Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
09-14-2013 20:29:02 | More by chinchill
3.08/5 rDev -14%
22oz, picked up at Binny's earlier this summer
appearance: reminded me immediately of the starboard stout - pours a dark cocoa tone with a huge gushing chocolate head that quickly borders on out of control - once the head settles, a minimal chocolate lace remains. served into hopleaf
smell: strong tones of chocolate, wet cardboard, sour milk
taste: the mouthfeel is pure shit on this beer - foamy and astringent and it makes the flavor suffer along with it....there are strong chocolate notes but the flavor reminds me 100% of the starboard stout, which i hated. tones of spoiled milk and mildew cardboard ring throughout
mouthfeel: awful - the worst i have ever seen for the style. no texture at all - foamy and abrasive
08-04-2008 23:36:58 | More by dirtylou
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
Very quick head and no residual foam. Solid black in color. I can see a few bubbles poppin up on the edge of the glass though.
Sweet, powdered milk, poured into chocolate powdered milk, with maybe a little coffee. Add to that some strong, milky cream.
Taste starts roasty and chocolatey. Then moves to a more tart sugary roasted malt on the finish. I'm assuming that's the lactose. Dynamic and interesting. But perhaps not the most appealing in my book.
The mouthfell is grainy and tart. Sweet and tart in and out. Interesting.
02-04-2012 05:05:18 | More by scruffwhor
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!
It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues and a very nice 1 finger head of tan foam.
It smells of cocoa and roasted malt with some sweet and some bitter notes. Good aroma.
The taste is nice with some bitterish notes from the cocoa, some sweet that is milk chocolate like, and a light dashing of some coffee. Good taste overall.
Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation and now that I've had a few sips, I can see some good lacing and, feel some of the alcohol. A bit stronger than the 7% would suggest..I get quite a bit of warming.
Frinkability? A good sipper that I'd only want one of at a sitting but that's no reflection on the quality of the brew as it is good.
05-05-2010 22:30:49 | More by Bitterbill
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured in to a brandy snifter
A - Bark brown/black colour with a small amount of bubbly white head.
S - Heavy dose of dark chocolate with a nice overall malt profile and some sweet molasses balancing the nose out.
T - Bitter hops up front that also linger in the finish. Roasted malts are not as prominent as I expected. There is also some alcohol bite which further amplified the bitterness of the hops. The chocolate that was so abundant in the nose is not really noticeable at all, which is disappointing. Overall the palate is very good, but I expected so much more from the nose.
M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.
D - A very good beer. Would drink ti again.
05-31-2010 03:08:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5 rDev -9.8%
The third beer this evening for me was the Arcadia Cocoa Loco...and yes there is not question that chocolate was used to brew this beer. The color was absolutely dark with virtually no head. The smell was very chocolately and sweet....like molassis. The taste was very heavy...almost like a sweet liquior. Definite chocolate (semi-sweet) with molassis. Very rich...plenty of body...just too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was tough because of the sweetness...not enough balance.
05-11-2011 02:48:10 | More by WoodBrew
3.58/5 rDev 0%
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Oct 19th, 2007: Pours jet black with a medium thick tan head that does not have a lot of legs. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt, along with touches of coffee. Medium-bodied and creamy smooth with dark chocolate/mocha flavor with a little touch fo hops. The finish is chocolatety with a relatively short finish. Overall this beer really leans toward the chocolate side as the name implies, unfortunately to its detriment. Were this beer a little more rounded it would be a lot better.
12-19-2007 19:52:17 | More by Dogbrick
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
A - Poured a nice dark black with a nice inch of mocha head. Looks decent.
S - I can't get around the smell. Kind of medicinal but I believe it was the harsh smell of molasses. I also get a bit of cocoa powder but man straight but molasses is funky.
T - When I first had this it came off as a brown ale with cocoa powder but my redefined palate now tastes roasted malts, mostly cocoa powder (harsh and gritty) and finishes bitter with dark chocolate tones. Mild lactose makes it more drinkable and less bitter hop profile.
M - It was pretty sip-able but I found it to be medium to full bodied. Harsh yet drinkable.
D - Well for 3.50 a 12oz bottle I would never get it again but with no balance and such harsh roasted malt and cocoa tones it really doesn't seem worth getting again. There are more drinkable stouts out there, so avoid if you can.
02-08-2011 23:03:28 | More by DrDemento456
3.13/5 rDev -12.6%
22 oz. bottle, 2006 vintage. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with a half inch tan head. Not much lacing or head retention. It smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and molasses. The aroma is nice, but it's weak. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also an acidic/sour taste in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with medium carbonation. It's smooth and has a dry finish. However, it's a bit thin IMO. Drinkability is OK, but it's nothing special. I was disappointed with this beer. There isn't enough cocoa in this beer for it to be loco. It's drinkable, but for the price ($6.99 a bomber) I think there are much better choices out there for the same price or less.
10-13-2007 23:44:33 | More by bluejacket74
3.83/5 rDev +7%
Pours jet black, with a small tan to no head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and roasty malt. In the taste, a sweet chocolate/ cocoa malt taste, with a dry end. A somewhat bitter mouthfeel, with a dry oatmeal/ malty aftertaste. Nice taste of chocolate, pretty smooth, and easy to drink for an imperial stout.
11-23-2007 13:49:33 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +11.7%
A solid, very creamy tan head sits on top of a dark brown brew containing ruddy highlights. It's thick and gives the impression of being opaque though it isn't. The head, almost reaching one finger, remains dense and doesn't fade beyond a foam thick enough to keep a solid blanket that doesn't dissipate further. Patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The aroma is sweet and earthy, with a molasses note that seems very much like blackstrap more than anything. It gives off just a touch of something like black licorice. Everything translates pretty exactly to the flavor. Malt-forward for sure, the cocoa promised is evident, and it sits over roast, a light touch of smokiness, molasses and a smooth creamy note without overpowering them. There's some toffee and maybe a hint of dark fruits, something like chicory lurking underneath. All in all it melds well and makes for a nice profile.
t first it seems it's not a particularly big stout, but it does end up having quite a bit of heft. The body is full and rich, with a good creamy bulk to it. It's fortunate that it doesn't sit to heavy, and I think a good balance is struck in the feel as well as in the other aspects. The combination of thickness and sweetness tends toward a sticky feel, but it's ultimately kept in check.
04-16-2013 13:15:47 | More by Brenden
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.