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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Cocoa LocoArcadia Cocoa Loco

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287 Reviews

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 598
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dense darkness with a small tan head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Pleasant aroma of something along the lines of chocolate milk and graham crackers. There is a little bit of alcohol that is detectable in the nose. The flavor is not quite so nice because the alcohol is hot for a 7% ABV stout. Otherwise the chocolate malt is featured nicely. Bitterness is moderate despite the lactose addition. Medium body with a nice texture. Not creamy but is soft and nicely carbonated. Not quite a desert beer as it is not very sweet but has some nice chocolate qualities.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells great! The chocolate and molasses mesh with the roasted barley to make something special. It integrates so well. The lactose then offers a little twang to the mix. The powerful, yet supple roast is balanced by malty sweetness with caramel and even a touch of dark fruits.

3.25 T: Unfortunately the nose is much deeper and better integrated than the taste. Still, it's good, just not great. Moderate to heavy roastiness enhances the hop bitteness. The sweetness doesn't quite balance it out. The chocolate, molasses, lactose combo seems out of balance with the roast. Somewhat of an ashy taste on finish. Herbal and citrusy hops.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. It's creamy, but in a not creamy way. It's hard to explain why I'm not a huge fan of this mouthfeel.

3.25 D: The nose got me interested, but unfortunately this beer falls just north of average.

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Photo of birchstick
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark black with a 1 finger head

S - smells of chocolate and caramel

T - taste of a lot of chocolate and some caramel. The chocolate has a lot of powdery hot chocolate mix taste to it. The powder mix is pretty pronounced at first, and fades to more dark, rich chocolate the more it drinks. There is also a little bit of burnt malt on the finish.

M - nice and smooth. Medium bodied and full.

D - this is a decent stout. At first I was pretty disappointed, but enjoyed it more and more as I drank it. Not bad, but nothing uberly special. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Cocoa Loco last week for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a couple new stouts to try so I thought I would give this chocolate stout a try and see how it goes. Bottled January 3rd 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, not that exciting, but it's ok to look at, I like how they listed the ingredients that set this beer apart from a normal American Stout. It poured a very dark brown/ black color that had some ruby edges when held to the light. It also had two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end that left some nice sheets of lacing.

S- The aroma is dominated by chocolate and coffee. The chocolate aromas show up the most and imparts some nice aromas of dark and milk chocolate. A pretty noticeable amount of coffee shows up with the chocolate to give it a good mixture of both aromas. I also picked up a little bit of roasted malts and a slight bit of dark fruits, no hops to be found in the aroma.

T- The taste starts off with a lot of coffee and a slight bit of highly roasted malts. After that comes some bittersweet chocolate and some cocoa powder along with a real slight amount of dark fruits and a little bit of that molasses sweetness. The finish has some coffee like bitterness to it leaving me with a very coffee like aftertaste.

M- Creamy, medium bodied, and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. I wish this beer was a little thicker, it feels a little watery.

Overall I thought this was an Ok beer. With a name like Cocoa Loco I thought that chocolate was going to be the main flavor in this beer but to my surprise it was the coffee that stuck out the most, the mixture of both was pretty nice and to my liking, but I would have liked the chocolate to be in the forefront and the coffee in the background. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, it just looked really nice in my imperial pint glass. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, the carbonation was spot on but it just seemed to be a little thin and watery for the style. There wasn't a whole lot of drinkability in this beer, I don't think I would want to drink more then one in a sitting. I may pick this up when I need a coffee and chocolate fix and there is no FBS around but if I had to choose between the two it would be FBS every time, the taste is a little similar but FBS does it much better. If your a big fan of coffee and chocolate forward beers this is worth a try, but don't expect it to blow your socks off. This is a descent offering from Arcadia but when I can get FBS for the same price, I'll go with the FBS every time.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to TheGorgianKnot for this!

Pours near black, with some brownish tinges on the faintest of edges. Very creamy, milky looking medium mocha colored head. Lace was pleasant. A fine looking ale.

Plenty of dark roasted coffee shines through first and foremost. Bits of chocolate and a slight dark fruitiness round it out. Don't get too much more than that, but that's okay, because the coffee aroma is great.

Starts with a bit of bitter coffee on the front of the tongue, moving to some bittersweet cocoa and dark sweetness. There's a good deal of dark fruits on the finish, with a hint of coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is noticeably thin, albeit smooth and creamy. Just doesn't carry much substance.

Overall, looks, aroma and taste is all quite nice. A bit to thin for the style, but this is still something I would be happy having regularly.

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Photo of tpd975
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another brew from BeerTruth

A: Pours charcoal black with a rather wimpy khaki head. Very little carbonation and no lacing.

S: Nice aromas. Nice sweet chocolate aromas with hints of brown sugar and charcoal.

T: Rather flat. The lactic qualities are very prominent. Light chocolate qualities can be noted beneath. Hints of the sweet molasses can be noted and you are left with hints of charcoal.

M: Light in body for a stout, very flat.

D: Since it's so light pretty good, but not the best tasting stout in the world.

Overall: BeerTruth thanks for the try. It's a bit too lactic for me and rather light and thin for the class. I can see some really liking this one though.

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Photo of alexgash
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if I'm "loco" about the label on this 22 oz. bottle. Pours an anticipated dark dark brown to nearly black. Small, frothy, cappuccino brown head. Settles quickly to a ring of foam. Nose of roasted malts, dark coffee, peppery spice, and dark chocolate. The chocolate aroma is on the bitter side with a light Hershey's syrup sweetness. Pretty good. Light roasted malt flavors greet the tongue, followed by a milky sweetness. Hints of sweet chocolate mix with singed fruits and coffee. Swampy, stale-ish finish is disappointing after a decent beginning. Roasted bitterness in the background, but the swampy cardboard/plastic is unavoidable. Doesn't taste infected but just off. Maybe it's from the chocolate? I don't know. Medium-bodied, with a chalky finish. Would be a nice beer if the finish wasn't off.

