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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 19 | 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 dsa7783

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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...

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


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

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


2.58/5  rDev -27.9%

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...

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

New York

1.7/5  rDev -52.5%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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!)

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


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

New York

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

Enjoyed this at 08Long Island Spring Festival when poured into mini heffe glass by Phil Agues of Manhattan Beer Distributors, on behalf of Arcadia. Apprearance jet black with brownish hues with respectable 1.5 finger head with prolonged lacing. Smell of rich roasted chalky earth. Taste has pleasing lactose to provide a mild but complex and medium Mouthfeel. Phil said Aracia used open vessel fermination technique was used on this batch along with the Imperial. Top notch session beer and one of the easies chocolate stout to quaf.

03-30-2008 20:33:59 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Glad to find this one on tap @ Holy Smoke in Mahopac, NY (This place is quietly becoming quite the beer destination) In a wine glass, this one poured quite black under a dark tan head. Lacing was present and respectable. Cocoa and light chocolate on the nose. Impressive stout, nice light chocolate notes, darker malts and some sort of sweat/slightly sour thing going on. Pleasant and highly quaff able for a larger (but not huge) stout. Nice stuff, would work with a chocolate dessert, but also helped wash down a rib or two

03-23-2008 14:18:41 | More by Billolick
Photo of nmyers


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Cocoa Loco has great color, almost a black color with a nice thin light brown head on it. The aroma of this beer is highlighted by a nice touch of dark chocolate and coco beans with a hint of molasses. The Loco's taste is a little unique. It starts off with a sweet hint of molasses and then comes in with a big bold dark chocolate/coffee. It goes down smooth with a little bit of a bite, that is a quality of most stouts but it doesn't linger.

03-20-2008 01:20:56 | More by nmyers
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Poured dark opaque color almost black with a thin tan head.

S: some dark chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee and a touch of lactose.

T: sweet molasses, dark rich chocolate and some coffee creamer. Big cold coffee flavor, some creaminess from lactose added rounded things out with a smooth finish and lingering coffee fade.

M: Very smooth and light mouthful for a stout.

D: good drinkability, nice complexity makes you look forward to the next sip. rich, dark, yet smooth and refined on the swallow.

03-13-2008 00:56:54 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of edchicma


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

An excellent pour...almost black....decent head. Smell is a delicious blend of malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste has a chocolate malt backbone with a strong coffee finish...lingering coffee aftertaste. Just a tad strong. Full bodied mouthfeel. A definite sipper due to strong coffeee aftertaste.

03-01-2008 01:32:57 | More by edchicma
Photo of BadBadger

New York

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Arcadia's Cocoa Loco is a bit sedate and rather less than hoped for in an imperial/double stout. The brew pours from the bottle a modestly dark color. The head is tan and foamy, but short lasting. The smell is horrendous, being the weakest feature of this stout, bringing forth unholy thoughts of stench associated memories from the deep depths of recall. Fortunately, however, the taste does not mirror the olfactory battery. While cocoa is not what comes to mind at any point, there is a nice roasted malty vanguard, followed by some nice bitter bites on the back end. The mouthfeel is smooth but thin. This is not a bad imperial stout, but this is not something I would recommend spending the dough on.

02-23-2008 23:15:05 | More by BadBadger
Photo of BACTAdam

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

Being on a real chocolate stout kick, I must say I was extremely disappointed in this beer said to be brewed with "chocolate, molasses and lactose". It smelled right but tasted very average. And where was the chocolate? The smell and first few sips had some notes of cocoa powder but that taste quickly disappeared and turned into a moderate imperial stout. Slight notes of molasses were overpowered by the taste of burnt. One would think that "lactose" would instill a certain smooth and creamy character to it but I surely must have missed it.

In all, I wouldn't say this was a terrible beer, just not what the name implies and as an imperial stout it's just average.

02-23-2008 21:56:52 | More by BACTAdam
Photo of NoLiberty


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%

App: Pours from draft a rich deep lightless black with a one funger thick head with consistent, solid covering and low lacing streaks. Very clean and solid.

Aroma: Chocolate roasted malt, sweet and bitter. Coffee and molasses. Nice fire roasty coco flavor in the nose. Big and wholesome, nutty. Very nice.

Taste: Sweet up front followed by chocolate and coffee which leads to modestly bitter middle with a clean finish. Roasted bitter finish with nice flavor transitions throughout the drink.

Mouth: Light carbonation. Very smooth, smooth, smooth. Almost too liquid. Light to medium bodied.

Drink: Really nice drinking and easy to sip on. Goes down easy at 7%.

02-13-2008 03:14:20 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of tpd975


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

Another brew from BeerTruth

A: Pours charcoal black with a rather wimpy khaki head. Very little carbonation and no lacing.

S: Nice aromas. Nice sweet chocolate aromas with hints of brown sugar and charcoal.

T: Rather flat. The lactic qualities are very prominent. Light chocolate qualities can be noted beneath. Hints of the sweet molasses can be noted and you are left with hints of charcoal.

M: Light in body for a stout, very flat.

D: Since it's so light pretty good, but not the best tasting stout in the world.

Overall: BeerTruth thanks for the try. It's a bit too lactic for me and rather light and thin for the class. I can see some really liking this one though.

01-30-2008 19:42:57 | More by tpd975
Photo of davidt


3.65/5  rDev +2%

Pours very dark brown with a thick foamy light brown head, which stands up above the rim of the glass. Aroma chocolate and molasses, with some sourness in the background. Taste is sweet, chocolate, with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Tingly mouthfeel from the carbonation. Seems more like a sweet stout, was expecting more from a "triple" chocolate. Alcohol level is not apparent. At $3.50 a 12 oz bottle it’s over priced.

01-22-2008 01:34:39 | More by davidt
Photo of AMo


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Arcadia Ales Cocoa Loco pours a deep brownish black. It gives off distinct aromas of chocolate and molasses. The taste is a lot weaker than the smell would indicate; however, the chocolate and molasses do work well together. Mouthfeel overall is smooth with a slight bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. This was an ok drink to start, but it became a bit too bitter for my liking at the end.

01-19-2008 07:38:04 | More by AMo
Photo of EWSchulenburg


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

22 oz. bottle marked Vintage: 2006

Pours an opaque brown with an enormous frothy tan head, even with a careful pour. The whipped creamy head lasts forever.

Big chocolate aroma. Roasted,sweet,almost too sweet smelling.

More chocolate taste. Prickly carbonation on the tongue. No hops, but sweetness balanced by the almost yogurty bitterness of the lactose. Thinner than I thought it would be for such huge aroma.

Overall an average milk stout, nice for after dinner. Would've liked a bigger alcohol kick.

01-12-2008 16:08:23 | More by EWSchulenburg
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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