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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 296
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, building to near-black that glistens with ruby red around the edges. a vigorous pour yields a tepid half-finger cocoa-colored head, and lacing is disappointingly minimal.

aroma of burnt. not sure what, but smells burnt. burnt coffee, cinnamon bark, a hint of cocoa, and some burnt raisins - like the ones that accidentally fall out of the oatmeal-raisin cookies and char to a crunchy crisp on the baking sheet. it smells like those. maybe it's the molasses, but I'm missing the cocoa punch.

taste follows the theme of the evening. a burnt coffee front, with some burnt molasses, finishing with a touch of toasted cocoa. woody and earthy. lacking the real molasses sweetness I was looking for... almost an astringent roasty-saltiness. the lactose takes a back seat, hiding behind the roast and the hop notes. funky. not bad. but funky.

mouth is a bit thin for the style, and certainly too thin to adequately carry the robust dark fruit and char flavors bottled up in here. ample carbonation is almost out of place.

all in all, I had high hopes, and this didn't really come close. not really together like I had hoped. not as full or rich as I wanted. but the flavors are unfortunately there, begging for a thick, rich, luscious mouthfeel that it just kind of falls flat, like a helium balloon a few days past its prime.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.04/5  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

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of mcomben
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass 8/26/2011.

A: Black. Minimal head, and no lacing. Beer almost has the appearance of root beer. Not as 'thick' as i would expect a stout to appear.

S: Coffee. A strange sweetness at the end. Not quite chocolate sweet, but something else.

T: Coffee in the front, followed by a overally roasted 'burnt' taste and then finally that strange sweetness that came through in the smell.

M: As stated in the appearance, this stout is a little thin. Not unpleasant, but completely unexpected for this type of beer.

O: The mouthfeel and sweetness really dominated this beer for me. Wanted to really love this beer, but it was a bit 'off'. Full disclosure, i drank this the same evening as i enjoyed a Founder's Breakfast Stout so my scores may be skewed slightly lower. Hard to compare to that one...

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Coffee like brown, has a certain shine to it, almost no head and thin lacing.

S: Strong notes of roasted cocoa nibs and powder. Very roasty. A lot of coffee.

T: For a "crazy" chocolate stout, it's full of coffee. Super roasty qualities, some cocoa pebble sweetness. Frankly, it tastes like burnt coffee most of all. One of the most burnt tasting beers I've had.

M: The body is medium, carbonation is decent, but the burnt characteristic carries over here.

O/D: The chocolate isn't as strong as the coffee, but even that factor keeps it at a slightly above average stout.

Photo of lurpy1
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Big Ten party store.

Pours a nice dark, not much head something about it looks troublesome.

Smell is strongly chocolate and cream, but it's also got a Nestle-Qwik smell I can't really shake.

Similar results on the taste, somehow it comes off as slightly false and cloying. Plenty of chocolate though. It has a thick consistency, normally I like it, but here it's more of a clogging sensation.

I don't know, this is a somewhat unusual beer what with the lactose, but it wasn't a beer I really got into. I may give it another try.

Photo of silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brownish black with a light mocha head that raises to 2 fingers, recedes averagely and leaves a bit of lacing behind.

caramel, molasses, and smoke on the aroma with a touch of cocoa powder. not as much chocolate as I expected from the name and description.

chalky cocoa powder is more evident in the flavor though not completely dominant, with caramel and molasses and chocolate milk backing that up and making it rather sweet. roast and bitterness balance that out rather nicely. a touch of a metallic off-flavor and some tart flavors are detectable and slightly detrimental.

barely medium bodied, yet creamy, with a subtle, yet prickly carbonation and a chalky feel left on the palate.

its decent... kind of has an identity crisis. does it want to be sweet or roasty? does it want to be thin or full? does it want to be bitter or sweet? does it want to be chocolaty or milky? it falls short of being balanced because of the detectable off-flavors though if it went one direction or the other it may get past those off qualities. as it is, its a decent brew, but it falls short of many other available options.

Photo of DrewV
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip glass. Date code on the bottle reads "C1".

A: Pours a dark chocolaty brown, almost black, color in the glass. A solid 3-finger mocha head sits on top. Spotty lacing remains as the head recedes.

S: A musty aroma hits the nose first, followed closely by bittersweet cocoa, some booze, and dark fruit. Maybe some molasses. Decent aroma, aside from the mustiness.

T: No mustiness here! Baker's chocolate up front, a good dose of roasty flavors, definite dark fruit, and more booze. Very close in flavor to Sam Smith's Imperial Stout, but more roasty. More dark fruit trails into the finish/aftertaste. Unfortunately, the flavor profile falls apart and gets a bit thinner halfway through the glass, causing this brew to lose some points here.

