head is tan and foamy, but short lasting. The smell is horrendous, being the weakest feature of this stout, bringing forth unholy thoughts of stench associated memories from the deep depths of recall. Fortunately, however, the taste does not mirror the olfactory battery. While cocoa is not what comes to mind at any point, there is a nice roasted malty vanguard, followed by some nice bitter bites on the back end. The mouthfeel is smooth but thin. This is not a bad imperial stout, but this is not something I would recommend spending the dough on.

Photo of kpantz
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Executive Summary: My second from Arcadia. I really liked the Hopmouth, so I was hoping for similar results here. Sadly, I think this one misses the mark. Maybe my expectations are too high, but this one left me a little disappointed.

Appearance: Devilishly black - opaque, with a chocolate milkshake head that persists around a finger thick. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, some coffee, fairly dry in the aroma, really. Not too much sweetness apparent. Perhaps a hint of hop aroma. A little bit of a metallic scent as well.

Taste: The deep roasted flavor advertised in the nose is nowhere to be found. Instead, you get a light-flavored stout with a slight chocolate aftertaste. There is definitely a milky aspect to it, but it's not a dominant trait. To me, the flavor is a bit of a disappointment. To be fair, I wasn't expecting an imperial stout with vinuous fruit flavors and prominent alcohol, but this just seems to come up short for a "big beer" with "loco" in the name.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky and also a bit silky, presumably from the lactose. Carbonation level is pretty nice here.

Drinkability: Meh - it's really not that interesting. That said, it's pretty drinkable since the flavors aren't that aggressive. Could work as a crosssover to the dark side (kinda like killing sandpeople).

Photo of richago1
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 2006.

A Poured a very dark brown with a quickly disappearing head and little lacing. Smells of burnt chocolate with a hint of sour milk. Taste much better than the smell, sweet and bitter chocolate with a dry finish. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.Actually pretty drinkable, I would have another if the price was right.

Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle [dated 20 Dec. 2012 and purchased in MI last month] into a snifter after a bit of warming .

Deep, dark brown coming out of the bottle, but black in the glass. A decent sized head forms but is mostly gone before the first sip. Nice coating on the glass with each tip.

S: Too weak and subtle for style, and a bit metaliic. Hints of milk chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Hop level of an Ameican stout but the roasted malt component is too weak. Alcohol too obvious; These form a messy conglomerate with the cocoa. Even the after-taste doesn't gel.

Feel: Smooth and near creamy; full body, medium-low carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

O: Disappointing. ABV seems much higher, say 10%, it lacks balance, and roasted malts lack prominence, I suspect my rating will be noticably low, but I'm actually being a little geneorus, suspecting this may be a bad bottle; but then again, there's no reason it should be.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, very creamy tan head sits on top of a dark brown brew containing ruddy highlights. It's thick and gives the impression of being opaque though it isn't. The head, almost reaching one finger, remains dense and doesn't fade beyond a foam thick enough to keep a solid blanket that doesn't dissipate further. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is sweet and earthy, with a molasses note that seems very much like blackstrap more than anything. It gives off just a touch of something like black licorice. Everything translates pretty exactly to the flavor. Malt-forward for sure, the cocoa promised is evident, and it sits over roast, a light touch of smokiness, molasses and a smooth creamy note without overpowering them. There's some toffee and maybe a hint of dark fruits, something like chicory lurking underneath. All in all it melds well and makes for a nice profile.
t first it seems it's not a particularly big stout, but it does end up having quite a bit of heft. The body is full and rich, with a good creamy bulk to it. It's fortunate that it doesn't sit to heavy, and I think a good balance is struck in the feel as well as in the other aspects. The combination of thickness and sweetness tends toward a sticky feel, but it's ultimately kept in check.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz poured into snifter

A--Near black. Barely any head, disappeared quickly, no lacing.

S--Subtle is a good word, some roasted malt aroma, hint of chocolate.

T--Light on the chocolate flavoring; a bit bitter, malt comes through, licorice?

M--Medium to light, decent carbonation.

D--Not a very compelling beer, the taste is okay, many better stouts out there,

Photo of BrewMaven
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the wifeys latest surprise haul of beer for me..She's definitely a keeper!

Pours darn near black with a somewhat thin, very fine light cocoa head. Fine receding lace was left for the duration.

Musty, slightly metallic and cocoa in the aroma. Can't be mistaken for anything but a stout.

Strong coffee up front..a little bitter, followed by what I perceived as milkiness for lack of a better description.

Mouthfeel is is about what I usually expect from the style being a bit north of thin but by no means full bodied such as a porter would be. The creaminess I get I would guess is helped by the fine cap of foam that comes in with each sip.

This is surely the most charismatic stout I've had thus far and I'll surely look for it again.

Photo of Magpie14
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep, deep caramel brown color with no head to mention. Just a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass that dissipated quickly. Looks fairly nice in the glass at a dimly lit bar.

