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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 22
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 biker30x
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of maximum12
1.4/5  rDev -60.8%
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.

Photo of brewintheLou
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
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!

Photo of enfield249
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of Drewcifer
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of ralree
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, rich black with a dark tan head. Head dissipates pretty fast, and leaves no lacing.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit, some hops in the background, tons of chocolate. Think alcoholic chocolate bar.

T: Like bitter chocolate - the 99% cacao stuff. Not too sweet, but the cacao comes out insanely. For the chocolate lover, this is a must. Alcohol and just a hint of fruit sit in the background, and make a nice undertone for the cacao.

M: Feels good in the mouth - a slight bit chewy, but with a medium body. Carbonation is right on. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down pretty easy. Not one to have a lot, but a good treat.

Photo of Kolsch
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Just tapped by bartender.

Appearance is Black as a stout should be.

Smell is of sweet chocolate that left my mouth watering for the taste.

Taste was sort of a let down from the smell. Definitely detected cocoa, a very dry cocoa taste. Not as sweet as I thought it would have been. Very dry and I must say, I did like the fact that it was dry. This stout was good, but was missing something that I can't put my finger on (maybe a touch more of hops?). Needs a little tinkering and this could be a very good stout!

Photo of Dalem
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark chocolate brown in color with reddish tinted maltshop head that doesn't stay too long but leaves a healthy cap and some thick & runny lacing. Huge on the cocoa in the scent. Other aromas are of Tootsie rolls, a really warm roasty malt, more than a dash of molasses and a pinch of alcohol. The flavor and feel of this fuller end of the medium scale body wise beer is a chocolate malted. The use of lactose in the brewing process brings out a creamy quality that compliment the super huge & rich cocoa flavors melding them together nicely than just leaving each other stand apart. As it warms it does take on some bitter & dark chocolate characteristics but still has soothing texture all the way down. The aftertaste has a some warming effect from the alcohol and slight bit of a powered chocolate used in baking but has a silky feeling keeps it from lingering around too long.

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

No doubt, this is my favorite of the big bottle series. Unfortunately, that's not saying much at all. It's definitely got chocolate, but it's the dry kind you'll find in Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence. (Sweet mother of malt, did I just compare these two beers?!) Not a whole lot of depth or complexity to this one, just a lingering, rather pleasant sweetness that saves what is otherwise a middle-of-the-road brew.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/3/08. On tap at Ginger Man. Pours black with a pretty dark brown head. Very pretty! Aroma of light roast. Flavor of roasted malt with sweet cocoa powder and a bitter chocolate finish. Slightly artificial sweetness but still pretty good. Nice chocolate beer.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a pint glass. Black in color with a voluminous tan head that rapidly disappeared. A faint chocolate aroma, not much else there. It tasted like a chocolate malted with some hops. Pleasant mouthfeel, just not a real exciting American Stout.

Photo of trafordboy
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while but fails to provide much lacing

Smell: On the milky side of milk chocolate

Taste: Starts with a black bread and chocolate flavor that becomes rather more like milk chocolate as time goes on; after the swallow a sour fruity element appears to join the flavor parade; the finish is slightly sweet with milk chocolate notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is the first time that mouthfeel was my favoritu thing about a beer, but so be it; needs more cocoa flavoring

Can't beat the Southern Tier or Rogue Chocolate.

Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. 2007 vintage.

Dark black with a hint of highlights when held to light. Thick mocha head hangs on, thick lacing.

Chocolate, malty sweet, roasted grains, molasses and booze balanced nicely. complex but not alot of legs.

Malty sweetness, molasses, chocolate, and roasted grains are largely balanced, but with a moderately dry and bitter finish.

Mildly carbonated, creamy, medium full body, mild warming with dry, bitter finish.

Complexity and balance urges me on. Enough size and bitterness to encourage restraint.

I liked it alot and wouldn't hesitate to have it again, but my brother didn't like the dry, bitter finish. But he doesn't like anything remotely bitter.

Photo of petes99
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured PITCH black. One of the darkest brews I've poured.

Thin, dark head. Very interesting nose - its subtle yet busy, in a good way. Very roasty, dark, deep. Can pick up on some nice dark coffee, molasses, sweetness.

Mouth - thick, leaves you licking your chops thinking about the flavor. Definite touch of cream stout, with really, really nice coffee undertones. Some molasses, sweetness, but really not much for cocoa in the sweet department. However raw cocoa flavor on the bitterness end for sure. Meddles with the coffee tones nicely.

Finishes with a good, long, bitter aftertaste. Really nice. Will definitely get this again.

Oh, and 7.0%, you would not know it. Very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a foamy coffee-colored head. Roasted chocolate malty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. Very smooth roasted malty flavor with a sweet creamy chocolate center and a bitter roasted coffee finish. Also, hints of toffee and caramel.

Photo of BMoney575
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11-29-08

Pours thick and black, with a hint of red around the top edge. Head is dark and short lasting with decent lacing.

Smell is all chocolate, sweet and also complex, with bits of coffee and and a great bready malt underneath.

Taste is thinner than expected, not as sweet, with the coffee overpowering the chocolate. The finish is bitter and surprisingly acidic, rather harsh.

Mouthfeel is much too thin for the style.

Drinkability suffers from the acidity.

Overall, a good try, but nowhere near thick, creamy, and sweet enough.

Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice chocolate and roasted malt scent along with a sweet lactose aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a complex flavor arrangement that boasts of chocolate and molasses as well as a bit of milk sugar. It's dry with a nice roasted edge to it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid chocolate stout. It's beautiful to look at and it tastes great also.

Photo of BaltimoreMike
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would say it was above average overall, but not great. Very rich and a great foam, very similar to a Guinness in appearance, body and color. A sweet aftertaste, with a hint of chocolate and some molasses flavor. It is a sipping beer for sure and would probably go well for just sitting around with some friends and just there to enjoy the flavor of a good beer, wouldn't go well with wings or nachos or anything like that. Very good for people who like Guinness but want something with fuller taste and a bit sweeter.

Photo of hopdog
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Bottle labeled 2006 vintage.

Poured dark and deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of molasses (that seem to step on/mute out the other aromas), light cocoa, and light roast. Tasets follow with a light coffee finish. With 'Cocoa' in the name, I was expecting a nice chocolate presence which wasn't there. Nothing really seemed to work well together. Thinner body with a dry finish. I was disappointed with this one.

Notes from 5/11/07

Photo of caminiti
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not overly impressed with this, and Id like to stop by Mahars and try it on tap, as it would have to be better than drinking out of a 6oz. styrofoam cup in a hotel room in Fishkill. That aside, it was decent.
Tasted a bit too sweet, a bit similiar to Southern Tier Creme Brulette (note the label, if you can read it, includes Lactose and Molasses) There was a cocoa taste and aroma as well. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and oily, but drinkable. Overall, probable better on tap or out of a more appropriate serving vessel.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.