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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

524 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007)
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

02-07-2009 05:20:35 | More by nrpellegrini
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%

Jet black in color with a thin dark tan head that leaves a little lace. Pretty decent head retention.

Not an overpowering scent, but it smells delicious. Smells very sweet and malty. Picking up notes of chocolate, vanilla, licorice and molasses. Smells rich.

Packed full of flavor is this one. Deep roasted and toasty malts. Bitter dark chocolate, plenty of lactose, molasses, vanilla bean, rum alcohol. Really a nice and rich complexity.

Rich and creamy body that approaches full. Creamy carbonation that is almost ice cream like.

I could do two of these tops, but it's because it drinks like an imperial stout. I am really impressed with this beer. Hard to believe it is only seven percent abv. It is tasty and unique. This is a bit of a hidden gym with an overall score of a B. I recommend giving this a whirl.

08-31-2010 02:27:30 | More by jera1350
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

An excellent pour...almost black....decent head. Smell is a delicious blend of malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste has a chocolate malt backbone with a strong coffee finish...lingering coffee aftertaste. Just a tad strong. Full bodied mouthfeel. A definite sipper due to strong coffeee aftertaste.

03-01-2008 01:32:57 | More by edchicma
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Pours a dense black with a hint of brown where you can see light. Tan foamy two finger head that dissipates to a thin cap.

Roasted malt and cocoa nose.

Taste shows a sweet start showing molasses and leading to a mildly bitter cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for this style. No coating of the palate, quite crisp.

Drinkability very good considering the modest ABV. Very easy drinking.

08-29-2007 03:37:00 | More by techdiver
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

22oz bomber, cool label. Beer is deep dark brown color, a shade off of black, with slightly lighter highlights at the edges. Head is huge and fluffy, dark, and sticks for a while. A little less head might've made this a 5.

Roasty molasses and chocolate smell. Even a bit smoky. There is a slight astringency there too.

Roasty bitter chocolate and espresso with a nice milky sweet finish.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, with just a bit of carbonation.

Pretty damn good dessert beer, I'll definitely search this one out again.

Tasted on 5/16/08.

06-23-2008 01:07:17 | More by tmitch75
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

I split a bottle of this beer with my friend Pete.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer exudes a clear dark cola brown color with soft creamy tan head of 2cm that fades slowly.
The aroma is roasted malt, espresso beans, and cocoa powder. First sip reveals fine tingly carbonation and a smooth velvety texture. Flavor is roasted malt with some sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee dryness. Hints of molasses and general sweet malt as well. No hop presence or hints of ABV. A pretty big beer that is easy to drink. Nice well crafted beer.

05-02-2008 00:16:28 | More by sulldaddy
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

22 oz. bomber in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick dark brown head.

S - Deep chocolate.

T - Lighter than expected but really good chocolate flavors.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is my first sample from arcadia and I didn't know what to expect but I am happily supprised.

06-24-2008 04:27:11 | More by jeffmonarch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

A. Pours dark blackish brown, with a light tan head which did provide wrinkles of foam, lacing.

S. Smells very light just a faint malty notion.

T. Tastes crisp and hoppy upfront, providing an earthy bitterness. Bitter yet semi-sweet lush chocolate edge. Toasted malt adds a smokey, woody flavor. I really enjoyed how the resinous hops played with raw chocolate flavors.

M. Full flavored with a pronounced lingering chocolate aftertaste.

D. I would reccommend this beer to a serious beer advocate, but not to newcomers to hoppy chocolate beers. I thought this was great.

07-30-2009 03:42:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

12 oz.

Pours jet black, half inch tan head retains well.

Smells of milk chocolate and caramel.

Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and toasted bread are all notable in the flavor.

Medium to full body with light carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Really flavorful and tasty stout, good rich character, definitely worth trying and I would have it again.

04-10-2013 19:18:51 | More by Cylinsier
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aerozeppl

New York

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

On cask at Mahars.

A: Almost black in color with a half finger of mocha head. Good lacing.

S: Nice smell of coffee, chocolate, and roast. A really nice smell. Much deeper and complex than in the bottle.

T: The nose follows the smell. The coffee was much more pronounced on cask than it was in the bottle. The chocolate was simple sublime.