Smell: somewhat intriguing smell of molasses/roasted caramel, and a hint of coffee...maybe some chocolate? I did pick up on a bit of grainy alcohol scent.

Taste: a bitter chocolate and coffee mix that is alright but not great. Somewhat astringent, sort of a pucker-like aftertaste that hangs around. It also has a slight malty edge in the mix.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: creamy texture with a reasonable amount of carbonation for a stout. You could put a few down but the lingering sulky aftertaste might get to some after a bit.
It is kind of like the best glass of sour/semi-sweet chocolate milk you will ever have (that is not a put down either, just very unique!)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mr. Goodbar,dark pour. significant chocolate and coffee, but otherwise unexceptional, burnt more than roast, when so many are doing the similar, so similar ranking. Brown with white head. On the sweeter side, despite English Progress, Liberty, Summit

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A black body pours deep brownish tint, with a slowly retreating head. The tan leaves only short paths of lacing on the glass. The rim does hold a bit of head retention and leaves a nice layered appearance.

S: The medium aroma shows a nice broad note of molasses, while other subtleties are shown, now really pass beyond. While drinking aromas do express a bit of chocolate.

T/M: The front is a rich snap of sweetness. Burnt sugar, with a blend of dark, bitter, baking chocolate run into the medium bodied mouthfeel. A sweet and bite at the end, that is not induced by a boozy presents, but a sweet bite of what I feel is molasses and the chocolate used. Underlining imperial stout essentials. The body has a nice milk stout cream to it. The finish ends on a dry note.

D: Overall I find this to be a some what good beer. I think that for a imperial stout 4pk. I would look in other places, as well as, if I wanted to show someone a chocolate beer, I would move on. As for this brew, it is a nice session stout, with nice flavors and complex subtleties.

Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a minimal creme head. Serious lacing on the pint glass.

S - Strong scent of cocoa; smells like a hot chocolate packet. Also a little espresso aroma. But the cocoa is very dominant.

T - Flavor if chocolate and roasted malt. This drinks like a softer version of the big chocolate stouts.

M - The bitteress in the back end could be softer, and this guy is a bit weak in consistency. This is almsot a gateway to chocoalte stouts. Not bad, but could be a bit better.

O - Was actually darned good on nitro, and I'd try again. Is a good beer with dessert given the cocoa potency.

Photo of dirtylou
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz, picked up at Binny's earlier this summer

appearance: reminded me immediately of the starboard stout - pours a dark cocoa tone with a huge gushing chocolate head that quickly borders on out of control - once the head settles, a minimal chocolate lace remains. served into hopleaf

smell: strong tones of chocolate, wet cardboard, sour milk

taste: the mouthfeel is pure shit on this beer - foamy and astringent and it makes the flavor suffer along with it....there are strong chocolate notes but the flavor reminds me 100% of the starboard stout, which i hated. tones of spoiled milk and mildew cardboard ring throughout

mouthfeel: awful - the worst i have ever seen for the style. no texture at all - foamy and abrasive

drinkability; ehh

Photo of WoodBrew
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third beer this evening for me was the Arcadia Cocoa Loco...and yes there is not question that chocolate was used to brew this beer. The color was absolutely dark with virtually no head. The smell was very chocolately and sweet....like molassis. The taste was very heavy...almost like a sweet liquior. Definite chocolate (semi-sweet) with molassis. Very rich...plenty of body...just too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was tough because of the sweetness...not enough balance.

Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2006

Appearance: It's a very dark, opaque brown. Head is a creamy, light brown color and about a finger deep. Retention was somewhat short and lacing was light overall.

Smell: Very light on the nose. If you stick with it, it does have a pretty good smell to it. It's just very faint. Toasted nut and chocolate are the primary scents. Coffee or espresso is secondary.

Taste: Initially it has a strong coffee-espresso taste that is way too acidic for me. It does have a wave of chocolaty malt flavors that follows providing a decent sweet taste to it. It's somewhat bland and leaves you with a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. ABV is low at 7% for a "big beer." The acidic taste really prevents it from being smooth and hinders drinkability severly. Overall, it's disappointing. I had high hopes for this beer, but can't help but feel let down.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this at macadoodles in Joplin, BBD 0f 08/09

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, roasty malt & some vanilla

T: Cocoa, roasty malt & dryness up front. Coffee dominates as this warms, along with more dryness & plus some oaky vanilla, Finishes with cocoa, a bit more vanilla, dryness & roasty malt

MF: Fairly oily & rich with minimal carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not a stout I could pound every night, but going down great on cool April fool's evening... Nice one from Arcadia

Photo of trafordboy
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while but fails to provide much lacing

Smell: On the milky side of milk chocolate

Taste: Starts with a black bread and chocolate flavor that becomes rather more like milk chocolate as time goes on; after the swallow a sour fruity element appears to join the flavor parade; the finish is slightly sweet with milk chocolate notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is the first time that mouthfeel was my favoritu thing about a beer, but so be it; needs more cocoa flavoring

Can't beat the Southern Tier or Rogue Chocolate.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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