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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 597
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mr. Goodbar,dark pour. significant chocolate and coffee, but otherwise unexceptional, burnt more than roast, when so many are doing the similar, so similar ranking. Brown with white head. On the sweeter side, despite English Progress, Liberty, Summit

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and pored with a thin mocha-colored head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of milk chocolate in the nose along with notes of dark roasted malts and molasses.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell--dominated by flavors of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate--along with some hints of coffee. There is a mild amount of bitterness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and is both smooth and creamy. The finish has some dryness.
D: The beer was relatively easy to consume and is a good dessert beer if you are looking for a somewhat dry stout that has flavors of bittersweet chocolate.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near with with a nearly nonexistent head and no lacing. Somewhat forgivable given the style. Nose brings a good amount of cocoa and roast plus a touch of coffee and vanilla. Really strong cocoa. The taste adds in a bit of extra vanilla flavor, though it's quite faint. Delivers hard on the cocoa with quite a bit of roast in the background. Medium body and somewhat smooth. Actually, really smooth. Drinks really nicely. A solid hit for Arcadia.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a pretty nice looking deep brownish black color with a fluffy brown head on top. The aromas of sweet chocolate fill your nose right away with a little bit of hops in the far end of the aroma. The taste of the beer was pretty sweet with a light bitterness of dark chocolate in there. The other flavors of roasted malts come through after the swallow. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium to heavy with a smooth texture to it. OVerall I thought this wasn't a bad brew to try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of graham cracker

Taste: Starts with a black bread, molasses and chocolate flavor that becomes rather more like milk chocolate as time goes on; after the swallow a sour fruity element appears to join the flavor parade; the finish is slightly sweet with milk chocolate notes though the sour notes continue to hang around

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is the first time that mouthfeel was my favorite thing about a beer, but so be it; needs more cocoa flavoring

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer, but much more subtle and down-to-earth than I expected, particularly because the previously drank Big Beers by Arcadia have been exceptional. The beer pours a viscous dark brown color with some chocolate milk-like haze, and an airy froth that laced quite well. The aromas were light and, again, took on milk chocolate notes with light Kona coffee, roasted malts, and caramel malts. The flavors are rich and full, but not agressive or strong by any means. The cocoa flavors rise above the coffee, nutty, malty notes. Light bittering only offers balance for the sweetness and no other contributing flavors or aromas. the body seems full and round, but not heavy or weighted at all -- remains airy. Finishes quite powdery, with a continuous cocoa flavor. Very nice, but quite mellow tasting and feeling for a bigger beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Polished obsidian that aggressively crowds the edge of the glass, even when bright sunlight attempts entry. The firm, sponge-like, cinnamon colored head is going nowhere fast, leaving me clueless about how much lace will eventually stick (note: not much). Even though I'm a little leery of a 7.0% American double stout, Cocoa Loco sure does look the part.

The biggest problem with the nose is that it smells sour. Spoiled milk sour. There's enough else going on (chocolate mostly) that it isn't a deal breaker. Still, I'm less than impressed.

The label reads 'stout brewed with chocolate, molasses and lactose'. Believe it or not, all three are able to be appreciated. The milky sourness, while an undeniable part of the flavor profile, is less of a factor on the palate. Sweet chocolate, dark caramel and molasses share the spotlight, with citric hops making a surprisingly strong showing. Maybe it's their lemon juiciness that's providing the unwelcome pucker. Molasses becomes especially prominent with warming.

According to the Arcadia website, this is a 'triple chocolate stout' because three varieties of chocolate malt are used. I'm not sure that would hold up in beer court, especially since calling Cocoa Loco a double stout is probably pushing it because of the less than viscous mouthfeel. To be fair, it becomes much more creamy and smooth as it sits and is actually very nice in the bottom half of the bomber.

Cocoa Loco's flavor profile is too disjointed for it to be great beer. My advice would be to cut back on the molasses, the lactose and the citric hops in order to concentrate on the Cocoa portion of the name rather than the Loco part.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes in my Beer Dossier

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a tan/mocha colored, two-finger head that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and caramel. Some floral notes, too.

T - Tasted of oatmeal, coffee bitterness and chocolate. It also had a milky taste.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This has complex and unique flavors and isn't over the top powerful.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with a khaki head. Maybe a touch watery on the nose, but otherwise nice roast and chocolate aromas. A hint of coffee and some molasses for sweetness. The flavor isn’t bad, but similarly watery. Cocoa/chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt make up most of the substance. A slight sweetness of toffee and molasses, too. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of tan head that goes away and leaves a layer around the edges.

Smell: Mildly sweet and roasty. Hints of chocolate with a strong smell of lactose.

Taste: Quite roasty. The roast covers up most of the flavor of the lactose. There is a strong taste of dark chocolate as well. I'm not picking up a lot of molasses or hardly any sweetness for that matter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side for this style. The carbonation is a regular amount but fairly smooth. The finish is very mildly dry.

Overall: I would have liked this one to be a bit sweeter and have a thicker body. Overall it wasn't bad, but I don't know that I feel the need to have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Brewed in collaboration with Sonny (of Cocoa Puffs fame). You never know. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a lovely finger of cream-ecru froth. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, very light molasses, and a touch of char in the background. The taste brings the roast back with a vengeance, along with some of that char and a heaping amount of bitter dark chocolate. It all comes out a bit astringent to the tongue. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta drying finish. Overall, a decent stout, but things didn't seem to come together all the way for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over pitch black beer.

Nose is dark and malty, dark malts, roasted malts, chocolate malts, some cocoa nib aromas, dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate, roasted malts bring hints of coffee and mocha, caramel, vanilla, hints of molasses.

