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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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517 Ratings

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Ratings: 517
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 cindiwindi1025


4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is just downright a delicious beer.

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

S: Chocolate, cocoa and coffee

T: Smooth chocolate, cocoa, coffee and a very slight roasted, bittersweet finish. The flavors are very well balanced and compliment one another perfectly. Leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste on the tongue.

M: Velvety and milky, light to medium carbonation.

D: As thick as the chocolates are in this beer, it is incredibly refreshing and goes down quite easy, the flavors leave the mouth wanting more.

I will be indulging in this one on a regular basis!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 19:15:29 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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

On cask at Mahars.

A: Almost black in color with a half finger of mocha head. Good lacing.

S: Nice smell of coffee, chocolate, and roast. A really nice smell. Much deeper and complex than in the bottle.

T: The nose follows the smell. The coffee was much more pronounced on cask than it was in the bottle. The chocolate was simple sublime.

M: Nice thick body. Nice cask carbonation. Really nice.

D: Super drinkable and nice. Got a 12oz on draft and it was perfect. Really great beer. Get it on cask if you can.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2008 23:38:26 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours an opaque black body with a thin film of tan head. Smells nutty, somewhat chocolatey, maybe some banana? Tastes like chocolate for sure, sweet, some caramel malt, somewhat nutty, some vineous/raisin qualities. Chocolate dominates though. Super-smooth medium to full in body with ample carbonation. No alcohol apparent anywhere. A super-tasty, well-crafted American stout, one I have difficulty finding much wrong with. Very good. Definitely one I'll be snagging again should I see it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 00:43:23 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of WanderingFool


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coco Loco pours an inky black into the glass with a small, thin fizzy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is faint, but sweet with notes of chocolate and malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer soft on the palate with a good deal of fizzy carbonation. For a stout it seemed a little thin to me. The flavor is sweet malt with chocolate and a bit of nuttiness mixed in. Towards the end some dark fruit notes appear. It finishes dry with a hint of bitterness. Once gone the chocolate flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty well balanced beer. The chocolate does not overwhelm and there's just enough bitterness to ease the sweet flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 22:16:23 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of soccerman7


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

Appearance - A simple dark brown with a finger of head, though quickly disappeared.

Smell - very mild in the nose. Chocolate, malt, sweetness.

Taste - A nice chocolate flavor. A definite sourness that was still pleasant but different. malty finish with no hops present.

Mouthfeel - very interesting and different, probably to the lactose. sweet and thick in the mouth with minimal carbonation.

Overall - a very different beer in style. Interesting though very different from an imperial ale as it is listed.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 03:35:50 | More by soccerman7
Photo of naterock


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darke black with a two finger dark tan head. some slight lacing.

smells a bit like banana with a dark cocoa

taste is unmistakable chocolate, and a wierd taste of banana or plantain. not a real coffee taste to speak of.

mouth is thick and oily, bitter in the aftertaste but amooth the whole way down. suprisingly good because the bartender just gave me one and said "you'll like this"

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 23:32:27 | More by naterock
Photo of Riverwarrior


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Strong cocoa and some tootsie roll.

T = Very nice cocoa/dark chocolate flavors upfront with a hint of caramel near the finish. There was no perceived hop or roasted bitterness. Alcohol was completely hidden.

MF = Body was just on the thin side, but nothing to detract from the experience. Carbonation was a little more than moderate. Very creamy and went down super smooth.

Overall, I was impressed with this stout. The nice chocolate flavors and no perceived bitterness made this extremely drinkable. I will continue to buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 11:59:54 | More by Riverwarrior
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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