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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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:
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(Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007)
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Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Reneejane, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kegger22, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

abrand, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

donniecuffs, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A clump of brown, loose bubbles forms up, around 1-2 cm, but it falls fast. Leaving only a bit of lacing. Fits the usual description, nothing impressive. The comes off first with a nice roasty whiff floating on the CO2. Then comes the chocolate, it starts out like raw cocoa powder, but then it gets creamy and full, there's almost a milky smell (surprise, there's lactose, after looking at the bottle). It smells sugary, but not sickeningly sweet, actually, once tasteing it, it's not even close to being as sweet as it smells. I actually which the taste was a bit sweeter, but there's plenty that is interesting in there. Taste's like dessert without quite as much sugar. There's a nice molasses presence, combined with the cocoa powder (that's a bit of an obvious statement I suppose). There's a bit of a slickness, which is common in dryer stouts. There's a bit of a cherry or raspberry taste, too. The molasses flavor is most prominent in the taste, but the chocolate does not have a very major presence here. The taste isn't exactly exceptional, but it's interesting, and could definitely be worse. I would say that there ought to be a bit more sweetness, maybe a bit more roastiness, and if it's supposed to be 'cocoa loco', then the chocolate should be toned up in the taste. Also the body is a bit on the thin side of medium, which isn't much in the stout category. The carbonation is kind of nice, not stingy, not harsh, but pleasant. But still, this is about average in the style. Overall, I think it's just a bit too dry, and a little too slick. It's a fairly enjoyable drink. Not too heavy or high in ABV, but I don't think I would buy more. It's enjoyable at least once, and interesting, but it doesn't exactly deliver completely on what I was hoping for.

taylorhamrick, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass. This beer looks like a stout. Dark brown/black body with some visibility around the edges. Pours a light brown quarter inch head that evaporates rather quickly.

There is definitely cocoa in this beer, and it is drivin' me loco essse (inference of a spanish accent). A nice bitter chocolate scent drives this beer home and leaves it on the curb. I lie, some roasted 2 row malt sits in the backseat and with it's seatbelt undone. A semi-automatic pistol shoots bullets of simplicity at innocent standby, my nose got in hit hard.

The taste ain't bad if ya knowwhatimean?!? A nice roasted flavor takes center stage like Napoleon dynamite at his talent show. The chocolate is there and bitter, think:


A sessionable stout, and one I would seek out again.

CoolJosh, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
1.95/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When poured came out Black in appearance, virtually no head. Other than two small streaks, there was no lacing. Smells like an old cheap chocolate bar... and I am not talking about hershey. Almost waxy aroma.
Flavor definately didnt improve as it the brew warmed. No signifigant difference in flavor than an average stout. Mouthfeel was too heavy to enjoy at its "seasonal release time." If you are expecting something special don't was you time on this one.

mtnbikerpa, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours dark blackish brown, with a light tan head which did provide wrinkles of foam, lacing.

S. Smells very light just a faint malty notion.

T. Tastes crisp and hoppy upfront, providing an earthy bitterness. Bitter yet semi-sweet lush chocolate edge. Toasted malt adds a smokey, woody flavor. I really enjoyed how the resinous hops played with raw chocolate flavors.

M. Full flavored with a pronounced lingering chocolate aftertaste.

D. I would reccommend this beer to a serious beer advocate, but not to newcomers to hoppy chocolate beers. I thought this was great.

Stinkypuss, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of cdpike
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, just about black in the glass. Very little khaki colored foam. Nose is sweet, roasted chocolate with some nutty notes with a touch of molasses. Mouthfeel is very rich and heavy, but creamy and surprisingly carbonated. The sweetness really comes out. Very creamy roasted taste, almost like something you'd get at Starbuck's. Pretty much understated flavor for a big beer like this. Oh so smooth though. Really a nice big stout without being overbearing.

cdpike, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of dankbrew21
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into my sam. adams glass.

A-Loud crack when opened! HUGE caramel colored head that takes up 3/4 the glass (and it wasn't because of the pour) Dark dark brown with the tinyest bit of light coming through on the edges.

