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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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288 Reviews

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 599
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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Reviews: 288 | Hads: 599
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 ThaBobfather
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep pitch black with a thin spattle of chocolate colored head.
Smell is very malty upfront- very strong cocoa in the nostrils.
Taste is quickly chocolate with a chalky malt taste through the middle with a solid grainy/bread ending.
Finish is long lasting- the flavor is of special dark chocolate or bakers chocolate that is appreciated but not my personal preference.
Drinks great- solid ABV here- a not sessionable but smooth stout.

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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 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 TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

Has a sweet milk chocolate smell, with notes of coffee and alcohol.

Has a sweet alcohol taste to it, with a baker's chocolate bitterness as it finishes.

Milky, creamy mouthfeel appropriate for the style.

With as many good chocolate stouts as there are, I don;t think I'll give this one another try.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arcadia Cocoa Loco is a brown/black beer with a dense light brown head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has a roasty aroma with notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice. It's smooth and full bodied with a scratchy, chalky finish. It has a nice, roasty flavor. It tastes just like the aroma. There's some sweetness to it and the bitter finish seems to come from the chocolate. It would be awesome if it wasn't so tongue shredding.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 7% abv. Pours dark brown, nearly black. Creamy mocha head. Head fades rather quickly, leaving little to no lace.

Nose has some cocoa, molasses, dark fruit and a whiff of alcohol.

A bit of lactose sweetness up front. Some roasty and burnt notes, boadering on charcoal. Some cocoa fades in with dark fruit. Dry and almost earthy bitterness at the end.

Lighter body, carbonation is slightly low. Seems thin to me. A bit boozy after a few minutes. Not the amount of cocoa or lactose that I thought there would be. Rather disappointing.

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

Served in a tall Great Divide stemmed glass (wider than a Pilsener, narrower than a goblet)

Appearance: Dark, dark brown colour, not quite black; beautiful thick long-lasting tan head and lace; decent clarity

Aroma: Very inviting aroma of cream and dark chocolate, malty, faint hop character, just a little bit boozy. Could be a little more complex. but still very nice.

Flavour: Malt (and lactose) sweetness is balanced by the bitterness of the cocoa, alcohol is evident. I am NOT a fan of milk stouts, but the sweetness in this beer is not at all oppressive, it has enough bitterness from the cocoa and hops to keep it enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-low to low carbonation, very creamy, slightly warming, very smooth for its alcohol content, not at all "hot."

Drinkability: Who says a big stout is not a good summer beer? :-) Very smooth, rich, and enjoyable without being "heavy."

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

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.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 6oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date and the label lists the abv at 7%.

Appearance: It has a very dark brown colored body with a lighter brown colored head on top. The head is thick and very slowly fades to thin cap which hangs on till the end and make for some slick lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of roasted dark malts that fills the nose with notes of dark chocolate and just hint of the hops.

Taste/Palate: It has big roasted dark malt sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel and molasses. Hop flavor comes out in the finish and adds some modest bitterness for balance. Its palate quite firm and has a smooth creamy texture with lively carbonation.

Notes: This beer has a nice mingling of favor notes, firm palate and a very drinkable 7%abv. What is not to like?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of katan
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very dark brown to almost black. Amber highlights. Solid head formation, quickly forming to about 2mm - then breaking down to a film.

S - Very light nose. A hair of roasted barley and some bittersweet chocolate. Surprisingly low on chocolate for how the beer was described.

T - Starts off with some light 2-row sweetness, some light chocolate. Mid-stream gets more edgy, some astringency from the roasted barley. Slightly grainy, light american hops. Finishes with a hefty burnt bite, some hopping.

M - An incredible body - amazing for the style. Very creamy, full bodied. Carbonation accentuates a creamy body that finishes very clean. My first 5 in mouthfeel.

D - Moderate drinkability. can be a hair filling - abv is higher, but manageable for light sessioning. Flavors are a hair potent for a multibeer run.

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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 UA8
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours an opaque liquid chocolate black with a foamy two finger mocha brown head.

S- chocolate, lactose, a touch of smokey roasted malts, and toffee.

T- heavily roasted char and smoke malts, a touch of espresso, lactic twang, a touch of roasted marshmallow sweetness.

M- medium viscosity with heavy, yet finely textured carbonation.

D- a very average lacto, chocolate stout. I can't say I find anything overly tasty about this beer however I also can't say it's offensive either.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, no date that I see, kinda a cool label

Appearance: Black beer, nice sandy cap, good retention

Smell: Very mild aromas, actually. Pretty sweet, hint of oatmeal cereal, but maybe I'm just getting that because I know there are oats in here. Very mild hints of chocolate. Hint of dark fruitiness. Not a ton going on, honestly.

Taste: I actually get a bit of molasses here. Some mild milk chocolate notes as well. Light bitterness, and just a hint of lactic tang. Nothing offensive, but it's pretty understated and a bit dull really.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Not bad persay, but not something I'd pick up again either. It's not good, it's not bad, it just kinda...is.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - on tap at Village Pourhouse. thick and nearly black. Rich tan cream remains in place long after the pour.

S - typical dark malt smells, but not much of them.

T - thick, almost gritty sensation of bakers chocolate without getting bitter. A bit of the dark fruit that dominated my bomber a year ago but it's faint here - a good thing. Malt character provides a solid foundation throughout.

M - very full bodied. Perfect in that regard. I'd expect more sticky/coating in a 7% brew though. It does finish nicely dry.

D - solid effort top to bottom. Glad to see the bottle I marked down isn't reflected on tap, at least in this batch.

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

22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark black color with a decent, frothy tan head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet and roasted malts, cocoa, a hint of metal, and a little bit of an acidic burn. Flavor is sweet and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, soft carbonated and fairly bitter. Pretty good beer, lots of chocolate, gets more acidic at the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an enjoyable, fairly complex chocolate beer that marries flavors quite well. The smell is a distinctive dark chocolate and molasses. The beer is full-bodied, clearly showing it's 7.0% ABV, and has strong chcolate, roasted malt and caramel notes. While I enjoyed this, I'd probably stick to just one considering its strong flavor and heaviness.

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

The Cocoa Logo is not as good as others that I've had recently.
It had a little bitter taste to it, like high % dark chocolate does.
Not in the same league as Bar Harbor Brewing's Cadillac Mountain Stout or Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher, which top my list.
I would not buy it again with my dime, but would drink it again.

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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 jcnd9803
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice caramel colored head that was about an inch, which for me is perfect. For the style, a perfect dark brown color with tan light coming through the edges.

S- Strong molassis, chocolate, raisins, and coffee. Also the great Arcadia malts.

T- Chocolate and molassis. A nice balance of carbonation and creaminess. Very smooth.

D- Super drinkable! It went down way too easily and I'm reaching for another one!

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.