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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

524 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 524
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007)
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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-18-2014 02:59:09 | More by einman
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with tiny of tan colored head. The heads fades almost instantly leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of roasted malt as well as notes of cream, vanilla, and caramel mixed within. Overall quite chocolaty and delicious.

Taste – The taste begins of a semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor mixed with a cocoa powder taste. As the flavor moves forward, more sweet chocolate comes to the tongue with it being joined by vanilla and caramel flavors as well. A milkier like flavor grows in the taste with some hints of darker fruits as well. The darker fruits are mainly of a raisin and plum giving a nice balance to the chocolate flavors of the brew. In the end, with a light earthy flavor also coming to the tongue, and with the big dose of sweet chocolate and the lighter darker fruits flavors of the brew, one is left with a pleasant fruit chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the chocolaty flavors of the brew although a bit thicker of a body would have likely been more appropriate for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is rather decent.

Overall – A rather tasty chocolaty brew with some nice big flavors. Sweet and delicious!

02-18-2014 01:34:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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Doublicious

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-17-2014 15:54:29 | More by Doublicious
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

02-16-2014 07:27:05 | More by xbrettfavrex
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Josbor11

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

02-13-2014 21:12:00 | More by Josbor11
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2014 23:14:08 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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JustinWhipple

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2014 12:09:32 | More by JustinWhipple
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

02-08-2014 20:24:16 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-07-2014 01:50:58 | More by MacStinson
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

02-05-2014 14:42:24 | More by ryanpj
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance is very dark brown with a short, tan head and some light lacing.

Nose has plenty of lactose--sweat cream. It also has chicory, black licorice, a fruity dark chocolate, and almond.

Taste has alcohol up front that fades. It is buttery, with almond milk, Hershey's chocolate, and bitter dried cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. with light carbonation. Very pleasing, soft and creamy finish with a light, butter slickness.

This is a well-made beer. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try.

02-05-2014 05:07:17 | More by dorianmarley
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-03-2014 14:13:25 | More by bigfnjoe
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

poured onto a 16 oz tumbler - only slight head with virtually little retension. mild aroma with a decent first taste but a rather musty aftertaste. Not as heavy or as flavorful as you would expect a full body stout to be. weak on flavor. does;t compare w/ most stouts on the market today - will not buy again.

01-30-2014 01:31:55 | More by Segelstrom
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

01-12-2014 04:27:37 | More by Cubsfan1087
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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-05-2014 01:39:42 | More by michaelfcasey
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TCTrout

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-31-2013 22:16:56 | More by TCTrout
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-31-2013 12:54:50 | More by xnicknj
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miffsudd

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-30-2013 07:36:31 | More by miffsudd
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MadCat

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.2%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/black color with a short tan head and some lacing

Smell: Chocolate, and some strange booze scent

Taste: Chocolate up front, then some carob and toffee. The unusual boozy flavor shows up on the finish. Some dark fruits in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but not as chocolatey as the name would imply. Also I don't notice much sweetness in spite of the lactose. For what would seem like a similar brew to Moo Hoo, I'm a bit disappointed. If the weird boozy flavor wasn't there, I would like this better in spite of the low amounts of chocolate.

12-30-2013 01:56:34 | More by MadCat
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jroberts8811

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

12-29-2013 23:06:12 | More by jroberts8811
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chooch5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-27-2013 07:04:11 | More by chooch5
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superspak

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/26/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light anise, light cream, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses notes; with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, raisin, light coffee, light cream, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, raisin, light anise, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of bready/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; with good robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid stout. Solid robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; and very smooth to drink. A fairly enjoyable offering.

12-15-2013 20:06:22 | More by superspak
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-15-2013 13:17:40 | More by Stu_Grimson
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BrewtalHonesty

Oregon

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-12-2013 12:00:30 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours out from the 12oz bottle a very dark brown-black color. The head summited at about three-quarters of an inch, before heaving way to a thick tan cap. Not too much lace formed on the glass as I drank the beer down.

One can definitely pick up on the molasses and chocolate in the nose of this beer. Straightforward aromas that pique a drier and roastier curiosity. Hints of minerality, like hard water, and just a touch of lactic acid; but not much, leaving deserved reason as to why this is not a milk stout. Just a hint of dark fruit skins, or maybe a tannic relevance of them. Black cherry or blackberry comes to mind, but no real fruity essence showing up. Hops are low, hard-to-uncover, yet earthy. Malts have that roasty dark bread note, but still almost balances out without much barley grain coming through.

Rich with molasses-like dark sugar bitterness, like it's a little burnt. More grain comes out now, and it too has a nice roasted quality. It's almost enough to stave off the chocolate, which pops up as a melty dark chocolate note that's quite bitter, in and of itself. Further bitterness can be attributed to earthy, yet faintly citrusy, hops. These flavors make a lot of sense to me in this offering. Hints of tree bark, baked earth, toffee, and faint licorice have ways about themselves in the flavor profile. Lactose addition seems to be a bit of a stretch now, but there is an undeniable tanginess to the finish. It's small, but there. More so, I'm picking up on a sweet alcohol note that pulls some good strength on its back and makes this the warming winter seasonal that I think it is (at least, I don't see it on the shelves during the warmer months).

The mouthfeel is relatively thick, purging out a fluttering carbonation sense with body heft. What's irreplaceable, however, is a good sting of warming booze that shoves a little past your typical 7% ale. Again, I like it, because it's affirming. It's just that this wouldn't be best drunk outside on a warm day. Hard to think of an American Stout having those kind of characteristics, but this is knocking on the door of Imperial strength, or at least, so it seems.

All things considered, this makes for a very enjoyable beer, in its own right. Stocky, bitter, gooey, and full of warmth; Cocoa Loco is solid. They really should've upped the ante and threw in some chipotle peppers into the fermenter, but that's just like my opinion, man. Cheers!

12-05-2013 04:48:21 | More by thecheapies
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.