Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-01-2010 03:08:24 | More by katan
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-24-2010 01:07:05 | More by homebrew311
3.33/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-18-2010 21:21:51 | More by UA8
3.33/5 rDev -7%
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.
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.
04-12-2010 03:25:36 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
04-06-2010 00:03:26 | More by Richardberg
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-23-2010 01:44:30 | More by mtstatebeer
3.65/5 rDev +2%
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.
03-15-2010 23:09:52 | More by HeightsEats
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-24-2010 01:11:29 | More by ricknelson
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
02-23-2010 03:36:38 | More by birchstick
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
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!
02-22-2010 04:33:04 | More by jcnd9803
3.58/5 rDev 0%
A: This beer pours a deep opaque dark brown with slightly lighter brown/chestnut hues to the edge when held to the light. One finger of light brown head sits on top and recedes quickly. Some slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.
S: Nose is rather alcohol ridden, some light cocoa notes, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit.
T: Taste starts with a big dose of dark fruit, raisins and plum really come through. Taste moves in to a sweeter molasses flavoring with vanilla. Finish is deep roasted malts and a touch of cocoa flavoring that gets a bit more of bitter chocolate. As the beer warms the cocoa flavoring becomes more apparent.
M: Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy feel that dries a bit before becoming velvety on the tongue.
D: Decently balanced, goes down quite easily, not an outstanding representation of the style, but it is rather drinkable and I wouldn't turn a pint away.
02-17-2010 01:35:08 | More by Jayli
2.2/5 rDev -38.5%
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.
01-15-2010 19:35:19 | More by Mitchster
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
Thanks Andrea for this extra!
Poured into a tulip with a 2inch head of coffee colored foam.
A mish mash of roasted flavors. It reminded me of an american stout that had been watered down a bit. Very unremarkable. I've had much worse, though.
01-09-2010 03:33:59 | More by ScreamForMe
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
01-03-2010 16:06:06 | More by david18
3.1/5 rDev -13.4%
12oz poured into snifter
A--Near black. Barely any head, disappeared quickly, no lacing.
S--Subtle is a good word, some roasted malt aroma, hint of chocolate.
T--Light on the chocolate flavoring; a bit bitter, malt comes through, licorice?
M--Medium to light, decent carbonation.
D--Not a very compelling beer, the taste is okay, many better stouts out there,
12-27-2009 01:35:36 | More by BetterDarker
3/5 rDev -16.2%
A-deep jet black in color pouring two fingers of a thick, bubbly head that is a dark coffee color. The head lingers for some time but leaves virtually no lacing on the glass
S-big roasted malt hits the nose first, some faint chocolate, lots of a pale malt, with some citrus towards the finish
T-pretty much follows the nose, roasted malt, hints of cocoa, pale malt and citrus follows. Nothing stands out and is slightly watered down in taste
M-relatively lighter in body for a stout, very smooth and slick on the back of the throat and a light amount of carbonation
D-average at best, I would not recommend this beer, mostly roasted malt and seems watered down
12-20-2009 15:51:56 | More by cpetrone84
3.35/5 rDev -6.4%
Growler from Community Bev. It was either that or the bottomless keg of Duvel Draft. For...ever... young. :P
Poured into one of grandma's small stemmed crystal goblet thingies.
Thin, oatmeal cookie-colored head. Body is coffee with a brown ebony sheen.
Smells like a milk stout. Nilla wafers up front. Cola & acidity, with a dip of coffee. Not quite ST Choklat, it's richer, bolder, roastier.
Taste is mild cold brew coffee, stale Chips Ahoy, & good bit of cocoa powder. It shows promise with some richer char & milk chocolate sweetness that comes through when it's cold, but coffee starts to dominate once it hits the mid 40s. Meh.
Carbonation is small, but biting. More then a bit acidic. Alcohol is a little rough, but not totally harsh. Chalky.
The beer started off alright, but the growler got tired really early. The score is a touch generous. It's merely the sum of it's parts.
11-28-2009 09:34:55 | More by PEBKAC
2.63/5 rDev -26.5%
Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY for a price that I cannot recall which was before I visited the brewery in Battle Creek, MI a few weeks ago. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date. 7% ABV mentioned on label. Part of "The Brew Crew Big Beer Series" according to label as well.
