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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 590
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: schusterbauer on 02-23-2007

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Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head which quickly fizzles away to a ring. Deep dark brown clear liquid. More head please.

S: Molasses, milk chocolate, slight berry, milk

T: Nothing jumps out at the beginning, but all works together well. Some tang, some bitter, some alcohol. Bittersweet molasses and lacto finish. Delicious.

M: Smooth, slightly bitter, pleasantly warming. Satiny

D: Very nice. I'd order another and buy again! (446 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque black with brown notes. Creamy looking one finger mocha head that slowly dies down a thin film on top. Decent lacing that splotches slowly down the sides and leaves a trail of mocha goodness.

S - First and foremost, there is a lot of that lactose and mocha backed up by milk chocolate, a solid roastiness, leather and caramel sweetness. This smells pretty good, but the overall aroma is a little on the low side.

T - The chocolate is really well done - comes in waves beginning with sweet milk chocolate, to a charred roast + mocha, then some cocoa which is dark and dry. The roast and dryness hang around for the whole taste while there is some plum, molasses, root beer and leather in the middle, but overall this is pretty boring once the chocolate has exited the taste buds.

M - Too thin, low carbonation. The mouthfeel starts off creamy, has a little tingle on the tongue, then just falls away. It's miserably thin...

O - I think a richer mouthfeel could have saved this - would have helped that chocolate hang around and really pop, but it doesn't deliver. (1,079 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with dark brown head.

Nose: roasted coffee moreso than chocolate.

Middle: It starts out coffe as the ale goes down the throat and it quickly turns to chocolate. Taste exactly like I expected it too, damn good. There are coffee and chocolate flavors as the name suggests. Everything I expected and I dont know if that's a good thing of a bad thing.

Finish is primarily chocolatly and a tad dry.

Overall pretty good. Right in the middle between a highly-drinkable session ale and a slow sipper. (508 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The third beer this evening for me was the Arcadia Cocoa Loco...and yes there is not question that chocolate was used to brew this beer. The color was absolutely dark with virtually no head. The smell was very chocolately and sweet....like molassis. The taste was very heavy...almost like a sweet liquior. Definite chocolate (semi-sweet) with molassis. Very rich...plenty of body...just too sweet for my taste. The mouthfeel was tough because of the sweetness...not enough balance. (481 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a standard US pint glass produces a huge head (note to self: pour a bit more gently next time) of dark brown, fairly dense foam. This recedes within a few minutes so that you can look at your beer proper. Totally opaque, dark brown or black in color. In light, gives off some dark ruby red hues. Adequate lacing from the head's declension, individual sips...not so much.

Dominant scents of chocolate syrup (or cocoa powder), mocha, chocolate milk, and molasses. A bit of ethanol in the background. This is kind of like the beer equivalent of Kahlua or Bailey's.

Big chocolate tastes upfront, fades to a roasted/charred barley/coffee ground flavor in the finish. Just enough hops to add some balance, mostly lurking in the far back. Alcohol is there, too, providing a gentle burn in the back (more noticeable with beer warmth). Trying this beer after a piece of milk chocolate, I can say the stout has a definite alcohol bite to it, is less sugary, but also features a distinct burnt or smoky flavor that is not present otherwise.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, about medium heavy. Carbonation is fairly middle of the road, too, nothing aggressive, but still noticeable. A "gentle" mouthfeel, I would call it. The finish is surprisingly dry, given what seems to be a small amount of hops used. Would have liked a bigger body and perhaps a bit more carbonation.

While drinking this, I find myself thinking that this is what the original "chocolate beverage" of native peoples could have tasted like. Sort of. While you can call this a stout, it's almost like it's own style of that genre: the super-chocolaty stout. The flavor is big enough to make this a sipper (and the alcohol level is just about there, too). If you enjoy chocolate, or chocolate-tasting beverages, you should check this one out. I know I'll be returning to it. (1,861 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brownish black body, trace head, very little lacing

