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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

537 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of annamaria1231
1/5  rDev -72.1%

annamaria1231, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of klipper
1/5  rDev -72.1%

klipper, May 17, 2012
Photo of maximum12
1.4/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What is this concoction?

Weird, weird, weird. First, it's black. Second, it smells like milk.

Third, it taste frickin weird. Like a strange, rather unpleasant cross between breast milk, water, with a faint whiff of melted Madagascar chocolate, & belly lint.

This is awful. Down the drain she goes.

maximum12, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of sixerofelixir
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of ToddT
1.58/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Nice dark chocolate color with a two finger tan head. Head falls slowly to a sticky ring that leaves nice lacing on the top of the glass.

S- Kind of weird, chocolate but almost smells slightly spoiled or medicinal. I'm kind of put off by the smell.

T- Thankfully it doesn't taste like it smells. Chocolate up front, mixed with a sweet molasses, and something else that I can't put my finger on that is not that pleasant. Might be what it was aged in but it doesn't mix well with the rest of the tastes. Finished very sweet and dry.

M- A little on the thin side for the color and what I was expecting out of this, not really creamy either. Has a light carbonation.

D- One is enough for me. I am put off by something in this.

Maybe I just got a bad one. I'll try it again but only to see if this one was a bad one, if it tastes the same I'll pour it out and get something else. I finally put my finger on the aftertaste and the smell this is going to sound weird but it almost like a brine or olives, not something I want in my beer, maybe a martini but not my beer.

ToddT, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of bobhits
1.6/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2006cocoa loco

A bit apprehensive of trying these arcadia ales with this much age on them. 7% is a touch iffy.

Opens with a strong "pppshh" and pours a nice tall tan head. Solid legs on this and especially good at 7%. This beer seems a bit thicker than the 7% would indicate.

The aroma is that of sour. This reminds me a lot of the big dick ale I have had recently. My fear is this is a sign the beers have gone bad, but part of me feels this flavor is too similar. Perhaps a similar yeast or something along those lines. There is a faint coco finish to indicate that this is a stout after all.

A sweet/sour strong sour ale like malt opens this beer. Followed by subtle coco and faint chocolate malt. I don't pick up on any lactose effects or the molasses that's supposed to be in this one. After heating the beer up running hot water against the glass, the beer has taken on some more stout like characteristics. An almost sickeningly sweet malt mixes with cocoa flavors that aren't strong or bitter enough to even try and balance things out. No burnt malt flavors what so ever leaves this beer impressively unenjoyable. I can't imagine this was ever a good beer, there just aren't even remnants of one remaining.

This is a drain pour without question. I want to try this fresh but it seems all I see lately are 3-5 year old bottles of Arcadia's beers and they are showing up new to the stores. I have no idea if there's some weird issue with Kentucky's distribution chains or what. Either way I'm skeptical to blame this beer completely on the age considering all their beers seem to give off this odd flavor.

bobhits, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Biggness
1.7/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Me and my wife had dinner @ arcadia last night. I saw on the board that there was a double imperial chocolate stout being served and I nearly creamed my pants, here I am thinking Rogue Chocolate stout. Well WOW I don't think I have ever been so disappointed by a beer. The appearance was nice but that was about it. The flavor was borderline repulsive, drink this beer next to a Rogue Chocolate stout and tell me how u give this beer anything higher than a c?!?! The mouthfeel was also very uncomfortable. Calling this a Double Imperial Stout is travesty it tasted more like a skunked Milwaukee's Best with food coloring in it.

Biggness, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of teoneill4
1.72/5  rDev -52%

teoneill4, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of mtnbikerpa
1.95/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When poured came out Black in appearance, virtually no head. Other than two small streaks, there was no lacing. Smells like an old cheap chocolate bar... and I am not talking about hershey. Almost waxy aroma.
Flavor definately didnt improve as it the brew warmed. No signifigant difference in flavor than an average stout. Mouthfeel was too heavy to enjoy at its "seasonal release time." If you are expecting something special don't was you time on this one.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of KISSFR33K
2/5  rDev -44.1%

KISSFR33K, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No bottle dating, poured into goblet...

A- Deep brownish black with red hues. A small cm of pale khaki head dies to barely film with no lacing.

S- Oh boy... Stale coffee, fusels, tart dark cherries, chalky processed chocolate. Not the most appetizing aroma, as it comes off fabricated and flawed.

T/M- Wtf? Tastes like straight rubbing alcohol on first drink. I guess there is some roasted coffee, but overshadowed by an acrid burnt taste. Some hidden sweet fig, again pushed aside by an intense alcohol flavor. Minimal carbonation on a dull body makes this boring and lifeless on the palate.

O- Anything remotely decent in this beer is overpowered by an off flavor or unpleasant factor. Alcohol presence is just waaay to much like straight ethanol. This is the little beer that could... but didn't

TheGordianKnot, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown which ends up as nearly-opaque in the glass. Head is medium-dark tan color which recedes leaving interesting bubbly lacing. Not a bad start.

Smell: My first thought is, "They had a problem covering up the alcohol." Really? At only 7% ABV? That's my first thought? There is certainly some mocha flavor in there somewhere, but I'm not impressed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is fairly watery for a "stout." Medium carbonation reveals nothing but a real rubbing alcohol flavor. Sour in all the wrong ways, and almost no chocolate nor coffee in the taste. Aftertaste is all alcohol.

