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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

537 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of adamette
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wegman's in Lakewood, NY for a price that I cannot recall which was before I visited the brewery in Battle Creek, MI a few weeks ago. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date. 7% ABV mentioned on label. Part of "The Brew Crew Big Beer Series" according to label as well.

A Pours an extremely dark body that glows a deep, dark burgundy in front of direct light with a nice, fluffy, creamy medium brown head. The head leaves nice lacing as well. 4.0

S Dark roast malt is subtle. Repeated sniffs revealed a nice gentle sweet chocolate, molasses. Smell probably made more gentle by the lactose I suppose. Nice smelling Milk Stout to me. 4.0

T A little too harsh dark roast malt. Harsh in that there is a bitterness to the malt possibly due to the very dark nature of them that is really annoying and strong. In fact, gone is the promise of a nice, gentle chocolate, molasses and maybe even the lactose mentioned on the label due to the biting harshness of the burned malt taste. 2.5

M Ultra creamy head softens the feel but the harsh dark roast malt cannot be helped by the head and it makes the feel too harsh and biting for me. 2.0

D Not really too good due to the harshness of the dark roast malt. I enjoy a good dark roast stout but this one is just so dark that I am distracted by it. I could not drink more than a pint and poured out the remaining 6 ounces. I do not do this very often but this was a bit of a chore to drink. 1.5

Notes: While the harsh bitter dark roast (nearly burnt!) malt reduced my enjoyment of this beer, it is clearly better than several of the other Arcadia Ales in that it provided much interest. Several of the others (Angler's Ale comes to mind) were really boring. Lastly, I do not know how this is not a milk stout.

adamette, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of JamesS
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a great dark black with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Does not have much of a scent, just a slight bit of roasted grains and a little hint of why it's an imperial. Taste is rather bland. There are no roated grain hints, just a slight chocolate sweetness and a hint of the alcohol. I think they canceled each other out and didn't leave much else. Goes down all right for an imperial.

JamesS, Nov 12, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

bilhelm, Mar 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

rfgetz, Feb 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

rsenters29, Apr 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

lvoutlawjlh, Jul 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

BrownAleMale, Nov 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jroberts8811, Dec 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Scout11, Mar 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

SeanInDC, Aug 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

RespertFTW, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of mothman
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

mothman, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of prototypic
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

prototypic, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of donniecuffs
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

donniecuffs, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of mcallister
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

mcallister, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of bluHatter
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

bluHatter, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of csmiley
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

csmiley, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of buschbeer
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

buschbeer, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of BACTAdam
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

BACTAdam, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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,

Vancer, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of chinchill
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

chinchill, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

ChugginOil, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of lurpy1
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

lurpy1, Aug 18, 2011
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.

emmasdad, Dec 15, 2010
Arcadia Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.