S- I opened this outside and the wind carried all of the smells to my nose and there were many! Cherries, molasis, chocolate, dark plum, some coffee presence, and raisins.

T- Chocolate, black cherry, molasis, medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and alcohol well hidden. All the flavors aree very well balanced.

D- Very drinkable! Very tasty! I didn't even know this was a vintage 2006 till I got home. I would like to try one fresh and record the difference (if any). I enjoyed this beer very much and do recommend it.

dankbrew21, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this as an extra in a trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve!

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Thick, black, and completely opaque. Only a small, tan halo sits on top. Doesn't appear to be much carbonation, since I see no activity on the surface of this brew (the bottom of the glass is etched). Mild, stringy lacing.

Smell: A crazy amount of cocoa (as the name suggests) is accompanied by malt balls, molasses, coffee, and even salted pretzels. That is one helluva smell! I can't help but keep going back for more.

Taste: Dark chocolate, mocha, molasses, and some sour dark fruits - I wanna say plums. The weird, sour, fruity taste combines with astringent alcohol in the aftertaste - not too pleasant. Initial taste is good; aftertaste isn't.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated, roasty, and a little syrupy. Finishes dry. I feel that the carbonation is too low in this one; I was really hoping for some creaminess.

Drinkability: Even as I take the last sip, I still love the nose on this one. It's too bad that this beer fell kinda fell flat after that. With a few more adjustments, this one could really be something special, but right now it feels like an unfinished product.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mr. Goodbar,dark pour. significant chocolate and coffee, but otherwise unexceptional, burnt more than roast, when so many are doing the similar, so similar ranking. Brown with white head. On the sweeter side, despite English Progress, Liberty, Summit

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Opens with a very decent 'pop/hiss'.
Jesus! A very easy pour just gave me a massive head of more than four-fingers worth of craggy, milk chocolate colored foam. Retention is great and the lacing thick, clumpy, and quite sticky. This sitting on top of a very dark brown liquid.

I'm definitely getting a good amount of cocoa in the smell. Nice presence of milk chocolate, also. Good notes of ground coffee. Brown sugars and a touch of dark fruits. Very light hint of alcohol.

This is like a good cup of chocolate coffee. The slightly heavy-handed presence of dark roasted coffee dominates. It's followed, very closely, by sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes. Nice lactose sweetness. Mild notes of vanilla. A slight touch of oakiness.

Good, solid, medium bodied beer. Sadly, I think that it should/could be so much more. It's very smooth and has a nice creaminess to it. It could just be so much better with some more body.

I'd probably drink this one again, if given the chance. I won't go out of my way to track it down, though. More of a dessert beer than anything.

coldmeat23, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of HopHeadHerman
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bomber of this at the grocery store the other day.

A--Chocolate brown. Some head, but not that much. Disappeared quickly, too.

S--Not much here. A hint of fruit.

T--Not getting a lot of chocolate flavoring; a bit bitter, malt is certainly present, but not very thick.


D--I could enjoy one of these at different times of the day/year.

All in all, not one of my favorite stouts, but an interesting and enjoyable brew for sure.

HopHeadHerman, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

Pours a big, thick light brown head that is so creamy it looks like pudding. So dark brown that it is practically black.

The smell is bitter chocolate oils. The alcohol is apparent in the aroma. Mocha bitterness and some sweetness. Some Kahlua-like oily chocolate, but without any hint of licorice. Bready and nutty.

Bitter burnt mocha malt. Really dark. Leaves a really nice, nutty hazelnut aftertaste. Combination of burnt and nutty flavors. Chocolate and breakfast blend coffee. Wonderfully dry and bitter.

The feel is dry but oily and slick. Thick and tremendous. It's a heavy and really outstanding chocolate stout. Sweet, dry, bitter, nutty and everything in between. Excellent.

williamherbert, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of beergirlblog
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark black, nice creamy tan head.

S: chocolate, all the way

T: creamy, roasted coffee and milk chocolate, not as sweet as other chocolate stouts, with an alcohol hint at the end.

F: decent, creamy but also a little watered down

D: alright, needed more balance in order to be really enjoyable.