S: chocolate, molasses, hint of roasted coffee

T: roasted coffee, malt, bitter chocolate, molasses, mild boozy finish

M: medium body, mild tongue prick, hint of slick/oily

O: Nice beer. Arcadia has surprised me with this fine sipping brew. Not for everyone, the coffee/bitter choc/molasses with boozy flavor may turn off a newbie to craft beers, but interesting flavors.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (456 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours slate black with just a little bit of light through at the edges. The head is two fingers, espresso crema colored, with a little lace. On the nose there is a great combination of ultra-rich chocolate, a huge molasses note, a slightly sour lactose note, a dark roasted malts. To me the only fault is that the lactose might be a step ahead of where it ought to be in the balance. In the mouth all of the parts of the nose are apparent on various parts of the tongue, with the lactose hanging in the background until a long finish leaves it as the last thing on the tongue. The body is medium light, much lighter than I'd have expected based on the nose and pour, and while it's not bad to the point of distraction, it's definitely short on body. Overall, this is a good beer that I might classify as a milk stout due to the lactose, which is just on the safe side of enjoyable for me. (893 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
2.22/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown which ends up as nearly-opaque in the glass. Head is medium-dark tan color which recedes leaving interesting bubbly lacing. Not a bad start.

Smell: My first thought is, "They had a problem covering up the alcohol." Really? At only 7% ABV? That's my first thought? There is certainly some mocha flavor in there somewhere, but I'm not impressed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is fairly watery for a "stout." Medium carbonation reveals nothing but a real rubbing alcohol flavor. Sour in all the wrong ways, and almost no chocolate nor coffee in the taste. Aftertaste is all alcohol.

Overall: Fairly disappointed in this brew. It's drinkable (as in, I'm *going* to drink it), but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Perhaps my opinion is swayed because I had an RIS to precede this one...but seriously...beer is supposed to taste good no matter when you drink it, and this just isn't hitting the spot. (970 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was just in the Bahamas in March, at a place Royal Caribbean cruises calls Coco Cay, where they sold drinks called Coco Loco for $8 (plus gratuity). This ain't nothing like that. But it would have been nicer to have this.

It's one of those clean stouts with a lot going on. Clean means a neat balance of malt, hops (weak here, but appropriately), etc. It has the chocolate flavor, but not at all too strong - I could take more.

I am more likely to go on the same cruise than buy this again, but the cruise would have been better had they had this brew. (557 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a black shade, not very viscous and produces a meager amount of light brown head which quickly recedes to
S: very sweet, slightly roast malt but it's mostly dominated by chocolate and hints of coffee
T: dominated by chocolate, a dash of roast flavors, a bit of coffee, and just a bit of input from the molasses. The swallow is bitter chocolate that starts off sharp but slowly recedes and is a bit drying
M: smooth and silky but a touch light with slightly prickly carbonation.
O: not bad, it's a bit of an oddity of sorts as some of the flavors are really indescribable but the complexity is there. It's probably a bit too outside the box for a lot of people and I wouldn't consider it sessionable. Not bad but not great either but if you want to try something a bit different this one wouldn't be bad to give a shot. (829 characters)

Photo of bobhits
1.63/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2006cocoa loco

A bit apprehensive of trying these arcadia ales with this much age on them. 7% is a touch iffy.

Opens with a strong "pppshh" and pours a nice tall tan head. Solid legs on this and especially good at 7%. This beer seems a bit thicker than the 7% would indicate.

The aroma is that of sour. This reminds me a lot of the big dick ale I have had recently. My fear is this is a sign the beers have gone bad, but part of me feels this flavor is too similar. Perhaps a similar yeast or something along those lines. There is a faint coco finish to indicate that this is a stout after all.

A sweet/sour strong sour ale like malt opens this beer. Followed by subtle coco and faint chocolate malt. I don't pick up on any lactose effects or the molasses that's supposed to be in this one. After heating the beer up running hot water against the glass, the beer has taken on some more stout like characteristics. An almost sickeningly sweet malt mixes with cocoa flavors that aren't strong or bitter enough to even try and balance things out. No burnt malt flavors what so ever leaves this beer impressively unenjoyable. I can't imagine this was ever a good beer, there just aren't even remnants of one remaining.

This is a drain pour without question. I want to try this fresh but it seems all I see lately are 3-5 year old bottles of Arcadia's beers and they are showing up new to the stores. I have no idea if there's some weird issue with Kentucky's distribution chains or what. Either way I'm skeptical to blame this beer completely on the age considering all their beers seem to give off this odd flavor. (1,618 characters)

Photo of foogerd
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a coffee colored head and some lacing.

S- Smells like a milk stout, the lactose is very straightfoward with some bakers chocolate.

T- Again a definite concentration on the lactose, too much to call this an American Stout.

M- The label indicates that its part of the "Brew Chew Big Beer Series" considering that claim I was a bit let down. But if one considers this a milk stout its pretty decent.

