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Arcadia Cocoa Loco - Arcadia Brewing Company

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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 Jayli
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a deep opaque dark brown with slightly lighter brown/chestnut hues to the edge when held to the light. One finger of light brown head sits on top and recedes quickly. Some slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is rather alcohol ridden, some light cocoa notes, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of dark fruit, raisins and plum really come through. Taste moves in to a sweeter molasses flavoring with vanilla. Finish is deep roasted malts and a touch of cocoa flavoring that gets a bit more of bitter chocolate. As the beer warms the cocoa flavoring becomes more apparent.

M: Medium to fuller body, moderate carbonation, somewhat creamy feel that dries a bit before becoming velvety on the tongue.

D: Decently balanced, goes down quite easily, not an outstanding representation of the style, but it is rather drinkable and I wouldn't turn a pint away.

Jayli, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of CoolJosh
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass. This beer looks like a stout. Dark brown/black body with some visibility around the edges. Pours a light brown quarter inch head that evaporates rather quickly.

There is definitely cocoa in this beer, and it is drivin' me loco essse (inference of a spanish accent). A nice bitter chocolate scent drives this beer home and leaves it on the curb. I lie, some roasted 2 row malt sits in the backseat and with it's seatbelt undone. A semi-automatic pistol shoots bullets of simplicity at innocent standby, my nose got in hit hard.

The taste ain't bad if ya knowwhatimean?!? A nice roasted flavor takes center stage like Napoleon dynamite at his talent show. The chocolate is there and bitter, think:


A sessionable stout, and one I would seek out again.

CoolJosh, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Black as night with a nice sized khaki colored head of creamy foam that thinned to a layer over time and left some lacing.
The smell reminds me of black licorice.
The taste is a little like burnt coffee. I didn't really taste much chocolate, but it is still more than decent for the style.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel that makes it fairly easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cocoa, roasted malts, and whiskey.

t - Tastes again of cocoa, roasted malts, whiskey, sweet chocolate. The cocoa is much more prominent in the taste than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent stout with a lot of nice cocoa/chocolate. Would try again.

mdfb79, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Oct 19th, 2007: Pours jet black with a medium thick tan head that does not have a lot of legs. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt, along with touches of coffee. Medium-bodied and creamy smooth with dark chocolate/mocha flavor with a little touch fo hops. The finish is chocolatety with a relatively short finish. Overall this beer really leans toward the chocolate side as the name implies, unfortunately to its detriment. Were this beer a little more rounded it would be a lot better.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a brandy snifter

A - Bark brown/black colour with a small amount of bubbly white head.

S - Heavy dose of dark chocolate with a nice overall malt profile and some sweet molasses balancing the nose out.

T - Bitter hops up front that also linger in the finish. Roasted malts are not as prominent as I expected. There is also some alcohol bite which further amplified the bitterness of the hops. The chocolate that was so abundant in the nose is not really noticeable at all, which is disappointing. Overall the palate is very good, but I expected so much more from the nose.

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A very good beer. Would drink ti again.

TheSevenDuffs, May 31, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a little light coming through at the edges. There is a finger of tan head that goes away and leaves a layer around the edges.

Smell: Mildly sweet and roasty. Hints of chocolate with a strong smell of lactose.

Taste: Quite roasty. The roast covers up most of the flavor of the lactose. There is a strong taste of dark chocolate as well. I'm not picking up a lot of molasses or hardly any sweetness for that matter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side for this style. The carbonation is a regular amount but fairly smooth. The finish is very mildly dry.

Overall: I would have liked this one to be a bit sweeter and have a thicker body. Overall it wasn't bad, but I don't know that I feel the need to have it again.

oline73, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of soccerman7
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A simple dark brown with a finger of head, though quickly disappeared.

Smell - very mild in the nose. Chocolate, malt, sweetness.

Taste - A nice chocolate flavor. A definite sourness that was still pleasant but different. malty finish with no hops present.

Mouthfeel - very interesting and different, probably to the lactose. sweet and thick in the mouth with minimal carbonation.

Overall - a very different beer in style. Interesting though very different from an imperial ale as it is listed.

soccerman7, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of ghostwalker
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small, thin tan head. Brown body. A little flat, I think.

Smell is bitter dark chocolate.

Flavor is also bitter chocolate. Somewhat dry. No hops to speak of. Not getting the molasses. It's good, but not all that complex.

Slightly coating. But generally thin.

Overall, it's an OK beer.

ghostwalker, Oct 12, 2012
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.

foogerd, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of ph2001
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ph2001, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of match1112
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pitch black, no head, no lacing.

s: chocolate, roasted malt, molasses.

t: chocolate syrup, but in a bad way.

m: thick, flat and oily with a bad bitter finish.

o: not impressed at all. no dates on bottle and guy at store said they just got it in, so i assumed it was recent.

match1112, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of dudemuskie
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

dudemuskie, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of caminiti
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not overly impressed with this, and Id like to stop by Mahars and try it on tap, as it would have to be better than drinking out of a 6oz. styrofoam cup in a hotel room in Fishkill. That aside, it was decent.
Tasted a bit too sweet, a bit similiar to Southern Tier Creme Brulette (note the label, if you can read it, includes Lactose and Molasses) There was a cocoa taste and aroma as well. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and oily, but drinkable. Overall, probable better on tap or out of a more appropriate serving vessel.

caminiti, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 31 May 2008.

