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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

514 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 514
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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bilhelm

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

03-11-2014 01:27:50 | More by bilhelm
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rfgetz

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

02-21-2014 01:46:40 | More by rfgetz
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rsenters29

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

04-05-2013 02:35:04 | More by rsenters29
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lvoutlawjlh

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

07-09-2012 23:34:23 | More by lvoutlawjlh
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jroberts8811

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-29-2013 23:06:12 | More by jroberts8811
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Scout11

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

03-24-2012 13:01:39 | More by Scout11
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SeanInDC

New York

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

08-08-2013 10:48:16 | More by SeanInDC
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RespertFTW

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

12-24-2012 01:40:27 | More by RespertFTW
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours 1/4 finger of light tan head. Fades to a ring, no lace left. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Cocoa, cocoa powder, creamy milk, and some dark fruit flavors. Rich and malty.

Taste: Wow, the lactose really shows here. It sticks from the beginning to the end. There is some cocoa powder and a sticky molasses flavor in the middle, but the lactose is a bit overdone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, thick, rich. Medium to full bodied with a bit higher of a carbonation level. Ends with tons of cocoa and milk flavors.

Overall, this beer was alright, but I have had much better. Too much lactose flavors. Not very drinkable because of this. I like some of the flavors, but wow this is drinking slow.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:34:01 | More by mothman
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prototypic

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2006

Appearance: It's a very dark, opaque brown. Head is a creamy, light brown color and about a finger deep. Retention was somewhat short and lacing was light overall.

Smell: Very light on the nose. If you stick with it, it does have a pretty good smell to it. It's just very faint. Toasted nut and chocolate are the primary scents. Coffee or espresso is secondary.

Taste: Initially it has a strong coffee-espresso taste that is way too acidic for me. It does have a wave of chocolaty malt flavors that follows providing a decent sweet taste to it. It's somewhat bland and leaves you with a bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. ABV is low at 7% for a "big beer." The acidic taste really prevents it from being smooth and hinders drinkability severly. Overall, it's disappointing. I had high hopes for this beer, but can't help but feel let down.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:29:19 | More by prototypic
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured near-black, with zero head into a Guinness glass. Absolutely zero hint of hops in the nose or flavor. If you're a chocolate fanatic, the smell will be addictive, as there are no other discernible aromatic characteristics. The flavor is absurdly thick and chocolate for a 'beer'. I've had good chocolate stouts before, but the good ones were balanced with hints of hops and other flavors; this beer is one-dimensional. Think chocolate milkshake without the dairy. Too thick to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 16:45:45 | More by donniecuffs
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mcallister

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours what looks to me a dark pungent purple color. Mocha head of a good inch that fades slowly into oblivion leaving no lacing.

Where is the aroma? Poured in my tuliped gobles this nose should be jumping at me. Hints of watermelon? Odd. And burnt fruit.

Luckily this drinks better than it smells. Nice layers of chocolate but they lack distinct seperation. Gooey hot fudge mends with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Black currant dominates any fruit profile. Light carbonation and burnt flavors round things out.

Mouth is bitter bitter dark chocolate. Medium-full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 20:50:22 | More by mcallister
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bluHatter

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark deep light-eating black with a small 1-finger brown stouty head.

S: Milk chocolate... not much else.

T: Baking chocolate

M: Thick, kind of syrupy with just a little carbonation

O: A little heavy on the chocolate side of things for my taste, but if you're a chocolate lover, this is your stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 22:44:07 | More by bluHatter
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csmiley

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark brown. No real head to speak of and what little bit of head showed up was gone within a minute.

S - The major player seems to be chocolate. Supporting cast is maple with roasted touch.

T - Once again, chocolate. Maybe some dark malt in the aftertaste. Chocolate seems to over power the other flavors.

M - The flavors of this beer make it kind of heavy. More caorbonation would have helped.

D - Chocolate was just too powerful in this beer. The lack of other strong flavors to balance out the sweetness made it somewhat difficult to finish a 22 ounce bottle in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 06:00:16 | More by csmiley
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It pours very dark brown with an inch of mocha colored head.

S - I have to search pretty hard to find any cocoa aroma. I do get just a hint.

T - The taste is some burnt malt, the faintest of cocoa, and kind of a soapy taste.

M - Medium

O - I hate to dog on Arcadia beers, but this beer is not good. I bought a four pack and wish I hadn't. I haven't been this disappointed since Mackinac Island Fudge stout. I was really expecting a good to great beer. Not so much.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:20:57 | More by buschbeer
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BACTAdam

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 21:56:52 | More by BACTAdam
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Vancer

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

WHOOSH, of air upon opening. I have a feeling, and yeah, WAY over-carbed brew. An easy pour and it’s almost overflowing the snifter.

Once it settles down, a coal brown brew with a frothy tan head. Small aroma of chocolate and coffee. Transfers into the quaff, but the overcarbed fizziness interferes with the taste and enjoyment. This has potential, but needs better quality control at the brewery.

A "big beer" in their series that comes in at 7%? Wimpy,

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 14:38:10 | More by Vancer
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle [dated 20 Dec. 2012 and purchased in MI last month] into a snifter after a bit of warming .

Deep, dark brown coming out of the bottle, but black in the glass. A decent sized head forms but is mostly gone before the first sip. Nice coating on the glass with each tip.

S: Too weak and subtle for style, and a bit metaliic. Hints of milk chocolate, roasted malts, hops and a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Hop level of an Ameican stout but the roasted malt component is too weak. Alcohol too obvious; These form a messy conglomerate with the cocoa. Even the after-taste doesn't gel.

Feel: Smooth and near creamy; full body, medium-low carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

O: Disappointing. ABV seems much higher, say 10%, it lacks balance, and roasted malts lack prominence, I suspect my rating will be noticably low, but I'm actually being a little geneorus, suspecting this may be a bad bottle; but then again, there's no reason it should be.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:29:02 | More by chinchill
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ChugginOil

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

Pours pretty solid black with some reddish edging. There is less than an inch of tan head that sits briefly. A bit of quick dissipating lace.

The nose has a good amount of milk chocolate and lactose sugars. There is a sweet scent going on with a grainy scent behind it. Meh.

The taste is malty and has that bittersweet cocoa taste bit not in a rich and satisfying way. It tastes artificial and strange. The roasry malts kinda make up for it but not really.

The mouthfeel is too thin and holds like a light lager. This killed it for me.
Overall, not diggin' this brew. Tastes like an adjunct with artificial ou iy chocolate flavors. Drinkable and bearable, but certainly not worth the 11-12 dollar price tag. Pass

chocolate flavoring in it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:46:26 | More by ChugginOil
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lurpy1

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Big Ten party store.

Pours a nice dark, not much head something about it looks troublesome.

Smell is strongly chocolate and cream, but it's also got a Nestle-Qwik smell I can't really shake.

Similar results on the taste, somehow it comes off as slightly false and cloying. Plenty of chocolate though. It has a thick consistency, normally I like it, but here it's more of a clogging sensation.

I don't know, this is a somewhat unusual beer what with the lactose, but it wasn't a beer I really got into. I may give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 16:36:28 | More by lurpy1
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 02:33:56 | More by emmasdad
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -16.4%

01-02-2012 19:48:56 | More by GRG1313
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-03-2013 05:20:11 | More by Chugs13
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.4%

02-16-2012 15:42:31 | More by Tyrawlings
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-28-2013 15:00:27 | More by jjd315
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
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