A Pours an extremely dark body that glows a deep, dark burgundy in front of direct light with a nice, fluffy, creamy medium brown head. The head leaves nice lacing as well. 4.0
S Dark roast malt is subtle. Repeated sniffs revealed a nice gentle sweet chocolate, molasses. Smell probably made more gentle by the lactose I suppose. Nice smelling Milk Stout to me. 4.0
T A little too harsh dark roast malt. Harsh in that there is a bitterness to the malt possibly due to the very dark nature of them that is really annoying and strong. In fact, gone is the promise of a nice, gentle chocolate, molasses and maybe even the lactose mentioned on the label due to the biting harshness of the burned malt taste. 2.5
M Ultra creamy head softens the feel but the harsh dark roast malt cannot be helped by the head and it makes the feel too harsh and biting for me. 2.0
D Not really too good due to the harshness of the dark roast malt. I enjoy a good dark roast stout but this one is just so dark that I am distracted by it. I could not drink more than a pint and poured out the remaining 6 ounces. I do not do this very often but this was a bit of a chore to drink. 1.5
Notes: While the harsh bitter dark roast (nearly burnt!) malt reduced my enjoyment of this beer, it is clearly better than several of the other Arcadia Ales in that it provided much interest. Several of the others (Angler's Ale comes to mind) were really boring. Lastly, I do not know how this is not a milk stout.
11-02-2009 05:14:24 | More by adamette
3.4/5 rDev -5%
A - Very dark, impenetrable brown. Head is only a thin layer of brown foamy that quickly fades to a ring around the beer.
S - Primarily a big nose of roasted malt. Hints of sweet milk chocolate and just a touch of spice are underneath.
T - Very sweet roasted chocolate taste up front. Sweetness wins out over the other flavors going on. Light bitterness mid drink that is quickly overmatched by the sweetness. Hints of milk chocolate throughout. Light fruitiness in the finish.
M/D - On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well masked and it is a very easy drinking beer.
10-30-2009 17:08:27 | More by ckeegan04
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle dated 2006.
A Poured a very dark brown with a quickly disappearing head and little lacing. Smells of burnt chocolate with a hint of sour milk. Taste much better than the smell, sweet and bitter chocolate with a dry finish. Thin to medium body with medium carbonation.Actually pretty drinkable, I would have another if the price was right.
10-19-2009 18:41:22 | More by richago1
3.85/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours deep brown with a decent tan head. Fairly decent rings of lace down the glass.
Weaker than I expected. Deep roasted malt, some cocoa powder elements.
If people are looking for a chocolate bomb, don't look here. It is a highly complimentary element, and a milky sweetness offsets any bitterness found in the brew. But this one is not chocolate dominant. Light hop bite in this one. A soft smooth beer.
A bit lighter bodied than expected, but still plenty to swish around.
Overall, I dug this one. Nice, balanced, drinkable beer. I didn't even notice the alcohol. Worth a try.
10-03-2009 13:29:29 | More by OtherShoe2
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
Beer is black with a brown head. It doesn't last very long. The aroma is of chocolate, with a hint of vanilla, perhaps some butterscotch as well, although not much. The aroma of alcohol is present as well. Beer tastes a bit hoppy at first, more of a Goldings type flavor, this is followed by a rich roastiness and a malty sweetness, and finishing with a deep roasted note. The mouthfeel is very silky and smooth. Perhaps, I don't taste the chocolate as strongly as it might be implied on the packaging, but I think it's more in the aroma. This beer is pretty darn drinkable!
09-29-2009 03:08:39 | More by Reneejane
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured a very dark brown with a very generous head with that quickly dissipated to a thin skin. The aroma was chocolate. The taste was chocolate and molasses, but weak, uninspired. Feel initially felt light bodied with moderate carbonation, but as it warmed, medium while losing some of the carbonation. Drinkability is fair. Loco did improve as it warmed. Probably worth a tasting, but don't make the mistake of buying more than a bomber.
09-26-2009 16:55:45 | More by kegger22
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
12 ounce bottle poured into the founders brewing co. pint glass. This bottle cost $3 and hopefully will be worth it for a chocolate lover like myself.
Pours a deep black with no visibility through the brew. Up top is a 1/2 finger tan color head that lingers around a while. Smell is dominate with chocolate. Nothing else really hits the nose. Taste is sweet milk chocolate. No bitter finish and not much alcohol is noted. I am a little disappointed in that yes the quaff only consists of chocolate, it is not a very overpowering, in your face taste. It is a little too smooth and light for my liking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is mediocre. I am usually nuts about this style of beer but the thing I like about them is the overpowering chocolate taste that makes the style. Overall I think it is pretty solid and will continue to stock some in my DBF when available.
09-24-2009 02:26:12 | More by abrand
2.85/5 rDev -20.4%
Poured near-black, with zero head into a Guinness glass. Absolutely zero hint of hops in the nose or flavor. If you're a chocolate fanatic, the smell will be addictive, as there are no other discernible aromatic characteristics. The flavor is absurdly thick and chocolate for a 'beer'. I've had good chocolate stouts before, but the good ones were balanced with hints of hops and other flavors; this beer is one-dimensional. Think chocolate milkshake without the dairy. Too thick to drink more than one.
09-04-2009 16:45:45 | More by donniecuffs
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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