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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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532 Ratings

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 21 | 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 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
Photo of david131
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A very deep brown with some light coming through on the edges. The head is thin and splotchy.

S- Cocoa, molasses, grain, and oddly enough- bananas. Sweet and clean smelling. I'm not really digging this, but I don't find anything objectionable.

T- Sweet, chocolaty, molasses, caramel, and a hint of banana. Reminds me of a chocolate shake due to the added lactose.

M- Creamy with a little carbonated kick.

D- The sweetness does become a bit overwhelming. A nice desert beer.

david131, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of jlandis
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep black with a 1cm brown head. Sweet chocolaty aroma. Acidic yet sweet chocolaty flavor. Moderate mouthfeel. I felt like the slightly sour (yes, somehow it was sweet and sour) acidic flavor was too much for the brew and tended to dominate. I wouldn't mind smelling this beer again, but with all of the great Chocolate stouts out there I'd probably go with something else.

jlandis, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it does not have anything to do with the actual quality of the beer, I would like to note that the label of the person going mad on this bottle is amongst my all-time favorite. This beer was a nearly-opaque, dark brown/black color. The two-fingers of mocha-colored head displayed decent retention especially as a skim and very good lacing like torn sheets. The aroma was full of milk chocolate, cocoa and hints of coffee and earth. The flavors were similar, starting sweet with lots of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, notes of earth and coffee in the middle and a baking chocolate bitterness on the finish. Rather one-dimensional, but if you like chocolate it's a great choice. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation medium.

thekevlarkid, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of grub!

Pours an opaque dark reddish brown, black away from the light but some dark red in the edges, very thick tan head forms, keeps a nice layer and ring, great retention. Smell is okay, dry and toasty, cocoa powder, raisins, caramel sweetness, brown sugar, light roast and chocolate malt, quite fruity, but not as much going on as I would like, bland. Taste is very milky, sweet and caramelized, toast, chocolate roast, coffee, raisins and dark fruit, chocolate milk and coffee, very dry in the finish, lightly sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty interesting although nothing real special going on. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, 2-25-09.

A: Black body with a small tannish head that settles fast, leaving no lace behind.

S: Roasted malt over coffee with a slight sourness.

T: Kind of like the nose -- coffee, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate (I expected more given the name) and burnt charcoal. Finishes with a metallic dryness. Char lingers into the aftertaste. Cocoa is more noticeable as it warms (I wrote "served too cold" and I think the temperature detracted from the smell and taste at first). . . .

M: A bit thin, especially for the purported style.

D: Pretty good, I suppose, especially if you're a coffee fan.

Kendo, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grain, coffee and a sweet caramel malt.

The taste consisted of an exellent coffee flavor with burnt grain elements and a touch of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty stout.

plaid75, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia's Cocoa Loco pours up evenly with a modest carbonation that creates a two-finger thick tannish-brown head that tops the reddish-black body. The aroma shows some hot caramel, blackstrap molasses, cocoa powder & baker's chocolate nestled amongst the heavily roasted character. The flavor starts off with a bit of burnt sugary sweetness that's followed by a solid chocolate character marked with a light bitterness. The finish is surprisingly dry with some dark fruitiness, but is overly bitter (almost acrid) with the ground coffee roastiness. Medium bodied with some distracting astringency. This one becomes more drinkable towards bottle's end. Cocoa Loco won't drive Sonny the Cuckoo Bird crazy, but it can't be beat for the price.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of ToddT
1.58/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Nice dark chocolate color with a two finger tan head. Head falls slowly to a sticky ring that leaves nice lacing on the top of the glass.

S- Kind of weird, chocolate but almost smells slightly spoiled or medicinal. I'm kind of put off by the smell.

T- Thankfully it doesn't taste like it smells. Chocolate up front, mixed with a sweet molasses, and something else that I can't put my finger on that is not that pleasant. Might be what it was aged in but it doesn't mix well with the rest of the tastes. Finished very sweet and dry.

M- A little on the thin side for the color and what I was expecting out of this, not really creamy either. Has a light carbonation.

D- One is enough for me. I am put off by something in this.

Maybe I just got a bad one. I'll try it again but only to see if this one was a bad one, if it tastes the same I'll pour it out and get something else. I finally put my finger on the aftertaste and the smell this is going to sound weird but it almost like a brine or olives, not something I want in my beer, maybe a martini but not my beer.

ToddT, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of mphopkins99
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Don't know if I got a skunked bottle, but this was a major disappointment. Highly carbonated, almost soda-like in mouthfeel and texture. Did not really have any of the chocolate or coffee small or taste I associate with this kind style.

