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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007)
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Photo of Proteus93


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown... just shy of pitck black. A light tan head that starts a bit fizzy and moves towards being a little creamier as it forms.

S: No shortage of cocoa scents. A lighter molasses accompanied by malt roast.

T: Quite an intriguing flavour. Molasses, a sweet lactose flavour, dark chocolate notes, and almost a touch of fruitiness. Quite nice.

M: Very rich and thick. A little more carbonation than I might consider being in the norm for the style. Sharp, but creamy towards finish.

D: Alcohol is quite well hidden, and the flavours are similar to some other brews that take it in a similar direction, though something seems to be missing. It's good, not great, but I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:20:44 | More by Proteus93
Photo of baggio


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle@Oliver Twist, Stockholm

A: Black-brownish with a light-beige lace

S: Chocolate, Cream, Toffee

T: Molsasses, Milkchocolate, Espresso and wee hint of licorice.

M: Very sweet and creamy. A bit overwhelming, like a milk stout on steroids. Low carbonation.

A good stout although a bit too sweet for my taste. Give it a try if you're into milkstouts or similar ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 09:45:55 | More by baggio
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark dark dark brown that let no light pass. It had a nice 2 finger light brown hot chocolate colored head that lingered well and left a nice ring. Smell reminded me of a sweet mocha or possibly a Hershey's bar. Taste was definitely cocoa with a bit of bread, almost seemed like a smore w/o the marshmallow. Felt bitter and acidic in the mouth, and was a little watery. Drank fairly well for an imperial stout, but the bitterness/acidity made me drink it even slower than normal.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 22:30:43 | More by mountdew1
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes in my Beer Dossier

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a tan/mocha colored, two-finger head that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and caramel. Some floral notes, too.

T - Tasted of oatmeal, coffee bitterness and chocolate. It also had a milky taste.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This has complex and unique flavors and isn't over the top powerful.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 15:13:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with a dense creamy head of wheat colored froth that retains and sticks well, leaving crusty lace.

Aroma is dark roast malts, scorched brown sugar, chocolate, coffee, and some fruit.

Flavor starts with dark chocolate, dark malt, burnt sugar, and roasted coffee. As it warms more chocolate liquor sweetness and light vanilla notes emerge.

Body a bit north of medium, creamy and slick. Good drinkability, alot of flavor for a 7% brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 18:41:15 | More by AlexJ
Photo of kzoobrew


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black in color, thought when catching an edge in the light color appear to have chocolate brown tone. Brown-khaki head not much in the way of retention or lacing.

Smell is big on roasted malt and chocolate. Some molasses and burnt sugar aromas.

Roasted malt and chocolate on the tongue. Bitter chocolate flavor. The Lactose is apparent, quite creamy in texture. Slight coffee aftertaste.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. For a double stout however I just feel this is not a big enough brew. While very enjoyable as it is, I prefer my double/imperial stouts to be big ugly nasty huge flavored beasts. Drink more like a standard stout than an imperial.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 00:21:21 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of dirtylou


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22oz, picked up at Binny's earlier this summer

appearance: reminded me immediately of the starboard stout - pours a dark cocoa tone with a huge gushing chocolate head that quickly borders on out of control - once the head settles, a minimal chocolate lace remains. served into hopleaf

smell: strong tones of chocolate, wet cardboard, sour milk

taste: the mouthfeel is pure shit on this beer - foamy and astringent and it makes the flavor suffer along with it....there are strong chocolate notes but the flavor reminds me 100% of the starboard stout, which i hated. tones of spoiled milk and mildew cardboard ring throughout

mouthfeel: awful - the worst i have ever seen for the style. no texture at all - foamy and abrasive

drinkability; ehh

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 23:36:58 | More by dirtylou
Photo of mhewes


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S : Chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses

T : Roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, dark fruit, and molasses. A nice chocolate bitterness on the finish.

M : Creamy, smooth, good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink, one I would love to have again. It would probably go really well with a good cheesecake.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:04:18 | More by mhewes
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Circle Liquors in Somers Point, NJ. Served in a large fluted glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown/ almost black body. Tall tan head. Not much in the area of lacing. Looks like a frothy coffee drink when first poured.

S: Full of smokey roasted malt, coffe, and dark chocolate.