M: Adequate carbonation, true to style. Mouthfeel is dry.

O: A very good stout. Something I could definitely stand to keep stocked in my beer fridge if it were available in my area. A solid B+ in my book.

Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of socon67
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a minimal creme head. Serious lacing on the pint glass.

S - Strong scent of cocoa; smells like a hot chocolate packet. Also a little espresso aroma. But the cocoa is very dominant.

T - Flavor if chocolate and roasted malt. This drinks like a softer version of the big chocolate stouts.

M - The bitteress in the back end could be softer, and this guy is a bit weak in consistency. This is almsot a gateway to chocoalte stouts. Not bad, but could be a bit better.

O - Was actually darned good on nitro, and I'd try again. Is a good beer with dessert given the cocoa potency.

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This excellent stout is very dark with a thick dark brown head. The roasted malts and hints of chocolate come through on the nose as you take the first swallow. In the mouth it is very thick and creamy with a hint of spicyness that blends well with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Had this beer at The Good Life in Massapequa, NY.

Photo of ferrari29
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark brown, almost black, rich textured body; opaque and doesn't appear to have much carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass (mainly because I can't see it); barley any head formed, but what did come up was a dark beige colored head and withered away pretty quickly; some lacing

S - wow, explosive dark chocolate and coffee scents; reminds me of cold drip coffee at the bottom of your mus; dark roasted malt scents; hits my senses immediately and reminds me of a dark chocolaty liquor-based candy; some jam/molasses

T - Drip coffee madness; chocolate richness and flavor; great blend of to of my favorite flavors; deep and full; roasted malt back-end; coffee and chocolate notes coat the back of my throat, mucus and make everything taste of chocolate/coffee during retro-olfaction; sweet

M - Kind of thin; consistent body through out the sip, which is great; I was hoping this would be more silky smooth like Arcadia oatmeal stout; slight oily feel, but mostly watery

D - Great dessert drink; full of rich dark flavors and sweet too; needs to rid itself of the drip coffee taste and feel I get; should get a richer and deeper espresso taste to it; still comes well-recommended from me

Photo of codsmith
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a small foamy tan head that dissipates down to only a near covering. Head should be more prominent for this style

S: Strong amounts of chocolate with less predominate coffee/espresso flavors. The roasted grain seems to be covered pretty well by the large amounts of lactose. There is a nice amount of bitterness from the cocoa nibs.

T: It has a very smooth draw from the lactose and chocolate; There seems to be a perfect balance between the two. With the addition of all these sweet ingredients they come out very mellow and mild in the end. It finished off with a spicy bitterness.

M: Full-bodied in the mouth, but goes down fairly light-medium. Carbonation is a little underdone, especially for this style.

O: Very smooth and tasty beer. It seems to fit more into the the Sweet Stout (13B) category than the American Stout category. A little more carbonation would bring this into the next level of greatness.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Holland pint glass

Pours black with a drawn out cascade effect. Thick and pillowy dark tan head. Seems coarse and has good head retention.

Smells of Hershey's cocoa powder with a mix of toffee and vanilla. It's loaded with sweet malts with hints of lactose sugar to boot. The milky sweetness gives way to a bitter finish that balances out the chocolaty sweetness.

The taste precisely mirrors the smell. A heavy dose of cocoa powder followed by some lactose sugar. Plenty of sweetness that is rounded out by some bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thin. Not as much creaminess as I would like in a stout that's dominated by chocolate and lactose. Light carbonation. Goes down very smooth and is easy drinking.

Overall this is a darned tasty chocolate stout. Not as bold or thick as most others which makes it easier to drink, yet sacrifices thickness and creaminess. Has a fantastic and distinct cocoa aroma. This makes for a fantastic dessert beer.

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head which quickly fizzles away to a ring. Deep dark brown clear liquid. More head please.

S: Molasses, milk chocolate, slight berry, milk

T: Nothing jumps out at the beginning, but all works together well. Some tang, some bitter, some alcohol. Bittersweet molasses and lacto finish. Delicious.

M: Smooth, slightly bitter, pleasantly warming. Satiny

D: Very nice. I'd order another and buy again!

Photo of drewba
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with brown notes. Creamy looking one finger mocha head that slowly dies down a thin film on top. Decent lacing that splotches slowly down the sides and leaves a trail of mocha goodness.

S - First and foremost, there is a lot of that lactose and mocha backed up by milk chocolate, a solid roastiness, leather and caramel sweetness. This smells pretty good, but the overall aroma is a little on the low side.

T - The chocolate is really well done - comes in waves beginning with sweet milk chocolate, to a charred roast + mocha, then some cocoa which is dark and dry. The roast and dryness hang around for the whole taste while there is some plum, molasses, root beer and leather in the middle, but overall this is pretty boring once the chocolate has exited the taste buds.

