Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 596
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jc911s
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, smooth and refreshing. Great head, excellent pour. Great taste, rich chocolate notes, not overly sweet. No aftertaste. Very cold mug insures solid taste for the whole bottle. My favorite brew with dinner, and my favorite hang out brew. All my buddies love the beer, and I love to give it as a gift to beer drinkers who want to try a
New beer.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.54/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark black with a thin but resilient tan head. Looks thick.

Smells great, the molasses and roasted malt really stand out here with hints of the chocolate and cream.

Taste reminds me of a favorite of mine, the FFF Moloko. Coffee, Toffee, Molasses, and sweet cream with a very slight bitter chocolate finish. Very nice.

Mouth is thin/med and carbonation is low/med. Maybe would have preferred a little more heft, but this is not an impy after all.

Finally a good regular stout that I can get pretty easily!

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head which quickly fizzles away to a ring. Deep dark brown clear liquid. More head please.

S: Molasses, milk chocolate, slight berry, milk

T: Nothing jumps out at the beginning, but all works together well. Some tang, some bitter, some alcohol. Bittersweet molasses and lacto finish. Delicious.

M: Smooth, slightly bitter, pleasantly warming. Satiny

D: Very nice. I'd order another and buy again!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa Loco pours a black color, with a darker tan head. There is a nice chocolate smell. The taste is creamy, its malty, but has a nice blend of chocolate that doesn't overpower; there is almost like a chocolate milk flavor. Very enjoyable and easy to drink, no problem having a few of these. Overall a very nice stout, the chocolate doesn't over power, mixes very well.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just downright a delicious beer.

A: Dark chocolate black with a small medium brown head which recedes to a nice, sticky lacing. Very nice legging.

S: Chocolate, cocoa and coffee

T: Smooth chocolate, cocoa, coffee and a very slight roasted, bittersweet finish. The flavors are very well balanced and compliment one another perfectly. Leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste on the tongue.

M: Velvety and milky, light to medium carbonation.

D: As thick as the chocolates are in this beer, it is incredibly refreshing and goes down quite easy, the flavors leave the mouth wanting more.

I will be indulging in this one on a regular basis!

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Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small foamy tan head that dissipates down to only a near covering. Head should be more prominent for this style

S: Strong amounts of chocolate with less predominate coffee/espresso flavors. The roasted grain seems to be covered pretty well by the large amounts of lactose. There is a nice amount of bitterness from the cocoa nibs.

T: It has a very smooth draw from the lactose and chocolate; There seems to be a perfect balance between the two. With the addition of all these sweet ingredients they come out very mellow and mild in the end. It finished off with a spicy bitterness.

M: Full-bodied in the mouth, but goes down fairly light-medium. Carbonation is a little underdone, especially for this style.

O: Very smooth and tasty beer. It seems to fit more into the the Sweet Stout (13B) category than the American Stout category. A little more carbonation would bring this into the next level of greatness.

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Photo of mhewes
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S : Chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses

T : Roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, dark fruit, and molasses. A nice chocolate bitterness on the finish.

M : Creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink, one I would love to have again. It would probably go really well with a good cheesecake.

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Photo of seedyone
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Good solid opaque dark in color with a thin but persistant wisp of a head. The aroma was serious on the coffee side but gave some ground to the chocolate element. The most stricking aspectis the rich texture. This all adds up to a very enjoyableand rich flavor experience. Not sure about a food pairing as this is almost a meal in itself & nearly as satisfying.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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?

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Photo of williamherbert
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

Pours a big, thick light brown head that is so creamy it looks like pudding. So dark brown that it is practically black.

The smell is bitter chocolate oils. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma. Mocha bitterness and some sweetness. Some Kahlua-like oily chocolate, but without any hint of licorice. Bready and nutty.

Bitter burnt mocha malt. Really dark. Leaves a really nice, nutty hazelnut aftertaste. Combination of burnt and nutty flavors. Chocolate and breakfast blend coffee. Wonderfully dry and bitter.

The feel is dry but oily and slick. Thick and tremendous. It's a heavy and really outstanding chocolate stout. Sweet, dry, bitter, nutty and everything in between. Excellent.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass, Woa, this is one dark brew. Look just like black espresso. The carbonation is good pushing up a nice brown head about 2 thumbs, and leaving some lace.

The smell is of coffee faintly and not much else.

