Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A clump of brown, loose bubbles forms up, around 1-2 cm, but it falls fast. Leaving only a bit of lacing. Fits the usual description, nothing impressive. The comes off first with a nice roasty whiff floating on the CO2. Then comes the chocolate, it starts out like raw cocoa powder, but then it gets creamy and full, there's almost a milky smell (surprise, there's lactose, after looking at the bottle). It smells sugary, but not sickeningly sweet, actually, once tasteing it, it's not even close to being as sweet as it smells. I actually which the taste was a bit sweeter, but there's plenty that is interesting in there. Taste's like dessert without quite as much sugar. There's a nice molasses presence, combined with the cocoa powder (that's a bit of an obvious statement I suppose). There's a bit of a slickness, which is common in dryer stouts. There's a bit of a cherry or raspberry taste, too. The molasses flavor is most prominent in the taste, but the chocolate does not have a very major presence here. The taste isn't exactly exceptional, but it's interesting, and could definitely be worse. I would say that there ought to be a bit more sweetness, maybe a bit more roastiness, and if it's supposed to be 'cocoa loco', then the chocolate should be toned up in the taste. Also the body is a bit on the thin side of medium, which isn't much in the stout category. The carbonation is kind of nice, not stingy, not harsh, but pleasant. But still, this is about average in the style. Overall, I think it's just a bit too dry, and a little too slick. It's a fairly enjoyable drink. Not too heavy or high in ABV, but I don't think I would buy more. It's enjoyable at least once, and interesting, but it doesn't exactly deliver completely on what I was hoping for.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2009 01:07:09 | More by taylorhamrick
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3.23/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Dark brown/tan, Not much of a head and minimal lacing.
Smell - Chocolate, roasty malts, cocoa, molasses, vanilla. Some milk notes along with some caramel.
Taste - Starts out with a cocoa, some malts and lactose milk. Kind of odd milky flavor along with molasses. Some raisin and a little cherry show up. Not overly chocolate flavored, and has a bite of alcohol warmth at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Malts and lactose milk coat the tongue. Palate gets more malts, some cocoa and sugars, along with some alcohol. Aftertaste is milky and weak malts.
Overall - Boring, weak flavored and lacking chocolate. If it wasn't for the molasses this would be one bland beer. Nothing id want to drink again.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 21:09:55 | More by wvsabbath
3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Almost black in color with a 1/4 inch of quickly fading, tan head. Minimal amount of lacing.
Smell- Light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste- Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor with some cocoa and raisin notes.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Low amount of carbonation.
Overall- There are better stouts to be had than this. While the flavor isn't bad it is rather weak. It needs a little more carbonation also.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 01:05:07 | More by scratch69
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 12/04/13. Poured 3/18/14. $2.69 or something like that for a single bottle. A bit expensive for an Arcadia beer, but I've been craving a lot of stouts recently.
Appearance: A black color with some ruby on the edges. There appears to be a lot of floaters in there as well, but that may be from the Too Cream Stout from Dark Horse that I just had. Not much of a head at all, and only a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.
Smell: Am I the only one disappointed? Truthfully, this smells like a Shock Top attempt at a stout or something. I get a lot of graininess as opposed to roastiness. The minor bit of a cocoa note that I get pushes the rating up just a tick, but really, this is a quite underwhelming smelling beer. I think the molasses that this beer is brewed with is contributing to that grainy smell over the roastiness.
Taste/feel: Like the smell. Man, quite disappointing. It has a cheap grainy flavor to it quite a bit through. With the molasses and grain -- call me crazy -- it has an underlying flavor of caramel popcorn. The molasses sweetness comes off as the kind of sweetness you'd find in a cheap amber, as it tastes artificial and it doesn't exactly add anything positive. Cocoa? I honestly can't say I pick up a specific chocolate flavor. It tastes like a stout loaded with molasses, which again, comes off as artificial tasting. The aftertaste gives a bit of roastiness, but again, it doesn't specifically taste like chocolate to me. The feel is medium/slick with a mild/moderate carbonation.
Not impressed. Would be a recommended buy at $2, but at $2.69, I'd say pass. Rather than compliment, the molasses seems to dominate. Not in that this is an overwhelmingly sweet beer (though it is quite sweet), but in that the flavor of it with the cheap grainy vibe I pick up is just not something worth $2.69 a pop. Cocoa Loco is a pretty good beer, but after having Too Cream Stout, this beer just isn't doing it for me.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 17:29:19 | More by Alextricity
4/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with tiny of tan colored head. The heads fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of roasted malt as well as notes of cream, vanilla, and caramel mixed within. Overall quite chocolaty and delicious.
Taste – The taste begins of a semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor mixed with a cocoa powder taste. As the flavor moves forward, more sweet chocolate comes to the tongue with it being joined by vanilla and caramel flavors as well. A milkier like flavor grows in the taste with some hints of darker fruits as well. The darker fruits are mainly of a raisin and plum giving a nice balance to the chocolate flavors of the brew. In the end, with a light earthy flavor also coming to the tongue, and with the big dose of sweet chocolate and the lighter darker fruits flavors of the brew, one is left with a pleasant fruit chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the chocolaty flavors of the brew although a bit thicker of a body would have likely been more appropriate for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is rather decent.
Overall – A rather tasty chocolaty brew with some nice big flavors. Sweet and delicious!
Serving type: on-tap
02-18-2014 01:34:06 | More by Darkmagus82
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.