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

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Ginger Man. Pours black with a pretty dark brown head. Very pretty! Aroma of light roast. Flavor of roasted malt with sweet cocoa powder and a bitter chocolate finish. Slightly artificial sweetness but still pretty good. Nice chocolate beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of hopdog
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Bottle labeled 2006 vintage.

Poured dark and deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of molasses (that seem to step on/mute out the other aromas), light cocoa, and light roast. Tasets follow with a light coffee finish. With 'Cocoa' in the name, I was expecting a nice chocolate presence which wasn't there. Nothing really seemed to work well together. Thinner body with a dry finish. I was disappointed with this one.

Notes from 5/11/07

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Photo of prototypic
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: It's a very dark, opaque brown. Head is a creamy, light brown color and about a finger deep. Retention was somewhat short and lacing was light overall.

Smell: Very light on the nose. If you stick with it, it does have a pretty good smell to it. It's just very faint. Toasted nut and chocolate are the primary scents. Coffee or espresso is secondary.

Taste: Initially it has a strong coffee-espresso taste that is way too acidic for me. It does have a wave of chocolaty malt flavors that follows providing a decent sweet taste to it. It's somewhat bland and leaves you with a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. ABV is low at 7% for a "big beer." The acidic taste really prevents it from being smooth and hinders drinkability severly. Overall, it's disappointing. I had high hopes for this beer, but can't help but feel let down.

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Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was described to me as a triple chocolate stout. Not sure it was that chocolately but it was a very good stout. As an american stout (not imperial) this is not only very good but will be easy to drink in larger quantities.

Very dark brown, low carbonation, slight chocolate aroma that balances well with the hops and malt. A very good beer.

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black as night with a nice sized khaki colored head of creamy foam that thinned to a layer over time and left some lacing.
The smell reminds me of black licorice.
The taste is a little like burnt coffee. I didn't really taste much chocolate, but it is still more than decent for the style.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel that makes it fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Vancer
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WHOOSH, of air upon opening. I have a feeling, and yeah, WAY over-carbed brew. An easy pour and it’s almost overflowing the snifter.

Once it settles down, a coal brown brew with a frothy tan head. Small aroma of chocolate and coffee. Transfers into the quaff, but the overcarbed fizziness interferes with the taste and enjoyment. This has potential, but needs better quality control at the brewery.

A "big beer" in their series that comes in at 7%? Wimpy,

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black for the most part, a touch of ruby/brown on the edge. A decent mocha head falls back and holds at a partial cover and solid collar.

Aroma - chocolatey at first, bittersweet. Charred malt and dark roasted coffee beans. More of that would be better, but the levels don't fade much, which is a plus.

Taste - sweet, dark roasted grain to start. Lots of espresso flavor, not so much chocolate and zero molasses. One dimensional, but it's a pretty good dimension. Finishes with some char and burnt coffee. For a Big Beer entry, it could be bigger.

Mouthfeel - average thickness, pretty zippy carbonation. Needs more of the former, less of the latter.

Drinkability - this is okay, but there are plenty more complex, tasty stouts to be had.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pulled this one out of the cellar, probably has around a year of age on it. Poured into SA sensory glass.

A: pours pitch black with thin creamy head, splotches of miniature bubbles stick to the side of the glass

S: huge notes of dark chocolate and cocoa, smell is bold and robust, some hint of coffee and molasses, a tad of booziness on the end

T: The front is all chocolate, rich and decadent, by the mid palate, the chocolate is very bitter, much like unsweetened chocolate, this flavor is followed by a surprising alcohol presence which I wouldn't expect for 7%

MF: the lactose adds that nice creamy milky texture that milk stouts typically have, this one is extra velvety...very nice

D: the flavors have certainly transformed with a little age, the chocolate and cocoa are much more pronounced, as is the alcohol.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured like a stout, thick and black with a nice khaki head that stayed for a minute or two. The scent is weak, a bit of malt, a bit of Graham cracker, even a bit of chocolate. The taste is nice, not overly flavorful, but nice. The chocolate and Graham cracker are there, nothing complex but nice. There's a touch of alcohol on the finish but I like it! This brew is nothing special but I'd certainly drink it again and enjoy it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of buschbeer
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It pours very dark brown with an inch of mocha colored head.

S - I have to search pretty hard to find any cocoa aroma. I do get just a hint.

T - The taste is some burnt malt, the faintest of cocoa, and kind of a soapy taste.

M - Medium

O - I hate to dog on Arcadia beers, but this beer is not good. I bought a four pack and wish I hadn't. I haven't been this disappointed since Mackinac Island Fudge stout. I was really expecting a good to great beer. Not so much.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coco Loco pours an inky black into the glass with a small, thin fizzy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is faint, but sweet with notes of chocolate and malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer soft on the palate with a good deal of fizzy carbonation. For a stout it seemed a little thin to me. The flavor is sweet malt with chocolate and a bit of nuttiness mixed in. Towards the end some dark fruit notes appear. It finishes dry with a hint of bitterness. Once gone the chocolate flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty well balanced beer. The chocolate does not overwhelm and there's just enough bitterness to ease the sweet flavors.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan, for sharing this one last weekend. Poured a deep black color, with a thin beige head. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, creme brulee and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one was rather thin for a stout, with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, with a rather bitter finish.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.