It was a decent beer, but as I had in a series with some that were much better, my memory is a little skewed, and my notes are a little sloppy. At the time I thought it was a B+. So I'd order it again.

beergirlblog, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark black.. Nice tan head, looks yummy.

S: Chocolate, maybe a tinge of alcohol or whiskey-ish smell. Coffee, smells kinda like coffee flavored yogurt.

T: Coffee and chocolate come in first.. then something almost sour-ish. Has a nice aftertaste, but the bulk of it is a bit odd for me.

M: Not as creamy as I would like it.

D: Though this one is not bad, there are so many better stouts out there.

Beejay, May 23, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. This stout appears a deep dark brown color with about an inch of lingering, ecru foam. Notes of milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, medium roast coffee beans, mocha, a hint or raisin, sweet malt. The stout falls somewhere between medium and full bodied and is adequately carbonated for the style. No doubt about it, this is a chocolaty stout. Tasty stuff. This would be a good candidate for a nitro tap.

ClockworkOrange, May 20, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice stout, it was actually better than I thought it was going to be -- always a nice surprise. Poured from the bottle (with an upside down label - how cool is that?) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, near black but not quite there, as there was just a hint of amber that showed through when held up to the light; one finger of dark tan head with a decent retention - no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet and chocolatey, rich and dark roasty malts; very slight burnt coffee roastiness and there is a faint whiff of alcohol in there as well.

Taste: Strong roasty coffee flavors really come through in the aftertaste, but the sweet and bittersweet chocolate is what kicks off the taste; just a faint taste of alcohol as well in the back, continues to become more of a presence as it warms. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice - pretty creamy, yet just a little thin; moderate carbonation and fairly sticky coating stays on the palate and I find the mouth waters slightly after it's down the throat.

Drinkability: Not too bad at all - very enjoyable beer with a body that doesn't sit like a brick and pretty moderate ABV. This is pretty close to a sessionable stout.

bamadog, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a light sucking dark brown with a small tan head that hung around well and left a good amount of lacing
smell was obviously chocolate and then there was that little bit of "funk" rolling around but it wasn't off putting
taste was real dark chocolate with a slight astringency
mouthfeel was medium to light and smooth
drinkability this is a pretty good chocolate stout and isn't overpowering in it though

sliverX, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. Almost no head after a vigorous pour (<1/4") and no stickage whatsoever. The body is as black as night w/slight reddish hues at the very bottom of the glass.

S: Lactose sugar right off the bat. Standard roasted malt aroma follows. Not much else and nothing to write home about by any means.

T: The flavor follows the nose for the most part: lactose sugar, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. However, the lactose really dominates; very sweet! I'm also picking up on some off-flavors; somewhat sour. All in all, pretty underwhelming flavor profile.

M: Medium... disappointing for a stout, especially considering how promising the dark the body was.

D: very mediocre

Notes: Despite the name, this is really a milk stout. I was really hoping for more chocolate, specifically fresh cocoa nibs! I didn't get it. As a result, I tried to rate it fairly even though milk stouts are one of my least favorite styles.

GruvisHops, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this at macadoodles in Joplin, BBD 0f 08/09

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, roasty malt & some vanilla

T: Cocoa, roasty malt & dryness up front. Coffee dominates as this warms, along with more dryness & plus some oaky vanilla, Finishes with cocoa, a bit more vanilla, dryness & roasty malt

MF: Fairly oily & rich with minimal carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, not a stout I could pound every night, but going down great on cool April fool's evening... Nice one from Arcadia

russpowell, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit and molasses but it seems to lack the creaminess that most beers brewed with lactose usually have. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 31 May 2008.

Light brown head takes up the entire glass. Pitch black in color. Aroma of chocolate, prunes, slight hoppiness. Starts drier and tarter than expected. Reminiscent of cold coffee, somewhat acidic, slight cocoa. Sweetens as it warms up, becoming richer and somewhat smoky. Medium light body. Alcohol seems stronger than 7%.

Decent but expected a bit more cocoa/chocolate flavor from this.

htomsirveaux, Mar 14, 2009
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.