Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.79/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours out from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown-black color. The head summited at about three-quarters of an inch, before heaving way to a thick tan cap. Not too much lace formed on the glass as I drank the beer down.
One can definitely pick up on the molasses and chocolate in the nose of this beer. Straightforward aromas that pique a drier and roastier curiosity. Hints of minerality, like hard water, and just a touch of lactic acid; but not much, leaving deserved reason as to why this is not a milk stout. Just a hint of dark fruit skins, or maybe a tannic relevance of them. Black cherry or blackberry comes to mind, but no real fruity essence showing up. Hops are low, hard-to-uncover, yet earthy. Malts have that roasty dark bread note, but still almost balances out without much barley grain coming through.
Rich with molasses-like dark sugar bitterness, like it's a little burnt. More grain comes out now, and it too has a nice roasted quality. It's almost enough to stave off the chocolate, which pops up as a melty dark chocolate note that's quite bitter, in and of itself. Further bitterness can be attributed to earthy, yet faintly citrusy, hops. These flavors make a lot of sense to me in this offering. Hints of tree bark, baked earth, toffee, and faint licorice have ways about themselves in the flavor profile. Lactose addition seems to be a bit of a stretch now, but there is an undeniable tanginess to the finish. It's small, but there. More so, I'm picking up on a sweet alcohol note that pulls some good strength on its back and makes this the warming winter seasonal that I think it is (at least, I don't see it on the shelves during the warmer months).
The mouthfeel is relatively thick, purging out a fluttering carbonation sense with body heft. What's irreplaceable, however, is a good sting of warming booze that shoves a little past your typical 7% ale. Again, I like it, because it's affirming. It's just that this wouldn't be best drunk outside on a warm day. Hard to think of an American Stout having those kind of characteristics, but this is knocking on the door of Imperial strength, or at least, so it seems.
All things considered, this makes for a very enjoyable beer, in its own right. Stocky, bitter, gooey, and full of warmth; Cocoa Loco is solid. They really should've upped the ante and threw in some chipotle peppers into the fermenter, but that's just like my opinion, man. Cheers!
12-05-2013 04:48:21 | More by thecheapies
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3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-18-2007 23:01:30 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
09-20-2010 19:19:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-27-2008 14:32:47 | More by lordofthewiens
4.38/5 rDev +22.3%
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?
05-12-2010 00:31:36 | More by generallee
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
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
03-23-2008 14:18:41 | More by Billolick
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
02-29-2012 01:53:14 | More by frenchblood21
3.31/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
05-24-2014 22:59:23 | More by Franziskaner
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
02-23-2008 23:15:05 | More by BadBadger
3.35/5 rDev -6.4%
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).
04-11-2007 01:26:55 | More by kpantz
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
10-19-2009 18:41:22 | More by richago1
2.95/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
09-14-2013 20:29:02 | More by chinchill
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-16-2013 13:15:47 | More by Brenden
3.1/5 rDev -13.4%
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,
12-27-2009 01:35:36 | More by BetterDarker
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-01-2011 22:55:40 | More by BrewMaven
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
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!)
05-15-2008 04:09:56 | More by Magpie14
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.