D- Nothing outstanding either way, the abv is pretty well hidden and its a decently tasty brew but just not what I expected, I was expecting a big in your face stout. The label says its a Stout brewed with chocolate, mollasses, and lactose, in addition to the claim of it being chewey, it led me to thinking this beer was going to be a monster brew. So dont expect that but know its a very solid tasty brew. (828 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Brewed in collaboration with Sonny (of Cocoa Puffs fame). You never know. It pours a sleek obsidian topped by a lovely finger of cream-ecru froth. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, very light molasses, and a touch of char in the background. The taste brings the roast back with a vengeance, along with some of that char and a heaping amount of bitter dark chocolate. It all comes out a bit astringent to the tongue. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta drying finish. Overall, a decent stout, but things didn't seem to come together all the way for me. (638 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice dark black with a nice inch of mocha head. Looks decent.

S - I can't get around the smell. Kind of medicinal but I believe it was the harsh smell of molasses. I also get a bit of cocoa powder but man straight but molasses is funky.

T - When I first had this it came off as a brown ale with cocoa powder but my redefined palate now tastes roasted malts, mostly cocoa powder (harsh and gritty) and finishes bitter with dark chocolate tones. Mild lactose makes it more drinkable and less bitter hop profile.

M - It was pretty sip-able but I found it to be medium to full bodied. Harsh yet drinkable.

D - Well for 3.50 a 12oz bottle I would never get it again but with no balance and such harsh roasted malt and cocoa tones it really doesn't seem worth getting again. There are more drinkable stouts out there, so avoid if you can. (849 characters)

Photo of crayolahalls
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened a 22oz to make ice cream floats. Poured a couple sips in my glass and then made the floats. Truth be told, this was MUCH better in the ice cream than straight. I was surprised the ice cream actually picked up the Coco Loco flavor and that the beer, in spite of becoming much creamier and lighter colored, did not seem to change.

Appearance: Creamy dark brown - nearly black. Seemed matte in appearance.

Smell - Heavy smell of coco and something dark.

Taste - HEAVY tastes here. Very deep tones of unsweetened cocoa powder. Not great to sip, but very nice flavor when in the ice cream.

Mouthfeel - Was not enjoying this one when drank straight, so my mouthfeel impression was diminished - I wasn't paying that much attention.

Drinkability - Not one I would like to drink straight very often. Possibly as something heavy to pair up with an overly sweet dessert. I think this is also best enjoyed in 8oz servings. Very much a sipper, not for quenching thirst. (968 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the wifeys latest surprise haul of beer for me..She's definitely a keeper!

Pours darn near black with a somewhat thin, very fine light cocoa head. Fine receding lace was left for the duration.

Musty, slightly metallic and cocoa in the aroma. Can't be mistaken for anything but a stout.

Strong coffee up front..a little bitter, followed by what I perceived as milkiness for lack of a better description.

Mouthfeel is is about what I usually expect from the style being a bit north of thin but by no means full bodied such as a porter would be. The creaminess I get I would guess is helped by the fine cap of foam that comes in with each sip.

This is surely the most charismatic stout I've had thus far and I'll surely look for it again. (754 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Very dark and inviting with a slight tan head retention. The beer looks low to medium carbonation.

Smell- Notes of sweetness predominantly chocolate notes with an undercurrent of molasses. There's a hint of smell that I don't care for. It makes me slightly gag a bit.

Taste- Very sweet forefront taste that is loaded in chocolate. It slides into a finishing note. It's similar to chocolate milk but much heavier and slightly sour on the end. This is one strange beer. The first bottle I had a few weeks ago I absolutely hated it. Having it a second time, I like it better. It is too sweet and funky. Those expecting a typical chocolate stout will be disappointed as this beer is much sweeter and the lactose provides flavor notes that you will either enjoy or dislike.

Mouthfeel- The beer sits nicely on the tongue. Very light and tasty with low carbonation.

Drinkability- For me, it's fairly low. I could probably only drink a bottle or two.

Overall- I'm still torn about this beer. Last time I had it, I would have given it a D but after having it again, I like it better but not by much. It's still a too sweet and off-kilter. I actually drain poured the last part of it.

The beer is kind of a mess. I did find it unique and interesting but other aspects of the beer did not sit at all with me. (1,316 characters)

Photo of dudemuskie
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque, with barely any light peeking through on the edges of the glass. Head starts off fizzy tan, then creams up into a lingering/lacey ring.