T: Dominated by coffe and dark chocolate. Starts off sweet but gives was to a bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter then I was expecting. Pretty smoothe despite a high presence of carbonation.

D: A decent desert beer. Not the best I've had, but it will do in a pich.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 01:18:14 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of nrbw23


3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black color with a thick brown head that goes away quickly leaving a layer of bubbles that layer down the glass.

S- Smells of chocolate and molasses with some alcohol. Could also pick up some smoke and roasted malts.

T- Tastes of sweet toffee/molasses with hints of roasted malt. As it warmed up I could pick up some coffee and dark chocolate. This beer definitely sweetened as it warmed up.

M- Not real thick for a stout, creamy and maybe a little too much carbonation.

D- Pretty good. It went really well with the chocolate custard dessert I was eating.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 20:11:53 | More by nrbw23
Photo of HopDerek


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/licorice black with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head. Good retention and some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, lactose, and molasses. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, light molasses, raisins and other dark fruits, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Finishes with a touch of coffee beans and some sour milk notes. Medium in body and low in carbonation, smooth and creamy with a light bittering and sour finish, hides alcohol nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 22:04:33 | More by HopDerek
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is powdered cocoa against some mild roasted barley. the taste is an abundance of cocoa and roasted barley. The beer is very crisp and smooth, especially for the style, making it very enjoyable, even on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:42:43 | More by atsprings
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
"Stout Brewed With Chocolate, Mollasses, and Lactose" on the brown, front logo sticker...
Impressive appearance - pours a jet black, eboyn hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Thick smell replete with dark-chocolate, chewy malts, figs, and prunes...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, rendolent of dark prunes, rich, creamy chocolate, thick malts, mollasses, caramel, and a hint of vanilla...
Creamy mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability for a hefty 7% ABV...
Good stuff...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:01:52 | More by dsa7783
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber in a pint glass.

A - Really dark brown with a thick dark brown head.

S - Deep chocolate.

T - Lighter than expected but really good chocolate flavors.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is my first sample from arcadia and I didn't know what to expect but I am happily supprised.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:27:11 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of tmitch75


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, cool label. Beer is deep dark brown color, a shade off of black, with slightly lighter highlights at the edges. Head is huge and fluffy, dark, and sticks for a while. A little less head might've made this a 5.

Roasty molasses and chocolate smell. Even a bit smoky. There is a slight astringency there too.

Roasty bitter chocolate and espresso with a nice milky sweet finish.

Medium to full bodied, smooth and creamy, with just a bit of carbonation.

Pretty damn good dessert beer, I'll definitely search this one out again.

Tasted on 5/16/08.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 01:07:17 | More by tmitch75
Photo of smcolw


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three-finger beige head slowly recedes. Nearly black color; no light shines through. Light lace.

Milky aroma, almost like chocolate ice cream; some bittersweet cocoa also. A little bit chaulky.

Think dark chocolate, particularly in the swallow. The up front taste is quite mild. The swallow is the opposite--I almost envision taking powdered Hersey's cocoa and putting it on my tongue. Slightly thin for the style.

This is as advertised--lots of cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate flavors. It's worth trying simply because it is such a pleasant departure from the style. I'd love to try it against other big chocolate stouts/porters.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:02:08 | More by smcolw
Photo of thequeen711


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep chocolate colour, poured from the bottle to a .5 liter glass full of foam, just too frothy! Taste was slightly creamy, there was a bitter aroma detected here...This is not one of the best stouts I've had, and it left me disappointed. I expected a more chocolate feel. I also detected a bitter aftertaste...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 01:05:37 | More by thequeen711
Photo of Biggness

New York

1.7/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Me and my wife had dinner @ arcadia last night. I saw on the board that there was a double imperial chocolate stout being served and I nearly creamed my pants, here I am thinking Rogue Chocolate stout. Well WOW I don't think I have ever been so disappointed by a beer. The appearance was nice but that was about it. The flavor was borderline repulsive, drink this beer next to a Rogue Chocolate stout and tell me how u give this beer anything higher than a c?!?! The mouthfeel was also very uncomfortable. Calling this a Double Imperial Stout is travesty it tasted more like a skunked Milwaukee's Best with food coloring in it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 11:52:35 | More by Biggness
Photo of ph2001


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

black color with no highlights. pours smooth with 2-3 fingers of head that cascades its way up. the smell seems mild of maltiness and cinnamon.

seems to be a very mild hint of cinnamon flavor in there too, along with some milk chocolate flavors. it wasn't as sweet as i had expected, but there was a sweet creamy malt thing going on, similar to an irish carbomb. the creaminess was there, but mild. doesn't really seem much like it belongs in the IS category, but it's still decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 16:23:45 | More by ph2001
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black for the most part, a touch of ruby/brown on the edge. A decent mocha head falls back and holds at a partial cover and solid collar.