M - Too thin, low carbonation. The mouthfeel starts off creamy, has a little tingle on the tongue, then just falls away. It's miserably thin...

O - I think a richer mouthfeel could have saved this - would have helped that chocolate hang around and really pop, but it doesn't deliver.

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with dark brown head.

Nose: roasted coffee moreso than chocolate.

Middle: It starts out coffe as the ale goes down the throat and it quickly turns to chocolate. Taste exactly like I expected it too, damn good. There are coffee and chocolate flavors as the name suggests. Everything I expected and I dont know if that's a good thing of a bad thing.

Finish is primarily chocolatly and a tad dry.

Overall pretty good. Right in the middle between a highly-drinkable session ale and a slow sipper.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a standard US pint glass produces a huge head (note to self: pour a bit more gently next time) of dark brown, fairly dense foam. This recedes within a few minutes so that you can look at your beer proper. Totally opaque, dark brown or black in color. In light, gives off some dark ruby red hues. Adequate lacing from the head's declension, individual sips...not so much.

Dominant scents of chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder), mocha, chocolate milk, and molasses. A bit of ethanol in the background. This is kind of like the beer equivalent of Kahlua or Bailey's.

Big chocolate tastes upfront, fades to a roasted/charred barley/coffee ground flavor in the finish. Just enough hops to add some balance, mostly lurking in the far back. Alcohol is there, too, providing a gentle burn in the back (more noticeable with beer warmth). Trying this beer after a piece of milk chocolate, I can say the stout has a definite alcohol bite to it, is less sugary, but also features a distinct burnt or smoky flavor that is not present otherwise.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, about medium heavy. Carbonation is fairly middle of the road, too, nothing aggressive, but still noticeable. A "gentle" mouthfeel, I would call it. The finish is surprisingly dry, given what seems to be a small amount of hops used. Would have liked a bigger body and perhaps a bit more carbonation.

While drinking this, I find myself thinking that this is what the original "chocolate beverage" of native peoples could have tasted like. Sort of. While you can call this a stout, it's almost like it's own style of that genre: the super-chocolaty stout. The flavor is big enough to make this a sipper (and the alcohol level is just about there, too). If you enjoy chocolate, or chocolate-tasting beverages, you should check this one out. I know I'll be returning to it.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brownish black body, trace head, very little lacing

S: chocolate, molasses, hint of roasted coffee

T: roasted coffee, malt, bitter chocolate, molasses, mild boozy finish

M: medium body, mild tongue prick, hint of slick/oily

O: Nice beer. Arcadia has surprised me with this fine sipping brew. Not for everyone, the coffee/bitter choc/molasses with boozy flavor may turn off a newbie to craft beers, but interesting flavors.


Photo of EricCioe
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours slate black with just a little bit of light through at the edges. The head is two fingers, espresso crema colored, with a little lace. On the nose there is a great combination of ultra-rich chocolate, a huge molasses note, a slightly sour lactose note, a dark roasted malts. To me the only fault is that the lactose might be a step ahead of where it ought to be in the balance. In the mouth all of the parts of the nose are apparent on various parts of the tongue, with the lactose hanging in the background until a long finish leaves it as the last thing on the tongue. The body is medium light, much lighter than I'd have expected based on the nose and pour, and while it's not bad to the point of distraction, it's definitely short on body. Overall, this is a good beer that I might classify as a milk stout due to the lactose, which is just on the safe side of enjoyable for me.

Photo of Lauthaha
2.22/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just in the Bahamas in March, at a place Royal Caribbean cruises calls Coco Cay, where they sold drinks called Coco Loco for $8 (plus gratuity). This ain't nothing like that. But it would have been nicer to have this.

It's one of those clean stouts with a lot going on. Clean means a neat balance of malt, hops (weak here, but appropriately), etc. It has the chocolate flavor, but not at all too strong - I could take more.

I am more likely to go on the same cruise than buy this again, but the cruise would have been better had they had this brew.

Photo of SHODriver
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a black shade, not very viscous and produces a meager amount of light brown head which quickly recedes to
S: very sweet, slightly roast malt but it's mostly dominated by chocolate and hints of coffee
T: dominated by chocolate, a dash of roast flavors, a bit of coffee, and just a bit of input from the molasses. The swallow is bitter chocolate that starts off sharp but slowly recedes and is a bit drying
M: smooth and silky but a touch light with slightly prickly carbonation.
O: not bad, it's a bit of an oddity of sorts as some of the flavors are really indescribable but the complexity is there. It's probably a bit too outside the box for a lot of people and I wouldn't consider it sessionable. Not bad but not great either but if you want to try something a bit different this one wouldn't be bad to give a shot.

Photo of bobhits
1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
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.

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Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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