Aroma- Burnt caramel, pumpernickel breadiness, soft smoke, powdery cocoa, and a touch of herbal hops. Inviting, rich, and intriguing.

Flavor- Bigger than expected herbal hop flavor and bitterness with raw cocoa to start. Sweet, deep molasses and dark caramel round out the middle. Finishes with a slightly boozy, acrid bite that is mellowed by the nice addition of mouthfeel-enhancing lactose. An interesting aftertaste lingers with notes of cocoa, herbal hops, and dark roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied with a creamy texture from the lactose. Sticky with residual sugar. Low-medium CO2, decent balance for a beefier brew.

Overall- Big brew with a lot going on. Drinkability suffers a bit because of it. Feel like some time in the cellar might do it well. Tasty though with some fun mouthfeel thanks to their adjuncts! Cocoa and molasses are evident, but not overwhelming. If I see any more out and about I will lay a bottle or two down for a while to see if the flavors meld together a little better with some time! (1,214 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque brown with a thick brown head.

S - Fruity grapey nose, cocoa, molasses, bare hint of banana and caramel.

T/M - Medium-dry and lighter in body than expected. A little bit of acid up front and a burnt, roasted bitterness. A little bit of fruit and dark sugar comes through.

D - Good drinkability for a bigger beer. Might be tough to put too many of these down - I'm really noticing the bitterness. (419 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Dan, for sharing this one last weekend. Poured a deep black color, with a thin beige head. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, creme brulee and milk chocolate. On the palate, this one was rather thin for a stout, with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, with a rather bitter finish. (294 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer. Creamy brown head. Moderate amounts of lacing. Interesting aroma and quite complex. I get the molasses in there, but also heavy chocolate, coffee and black licorice. Overall impression on the buds is fairly sweet, with the lactose and molasses and whatnot. Full flavored. There aren't many beers I'd just want one of, but this is one of them. Really heavy and rich. Definite dessert beer. Full bodied and viscous. Get flavors of leather and licorice as well. Baker's chocolate. Well done actually for the type of beer that it is. (541 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a tiny bubbled tan head. Dark chocolate, oat, leather, and chocolate again domintate the aroma. Nice velvety medium mouthfeel. The taste is sweet up front with a sharp transition to some bittersweet chocolate notes along with some leather notes. Some booze notes as well along with a touch of metallic. Lingering bitterness. Some lace on the glass as the head settles. For being called Cocoa Loco I would like to see this have a more chocolate forward flavor. (503 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dense darkness with a small tan head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Pleasant aroma of something along the lines of chocolate milk and graham crackers. There is a little bit of alcohol that is detectable in the nose. The flavor is not quite so nice because the alcohol is hot for a 7% ABV stout. Otherwise the chocolate malt is featured nicely. Bitterness is moderate despite the lactose addition. Medium body with a nice texture. Not creamy but is soft and nicely carbonated. Not quite a desert beer as it is not very sweet but has some nice chocolate qualities. (648 characters)

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: A black body pours deep brownish tint, with a slowly retreating head. The tan leaves only short paths of lacing on the glass. The rim does hold a bit of head retention and leaves a nice layered appearance.

S: The medium aroma shows a nice broad note of molasses, while other subtleties are shown, now really pass beyond. While drinking aromas do express a bit of chocolate.

T/M: The front is a rich snap of sweetness. Burnt sugar, with a blend of dark, bitter, baking chocolate run into the medium bodied mouthfeel. A sweet and bite at the end, that is not induced by a boozy presents, but a sweet bite of what I feel is molasses and the chocolate used. Underlining imperial stout essentials. The body has a nice milk stout cream to it. The finish ends on a dry note.

D: Overall I find this to be a some what good beer. I think that for a imperial stout 4pk. I would look in other places, as well as, if I wanted to show someone a chocolate beer, I would move on. As for this brew, it is a nice session stout, with nice flavors and complex subtleties. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near with with a nearly nonexistent head and no lacing. Somewhat forgivable given the style. Nose brings a good amount of cocoa and roast plus a touch of coffee and vanilla. Really strong cocoa. The taste adds in a bit of extra vanilla flavor, though it's quite faint. Delivers hard on the cocoa with quite a bit of roast in the background. Medium body and somewhat smooth. Actually, really smooth. Drinks really nicely. A solid hit for Arcadia. (473 characters)

Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.