M: Nice thick body. Nice cask carbonation. Really nice.

D: Super drinkable and nice. Got a 12oz on draft and it was perfect. Really great beer. Get it on cask if you can.

10-31-2008 23:38:26 | More by aerozeppl
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bashiba

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured a deep shade of black with a thick creamy cocoa colored head.

Smell was milky and chocolaty with a bit of roasted malts.

Taste was suprisingly light with a nice bit of chocolate flavors, just a hint of burnt malts and smoke with a nice little bit of earthy hops making it very balanced.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a medium body to it.

A very easy to drink stout, I finished off a 22oz bottle in very short order, A little bit on the pricey side, otherwise I would be drinking this regularly.

09-01-2007 00:32:40 | More by bashiba
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nmyers

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Cocoa Loco has great color, almost a black color with a nice thin light brown head on it. The aroma of this beer is highlighted by a nice touch of dark chocolate and coco beans with a hint of molasses. The Loco's taste is a little unique. It starts off with a sweet hint of molasses and then comes in with a big bold dark chocolate/coffee. It goes down smooth with a little bit of a bite, that is a quality of most stouts but it doesn't linger.

03-20-2008 01:20:56 | More by nmyers
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Poured dark opaque color almost black with a thin tan head.

S: some dark chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee and a touch of lactose.

T: sweet molasses, dark rich chocolate and some coffee creamer. Big cold coffee flavor, some creaminess from lactose added rounded things out with a smooth finish and lingering coffee fade.

M: Very smooth and light mouthful for a stout.

D: good drinkability, nice complexity makes you look forward to the next sip. rich, dark, yet smooth and refined on the swallow.

03-13-2008 00:56:54 | More by beerthulhu
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a two finger tan head that leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Molasses nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, molasses, some baker's chocolate at finish. $7.10 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

01-25-2009 23:23:27 | More by jdhilt
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bnes09

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Midnight black and opaque with complete absence of color when held to light. Light tan head with average retention but forms a film around to edge of the glass and adds some nice lacing after each sip.

Aroma is dark, primarily coffee, chocolate and charcoal. Alcohol has a sherry-like quality. I can smell some burnt molasses as well.

Solid malt character consisting of burnt toast and cooked corn. Roasted almonds and dark chocolate provide a satisfying bitterness. Molasses lies in the background and the lactose adds a sweet and somewhat tart character to the mix. Hops are subtle with earthy tones that compliment the roasted bitterness quite well.

Medium bodied with a syrupy, chocolately texture mid-drink that lingers into the finish but finishes with a tad more dryness from the hops. Low-medium carbonation but flavors are strong enough to assert themselves with the bubbles available. No sticky feel, a definite plus.

Overall a great stout and I like the creative additions to the recipe. They definitely spent some time with this perfecting the balance and the result is very tasty!

10-25-2012 02:11:04 | More by bnes09
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a dark color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a lot of sweetness and chocolate with just a hint of roasted malt. The flavor was filled with caramel malts and cocoa notes along with a hint of lactic acid. Very smooth and tasty. Drinks very well for the alcohol and doesn't seem to have that strong of a punch. Thick bodied as well.

07-24-2007 12:36:47 | More by clvand0
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Black beer. Creamy brown head. Moderate amounts of lacing. Interesting aroma and quite complex. I get the molasses in there, but also heavy chocolate, coffee and black licorice. Overall impression on the buds is fairly sweet, with the lactose and molasses and whatnot. Full flavored. There aren't many beers I'd just want one of, but this is one of them. Really heavy and rich. Definite dessert beer. Full bodied and viscous. Get flavors of leather and licorice as well. Baker's chocolate. Well done actually for the type of beer that it is.

11-24-2010 20:06:19 | More by Bighuge
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14%

This excellent stout is very dark with a thick dark brown head. The roasted malts and hints of chocolate come through on the nose as you take the first swallow. In the mouth it is very thick and creamy with a hint of spicyness that blends well with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Had this beer at The Good Life in Massapequa, NY.

06-29-2011 00:24:09 | More by angelogarcia3
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Deep brown color with a 1-finger tan bubbly head. Pretty good retention but not much lacing. Lots of bubbles coming to the surface.