Light brown head takes up the entire glass. Pitch black in color. Aroma of chocolate, prunes, slight hoppiness. Starts drier and tarter than expected. Reminiscent of cold coffee, somewhat acidic, slight cocoa. Sweetens as it warms up, becoming richer and somewhat smoky. Medium light body. Alcohol seems stronger than 7%.

Decent but expected a bit more cocoa/chocolate flavor from this.

htomsirveaux, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mr. Goodbar,dark pour. significant chocolate and coffee, but otherwise unexceptional, burnt more than roast, when so many are doing the similar, so similar ranking. Brown with white head. On the sweeter side, despite English Progress, Liberty, Summit

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of CHickman
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours used motor oil pitch black color with a big frothy 2 finger dark tan head that faded very slowly and was full of tight bubbles, leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, cocoa powder, malt, chicory, herbs, caramel, syrup, light coffee grinds and some burnt wood. It’s a mashed up roasted grain nose that has nice chocolate accents that smell sweet and almost like coffee.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted grains, chocolate, cocoa powder, malt, nut, toffee, chicory, molasses, caramel, coffee grinds, charcoal, very light hops, and yeast or a penny aftertaste that’s bitter; pretty much all malt with some alcohol peeking through, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a thick chewy body and a sweet chocolate finish that’s bitter like a strong coffee. A slow sipper based on the weight.

A flavorful stout that is unbalanced and gets better as it warms, but it’s only above average due to the nice complex roasted malts and chocolate flavor that basically rule the taste. It was good and I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t run out to buy it, yet I’d definitely have it again if I saw it at a bar.

CHickman, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of GR_Rick
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in June 2012 from a bottle.

A: Nice looking beer, typical of the style. Dark with a little head if I remember correctly (reviewing from notes and I wasn't overly "detailed")

S: Smelled nice and complex. Chocolate and sweetness.

T: Taste had a nice complexity and good balance. Chocolate, roast, and some sweetness. Sweeter than I expected. A strange bitterness that I didn't particularly enjoy toward the finish.

M: A bit too carbonated for my liking, which was ultimately the demise of this beer for me. Less carbonation and it would've been very nice.

O: A decent beer. One I'd gladly drink again, but won't go seeking out.

GR_Rick, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso color with a tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of graham cracker

Taste: Starts with a black bread, molasses and chocolate flavor that becomes rather more like milk chocolate as time goes on; after the swallow a sour fruity element appears to join the flavor parade; the finish is slightly sweet with milk chocolate notes though the sour notes continue to hang around

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is the first time that mouthfeel was my favorite thing about a beer, but so be it; needs more cocoa flavoring

brentk56, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of BaltimoreMike
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would say it was above average overall, but not great. Very rich and a great foam, very similar to a Guinness in appearance, body and color. A sweet aftertaste, with a hint of chocolate and some molasses flavor. It is a sipping beer for sure and would probably go well for just sitting around with some friends and just there to enjoy the flavor of a good beer, wouldn't go well with wings or nachos or anything like that. Very good for people who like Guinness but want something with fuller taste and a bit sweeter.

BaltimoreMike, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

allergictomacros, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into the founders brewing co. pint glass. This bottle cost $3 and hopefully will be worth it for a chocolate lover like myself.

Pours a deep black with no visibility through the brew. Up top is a 1/2 finger tan color head that lingers around a while. Smell is dominate with chocolate. Nothing else really hits the nose. Taste is sweet milk chocolate. No bitter finish and not much alcohol is noted. I am a little disappointed in that yes the quaff only consists of chocolate, it is not a very overpowering, in your face taste. It is a little too smooth and light for my liking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is mediocre. I am usually nuts about this style of beer but the thing I like about them is the overpowering chocolate taste that makes the style. Overall I think it is pretty solid and will continue to stock some in my DBF when available.

abrand, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Just tapped by bartender.

Appearance is Black as a stout should be.

Smell is of sweet chocolate that left my mouth watering for the taste.

Taste was sort of a let down from the smell. Definitely detected cocoa, a very dry cocoa taste. Not as sweet as I thought it would have been. Very dry and I must say, I did like the fact that it was dry. This stout was good, but was missing something that I can't put my finger on (maybe a touch more of hops?). Needs a little tinkering and this could be a very good stout!

Kolsch, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1" tan colored head that falls to a surface foam rather quickly after the pour. Some spots of lacing appear during the session.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malts, and molassess are easy to pick up by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, prunes, and a hint of espresso make up the main flavor profile. The bitterness is strong enough to but does not offend. Alcohol is also slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Heavy bodied beer. Aftertaste is moderate as flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: decent. Not an overpowering double stout, almost a bit thinner than expected, but in no way is thin bodied. Not bad, I would probably have this one again in the future.

Gavage, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of HeightsEats
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an enjoyable, fairly complex chocolate beer that marries flavors quite well. The smell is a distinctive dark chocolate and molasses. The beer is full-bodied, clearly showing it's 7.0% ABV, and has strong chcolate, roasted malt and caramel notes. While I enjoyed this, I'd probably stick to just one considering its strong flavor and heaviness.

HeightsEats, Mar 15, 2010
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81 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.