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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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539 Ratings

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 22 | 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 jcnd9803
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Next review!

Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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,

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of PEBKAC
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of adamette
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of richago1
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Reneejane
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of kegger22
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of cdpike
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.