The taste is very good, this is the porter I go for. Dark roast coffee flavor with notes of chocolate and a slight burn toast crust.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice Porter-like, better then medium body. the carbonation is good as well.

The drinkability is better as it warms, Yup I like this brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into my sam. adams glass.

A-Loud crack when opened! HUGE caramel colored head that takes up 3/4 the glass (and it wasn't because of the pour) Dark dark brown with the tinyest bit of light coming through on the edges.

S- I opened this outside and the wind carried all of the smells to my nose and there were many! Cherries, molasis, chocolate, dark plum, some coffee presence, and raisins.

T- Chocolate, black cherry, molasis, medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and alcohol well hidden. All the flavors aree very well balanced.

D- Very drinkable! Very tasty! I didn't even know this was a vintage 2006 till I got home. I would like to try one fresh and record the difference (if any). I enjoyed this beer very much and do recommend it.

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Photo of MrBluto
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark,dark brown with a smallish, light brown head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Would've liked a little more head.

S: Nice chocolate and molasses tones, especially as the beer warmed up a little.

T: Well balanced with definite chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The molasses flavor was subtle, and considering the label says it was brewed with molasses, it would've nice to have this flavor to be a bit more overt. Overall, however, the flavor was very nice. The beer finishes slightly bitter with sweet malt overtones. Lovely.

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I would have liked a bit more body, but for a beer of this style, it wasn't bad. Again, it improved as it warmed up (I probably had it too cold).

D: Very drinkable. Not the best stout I've had, but overall it was very enjoyable. I would definitely drink again!

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a foamy coffee-colored head. Roasted chocolate malty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. Very smooth roasted malty flavor with a sweet creamy chocolate center and a bitter roasted coffee finish. Also, hints of toffee and caramel.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This nice lady on the bottle art drew me to this brew. Poured into a Winking Lizard pilsner glass.

Appearance - Two fingers of luscious milkshake-esque head. The head is creamy like a milky rootbeer float. Appears very sweet. Delicious, cascading lacing. The beer is pitch black and completely opaque. Dark as night with brown hues at the surface.

Smell - Exceptionally strong cocoa in the aroma. The lactose is very apparent - the smell of chocolate milk hits hard. Heavily roasted chocolate that is sweet, rather than bitter.

Taste - A very, very impressive stout. A toothsome roasted waterfall coats the palate. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate. There is no bitterness in the taste, which is good for this beer. Honey, or molasses as the bottle states, slides over the tongue. A light alcohol burn throughout the taste that is not aggressive. A bit of dry cocoa that adds to the beers complexity.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Sweet and smooth throughout the taste. A bit dry on the finish. Medium-bodied and a pleasant, easily drinkable sipper.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at 08Long Island Spring Festival when poured into mini heffe glass by Phil Agues of Manhattan Beer Distributors, on behalf of Arcadia. Apprearance jet black with brownish hues with respectable 1.5 finger head with prolonged lacing. Smell of rich roasted chalky earth. Taste has pleasing lactose to provide a mild but complex and medium Mouthfeel. Phil said Aracia used open vessel fermination technique was used on this batch along with the Imperial. Top notch session beer and one of the easies chocolate stout to quaf.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a thin film of tan head. Smells nutty, somewhat chocolatey, maybe some banana? Tastes like chocolate for sure, sweet, some caramel malt, somewhat nutty, some vineous/raisin qualities. Chocolate dominates though. Super-smooth medium to full in body with ample carbonation. No alcohol apparent anywhere. A super-tasty, well-crafted American stout, one I have difficulty finding much wrong with. Very good. Definitely one I'll be snagging again should I see it again.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Pours from draft a rich deep lightless black with a one funger thick head with consistent, solid covering and low lacing streaks. Very clean and solid.

Aroma: Chocolate roasted malt, sweet and bitter. Coffee and molasses. Nice fire roasty coco flavor in the nose. Big and wholesome, nutty. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet up front followed by chocolate and coffee which leads to modestly bitter middle with a clean finish. Roasted bitter finish with nice flavor transitions throughout the drink.

Mouth: Light carbonation. Very smooth, smooth, smooth. Almost too liquid. Light to medium bodied.

Drink: Really nice drinking and easy to sip on. Goes down easy at 7%.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a standard US pint glass produces a huge head (note to self: pour a bit more gently next time) of dark brown, fairly dense foam. This recedes within a few minutes so that you can look at your beer proper. Totally opaque, dark brown or black in color. In light, gives off some dark ruby red hues. Adequate lacing from the head's declension, individual sips...not so much.