S - Definitely sweet with chocolate, lactose, and molasses aromas. There’s maybe a slight undertone of roasted, coffee-like malt.

T - Follows the nose to a tee. Again, very sweet but not sickeningly or artificially sweet. Definite chocolate, molasses, and lactose presence. Also again, there’s a subtle undertone of roasted coffee bitterness. Very, very subtle. All the flavor is here mostly sweet.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a creamy but crisp mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Chocolate and lactose sweetness lingers for a little bit.

O - I’m not sure why everyone is hating on this beer so much. I thought it was a very tasty stout. Yes, it’s mostly all the way over on the sweet rather than bitter side of the spectrum, but not artificially so. I think the lactose blends well with the molasses and chocolate, which I definitely thought had a strong presence here. I thought this was a tasty beer, and I’ll look for more from Arcadia in the future.

06-25-2012 04:26:12 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark brown, almost black, rich textured body; opaque and doesn't appear to have much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass (mainly because I can't see it); barley any head formed, but what did come up was a dark beige colored head and withered away pretty quickly; some lacing

S - wow, explosive dark chocolate and coffee scents; reminds me of cold drip coffee at the bottom of your mus; dark roasted malt scents; hits my senses immediately and reminds me of a dark chocolaty liquor-based candy; some jam/molasses

T - Drip coffee madness; chocolate richness and flavor; great blend of to of my favorite flavors; deep and full; roasted malt back-end; coffee and chocolate notes coat the back of my throat, mucus and make everything taste of chocolate/coffee during retro-olfaction; sweet

M - Kind of thin; consistent body through out the sip, which is great; I was hoping this would be more silky smooth like Arcadia oatmeal stout; slight oily feel, but mostly watery

D - Great dessert drink; full of rich dark flavors and sweet too; needs to rid itself of the drip coffee taste and feel I get; should get a richer and deeper espresso taste to it; still comes well-recommended from me

06-17-2011 04:36:13 | More by ferrari29
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petes99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured PITCH black. One of the darkest brews I've poured.

Thin, dark head. Very interesting nose - its subtle yet busy, in a good way. Very roasty, dark, deep. Can pick up on some nice dark coffee, molasses, sweetness.

Mouth - thick, leaves you licking your chops thinking about the flavor. Definite touch of cream stout, with really, really nice coffee undertones. Some molasses, sweetness, but really not much for cocoa in the sweet department. However raw cocoa flavor on the bitterness end for sure. Meddles with the coffee tones nicely.

Finishes with a good, long, bitter aftertaste. Really nice. Will definitely get this again.

Oh, and 7.0%, you would not know it. Very smooth and drinkable.

12-09-2008 01:50:47 | More by petes99
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

This stout pours a dark, dark black-brown with a thick creamy head of tightly laced bubbles.

I get a stout’s nose full of roast and a bit of the lactic stout aroma. If I was to map the flavor out I’d say that there’s a bit of a roast up front, followed by a noticeable bitterness and a lactic sting, before finishing sweet and malty, yet dry. Flavor coats the mouth and lingers, in a way that I find enjoyable. A big, pleasing, dessert brew that I’d gladly try again if given the chance.

03-27-2012 05:12:19 | More by elNopalero
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is powdered cocoa against some mild roasted barley. the taste is an abundance of cocoa and roasted barley. The beer is very crisp and smooth, especially for the style, making it very enjoyable, even on a hot summer night.

06-30-2008 02:42:43 | More by atsprings
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

07-04-2011 02:49:07 | More by socon67
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

Bottle into tulip. 2007 vintage.

Dark black with a hint of highlights when held to light. Thick mocha head hangs on, thick lacing.

Chocolate, malty sweet, roasted grains, molasses and booze balanced nicely. complex but not alot of legs.

Malty sweetness, molasses, chocolate, and roasted grains are largely balanced, but with a moderately dry and bitter finish.

Mildly carbonated, creamy, medium full body, mild warming with dry, bitter finish.

Complexity and balance urges me on. Enough size and bitterness to encourage restraint.

I liked it alot and wouldn't hesitate to have it again, but my brother didn't like the dry, bitter finish. But he doesn't like anything remotely bitter.

12-20-2008 18:49:32 | More by sprucetip
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.