Taste starts with dark malts again, this time a bit chalky at first, then some powdered chocolate, a bit of creamy chocolate milk that's watered down, some roasted malts with coffee and mocha, bit of vanilla and caramel, some molasses. Some bitterness as well with just a hint of earthy hops but more on the charred malt bitterness but not very burnt, but there is just a hint of briny taste. Overall the dark malts are dominant and strong, but the overall body and meat of the beer seem to be missing like it's almost watered down but not really. Maybe some oats would have helped. Finishes a bit sticky and somewhat bitter, dark malts lingering with charred malt flavors, syrups, molasses, and hint of baker's chocolate.

Mouth is med bodied and a bit creamy but feels that it should be bigger, with decent carb and no real booze kick.

Overall not bad, nice malt flavors, doesn't get too burnt or briny but the whole mouth and body just feel like it's missing something.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit and molasses but it seems to lack the creaminess that most beers brewed with lactose usually have. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no head. Nose is subdued. Slight amount of stout character. The chocolate just barely gets out to your nose. I am giving it a 3 because for a double stout, this should be showing my nose a bit more. Flavor is more towards the roasted side with a slightly metallic after taste. Feel is low on bubble, thick on liquid. Sorry, but I have to give this one a 3 for drinkability. Cocoa Loco? Where's the cocoa man?? A sad example of the style. And for the price...forget about it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this at macadoodles in Joplin, BBD 0f 08/09

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, roasty malt & some vanilla

T: Cocoa, roasty malt & dryness up front. Coffee dominates as this warms, along with more dryness & plus some oaky vanilla, Finishes with cocoa, a bit more vanilla, dryness & roasty malt

MF: Fairly oily & rich with minimal carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not a stout I could pound every night, but going down great on cool April fool's evening... Nice one from Arcadia

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three-finger beige head slowly recedes. Nearly black color; no light shines through. Light lace.

Milky aroma, almost like chocolate ice cream; some bittersweet cocoa also. A little bit chaulky.

Think dark chocolate, particularly in the swallow. The up front taste is quite mild. The swallow is the opposite--I almost envision taking powdered Hersey's cocoa and putting it on my tongue. Slightly thin for the style.

This is as advertised--lots of cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate flavors. It's worth trying simply because it is such a pleasant departure from the style. I'd love to try it against other big chocolate stouts/porters.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light anise, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light cream, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, raisin, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of bready/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid stout. Solid robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They fought for this name, for some reason...."it suggests imparting hallucinegenic properties", or something, the Feds cried, I think...and they roll out a label with a logo barely readable. "Stout brewed with chocolate, molasses, and lactose"...you mean, milk?

Alright, I plunked down the $6.99, let's go through with this...

Impenetrable appearance, dark, nearly black, with a huge, solid toffee/tan head, lasting long. Quite nice.

Aroma: sweet, creamy, cocoa hints, but the milk is more apparent....a delight.

Taste: sweet, smooth, creamy, with light cocoa laying on the bottom, and slowly rising to prominence, ...feels like cocoa powder lying on the bottom of the mouth, and the dust rises up. But it doesn't really amount to too much.

A very pleasing flavor, here, easy to drink, and quite tasty, 7% abv, but not especially felt. However, as nice as this is, it's not so amazing that it needs to be in a $7 bottle, just my couple pieces of copper.

Would work well as dessert fare, perhaps. But, dammit, it's not big enough to make that much of a fuss about, and not much of a match for other stouts out there.

...though, actually, it is too big for me, alone, right now...oof, should have saved it for my next hot date or something...now, it's kicking in!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, and whiskey.

t - Tastes again of cocoa, roasted malts, whiskey, sweet chocolate. The cocoa is much more prominent in the taste than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout with a lot of nice cocoa/chocolate. Would try again.

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Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick tan head that descends to a thin cover. The cover slowly turns to a lasting patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of fruity esters and sourish milk at first, but some chocolate does break through. It does improve over the initial aroma.

The taste is mild - vague hints of chocolate and lactose. Some molasses might be there, but I think that it is more because I was expecting it (per label). Not as sweet as I expected, considering the addition of chocolate and molasses and lactose. However, the bittering hops add little in the way of flavor. I would not have taken this to be a double stout, rather a mild milk stout. Not as rich or robust as it should be. Wonder what the woman on the label is horrified about - Could it be the lack of richness of this beer? Perhaps. Finishes...well...it finishes - rather abruptly.

The carbonation nearly wrecks it. It is prickly and gives it a thinner feel than it should. Too much. Weak body.

Drinkable, but failed to hold my interest. One 22 oz. bottle was more than enough.

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Photo of mothman
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours 1/4 finger of light tan head. Fades to a ring, no lace left. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Cocoa, cocoa powder, creamy milk, and some dark fruit flavors. Rich and malty.

Taste: Wow, the lactose really shows here. It sticks from the beginning to the end. There is some cocoa powder and a sticky molasses flavor in the middle, but the lactose is a bit overdone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, rich. Medium to full bodied with a bit higher of a carbonation level. Ends with tons of cocoa and milk flavors.

Overall, this beer was alright, but I have had much better. Too much lactose flavors. Not very drinkable because of this. I like some of the flavors, but wow this is drinking slow.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt scent along with a sweet lactose aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a complex flavor arrangement that boasts of chocolate and molasses as well as a bit of milk sugar. It's dry with a nice roasted edge to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid chocolate stout. It's beautiful to look at and it tastes great also.

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Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored head that falls to a surface foam rather quickly after the pour. Some spots of lacing appear during the session.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and molassess are easy to pick up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, prunes, and a hint of espresso make up the main flavor profile. The bitterness is strong enough to but does not offend. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Heavy bodied beer. Aftertaste is moderate as flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent. Not an overpowering double stout, almost a bit thinner than expected, but in no way is thin bodied. Not bad, I would probably have this one again in the future.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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