Dominant scents of chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder), mocha, chocolate milk, and molasses. A bit of ethanol in the background. This is kind of like the beer equivalent of Kahlua or Bailey's.

Big chocolate tastes upfront, fades to a roasted/charred barley/coffee ground flavor in the finish. Just enough hops to add some balance, mostly lurking in the far back. Alcohol is there, too, providing a gentle burn in the back (more noticeable with beer warmth). Trying this beer after a piece of milk chocolate, I can say the stout has a definite alcohol bite to it, is less sugary, but also features a distinct burnt or smoky flavor that is not present otherwise.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, about medium heavy. Carbonation is fairly middle of the road, too, nothing aggressive, but still noticeable. A "gentle" mouthfeel, I would call it. The finish is surprisingly dry, given what seems to be a small amount of hops used. Would have liked a bigger body and perhaps a bit more carbonation.

While drinking this, I find myself thinking that this is what the original "chocolate beverage" of native peoples could have tasted like. Sort of. While you can call this a stout, it's almost like it's own style of that genre: the super-chocolaty stout. The flavor is big enough to make this a sipper (and the alcohol level is just about there, too). If you enjoy chocolate, or chocolate-tasting beverages, you should check this one out. I know I'll be returning to it.

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Photo of naterock
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darke black with a two finger dark tan head. some slight lacing.

smells a bit like banana with a dark cocoa

taste is unmistakable chocolate, and a wierd taste of banana or plantain. not a real coffee taste to speak of.

mouth is thick and oily, bitter in the aftertaste but amooth the whole way down. suprisingly good because the bartender just gave me one and said "you'll like this"

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Holland pint glass

Pours black with a drawn out cascade effect. Thick and pillowy dark tan head. Seems coarse and has good head retention.

Smells of Hershey's cocoa powder with a mix of toffee and vanilla. It's loaded with sweet malts with hints of lactose sugar to boot. The milky sweetness gives way to a bitter finish that balances out the chocolaty sweetness.

The taste precisely mirrors the smell. A heavy dose of cocoa powder followed by some lactose sugar. Plenty of sweetness that is rounded out by some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin. Not as much creaminess as I would like in a stout that's dominated by chocolate and lactose. Light carbonation. Goes down very smooth and is easy drinking.

Overall this is a darned tasty chocolate stout. Not as bold or thick as most others which makes it easier to drink, yet sacrifices thickness and creaminess. Has a fantastic and distinct cocoa aroma. This makes for a fantastic dessert beer.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice caramel colored head that was about an inch, which for me is perfect. For the style, a perfect dark brown color with tan light coming through the edges.

S- Strong molassis, chocolate, raisins, and coffee. Also the great Arcadia malts.

T- Chocolate and molassis. A nice balance of carbonation and creaminess. Very smooth.

D- Super drinkable! It went down way too easily and I'm reaching for another one!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Penn State handled mug. Go State.

A: Pours a deep murky dark shade of brown, with a moderately thick tan head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Roasted malts, slight touch of coffee notes, and a bit of cocoa present in the nose. All at a moderate volume.

T: The molasses that the bottle indicates is included here jumps out at me first. Nice creaminess. A touch of vanilla. Big notes of chocolate on the back end. Notes of coffee underneath.

There's a touch of roasty bitterness on the back end, likely being supported by a good dry hop presence, that rounds things out and brings it all together.

M: Moderate heft. Good creaminess in the mouth. Carbonation is appropriate.

D/O: Enjoyable and repeatable.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy brown almost black with a thing tan head. Smells like a sweet milk stout can't pick up to much. Taste is big, not a heavy bold drink but a lot of flavors going on. I can definitely pick out the carmel, chocolate, and milk flavors. The sweet milk comes overtop and blend all the flavors together well. A good creamy mouthfeel, no bitterness and good drinkability.

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Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown 12oz glass bottle with a brown color scheme label. A guy apparently going loco off to the side.
Opaque brown body topped with a brown tiny to small bubbled head. Decent retention and lace.
Delicious smoked hoppy chocolate scent, almond molasses and sweet cream.
Mild chocolate creamy molasses with just enough hops to keep it in place. Aftertaste is a hop inspired sweet brownish sugar flavor.
Full dense creamy body and moderate coating.
Very drinkable and true to it's name.


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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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