Overall: Fairly disappointed in this brew. It's drinkable (as in, I'm *going* to drink it), but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Perhaps my opinion is swayed because I had an RIS to precede this one...but seriously...beer is supposed to taste good no matter when you drink it, and this just isn't hitting the spot.

Lauthaha, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Brewed with a combination of three different chocolate malts, "Premium English 2-row malted barley", "Premium Pacific Northwest Hops", cocoa nibs, 63% cacao bittersweet chocolate, lactose, and blackstrap molasses. 7.0% ABV, 39 IBUs. 2008 Winner Best in Show, World Expo of Beer.

$3.69 for a 12oz bottle. Pours out to a very dark deep brown, forming a modest light tan head which quickly recedes and doesn't form any lace. The carbonation is mild, requiring a firm pour to achieve a head. The aroma is of cocoa nibs, with the piquant woody vanilla nose that nibs have, followed by slightly sour milk and more milk and a whiff of alcohol when swirled. The mouthfeel is sharp with kiwi acidity. I think this batch might be tainted because it is much more sour than anticipated for the style. I suspect a bottling sanitation issue, which unfortunately seems to be the norm from Arcadia and many other Michigan brewers. In other words, this will not age well so don't even bother. Medium bodied. Taste is a recap of the aroma. Chocolate nibs, kiwi fruit, milk, mild herbal bitterness, medium bodied, with chalky mineral adjuncts and a sour aftertaste. Moderately sweet despite the sourness, but still not a good combo.

I bet this is heavenly on tap, but in the bottle, there is an obvious problem. Drain pour.

Mitchster, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of mphopkins99
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Don't know if I got a skunked bottle, but this was a major disappointment. Highly carbonated, almost soda-like in mouthfeel and texture. Did not really have any of the chocolate or coffee small or taste I associate with this kind style.

Not at all what I was expecting or hoping for.

mphopkins99, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of clarkm04
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Very dark and inviting with a slight tan head retention. The beer looks low to medium carbonation.

Smell- Notes of sweetness predominantly chocolate notes with an undercurrent of molasses. There's a hint of smell that I don't care for. It makes me slightly gag a bit.

Taste- Very sweet forefront taste that is loaded in chocolate. It slides into a finishing note. It's similar to chocolate milk but much heavier and slightly sour on the end. This is one strange beer. The first bottle I had a few weeks ago I absolutely hated it. Having it a second time, I like it better. It is too sweet and funky. Those expecting a typical chocolate stout will be disappointed as this beer is much sweeter and the lactose provides flavor notes that you will either enjoy or dislike.

Mouthfeel- The beer sits nicely on the tongue. Very light and tasty with low carbonation.

Drinkability- For me, it's fairly low. I could probably only drink a bottle or two.

Overall- I'm still torn about this beer. Last time I had it, I would have given it a D but after having it again, I like it better but not by much. It's still a too sweet and off-kilter. I actually drain poured the last part of it.

The beer is kind of a mess. I did find it unique and interesting but other aspects of the beer did not sit at all with me.

clarkm04, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to flandersned to try something from this brewery.

Dark brown highlights, nice finger foam head.

Booze, cocoa, chocolate.

Roasty, cocoa, molasses, stingy bitter hops.

I was hoping for a malt bomb and got a hoppy mess. The hops they used didnt fit the rest of the beer. Too bitter, west coast hops dont fit with this beer.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
Photo of Higravity
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At Ashley's in Ann Arbor, I have also had a bomber from the brewery. The Bottle was much worse hence I was willing to try it on tap. The following review is from having it on tap. From the bottle I thin the bottle has more value for the 10 cent refund than the beer inside.

On-tap
Nice dark black coloring with brown red edges and a thin head of cocoa. The smell is of a stout but were is the chocolate. Loco means crazy right well the lack of a crazy chocolate-like aroma leads to big no real taste of chocolate. I couldn't taste the choclate either and the beer was so thin it reminds me of Kate Moss. Looks can be deceiving and this one really leaves me scratching my head. I really love the regular brews from Arcadia but the big beer series is mostly junk. I hope the start over.

Higravity, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Danielr26
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

matjack85, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Josbor11
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of cardinals22
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Slipmthgoose
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Slipmthgoose, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of thequeen711
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep chocolate colour, poured from the bottle to a .5 liter glass full of foam, just too frothy! Taste was slightly creamy, there was a bitter aroma detected here...This is not one of the best stouts I've had, and it left me disappointed. I expected a more chocolate feel. I also detected a bitter aftertaste...

thequeen711, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of brewintheLou
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very dark brown with a frothy top head with large bubbles underneath

Smell is of chalky cocoa and also has a sweet aroma.

Hmmm... strange taste on the first drink... starts with a super sweet tang and metalic flavor. Then a strong cocoa-mix taste comes through and lingers on the palate. Sure is chalky. Very different from any other beer I have had. Mouthfeel seems to be thin, but like I said the beer sticks around even after you think it's gone. It seems to stick to the roof of your mouth and gums. Drinkability is not high given I don't think I would ever crave or pick this up again.

brewintheLou, Feb 05, 2009
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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.