Not at all what I was expecting or hoping for.

mphopkins99, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, if not black. Has an off-smell to it that I wasn't really expecting. Aromas were similar to yogurt. Not really something I would associate with beer.

Luckily the sour yogurt are well masked by the taste. Rich bittersweet chocolates, though a little too sweet. Caramel and milk flavors are present as well.

Has a smooth feel that compliments the style. One major downfall for this beer is an acidic feel that leaves it sitting heavy in your stomach. It gets hard to drink, though I suppose it'd be easier with some food.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this with a few other chocolate beers in prep for st. valentines. made a mocha cheesecake to pair with them. pours black with a brown head. retains head nicely.

roasted black malts on the nose with a hint of hops. obvious chocolate in there. no off odors.

get a hop crispness up front. dark chocolate. sweet.

smooth. full body. good carbonation. nice beer. could not drink more than one in a sitting. will try again next year- and maybe sometime in between.

ajmoody76, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of pasdachuri
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate black with a small medium brown head which recedes to a nice, sticky lacing.

Heavy chocolate, cocoa and coffee scent.

Tastes like chocolate for sure, sweet, some caramel malt, almost like a beer milk shake. Maybe a bit too sweet.

Nice thick body with good carbonation.

Too sweet to drink all night.

Overall a very interesting drinking experience.

pasdachuri, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of biker30x
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carbonation. That's the one word review.

Pours into a pint an inky black with a dirty tan head that's thin but lingering. The head boils over the top of the glass no matter how you control the pour or clean the glass. Deep black in the glass with almost no light getting through. Nose of roasted coffee & burnt molasses. On the mouth, the carbonation rules from start to finish. Flavors are of bitter chocolate, over-roasted coffee and black strap molasses. The finish is brief and driven by the zing of carbonation. Pairs well with hearty rustic fair on a winter evening. Lacks sufficient balance to stand out in a crowded stout field.

biker30x, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy brown almost black with a thing tan head. Smells like a sweet milk stout can't pick up to much. Taste is big, not a heavy bold drink but a lot of flavors going on. I can definitely pick out the carmel, chocolate, and milk flavors. The sweet milk comes overtop and blend all the flavors together well. A good creamy mouthfeel, no bitterness and good drinkability.

nrpellegrini, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of maximum12
1.4/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What is this concoction?

Weird, weird, weird. First, it's black. Second, it smells like milk.

Third, it taste frickin weird. Like a strange, rather unpleasant cross between breast milk, water, with a faint whiff of melted Madagascar chocolate, & belly lint.

This is awful. Down the drain she goes.

maximum12, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of brewintheLou
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very dark brown with a frothy top head with large bubbles underneath

Smell is of chalky cocoa and also has a sweet aroma.

Hmmm... strange taste on the first drink... starts with a super sweet tang and metalic flavor. Then a strong cocoa-mix taste comes through and lingers on the palate. Sure is chalky. Very different from any other beer I have had. Mouthfeel seems to be thin, but like I said the beer sticks around even after you think it's gone. It seems to stick to the roof of your mouth and gums. Drinkability is not high given I don't think I would ever crave or pick this up again.

brewintheLou, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark black with a thin but resilient tan head. Looks thick.

Smells great, the molasses and roasted malt really stand out here with hints of the chocolate and cream.

Taste reminds me of a favorite of mine, the FFF Moloko. Coffee, Toffee, Molasses, and sweet cream with a very slight bitter chocolate finish. Very nice.

Mouth is thin/med and carbonation is low/med. Maybe would have preferred a little more heft, but this is not an impy after all.

Finally a good regular stout that I can get pretty easily!

sonicdescent, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of enfield249
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown to black. About 1/2 fingers worth of tan foam. Floaty bits in there also.

S - Not much, slightly smokey, sweet.

T - Malty up front, fades to burnt toast and slight coco, then some bitterness or maybe astringency.

M - Medium to full, medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, good flavor and texture. Not much Coco, and certainly not "loco" with coco.

enfield249, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger tan head that leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Molasses nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, molasses, some baker's chocolate at finish. $7.10 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Drewcifer
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark black with a small, dark tan head to it. Head dissappears pretty quick, leaving a little ring around the top.

Wonderful aroma of dark chocolate. A slight hoppy tang, but pretty much just chocolate.

Taste is almost all bitter chocolate. Thankfully, it is not overpowering like some of the other chocolate stouts out there - this is subdued, smoothed over. Possibly a result of the lactose?

Medium body, carbonation is just about right.

Overall drinkability is about average. Can't see drinking this one too often, or more than one or two in a sitting, but could be a good treat.

Drewcifer, Jan 15, 2009
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.