Aroma - chocolatey at first, bittersweet. Charred malt and dark roasted coffee beans. More of that would be better, but the levels don't fade much, which is a plus.

Taste - sweet, dark roasted grain to start. Lots of espresso flavor, not so much chocolate and zero molasses. One dimensional, but it's a pretty good dimension. Finishes with some char and burnt coffee. For a Big Beer entry, it could be bigger.

Mouthfeel - average thickness, pretty zippy carbonation. Needs more of the former, less of the latter.

Drinkability - this is okay, but there are plenty more complex, tasty stouts to be had.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 16:34:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Magpie14


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep, deep caramel brown color with no head to mention. Just a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass that dissipated quickly. Looks fairly nice in the glass at a dimly lit bar.

Smell: somewhat intriguing smell of molasses/roasted caramel, and a hint of coffee...maybe some chocolate? I did pick up on a bit of grainy alcohol scent.

Taste: a bitter chocolate and coffee mix that is alright but not great. Somewhat astringent, sort of a pucker-like aftertaste that hangs around. It also has a slight malty edge in the mix.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: creamy texture with a reasonable amount of carbonation for a stout. You could put a few down but the lingering sulky aftertaste might get to some after a bit.
It is kind of like the best glass of sour/semi-sweet chocolate milk you will ever have (that is not a put down either, just very unique!)

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 04:09:56 | More by Magpie14
Photo of sulldaddy


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I split a bottle of this beer with my friend Pete.
Poured at cellar temp into a snifter the beer exudes a clear dark cola brown color with soft creamy tan head of 2cm that fades slowly.
The aroma is roasted malt, espresso beans, and cocoa powder. First sip reveals fine tingly carbonation and a smooth velvety texture. Flavor is roasted malt with some sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee dryness. Hints of molasses and general sweet malt as well. No hop presence or hints of ABV. A pretty big beer that is easy to drink. Nice well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 00:16:28 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured pitch black with no visible hues. The pour produced a foamy tan head that quickly subsided into a thin bubbly film. Stick lacy work, comprised of mostly tiny bubbles clung to the glass throughout.

S - I got the aroma of roasted malts. I also detected slight hints of espresso and smoke.

T - Malty and smokey up front followed by a dry, somewhat bitter alcoholic finish.

MF&D - IMO a little too much carbonation for a stout. When I swirled it in my mouth it seemed to foam up like crazy. I enjoyed the aftertaste, I only wish the stout tasted more like it. Worth a try, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 14:20:06 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Zorro


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through sinstaineddemon and Secret Bunny '08 BIF.

Massively strong head formation. Clear deeply brown colored beer with a strong brown head.

The smell is strong chocolate and molasses with some alcohol apparent. There is something in this that makes my nose itch like it has hot pepper or something in it.

Taste is Coffee and chocolate with a black coffee bitter bite. This is quite warming to the chest. Sour edge to this and it is something like sour milk. Lots of chocolate this tastes like an unsweetened bakers chocolate bar.

Mouthfeel is light for the style.

Not a big fan of this beer. That sourness and nose burn bugs me. Might try one more time on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:34:24 | More by Zorro
Photo of hyland24

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured black with a 2 inch tan/brown thick foam head. Didnt appear too thick but seemed creamy.

S- Roasted malt with a slight hint of alcohol.

T- The taste started sweet toffee/molasses with hints of roasted malt. As it warmed up I picked up coffee and dark chocolate. This beer definitely sweetened as it warmed. It finished slightly bitter.

MF&D- This beer is fairly thin for a stout but still remained creamy. It coated the mouth well with a slightly sticky feel and left behind a slight alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:05:09 | More by hyland24
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